MAD COWBOY: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat

MAD COWBOY: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat MeatTold 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 IndustriesHoward 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 PublicA 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 EnvironmentPersuasive, 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

Howard F Lyman is an American farmer and animal rights activist known for promoting vegan nutrition and organic farming In 1997 he was awarded the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award for his leadership in the animal rights movement.Lyman was raised as a fourth generation rancher on a farm that produced dairy and meat commodities He attended Montana State University and graduated with a B.S.

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  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • MAD COWBOY: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat
  • Howard F. Lyman
  • English
  • 12 September 2019
  • 9780684854465

10 thoughts on “MAD COWBOY: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat

  1. says:

    Oh my This book has been in our house for a couple years My husband read half of it His sister is now a vegan and his mom a vegetarian I have been meaning to read the book but wasn t sure where it was But last night while looking for another book, I found it I have been one of those kinda vegetarians who occasionally eats chicken or fish Same for the rest of the family Well, after reading just through chapter 2, I am changed Now I have read through a few chapters, and for some reason, this book is even compelling to me than the dvd s I have seen I guess the dvd s have been focused on the treatment of animals, which is a lot, but compelling to me is the devastation of land and water, starvation throughout the world,the greed of corporations, the disease, it goes on and on I am done with meat And cheese and butter are the last remaining animal products I use occasionally, and I will have to consider just how important those are to me too The vegan cheese and butter is not quite as tasty, but I don t think I care any.I finished this book already, less than 24 hours after starting it And I am changed I admire Howard Lyman for his integrity and courage.

  2. says:

    Until last week, I think I was one of the few remaining vegans in North America who hasn t read Mad Cowboy Lyman and Merzer s book provides an interesting take on the reasons for being vegan, and may be one of the most compelling books on the topic ever written If you have never read anything about the health and environmental costs of eating meat, this would be a great place to start If you are already a vegan, or have read lots of books about the reasons for veganism, you might not find much new information here But you will see that information from a different angle than any other book on the market, and I think Mad Cowboy makes the case as strongly, or stronger, than any book out there Mad Cowboy starts with the story of Howard Lyman and Oprah Winfrey being taken to court by the cattle industry for food disparagement , an absolutely insane law on the books in 13 US states that actually allows food producers to sue critics of their agricultural practices for libel How these laws do not run afoul of the First Amendment is beyond me But in any case, Lyman and Oprah were sued because Lyman had come on the show and described the common practice of feeding animal byproducts to cows and other farm animals, and discussed his concerns about the risks this practice posed to human health Although Lyman and Oprah won their case, it had a chilling effect on free speech and many people, including Oprah herself, became cautious when talking about food Lyman, with much less to lose than Oprah, wrote Mad Cowboy.A former intensive factory farmer himself, Lyman gave up on the cattle industry after he recognized what a deleterious effect it was having on the environment and his own health While he had inherited a traditional family farm, he had turned his farm into a chemical and pharmaceutical operation that, despite being increasingly reliant on the latest scientific and technological breakthroughs, was losing money and ravaging the land When he realized this, Lyman became a vegan and became a lobbyist for family and organic farms, as well as vegetarianism Mad Cowboy is his comprehensive expose of the modern farming industry.About a third of Mad Cowboy is about the human health risks associated with the factory farming industry as it exists today Lyman is especially concerned about mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy BSE He details the government mishandling of the BSE outbreak in England that led to dozens of humans contracting the fatal human variant Creutzfeldt Jakob disease Lyman predicted that it was only a matter of time before a similar outbreak occurs in North America Lyman does a great job discussing the scientific and political issues surrounding Mad Cow Disease although, having been written in 1996, some of the scientific information in Mad Cowboy is a bit dated by now Government regulators often work closely with, and protect the interests of, food producers rather than consumers, so it is not a huge stretch to suggest that someday there will be a similar outbreak elsewhere in the world Conversely, Lyman also discusses the many documented health benefits of vegetarianism, and gives some decent advice about making the switch Another good chunk of the book is concerned with the environmental impact of cattle farming, both with respect to intensive factory farming, and to grazing I found his perspective on ranching particularly interesting intuitively it seems like a less harmful method of farming than chemical and antibiotic laced feedlot farming In actual fact, it is a hugely destructive process that has obliterated huge swaths of ecosystem in the western states, and threatens plains, forests, and even deserts all around the world The writing style of Mad Cowboy is simple and straightforward There were several times when I laughed out loud at how strongly a statement was worded Lyman pulls no punches, especially when discussing the links between eating meat and heart disease Only occasionally does he seem to slip into the somewhat forced down home good humour of a son of the soil that is advertised on the dust jacket At a few other times, technical words are undefined and overused the word riparian is used half a dozen times on a single page These are minor complaints about a book that overall is written very well Mad Cowboy is an easy and fast read, and can probably be read in a couple of sittings One of the things I found most interesting about Mad Cowboy is the rhetorical strength of Lyman s argument that comes from the fact that he used to be a Montana cattle rancher If the exact same information was presented by a lifetime vegan from San Fransisco or New York City, it could be much easily dismissed By making clear his farming origins throughout the book, Lyman s arguments seem to carry extra weight He has been there, seen the effects of contemporary farming with his own eyes, and had the integrity and guts to put his livelihood on the line in an attempt to make the world a better place I hope that readers of Mad Cowboy will try to do the same.

  3. says:

    I really admire people who make huge changes in their lives, and Howard Lyman is one of them He s an ex multi generational cattle rancher who became vegan after developing medical problems He s since made it his mission to talk and write about the cattle dairy industry, as well as the benefits, to both people and animals, of going vegan giving up animal product foods He gives the reader a lot of information with which to make their decisions about whether to consume animal products.

  4. says:

    The best way to describe this book is a that it is Skinny Bitch for men, with the added bonus of the rancher perspective Lyman, who was once a rancher in Montana, tells his story of growing up as a dairy farmer, dealing with bovine growth hormones, mad cow disease, and all of the challenges of surviving as cowboy in the modern dairy industry He comes to the realization that the farming practices that he has adopted are ruining the soil, parching his land, and is morally questionable in the way that it forces animals to live His book delves into the way that growth hormone and meat filled cattle feed came to be common, and how they have affected cattle and humans alike Lyman ends up becoming a vegetarian, but his reasons are mostly environmental and health related than for any ethical reasons Overall, this is an easy read packed with lots of good environmental and health related reasons to cut out the bull from your diet.

  5. says:

    I stopped eating meat when, one morning in 1979 I woke up to the aroma of bacon being cooked In that instant I realized I couldn t eat meat any I don t know what happened It still smelled good, I just had no desire to eat it I still ate fish and foul, although I really wanted to be vegetarian, I just wanted it to be as organic if that s what it was for me as my relationship to meat In the summer of 2000 I spent a week s vacation with my vegan daughter and decided to not eat fish or fowl just to see if I could do it After 5 days I had no desire for fish or fowl I could drive past KFC and my mouth didn t water My daughter urged me to go vegan, but I didn t think I could maintain a balanced, nutritious diet In the Fall of 2000 I went to a vegan organization s event during which Howard Lyman spoke He shared the story of his journey from cattle rancher to vegan Then I read his book This is the book that catapulted me into being vegan I still miss the taste of some cheeses and scrambled eggs but I realize what I m missing is a memory like the way I miss my mother no What s important to me is what goes into my body and this book made it quite clear that I was unexpectedly ingesting all kinds of drugs I didn t want This book was the beginning of my journey towards better health and I thank you Howard Lyman

  6. says:

    Be prepared to love tofu This former rancher explains what goes on in the beef industry and exposes the risks of eating beef, not only to consumers, but also to the earth It took me 6 months after reading this book to feel okay about eating a hamburger again And now that I think about it, I don t want another one.The author does rant at times, and seems to have an axe to grind with various diet fads such as Barry Sears ZONE diet for which I subtracted 2 stars.

  7. says:

    This book was an eye opener, strangely because I approached it knowing alot about the issues Lyman discusses It became apparent within just a few pages that, as we often discover about this great country things are alot worse then I imagined I knew what a renderer was, but had no idea how diverse its processing contents really were I knew about Mad Cow disease but not how much the real threat of it has been covered up by the same people that were too cowardly to do anything about it I knew the dangers of a meat based diet, but didn t know how dangerous This book made me feel really good about my current diet and only confirmed my general disdain for the political factions that are supposed to be bettering our lives but are too busy trying to make as much money as possible that they turn a blind eye to the poisoning of this country in just about every angle.With any book like this there comes skepticism Many of us don t want to believe things are as bad as they are I m a pessimist and thus a believer A number of things set this book apart 1 Lyman is a man who ran a 5 million dollar a year cattle ranch and used all the standards and practices deemed safe by the FDA and USDA until he nearly died from his diet and chemical exposure This man knows everything there is about cattle and the industry, he is a very legitimate source 2 All the info is based on historical and scientific fact There is nothing claimed true that isn t backed up by evidence, and even the hypotheses and predictions of the author are identified as such, hunches The scary part is that the book was written about ten years ago and than half of Lyman s predictions have come true 3 Lyman was a doubter himself He lived off the industry and made a fortune He denied anything being wrong even though he was doing the wrong He mocked health nuts When he finally had to accept things were wrong, he was forced to make changes Selling his farm and falling on the hardest times of his life, having to give up his cowboy image Even dealing with the internal, and extremely convoluted belief that being a vegan was making him less of a man.This is a great book for those who don t know about this industry and how it is one of the sole culprits in the destruction of our ecosytems Its also a great book for those who are already health conscience and want to know This was a great book and a real eye opener and I came to it with a pretty firm understanding of the issues or so I thought If you come through this book and still doubt, then the brain wash affect is stronger then anyone realized.

  8. says:

    Another book I went out an bought after seeing the author on Oprah Remember when Oprah was sued by the meat industry for saying that she would never eat another burger Yeah, that was this guy, the cattle rancher who wouldn t eat meat A fabulous book, not only about the evils of the meat industry, but about self discovery and making a change in yourself and then helping others to change too The author goes through a huge life change in the book Does he want to continue to raise his cattle in the conventional way, with hormones and antibiotics, while extending their feed with other dead cattle and watching his land wither away, or does he want to take the plunge and turn the farm that was once Organic back into a thriving, green, natural livestock and crop farm He has just been diagnosed with Cancer, his houseplants die when he walks past from all the pesticides on his clothing and his dry land is screaming for some nutrients He has a decision to make.

  9. says:

    Written in 1998, this book has a chapter on cows as a cause of drought that s as informative as the documentary Cowspiracy 2014 , a chapter on pesticide use as cautionary as Rachel Carson s Silent Spring 1962 , and a chapter on health similar to Dr Joel Fuhrman s Eat for Health 2008 What s unique here is the perspective of a Montana cattle rancher, the touches of memoir and his personable down home language as he tells the story of turning from chemical to organic farming and from a heavy animal product to plant based lifestyle.Quoteable The question we must ask ourselves as a culture is whether we want to embrace the change that must come, or resist it Are we so attached to the dietary fallacies with which we were raised, so afraid to counter the arbitrary laws of eating taught to us in childhood by our misinformed parents, that we cannot alter the course they set us on, even if it leads to our own ruin Does the prospect of standing apart or encountering ridicule scare us even from saving ourselves That prospect intimidated me once, and I can only wonder now what I was frightened of It s hard to imagine, now that I m a hundred and thirty pounds lighter, infinitely healthier, full of life and energy, much happier Now that I have vegetarian friends wherever I go, and feel a part of a movement that is not so much political as it is a march of the human heart.

  10. says:

    Although not a work of literary genius, I think the author did an outstanding job making his claim for a plant based diet something the entire world needs to realize and embrace if we care about saving the planet for future generations I absolutely love how this isn t an animal rights book in the least but of a calling to save the earth and save ourselves, our health a unique perspective as compared to most vegetarian vegan reads He also took time to address common misconceptions about the meat industry and a carnivorous diet, including touching on evolution A very well rounded argument that deserves everyone s attention I m recommending this to anyone that cares about health and the environment

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