Howdy! Welcome to the 57th Edition of the Mad Cowboy Newsletter. As
we enter this new year, we've a couple of surprises for our readers.
First, we've a special "Mad Cowboy Interview" with world famous Dr.
Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr.. An Olympic Gold Medal winner, awarded the
Bronze Star for service in Vietname, and top surgeon, Essy has just
published his new and exciting book, "Prevent and Reverse Heart
Disease." Packed with information about heart disease, how he's
proven that a totally plant-based diet can arrest and reverse heart
disease with a 20-year peer-reviewed study (the longest of its kind),
as well as giving us 150 tasty "field-tested" recipes (some of which
are in this Newsletter), his book represents a breakthrough in the
most serious health matter facing Americans today. In the course of
their lives, 1 out of 2 men, and 1 out of 3 women, will experience
aspects of heart disease... it is the leading killer of humans in the
A few excerpts of the interview are in the Newsletter, the full
three-part interview (with subject links) is on the website (address
below with said excerpts).
And secondly, among the many articles and/or links included in this
edition, don't miss the link to Howard being interviewed on "Out There
TV" in our new "Veg Video Watch" section. Not only is it relatively
current, there's a fine new video trailer of the Documentary prior to
the interview created by their team showing bits not seen anywhere
... and, as always, a tip of the hat to our new subscribers. Y'all
can read past issues of the newsletter at:
Best wishes to everyone for a Healthy National Heart Month and a Happy
[personal vegan blog: http://www.soulveggie.com]
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
00: Quote(s) from Howard
01: A Mad Cowboy Interview with Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr.
02: The Vegan Mind-Bender Contest Winner/Challenge!
03: 3 Heart Safe Recipes from Dr. Essy's New Book!
04: Mad Cow Info Round-up
05: Red Meat/Diabetes, HSFC Dangers, Soy Myths, No T.Fat L.A.?
06: Bad Tap, "Cheap Food," Pork Secrets, Appetite for Profit
07: Cow: -scapes, with guns (new), go mad, -girl
08: Veg Video Watch
09: Bad Act, AR Impacts Farm Bill, Vegan Lessons & Planet
10: Howard's Schedule
11: Quick Bytes
12: Closing Thoughts
*00: Quote(s) from Howard
"Dr. Esselstyn's solution in "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease" is as
profound as Newton's discovery of gravity. Half of all Americans
dying today could have changed their date with the undertaker by
folowing Dr. Esselstyn's plan."
--- Howard Lyman
*01: A Mad Cowboy Interview with Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr.
[some snippets from the Mad Cowboy Interview with Dr. Cauldwell
Esselstyn, Jr., author of: "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease:"
C: "... right now we're having close to a million people die of
cardiovascular disease every year, and 500,000 dying of heart attacks.
For many people [1 out of 4] the first manifestation of the disease
is that they suddenly find themselves dead. When you think about the
attempt to treat this with, let's say, stents --- stents have a
mortality that is accepted at 1%, but 1% of a million stents, which is
the number that are done per year in this country, adds up to about
10,000 people that are dying. Now if you had 10,000 U.S. soldiers
dying in Iraq this year, that would really be called carnage."
C: "What I was involved with is something that was ridiculously
simple: when one looks at the epidemiology of heart disease, and you
see that it doesn't exist in cultures where they live primarily on
plant-based nutrition, and they have a cholesterol of a range, let's
say, of 90 to 150, as in the rural Chinese, it just begs the
opportunity to take patients who are seriously ill with coronary
disease and have them eat this plant-based nutrition and see if we
can't absolutely halt the disease, or perhaps even reverse it."
C: "...the exciting thing is this: we were able to show... that
indeed the disease could be arrested and reversed. Let's suppose you
have a disease that never before has been arrested or reversed. Then
you have several investigators throughout the country, within five or
six years, finding the same thing. Really, this disease is kind of a
paper tiger. Chronic heart disease is not inevitably progressive,
like cancer, this is something that really can be changed, can be
changed drastically when you make significant changes in the
M: "... What happens to the cravings for fat?"
C: "Within about 8 to 12 weeks you've down-regulated the fat receptors
and it's no longer an issue."
[You can read the full interview (with embedded links) at:
*02: The Vegan Mind-Bender Contest Winner/Challenge!
LAST WEEK'S MAD COWBOY VEGAN MIND-BENDER:
"Of the following, beer, milk, bottled water, and coffee: which does
the average American drink the most of by week?"
(a) beer (b) milk (c) coffee (d) nice try - about the same of each
The correct answer is "(d) about the same of each. Unfortunately, for
the first time in memory, there no one got this right! Here's the
statistical source (table 201):
The original yahoo article is gone, but here's another with the
Reuters summary paragraph of note:
"In its "Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2007" released on
Friday, the agency also noted that Americans drink about a gallon of
soda a week, along with a half gallon each of milk, bottled water,
coffee and beer."
Howard has decided to select a winner, and that's Donna G., of
Fairfax, Virginia. Congratulations, Donna!
THIS WEEK'S VEGAN MIND-BENDER:
"How many vending machines are in high, middle, and elementary schools
in the United States?"
(a) 15,000 (b) 20,000 (c) 25,000 (d) 30,000
Please e-mail guesses to: webmaster@...
with the word
"contest" in your subject line by NLT March 1st, 2007.
[Many thanks to Joe Connelly, Editor, VegNews, who has offered a FREE
one-year subscription to a winner chosen at random those submitting
the correct answer to each MC Newsletter's Contest. Our thanks to
Joe, and you can learn more about VegNews at:
or e-mail: editor@...
*03: 3 Heart Safe Recipes from Dr. Essy's New Book!
(makes about 3 cups)
"This sauce is adapated from one of my favorite cookbooks, Fat Free
and Delicious, by Robert Siegel. It is good on broccoli, cauliflower,
asparagus, rice, or pasta.
1 cup cooked brown rice
2 cups water
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon white miso (optional)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1-2 teaspoons curry powder, to taste
1. Combine brown rice and water in a food processor and process until
smooth. It may take a minute or two.
2. Add remaining ingredients and continue to process until smooth.
Pour into a saucepan and heat, stirring constantly until just bubbling.
(makes 3-5 servings)
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash lemon pepper seasoning blend
2 cups brown rice, cooked
1 medium-large tomato, thinly sliced
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 10-ounce box mushrooms, sliced
1 tablespoon miso
1 cup Lemon Sauce (recipe follows)
3 cups broccoli, chopped and lightly steamed
1 bunch collard greens, stems removed, greens chopped in bite-size
pieces, and steamed or boiled until soft)
pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Mix garlic and Mrs. Dash lemon pepper into cooked brown rice.
3. Cover bottom of a large pie plate with the cooked rice and pat
4. Arrange tomate slices over rice and sprinkle with a handful of
5. In a nonstick sauce pan, stir-fry mushrooms and remaining green
onions in vegetable sotck, wine, or water until just slightly cooked.
6. Mix miso in a small bowl with 2 tablespoons of stock or water and
stir into mushrooms.
7. Prepare Lemon 'Sauce.
8. Add broccoli and collards to the mushrooms mixture, then mix in
Lemon Sauce and pepper to taste.
9. Pour broccoli-mushroom mixture over tomatoes and bake for 20-30
minutes. (Optional: before baking, sprinkle lightly with nutritional
NOTE: If you prefer, you can substitute lightly steamed spinach or
kale for collard greens.
1 tablespoon whole-wheat flour
1 tablespoon cornstarch or arrowroot
1 tablespoon low-sodium tamari
1-2 tablespoons lemon juice plus zest of 1 lemon
pepper, to taste
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1/2 cup oat, almond, multigrain, or nonfat soy milk
1. Combine first five ingredients in saucepan.
2. Gradually add vegetable broth and milk, whisking until all lumps
3. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until sauce is smooth
NOTE: This sauce is also good with vegetables.
CHOCOLATE RED DEVIL CAKE
(makes 8-10 servings)
For his fifth birthday, our grandson Zeb requested a chocolate cake.
This recipe, adapted from Joanne Stepaniak's The Vegan Sourcebook,
sounded appealing. Zeb never had a clue he was eating beets!
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
[for more information on baking powders:
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
1/3 cup water
1 large beet, cooked and diced (1 cup)
1 cup water
1/3 cup baby-food prunes (1 large jar)
2 teaspoons apple-cider vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Creamy Fudge Frosting (see below)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use an 8-inch square baking pan, or
two 9-inch round cake pans if you want icing between layers.
2. In a large mixing bowl, place flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking
powder, and baking soda and whisk until combined.
3. Place flaxseed meal in a dry blender. Add 1/3 cup water and blend
about 30 seconds, until mixture is gummy. Add beets, water, prunes,
vinegar, and vanilla and process 1-2 minutes, until frothy and well
4. Mix liquid into dry ingredients. Stir until combined, then
quickly spoon batter into pan.
5. Bake 35-40 minutes, until a tooth pick inserted in the center
comes out clean. Cool for at least 30 minutes. Spread cooled cake
with Creamy Fudge Frosting.
CREAMY FUDGE FROSTING
(makes enough to frost a layer generously)
1 12.3-ounce package light extra-firm tofu
1/3 cup maple syrup, agar nectar, or honey
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in food processor and process until smooth.
Ice thickly on Chocolate Red Devil Cake. Even though it seems runny,
the frosting stays on."
*04: Mad Cow Info Round-up
IDENTIFYING VARIATION IN THE U.S. BOVINE PRION GENE: (01/07): "Are
some cattle more susceptible to BSE? Is there a genetic component
involved? To address these and other questions, ARS scientists at the
U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) at Clay Center, Nebraska,
have sequenced the bovine prion gene, PRNP, in 192 cattle representing
16 beef and 5 dairy breeds common in the United States. Prions are
proteins that occur naturally in mammals. BSE is a fatal neurological
disorder characterized by irregularly folded prions. Much is unknown
about the disease, but scientists recognize a correlation between
variations in the PRNP gene in some mammals and susceptibility to
transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, such as scrapie in sheep.
"Evidence indicates that this could also be true in cattle," says
molecular biologist Mike Clawson. He is among the USMARC scientists
examining PRNP variation to learn if and how different forms, or
alleles, of the prion gene correlate with BSE susceptibility."
FAMILY SUE GOVERNMENT AFTER CJD DEATH: (01/19/07): "A South
Yorkshire widow is suing the Department of Health for more than
£300,000 after her husband contracted CJD from a contaminated batch of
human growth hormone. Barry Metcalf died of the human form of mad cow
disease after being treated with hormones extracted from corpses in
the 1970s and '80s... Barry was treated with human growth hormone
between 1979 and 1985 as part of a national programme of treatment for
children with growth hormone deficiency, according to a writ issued in
London's High Court. His diagnosis of Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease was
confirmed in January 2003. Around 1,900 children received treatment
with human growth hormone as part of the government programme, an
inquest heard at the time."
APPRECIABLE QUANTITIES OF CLONED MEAT, MILK ARE STILL YEARS AWAY FROM
HITTING SUPERMARKETS: (01/19/07): "Ten years after the birth of the
world's first cloned animal, the United States is on the cusp of
becoming the first nation to introduce meat and milk from cloned
cattle into the food supply. The Food and Drug Administration recently
ruled it saw no difference between conventionally raised farm animals
and clones, and that both were equally safe to eat. However, a Kansas
State University agricultural economist thinks it will be awhile
before cloned meat and milk are made available to consumers... "We're
probably still several years away from seeing any appreciable
quantities of meat and milk from cloned animals in the food chain,"
Fox [a K-State professor of agricultural economics] said. "Cloning
appears to be expensive and thus will be used, at least initially,
only for purebred breeding stock, such as to replicate a prize bull.""
RFID COW TATTOOS: (01/21/07): "Somark Innovations, a small firm
based out of St. Loius, successfully tested a new system of cattle
branding using radio frequency identification, or RFID. The company
already tested this new method... and are able to identify an animal
from almost 4 feet away. This "tattoo" uses a special RFID ink that
can be invisible or colored. The "tattoo" is injected by a set of
needles in a dot shape patterns which change with each injection. The
tags can be read through fur and hair and have been biocompatibly
tested so even humans can ingest the ink.. The development of the new
RFID "tattoo" sprouted from a need for a cheap way to ID cattle. Tags
that are clipped to cattle ears are expensive and can be torn out.
Chip implants are expensive and relatively large in size (12mm x
12mm), but also have a very restricted range."
FOURTH VCJD CASE LINKED WITH BLOOD TRANSFUSION IN UK: (01/22/07):
"Health officials in the United Kingdom have found a probable fourth
case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) associated with a
blood transfusion from someone who unknowingly had the disease. The
case was diagnosed in a patient who received blood 9 years ago from a
person who later was found to have vCJD, the UK Health Protection
Agency (HPA) said in a Jan 18 statement... The first case of vCJD
associated with a blood transfusion was found in December 2003. So
far, authorities have identified 66 people in the United Kingdom who
have received "vCJD-implicated" transfusions, of whom 40 have died of
causes other than vCJD, the HPA said. Twenty-three people are alive
and have not been diagnosed with vCJD."
BEEF PRICES HIGHEST IN KOREA: (01/22/07): "Beef prices were found to
be the highest in Korea among 13 major countries including several
OECD members, according to a report of the International Labor
Organization (ILO). Korea's consumer beef prices topped an average of
$56.44 per kilogram as of October 2005, the ILO said. The beef price
was the lowest in Mexico with $7.85 per kilogram _ prices in other
countries were $8.94 in the United States, $11.15 in Britain, $10.36
in Italy and $40.5 in Japan. The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
attributed the high beef prices in the domestic market to sentiment
involving health issues... According to a recent survey of 1,213
housewives conducted by the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry, 70.2
percent of the respondents said they are unwilling to buy U.S. beef
even if it is distributed in the market..."
JOHANNS: TALKS WITH JAPAN NEEDED TO INCREASE BEEF TRADE: (01/23/07):
"U.S. and Japanese government officials need to sit down for talks on
how the countries can best move toward increasing beef trade, U.S.
Department of Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said Tuesday. Japan
restricts exports of U.S. beef by requiring that it be derived from
cattle under 21 months old. Johanns said he would like to see that
restriction lifted and stressed that he doesn't want the process to
stretch out any longer than it has to. Japan made it clear earlier
this month that it wants to send auditing teams back to the U.S. to
once again to inspect U.S. beef processing plants before considering a
move to lift the restriction. But USDA's Johanns told reporters
Tuesday he has not agreed to that..."
SINGLE PROTEIN PLAYS A MAJOR ROLE IN PRION DISEASES: (01/23/07): "A
single protein plays a major role in deadly prion diseases by smashing
up clusters of these infectious proteins, creating the "seeds" that
allow fatal brain illnesses to quickly spread, new Brown University
research shows. The findings are exciting, researchers say, because
they might reveal a way to control the spread of prions through drug
intervention. If a drug could be made that inhibits this fragmentation
process, it could substantially slow the spread of prions, which cause
mad cow disease and scrapie in animals and, in rare cases,
Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease and kuru in humans. Because similar protein
replication occurs in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, such a
drug could also slow progression of these diseases as well...."
FDA APPROVES MORE MEAT ADDITIVES: (01/24/07): "The federal food
safety inspection unit has approved an additional batch of additives,
antimicrobals and agents for use as processing aids directly on meat
and poultry products. The updated list adds more substances that can
be used during meat and poultry processing operations, giving more
options in the food safety arsenal available to processors....
Increased food safety regulations and the cost of recalls due to
contaminated foods are driving processors to search for better
solutions to reduce pathogens in their plants... The analyss forecasts
that US demand for antimicrobials -- chemicals used to wash equipment
and foods to ensure they are free of food borne pathogens -- will
reach $215.8m in 2012, from $161.7m in 2005. The market segments
demanding more and more antimicrobials include dairy, bakery,
beverages, and meat processors."
[Very edited from:
JAPAN REJECTS REVIEW OF U.S. BEEF RULES: (01/25/07): "The Japanese
government has rejected a U.S. request for early talks about easing
restrictions on American beef imports, an official said Thursday. "We
are not in a stage to accept consultations toward reviewing the trade
conditions for now," Yoshio Kobayashi, vice minister of the
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry, said in a statement on
the ministry's Web site. Kobayashi said it was too early to enter
talks with the United States as Japan's verification of U.S. beef
exporting conditions had not been completed. He did not indicate when
the verification would be finished. The minister's comments were in
response to a letter from the U.S. urging Japan to ease its import
conditions, the ministry said. A letter stating Tokyo's position was
sent to Washington on Wednesday, it added... Japan, once the United
States' most lucrative overseas market for beef, bought $1.4 billion
worth of beef in 2003 before the first case of mad cow disease was
found in a U.S. herd..."
FEDERAL LEGISLATION SEEKS TO KEEP 'DOWNED' ANIMALS OUT OF FOOD SUPPLY:
(01/25/07): "Farm Sanctuary, the nation's leading farm animal
shelter and advocacy organization, today announced its support of the
Downed Animal and Food Safety Protection Act (HR 661), introduced by
U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) with 74 original co- sponsors. This act
would amend the Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act of 1958 to
prohibit downed animals from becoming part of the human food supply.
Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI) is introducing similar legislation in the
U.S. Senate. Downed animals can pose serious health threats. A Swiss
study found that non-ambulatory cattle are 49 to 58 times more likely
to have "Mad Cow Disease," or Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE).
Several cases of BSE identified in North America have involved downed
animals.... The bill introduced today would make that temporary
measure permanent. It would also cover sheep, swine, goats, horses and
mules, and call for immediate, humane euthanasia as soon as an animal
US RULE WOULD LET IN 610,000 OLDER CANADA CATTLE YEARLY: (01/25/07):
"A recently unveiled U.S. plan to let Canada ship older cattle -
usually too decrepit to produce milk anymore - to the U.S. for
slaughter would result in an average of about 610,000 of them crossing
the border yearly, according to an estimate made by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture. The U.S. has banned such "cull cattle"
since Canada reported its first case of bovine spongiform
encephalopathy, or mad-cow disease, in May 2003. The U.S. eased
restrictions on cattle under 30 months old, which are the bulk of
Canadian exports, in July 2005. The younger cattle are believed to be
far less likely to be infected with BSE. Older cattle are believed to
a higher risk for infection with the fatal brain-wasting disease that
is transmissible to humans through consumption. All of the eight BSE
cases found in Canada - and the three discovered in the U.S. -have
involved cattle over 30 months old.... USDA officials said they
weighed risks carefully before deciding to allow in more Canadian
cattle imports. They stressed that a series of safeguards in the U.S.
protect both cattle and humans from the disease. USDA Chief
Veterinarian John Clifford said earlier this month: "Even if by small
chance (Canadian) BSE-infected material were to make it past the first
mitigation, it is highly unlikely that the material would eventually
infect a U.S. animal."
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GOVERNMENT FOOD SAFETY SYSTEM A SHAM: (01/25/07): "A new federal
program for livestock tracking will benefit big corporations, threaten
small producers and do nothing to protect consumer health... To date,
much of the controversy surrounding the national animal tracking
system has hinged on whether the program will be mandatory or
voluntary for farmers. At first, the U.S. Department of Agriculture
said that the program would be compulsory for all livestock. A year
ago the USDA announced that it wanted all farmers and ranchers to
register their premises. The next step was to implant radio tracking
devices in all cattle and to assign tracking numbers to groups of hogs
and chickens, which are usually raised by lot. By 2009, according to
the plan, all livestock in the United States would be tagged, and a
tracking database would be in place. Then farmers and ranchers pushed
back. They complained that the system was too complicated, too costly,
and, essentially, unnecessary. Websites and email listserves opposing
the ID system proliferated. Protest letters flooded the USDA offices.
In Acres USA -- one of the most influential newsletters for the
organic farming community -- one Texas rancher wrote: "It appears that
the ... unstated reason behind [the program] is to get rid of those
independent farmers, ranchers and homesteaders."
Confronted with this grassroots opposition, the USDA backpedaled. The
agency now says that the animal tracking program will be voluntary..."
[Very edited from the long and comprehensive article at:
EVIDENCE BUILDS THAT VIRUS SPURS MAD COW: (01/30/07): "Researchers
have found more evidence that a virus may cause mad cow disease and a
related brain disorder in humans, threatening to overturn 25 years of
research focusing on malformed proteins called prions. Nerve cells
infected with the human form of mad cow disease contained a
virus-sized particle that doesn't appear in uninfected cells, said
Laura Manuelidis, a neuropathologist at Yale Medical School in New
Haven, Conn. Cells infected with scrapie, a sheep disorder related to
mad cow disease, contained the same germ. The findings raise the
possibility of vaccines against the diseases and challenge research
showing the disorders are spread by prions, abnormal proteins that
have also been detected in the brains of infected humans and animals.
Few other scientists have questioned the research performed by Stanley
Prusiner of the University of California at San Francisco since he won
the Nobel Prize in 1997, Manuelidis said.... Prusiner won the Nobel in
Physiology or Medicine in 1997 "for his discovery of prions - a new
biological principle of infection." He declined an interview through a
[See also the more detailed science view at:
LINKAGE OF U.S. BEEF ISSUE TO FTA 'INAPPROPRIATE': KOREAN MINISTER:
(02/02/07): "South Korea's top economic policymaker expressed
opposition Friday to the United States raising the issue of the
nation's U.S. beef import quarantine within ongoing bilateral free
trade pact negotiations. "Connecting the issue of resuming U.S. beef
imports with the South Korea-U.S. free trade agreement (FTA) talks
seems inappropriate," Kwon O-kyu, minister of finance and economy,
said in a press briefing. South Korea reopened its market to American
beef last year, ending a three-year import ban prompted by the
discovery of mad cow disease in the U.S., but has since turned back
three shipments totaling 22.3 tons after bone chips were found in the
meat. South Korea had agreed to accept only deboned U.S. beef for
health reasons. According to scientists, mad cow disease can be
transmitted to humans through intestinal parts or the bone marrow of
cattle infected with the disease... The issue has become a major
stumbling block in the FTA talks between the countries. U.S. officials
warn that Congress won't approve the proposed free trade pact with
South Korea unless Seoul fully opens its beef market..."
BSE: HOW RISKY IS IT TO DRINK MILK?: (02/05/07): "In a first-time
global breakthrough, a Swiss start-up firm has succeeded in detecting
prion proteins in the milk of humans, cows, sheep, and goats. This
again raises the question of a "mad cow disease" risk from drinking
milk. Tests are underway to verify disease-causing prions in milk.
Prions are known to be causes of neurological conditions such as Mad
Cow disease (BSE) and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in human beings. The
causative agent destroys the central nervous system in humans and
animals. It is known that prions can also emerge in body fluids such
as blood and be transferred by them. In the past it was difficult to
estimate the risk of an infection through blood transfusion or
drinking milk, since the concentration of prions in body fluids is
very low; nor is there a sensitive method to identify prions.
Moreover, the incubation time for infection in human beings can take
10 years or longer... Hence, beside blood and urine, milk is another
body fluid in which prions causing disease could be present. As an
American team of scientists has shown recently, infectious prions even
arise in saliva..."
S KOREAN FARMERS PROTEST OUTSIDE BEEF TALKS: (02/07/07): "Cattle
farmers protested Wednesday as U.S. and South Korean officials
discussed easing restrictions on imports of American beef, an issue
Washington says threatens to scuttle a possible free trade agreement.
About 30 South Korean farmers chanted "No U.S. beef, no more talks"
and burned an effigy of a U.S. cow painted with anti-free trade
slogans in Anyang, just south of Seoul, the site of the two-day talks.
Farmers say imports of cheaper foreign agricultural products threaten
their livelihood, and question their safety. South Korea banned all
imports of U.S. beef in December 2003 after the first reported U.S.
case of mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy... The
issue seems to have divided the South Korean government. Ambassador
Kim Jong-hoon, Cutler's counterpart in the free trade talks, said at a
forum Wednesday that not all bones are dangerous and their presence
doesn't automatically mean beef is infected with mad cow disease,
according to his office. This week's meeting, billed a "technical
consultation," was requested by Washington..."
BEEF STALLS KOREA-U.S. TALKS: (02/08/07): "The United States failed
to narrow differences with South Korea over Seoul's boycott of
American beef, a news report said Thursday. Washington says the issue
threatens a possible free trade deal. Agriculture officials from the
two countries met for two days of "technical consultations" requested
by Washington over South Korea's rejection of U.S. beef imports for
containing banned bone fragments. The talks, however, failed to reach
any agreement, Yonhap news agency reported, citing a South Korean
Agriculture and Forestry Ministry official it did not identify... The
beef import issue, though not technically part of ongoing free trade
talks, has still cast a shadow over them... About 80 farmers and
protesters, some throwing eggs at a van carrying U.S. Department of
Agriculture officials, rallied outside the meeting venue in Anyang, 14
miles south of Seoul... Protesters, carrying a sign printed with "Mad
USA Cow Out of Korea," said they opposed any U.S. beef imports,
calling them unsafe... On Wednesday, protesters burned an effigy of a
U.S. cow painted with anti-free trade slogans."
LATEST CANADA MAD COW CASE SHOWS EPIDEMIC: (02/08/07): "Two major
U.S. cattle groups reacted to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's
overnight announcement of a new case of bovine spongiform
encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, by decrying the latest case as
proof of an epidemic and calling for more information. The CFIA said
it had confirmed BSE in a mature bull from Alberta. Early information
indicated the age of the bull fell within the age range of previous
cases in Canada. "This case shows Canada has a widespread epidemic
that spans several provinces and over a decade in time," said R-CALF
United Stockgrowers of America Chief Executive Bill Bullard. "This
suggests there has been widespread exposure of this disease in the
Canadian cattle herd."... Bullard said the newest case, either
Canada's ninth or 10th depending on whether a Washington state case is
counted as U.S. or Canadian, will further complicate the U.S. ability
to restore export markets. The U.S. still has a policy of co-mingling
U.S. and Canadian beef, which Bullard said he feels hampers foreign
acceptance of U.S. products... so far, the USDA hasn't commented on
the latest BSE case in Canada."
ALBERTA AG MINISTER SAYS MORE BSE CASES WERE EXPECTED: (02/08/07):
"Alberta's Agriculture Minister says the latest case of BSE in Alberta
is a setback for producers, but he remains hopeful it won't stall
plans to open the U.S. border to older cattle. A 6-and-a-half year-old
Angus bull from central Alberta is the latest mad cow case in the
province, and it's a situation Agriculture Minister George Groeneveld
says is unfortunate for Canadian producers looking forward to U.S.
markets opening up once again to older cattle. Groeneveld says
protectionist factions in the U.S. should consider that if their level
of testing was what Canada's is, BSE cases would be present there as
well. Groeneveld says he's optimistic the U.S. border will soon
re-open to older cattle from Canada, but he fears the U.S. group
R-CALF will use the case to argue against the move."
BSE-INFECTED ANIMAL MAY HAVE BEEN BORN AFTER CANADIAN FEED BAN:
(02/09/07): "Preliminary information suggests that a Canadian bull
diagnosed with BSE Wednesday was born in 2000, well after Canada
imposed its ruminant-to-ruminant feed ban in 1997, Dr. George
Luterbach, senior veterinarian with the Canadian Food Inspection
Agency, told Meatingplace. However, Luterbach cautioned that
investigators will first need to confirm the birthplace of the animal
before determining its exact age. Once the age is confirmed,
investigators will need to determine what the animal consumed during
its first year of life. Meantime, AMI Senior VP of Regulatory Affairs
Mark Dopp told Meatingplace the case shouldn't undermine USDA's
proposed rule to allow older Canadian cattle into the U.S. food chain.
"The case is consistent in both age and location with other cases
found in Canada. This latest case is not expected to derail the
By John Gregerson on Friday, February 09, 2007
S.KOREA, U.S. TO HOLD 7TH ROUND OF TALKS: (02/09/07): "South Korean
and U.S. free trade negotiators will sit down for a seventh time next
week in Washington, with Seoul hoping a strategy of linking
contentious issues together will yield a breakthrough. South Korea
and the United States in June launched talks aimed at slashing tariffs
and other trade barriers, but differences in key sectors have slowed
progress with time running out. Negotiators will meet from Sunday
through Wednesday in Washington, the scheduling dictated by South
Korea's upcoming lunar new year celebrations beginning late next week.
South Korea "will push to strike deals on key issues in each sector
by linking them with each other," Trade Minister Kim Hyun-chong said
in a report submitted to the National Assembly on Thursday. He
specified areas important for his country, such as gaining concessions
on U.S. trade remedies, as well as those key for the United States,
such as automobiles and pharmaceuticals..."
USDA MAY ALLOW CHINA TO IMPORT CHICKENS TO U.S.: (02/09/07): "The
U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to allow China, where 14 people
have died of bird flu since 2003, to sell chicken to the United
States. The agency is drafting a rule that would permit China to
export cooked poultry to Americans, even though public health
officials have been warning for several years about a potential avian
influenza pandemic. Food safety watchdog groups are alarmed, but U.S.
poultry producers, who would be facing new competition, are generally
keeping mum. Some believe that the proposed rule could be a bargaining
chip to get the Chinese to drop a ban on U.S. beef imports that they
imposed after a case of mad-cow disease in 2003. The World Health
Organization has said that chicken and other poultry are safe to eat
when cooked at the proper temperatures. USDA spokesman Steven Cohen
said that since the exported chicken would be cooked, there'd be no
risk to public health... "The reality is China has had cases of avian
influenza within their flocks," said Caroline Smith DeWaal, director
of food safety at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a
nonprofit consumer advocacy group concerned with health and nutrition
issues. "It wouldn't seem like a good time to be importing poultry,
even cooked poultry."... The issue could have just as much to do with
cows as it does chickens. The beef industry has been unable to tap the
Chinese market since Beijing blocked American beef imports after a
case of mad-cow disease surfaced in 2003. China, meanwhile, has been
trying for several years to export chicken here. The United States is
the world's largest producer of chicken. Less than 1 percent of the
chicken consumed here comes from abroad..."
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OFFICIAL: H5N1 [BIRD FLU] MAY BE IN HUMAN FOOD CHAIN: (02/09/07):
"The Food Standards Agency confirmed today that it was investigating
the possibility that turkey meat contaminated by bird flu at a Bernard
Matthews poultry farm has entered the human food chain. The
government's chief scientist, Sir David King, said the agency would be
considering ordering supermarkets to remove packaged turkey from
shelves after it emerged that Bernard Matthews had been transporting
turkey meat from Hungary to the Suffolk farm where the H5N1 strain of
the virus was discovered... Initial tests have shown that the strain
of avian flu involved in the outbreak that led to the culling of 2,600
turkeys at the Suffolk farm is H5N1 and may be identical to the
variety responsible for two serious outbreaks in Hungary last month...
Sir David confirmed that the latest scientific findings suggested the
"most likely scenario" was that the virus had been brought into the UK
by dead poultry rather than by wild birds, as originally thought..."
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CANADA HAS NINTH CONFIRMED CASE OF MAD COW DISEASE: (02/11/07):
"Another case of mad cow disease the country's ninth was confirmed
Wednesday by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. That animal is a
mature bull from Alberta. The agency said preliminary information
indicates the age of the animal falls within the age range of previous
cases detected in Canada under the national BSE surveillance program.
As such, it's likely the animal was exposed to a small amount of
infective material, probably during its first year of life, the agency
said in a release. The exact age of the animal was was not released,
but so far five of Canada's diagnosed cases of BSE have been born
between 1996 and 1998... Although any new case of BSE is unwelcome,
it's not unexpected given Canada's level of surveillance. Such
findings are consistent with the experiences of other countries around
the world, he noted... "We know that there's the likelihood that we'll
find a few additional cases, but we're well on our way to
eradication," Laycraft said."
DEATH TOLL AT 65 AS TWO MORE INDONESIANS DIE FROM BIRD FLU:
(02/11/07): "Indonesian health officials say a 20-year-old woman who
tested positive for bird flu has died, making her the country's 64th
human victim of the deadly H5N1 virus. The woman had direct contact
with infected chickens and died on Sunday in West Java province, a day
after being diagnosed with the H5N1 strain of the virus. Two of her
neighbours are in hospital with symptoms of the virus... Local media
have also reported the death of a 9-year-old boy at 4:30 p.m. also on
Sunday in West Java, who was referred to Slamet Hospital on the advice
of health officials on Sunday morning. If confirmed he will be the
country's 65th human victim of the virus. Indonesia's first human
case of the avian flu appeared in 2005 and since then 84 people have
contracted the virus and 65 have died. Indonesia has the highest
human death toll in the world from the virus..."
*05: Red Meat/Diabetes, HSFC Dangers, Soy Myths, No T.Fat L.A.?
THE DOUBLE DANGER OF HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP: (2007): "..."The
bodies of the children I see today are mush," observed a concerned
chiropractor recently. The culprit is the modern diet, high in
fructose and low in copper-containing foods, resulting in inadequate
formation of elastin and collagen--the sinews that hold the body
together. Until the 1970s most of the sugar we ate came from sucrose
derived from sugar beets or sugar cane. Then sugar from corn--corn
syrup, fructose, dextrose, dextrine and especially high fructose corn
syrup (HFCS)--began to gain popularity as a sweetener because it was
much less expensive to produce. .. In 1980 the average person ate 39
pounds of fructose and 84 pounds of sucrose. In 1994 the average
person ate 66 pounds of sucrose and 83 pounds of fructose, providing
19 percent of total caloric energy. Today approximately 25 percent of
our average caloric intake comes from sugars, with the larger fraction
High fructose corn syrup is extremely soluble and mixes well in many
foods. It is cheap to produce, sweet and easy to store. It's used in
everything from bread to pasta sauces to bacon to beer as well as in
"health products" like protein bars and "natural" sodas... Pure
fructose contains no enzymes, vitamins or minerals and robs the body
of its micronutrient treasures in order to assimilate itself for
physiological use... Research indicates that... fructose interferes
with the heart's use of key minerals like magnesium, copper and
chromium. Among other consequences, HFCS has been implicated in
elevated blood cholesterol levels and the creation of blood clots. It
has been found to inhibit the action of white blood cells so that they
are unable to defend the body against harmful foreign invaders..."
[Very edited from the very detailed, disturbing, and extremely
well-documented article at:
LOS ANGELES TO STUDY TRANS FAT BAN: (01/10/07): "The government war
on trans fat, started when New York City banned it from restaurant
food, has reached Los Angeles. Los Angeles County supervisors voted
Tuesday to study the feasibility of banning artificial trans fats from
restaurants there, and the City Council in December had asked for
similar report on at least restricting it. "I'm very concerned about
the whole trans-fat issue," Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke said
after Tuesday's vote for the study. "Every time I buy something, I
look to see if it has trans fat."... Condie, president of the
22,000-member California Restaurant Association, said he's open to
suggestions but believes banning something widely used in homes "has
more cons than pros." "What's next? Butter, cheese or anything that
has saturated fat, which accounts for 15 percent of the average
American diet, and also is not healthy, but that also needs to be
taken in moderation," Condie asked. Since January 2006, the Food and
Drug Administration has required that trans-fat content be listed on
all packaged foods. Trans fats, listed on food labels as partially
hydrogenated vegetable oil, are believed to be harmful because they
wreak havoc with cholesterol levels. Last year, the New York City
Board of Health voted to ban trans fats in restaurants and to require
food labels on menus at all chain restaurants that already provide
RED MEAT MAY INCREASE DIABETICS HEART DISEASE RISK: (01/17/07):
"High consumption of red meat and heme iron from the diet may the risk
of coronary heart disease amongst diabetics by 50 per cent, says new
research from Harvard. The researchers behind the study note,
however, that the results do not prove that increased heme iron
consumption from red meat is the actual cause of the apparent increase
in CHD risk. The research looked at the effects of red meat and
dietary iron intake on the incidence of coronary heart disease (CHD)
among the 6,161 women with diagnosed type-2 diabetes enrolled in the
Nurses Health Study. "The major importance of this finding is that,
high consumption of heme iron and red meat may be a more dangerous
cardiovascular risk factor for diabetic patients compared with the
general population," lead author Lu Qi told FoodNavigator.com. An
estimated 19 million people are affected by diabetes in the EU 25,
equal to four per cent of the total population. This figure is
projected to increase to 26 million by 2030. In the US, there are
over 20 million people with diabetes, equal to seven per cent of the
population. The total costs are thought to be as much as $132 bn, with
$92 bn being direct costs from medication, according to 2002 American
Diabetes Association figures..."
EATING SOY: MYTHS, TRUTHS, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN: "Soy foods have
received a great deal of attention in the media in recent years. Very
little that the public hears about soy is neutral. Depending upon whom
you choose to believe, soy is either a wonder food or the next
asbestos. Even among professionals in the field of nutrition and other
sciences, there is much confusion about the conflicting information
drawn from the countless research articles published each year on
soybeans and their derivatives. While it is unlikely that I will
address all concerns or cover every study ever conducted on the health
effects of soy consumption, I hope to give a clearer picture of what
the research regarding soy and human health tells us.... What forms of
soy and how much soy should you be eating?... Choosing traditional and
less processed forms of soy (such as tofu, miso, tempeh, edamame and
even soy milk) over highly processed soy foods (such as soy cheeses,
soy meats, and soy protein isolates) is likely to be a safer choice,
as well. We all need our treats sometimes and the research does not
support the conclusion that eating a little vegan soy cheese on your
pizza is going to cause health problems, so go ahead and allow
yourself some indulgences every now and then if you want to. Just
don't make soy cheese and soy sausage casserole the mainstay of your diet.
[Very edited from from the excellent, well-documented, quite useful,
and with some great opinion links article at:
*06: Bad Tap, "Cheap Food," Pork Secrets, Appetite for Profit
MOST TAP WATER POLLUTED: (01/25/07): "As the United States becomes a
nation of 300 million, the country's older cities face the reality of
overpopulation, crumbling infrastructures, and the health concerns
raised by both, especially those related to the availability of fresh
water. Eric Goldstein, a spokesman for the Natural Resources Defense
Council, has stated that the water distribution systems of cities such
as Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia and New York are in urgent need of
repair. The antiquated water delivery systems in these cities are
comprised of nearly 1 million miles of piping, mostly made of iron. As
the iron pipes corrode, clean water flowing through them becomes
contaminated with rust. Over time the pipes also rupture, causing not
only water loss, but the introduction of pollutants and diseases from
the ground. "Investigations conducted in the last five years suggest
that a substantial proportion of waterborne disease outbreaks, both
microbial and chemical, are attributable to problems within
distribution systems," said the National Research Council in a report
released in December for the Environmental Protection Agency... "I
advise everyone to avoid drinking water from the tap, no matter how
clean the city claims it to be," said consumer health advocate Mike
Adams. "Even when cities claim their water is clean, they may still
add toxic fluoride chemicals and chlorine, which we know promotes
bladder cancer. Filtering your water is crucial for protecting your
A HIGH PRICE FOR 'CHEAP FOOD': (01/28/07): "Whenever someone
criticizes agricultural practices of America's farmers and ranchers as
I do, supporters of the industry... deliver their coup de grace to
silence critics -- cheap food. Don't criticize farmers and ranchers
because they are producing America's cheap food. Cheap food?
Agriculture is the most destructive land use in America. A field of
corn, hay or alfalfa is one of the most simplified ecosystems around.
Not only have these field crops destroyed and replaced native plant
and animal communities, but they have greatly simplified
bio-diversity. Add in the lands used for grazing by livestock, and as
much as 70 percent of America's land is modified or at least
ecologically compromised to accommodate agriculture -- to the great
detriment of native ecosystems and animals... Cheap food? The nation
has lost 44 percent of its original endowment of wetlands, and
agriculture is responsible for the draining of the majority of all
these wetlands. This is certainly the case in Vermont, in which the
Department of Natural Resources estimates the state has lost 35
percent of its wetlands. Draining for farming and other agricultural
practices is the No. 1 cause of damage to Vermont's wetlands...
Agriculture is the No. 1 cause of nonpoint water pollution, accounting
for far more pollution than all the logging, mining, urbanization and
other land uses combined. One cow produces the same daily wastes as 50
people... Nearly 90 percent of the pharmaceutical drugs, including
antibodies, found in our waterways come from livestock production.
Dairy farming in particular uses a tremendous number of these drugs.
Their presence threatens native aquatic life and creates
drug-resistant life forms that ultimately threaten the effectiveness
of all drugs.
The majority of America's farmer produce cheap food -- but it is not
inexpensive. We just aren't paying the full cost at the supermarket.
[Very edited from a great opinion essay with some useful statistics at:
BACK TO PORK'S DIRTY SECRET: (12/14/06): "The nation's top hog
producer is also one of America's worst polluters. Boss Hog America's
top pork producer churns out a sea of waste that has destroyed rivers,
killed millions of fish and generated one of the largest fines in EPA
history... Smithfield Foods, the largest and most profitable pork
processor in the world, killed 27 million hogs last year. That's a
number worth considering. A slaughter-weight hog is fifty percent
heavier than a person. The logistical challenge of processing that
many pigs each year is roughly equivalent to butchering and boxing the
entire human populations of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston,
Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, San Jose,
Detroit, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, San Francisco, Columbus, Austin,
Memphis, Baltimore, Fort Worth, Charlotte, El Paso, Milwaukee,
Seattle, Boston, Denver, Louisville, Washington, D.C., Nashville, Las
Vegas, Portland, Oklahoma City and Tucson. Smithfield Foods actually
faces a more difficult task than transmogrifying the populations of
America's thirty-two largest cities into edible packages of meat. Hogs
produce three times more excrement than human beings do. The 500,000
pigs at a single Smithfield subsidiary in Utah generate more fecal
matter each year than the 1.5 million inhabitants of Manhattan. The
best estimates put Smithfield's total waste discharge at 26 million
tons a year. That would fill four Yankee Stadiums..."
[Very edited from must read extensive, well-documented, and disturbing
AGRIBUSINESS' ENDLESS APPETITE FOR PROFIT: (01/29/07): "[From] An
interview with author Michelle Simon, whose latest book. "Appetite for
Profit," covers the ruthless manner in which corporate giants market
junk foods to boost their profit margin. "... I got the idea for the
book was at a conference in 2004 hosted by ABC News and Time magazine.
It was called "The Summit on Obesity" and they said they were bringing
together 500 of the nation's top experts to forge solutions to the
obesity epidemic. Giving the keynote address was former Secretary of
Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson, a man who knew nothing about
public health, but he was giving his cheerleading speech about how we
all "had to spread the gospel of personal responsibility," which sent
chills down my spine. He then went on to talk about all the major
food companies and what a great job they were doing in coming on
board, and one of the companies he mentioned was Coca-Cola. And
Thompson said something to the effect that Coca-Cola has stopped
marketing in schools, which I knew wasn't true. Then a funny thing
happened: He took questions from the audience. A man got up from the
audience by the name of Charles Brown, who is a representative from
Indiana. He wanted to know that if Coca-Cola was such a responsible
company, then why had they sent five lobbyists to his state capital to
kill his piece of legislation that would have required just half of
all beverages sold in the school vending machines to be healthy? Well,
Tommy Thompson didn't have a very good answer to that, and he just
kinda stammered and said, "Well, I don't know anything about that, but
if it happened again, you call me." ... I felt that this needed to be
exposed, so I put it together with a lot of other examples of
hypocrisy and responses to it, so the book is basically an expose of
the various ways that major food companies are responding to the
criticism that's been leveled against them -- and rightly so -- and
then basically tearing apart their claims and exposing the truth
behind it and showing how it is just a lot of PR.
[Very edited from from the excellent interview at:
*07: Cow: -scapes, with guns (new), go mad, -girl
A NEW "COWS WITH GUNS" FLASH ANIMATION TO THE CLASSIC SONG:
WHEN GOOD COWS GO MAD (& CYBERCOUGARS): (01/17/07): "2007: A
biotechnology company in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, breeds cattle that
are immune to mad cow disease. A relieved beef industry pours funding
into the lab. 2008: Mad-cow-immune cows become the standard for
livestock, but it is discovered that their prion-resistant brains have
given them a primitive, sinister intelligence. Farmhand kickings,
rodeo clown gorings and milkmaid stompings rise 400 percent. A few of
the cows escape into the wild, making capture difficult. The
government decides to sow biogenetically engineered grasses in their
grazing areas, grasses that will release deadly spores into their
systems. 2009: The genetically engineered grass spores fuse
symbiotically with the musculature of the cows, giving them enhanced
strength, increased endurance and possibly X-ray vision. These evil
veg-cows begin to harass South Dakotan suburbs. Deciding to give
genetic engineering a rest, the Department of Homeland Security
instead creates a small army of cybernetically enhanced cougars to
track and hunt the super-cows..."
[Very edited from from the funny satire/parody at:
DVD REVIEW: MAD COWGIRL: (2007): "Therese (Sarah Lassez), a meat
inspector in a sloppy slaughterhouse, is mourning her failed marriage
while carrying on an affair with a creepy televangelist (Walter
Koenig). This chain-smoking alcoholic's already troubled life is
further complicated by an incestuous relationship with a solicitous
sibling (James Duval). And her plight only goes from bad to worse when
her brother deliberately allows her to eat some flesh he knows to be
infected with Mad Cow Disease. As the plague gradually infects her
brain, Therese is mysteriously driven to venture down an even more
self-destructive path... An ultra avant-garde adventure into the
[Very dited from:
*08: Veg Video Watch
[Fine interview of Howard Lyman (he's on the phone) on "Out There TV."
Well-done trailer of clips (some graphic slaughterhouse footage
included) from the Mad Cowboy Documentary starts the 57 minute video,
and there's 27 minutes of Howard interspaced with absurd commercials
(unfortunately). Probably June or July 2006. Original source here:
[2006 World Veg Day Video, from In Defense of Animals. Snippets of
the SF event, John Robbins, Howard, and others:
[Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn:
*09: Bad Act, AR Impacts Farm Bill, Vegan Lessons & Planet
ARE YOU THE TERRORIST NEXT DOOR?: (01/28/07): "Congress recently
passed legislation called the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA),
which can be used to prosecute civil disobedience and speech as
"domestic terrorism" when an animal-related business loses profits and
property. The Act also protects corporations that pollute and destroy
the environment... What are the parameters of the Animal Enterprise
Terrorism Act and who could be tangled in its web, slapped with prison
time and branded a terrorist? Could Oprah Winfrey--the beloved and
successful talk show host--and her former vegetarian guest, Howard
Lyman, be prosecuted as terrorists if they were to repeat anti-beef
comments made to Winfrey's 15 million viewers in 1996?
It is indeed possible because the AETA is overbroad, vague and subject
to the whims of law enforcement, as evidenced last year when six
young, New Jersey website operators became the first individuals
convicted on "animal enterprise terrorism" charges... In 1996, Oprah
Winfrey invited ex-cattle rancher Howard Lyman to talk about Mad Cow
disease on her television show. Lyman knew first-hand how cows--even
diseased ones--were fed being to other cows and how their diets were
supplemented with ground-up dogs, cats and road kill. He explained the
meat production process, and Winfrey offered that she would never eat
another burger. The audience cheered. On the following day, cattle
futures plummeted, and the financial disaster was labeled the "Oprah
Estimated losses to the beef industry were $10 - $12 million, and a
group of cattlemen filed a lawsuit against Winfrey and Lyman under a
Texas food disparagement law. They wanted compensation for loss of
profits. Winfrey and Lyman won, but only after spending over a million
dollars on legal fees. In his book, Mad Cowboy, Lyman says that those
who sued "apparently believe that the First Amendment
was not meant
to be interpreted so broadly as to allow people to say unpleasant
things about beef." If Winfrey and Lyman were to make these comments
today, and viewers hit the streets, embarking upon civil disobedience,
vandalism, even breaking into factory farms and rescuing frightened
death row cows from slaughter, could the pair be held liable as AETA
conspirators? It is entirely possible..."
[Very edited from the disturbing, well-thought analysis of this new
[Learn more, get involved:
ANIMAL-RIGHTS GROUPS COULD IMPACT UPCOMING DEBATES: (02/11/07):
"Used to be that farmers only watched the debates over a farm bill to
see how much money they would get out of it. This year, some
producers have reason to watch a little nervously. Flush with cash,
animal-welfare groups will be pushing to use this year's farm bill to
stop practices they consider inhumane... "We need to see the farm bill
not just as a producer bill but as a producer bill and a consumer
bill," said Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the
United States. "This is important to the public. The public cares
about the humane treatment of animals." A lot has happened since the
last farm bill was written in 2002. The Humane Society, now the most
influential animal-rights group, has more than doubled its membership,
merged with several smaller organizations and expanded its staff.
Between 2002 and 2005, the organization's annual revenue jumped from
$76 million to $141 million... Animal-rights activists view the
legislation as the first step to setting nationwide standards for
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SHARING LESSONS FROM A DECADE OF VEGANISM: (01/28/07): "Sharing a
few of the lessons learned from a decade of veganism: this week I will
have been vegan for 10 years. That's right, beginning in early
February of 1997, I stopped eating all meat, dairy, and egg products.
Additionally, I gave up clothing made with animal products, such as
leather and wool. Normally, I'm not one to discuss my "vegan-ness"
with others unless asked. However, I thought since I now have a decade
of experience with the subject that I would offer some advice on the
subject - to both meat eaters and vegetarians/vegans alike. First,
some tips for my meat-eating friends: Tip #1: I'd love to talk to you
about why I'm a vegan, but only if you promise not to ask while I'm
eating. Honestly, would you like to be interrupted in the midst of
eating your dinner with 20 questions about what was on your plate? I
thought not. So, if you wait until I'm done, we can have a nice
nonjudgmental conversation (on both sides) about why we both eat what
we eat. Tip #2: Most fake meat (and tofu) is delicious. Yes, some of
it looks gross. But really, you should try some - it might surprise
Now some tips for my vegan (and vegetarian) friends: Tip #2: Do your
best to cook fantastic food for meat eaters. Don't just have potlucks
with your vegan friends - invite over meat eaters and cook good food.
E-mail me for suggestions if you need them. Tip #6: Contests over who
is the "most vegan" are for losers and waste a whole lot of time and
energy. In other words, I don't care that you don't eat honey.
Moreover, chastising someone for giving up "only" most meat in their
diet is not a good thing. We all do what we feel comfortable doing."
[Very edited (Jason acknowledged his was careless in how he wrote the
protein comment, from a personal query, so don't bug him about it)
from the refreshingly non-dogmatic article at:
VEGANISM GOOD FOR THE PLANET: (02/04/07): "The Environment Minister
Ben Bradshaw has warned that Britain may need to go back to Second
World War-style rationing if climate change gets worse. Ben Bradshaw
has pointed out that food production did just as much damage as
private transport and housing. Mr. Bradshaw made his comments as a new
government website advised shoppers to help the planet by avoiding
meat and cheese. The www.direct.gov.uk/greenerfood website makes
clear that eating meat and dairy products contributes to global
warming because of the energy and land needed to rear animals. Sheep
and cows also emit harmful methane gas. According to the UK Vegan
Society 'The meat-intensive diets of the developed world contribute to
global warming, deforestation, desertification and water pollution...
The new government website says that meat and cheese are among the
worst for warming the planet, "because of the way they are produced,
packaged, transported or cooked"
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