Sacred Cow: The Case for (Better) Meat by Diana Rodgers and Robb Wolf is a book (and forthcoming film) challenging what has become conventional wisdom: that regardless of how it is raised, beef is bad for the planet. It takes a holistic and science-based view of the issues associated with meat and forms them into a coherent argument that regeneratively-grazed animals are important for our diets and the planet. As they put it: “It’s not the cow. It’s the how”. Disclosure: Rodgers is a registered dietitian and nutritionist who owns an organic vegetable farm and raises some livestock. Wolf is the best-selling author of the book The Paleo Solution.
Sacred Cow examines the issue in three parts: nutrition, environment, and ethics. The book covers a lot of ground. There is no way I can adequately summarize everything, so I will focus primarily on the environment section, which I think will be of most interest to Resilience readers.