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Is a Plant-Based Diet the Future of Humanity?

Our friends from the Globalist community would like to abolish animal-based diets for health and environmental reasons. But before we jump the gun, let’s first make sure that this radical meat-to-tofu flip-flop is fully justified. The reader can decide at the very end whether or not he still wants to be a vegetarian or to become one.

Medical Reasons

According to scientists, Frédéric Leroy and Nathan Cofnas, the observational studies used to develop current food policies focused on vegetarian diets are indeed too often partial and inaccurate. They very often fail when tested with randomized controlled trials, the gold standard of research. They are a useful tool for generating hypotheses, but their conclusions as such should not be used for the implementation of health policies in the absence of additional justifications. “This is especially true,” explain Leroy and Cofnas, “when the results are counterintuitive, as is the case with meat, given its long history as an essential food in the diet of our species” [1].

In fact, diets high in saturated fat and cholesterol are not as bad for your health as vegetarians claim [2, 3]. According to the College of American Cardiologists, “foods rich in saturated fatty acids such as whole dairy products, unprocessed meat and dark chocolate are not associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease” [4, 5]. According to current epidemiological data, there is also no clear causal link between the consumption of red meat, for example, and chronic diseases such as colorectal cancer [6]. According to Leroy and Cofnas:

The scientific dossier against red meat of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nations has been exaggerated, doing “a disservice to the public.” The claim by IARC (2015) that red meat is “probably carcinogenic” has never been substantiated. In fact, a risk assessment by Kruger and Zhou (2018) concluded that this was not the case [7].

Furthermore, the data from anthropology and biology speaks volumes, we are omnivores with a strong carnivorous tendency.  We are wonderfully well adapted anatomically and physiologically to eat meat. Meat consumption has also played a key role in increasing our brain size. Instinctively, meat and its derivatives are the most sought-after human foods all over the world [8]. And it is not a culturally rooted need that can be easily overcome but an anthropological need rooted in our genes.

Six Truths About Vegetarians

(Table adapted from science journalist Rolf Degen’s book, Seven unflattering truths about vegetarians) [9].

  1. Most vegetarians are not really vegetarians: 66% of “vegetarians” have indeed eaten animal products in the last 24 hours [10].
  2. People lie about their meat consumption: Women who were told by researchers that they were going to watch a movie about a slaughterhouse lied about (or as the study put it, “under-strategically declared”) the amount of meat they ate [11].
  3. 84% of people who stop eating meat eventually change their mind and return to a diet that includes animal products [12].
  4. British researchers found that only 25% of people who said they reduced their meat consumption did so [13].
  5. Vegetarians, a majority of whom are women, often suffer from depression and eating disorders – according to some scientists, vegetarianism is an occult eating disorder [14]. Why are women attracted to vegetarianism ? “Meat is masculine. And eating it proves you’re one tough dude. At least that’s what the American media tells us. And that message’s pervasiveness might be one reason the vast majority of vegans in the U.S. are women, say Emilie Aries and Bridget Todd, the co-hosts of the podcast Stuff Mom Never Told You” [15].
  6. It was not always the case[16], but vegetarianism is above all an ideology of the left, and this is undoubtedly the main truth to be remembered from this table:  “vegetarianism is a lie of liberal thought” [17].

Certainly, the fact that we are biologically adapted to a diet containing a significant amount of meat does not in itself prove that vegetarian diets are unhealthy. However, when it comes to virtually all other species, we generally take it for granted that the best diet for a species in captivity is one that it ate in the wild. And this is not a simple call to tradition. Derogations are not without consequences. In cats, for example, there is an indisputable link between diabetes and the high percentage of grains in commercial food. How to explain this fact? Well, the cat being a pure carnivore, its organism is incapable of metabolizing such a large quantity of cereals [18]. And humans are no exception to this principle. Because of the disproportionate importance given to carbohydrates and grains, scientists have linked the famous Harvard University food guide focusing on vegetarian diets to the source of the epidemic of morbid obesity and of diabetes that is currently rampant in the United States [19].

The Nutrition coalition Update. Nutrition coalition, June 21, 2018: https://www.nutritioncoalition.us/newsletters/june-21-2018

Moreover, according to Leroy and Cofnas, “avoiding meat also leads to a loss of nutritional robustness.”  A diet low in foods of animal origin can indeed lead to various nutritional deficiencies such as pellagra, a disease still relevant in the case of poorly planned vegan diets. Other micronutrients that are potentially difficult to obtain for people following plant-based diets include iodine, iron, selenium, and zinc, among others. Although plant-based diets contain alpha-linolenic acid, this does not necessarily prevent deficiencies of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids like eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) which can pose serious risks during pregnancy and for growing children [20].

Vitamin B12 is also a problem, although vegetarians are aware of its importance. “A lot of people,” say Leroy and Cofnas, “are not diligent about supplementation and will often fall into deficient ranges or borderline deficiencies if they do not get the nutrients from their usual diet.” In such cases, general malnutrition, poor health and nutritional limitations are to be feared as is the case in various countries such as Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Switzerland. Vitamin B12 deficiency is particularly dangerous during pregnancy [21].

The risks of nutritional deficiency are also supported by a long list of clinical case reports in the medical literature, with serious and sometimes irreversible pathologic symptoms reported in infants, children, adolescents and adults such as : “growth retardation, hyperparathyroidism, macrocytic anemia, optic and other neuropathies, lethargy, spinal cord degeneration, cerebral atrophy and other serious conditions” [22].  While causation is unclear, admit Leroy and Cofnas, avoidance of meat is statistically associated with eating disorders and depression and may reflect neurological issues.

Our main concern is that avoiding or minimizing meat consumption too strictly can compromise nutrient intake, especially in children and other vulnerable populations. Obviously, the health effects of plant-based approaches largely depend on the composition of the diet (Satija et al., 2016). However, the more restricted the diet, and the younger the age, the more it will be a point of attention (Van Winckel et al., 2011). However, even realistic vegetarian diets that include diligent supplementation can expose children to deficiencies and thus compromise their health in the short and long term. There is direct and indirect evidence that the high-phytoestrogen intake associated with low-meat diets may pose risks to the development of the brain and reproductive system (Cofnas, 2019). Additionally, attempts to introduce dietary modifications that are also compatible with vegan philosophy often pose a medico-social challenge (Shinwell and Gorodischer, 1982). In our opinion, the official endorsement of diets that avoid animal products as healthy options poses a risk that policymakers should not take. As indicated by Giannini et al. (2006): “It is alarming in a developed country to find situations in which the health of a child is endangered by malnutrition, not because of economic problems but because of the ideological choices of the parents” [23].

Climatic Reasons

The oligarch, Jacques Attali – who declared to French journalist, Jean-Jacques Bourdin, “if we were all vegetarians, the problem of methane (from cattle farms) would be solved, which represents 40% of greenhouse gases [24]”  – is wrong. There is no link between the belching and the flatulence of cattle and global warming. According to The Oregon Petition, signed by 31,500 high-level scientists of which 9,000 have doctorates in atmospheric physics, climatology and meteorology:

There is no convincing evidence that releases of carbon dioxide, methane or other greenhouse gases cause or will cause in the foreseeable future a catastrophic warming of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate. In addition, there is substantial scientific evidence that the increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide produces many beneficial effects on the natural plant and animal environment of Earth[25]

Methane has also never accounted for 40% of so-called greenhouse gases. Methane only represents 0.000175% of atmospheric gases and 0.036% of all so-called greenhouse gases. This is a far-cry from the the 40% claimed by Jacques Attali [26].

Like the bogus Lancet study on hydroxychloroquine,[27] the same journal rejected the bogus EAT-Lancet study[28], [29] funded amongs others by the Rockefeller Foundation,[30] a prominent member of the Fabien Society, one of the financial pillars of the 2030 Agenda and the Great UN Reset [31], This pseudo-study recommended a vegetarian diet to reduce the impact of bovine “farts” (and therefore red meat) on the climate. However, according to researchers Leroy and Cofnas:

 A significant reduction in meat consumption, such as that advocated by the EAT-Lancet Commission [and advocated also by Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, who radically changed Canada’s Food Guide], could cause serious damage. Meat has long been, and continues to be, our primary source of high quality nutrition. The theory that it can be replaced by legumes and supplements is pure speculation. While high meat diets have proven to be effective over the long history of our species, the benefits of vegetarian diets are far from established and its dangers have been largely overlooked by those who prematurely approved it on the basis of questionable evidence [32].

Ethical Reasons

Animal suffering is undoubtedly the main concern of vegetarians, anti-speciesists and humans in general, including the author of this article, especially in Western countries where a plant-based diet is growing in popularity. No one in general wants to see an animal suffer [33].

God gave man dominion over all animals, we are after all born predators at the top of the food chain, but this is not a blank check. In return, we need to treat this providential herd with the respect it deserves. Mankind can be seen as the steward of the garden earth and of all its creatures great and small. As a steward, therefore, humanity would be ill-advised to treat nature and the animals in its care cruelly.

This presupposes that animals are raised in conditions which respect their need for socialization, space, fresh air, water and healthy foods. Whenever possible, therefore, avoid animal products produced in factory farms where animals are raised on antibiotics and feed additives in sadistic conditions which are beyond comprehension even from a strictly commercial point of view [34]. You will be better off and so will the animals [35].

It goes without saying then that halal and kosher slaughter, two unnecessarily cruel and disrespectful traditions, have no place in a civilized country like ours. While the sacred commandments direct that the blood flow from the living animal, modern methods of slaughter with stunning correspond to religious rituals much better than the religious method. So let’s ban these practices from another time as did Switzerland in 1893 and more recently, Sweden, Denmark, Slovenia and in January 2019, Belgium.

To better take into account animal suffering, let’s build our farms and slaughterhouses on the model of the internationally renowned American animal science specialist, Dr. Temple Grandin. Like her, let us oppose battery rearing and rough handling of chicks, causing wing fractures. Let’s give breeding sows more space in their stalls when they are giving birth. Let’s oppose the immobilization of animals by electric shocks. On the other hand, let us not oppose large farms, because the mistreatment of cattle, for example, does not depend on the size of the farm [36].

If she were a herbivorous animal, says Temple Grandin, “she would ‘rather die in a slaughterhouse’ with a system she designed to make the operation painless, rather than in the wild, starving or in awareness of a predator attack: early in her career, she saw a still living calf in Arizona on a ranch, partially eaten by coyotes, and concluded that “Nature can be very rough” [37].

Nature is not a Garden of Eden. This idyllic image conveyed by Disney films, for example, does not exist [38]. In nature, it‘s who will eat whom, and in this jungle where the law of the strongest rules, the good feelings and the notion of cruelty inherent in humans have no place.

Spiritual Reasons

There is no connection between a person’s kindness and being a vegetarian. The Dalai Lama, for example, who is certainly not devoid of kindness and compassion is a meat eater [39]. Whereas the assassin, Charles Manson, is a vegetarian [40]!

Hindus, including the Brahmins, who are vegetarians, are incredibly cruel to animals as much towards the so-called sacred cow as towards dogs and cats [41]. “Even Gandhi did not succeed in the name of universal goodness to prevent Hindu milkmen from deliberately letting their calves starve to death in order to sell a few liters of extra cow’s milk,” lamented the face of the Animal Liberation Front, Maximiani Portas, alias Savitri Devi (1905-1982) [42].

Although he professed kindness and love to animals, saying things like “animals are the slaves of man,” brahmin Krishnamurti himself kept animals in slavery, since he always had dogs during his adult life. Seeing him in a picture with a dog tethered to his feet is completely contradictory if you know a little bit about his philosophy on power plays and domination. Although he claimed to be the incarnation of Jesus (alias Maitreya)[43], he was obviously a man like any other with his qualities and his faults.

The same can be said of Ingrid Newkirk of PETA, a controlled opposition that boisterously promotes pet therapy and pets while aggressively denouncing farmers and meat eaters as human supremacists[44], while in fact pets and farm animals are both domesticated animals exploited by man [45]. Although we are not against pets, affection-slavery comes with a price that few suspect [46]. The massive commercialisation of pets stimulated by anecdotal “studies” on their benefits first published in the 60’s and 70’s by Jewish psychiatrist, Boris Levinson[47] has caused significant problems for pets at every step of the consumer chain: production, sale, maintenance, repair, and recycling [48]. So bashing one while promoting the other as if nothing was is hypocritical and mischievous to say the least.

Since vegetarianism is often falsely associated with superior human qualities, how many people then call themselves vegetarians to impress the crowd and signal their virtue? How many become vegetarians to increase their self-esteem and power over others? Is this why animal activists like Ingrid Newkirk are really vegetarians? Is that why Israel has become the Mecca of veganism [49] and Jewish pundits like Bill Gates and Jacques Attali are agressive advocates of vegetarianism? Here is what the American psychologist, Kevin MacDonald, has to say about moral self-righteousness:

Given that expressions of moral righteousness are typically communicated in a social setting and are aimed at solidifying or enhancing one’s reputation within a group, there may be competition forevermore extreme expressions of self-righteousness—even among people who are not biologically inclined to be prone to be warm and loving to others. Extreme expressions of moral righteousness are not only addicting, they may also raise one’s status in a social group, just as it’s common for religious people to express “holier than thou” sentiments. Strongly religious people compete to be most virtuous in their local church. On the left, we see vegan fanatics shunning vegans who even talk to people who eat meat or eat in restaurants where meat is served—even family members [50].

In other words :

The loudly displayed guilt-inducing self-righteousness indeed allows the progressive crowd to morally supplant their fellowmen and increase their popularity. […] But these hypocritical expressions of love always accompany a “race for power.” To “save” someone [or an animal], to whine about their plight, to be moved by the plight of others [and of animals], is to increase one’s own social worth and acquiring respectability, notoriety and power [51].

As for the testimonials and punchy quotes that are often used by social justice vegetarians to make a point, they don’t prove anything. Unless validated by concrete arguments, they are quite simply opinions, each more beautiful and attractive than the next. But beware of words, if they have tangible effects on a person’s psychology, they can be just as deceptive [52]. Contrary to what Jewish philosopher Jacques Derrida and homosexual pedophile [53] Michel Foucault claimed, it is not enough to say or believe something for it to be true, as if by magic. Moreover, ten, a hundred, a thousand, even a million such quotes and testimonials are no more convincing than one.

Conclusions

Although meat has been a central part of our diet for a long time, as part of the 2030 Agenda and the Great Reset, the European Union [54], the United Nations, the Kabbalist oligarchs like Jacques Attali and Bill Gates as well as the technocrats of Davos and many others linked to the meat subsitute industry, climate, globalists, and animal rights activists and other ideological vegetarians like the 7th day adventists seek to have it abolished.

However, the reasons given have nothing to do with health, climate, ethics and spirituality, but everything to do with financial and ideological reasons. The arguments against the meat diet are not based on facts. The claim that meat is an “unhealthy food” is completely unsubstantiated. Livestock has no negative impact on the climate. Eating meat doesn’t make you a bloodthirsty monster or a human suprematist villain.

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*Dr Charles Danten is a graduate of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine who practiced veterinary medicine for eighteen years

Notes

[1] Frédéric Leroy and Nathan Cofnas. “Should dietary guidelines recommend a low red meat intake?”  Journal of Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 2020, vol. 60, Issue 16, p. 2763-2772.

[2] Bradley C. Johnston et al. Unprocessed Red Meat and Processed Meat Consumption: Dietary Guideline Recommendations From the Nutritional Recommendation. Annals of Internal Medicine, 2019.

[3] Rajiv Chowdhury et al. “Association of dietary, circulating, and supplement fatty acids with coronary risk: a systematic review and meta-analysis”. Ann Intern Med, 2014 Mar 18; 160(6):398-406: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24723079/

[4] Arne Astrup, MD, DMSC et al. “Saturated Fats and Health: A Reassessment and Proposal for Food-Based Recommendations JACC State-of-the-Art Review”. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2020, vol. 76, no 7.

[5] Marcia C de Oliveira Otto et al. “Serial measures of circulating biomarkers of dairy fat and total and cause-specific mortality in older adults: the Cardiovascular Health Study”. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Volume 108, Issue 3, September 2018, Pages 476–484, https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcn/nqy117

[6] Arne Astrup, MD, DMSC et al. Article cited.

[7] Frédéric Leroy and Nathan Cofnas. Article cited.

[8] Ibid.

[9] Online PDF no longer available but a link to Rolf Degen can be found at Jim Rose’s blog in the post “The harsh truth about vegetarianism.” Utopia, you are standing in it. June, 2018: https://utopiayouarestandinginit.com/

[10] Hal Herzog Ph.D. “Why Are There So Few Vegetarians? Most “Vegetarians” Eat Meat. Huh?” Psychology Today, 2011.

[11] Hal Herzog Ph.D. “Who’s Lying About Not Eating Meat?  New Research Says Some of us Eat More Meat Than we Claim. Find out Who“. Psychology Today, 2014.

[12] Hal Herzog Ph.D. 84% of Vegetarians and Vegans Return to Meat. Why? Animal Activists Should Emphasize Reduction, not Elimination, of Eating Meat. Psychology Today, 2014.

[13] N. J. Richardson, R. Shepherd, and N.A. Elliman. “Current Attitudes and Future Influence on Meat Consumption in the U.K.” Appetite, 1993, vol. 21, no 1, p. 41-51.

[14] Carolyn C. Ross M.D., M.P.H. “Vegetarianism and Eating Disorders. Healthy lifestyle Choice or Eating Disorder in Disguise?Psychology Today, 2012.

[15] Melanie Radzicki McManus. “Why 79 Percent of American Vegans are Women.” Howstuffworks: https://recipes.howstuffworks.com/why-79-percent-u-s-vegans-are-women.htm

[16] Giovanni Monastra et Philippe Baillet. Piété pour le cosmos. Akribeia, 2017.

[17] Matthew B. Ruby. “Vegetarianism. A blossoming field of study”. Appetite, 2012, vol. 58, no 1, p. 141-150

[18] Rand J. S. “Understanding feline diabetes.” Australian Veterinary Practionner, 1997, vol. 27, p. 17-26.

[19] Cynthia L. Ogden, Ph.D and Margaret D. Carroll, M.S.P.H. “Prevalence of Overweight, Obesity, and Extreme Obesity Among Adults: in the United States, Trends 1960–1962 Through 2007–2008.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010.

[20] Frédéric Leroy and Nathan Cofnas. Article cited.

[21] Ibid.

[22] Ibid.

[23] Ibid.

[24] Nicolaï Van Lennepkade. Article cited.

[25] Global Warming Petition Project : http://petitionproject.org/

[26] Generalist Journal : https://generalistjournal.com/o2-data-manipulation/

[27] Hervé Morin. « The Lancet » annonce le retrait de son étude sur l’hydroxychloro-quine. Le Monde, le 04 juin 2020.

[28]  Francisco J. Zagmutt, Jane G. Pouzou, and Solenne Costard. “The EAT–Lancet Commission: a flawed approach?” The Lancet Journal. Vol. 394, ISSUE 10204, 2019.

[29] Willett W Rockström, J Loken B et al. “Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT–Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems.” The Lancet Journal. 2019; 393: 447-492.

[30] Vivian Krause. “Suzuki’s funding”. Financial Post (April 19, 2012).

[31] Guy Boulianne. La société fabienne. Les maîtres de la subversion démasqués. Éditions Dédicaces, 2019.

[32] Frédéric Leroy and Nathan Cofnas. Article cited.

[33] John Robbins. Diet for a New America. HJ K5ramer, 2012.

[34] Jean-Pierre Digard. L’élevage industriel. Les Français et leurs animaux : Ethnologie d’un phénomène de société. Fayard, Pluriel Ethnologie, 2005, p. 4.

[35] Tiffanie Ardoin Saint Amand. La règlementation européenne face a l’évolution de la société : les exemples des antibiotiques facteurs de croissance et du bien-être animal en production porcine. Thèse pour obtenir le grade de docteur vétérinaire diplôme d’État présentée et soutenue publiquement en 2004 devant l’Université Paul-Sabatier de Toulouse, [en ligne].

[36] Temple Grandin. Wikipédia, l’encyclopédie libre .

[37] Ibid.

[38] Éric Conan. “La zoophilie, maladie infantile de l’écologisme.” Esprit, no 155 (10), Octobre 1989, p. 124-126.

[39] Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. “Got Meat? The Dalai Lama’s carnivorous preferences.” Psychology Today, 2013.

[40] Lee Pitts. Infamous vegetarians : https://www.thefencepost.com/opinion/lee-pitts/infamous-vegetarians/

[41] Philippe Diolé. Les animaux malades de l’homme. Flammarion, 1974, p. 206.

[42] Savitri Devi. La foudre et le soleil. Traduction française par Blanche Europe de l’édition originale anglaise « The lighting and the Sun » aux Éditions Calcuta Temple Press, 1958.

[43] Rhada Sloss Rajagopal. Vies dans l’ombre avec J. Krishnamurti. iUniverse, 2012, p. 159.

[44] PETA declares meat-eaters ‘human supremacists’, Twitter cringes & bombs it with mockery. RT, 28 janvier 2021.

[45] Yi-Fu Tuan. Dominance and Affection. The Making of Pets. Yale University Press, 2009.

[46] Patrick West. “Conspicuous Compassion. Why sometimes it really is cruel to be kind.” Civitas: Institute for the Study of Civil Liberty, 2004.

[47] Boris Levinson, « The dog as a co-therapist », Mental hygiene, vol. 46. 1962, p.59-65; « Pets: a special technique in psychotherapy », Mental hygiene, vol. 48, 1964, p.242-248; « Pet psychotherapy: use of household pets in the treatment of behaviour disorders in childhood », Psychological reports, 17, 1965, p.695-608; « Pets and personality development », Psychological reports, 42, 1978, p.1031-1038; « Pets, child development, and mental Illness », Journal of the American veterinary Association, vol.157, no11, p.1759-1766; « Psychology of pet ownership », Proceedings of the National Conference on the Ecology of the Surplus Dog and Cat, Chicago, Ill.: Conference, 1974, p.18-31 ; « The veterinarian and Mental hygiene », Mental Hygiene, 49, 1965, p. 320-323.

[48] Charles Danten. Slaves of our Affection. The Mythe of th Happy Pet. Createspace, 2015.

[49] Sébastien Leban. “Israël : terre promise des végans.” Paris Match, le 08/08/2017 :

[50] Kevin MacDonald. “Moral Communities and the Summer of George.” The Occidental Observer, 13 octobre 2020.

[51] Cited by Laurent Obertone. La France interdite. La vérité sur l’immigration. Ring, 2018, p. 378.

[52] Nominalism. Wikipedia:

[53] Matthew Campbell. “French philosopher Michel Foucault ‘abused boys in Tunisia.’” The Sunday Times, 28 mars 2021.

[54] EU lawmakers vote for ‘veggie burgers’ & ‘vegan sausages,’ rejecting demands by farmers. RT, 23 octobre 2020.

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