Dr Peter Ballerstedt – Ruminant Reality: Diet, Human Health and the Environment

Dr. Peter Ballerstedt uses his expertise in Agronomy to offer an interesting counter argument to the claim that ruminant agriculture is destroying the environment.

Here’s the latest release from Low Carb Breckenridge 2017 conference.

Presentation slides are available here to download in PDF format

Dr. Ballerstedt earned his bachelors degree at the University of Kentucky and his graduate degree at Oregon State University. He has an extensive background in forage production, utilization and forage-based livestock production systems and was the forage extension specialist at Oregon State University from 1986 until 1992.

Peter’s personal experience has led him to re-examine human diet and health. What he has learned doesn’t agree with the advice given for the past several decades. This new understanding combined with his forage background has given him an increased passion for the key to true social, economic and ecological sustainability – ruminant animal production systems – the source of butter, red meat, and cheese!

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  • Lifematters

    This speaker may well have decades of experience in cattle production and nutrition but his knowledge of human health is abysmal for someone who now seems to focus on advocating for a “diet”.
    The tragedy of the advice he shares is that he is advocating for a diet that is unsustainable environmentally. From water use alone the future projection of “desire” for animal product he alludes to himself will be devastating…
    This rehashed Atkins Diet, high fat/protein diet, devoid of fibre and abundant in saturated fat and IGF-1 is the most poorly conceived and irresponsible “popular” diet of our times.
    Take a look at this man.. I don’t know how old he is but guessing,I’d suggest mid 60’s? He is breathless simply speaking, is suffering some form of reflux or other digestion issue, and this man stands as an example for a high fat diet in human health and nutrition????
    As we look to the many vital and obviously healthy medical professionals with decades of both personal and clinical experience in a whole foods plant-based diet, who I assume are a similar age to this man, surely even he must question his stance, in a rare moment of quiet humility.
    Dr Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr T. Colin Campbell, Dr John Mcdougall, Dr Michael Klaper to name just a few!
    It is one thing to claim to place our species in the highest regard as this man does in this talk and another to live it. By his very daily actions he does not live it aside from working to protect the industry with which he has long been affiliated.
    There is a reason this post as only received 51 Facebook shares since it was posted in July. A high-fat diet might be popular with the crowd who loves to hear the good news about their bad habits but if this man is holding himself up as a prime example of the health benefits of eating this way I’d suggest he makes his way as quickly as possible to an experienced whole foods plant-based dietician. He sounds like he is a ticking time bomb 🙁

  • Tim R

    I’d love to go deeper into the key takeaways from this excellent presentation. One main point I took was from the discussion/data on calorie percentage of protein in the diet, and the 4:1 ratio of Omega 6 vs. Omega 3. In both cases, the point was that percentages aren’t as important as the particular quantity a person needs. This makes sense to me, but I’m not sure how we should determine the specific minimmum individual values for each person. I know there are a few different sources for these guidelines, but they are homogenized averages, not person-specific. Will we ever (or do we already) have a way to tailor specific macro & micro nutrients to individuals?

    Thanks again to Dr. Gerber & team for continuing to bring us great information!

  • Bill Robinson

    Absolutely phenomenal!!!! Bravo, Peter! Wonderful presentation.
    This is getting sent to everyone I know. Everyone should see this.
    I cannot praise this presentation highly enough!