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Sacred Cow: The Case for (Better) Meat: Why Well-Raised Meat Is Good for You and Good for the Planet Hardcover – Illustrated, July 14, 2020
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"Sacred Cow proposes a new way to look at sustainable diets. The book takes a deep dive into the nutritional claims against meat, why cattle raised well are actually good for the environment, and address the ethical considerations surrounding killing animals for food. The truth is, you cannot have life without death, and eliminating animals from our food system could cause more harm than good."
—Michelle Tam, New York Times bestselling author of Nom Nom Paleo
"All too often, the voices making the least scientifically accurate claims are the loudest, and it’s hard not to be influenced by that sexy Netflix documentary on going vegan. But what if you could do both—eat the animal products that you believe help you feel your best, sourced via farming practices that support the environment and animal welfare? In Sacred Cow, dietitian Diana Rodgers and New York Times bestselling author Robb Wolf help you do just that, with scientific rigor, deep compassion, and wit. They examine the data on cattle and nutrient-density, the environment, and the ethics around eating meat across the globe, arriving at conclusions designed to help you feel good about the beef you are feeding your family."
—Melissa Urban, Whole30 cofounder and CEO
“Diana and Robb have answered the burning question about meat. Sacred Cow proves ‘It’s not the COW, it’s the HOW.’ The answer to our broken food system is not no meat, it's better meat. If you are concerned about red meat’s impact on your health and the planet, this book is for you.”
—Mark Hyman, MD, Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine
“Diana and Robb have precisely and approachably laid out the science on how grazing animals are critical to the future of sustainable agriculture. They also definitively refute the claims that meat is unhealthy and make a convincing case that eating meat can be done in an ethical manner. I highly recommend Sacred Cow for anyone who eats.”
—Mark Sisson, New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet and founder of Primal Kitchen foods
“Humans have been eating meat for at least 2.6 million years, and it has played a critical role in our evolution. In this important book, Diana Rodgers and Robb Wolf use the most recent scientific evidence to make the nutritional, environmental, and ethical case for better meat—and to debunk increasingly common myths and misunderstandings about the role of animal products in our diet.”
—Chris Kresser, New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Cure and Unconventional Medicine
“Sacred Cow: The Case for Better Meat is a comprehensive, well documented treatise that provides us with all the scientific data we need to make informed choices about how to eat that will benefit BOTH ourselves and our planet!”
—Frederick Kirschenmann, PhD, Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University
“Abandoning animal agriculture might well be the greatest mistake humanity could ever make. Today’s science cannot give definitive answers to the complex questions of human nutrition and ecological integrity. However, the scientific evidence indicting animal agriculture is weak, and evidence defending animal-based foods and farm animals as essential for human health and agricultural sustainability is strong—as clearly documented in Sacred Cow.”
—John Ikerd, PhD, professor emeritus of agricultural economics at the University of Missouri
“The current war against meat eaters and livestock farmers promises ethical, ecological, and health benefits from fake lab meat and plant-only diets. Sacred Cow debunks every utopian promise with precision missiles from science and a deep understanding of how life and the planet actually work.”
—Joel Salatin, owner of Polyface Farm and editor of The Stockman Grass Farmer
"The shift in agriculture, from one based on biology to one based on chemistry, and the resulting shift in our diets from whole foods to highly processed foods have resulted in nutrition-related disease, obesity, and environmental destruction. Diana and Robb fully understand the problem and the solution: we must change our diets and regenerate our soils, and well-managed grazing animals are critical to this transition.”
—Allan Savory, president of Savory Institute and chairman of the Africa Center for Holistic Management
“So much of the confusion about creating a sustainable future is based on a misunderstanding of ecology, evolution, and our place within the natural world. Much of our confusion has to do with our increasing separation from nature, especially how our food is produced. This book clearly explains how it all fits together, and how the interwoven evolution of ruminants, grasslands, and homo sapiens is not something to be left in the past, but to be celebrated and reclaimed.”
—Mark A. Ritchie, PhD, executive director of the International Sustainable Development Studies Institute
“Diana and Robb have written a tour de force making the case that meat can be good for our bodies, the animals, and the earth. Sacred Cow is the antidote to miserably meatless mondays and impossibly impotent impossible burgers. The cure is an ethical approach to eating animals, giving them their rightful place in our ecology.”
—Chris Masterjohn, PhD, former assistant professor of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College
About the Author
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.
- Publisher : BenBella Books; Illustrated edition (July 14, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 250 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1948836912
- ISBN-13 : 978-1948836913
- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.3 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #29,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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And i have not been able to put it down.
This is not just a "must read", it's a "must-own" and here's why.
If you're like me, you lament the extreme partisanship that's taken over the nutrition world. Vegans and carnivores have become like red states and blue states, and discussion and exchange about these wildly emotionally charged issues (i.e. to eat or not eat meat, the care and feeding of the planet) is becoming more and more difficult.
You either take your team's tribal talking points, or you go to "the other side".
Robb and Diana have done neither. They present the reasonable, rational and often surprising truth about meat eating, NOT in an agenda-driven agitprop way, but as interested parties open-mindedly seeking to get as close to "the truth" as you can in a field so highly influenced (and understandably so) by emotion.
I happen to support that position. As a dyed-in-the-wool animal lover it pains me to say this but i believe that the human genus-- which has been on the planet for between 2.4 and 2.6 million years-- simply does better with some animal products in our diet.
But that is a hard case to make at the dinner table-- even when you're a published author and nutritionist-- in the face of angry arguments about what meat does to the planet and how it causes cancer and heart disease.
Robb and Diana explore every one of those arguments and they do so fairly, cogently, thoroughly....and without raising their collective "voice".
That's why I say this is a "must own". If you're ever called upon to refute some of the arguments against eating meat-- as I am constantly-- you will want this book handy as a reference. I know I will!
Finally, one more bunch o' kudos: Robb and Diana come to some conclusions that neither "side" of the meat debate are going to love. But they sincerely want to get to the facts about stuff-- even when those facts may throw doubt on some of their own previous conclusions. That makes them remarkably reliable and trustworthy, at least to me.
I'm truly going to recommend this book to everyone.
Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS
author, "Living Low Carb", "The Great Cholesterol Myth"
5 moos up!
In all seriousness. I have followed these amazing authors & the Paleo (aka real food) lifestyle for years so I am thrilled they are taking on the topic of healthy meat, regenerative agriculture & the quality of grassfed vs grain. Its not the cow, it's the how.
This is one of our Mama's that provide us milk daily & her son is our future meat for the freezer. Quality matters.
By Stephanie on July 17, 2020
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The book is well written and researched and so kindly dispels the myths of the vegan/plant-based agenda. But the writers clearly love plants too. Its about how we live in harmony, both communities and not opposed.
Its full of surprising information. One important one is that there isn't enough arable land for crops but there is enough for grazing ruminant animals.
Even if you're opposed to eating meat, I recommend this book for looking at another point of view. Regenerative agriculture is a great way to save the planet.
The book is written in a easy to read way and tackles all of the concerns over raising meat for food in a systematic manner, dispelling the many popular misconceptions put forward to outlaw the eating of meat all backed by scientific research. I would recommend it for animal based and plant based readers alike.
I believe history will look back on this book very favourably in saving this planet and homo sapiens from pending doom!
It could not be more timely given our current climate of fake news and distorted marketing claims.
Sacred Cow systematically details several important points related to regenerative agriculture, optimal human health and the health of our planet.
This should be compulsory reading for any human that eats.