Cat­tle health so­lu­tion uses ‘al­ter­na­tive’ facts ra­tio­nale

The Maui News - - Opinion -

Every­one is en­ti­tled to their own opin­ions, but not their own al­ter­na­tive facts. In her July 3 let­ter, the writer tells us that rais­ing and eat­ing more cat­tle is the best thing for our health and for the en­vi­ron­ment. Noth­ing could be fur­ther from the truth.

Dr. Dean Or­nish proved about 30 years ago that an­i­mal meat and flu­ids are the lead­ing cause of heart disease. Dr. Michael Greger, in his sem­i­nal work “How Not to Die,” shows how an­i­mal “foods” are also the lead­ing cul­prit in all of the top 15 causes of pre­ma­ture death.

The writer pos­tu­lates that a ma­jor cause of di­a­betes and obe­sity are grains and legumes. Dr. John Mc­Dougall shows us in “The Starch So­lu­tion” how all tra­di­tional so­ci­eties sur­vived and thrived eat­ing rice, beans, pota­toes, sweet pota­toes, veg­eta­bles and fruits. Di­a­betes, obe­sity and other modern life­style diseases are due to the tran­si­tion to meat-cen­tered and pro­cessed food di­ets.

The New York Times re­ported 103 years ago that meat was re­spon­si­ble for most can­cers.

As far as the en­vi­ron­ment, we now know a ma­jor cause of all global en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lems are due to an­i­mal agri­cul­ture. The United Na­tions told us years ago that an­i­mal ag is re­spon­si­ble for more green­house gasses then all forms of trans­porta­tion com­bined. An­i­mal ag is also the largest user of all fresh wa­ter and is re­spon­si­ble for more wa­ter pol­lu­tion than all hu­man ac­tiv­ity.

Stephen Bei­d­ner


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