Today I have on an amazing guest that the carnivore community will love! Amanda Radke is a fifth generation rancher from Mitchell, S.D., who has dedicated her career to serving as a voice for the nation’s beef producers. She recently received attention from the media when her article response to Ellen DeGeneres’ post “Be neat. Eat less meat.” went viral with more than 10,000 shares on Facebook. Amanda explains that today’s consumer wants to know more about where their food comes from, but they aren’t getting their information from farmers and ranchers; they are getting their information from the loud voices of animal welfare activists, environmentalist zealots, biased media reporters, healthcare practitioners with plant-based agendas and celebrity influencers. As a professional in the cattle industry, Amanda is doing everything it takes to properly educate people and show consumers the other side of the story.
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Every diet has some sort of animal death and suffering whether you’re eating steaks or eating salads. In this episode of What The Fat, Amanda and I dive deep into the misconceptions surrounding the beef industry. We talk about everything from the nutritional benefits of eating nose to tail and the environmental impact of beef production to carbon emissions and the treatment of animals. Get ready to hear the truth about meat!
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2:36 About Amanda’s background
3:47 What inspired Amanda’s letter to Ellen
8:51 The breakdown of nutrition for beef vs plant based protein
13:30 The Disney Affect: Is eating plant based better for the animals?
21:41 The impact of beef on the environment and the rise of “fake beef”
39:53 Water usage and beef production
42:46 How much meat is too much meat?
44:37 Beef and the amazon fires
47:32 The benefits of eating nose to tail
49:55 Understanding the circle of life
54:08 Grass fed vs. grass finished
56:10 Amanda’s two children’s books about agriculture
57:42 How we can be advocates for meat
1:00:24 The main challenges ranchers are facing
1:04:05 The legacy Amanda wants to leave
“Beef shouldn’t be demonized the way it has”
“I don’t want celebrities or politicians to dictate the way I eat”
“You’re getting the best bang for your buck nutritionally and environmentally when you eat beef”
“Everything lives and everything dies, but death with a purpose gives meaning to life”
“If every American were to go meat free on Mondays it would reduce our carbon emissions by 0.37%”
“If you want to make a dietary change to improve carbon emissions, don’t waste food. 40% of food in the United States goes un-eaten”
“Eat the meat that you like and can afford”
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