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Global Footprint, Green Churches, Less Sugar, & "Say 'No' to The Zone"

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  • Mark Sutton
    Howdy! Welcome to the 18th edition of the Mad Cowboy e-Newsletter. Our focus this time around is more environmental and health-based. In this issue you ll see
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      Howdy! Welcome to the 18th edition of the Mad Cowboy e-Newsletter.

      Our focus this time around is more environmental and health-based.

      In this issue you'll see new digital pictures from the Making of the Mad
      Cowboy Feature Documentary, Howard's recent travels, and of the Global
      Human Footprint.

      You'll get a list of 12 reasons to eat local organic food, read about a
      landmark study of organic food containing more cancer-fighting chemicals
      than conventional food (and why!), understand what two UN agencies have
      recommended regarding sugar consumption and reducing health risks globally,
      access referenced factoids about the "The Zone Diet," and know that School
      Gardens are being used to teach children about their food.

      We've also provided some interesting factoids on food production and
      energy, churches going "green," how Cuba is leading the way in sustainable
      agriculture, have links to online veg'n resources, provide info on which
      city has the highest rate of obesity, and maybe encourage a child to
      participate in the CHOICE Essay Contest on "the importance of plant-based

      A special tip of the hat to our new subscribers. Don't forget to check out
      the over 300 referenced factoids on the Mad Cowboy website for your use
      anywhere, anyway. You can also access past issues of the Newsletter at:


      Best wishes to all, and rejoice that Spring is around the corner, so start
      planning those gardens!

      Mark, Editor


      00: Quote from Howard
      01: Pix from Filming the MadCowboy Documentary
      02: Pix from Howard's Recent Sojourns
      03: Factoids: Food, Land, and Population
      04: Article: Global Human Footprint
      05: Article: Protecting God's Creation
      06: Articles: Organic Food
      07: Articles: Obesity, Surveying Risks, & Sugar
      08: Factoids: The Zone Diet
      09: Articles: School Gardens and Urban Farming
      10: Articles: Bologna, CJD/The Beatles
      11: Links: Veg'n Resources of Note
      12: Humor: Dolphin Self-Defense
      13: Contest: CHOICE essay (for children)
      14: MeatOut 2003
      15: Animal Rights 2003 Discussion Group
      16: Donations to the Mad Cowboy Documentary
      17: Howard's Schedule
      18: Answer to Last Issue's Question
      19: Next Issue
      20: Closing Thought(s)

      *00: Quote from Howard
      "The question we must ask ourselves as a culture is whether we want to
      embrace the change that must come, or resist it. Are we so attached to the
      dietary fallacies with which we were raised, so afraid to counter the
      arbitrary laws of eating taught to us in childhood by our misinformed
      parents, that we cannot alter the cuorse they set us on, even if it leads
      to our own ruin? Does the prospect of standing apart or encountering
      ridicule scare us even from saving ourselves?"

      ("Mad Cowboy," pg. 188)

      *01: Pix from Filming the MadCowboy Documentary
      Pat Fitzgerald is one of the film crew for "Mad Cowboy: The Feature
      Documentary," set for release later this year and currently in
      post-production. Pat took many digital photographs during the actual
      filming. The following is the 4th of 4 sets from Pat while in Europe:


      [Previous European Pix from Pat:


      *02: Pix from Howard's Recent Sojourns
      Howard takes his digital camera along when he travels. The following
      thumbnail galleries of images (with links to larger, but not
      high-resolution images) are from travel in late February to early March:

      SOME FAVORITES (from above):

      [Kathy and her hawk in DeKalb, Illinois:
      [Chefs celebrate making their 1st vegan dinner:
      [Bob Chesrowe (Chicago EarthSave):
      [Janet, Jeff, and Brenda - St. Louis, Missouri:
      [Howard and Brand New Vegan:
      [The Farb Family:

      *03: Factoids: Food, Land, and Population
      "Every person leaves an "eco-logical footprint" on the Earth, that amount
      of land which, assuming it is endowed with an average amount of resources,
      is necessary to sustain one human being indefinitely. The average
      American's ecological footprint is about 12 acres, an area far greater than
      that taken up by one's residence and place of school or work and other
      places where he or she is. Those 12 additional acres supply the average
      American with food, fiber, and other resources, as well as capacity for
      waste assimilation and disposal. "

      "A doubling of the American population will accelerate the need for food.
      For every 1% increase in food demand, the price at the farm gate increases
      4.5%. "

      "Currently, the U.S. earns $40 billion per year as the largest food
      exporter in the world. About 60% of the oil used in the U.S. is imported at
      the cost of $75 billion per year. About 400 gallons of oil equilvalents are
      expended to feed each American, about 17% of all energy used, each year. "

      "Water is essential for all life, including productive agriculture. Eastern
      agriculture consumes about 85% of fresh water, but water shortages are
      increasing in the West. "

      "Rainfall is used directly by crops, is stored in diverse water bodies and
      in underground aquifers. Groundwater provides 31% of the water used in U.S.
      agriculture and are, on average, being depleted 25% in excess of recharge

      [Data derived from "Food, Land, Population, and the U.S. Economy," by Drs.
      David Pimentel and Mario Giampietro, and "America's Forgotten Majority: Why
      the White Working Class Still Matters," by Ruy Teixeira and Joel Rogers,
      Basic Books, 2000. August, 2001 ]

      [all the above excerpted from:

      *04: Article: Global Human Footprint
      "The Human Footprint is a quantitative analysis of human influence across
      the globe. A collaboration of conservation biologists from the Wildlife
      Conservation Society, Columbia University researchers and NASA scientists
      created the map, using geographic information systems to combine global
      land use and land cover maps with population data. Using these
      technologies, the collaborators chose four types of data to measure human
      influence: population density, land transformation, human access, and power

      [excerpted from, and map image at:

      *05: Article: Protecting God's Creation
      Motavalli: "Sally Bingham, the environmental minister at Grace Cathedral
      in San Francisco, cites the second chapter of Genesis as a motivation for
      her work: God put Adam in the Garden to till it and to keep it. We haven't
      done a very good job of that. Christians are commanded to love their
      neighbors, and you can't do that by polluting their air and their water.
      Rev. Bingham isn't just talking. She formed a group aimed at persuading
      California's 50,000 congregations to buy green power, and when the state's
      energy crisis ended that option, she switched to convincing them to become
      more energy-conscious.

      Congregations are being asked to sign covenants committing them to
      improving the energy efficiency of their buildings, to creating global
      warming education campaigns, and to using renewable energy when possible.
      There are now solar panels on the roofs of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in
      Sacramento and Congregation Shir Hadash in Los Gatos, for instance."

      [excerpted from:

      *06: Articles: Organic Food
      "APES PREFER ORGANIC: Monkeys at Copenhagen Zoo are going ape over organic
      bananas and other fruits, rejecting non-organic foods left in their cages.
      "The chimpanzees are able to tell the difference between the organic and
      the regular fruit. If we give them organic and traditional bananas, they
      systematically choose the organic bananas, which they eat with the skin on.
      But they peel the traditional bananas before eating them."

      [excerpted from:

      CONVENTIONALLY GROWN FOODS: fruits and veggies grown organically show
      significantly higher levels of cancer-fighting antioxidants than
      conventionally grown foods, according to a new study of corn, strawberries
      and marionberries. The research suggests that pesticides and herbicides
      actually thwart the production of phenolics chemicals that act as a plant's
      natural defense and also happen to be good for our health. Fertilizers,
      however, seem to boost the levels of anti-cancer compounds.

      "If an aphid is nibbling on a leaf, the plant produces phenolics to defend
      itself," says Alyson Mitchell, Ph.D., a food scientist at the University of
      California, Davis, and lead author of the paper. "Bitter or harsh phenolics
      guard the plant against these pests."

      The findings appear in the Feb. 26 print edition of the Journal of
      Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a peer-reviewed journal of the American
      Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society.

      [excerpted from the larger press release at:


      "(8) Energy Conservation. Buying locally grown organic foods decreases
      dependence on petroleum, a non- renewable energy source. One fifth of all
      petroleum now used in the United States is used in Agriculture. Organic
      production systems do not rely upon the input of petroleum derived
      fertilizers and pesticides and thus save energy at the farm. Buying from
      local producers conserves additional energy at the distribution level."

      [for all 12:

      *07: Articles: Obesity, Surveying Risks, & Sugar
      SAN ANTONIO HAS HIGHEST RATE OF OBESITY: by Rob Stein Wash Post, March 3,
      2003; Page A03

      [excerpted]: "San Antonio has gained the unenviable position of being the
      community in the United States with the greatest percentage of obese
      adults, according to new federal statistics. In 2001, the most recent year
      for which national data on obesity are available, 31.1 percent of adults in
      San Antonio were considered obese -- the highest rate in the nation. Gary,
      Ind., had the second-highest obesity rate -- 28.8 percent.

      The new data come from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, an
      ongoing national survey of risk factors for disease compiled annually by
      the CDC."

      largest telephone survey, tracks health risks in the United States.
      Information from the survey is used to improve the health of the American
      people." Check out the interface interface, ability to select topics as
      well as States:


      "GLOBAL OBESITY REPORT URGES LESS SUGAR: by Emma Ross, AP Medical Writer:
      LONDON (AP): People should get no more than 10 percent of their calories
      from sugar, experts say in a major new report Monday on how to stem the
      global epidemic of obesity-linked diseases. The study is the most
      significant in more than a decade on what the world should be doing about
      its diet.

      The report was commissioned by two U.N. agencies, the World Health
      Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization, and compiled by a
      panel of 30 international experts. The report underlines what doctors have
      been saying for years that along with regular exercise, a diet low in
      fatty, sugary and salty food is key to staying healthy. The experts
      recommend one hour of daily exercise, double the amount recommended by the
      U.S. government but the same as that endorsed by other establishments.

      The experts said people should restrict their consumption of added sugar
      meaning sugar not naturally present in honey, syrups and fruit juices to
      below 10 percent of calories.

      In the United States, which leads the world in obesity, the government's
      Dietary Guidelines for Americans advise only that sugar should be used in
      moderation. The Institute of Medicine, part of the U.S. National Academy of
      Sciences, recommended in September that sugar could make up to 25 percent
      of calories.

      The food industry immediately decried the document, insisting more exercise
      is the key to ending obesity. The U.S. National Soft Drink Association
      said that a 10 percent limit on sugar should not be part of the plan. "

      [for the full, comprehensive, and fascinating report:

      *08: Factoids: The Zone Diet
      [Ten new factoids, about "The Zone Diet" have been added to the "Human
      Health" Factoids Section of the MadCowboy Website:

      The following are two of them:

      (1) "Barry Sears' promise: Follow his diet and you will achieve permanent
      weight loss, increased energy, and improved health --- and all without
      restricting calories." ("Enter the Zone", Sears, Barry, Harper/Collilns,
      New York, NY, 1995)

      "This is not a calorie deprivation program." ("Enter the Zone," pg. 97)

      "Daily calories recommended by the National Academy of Sciences for a 128
      pound woman: 2,000"

      "Daily calories recommended by some females following the Zone diet:
      1,100" (http://www.drsears.com/site/Tools/FAQs/FAQsHome.nsf)

      "Daily calories recommended by the National Research Council for a 175
      pound man: 2,900"

      "Daily calories consumed by some males following the Zone die: 1,400"
      (http://www.drsears.com/site/Tools/FAQs/FAQsHome.nsf) []

      (2) "It is painfully clear, in spite of Sears statements to the contrary,
      that the foundation of the Zone is extreme calorie restriction. In the
      short term, such a very low calorie diet will indeed lead to weight loss,
      but most of it is water loss. In the long term, it will cause nutritional
      deficiencies and a decreased metabolic rate, making it even harder to
      maintain a healthy weight." (Jennifer Raymond, nutritionist - "Caution:
      Approaching the Zone" - http://www.navs-online.org/voice/zone.html)

      *09: Articles: School Gardens and Urban Farming
      the little plot is more than a garden. It's also an outdoor classroom,
      where teacher Heather Best illustrates science, nutrition, history and math
      lessons. In addition to reading books about biology and the life of
      plants, students can put their hands in the dirt, plant a seed, track its
      growth and eat the result. It's the hands-on experience that keeps
      students' interest, Best said.

      The state Department of Education is encouraging schools to use gardens
      with a series of books that show teachers how to link them to lesson plans.
      Younger students start by tracking the life of a vegetable from seed to
      dinner table. More advanced grades use the garden to discuss the history of
      agriculture and its effect on where and how civilizations settled. "Kids
      are naturally curious," Evans said. "They get their hands in the dirt and
      they want to know what's going on in there. It's magical to water a seed
      and watch it grow. Or find out why it didn't grow." There have long been
      gardens in schools linked with 4-H programs or agriculture studies, but
      using the garden as a classroom is the new emphasis, she said."

      [excerpted from:

      [related resources:

      the disappearance of Soviet subsidies after the 1989 collapse of the USSR
      and the tightening of the US embargo against Cuba that forced the people of
      Cuba to adopt a quasi-vegetarian diet. Until then, Cuba had a
      sophisticated, petroleum-dependent, agricultural infrastructure that saw
      80% of its arable land producing export crops while importing 60% of its
      food from Soviet allies - a classic example of globalized food production.
      The abruptness with which they experienced the loss of cheap food and
      petroleum imports created a socially painful understanding of the
      importance of food security.

      But today, the country is largely food self-sufficient, with 80% of all
      agricultural production being organic; that is, food is grown using no
      biocides, synthetic (petroleum-based) fertilizers, with low-input,
      soil-enhancing alternatives such as crop rotation, diversification,
      composting, and green manures. And quite serendipitously, Cubans noticed
      improvements to both their environment and to their health.

      "It was an economic crisis that helped change our whole country," said
      Gilberto at the home of a Canadian friend. "The crisis clearly affected our
      food production and health." He added that the original push is
      unprecedented in world history."

      [excerpted from:

      *10: Articles: Bologna, CJD/The Beatles
      *"WHAT'S IN YOUR BOLOGNA?": Buckling under pressure from a meat industry
      that donates generously to the Republican Party and bowing yet again to the
      special interests, the Bush administration weakened proposed rules that
      would protect consumers from the dangerous Listeria bacteria.

      When seven people died and dozens were hospitalized from a Listeria
      outbreak in the summer of 2002, the Agriculture Department created a plan
      to protect the public from future outbreaks.

      After a White House review, the USDA issued rules much weaker than those
      originally proposed. Inspectors will only conduct tests in plants that
      produce the very riskiest products, or plants that don't test on their own
      and report the results to the USDA. The rules also did not include fines
      for health violations that were in the original proposals.

      Lobbyists for the meat industry were ecstatic with their success. In a
      private industry newsletter, they crowed that USDA staffers "bought into
      much of the industry proposal" and said the new rules were the result of
      "industry efforts made at the White House level." [OpenSecrets.org; Time
      Magazine, 3/3/03]

      [excerpted from:

      "CJD FEARS FOR BEATLES AIDE: a woman who helped manage "The Beatles" has
      suspected CJD, the human form of mad cow disease. Beryl Adams, 65, was an
      assistant to the band's boss Brian Epstein during the 1960s. She began
      suffering disorientation two weeks ago. Docs in Liverpool say she has
      symptoms of incurable variant CJD. Her partner Allan Williams, 72, The
      Beatles first manager, said: This has left me devastated."


      *11: Resources: Veg'n Resources of Note
      [Incredible searchable online database of veg recipes:

      [1,800 Vegan Recipes from Around the World:

      [Yahoo Discussion Groups:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/quick_vegetarian (> 1000 subscribers)
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vegetarianbaby (> 1274 subscribers)

      [General information, recipes, networking, articles:
      http://www.famousveggie.com/ (incredible quotes section!)
      http://www.vegweb.com/ (recipes, info, discussion board of note)
      http://www.vrg.org/ (The Vegetarian Resource Group - wonderful site)

      *12: Humor: Dolphin Self-Defense

      *13: Contest: CHOICE essay (for children)
      [$100 awards - on the importance of a plant-based diet:

      *14: MeatOut 2003

      Meatout is your best, once-a-year opportunity to tell your friends and
      neighbors about the health, environmental, and ethical benefits of
      plant-based eating, as well as help them "kick the meat habit and explore a
      more wholesome, less violent diet of fruits, vegetables, and grains.

      Join thousands of caring people in all 50 states and around the world on
      March 20 by hosting a Meatout event in your area. Participating is easy,
      no matter what the size of your event. We want you to join us. We are
      here to help you. Join us at and be part of the solution! The animals need
      ALL of us working for them!

      Home Page: http://www.meatout.org


      [To subscribe to the Meatout Yahoo Discussion Group, send a blank e-mail to:

      *15: Animal Rights 2003 Discussion Group
      Animal Rights 2003 is the movement's annual national conference intended
      for sharing knowledge, discussing strategies and tactics, and providing
      networking opportunities for activists. To make it possible for more
      activists across the U.S. to attend, conferences will be held this year in
      both Washington, D.C., June 27-July 2; and Los Angeles, California, August
      1-5. Both conferences will feature speakers from every area of the animal
      rights movement in plenary sessions, panels and discussion groups, as well
      as dozens of exhibits and an extraordinary video lineup.

      This discussion group is provided to give organizers, presenters, and
      attendees an opportunity to exchange ideas to improve the quality of the
      conferences and to make inquiries on topics not adequately addressed on the
      website. You can also get a head start on planning your own conference
      objectives, and communicating and connecting with other activists by
      subscribing to and then posting at:


      The easiest way to join the group is to send a blank e-mail to:

      For more information about Animal Rights 2003 East or Animal Rights 2003
      West, go to: http://www.animalrights2003.org/

      *Please note that we have two discussion boards relating to conference
      travel and lodging (both accessible at the above main AR2003 site).

      Patti@... ; 1- 888-FARMUSA

      *16: Donations to the Mad Cowboy Documentary
      *Both Mooshoes and VeganCats will donate 5% of sales accessed through the
      MadCowboy Home Page to the filming of the Mad Cowboy Feature Documentary.
      Check 'em out! Mooshoes sells much more than shoes, and VeganCats sells
      cruelty-free products for cats AND dogs!

      *17: Howard's Schedule

      Mar 15: Phoenix, AZ < 7:30 pm, Camelback Lecture Series: lmlmcdow@...
      Mar 21: Dodge Center, MN < 7 pm, Seventh Day Adventists Church
      Mar 22: Dodge Center, MN < 6 pm. Contact: sdickie@...

      Apr 03: Alexandria, VA < 1 - 3 pm, Northern VA Community College
      Apr 09: Kingston, RI < 7:30 pm, RI Univ.: amow8438@...
      Apr 12: Ann Arbor, MI
      Apr 16: Boulder, CO < Univ. of Colorado - stipendous@...
      Apr 22: Spokane, Washington > Spokane Com. College: ARowan@...
      Apr 25: New Ashford, MA < 6 pm - Berkshire Veggie Dinner: peace@...
      Apr 26: Manchester, CT

      May 02: Boise, Idaho
      May 03: Sun Valley
      May 16: Worthington, OH < Wellness Forum - Dr. Pamela Popper: 614.841.7700
      May 17: SDA, OH
      May 24: Potomac, MD < SDA, 10311 River Rd - Richard Gonzales: 301.441.2427

      JUN 28 - JUL 01: AR2003 (WashDC)

      *18: Answer to Last Issue's Question
      "What do companies buy for $1 and sell for 600 times that original cost?"

      "Most bottle[ed water] can cost from $0.69 to $1.29. The majority, like
      Dasani, have an average cost of $0.99 for 17 to 20 ounces. By comparison,
      $1 will purchase over 600 gallons of municipal water at current rates."

      [excerpted from:

      "Pepsi and Coca Cola control the top two spots in the market with Aquafina
      and Dasani, respectively. Aquafina is municipal water from such places as
      Wichita, KS, while Dasani flows from the taps of Queens, NY; Jacksonville,
      FL; and other locations. The average price of a one-liter bottle of
      Aquafina is $1.09 -- 1,741 times the average US Public drinking water price
      of $17.70 per 1,000 cubic feet. "

      [excerpted from:
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