Don't Eat Anything With A Face

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

According to a 2009 poll, around 1% of American adults reported eating no animal products. In 2011 that number rose to 2.5%--more than double, but still dwarfed by the 48% who reported eating meat, fish or poultry at all of their meals. In this country, most of us are blessed with an abundance of food and food choices. So taking into account our health, the environment and ethical concerns, which diet is best? Are we or aren't we meant to be carnivores?

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    Dr. Neal Barnard

    Clinical Researcher & Author, 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart

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    Gene Baur

    President and Co-Founder, Farm Sanctuary

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    Chris Masterjohn

    Nutritional Sciences Researcher & Blogger, The Daily Lipid

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    Joel Salatin

    Farmer & Author


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Barnard 90

For The Motion

Dr. Neal Barnard

Clinical Researcher & Author, 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart

Neal Barnard, M.D., is Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., who guides numerous clinical trials investigating the effects of diet on body weight, chronic pain, and diabetes. Barnard’s most recent study of dietary interventions in type 2 diabetes was funded by the National Institutes of Health. He has authored dozens of scientific publications, 15 books for lay readers, and has hosted three PBS television programs on nutrition and health, ranging from weight loss to Alzheimer’s prevention. As President and Founder of the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Barnard has been instrumental in efforts to reform federal dietary guidelines. He also leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research.

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For The Motion

Gene Baur

President and Co-Founder, Farm Sanctuary

Gene Baur, President and Co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by Time magazine. Since the mid-1980s, Gene has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of industrialized factory farming and our system of cheap food production. His book, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food (2008), a national bestseller, is a thought-provoking investigation of the ethical questions surrounding beef, poultry, pork, milk, and egg production. It describes what each of us can do to promote compassion and help stop the systematic mistreatment of the billions of farm animals who are exploited for food in the United States every year.

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Chris Masterjohn

Nutritional Sciences Researcher & Blogger, The Daily Lipid

Chris Masterjohn pursued a career in health and nutrition after recovering from health problems he developed as a vegan by including high-quality, nutrient-dense animal foods in his diet. He earned a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Connecticut in 2012 and currently researches the physiological interactions between fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and K at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He has published six peer-reviewed publications and has submitted one manuscript for review. He also writes two blogs. The first, The Daily Lipid, is hosted on his web site, Cholesterol-And-Health.Com. The second, Mother Nature Obeyed, is hosted by the Weston A. Price Foundation at westonaprice.org. The opinions expressed in this debate are his own and do not necessarily represent the positions of the University of Illinois.

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Salatin 90

Against The Motion

Joel Salatin

Farmer & Author

Joel Salatin is a full-time farmer in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. A third generation alternative farmer, he returned to the farm full-time in 1982 and continued refining and adding to his parents’ ideas. The farm services more than 5,000 families, 10 retail outlets, and 50 restaurants through on-farm sales and metropolitan buying clubs with salad bar beef, pastured poultry, eggmobile eggs, pigaerator pork, forage-based rabbits, pastured turkey, and forestry products, using relationship marketing. Salatin holds a BA degree in English and writes extensively in magazines such as Stockman Grass Farmer, Acres USA, and Foodshed. He is the author of eight books, including Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World (2012). The family’s farm, Polyface Inc., achieved iconic status as the grass farm featured in the new New York Times bestseller The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by food writer guru Michael Pollan, and the award-winning documentary film Food Inc.

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Declared Winner: For The Motion

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59% voted the same way in BOTH pre- and post-debate votes (19% voted FOR twice, 36% voted AGAINST twice, 5% voted UNDECIDED twice). 41% changed their minds (2% voted FOR then changed to AGAINST, 3% voted FOR then changed to UNDECIDED, 12% voted AGAINST then changed to FOR, 4% voted AGAINST then changed to UNDECIDED, 15% voted UNDECIDED then changed to FOR, 5% voted UNDECIDED then changed to AGAINST)*breakdown for those voting the same way twice adds to 60% due to rounding | Breakdown Graphic

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    • Comment Link MT Saturday, 31 August 2013 16:10 posted by MT

      When you look at the amount of chemicals (herbicides and insecticides), as well as the bacteria, the sterols and processed seed oils; when you look at the environmental impact of the the monoculture farming industry; when you look at the of growing these crops on native species; when you look at the detrimental effects of the standard carbohydrate heavy American diet... it's not difficult to see the benefits of following a meat based diet.

    • Comment Link Mark Shields Saturday, 31 August 2013 15:02 posted by Mark Shields

      Eat what you want, but don't use fear-mongering and lies to push an agenda. Of course animals foods can be a part of a healthy diet.

    • Comment Link A. K. Wednesday, 28 August 2013 12:28 posted by A. K.

      It's not proteins that cause weight gain and most of metabolic disorders. Understanding glycemic index and biochemistry of metabolism is key. Much of vegan diets also do not limit simple carbs, which will create more chaos in one's metabolism than pacify one's mind that nothing with a face is being eaten!

    • Comment Link Penny N Wednesday, 28 August 2013 12:23 posted by Penny N

      When you look at the amount of chemicals and hormones in meat, as well as the bacteria, the cholesterol and saturated fat; when you look at the environmental impact of the factory farming industry; when you look at the bizarre and often cruel treatment of the animals; when you look at the detrimental effects of the standard meat-heavy American diet... it's not difficult to see the benefits of following a vegan diet.

    • Comment Link Joanne Wednesday, 28 August 2013 11:44 posted by Joanne

      I am trying to become vegan but it is difficult to do in a world of carnivores. My reasons are mostly ethical but there are many other benefits including weight loss. Health benefits are tremendous. Last week I had a full blood workup and lipid checkup, my numbers were terrific! In addition, I simply feel better. However, I would not recommend a vegan diet to everyone. There are health risks associated with eliminating nutrients from your diet without proper guidance. Talk to your doctor or health coach and they will help you go vegan effectively.

    • Comment Link Jessica Frost Wednesday, 28 August 2013 11:29 posted by Jessica Frost

      Close to 70 percent of Americans struggle with their weight. We are fighting a war against obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and certain forms of cancer. Moving towards a healthful plant-based diet can significantly change the way we view food and help our health in the long run.

    • Comment Link Nancy DeLucrezia Wednesday, 21 August 2013 11:32 posted by Nancy DeLucrezia

      There are people who require animal flesh and fat to metabolize their food and maintain a balanced blood plasmaPH. Only approximately 70% of our population would benefit from a vegetarian or vegan diet, The rest of us would suffer serious metabolic disorders (many of us already are because of a lack of nutritional knowledge, even on the part of professionals). Suggesting that everyone be vegan is simply ignorant!

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