Sent by JUDY CHO | February 20, 2021
This week has been one for the records! Our family lives in Austin, Texas and we have never seen these low temperatures or this much snow in the 10 years we’ve called Texas home!
If you have been affected by this cold winter storm, I hope you have water, power, and warmth. Although we have to boil any water we use and we have been having rolling blackouts, we are thankful we have a home and some warmth. (Thank you to my clients for understanding the reschedules this week!)
Bill Gates seems to be popping up everywhere lately. He seems to be the jack of all trades and arguably master of none. This week, he announced two big things:
1) Wealthy countries should stop eating meat and eat plant-based foods, after releasing his new book, “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster.” (Source, Source)
2) We may need 3 vaccine rounds for the COVID-19 vaccine. (Source, Source)
Now I’m not a computer tech mogul billionaire turned philanthropist + public health expert + pharmacist + nutritionist + climate change expert and farmer but I am a bit wary.
How did he become the leader and top influencer in what medicines or foods we should be taking and consuming?
With his muddy past at Microsoft, now Bill Gates has a vested interest in four vaccine companies (Pfizer, BioNTech, CureVac, VirBiotechnology) and in fake meat companies (Impossible Foods, Beyond Meat, Memphis Meats, Hampton Creek Foods.) (Source, Source, Source)
What is he going to use all the U.S. farmland for? Yes, in case you missed it, he’s now the largest farmland owner in the U.S. (Source)
Are his recommendations for the entire world population, purely philanthropic?
Oh, and did I mention he also funds media outlets? You can read more here.
You just can’t make this stuff up.
If you missed my write-up on “Should you should get the Covid-19 vaccine,” you can find it here. I tried to be as balanced as possible.
But let’s entertain Bill Gates, and assume that meat is the problem. I dedicated a full chapter in Carnivore Cure on this incredibly false statement. (Chapter 10, in case you’re wondering).
Since numbers don’t lie, let me show you my math, sourced from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). (Source)
The U.S. livestock is not largely responsible for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. Per the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), beef cattle production was responsible for only 1.9% of total U.S. GHG emissions in 2014. (Source)
In fact, U.S. beef production advances have decreased GHG emissions per pound of beef by 9–16% from the 1970s to present day.
So how the 1.9?
Follow my work with the report found here.
You have to sift through the tables but you can get to the data. You would think that the EPA would create a chart to breakdown this info in the very comprehensive 558-page report. Yes, it’s 558 pages.
There’s also data on corn yield and GHG emissions. We tend to believe that livestock consumes most of the U.S corn that is planted but most grain-fed livestock eats the non-edible parts of the corn and other grain foods.
You can see United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organization’s (FAO) data on methane and ruminant meats. According to the UN’s FAO data, livestock’s global methane impact on greenhouse gas emissions is 0.0638 or 6% and accounts for only 1.8% of the total U.S greenhouse gas emissions. ⠀
Climate change isn’t caused by livestock. During the pandemic, animals were never shut down yet the air was clean. The greenhouse gas, nitrogen dioxide, fell by 70% in some areas.
Sorry Bill Gates, but these plant-based meats won’t make a dent in climate change. These foods, made from monocrops are causing more harm to the environment than any type of livestock. The worst part is that these monocrops are toxic to human health.
Peas can cause food sensitivities. Peas can cause issues with people susceptible to gout. Pea protein does not contain essential fatty acids which are critical for optimal health. Likely the reason Beyond Meat has the legume disclaimer.⠀
As pea protein extracts and powders are not considered food but a supplement, the manufacturers are not required to provide nutritional values. Yes, pea proteins aren’t regulated by the FDA. Extracting proteins from dry peas will most likely remove most nutrients but the manufacturers aren’t responsible to share.⠀
These protein powders contain toxins like arsenic, cadmium, and lead and in high amounts. In 2018, the Clean Label Project tested 134 protein powders for 130+ toxins and found that plant-based products were the highest carrier of toxins with 75% of the products testing positive for lead. Add insult to injury you’re left with a heavy dose of allergens in plant proteins and a heavier concentrate of antinutrients.⠀
According to the USDA nutritional database, to get 27 grams of protein from whole peas, you would have to consume 3.5 cups of peas and 29 grams of fiber. 20 grams of pea protein meat has only 2 grams of fiber.⠀
How is that possible?⠀
People with reduced kidney function and possible gout should be careful before choosing to consume pea protein. Pea proteins are rich in purines and can convert to uric acid. Purines aren’t dangerous in normal amounts but excess amounts can make reduced functioning kidneys have a more difficult time reducing uric acid.⠀
If you want to eat peas, it’s probably best to consume the real thing. Legumes, GMOs, antinutrients, and all, at least peas are still a food.
Yet marketing is so good that eating meat substitutes costs more $ per lb. than grass-fed meats.
So next time someone says, “if we became plant-based, we can save all the vegetation and land that goes into feeding animals, end world hunger and save the planet.” — know it’s completely false.
Sorry Gates, after all my research, I’m not with you on the fake meat (and many other things). I tried plant-based for 12 years and it landed me in the ER on New Year’s Eve with major postpartum depression.
And while the rest of the world enjoyed the countdown with their loved ones, I was hospitalized away from my 6-month-old son (his first-ever new year’s eve), taking strong doses of antidepressants and antipsychotics.
While I back up my case with research, I’ve lived the life of trying to save the climate with fake meats and it nearly cost me my life.
But eating meat-based for over 3 years?
I’ve never had a bout of depression.
Real meat saves lives. It’s the first sentence in Carnivore Cure and frankly why I even wrote the book. I will always be an advocate for real animal-based foods because meat gave me a second chance at life.
And no billionaire-turned hundreds of other roles will stop me from speaking this truth.
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with ♥️ and hope for healing,
While I am a nutritional therapy practitioner and provide nutritional support, I am not providing medical advice. Any information provided in regards to nutritional therapy should not be considered medical advice or treatment. Always consult your primary care physician or medical team.
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