Food Is Climate
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FROM Guest post by Glen Merzer,
September 2021

We need to reverse atmospheric heating. Solar panels do not sequester carbon dioxide. Trees do. Sea plants do. We need to protect the oceans and to reforest as much of the world as we can. How do we protect the oceans? By ending industrial fishing. The answer to the climate crisis is the same as the formula for human health: eat plants, not animals.

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Glen Merzer

My first opportunity to write about nutrition came in 1996, when Simon & Schuster engaged Howard Lyman and me to turn his story into the book that became Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth From the Cattle Rancher Who Won’t Eat Meat [Barnes & Noble].

I had never before written a nonfiction book, nor even published a nonfiction article, and I had no credentials in the field of nutrition. While Howard and I were planning on telling his personal story, we also intended to present data about health conditions related to diet, as we had promised the publisher in an outline. Simon & Schuster was banking on my ability to conduct research—an ability I had never previously demonstrated. I knew nothing more about nutritional studies than your average vegetarian or vegan who has heard that meat causes heart attacks.

Conducting research was more labor-intensive at the time than it is now. Google hadn’t yet been invented. I actually spent several days poring through old medical journals at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and at UCLA’s medical library. While I learned a few things about how to use a medical library, the nutritional studies that I “discovered” on their shelves were generally unsurprising and readily accessible.



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