Sacred Cow

Sacred Cow : The Case for (Better) Meat: Why Well-Raised Meat Is Good for You and Good for the Planet

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We're told that if we care about our health-or our planet-eliminating red meat from our diets is crucial. That beef is bad for us and cattle farming is horrible for the environment. But science says otherwise.

Beef is framed as the most environmentally destructive and least healthy of meats. We're often told that the only solution is to reduce or quit red meat entirely. But despite what anti-meat groups, vegan celebrities, and some health experts say, plant-based agriculture is far from a perfect solution. In Sacred Cow, registered dietitian Diana Rodgers and former research biochemist and New York Times bestselling author Robb Wolf explore the quandaries we face in raising and eating animals-focusing on the largest (and most maligned) of farmed animals, the cow.

Taking a critical look at the assumptions and misinformation about meat, Sacred Cow points out the flaws in our current food system and in the proposed "solutions." Inside, Rodgers and Wolf reveal contrarian but science-based findings, such as:

Meat and animal fat are essential for our bodies.
A sustainable food system cannot exist without animals.
A vegan diet may destroy more life than sustainable cattle farming.
Regenerative cattle ranching is one of our best tools at mitigating climate change.

You'll also find practical guidance on how to support sustainable farms and a 30-day challenge to help you transition to a healthful and conscientious diet. With scientific rigor, deep compassion, and wit, Rodgers and Wolf argue unequivocally that meat (done right) should have a place on the table.

It's not the cow, it's the how!
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Product details

  • Hardback | 250 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 30.48mm | 521.63g
  • Dallas, United States
  • English
  • More than 20 charts/graphs and illustrations; Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1948836912
  • 9781948836913
  • 6,096

Table of contents


Sacred Cow Quick Reference Guide
1: Meat as Scapegoat
Part I: The Nutritional Case for (Better) Meat
2: Are Humans Omnivores?
3: Are We Eating Too Much Meat?
4: Does Meat Cause Chronic Disease?
5: Is Meat a Healthy Food?
6: Even If Meat Isn't Bad for Me, Can't I Get All My Nutrition from Plants?
Part II: The Environmental Case for (Better) Meat
7: What Role Does Livestock Play in Our Environment?
8: Can a Sustainable Food System Exist Without Animals?
9: Are Cattle Contributing to Climate Change?
10: Aren't Cattle Inefficient with Feed?
11: Don't Cattle Take Up Too Much Land?
12: Don't Cattle Drink Too Much Water?
Part III: The Ethical Case for (Better) Meat
13: Is Eating Animals Immoral?
14: Why Did Meat Become Taboo?
15: Why Eat Animals If We Could Survive on Only Plants?
Part IV: What We Can Do
16: Feeding the World
17: Eat Like a Nutrivore
In Closing
About the Authors
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About Diana Rodgers

Diana Rodgers, RD, is a "real food" nutritionist and sustainability advocate. She's an author, runs a clinical nutrition practice, and is the host of The Sustainable Dish Podcast. Diana writes and speaks internationally about the intersection of optimal human nutrition and environmental sustainability. Diana is an advisory board member of Animal Welfare Approved, Savory Institute, and Whole30.

Robb Wolf, a former research biochemist is the two-time New York Times/Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paleo Solution and Wired To Eat. Robb has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world via his top ranked iTunes podcast, books and seminars. Robb has functioned as a review editor for the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism (Biomed Central) and as a consultant for the Naval Special Warfare Resiliency program. He serves on the board of Directors/Advisors for: Specialty Health Inc, The Chickasaw Nation's "Unconquered Life" initiative and a number of innovative start ups with a focus on health and sustainability.
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