Beef all day, every day. cattle producers learn about the benefits of ‘the carnivore diet’ at usca’s annual meeting

"This year, our discussions focused on the future of the U.S. cattle industry and how USCA will engage its grassroots membership to further our policy goals and objectives," said USCA President Kenny Graner. "The industry is at a crossroads on several important issues – modernizing the beef checkoff, instituting a truthful country-of-origin labeling program, and establishing a fair playing field for the emergence of alternative proteins. How we move forward from this point will impact my children’s generation and their children’s ability to make a living producing high-quality U.S. beef."

"When you take out everything else and just focus on meat, you realize how great it is for your health," said Baker, in his presentation to attendees. "I’ve been fully fully carnivorous for two years, and 98% of my diet is steak.

For a lot of people eating this way, they really gravitate to-wards beef and not as much pork and chicken. It’s a simple diet, but I look forward to every meal and every steak I eat."

Yet, as more people realizing that meat, particular beef, can heal the body, a growing movement is building as people ditch conventional wisdom to pursue health and wellness via a carnivorous eating style. Facebook groups like Zeroing in on Health and Zero Carb health boast thousands of members who share testimonies of their experiences eating a carnivorous diet.

"I found ZC in December of 2017, when I was researching which plants to include in my gar-den," said member Meagan Zych. "I found an article about vegetables being unnecessary and probably harmful. I started zero carb on January 22nd, 2018. I feel amazing and pain that I had in my hip from a car accident three years ago is gone. I currently eat a chuck steak for breakfast and one for dinner totaling about 2.5-3lbs for the day. I have a two-year old who is still nursing, and I have great energy and no desire to eat anything else. Beef is the perfect fuel!"

Dana Spencer Shute, a moderator on the Zero Carb Health forum, said, "Back in 2007, I found ZC by accident. I was trying to lose weight, decided to do Atkins induction, was too lazy to count carbohydrates, so I just ate things I knew didn’t have any carbs, meat and cheese. After 10 days, I only lost three pounds, but looked like I lost pounds, I felt amazing, and I wasn’t hungry all the time! Also, my lifelong digestive pain and bloating was suddenly gone. The Atkins book says you can stay on induction (less than 20 carbs/day) for up to six months. I never wanted to eat a carbohydrate again, so I started researching what would happen if I didn’t add them back. Through my research, I found on a low carb forum, somebody else who was also only eating meat and experiencing the same miracles. We eventually called this new diet ‘Zero Carb,’ start-ed a forum, built a website, and the rest is history. I never ate another vegetable! I lost 50 pounds eating this way, and I feel better than ever. I’m 51 now and have been eating an all meat diet, mostly beef, for almost 11 years!"

Kelly Williams Hogan, a member and moderator on Zero Carb Health, added her story. She shared, "When I was 25 years old, I went back to the doctor to have yet another boil lanced. I had had several to become infected with staph and was growing weary from these painful ab-scesses. My doctor told me to eat as much meat, eggs, and cheese as I wanted, but to avoid carbs. He said low-carb veggies were acceptable, but I found that I felt better and better the more I ate only meat, eggs, and cheese.

"We hear all the time that meat is bad for our health — that it’s just as bad as cigarettes, that it causes heart disease and cancer, that it’s awful for the environment and cruel to animals," said Baker. "Whether these things are true or not is irrelevant because people believe who is screaming loudest on the microphone. People are so far removed from what ranchers do; 80% of the population lives in the city, and they don’t know how their food is produced."

Consumers are getting their information, he says, from people who would like to see animal agriculture eliminated completely. From investors in fake meat products, to WeWork banning meat as a company policy, to the Army having a compulsory twice weekly vegetarian meal plan, to schools adopting Meatless Mondays to the menu, Baker says people are buying into the rhetoric that meat is bad and cattle production is harmful to the environment.

Ede writes, "To the best of my knowledge, the world has yet to produce a civilization which has eaten a vegan diet from childhood through death, whereas there are numerous examples throughout recorded history of people from a variety of cultural, ethnic and geographical back-grounds who have lived on mainly-meat diets for decades, lifetimes, generations. What exactly did these carnivorous cultures eat, and how healthy or unhealthy were they?

"To my mind, examples of real people eating mostly-meat diets for long periods of time gives us much more powerful information about meat and health than conventional scientific studies conducted over short periods of time in which one group of people eats a little more meat or a few extra servings of vegetables than another group of people."