For those who missed the August 10 Sacred Cow webinar and post-presentation discussion with renowned dietitian, author, farmer and director Diana Rodgers, RD, the County has made it available for public viewing. Check out this fascinating chat on the moral, environmental and nutritional quandaries we face in raising and eating animals.
About This Webinar
At a time when many are considering eliminating meat due to potential environmental, nutritional or ethical concerns, Diana Rodgers makes the case for more, better meat. She covers some common misconceptions (and disinformation) about meat, and identifies some of the market forces behind these messages. As a dietitian who has studied the human requirement for protein, she shows how animal products provide the most optimal source. Through her experience on a working regenerative farm, combined with her research into the environmental issues concerning sustainable food production, Diana details how well-managed cattle can be one of our best chances at reversing climate change.
The Sacred Cow Webinar and Q&A were hosted by Megan Casey, ALUS Coordinator and Environment/Conservation Supervisor for Lac Ste. Anne County. Explore more of Megan's informative ALUS content at LSAC.ca/ALUS.
About the Sacred Cow Webinar, Book and Film
We're told that if we care about our health — or our planet — eliminating red meat from our diets is crucial. That beef is bad for us and cattle farming is horrible for the environment. But science says otherwise.
Beef is framed as the most environmentally destructive and least healthy of meats. We're often told that the only solution is to reduce or quit red meat entirely. But despite what anti-meat groups, vegan celebrities, and some health experts say, plant-based agriculture is far from a perfect solution. In Sacred Cow, registered dietitian Diana Rodgers and former research biochemist and New York Times bestselling author Robb Wolf explore the quandaries we face in raising and eating animals—focusing on the largest (and most maligned) of farmed animals, the cow.
Taking a critical look at the assumptions and misinformation about meat, Sacred Cow points out the flaws in our current food system and in the proposed "solutions." Inside, Rodgers and Wolf reveal contrarian but science-based findings, such as:
• Meat and animal fat are essential for our bodies.
• A sustainable food system cannot exist without animals.
• A vegan diet may destroy more life than sustainable cattle farming.
• Regenerative cattle ranching is one of our best tools at mitigating climate change.
About Diana Rodgers
Diana Rodgers, RD, is a “real food” nutritionist and sustainability advocate near Boston, Massachusetts. She’s an author of three books, runs a clinical nutrition practice, hosts the Sustainable Dish Podcast, and has served as an advisory board of numerous nutrition and agriculture organizations including Whole30, Animal Welfare Approved and Savory Institute. She speaks internationally about the intersection of optimal human nutrition and regenerative agriculture.
Diana is co-author of, Sacred Cow: The Case for (Better) Meat; and the director and producer of the companion film Sacred Cow. Her new initiative, the Global Food Justice Alliance, advocates for a nutritious, sustainable and equitable worldwide food system.