The Mad Cowboy
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The Mad Cowboy

by Howard Lyman



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Howard Lyman loved the farm and everything about it as a boy. After learning how to bring the operation into the future through the use of chemicals and growing the farm to industrial proportions, he realized that soil was dead and the birds were gone. He lost his Brother to cancer and discovered he had a tumor on his spine and a very slim chance of surviving himself. He made a pact with his Maker and promised if he survived, he would teach others about the truths of the agricultural industry, and how to farm naturally.

He sold the farm and got an offer to work as a lobbyist in Washington DC. It took him a few years to realize that change was never going to happen through the making of policy.

"Change happens in the heart of the People and the actions they take."


Howard Lyman's own words ...

I am a fourth-generation dairy farmer and cattle rancher. I grew up on a dairy farm in Montana, and I ran a feedlot operation there for twenty years. I know first-hand how cattle are raised and how meat is produced in this country.

Sure, I used to enjoy my steaks as much as the next guy. But if you knew what I know about what goes into them and what they can to do you, you'd probably be a vegetarian like me. And, believe it or not, as a pure vegetarian now who consumes no animal products at all, I can tell you these days I enjoy eating more than ever.

If you're a meat-eater in America, you have a right to know that you have something in common with most of the cows you've eaten. They've eaten meat too.

When a cow is slaughtered, about half of it is not eaten by humans: the intestines and their contents; the head, hooves, and horns; as well as bones and blood. These are dumped into giant grinders at rendering plants, as are the entire bodies of cows and other farm animals known to be diseased.

Rendering is a $2.4 billion-a-year industry, processing forty billion pounds of dead animals a year. There is simply no such thing in America as an animal too ravaged by disease, too cancerous, or too putrid to be welcomed by the all-embracing arms of the renderer.

Another staple of the renderers diet, in addition to farm animals, is euthanized pets - the six or seven million dogs and cats that are killed in animal shelters every year. The city of Los Angeles alone, for example, sends some two hundred tons of euthanized cats and dogs to a rendering plant every month.

Added to the blend are the euthanized catch of animal control agencies, and road kill. Road kill is not collected daily, and in the summer, the better road kill collection crews can generally smell it before they can see it.

When this gruesome mix is ground and steam-cooked, the lighter, fatty material floating to the top gets refined for use in such products as cosmetics, lubricants, soaps, candles, and waxes. The heavier protein material is dried and pulverized into a brown powder, about a quarter of which consists of fecal material. The powder is used as an additive to almost all pet food as well as to livestock feed. Farmers call it 'protein concentrates'.

In 1995, five million tons of processed slaughterhouse leftovers were sold for animal feed in the United States. I used to feed tons of the stuff to my own livestock. It never concerned me that I was feeding cattle to cattle.



from ...

No More Bull!  The Mad Cowboy Targets America's Worst Enemy - Our Diet


In No More Bull! , Lyman uses his humor, compassion, firsthand experience in agriculture, and command of the facts of health to argue that we might all profit by transforming our diets. He makes a powerful case that Alzheimer's is yet another disease linked to eating meat. This is the book that will set you straight. Its pure, unvarnished truth is told with down-home common sense. Lyman's got a message for meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans -- and the message of No More Bull! is that we can all do better for ourselves and the planet.



"Nature Will Not Negotiate"