A Vegetarian Cattle Rancher Defends Beef

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Does beef get a bad rap? Red meat has been associated with heart disease, among other health problems, and critics point to the environmental toll taken by industrial beef production. Nicolette Hahn Niman, a longtime vegetarian, wouldn't disagree. But in her new book "Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production," the environmental lawyer and Bolinas-based cattle rancher lays out the case for grass-fed beef, which she says is actually nutritious and sustainable.


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Nicolette Hahn Niman, livestock rancher, environmental lawyer and author of "Defending Beef" and "Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms"