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Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat Paperback – Aug 2 2001

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1 edition (Aug. 2 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684854465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684854465
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 85 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Studs Terkel Howard Lyman is fighting not only for our health but for our nation's sanity as well. He challenges not only mad cows, but a mad system.

Jeremy Rifkin author of Beyond Beef Howard Lyman's personal odyssey from cowboy to cattle rancher to animal rights activist, environmentalist, and vegetarian is an inspiring chronicle.

Dave Bowman The Seattle Times Digest the facts in Mad Cowboy, and you may never look at prime rib in the same way again.

John Robbins author of Diet for a New America Buy ten copies; give them to people you love. This is the real thing.

About the Author

Howard F. Lyman is president of the International Vegetarian Union. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

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This is an excellent book by a fourth-generation Montana cattle rancher turned vegetarian. Lyman writes about how he inherited his father's farm and destroyed it through chemical agricultural practices he learned in college. Right before undergoing surgery for a spinal tumor he remembered how fertile his soil used to be and how dead it now was. He determined then that he would restore the farm his father had given him. During recuperation he took a personal inventory and saw a selfish and callous man. And that inventory began his change toward compassion, vegetarianism and political activism.
The majority of the book covers the detrimental effects to the environment and our health in choosing a meat-based diet to include chemical farm management, antibiotics, bovine growth hormone, mad cow disease and related human diseases, loss of forest, top soil, desertification, global warming, loss of wildlife, water pollution, etc. You'll get a nice education of the kind of foods they feed cattle that we in turn ingest. The last chapter includes some sound dietary recommendations.
He writes: "It's humbling to think that, even after turning over the greater share of our public land to cattle ranchers, and in spite of the massive feedlot operations fouling our country, we Americans still need to import beef to satisfy our collective demand for heart attacks. In the process, we facilitate the chopping down of Central and South American rain forest, while leaving the populations of those countries impoverished."
This book is an excellent introduction to the horrendous negative impact beef production and consumption is having to our health and the health of our planet. It holds a permanent place in my library.
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From a former real cowboy and rancher, you can take this book to the bank! For anyone who eats meat or drinks milk, this book will tell you why you shouldn't! It is indeed straight from the cattles mouth and udder, and why I paid attention and you should too!
Simply put, these highly human adulterated, drugged meats and pus-filled milk are unhealthy for humans directly and indirectly, because the cattle they come from are also very unhealthy to the enviroment. We really are competing with these trampling and fecal generating bovines for the control of the planet and our water supply! They are not an efficient food supply to rely on. Growing organic vegetables and grain multiplies the planet's efficiency for self-sustinence where cattle has the opposite effect.
The author mentions a vegetarian alternative, though I don't agree with all his recommendations, such as using Canola oil (olive oil is still the safest) and certain soy derivatives (which are fractured foods) they are still a much better alternative than eating anything from a cow from people who don't care what they feed it, or what they inject in it. Their whole mantra seems to be with milk or meat is, "just get rid of it" and repeat the process. I guess they even find what they are doing disgusting!
There is an interesting part on drinking milk with the unproven rBGH growth hormone milk. The real reason the drug company won't remove this guinea-pig type and useless drug is told in the book. It's borders on appalling considering milk is given mostly to growing children.
He also makes a interesting case about why we have gotten fatter on supposedly low-fat diets.
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while i was extemely anxious to read this book, i found out that in two chapters i was reading a dummies guide to environmentalism/vegetarianism. i have been vegetarian for many years and vegan for many as well. i picked this book up thinking it might have a little more insight on the gentleman writing the book. it did not. in fact i believe there were only two chapters devoted to why he did what he did. it seemed like more of an overview than an expose. the writing seemed a little sophmoric and generic. if you have ever read a book about becoming a vegetarian or vegan, then you have already read this book. i think what bothered me most, was that he devoted almost an entire chapter to "the zone diet." it felt a little preachy at the end and a little rushed. i guess it doesn't help that i don't appreciate oprah's work either.
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Howard Lyman says it right: "The most dangerous weapon in the arsenal of the homo sapien is the fork. We are digging more graves with our fork than with any other tool. Take the animals off your fork & chances are you'll not only live a longer life, but a life with more quality." The thinking part of the population will want to read this book. I'm referring to the people that are taking an active part in the direction of their lives & the lives of their children & grandchildren; and who feel a sense of responsibility to the planet. MAD COWBOY points out that we can make smart, educated choices, not just follow the masses. We can choose to take the healthy road, not succumb to disease, prescription drugs & hospitals. Humans can be so vital & energized & in control of their health once they stop just following the herd. Even people who have been eating a plant-based diet for many years have learned many things from this book. It startles them. Just read the first 3 pages! That'll open your eyes in a hurry! Do not allow this very concise, humorous & powerful book to get dusty. Read it from cover to cover, then loan it to friends, buy more copies for friends. It's the most glorious gift you can give to someone you care about. Invite the MAD COWBOY into your home! :-)
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