This week, the Author of The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability, Lierre Keith, joins me to dispel the three pillars vegetarians lean on to justify their dietary and lifestyle choices. Her book, published in 2009, is still widely discussed and referenced today. In this stirring discussion, Lierre reveals that just six corporations (who she calls grain cartels) own the world’s food supply and how they deceitfully market industrial by-products in the form of soy-based products, how global warming is NOT caused primarily by ruminants but rather by large-scale agricultural practices, and how modern agriculture is destroying our topsoil and our land in general. But she doesn’t stop there! She goes on to explain how proper use of grazing ruminants could actually be a solution to or environmental problems. That’s a message we all need to hear!.
What makes her story even more amazing is that Lierre was a practicing vegan for years. Luckily she realized she was slowly destroying her body by not consuming the vital nutrients necessary for good health. So, will going Vegan save your life and save the planet as is so widely believed? Listen to this podcast before you answer that question.
[4:27] Why Lierre chose to go vegan.
[6:44] How the grain cartel used deceptive marketing to sell the industrial by-product of soy.
[12:01] The cult-like elements of Veganism.
[17:00] Will Veganism save the environment?
[26:21] Moving away from government subsidies and towards grass-based farms.
[32:13] Lierre describes the carbon sequestering process of soil and how global warming started.
[42:44] Lierre shares the moral dilemma brought about by her personal gardening experience.
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The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability