Sacred Cow

  • Author Diana Rodgers, Robb Wolf
  • Narrator Christine Williams
  • Publisher Blackstone Publishing
  • Run Time 8 hours and 28 minutes
  • Format Audio
  • Genre Diets and dieting, nutrition.

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What to expect

We’re told that if we care about our health—or our planet—eliminating red meat from our diets is crucial. That beef is bad for us and cattle farming is horrible for the environment. But science says otherwise.

Beef is framed as the most environmentally destructive and least healthy of meats. We’re often told that the only solution is to reduce or quit red meat entirely. But despite what anti-meat groups, vegan celebrities, and some health experts say, plant-based agriculture is far from a perfect solution. In Sacred Cow, registered dietitian Diana Rodgers and former research biochemist and New York Times bestselling author Robb Wolf explore the quandaries we face in raising and eating animals—focusing on the largest (and most maligned) of farmed animals, the cow.

Taking a critical look at the assumptions and misinformation about meat, Sacred Cow points out the flaws in our current food system and in the proposed “solutions.” Inside, Rodgers and Wolf reveal contrarian but science-based findings, such as

Meat and animal fat are essential for our bodies.A sustainable food system cannot exist without animals.A vegan diet may destroy more life than sustainable cattle farming.Regenerative cattle ranching is one of our best tools at mitigating climate change.

You’ll also find practical guidance on how to support sustainable farms and a thirty-day challenge to help you transition to a healthful and conscientious diet. With scientific rigor, deep compassion, and wit, Rodgers and Wolf argue unequivocally that meat (done right) should have a place on the table.

It’s not the cow, it’s the how!

Critics Review

  • “Diana Rodgers and Robb Wolf fully understand the problem and the solution: we must change our diets and regenerate our soils, and well-managed grazing animals are critical to this transition.”

    Allan Savory, president of Savory Institute
  • “A convincing case that eating meat can be done in an ethical manner. I highly recommend Sacred Cow for anyone who eats.”

    Mark Sisson, New York Times bestselling author
  • Sacred Cow is a comprehensive, well-documented treatise that provides us with all the scientific data we need to make informed choices about how to eat that will benefit both ourselves and our planet!”

    Frederick Kirschenmann, PhD, distinguished fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University
  • “The current war against meat eaters and livestock farmers promises ethical, ecological, and health benefits from fake lab meat and plant-only diets. Sacred Cow debunks every utopian promise with precision missiles from science and a deep understanding of how life and the planet actually work.”

    Joel Salatin, owner of Polyface Farms and editor of the Stockman Grass Farmer
  • “Abandoning animal agriculture might well be the greatest mistake humanity could ever make…Evidence defending animal-based foods and farm animals as essential for human health and agricultural sustainability is strong—as clearly documented in Sacred Cow.”

    John Ikerd, PhD, professor emeritus of agricultural and applied economics at the University of Missouri
  • “The answer to our broken food system is not no meat, it’s better meat. If you are concerned about red meat’s impact on your health and the planet, this book is for you.”

    Mark Hyman, MD, Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine

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