Have you noticed a lot of advertising for meat alternatives lately? Does it seem like you see veggie burgers and soy sausage everywhere you look? While waiting for my haircut I saw two ads in a women's magazine for meatless products.Ten years ago those would have been limited to health magazines.
It is no accident. There is a growing group of investors including Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Peter Thiel who want to replace burgers, sausage, other animal protein with meatless alternatives. I have no problem with vegetarianism or veganism, but I do have a problem with branding all meat and diary products as unhealthy and wasteful.
Research shows just the opposite:
1. Raw milk is one of the best sources of MSM (methylsufonylmethane) and iodine.
2. Organic grass-fed beef is one of the best sources for amino acids, CLAs, and minerals.
3. Grazing grass ranges with cows, goats, and the like protects lands from desertification. In Africa, they reversed desertification with grazing.
4. Raw milk cheeses are one of the best sources of vitamin K2, needed to utilize vitamin D3.
5. Organic free-range eggs are one of the best sources of phosphatidylcholine, needed for eye and brain health.
This list could be much longer, but my point is not to overwhelm but to demonstrate that nutrition from certified organic meats and dairy are essential to good health. In the past decades, meat-based nutrition has been increasingly blamed on poor health and global warming. Even when studies reveal the facts that I listed above, healthy meats still gets bad press.
The problem is that all meat and dairy is not created equal. There is mass marketed toxin-loaded commercial products and there is family farmed carefully crafted clean products. When "experts" bash animal protein they use research based on the first products, not clean organic protein. From this faulty position that all animal protein is toxic they push vegetarian meatless alternatives that are reportedly safer. But in fact they contain harmful ingredients such as soy and soy derivatives. Every meat alternative needs soy to give it a meat-like texture.
Here's just a few problems with meatless protein:
1. Unfermented soy contains estrogen and estrogen-like compounds that lead to increased breast and prostate cancer rates.
2. Soy leghemoglobin used to make soy burgers ooze red like beef burgers has not been determined safe by the FDA. It is made by genetically engineering yeast to make heme, the part of blood that is red.
3. Soy components interfere with thyroid and other metabolic pathways.
4. All non-organic soy crops are GMO and sprayed heavily with cancer-causing glyphosates
5. GMO crops, like soybeans, are depleting the soil of nutrients, good bacteria, insects, and promote resistant weeds.
6. The WHO (World Health Organization) used to list soy as an abortifactant (stimulates miscarriage). Some have blamed increasing infertility rates on it.
So why the push to get rid of all animal protein, including healthy organic grass-fed meats and dairy, to replace it with laboratory food? It does not make sense until you understand what people believe.
The people pushing a meatless market believe that the world is over-populated and under-resourced. These assumptions absolutely change a person's actions as do all beliefs. When people believe it takes 16 pounds of grain to make a pound of beef, of course beef production does not sound sustainable. But when you KNOW that grass-fed organic does not consume one ounce of grain and helps keep a grass range ecosystem thriving, you see beef in a different light. When you believe that farm animals are the greatest consumers of water (1700 gallons per pound of conventional beef, 1,250 gallons per pound of conventional lamb) then of course you want to limit their numbers. But when you KNOW that GMO corn uses 2,500 gallons per bushel and GMO soybeans 27,000 per acre every 4-5 days, then suddenly the world of animals does not look so destructive. Also, when you KNOW that organic grass-fed animals rely on rainwater not irrigation, then animal protein looks better yet. When you add in the other gallons of water needed to process soy into patties and package, then organic animal protein looks downright earth friendly.
When we take an honest look at grass-fed organic animals and the products they create, we see time and again they are a win-win for the health of humanity and the health of our ecosystems.
Our family saw this first hand when we started our grass-fed beef ranch twelve years ago, it was overgrazed, the springs were muddied, and the fields full of weeds; decades of conventional cattle production left it run down. But with sane rotational grazing, protective fencing of waterways, and smart herd management we now make some of the healthiest beef around, our springs run clear, and our land is thriving. Best yet, our customers who cannot eat conventional meat, report they can eat ours and feel good. Their family's health is thriving!
The problem with the meatless push is that we are making decisions based on faulty information and by comparing apples to cumquats. We've got to start with the TRUTH: the world is not overpopulated, eating soy increases the problems industrial meat created, and family farming helps people and the environment.
Vegetables are key to health; there is no doubt about that. Two thirds of my diet is organic vegetables. But when meatless is boiled down to toxic GMO soy products, we've stopped supporting health and have started supporting another industrialized food source that is worse than commercial beef.
That's all for this week.
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Wholeness Living Thought Leader
Wholeness Living Thought Leader