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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 best-selling 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 30-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!

 PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 Diana Rodgers, RD and Robb Wolf (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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  • Ralph Ospina
  • 19-08-20

Must read!!

Diana and Robb do an excellent job of truly making the case for better meat. They present the information in a very organized fashion. Although it’s dense, it’s easy to read (you may need to just read it a few times over). I can not recommend this book enough!! If you’re concerned about the environment, global economy, global food system and it’s sustainability, and optimal health, then this book is a must read!!

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  • Benjamin D.
  • 10-12-20

Visionary

This book is a must read for anyone who practices conscious eating in the modern era.

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  • ashley howard
  • 25-11-20

Life Altering

This book and the information in it is so important and really changes the way you see life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-11-20

Absolutely essential listening

This is one of the most important books of our time. If everyone listened to the information contained within, the world would be revolutionised in the most empowering way. You won't regret choosing this book.

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  • Wes C
  • 06-11-20

Excellent Read and Knowledge

Excellent read and knowledge from two authors who are cutting through the noise to deliver information and a perspective that is objective and well-intended for our future environment and food system.

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  • Ethan
  • 24-10-20

Must read: health, global warming, sustainability

This is the most thoughtful and holistic discussion I have seen of the interaction between farming, health, global warming, and sustainability. it should be on the high school required reading list to help give everyone a clue on how big the problem actually is.

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  • John Kearns
  • 22-10-20

This book should be required reading.

This book is positively eye opening, completely changed my perception of the Westernized food system and gave me an invaluable perspective on how to eat and shop. Even if you don't think you'll be interested in the topic, give this a shot since I'm sure it'll surprise you.

It expresses it's arguments in a clear manner anyone could understand and makes an irrefutably strong case for the widespread implementation of cattle in the food system.

I loved this book.

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  • Suellen Syler
  • 04-04-21

A must read!

very important information for all consumers. good narrator. highly recommend for anyone who cares about the future of our food supply and the health of our planet.

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  • ShadowRavenAMP
  • 27-02-21

Also for Knowledge-Hungry Vegetarians!

I am pescatarian and I definitely learned some things about myself and other things I didnt consider about meats while listening to this book. I love that the author is very respectable about acknowledging the feelings and point of views of all parties. it's very hard to do that when people get wrapped up in feelings. She didnt make me feel guilty nor shamed for being vegetarian reading the book. Instead, she empathized when it came to ethics and gave all the counter arguments backed by her research in a non judgemental way. She doesnt seem to try to change anyone, just lets us be aware of our decisions and how some things may not be as we think. As a result, I am tempted to try meats in adequate quantities, as recommended in book, again to see if my allergies/rashes/insatiable hunger vanish as she mentions that lack of protein can create those as well. All in All, everyone should read this regardless of diet type. You will learn something. Try to be open minded and check your ties to one way of thinking at the door so you can have a fair shot in seeing if this book has a place in your knowledge base and dietary choices/lifestyle

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  • Julian G.
  • 11-02-21

We're all in this together!

I read both of Wolf's previous books. Will check out Rodgers' works. I recently read Hyman's Food Fix and heard most of the arguments for the overall gist of the book before.

I like the organization of the book. Nutritional, environmental, and ethical reasons to consider red meat as part of a good human diet. Strongly researched and presented.

I guess I'll stay the course. haha

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-09-20

Top book!

A great listen, very factual not at all dogmatic. Highlights the problems with monocrop agriculture damaging our topsoil and its sustainability issue. Shows the benefits of regenerative grazing ruminants to biodiversity and why this IS something we can sustain. Diana and Robb also do a great job explaining the health benefits of nutrient dense meat whether grassfed of not.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-03-21

Moo-ving

The Sacred Cow offers critical challenges to how we understand how food systems operate.

There is no such thing as a bloodless plate but animals don't have to be raised in poor conditions. Effective management of livestock can positively impact emissions too. The book dips its toes into the potential damage to ourselves and environments we could cause by going meat free.

Tim Spector's Diet Myth indicates through studies that each of us have unique digestive systems so certain diets won't yield the same results, even in twins. Therefore conjecture about diet efficacy can only be deduced as speculative.

This book is for anyone wanting to understand how we might consider more ethical farming and eating methods.



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  • Istvan Attila Kovasznai
  • 18-01-21

Loved it

It was an addition to the grain brain and keto diet book. I really loved this approach. I loved the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-01-21

Food for thought, and thought for food.

More people should read this. The world might literally be a better place if they did!

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  • Anonimo Nonlodico
  • 20-09-20

A must read!

Very well written, thorough and sensible examination of a vitally important subject. Highly recommended! Everyone should read this book.

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  • T R
  • 17-09-20

An important and pertinent read

Don’t expect to read this from cover to cover. Read a bit at a time and absorb the content properly. This is an important work. I hope that we as a species can take heed and act now. All of us can act as individuals, and support the regenerative system this book so well explains. Let’s get cracking.

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  • Stian Van Zweden
  • 29-08-20

A book the world needs!

The information in this book can save your health, improve the World’s food supply and the soil. Better animal welfare and make a sustainable ecosystem of it all. My hope is that this book becomes a bestseller! You should read this book!!

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  • Mr m p c orchard
  • 25-08-20

a book for everyone

everyone must read this book as soon as possible and do their bit to save the world.

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  • Niall
  • 16-11-20

A must read for any ethical eater

This book takes on misinformation on 3 fronts. it opens the door to an assumed closed argument that plants are better for the environment and makes a very very strong case for regenerative farming and ethical meat.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-10-20

Amazing

A wonderful eye opening journey into how our world works and why we need to change our current path away from processed garbage foods. This book should be part of school curriculum to teach a better understanding of how the next generations can set things right. Until then I'll finish the grass fed steak I sourced from a local farm.