Howard Lyman's long awaited new book more than lives up to expectations. The lead-off chapter tells the inside story of the infamous Texas Beef Defamation lawsuit, in which the author was one of the co-defendants with Oprah Winfrey. Although they won, the case did put honest critics everywhere on notice as to the potential costs of truth telling and whistle blowing about agribiz foods.
Lyman ran for Congress in 1982 on an environmental anti-agribiz platform in Montana. He lost with just 48% of the vote. He has learned the ins and outs of lobbying in Washington and doesn't pull any punches about how big government is run, and for whom. We have all heard him lecture about the Golden Rule of politics: "Them that has the gold gits to make the rules!"
This certainly seems true in agriculture where the
policy cards are so stacked against the small family farmer. "When I sold my farm in 1983, there were about 1,250,000 full-time commercial family farms in America. Today about 400,000 remain. At this rate, the family farmer will be virtually extinct within a decade."
Mr Lyman touches on many subjects including: mad cow disease, individual and world health problems, foods and fads, the miserable realities of genetically engineered and otherwise manipulated foods. This is a well-written, documented and highly readable book.
As a 4th-generation cattle-rancher, farmer, and feedlot operator, the author saw and learned enough to realize the folly of what he was doing. After a bout with serious illness, he changed his way of living completely. Today he is vegan, Project Director of the Eating with Conscience Campaign of the Humane Society of the United States, President of the International Vegetarian Union.
"I can honestly say that there is not a man on this planet I respect more than Howard Lyman. I cannot speak highly enough of the man, his work, or his book. Mad Cowboy is his story, and it is truly one of the most important ones of this century. Buy ten copies; give them to people you love. This is the real thing."
-- John Robbins, founder of Earth Save author, “Diet For A New America” Review from Ahimsa, (July/Sept, 1998, Vol 39, No. 3) quarterly magazine of the American Vegan Society Ordering info: 223 power-packed pages. 5 1/2 x 8 1/4". Hardbound. $23 postpaid from AVS, PO Box 369, Malaga, NJ 08328
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