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Re: “Where's the Beef?

Egawd, that comment was more full of bunk than anything Lyman came up with. Keith's book you mention is more hackneyed than anything out of Lyman's books!

The Maasai eat a plant based material that lowers their high cholesterol levels. Sorry, the meat only examples don't pan out...ever. Why do you think cardiologists put their heart-attack patients on a vegetarian diet to recover? If meat was the perfect food, why not just continue that diet in order to recover?

You are flat wrong on vegan supplementation. I'm living proof. I have been a vegan for 10 years. I am not dead. My annual blood panels show perfect levels of B vitamins, perfect protein, nothing abnormal and I do NOT supplement. Nor do I suffer from any tissue disease that Keith proselytizes in her book. I am the healthiest patient my doctor has (he has hundreds through his office at Kaiser in Southern California). Like anything in life, you have to do your research, and do it right! What's more is I have never met a militant vegan like Lierre Keith and I know dozens and dozens of vegans. In Southern California no less. If there were to be radical vegans, it would be here. Another myth, but only in Lierre Keith's old circles.

I agree with you that agriculture is killing the planet way faster than livestock grazing. BUT they go hand-in-hand. To ignore one of the two halves is ignorant of the greater problem to which they both contribute. Carbon emissions are the least of our problems. Peak soil and peak water will kill us first. Keith's book extolls the virtues of Permaculture and I agree. I am a certified Permaculture Designer and committed to it's techniques. Through Permaculture we can solve the problems of mono-cropping, over grazing, factory farming, et al. On that I think we can all agree.

For more info on Permaculture and more great debunking of Keith's book, check out this site among many:…

Posted by wsimpson on 06/09/2010 at 12:48 PM

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