If you are keto then you saw avocado in that title!!
Just kidding, on episode 48 of the Keto Sisters’ Podcast we talk about the rise in Veganism, some shocking videos, the trolling by vegans and some of the myths surrounding the statements coming from the vegan world.
We have always said ‘each to their own’, what suits one person may not suit another. We have said this about keto too, but we pretty much have to draw the line when it comes to the vegan diet.
Have a listen to the podcast and let us know what you think. You can listen where ever you get your podcasts or click on the link in the sidebar on this page.
Set out below are the links to the items referred to in the podcast, from the Instagram accounts to that video showing the shocking decline of one particular vegan!
Shawn Baker’s IGTV video https://www.instagram.com/tv/B_yuIifn-hp/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
Ryan Lowry’s YouTube Channel and Instagram accounts: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzzoU_dEFbWy0zEEkLv-iCw
Laura Spath’s Instagram and THAT photo: https://www.instagram.com/lauraespath/?hl=en
In Christina’s article quoted below she outlines some of the science behind why we would never stand behind the vegan diet, apart from our love of steak with butter, of course. Grab a cuppa and have a read.
“Here’s my take on veganism and the problem with the misrepresentation that cattle and meat production is bad for the environment.
Forgetting about the lack of bioavailable forms of B12 from non-animal sources that prevents proper methylation of tryptophan (essential for brain health), veganism not carnivores is what will kill the planet.
Pre modern agriculture there were billions more ruminant animals ( cattle, sheep, antelopes, deer, giraffes etc) on the planet than there are today. The population of bison and buffalo in America alone was thought to be in the billions.
The problem is NOT with cows or meat production. Meat and meat products gives us more nutrition per gram than vegetables meaning that we get more from less. To get the same vitamin profile from 30g of bone marrow you would need to eat more than 2.5kg of vegetables.
Deforestation to make grazing pastures is a problem only in so far that billions of hectares are already taken by mass crop production. Replace those with grasslands that migratory ruminants can freely use, you solve both the environmental and animal welfare (allowing for the expression of natural instincts) issues. Raising the animals naturally and allowing them to roam freely and forage is vital for the health of the animal and therefore the quality of the meat we eventually consume.
Yes, cows do produce methane, however this is only one of several greenhouse gases and has a life of around 5 years. Contrast this with carbon dioxide which lasts 200 years.
In addition, NASA has released a study https://www.resilience.org/stories/2018-01-18/new-nasa-study-solves-climate-mystery-confirms-methane-spike-tied-oil-gas/ showing that the increased levels of methane is due to fracking, not cows, and another study out recently has shown that plant based agriculture is also a much more significant contributor to greenhouse gases than ever thought or reported.
What is destroying our topsoil and environment is the mass production of monocrops. They destroy biodiversity above and below the soil. Contrast this with cows, which actually build up topsoil and increase biodiversity – see the Knepp rewilding project in Sussex https://knepp.co.uk/the-drivers In addition, grazing cows REDUCE CARBON. You can also read this recent study https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/study-white-oak-pastures-beef-reduces-atmospheric-carbon-300841416.html
Although cows do produce some methane, this addition to climate change is miniscule compared to the carbon that is removed from the atmosphere by grazing animals. When cows eat grass (just like in the wild), they cause the grass to dump carbon into the soil (because the grass has a symbiotic relationship with the soil fungus, providing it with sugar – a 6-carbon molecule – in exchange for micronutrients) sequestering carbon from the atmosphere and creating up to a foot of topsoil/year. If the earth’s grasslands were covered in cattle, it would completely reverse climate change in our lifetime.
Our society is already eating a plant based diet (even meat eaters are eating mainly plants) and it is playing havoc with our health. Ironically, mass agriculture of grains and beans is actually the cause of desertification (removal of topsoil), which has contributed more carbon to the atmosphere and climate change than ALL fossil fuel use combined.
Plant based diets are actually causing climate change, and grazing cows is one of the only things that can reverse it. And red meat is actually the healthiest food for the human body. Humans aren’t grainivores, we don’t have a gizzard (the organ that grinds grains into flour in the animal’s body) and grains are one of the newest foods to be added to the human diet. Add to that the diminished nutritional profile of vegetables with the degradation of soil quality. We can’t eat enough to get the vitamins and minerals we need because the soil is so deficient.
Here is a short ted talk which shows the power of putting MORE cows into an environment to reverse desertification:
I also suggest you listen to climate change scientist Dr Frank Miloehner who explains why the mainstream view of cows and climate change is so woefully inadequate and based on myth: