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02_14_07: Dr. Esselstyn & Howard Interviewed, Heart Safe Recipes

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    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 14, 2007
      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
      United States.

      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
      else online.

      ... 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
      Valentines Day!

      [personal vegan blog: http://www.soulveggie.com]


      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
      nutritional profile."


      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!

      "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!


      "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:

      http://www.vegnews.com or e-mail: editor@... or call

      *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
      into place.
      4. Arrange tomate slices over rice and sprinkle with a handful of
      green onions.
      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
      are gone.
      3. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until sauce is smooth
      and thick.

      NOTE: This sauce is also good with vegetables.

      (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.

      (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
      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."

      [Edited from:

      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."

      [Edited 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.""

      [Edited from:

      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."

      [Edited from:

      "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."

      [Edited from:

      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..."

      [Edited from:

      "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..."

      [Edited from:

      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...."

      [Edited from:

      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..."

      [Edited from:

      (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
      becomes non-ambulatory..."

      [Edited from:

      "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."

      [Very edited from:

      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
      university spokeswoman."

      [Edited from:

      [See also the more detailed science view at:

      (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..."

      [Edited from:

      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..."

      [Edited from:

      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..."

      [Edited from:

      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."

      [Edited from:

      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."

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      "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."

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      (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
      rulemaking process.""

      By John Gregerson on Friday, February 09, 2007

      [Edited from:

      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..."

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      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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      "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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      "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."

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      (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..."

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      *05: Red Meat/Diabetes, HSFC Dangers, Soy Myths, No T.Fat L.A.?
      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
      as fructose.

      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
      calorie information."

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      "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..."

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      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

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      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
      article at:

      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


      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:

      also 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
      law at:

      [Learn more, get involved:

      "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
      livestock care..."

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      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"<br/><br/>(Message over 64 KB, truncated)
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