Pasture-raised beef & pork still cause heart disease…

…among a plethora of other health and environmental disasters.

A good friend just sent me a note (forwarded from one of my blog readers) asking that I take a look at the “Teaching the Food System” project at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. The reader stated,

I thought Jim might be interested in exploring this; It would be nice if this could be expanded to other schools.

My response. I just took ten minutes and perused the info on the Johns Hopkins food system project. On the surface, they appear to be advocating better treatment of animals — but make no mistake, they’re still talking about eating animals—indefinitely.

It’s safe to say that ANY large, accredited, university within the greater food “system” is going to be teaching the same thing. Some may offer a kinder and gentler version of animal abuse and our “need” for animal protein—but it’s the same old USDA pyramid. How could it be anything else?

A pig is a pig is a pig. As far as your health is concerned, it makes no difference if he’s had a nice life or not.

The good folks at Johns Hopkins probably mean well, but like all of the nutritional scientists in the USA (except for one), they have chosen to support the food industry (including the meat & dairy portion) for which they work.

From the Johns Hopkins website. The glossy video provided below doesn’t fool me one bit; it just tells me that our “food system” is just getting real good at placating the animal rights folks and the environmentalists.

Ten billion animals still have to die every year in this country and we’ll all still be eating the animal-based foods (flesh, eggs and dairy) that promote cancer, diabetes & heart-disease. We’ll also still be using ten times too much land, water and energy in the process—which is grossly unsustainable for very much longer. In my view, they’re just adding to the confusion at Johns Hopkins—because they’re ignoring the wisdom of The China Study and not telling us what I learned during my “blinding flash of the obvious” moment in 2003:

“We’re eating the wrong food!!!!!!” You won’t need to watch the whole video to get the picture. From the Johns Hopkins website preceding the video:

The short film Out to Pasture: The Future of Farming? (34 minutes) contrasts raising food animals on pasture with the prevailing industrial approach. Several pasture-based farmers are profiled; they discuss how they got started in farming (three transitioned from confinement operations), what’s important about their farming methods, how their conventional-farm neighbors view them, how to keep young people on the farm, the future of the food system and other topics. The film also features Robert Lawrence, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, and John Ikerd, a leading thinker on sustainable agriculture.

The Bottom Line. Slick video. Same confusing message. Lingering question, “Should we be eating animals or not?” This is probably not the kind of feedback my  reader was looking for when she forwarded me this information about Johns Hopkins.

Regardless of the glitter of the brand, their schools of nutrition are still teaching the same old disease-promoting USDA garbage.

Herein lies our biggest problem. It’s all so confusing and people are conditioned to think they must be right if it’s got a Cornell, Harvard, Yale or Johns Hopkins brand. One final comment, this is a classic example of doing a better job on the “wrong things.”

Eventually, the Harvard, Yales and Johns Hopkins of the world are going to have to start teaching us about the “right things.” See third link below.

Just remember, you can still get cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease from eating animal foods that come from the pasture instead of the CAFO, industrial feedlot. Why is Johns Hopkins not telling us that? The good news is that you don’t have to wait for them.

At the rate they’re going, they may not provide any true clarity on this subject for another hundred years. But you can take charge of your health today. Oh, for the complete truth about nutrition, I recommend The China Study over Johns Hopkins 1000 to 1.

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A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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3 Responses to Pasture-raised beef & pork still cause heart disease…

  1. Robert Thatcher says:

    Keep “beating the drum.” People are hearing it and many are enjoying better health. Just check out the current New Yorker cover:

    In the cartoon, Times Square billboards are replaced with signs like “Kale City,” “Drink Soy Boy,” “Hemp,” and “Seitan.”

    Sure it’s satire, but humor always has a serious point. The word is getting out.

  2. I note that the link to today’s Blog is not at the top of the list, as it is supposed to be.

    On a more important subject — the medical plumbers killed Neil Armstrong! See how he was rushed into surgery, just like Bill Clinton was :

    OH, YES??!! – – – – – – > OH, Noooooooooooo — OUCH!
    The first man on the moon underwent a quadruple bypass and sources have told NBC News that Armstrong’s doctors expect no problems with his recovery. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

    By Alan Boyle

    The first human to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong, is “doing great” after undergoing cardiac bypass surgery, his wife reported.

    Carol Armstrong’s characterization of her husband’s condition was relayed by another moonwalker, Apollo 17’s Gene Cernan.

    Neil Armstrong, who lives in the Cincinnati area and just celebrated his 82nd birthday, went to the hospital on Monday for a stress test. He flunked, and on Tuesday, surgeons bypassed four blockages in his coronary arteries. His wife reports that his spirits are high, and the doctors expect no problems with his recovery, Cernan told NBC News’ Jay Barbree. . . . . .Etc. . . .



    For us herbivore-designed humans, that is a whole foods, plant based diet per Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Michael Klaper, Dr. Michael Greger, Dr. Milton Mills, RD Jeff Novick, Etc. Etc.!



  3. Leo S. says:

    Here is another video about animal production which should be seen. See it in segments if necessary so you don’t miss a topic that may be important to you.

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