In this Podcast, Jon and Cathy interview Lierre Keith, author of The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability. Lierre, a vegan for 20 years, makes compelling arguments for eating meat and counters challenges that shunning meat is healthier, more humane, or better for the planet. The interview can be downloaded below or from iTunes or Zune.
Keith nearly destroyed her health while clinging fiercely to her vegan lifestyle. Now she assists others who are making the transition from vegan and vegetarian to omnivore. Even though the vegan or vegetarian reader is her targeted audience, the book resonates strongly with promoters of healthy, traditional and sustainable food, such as Sally Fallon Morrell, founder of the Weston A. Price Foundation. Lierre heavily researched issues of diet and nutrition, agriculture, our food system, and the destruction of the ecosystem.
Parts of the book read like a screenplay for Food, Inc, even though Keith has yet to see the film. She covers the fallacy of feeding grain to ruminants, the benefits of polyculture, and how a vegan diet designed to do no harm leaves thousands of life forms destroyed in order to produce a single meal.
She also outlines the grave damage that can be caused by eating large quantities of heavily processed soy made into fake foods. This topic has been widely explored by the Weston A. Price Foundation. Physician Michael Eades, whose work is cited in the book, recently featured a review on his blog.
It was a pleasure to have Lierre on our show, and we hope that you enjoy the interview as much as we enjoyed speaking with her.