A roundup of recent good news in the world of beef includes five beef myths debunked, an ex-vegetarian praising the sustainability of beef cattle production, and how cattle may support treatments for Ebola.
1. Video: “Science explains why everything you’ve heard about eating meat is wrong” produced by Ryan Larkin for Business Insider
Larkin writes, “In our increasingly health-conscious world, we are becoming more sensitive to the impact of the foods we eat. A particularly controversial food is unprocessed red meat, which some believe to be a source of various health problems. However, many of these beliefs have no scientific basis. Here are five common myths that have developed about eating red meat.”
2. “Eat meat and save the planet, says former vegetarian” featured on The Telegraph
In Simon Fairlie’s new book, “Meat: a Benign Extravagence,” he writes, “Livestock provide the biodiversity that trees on their own cannot provide. They are the best means we have of keeping wide areas clear and open to solar energy and wind energy. They harness biomass that would otherwise be inaccessible, and recycle waste that would otherwise be a disposal problem. And they are the main means we have of ensuring that the phosphate which leaks out from our arable land into the wider environment, and that is crucial for agricultural yields, is brought back into the food chain.”
3. “Genetically modified cows an Ebola cure?” by Gene J. Koprowski for Agri-View
Koprowski writes, “A herd of cloned, genetically engineered cattle in Sioux Falls, S.D., are now busy incubating human antibodies against the horrific virus. Scientists say these cloned cattle will produce ‘gallons of blood plasma’ that could be used to treat people with the deadly virus.”