Eat Red Meat, Save the Planet
Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
Join us for a special evening with Allan Savory of The Savory Institute and Harvard Chemist Mathieu Lalonde, Ph.D. Many of us have heard about some of the recent studies claiming that eating red meat is unhealthy. Dr. Lalonde will debunk these studies and illustrate how pasture-raised herbivores are actually ideal for human consumption. Then, Allan Savory will discuss how managing grazing animals through Holistic Planned Grazing, a strategic planning process that addresses the complexity of Nature, has reversed desertification and is bringing back to life once unusable land, and helping to reverse global warming.
*Bundled dinner/lecture option. For $125 you'll receive a VIP ticket to the lecture and to the Savory Institute's gluten-free gourmet dinner being prepared by the chefs at Upstairs on the Square. Registration for the dinner/lecture combination can be found at www.savoryinstitute.com/EatRedMeat and there is no need to reserve a separate lecture ticket here in that case.*
Mathieu Lalonde, Ph.D., Harvard Chemist
Mathieu Lalonde is an organic chemist with a genuine interest in human metabolism, nutritional biochemistry, health, and athletic performance. Mat obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry from the University of Ottawa preceding his departure to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he attended Harvard University for a Doctorate in Organic Chemistry. Upon the completion of his Ph.D., Mat reconnected with his lifelong interest in nutrition and decided to apply the rigors of the core sciences to the primary literature published on nutrition. Mat aims to teach individuals how to 1) interpret published material such that they themselves can distinguish between legitimate versus unsound research, and 2) evaluate both the strengths and relevancies of the publications’ reported conclusions. Mat has recently developed an interest in nutrient density and is currently studying both chemical biology and nutritional biochemistry while working in Harvard's department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology.
Allan Savory, Savory Institute
Allan was born in Rhodesia, southern Africa. He pursued an early career as a research biologist and Game Ranger in the British Colonial Service of what was then Northern Rhodesia (today Zambia), and later as a farmer, game rancher, politician, and international consultant, based in Southern Rhodesia (today Zimbabwe). In the 1960s, while working on the interrelated problems of increasing poverty and disappearing wildlife, he made a significant breakthrough in understanding what was causing the degradation and desertification of the world’s grassland ecosystems. He went on to work, as a resource management consultant, with numerous managers, eventually on four continents, to develop sustainable solutions.
His early results in reversing land degradation in a manner that made, rather than cost, money were impressive. But, as he often states, his failures were equally impressive! Finally, in the mid-1980’s the last of some key missing pieces fell into place. Since then thousands of land, livestock and wildlife managers have been able to demonstrate consistent results following the methodology he called “holistic management.”
Savory served as a Member of Parliament in the latter days of Zimbabwe’s civil war and leader of the opposition to the ruling party headed by Ian Smith. Exiled in 1979, as a result of his opposition, he emigrated to the United States where he cofounded the non-profit organization Holistic Management International with his wife, Jody Butterfield. In 1992 they formed a second non-profit (social welfare) organization near Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, the Africa Centre for Holistic Management, donating a ranch that would serve as a learning site for people all over Africa. Savory and the five local Chiefs are permanent Trustees of the Africa Centre. Savory and his wife divide their time between Zimbabwe and New Mexico.
In 2003, Savory was awarded the Banksia International Award for the person or organization doing the most for the environment on a global scale. His current work in Africa is receiving much praise and recognition and the Africa Centre for Holistic Management was announced the winner of the 2010 Buckminster Fuller Award for the organization working to solve the world’s most pressing problems.
Watch Allan Savory present "How to Green the World's Deserts" at TED2013: