Eggs, health, and animal rights—strange bedfellows indeed


Learn all about the new “corporatized advocacy and industry co-option.”

Eggs are big business in the western world and those parties in that business want to keep it that way.

Not only are animal foods bad for our health, they’re also equally as bad for the health of the planet. And up until recently, the primary opponents to the huge animal foods business has been the animal rights advocacy groups. Sadly that is beginning to change. Not only sad, it’s downright scary. Take a few minutes to learn what is happening.

First, the latest health news about eggs. From a CBS News report, (See link below):

A researcher at Western University in London said he’s found more evidence pointing to the harmful effects of egg yolks. He claims the cholesterol found in the yolk is almost as dangerous as smoking.

Dr. David Spence says Canadians are being duped by what he calls “propaganda” from the egg industry. His most recent study of more than 1,200 people found egg consumption accelerates atherosclerosis or plaque build up on arteries.

Congress rounds out the group of “strange bedfellows” bent on preserving our deadly animal foods business.

That’s the bad news. Are you ready for more bad news. Just last week, my friend Philip Wollen in Australia made me aware of a scary development involving those animal rights groups that have always fought for the farm animals—and challenged the food industry. It is called “corporatized advocacy and industry co-option.” From the second article listed below:

It would seem that systematic engagement in conflict of interest is no longer viewed as a betrayal of public trust, but rather, as the secret to success in the world of corporatized advocacy…

…This disturbing intermingling of affairs among seemingly adversarial players does not end there. Mr. Mackey also sits on theBoard of Directors of Farm Forward, a non-profit entity that serves to promote “humane” animal agriculture. Bruce Friedrich, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives for Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s largest farm animal rescue organization, was also sitting on the Farm Forward board last June when the group directed $151,000 toward expanding the “humane” turkey farm operation of a fellow Farm Forward board member, Frank Reese.

It’s hard to imagine how there could be any more conflicts of interest folded into this one transaction. But there are. Add to the equation that the ASPCA, yet another wealthy corporate animal charity that solicits donations for the purpose of helping animals, was the source of the funds for this grant. And where will the pricey flesh that comes from turkeys killed on Frank Reese’s farm end up? In the meat case at Whole Foods Market. (Interestingly, Farm Sanctuary VP Bruce Friedrich’s name was removed from the list of board members on the Farm Forward web site following public complaints by animal advocates that his participation represented a conflict of interest.

Is it any wonder that animal activists, much less the general public, can hardly tell the difference between animal advocacy “leaders” and their counterparts in the animal exploitation industry?

Let’s not forget our Congress. Now the animal rights people, the egg producers and our lawmakers are climbing in bed together so that we may all be able to enjoy eating cholesterol until we eat our species into extinction. This 3-minute video is downright scary:

The Bottom Line. Not only is our overall “system” that controls our unhealthy food supply not going away—it is getting progressively stronger. As more and more former enemies join forces to maintain the status quo, our only chance is a grassroots revolution that will choose to eat whole plants—in the interest of promoting health hope and harmony on planet Earth. 

Forget about writing your congressman—it’s way too late for that. Your best bet is to educate yourself, take action, and then tell everyone you know about what you’re doing and why.

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About J. Morris Hicks

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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4 Responses to Eggs, health, and animal rights—strange bedfellows indeed

  1. MikeR says:

    Our local SPCA recently had a fundraiser — chicken wings.

  2. Linda201 says:

    How disheartening.

  3. Lisa says:

    Listening to these two talk is as difficult as seeing the deplorable, inhumane conditions most animals live in for their very short lives; seeing the way they are treated, and admitting I contributed to those conditions at one time by consuming animal product. What planet does Chad Gregory live on when he refers to this as a sustainable path? What’s sustainable about the billions of people in the world starving BECAUSE we are eating animals? He also says ‘the consumer would have been the one harmed in all of this and that’s who Congress should be thinking about’. Wouldn’t that be a novel idea? What a farce…

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