Amid the plethora of technical seminars and market research at Beef Australia this year, a presentation by a Tasmanian orthopedist with no commercial connection to the red meat game seems to have become the most talked about event.
Dr. Gary Fettke’s address at an Agforce hosted forum covered everything from religion to diabetes and the breakfast cereal business to the origins of veganism, but the overall message was clear.
The beef industry needs to know where the anti-meat rhetoric began and plan a defense because it is under attack.
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Demonizing red meat has nothing to do with science, said Dr. Fettke.
It’s about religious ideology and the profit of the processed food industry.
Plant-based foods, sugars, and grains are energy dense and low in nutrients, but have a longer shelf life and higher profit margins.
“The history of veganism, especially in Australia, is fascinating. It is currently affecting the livestock industry,” said Dr. Fettke.
“Vegans and vegetarians are the gullible foot soldiers for the processed food industry and religious ideology.”
The story of a surgeon
How this surgeon came to Beef Australia is a fascinating story in itself.
As he noticed more and more complications from lifestyle diseases and diabetes and had to do “too many preventable partial and full amputations”, Dr. Fettke the central role that sugars and refined carbohydrates played in combination with inflammatory seed oils have on metabolic health.
He started lecturing and talking about it on social media.
“The soft drink industry first noticed me, and then I became the target of the breakfast cereal business,” he said.
These sectors reported him to the Medical Board, which initially ordered him to stop recommending patients to remove these foods from their diet, but on appeal he was released.
The experience caused him, along with Ms. Belinda, to investigate interests in order to silence him.
That led to what Dr. Fettke calls the “exposure of the nonsense about red meat”.
There was no question that vegan propaganda was forcing the meat industry to pay ransom, he said.
The rhetoric is full of misinformation, he said using the example of the claim that 51 percent of greenhouse gas emissions came from animal production of ruminants.
“The claim that it takes 2,500 gallons of water to make a beef burger is also a gross misrepresentation of the green water that rains on the ground,” he said.
Science of the matter
“History made us healthiest from a metabolic point of view when our diet was mostly animal,” said Dr. Fettke.
“Plant foods do not easily meet the essential amino acid requirements for protein intake.
“In general, plant-based diets require supplementation with at least vitamin B12 and iron.
“It’s almost not fair to compare beef and rice. To get the protein in 200 grams of beef, you have to eat almost a kilogram of rice and still be missing the micronutrients.”
Plant-based diets are generally high in carbohydrates. With the deficiency problems of protein, fats, and micronutrients generally followed by excessive intake, he explained.
If you don’t absorb the nutrients, you tend to eat more and more carbohydrates to preserve the protein and micronutrients. This carbohydrate load over time has health implications for many.
According to Dr. Fetke, however, would almost take a search and rescue group to find meat in modern dietary guidelines.
How did we come to this grain, grain and plant based advice that is so meat and milk retardant?
The food pyramid that many of us grew up with was born in the early 1990s. Meat and dairy products were in the “have less” category.
“All kinds of protein alternatives that I never heard of as a kid have found their way,” said Dr. Fettke.
“Canned and processed foods are now labeled healthy. And the grain and grain section is huge.”
History of veganism
The origins of the current vegetarian mantra begin in a place called Battle Creek in the US state of Michigan.
Here a Lenna Cooper founded the American Dietetic Association in 1917. Other English-speaking countries followed, with Australia and South Africa adopting late.
“Lenna Cooper worked with Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and was a protégé of Dr. John Harvey Kellogg,” said Dr. Fettke.
“She wrote textbooks that were used in diet and grooming programs around the world for 30 years. She was the voice of dietetics for decades.
“She was raised by the grain farmers and was a vegetarian.
“She practiced the teachings and ideology of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.”
Dr. Fettke’s research shows that there were around 100 grain companies in the early 1900s, most of which were founded by members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
“The most famous company is Kellogg’s and is considered one of the richest food producers in the world,” he said.
The Australasian Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing is wholly owned by the same church.
The Church was born out of the Millerite and Temperance Movement and has grown to be a very influential group in the world when it comes to nutrition education and policy.
You not only initiated the grain industry, but also the soy and now the meat industry, says Dr. Fettke.
One of its founding leaders was Ellen G White.
“Your values and those of the Seventh-day Adventist Church are not inappropriate, but the nutritional values are unusual because they are not derived from science,” said Dr. Fettke.
“Her writings describe that eating meat causes violence. The term ‘meat gives you cancer’ comes from her visions. She advocated that ‘grains, fruits, nuts and vegetables are the diet our Creator chose for us.”
Adventist Health Studies are regularly cited by vegetarian groups on the benefits of veganism, but Dr. Fettke says the studies are self-guided and self-referencing.
They are often published in the church press.
“I haven’t seen any personal conflict of interest, vegetarian or religious statement in any of them,” he said.
Sanitarium owns the Alternative Meat Company, which works with the Alternative Dairy Company, and is, according to Dr. Fettke is an important source of propaganda that directly harms the animal food industry.
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