Peak Moment 191: The vegetarian myth
Published by Peak Moment Television on Mon, 03/14/2011 - 08:00
What we eat is destroying both our bodies and the planet, according to author Lierre Keith, a recovering twenty-year vegan. While she passionately opposes factory farming of animals, she maintains that humans require nutrient-dense animal foods for good health. A grain-based diet is the basis for degenerative diseases we take for granted (diabetes, cancer, heart disease) - diseases of civilization. Annual grain production is destroying topsoil and creating deserts on a planetary scale. Lierre urges the restoration of perennial polycultures for longterm sustainability. [http://lierrekeith.com]
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Read Janaia’s journal “Eating to Save the Earth” about this conversation.
From commenter Ed Brown on the Peak Moment website:
I’ve watched many of the Peak Moment TV Conversations and I find them very helpful and educational. Janaia and Robin - you do a great job bringing us critical information for our changing times. Thank you!
That said i must say I found this conversation on vegetarianism difficult to listen to because of all the bad information in the conversation. I’m a vegetarian and think of myself as pretty well educated on the topic of vegetarianism. A friend sent me a review of this book from an Amazon reader that was not very supportive of the book. I share this review as one more piece of information for the debate.
Ed (read the rest of his comment here.
Janaia from Peak Moment TV comments that "Lierre's main point is that agriculture is inherently destructive. THAT's what we should be discussing, I think -- as unthinkable as it is -- in our quest for sustainability.
Lierre informed me that "the charge of "factual errors" comes from one bad review on Amazon.com that the vegans have glommed onto - she [the reviewer] states that I got the facts wrong on isotopes. And there is no way that I got that wrong because that paragraph was written for me by an isotope scientist who runs an isotope lab at UC Riverside, Dr. Louis Santiago . He's literally at the top of his profession." This is the review that Ed Brown copied in his comment on our site that you linked."
Here is another more recent comment...
"While it's demoralizing to see how easily one (that is, Ed Brown) can poke holes in this author's work, her basic premises still stand: properly produced meat and dairy products are necessary for vibrant human health and the manure byproduct of this farming practice closes the essential soil nutrient loop. Basicly this is all she's saying.
The main body of evidence is presented in Dr. Weston Price's book Nourishing Traditions. It is extremely compelling.
And I think Ms. Keith's points about patriarchy and capitalism are well stated, valid and absolutely necessary inclusions in the discussion-- if a broad understanding of our various maladies is to be achieved so we can evolve beyond our current-- horrific-- stage of developement. In fact, I see that deeper discussion as Keith's primary contribution."
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