The New York Times shamelessly promotes the meat industry.
News: Coffee is free on the 4th of July at Starbucks. Thank you Howard. Just got my free cup in Mystic, CT and am now finishing it up on the train to NYC for the day.
Shameless meat promotion; just in time for the 4th of July. Appearing in the Sunday Review section on July 1, I actually had trouble believing that what I was reading was actually accepted as a legitimate article by the editorial staff of this prominent newspaper. The article led off thusly:
As Americans plan their Independence Day barbecues, they should skip the tony sirloins and chops, and opt for what can be the most sustainable, economical, gastronomically flexible and morally responsible cut of meat: ground. (See link below to full article)
Sustainable? No form of meat consumption (including fish) is sustainable. With 7 billion humans and rising, our meat-eating days will be completely over by the end of this century—maybe much sooner. It is inevitable.
Gastronomically flexible? What does that mean? As the leading cause of colon cancer, heart disease and diabetes; how is any form of meat now considered gastronomically flexible?
Morally responsible? Torturing and killing 60 billion animals per year so that we can eat their flesh? How morally responsible is that? Of course, the writers recommend the non-factory farm meat—which comprise about one percent of the meat in America. Don’t kid yourself with things like free range chickens and grass fed beef; they’re even less sustainable than the factory farm varieties of meat.
Maybe the editor-in-chief of the New York Times should take a look at what Philip Wollen (former Citibank exec) had to say about eating meat. A few key excerpts followed by his fiery ten minute May 2012 speech (video):
Animal suffering. Only 100 billion people have ever lived. 7 billion are alive today. And we torture and kill two billion animals every week.
Animal Rights is now the greatest Social Justice issue since the abolition of slavery.
World hunger. 1 billion people today are hungry. 20 million people will die from malnutrition. Cutting meat by only 10% will feed 100 million people. Eliminating meat will end starvation forever. If everyone ate a Western diet, we would need 2 Planet Earths to feed them. We only have one. And she is dying.
A crime of epic proportions. Poor countries sell their grain to the West while their own children starve in their arms. And we feed it to livestock. So we can eat a steak? Am I the only one who sees this as a crime?
Please take ten minutes to watch this powerful message from down under:
My challenge for the executive editor, Jill Abramson, of the New York Times. I am going to give her the same challenge two-fold challenge that Mr. Wollen gave the opposing panel down under. Maybe after gaining a better understanding, Ms. Abramson will be better and more responsibly equipped to decide what is “fit to print.”
Tonight I have two Challenges for the opposition:
- Meat causes a wide range of cancers and heart disease. Will they name one disease caused by a vegetarian diet?
- I am funding the Earthlings trilogy. If the opposition is so sure of their ground, I challenge them to send the Earthlings DVD to all their colleagues and customers. Go on I DARE YOU.” (Click here to view the movie “Earthlings” on this site.
For your convenience:
- Source Article: The Kindest Cut of Meat Is Ground – NYTimes.com.
- My blog about Philip Wollen: A helluva rant for plant-based eating—from Australia
Handy 4-piece take-charge-of-your-health kit—from Amazon.com
- The movie that’s changing the lives of millions: Forks Over Knives DVD
- Healthy Eating, Healthy World, The “big picture” about food (our book)
- An essential scientific resource: The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell
- Dr. McDougall’s new book, The Starch Solution, with lots of great recipes.
Want to find out how healthy your family is eating? Take our free 4Leaf Diagnostic Survey. It takes less than five minutes and you can score it yourself. After taking the survey, please give me your feedback as it will be helpful in the development of our future 4Leaf app for smartphones. Send feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org
International. We’re now reaching people in over 100 countries. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or get daily blog notices by “following” us in the top of the right-hand column. For occasional updates, join our periodic mailing list.
To order more of my favorite books—visit our online BookStore now
Got a question? Let me hear from you at email@example.com. Or give me a call on my cell at 917-399-9700.
SHARE and rate this post below.
Blogging daily at hpjmh.com…from the seaside village of Stonington, Connecticut – Be well and have a great day.
—J. Morris Hicks, board member, T. Colin Campbell Foundation