Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat
Howard F. Lyman, Glen Merzer
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Told by the man who kicked off the infamous lawsuit between Oprah and the cattlemen, Mad Cowboy is an impassioned account of the highly dangerous practices of the cattle and dairy industries.
Howard Lyman's testimony on The Oprah Winfrey Show revealed the deadly impact of the livestock industry on our well-being. It not only led to Oprah's declaration that she'd never eat a burger again, it sent shock waves through a concerned and vulnerable public.
A fourth-generation Montana rancher, Lyman investigated the use of chemicals in agriculture after developing a spinal tumor that nearly paralyzed him. Now a vegetarian, he blasts through the propaganda of beef and dairy interests—and the government agencies that protect them—to expose an animal-based diet as the primary cause of cancer, heart disease, and obesity in this country. He warns that the livestock industry is repeating the mistakes that led to Mad Cow disease in England while simultaneously causing serious damage to the environment.
Persuasive, straightforward, and full of the down-home good humor and optimism of a son of the soil, Mad Cowboy is both an inspirational story of personal transformation and a convincing call to action for a plant-based diet—for the good of the planet and the health of us all.
agricultural exports go to feed livestock abroad. We are helping to fatten animals for slaughter everywhere. It is generally only people who are left hungry. Barring some horrific war or catastrophic outbreak of disease, the current population of the earth–nearly six billion people–will roughly double within the next sixty years. There will likely be ten to twelve billion people sharing this planet by the year 2060. By far the greater share of that population growth will take place in countries
of the animals. These growth hormones are similar to the steroids that misguided muscle-builders use at significant risk to their own health. The hormones were either added to the feed, injected directly into the animals, or implanted underneath their hides in the form of timed-release pellets. For years, the hormone I used most frequently was diethylstilbestrol, or DES. I used it not only to stimulate growth but also to abort pregnant heifers. (After all, the added weight of a fetus would have
to the States for breeding purposes until 1987. An effort has since been made to track and destroy those cattle imported in the years prior to the ban, as well as their offspring, but it would be naïve to expect such an effort to be thoroughly effective. The presence of Downer Cow Syndrome across America is certainly cause for concern. To date, our government has not responded to requests to step up its surveillance of downer cows, and conduct autopsies of their brains. Numbers of CJD cases have
drug that aggravates the long-term problem of the overproduction of milk. Having invested hundreds of millions developing this pointless product, Monsanto has naturally fought vigorously for its acceptance and use, with seemingly little concern for the health consequences to cows or humans, or the economic consequences to farmers. The company acts as if it were promoting some great boon for humankind, but it is instead advancing a boondoggle. The experience of John Kurtz, a well-respected
rBGH-treated cows was “virtually” indistinguishable from milk from normal cows, and therefore that mandatory labeling of rBGH milk was unnecessary. The FDA further supported Monsanto by insisting that, should any milk producer engaged in interstate commerce (over which the FDA has jurisdiction) wish to voluntarily label its products as being free of artificial hormones, it might do so only if it added that “No significant difference has been shown” between milk derived from treated and untreated