I have a hard time expressing concisely how I feel when there is a problem or some deep confusion in the world and I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I have a solution to it. One of these areas of dissonance is the misconception that life will be somehow better for those who refrain from consuming animal products. I don’t even know where to start. Oh well, I’m just going to launch into it. To the vegans out there reading this: I love you. You have things so close to right, and your heart is in the right place. You are also my brother/sister in the war against processed foods (assuming you don’t partake in frankenfoods like tofurkey) and bad health. Also, I admire your dedication and restraint because of your deeply held beliefs. Forgive me for what I am about to write, as I do believe that on all counts, including and especially regarding the optimal diet for human health—you’re wrong.
Getting right to it, B12 is, in my opinion, the smoking gun against veganity (veg-insanity?), because it is hard to argue that a diet where one is required to consume a nutrient that is distilled from processed brewer’s yeast is a natural diet. Yes, there is some B12 in plants, but according to an article by the Vegetarian Resource Group‘s website, “the amounts are so small that more than 23 cups of organically grown spinach would have to be eaten every day in order to meet the adult RDA for vitamin B12.” They reference studies by a scientist named Mozafar A. in the journals Plant and Soil and Vegetarian Nutrition. Notice, these are all vegetarian/vegan sources, so they are not so irresponsible as to lie to followers of the diet about the deficiencies of said diet. There is plenty more info on this subject all around the medical world and the Web, and it is generally recommended that vegans supplement with this stuff upon embarking on the diet. So you’d be hard-pressed trying to convince me that veganism makes sense on the B12 front.
Veganism in the Bible
Many people choosing a vegan diet are doing so as a sort of religious practice (let’s be honest, folks) based on the notion that not eating animal flesh or animal products in general is somehow more pure, less cruel, and/or more according to God’s intent. The Bible does, after all, say in Genesis 1:29-30 that “God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food.'”
Whether you’re a person of faith or don’t give credence to the Bible in any way at all, it’s hard to deny the societal impact and historical significance of the Holy Scripture. I happen to believe that the Bible is 100% true, even when things seem to contradict (the reason for the contradiction is our lack of understanding or because of some missing element that is not being portrayed—I know it sounds like I’m just convincing myself, but that’s where faith is exercised in my life). However, if you’re just looking at this passage, which would (let’s face it meat-eaters) be a smoking gun in defense of veganism as “God’s diet,” you’re missing out on some important goings-on in the scripture. At the time when this was the command from above as far as what we should eat, men were also given permission to eat of the Tree of Life. From Genesis chapter 2: “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely,” which included “every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden.” Bear with me here, guys. For the transgression of eating from the Tree of Knowledge, Adam and Eve were exiled from the Garden of Eden because “He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever” (Gen. 3:22).
So, here Man is expressly forbidden from eating of the Tree of Life, which I think would represent a tremendous nutritional deficiency. This is why I believe we can’t be vegans anymore. Some say at this point, humans were still vegetarians, because as I’ll cover in my analysis of the Noah film and story, humans weren’t given express permission to eat meat until after the Flood: “Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.” This throws me off a bit, I must admit, and I’m not sure what they were hypothetically eating after-Garden/pre-Flood in lieu of the Tree of Life, but I am inclined to refer to how Abel offered sacrifices of burnt animal fat while Cain offered burnt produce (incidentally creating the first vegan/paleo rivalry in history—God seemed to like the animal fat better). Because they were both things that we eat, I can’t help but think we were eating animals then, too. The Flood scripture does imply that humans were given the okay to eat meat after the Flood, but it doesn’t say expressly that we were doing otherwise in any of the preceding passages. That’s one of those contradictory/mysterious things I do not claim to understand. In any case, in the biblical account, there was something missing in our diet after leaving the Garden of Eden, and that’s enough for me as an explanation for why we can’t survive without the aforementioned B12 on a plant-based “Eden” diet.
In conclusion, while I can definitely relate to and get behind someone refraining from animal product consumption for moral reasons (I mean who doesn’t relate when confronted with a docile and beautiful cow/goat/sheep?), I have to defer to my appetite, my need for health, and a biblical basis regarding the morality of animal flesh consumption. Also, there are many other cultures with strict moral codes that still allow for the consumption of animals and animal products.
The Perfect Human Diet (Our Paleolithic Dietary Inheritance)
If we’re going by archaeological evidence of ancestral diets, rather than scripture (sorry about the last part to those of you who don’t like the Bible, even though it is arguably the most accurate ancient historical document in existence), or more specifically the “paleolithic” diet of hunter-gatherers, there is a lot to consider. First off, the Paleo interpretation has humans hands-down unable to thrive on a vegetarian/vegan diet. You can ask anybody who has experience unearthing human remains from different types of human settlements of antiquity, analyzing their bones/teeth/feces and comparing to determine the optimal combination of food sources, and they will tell you that the Agricultural Revolution (which introduced grains as the dominant source of calories in the diet) severely compromised at least the human frame. Just watch the documentary The Perfect Human Diet and see if you don’t agree with this notion they’ve thoroughly researched and argued. Also, Fat Head covers these ideas in a more humorous and entertaining manner, serving as a point-by-point debunk of Supersize Me, and comes to the same conclusion.
But, I don’t think we need to really even go into the Paleo thing. We could always just look at tribal diets from recent times. That’s what Weston A. Price was doing when he discovered the intrinsic factor, or vitamin K2. In the early 1900’s, he was going around studying different tribal diets and deterioration in the health of those who had changed to an agricultural diet introduced by Westerners. This was mostly in Africa, and he specifically identified the departure from eating organ meats as the causative factor for degeneration of bone density and the introduction of cavities in these groups of humans. In general, the idea seems to point to the same concepts as Paleo, and we can see in real time through the day-to-day life of existing hunter-gatherers how consuming a radically different diet, based on vegetables; animal products; some nuts, seeds, and fruits; and tuber-based starches, will result in a generally healthy human with very little to no degenerative disease. It’s that simple, my friends!
Another very important reference tribe is the Aché tribe of Eastern Paraguay. Just read the “food acquisition” section of this Wiki article, and you can pretty much try to replicate that with healthy whole foods you have access to in order to achieve a life free of chronic inflammatory disease: “hunting vertebrate game with bow and arrow, extracting wild honey, and exploiting palm starch and insect larvae. Numerous fruits are also exploited seasonally, but they constitute only a small fraction of the energy in the yearly diet.” Again, that’s all there is to it, guys!
From a bacteriological standpoint, we can also see how the hunter-gatherer lifestyle seems to contribute to a healthy gut, which is arguably the most important factor in being a healthy human being. In particular, this is exemplified in an excellent article called “(Re)Becoming Human” by a fellow who is researching the Hadza Tribe in Tanzania. He basically describes how the scientists are shadowing these tribespeople—sometimes partaking in their lifestyle, sometimes just passively observing, but constantly swabbing them for bacteria. The author of the article made the personal decision of doing a self-applied fecal transplant from a donor in the Hadza Tribe. Let’s just say it’s an extremely amusing and inspiring account, involving “legs in the air” and “toes pointed” with “butt cheeks flexed.” That guy rules.
The Microorganism Moral Paradox
Continuing on the topic of microorganisms, as I was formulating the points of this article, I concocted one of those—you know—snarky/quippy arguments that people often make in the big debates people have with one another, like Coke vs. Pepsi, Mac vs. PC, Power Rangers vs. VR Troopers, etc. I already mentioned the need for vegans to partake in brewer’s yeast or “nutritional yeast” as a B12 supplement. The fact is that yeast and bacteria are forms of life, more akin to animals than plants if you ask me. In fact, all of what you eat are forms of living beings, except for fruits, seeds, and nuts, but they still are the reproductive organs of plants. It is just impossible to live without the consumption of living things. We can’t get around this.
In fact, there are civilizations of microorganisms living inside of us, coming to power and collapsing within us on a daily basis. There are wars and power struggles, factions and coups featuring lactobacilli vs. different strains of e. coli constantly vying for power. We are both the cause and the effect of this dramatic and epic cycle of life within us, which features both the provision for the life and death of these key players. Why are these beings less important than animals, which sustain us and have a huge role in our daily life and our life cycle? Okay, that’s a bit of a moral relativist argument, and I totally understand how one can be more moved by and more sympathetic to a creature that is so much like him or her, such as the mammals and birds we eat. However, it’s just a perspective to consider. One time I remember actually debating killing a gnat that had landed in my syrup at Waffle House. My one friend, Jason, frowned at me as I went to smash it, but my other friend, Dave, swooped in with a napkin and confidently stated, “Things kill things. It’s a part of life.” I would say that this statement has cemented my opinion on our relationship with other beings. Not that I just kill things haphazardly and in intentionally cruel ways, but if they come into my path and it is organic that I eliminate them for my own purposes, then so be it. Sometimes I pick up a spider and take it outside with a napkin and cup, and other times (when I don’t have time and my wife is shrieking about it coming towards her spitting acid and growling at her) I just smash it and throw it in the trashcan using the napkin. It’s probably more noble to do the previous, but it is not so morally reprehensible as to toss and turn in bed that night with guilt over the latter.
Vegetarianism I Can Possibly Get Behind
As I’ve already admitted, I can relate to the inclination of not wanting to consume an animal when considering their majesty, personality, and innocence. Being reassured by the Bible that this is an alright thing to do, along with having the luxury of not needing to slaughter animals (making me arguably hypocritical), gives me the go-ahead to ignore this moral nudge and indulge my body’s natural tendency to want meat. Vegetarians have figured out some neat “hacks” if you will to still get the protein and animal fats they need. They will not partake in the flesh or organs of an animal. A lot of this decision has to do with health as well, and for good reason. CAFO (confined animal feed operations) meats, laden with antibiotics, hormones, and inflammatory toxins from their GMO diet, have created levels of toxicity in humans that arguably outdoes the damage of GMO crops laden with pesticides and heavy metals. I’d really like to see those two camps duke it out some day. In my opinion, they’re two sides of the same coin. Conventional agriculture is just downright evil and toxic, and I won’t touch it with a 100-ft stick.
So, as I was saying, vegetarians still will eat animal products like milk and eggs, and most of them will eat fish. These people are smart. The Indian and yogi culture adopts this practice as well. Most of them actually eschew eggs and fish, but they will go for dairy any day. I think that’s why they’re able to become strong and stay healthier than most of us given their superior detox abilities from their daily hatha practice. They get animal protein and fat from milk, which some say is a “perfect food,” and I can totally see why. If raw, it is loaded with tons of good bacteria and a whole crapload of vitamin K2, the intrinsic factor that Weston Price discovered was the key to proper mineral absorption.
While I do admire those of you who can sustain a vegetarian diet, I still recommend you start eating meat, because I know that you won’t fully thrive unless you replicate a tribal/ancestral diet, which includes lots of meat. Also, I’m onto you guys. Most of you are falling into the common trap of eating lots of soy, sugar, and grains. These things will degrade and ultimately destroy you (like Barack Obola). But if you can’t deal with the moral implications of encouraging the early deaths of animals (even though there are now options for animals that live much more natural and healthy lives), have some dairy products, eggs, and/or fish, and I won’t give you too much of a hard time.
Vegan Propaganda in Films
This is always the most exciting part of the average Modern Life Survivalist article. We take off our caveman clothes (or I guess put on some clothes), cuddle up on a big fluffy couch, and douse ourselves in the destructive EMFs of a big ugly widescreen HDTV to partake in the ritual sodomization of our mind with light-emitting diodes shot from cathode rays into our retina and on to our very impressionable synapses in the prefrontal cortex. This of course introduces many enjoyable hedonistic and violent images into our mind, along with a good dose of shallow Hollywood’s parading of ideal celebrity visages. Haha, maybe it’s not as bad as all that. Movies are fun.
So I’d like to start with Noah. Before I get started, let me refer you to this article calling it out as pure vegan propaganda. I mostly agree with the writer of this article, but he, like the director, comes down really hard on humans for choosing to eat meat. He concludes that “Aronofsky makes clear that the first step, not the last, to balancing our relationship with the world is to address our relationship to animals and to seek justice there just as we seek it among ourselves.” Ouch. Let me just say, this statement makes me want to puke. Okay, well maybe not. I do think that from the standpoint that animals are being tortured and given miserable lives in CAFO agriculture, I can totally get behind this. However, to suggest that by eating the first animal in the Garden of Eden (which didn’t happen then, but is regardless symbolized by a still-beating heart to be the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the first few scenes of the movie) we forever compromised our relationship with nature and animals, is just beyond the realm of my tolerance as far as wrist slaps for my meat consumption go.
I mean, aren’t people generally endowed with the utmost respect for the Native American culture? These people definitely had the most healthy “relationship to animals” of any culture that has been so heavily portrayed in media. It was a relationship that involved respect, justice, gratitude, and conservation (“they used every part of the animal”, to use a cliché). How is it they can so easily convince people that characters who run around hunting strange cryptids for food (at the beginning of the movie right before Noah beats them down with a mighty fist for “justice”) are bad men, just by having them be white and fully clothed? The nearly naked brown-skinned Iroquois in Dances with Wolves, who tracked down a buffalo, shot it with an arrow, then drank its blood and ate a bite of its raw liver, didn’t seem so bad. It’s a part of life people! Learn from the Indians. They are morally relatively speaking (if you buy into that stuff) mostly good people. Let me just put it this way: You need to start thinking of yourself as a Native American, and you need to try and live like one, with a tepee and everything. I guarantee you, you’ll have a better attitude, and your life will be better. And no opening casinos either. That doesn’t count.
Also, I have to point out how frail everyone looked in Noah’s family (see the picture above). I am pretty convinced that they all method acted and went vegan for their roles. Of this I’m not sure. They look so thin and pale. I hate to be shallow, but we as humans have to judge with our eyes how things look in relation to what people are eating. This is a major issue with the vegan diet I have. They just don’t look healthy. They constantly reference how the “bad men” or the Sons of Cain in the movie eat meat because they think it makes them strong. When the son asks if it really does, Noah says, “All strength comes from God.” This is a respectable point they’re trying to make, actually, and I think that it’s honest of them to not try and make the point that veganism makes one stronger. However, it reveals their belief that they are somehow going to be rewarded with strength or some special consideration because of their abstinence. I would totally join them in this notion if there was any evidence in scripture that being a vegan would help me to gain favor with God, but again I have to defer to what is written, and in the New Testament, Peter was given a vision that had to do with numerous animals that were previously not kosher to eat. So under the new covenant, we are even allowed to eat all the forbidden animals and still be on God’s good side (i.e., He will not withhold strength from us).
I could go into tons of other movies that have obvious vegan leanings, such as Free Willy, Milo & Otis, and Babe. Hehe, just kidding. We could actually get into a deeper discussion about movies like Bold Native and maybe even Delicatessen, but I’m going to pick this one short film from Doomsday Book. It is the first of three in this Korean short-film trilogy, and it’s called The Brave New World.
Honestly, the film is a mess. It’s supposed to be satirical, and it is not very subtly so. The characters aren’t very likable, so as you see them all begin to one by one turn into zombies as they consume tainted beef, you don’t actually really care. You just kind of smirk, but you’re not even really laughing. It is of note because of its brazenly vegan or at least anti-meat-eating message. The propaganda even goes so far as to show random people paired with stats of how many grams of meat they each ate in a week. And all the while I’m thinking, “So what?! Oh I guess they deserve what they got because they’re eating animal flesh, anyway, so they might as well be cursed to crave human flesh.”
Eerily, the end of the movie references the same Bible passage that is shown at the beginning of Noah, Genesis 1:16-17, which says, “ And the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.'” So again, the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil is represented as the flesh of animals. Fruit and flesh—I just think it’s a stretch.
At least I was less guilt-tripped by this movie, because it wasn’t as exciting. The other two films in Doomsday Book are pretty good, though. One is by Bong Joon-ho, the director of Snowpiercer, which we reviewed, and it features a realistic robot that becomes an enlightened Buddhist Monk.
Since both movies I’ve covered tried to convince the viewer that the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (I wish there was an abbreviation for that—let’s make it FTKGE), I’m going to share my opinion on what the FTKGE actually was. I was once told that the Muslims believed that the FTKGE was wheat. I love that concept, because wheat has been the bain of my wife’s and my existence for so many years. Wheat is definitely evil—so evil; far eviler than the evilest of CAFOs. The destruction it represents to our health and our environment is way more heinous than anything I can think of. Corn and soy fit into the category, though, so let’s just say that all three put together make a greater evil than CAFOs.
Sadly, though, I couldn’t find any corroborating literature that confirms the Muslim belief that I learned about through hearsay. However, on Wiki, they mention a Rabbi Yehuda who says that it was wheat! So that’s cool. Another one that I really think is a profound theory is that of Terrence McKenna and John M. Allegro, who say that the fruit was a mushroom. This is very compelling, because mushrooms are known to have mycelial networks that represent possible high-level communication that reflects a possible intelligent agenda of the fungal kingdom. I am particularly interested in this concept because of my experience with mold and candida. A lot of mushrooms and fungi in general are known to stimulate all kinds of neural activity when consumed, and I personally have had horrible nightmares in a moldy house. You also hear lots of old wives’ tales about having nightmares from undigested pieces of cheese (Christmas Carol‘s Scrooge notably referenced this as an excuse for his ghostly visitations.) I have been dying to talk about this theory with anyone who is interested or will listen.
Also, I brought up this theory to my father the other day, discussing specifically how the Agricultural Revolution, or more accurately an agricultural revolution, is associated with the advent of war. The storage of food is thought to have made raiding, raping, and pillaging of supplies of food more and more commonplace. When presented with this info, my Mom denied that this even made sense, disregarding the recorded history that the theory is drawn from completely. My father chimed in thoughtfully, “You know, the Hebrew word for ‘bread’ is the same as the word for ‘war.'” This is true.
At this, I beamed, “That’s awesome!”
So,the FTKGE has got to be wheat or fungus. I think it could be either one that caused us to fall away from God. Totally.
There are also a slew of nutritional documentaries that point to the vegan diet as the answer to all digestive issues and chronic disease. The ones that I’ve seen are Forks Over Knives, The Beautiful Truth, and Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. All of these movies mostly interview very informative and intelligent experts in the field of nutrition in their own right, but they also all happen to really like the raw vegan diet. It gets really annoying, because they say all the right things about processed food, but they put saturated fat and animal products in the same category. I’m sorry, but they are just not looking at the facts. The right science is out there, but some scientists simply choose to ignore it. To its credit, the narrator and subject of Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead continually states that “humans can’t survive on a raw juice diet forever, so I’m only doing it for a month,” but he doesn’t really elaborate on his post-“reboot” diet at all. Could this be a rogue vegan editor at work?
For good documentaries covering the new understanding scientists have through the lens of Paleo and tribal hunter-gatherer diets, please view Fat Head and The Perfect Human Diet. You will not regret it. I was pumped.
Vegan Propaganda in the News
I can’t help but think of the propaganda I’ve seen on the news when I mention the demonization of saturated fat. I’m lumping this demonization in with the vegan line (you know some vegans even warn against the excess fat in avocados). I remember a story on Fox News where the two resident doctors from Sunday Housecall, Dr. Samadhi and Dr. Siegel, were talking about the recent illegalization of trans-fats (which was weird, because I thought they had already been illegal way earlier in the 2000s). After extolling the effects of such a law (an enthusiasm for which I shared, because trans-fats are terrible!), Dr. Siegel went on to say something like, “Yeah, but this doesn’t take care of the cheeseburgers… and the saturated fats giving us heart disease.” I hope he meant the gluten and GMOs in the buns, because dissing beef is completely unqualified.
To his credit, Dr. Samadhi acting on his own in another news story a few months later seemed to be beginning to see the light. John Scott was talking to him about the new requirement to label calories in “big print,” as if it was some huge health breakthrough (counting calories is for chumps). He pished the whole thing, stammering nervously and seemingly trying to reveal truths that are perpetually concealed from the public, “I don’t think this is good enough… I mean it’s good, but with all the fructose and chemicals—there’s something in our food.” John Scott tried to divert from his point, saying, “A lot of it is people just needing to get out and move… exercise, right?” David Samadhi held his ground, though. I scrambled to try and give him the Twitter version of a high five. I hope more stuff like that comes on the news. It is one of my greatest hopes!
More on the bright side: there was another story that exemplified both someone trying to break through with the new science and the almost willful deafness of the establishment listening to what they have to say. Neil Cavuto (a great guy, but definitely exemplifying the willful deafness in this scenario) often has a nutritionist on his show to kind of laugh with about how fat he is and point out how the government is always trying to interfere with our individual rights by telling us what (not) to eat. I would tend to agree with him about the government’s role in our lives, but I think with corporations that put out these GMO foods and terrible additives, we have a different situation in which the public will not inform themselves and have been forcefully subjected to addiction in their ignorance. Some government regulation, especially revolving around GMOs and their legality, would do us good. Anyway, on the show, this nutritionist lady, Deirdre Imus, started to go on about how she eats grass-fed beef when Neil whined that he needed to eat steak. When she said the word grass-fed, he deadpanned, “That sounds disgusting.” I just had to role my eyes. Neil, just because it has the word grass doesn’t mean it’s made of soy or somehow actually green or something. He seemed to just be playing the part of the fat guy who will continue to eat what he eats no matter what. I do have footage from another interview I just found. Turns out she’s a vegetarian, but she mentions grass-fed cheese. Still, same point. Maybe the mention of beef was in another interview and it was hypothetical if you choose to eat meat. In any case, she does a good job explaining how factory-farmed chicken and foods from animals that are confined are bad for you. Ah, okay I just heard the farm-raised, grass-fed animals part. Oh, but this isn’t the one where Neil says “that sounds disgusting.” This interview just gets better and better. She says at the end (around 7:35 on the video), before Neil shuts her up, “We need cattle! We need them to sustain… you need them to naturally graze and eat the grass so that it can turn over for new grass and new soil all over our beautiful land.” This is the nutrient flow argument that Robb and Joel make in the articles I linked below. This woman has done her research and understands the real science of ecology.
Also, I’ve seen Mercola interviewed by Carol Alt on Fox before, which is automatically a thumbs-up situation. In fact, here is a recent very informative interview with him talking about the dangers of aspartame. Carol hosts a generally informative show on Fox News every Sunday called “A Healthy You,” which talks about a surprising array of relevant health topics that can really help people, like GMOs and chlorine in pools. She is an admitted raw vegan, and is clearly suffering from the effects. Okay, maybe not clearly to most people, but one time she had some guy there doing some pretty light-duty calisthenics, and she just didn’t last very long. It was a serious fail for vegans. I wish I had that footage, but I can’t find it. In the interview I saw (not the one I linked to), they were talking about good fats, and Mercola dropped butter in there, first in a list of good fats. I almost high-fived the TV that time. She didn’t seem to react. She just kind of moved on to the next point. I think these news people think you won’t notice it if they don’t address the surprising new ideas that are being mentioned.
Veganity in Agenda 21
Okay, I must admit I am losing steam from pummeling veganity so thoroughly. Perhaps it will rise up like Rocky and overcome the truth after all! Maybe that’s what the globalists want… Well, never fear, fellow meat-eaters! I’ve got some things up my sleeve, whether they are sensibly pieced together with respectable and legitimate information remains to be shown. But for what it’s worth—here goes!
As covered in the Snowpiercer article we wrote and mentioned above, and once again just now, Agenda 21 is the United Nations’ documented global initiative to curb population growth with the stated goal of protecting the environment from the humans that have overrun it. We are supposed to live Hunger Games–style in tightly packed districts with a manufactured scarcity of resources such as food, building materials, and water, with only limited access to nature for certain individuals who will be allowed to gather resources. Most of the land will be off limits to humans. Sounds fun, right?
And what could be a better diet to get us into this situation than the vegan diet? Soy that is genetically modified to withstand the tons and tons of pesticides and Agent Orange that are being used on most crops nowadays would serve as a great agent for depopulation or at least sterilization of those who aren’t paying attention to what they put in their body. Heck, even the transgenic properties of the soy itself can cause cancer. It’s gonna be great! Don’t take it from me though that the UN wants us to all become vegans. Here’s an article with references to their express desire for this.
On the tip of vegan-friendly crops and agriculture in general, let me just quickly go into the idea of sustainability. Sadly, the UN has co-opted the concept and term pretty heavily. It’s really the linchpin of all the Agenda 21 documents and speeches. What is sustainable? What isn’t sustainable? Having a dog is not sustainable in their mind. Having a backyard is not sustainable, actually, too, so move into a 3rd-floor apartment in Detroit! As Muse says in this song, “You’re unsustainable!” *dubstep drop* That song is awesome.
One of the major things considered unsustainable is grass-fed beef. Here is an article from a well-meaning trendy person telling you why. Okay, forget what I said. This person isn’t well meaning. I think they’re totally a UN shill spreading disinformation about what hurts the planet and what is good for you. Here is Robb Wolf’s response, which references mostly Joel Salatin, an agricultural genius who splits the difference between what is possible with our knowledge of what’s healthy for both environment and health and what is possible with modern technology.
My biggest takeaway from these articles, which I recommend you read in their entirety: Despite the NY Times “well-meaning trendy” types’ espousing an apparently convincing view that pasturing cows on huge tracts of land (luxurious golf courses for the nutritionally aware) and making all of us happy Paleo eaters would ultimately result in a global-warming microwave from the methane cows would produce, on top of a humongous waste of land and the further hewing of tropical rainforests, in actuality more of said damage, especially deforestation, should be attributed to the proliferation of soy fields and corn fields. Soy and corn fields, and really monoculture in general, are destroying the biome of the planet. Round-up and other Agent Orange–like herbicides, along with fungicides and all kinds of nasty chemicals in modern agriculture, which focuses on something like 8 crops (mostly grains), make it so that there is relatively barely any life on our planet. The way we have pared down the variety of species that we cultivate, and in turn compromised the insects, other lovely creepy crawlies, and more importantly the rich array of microorganisms that populate the soil and our very bodies, suggests a pattern leading to a landscape for our beautiful planet that more resembles that of Mars.
Simply put, chemicals, plastics, pesticides, antibiotics, and radioactive substances are the major offenders severing a healthy connection between humans and the planet, not greenhouse gas emissions (cow farts), and the kinds of crops that support a global vegan diet are major culprits in propagating these heinous intruders to our ecology.
This point was the whole genesis of the article, actually. Once again, I’ve gone all over the place instead of just getting right to it. When you look at a product that you just bought from a health-food store that says something like “vegan-friendly” or “veggie caps,” consider whether that’s really better for you, or if it is just an example of marketing that manipulates your sense of guilt over the slaughter of animals—or maybe it is just appealing to your (mis)conception of what is healthy. Animal products, when taken from responsibly raised and cared for animals, are always easier on your body. One of the most useful supplements, vitamin D, is almost always from sheep’s fat (mmmmm), and sadly the vegan versions just don’t cut it. John Brisson is the guy to go to for any supplement advice, and if you were to ask him about sourcing, he’d always tell you that vegan is not only unnecessary, but probably less desirable. He’ll let me know if I’m wrong about that.
However, don’t get me wrong. What we put in our bodies is of the utmost importance. I have to pat vegans on the back for making this one of their first principles. They’ve been in the mind/body purity game for much longer than I, and we can all learn from some of the most hardcore of vegans (kicking it old school). You guys are amazing! You think of animal products the way I think of gluten (it is my kryptonite!). You clearly believe with an almost child-like faith that the mere hint of a product that is rendered from the suffering of an animal could disrupt your energy and thus your homeostasis as a healthy person. This is absolutely respectable. But I urge you to consider all of the factors in animal/human biological symbiosis in your decision, all of the options that are now available with responsibly raised animals, and all of the unintended bodily consequences you might experience refraining from these things. And that goes for the rest of you as well.
In summary, my recommendation is that you choose a Paleo-based and preferably Bulletproof human diet now and for the rest of your life (or as long as the world government who want to enslave you with tofu and crap cakes is kept at bay 😉