By Kira Lesley
As dieters across the country trade in salads for steaks and calorie
counting for carb counting, Americans are relying increasingly on meat
products as the core of their diets.
But nutrition expert Brenda Davis is setting out to reverse this trend,
one state at a time.
Davis, a registered dietitian and best−selling co−author of five
nutrition books, spoke to a small crowd in Starr Auditorium on Sunday as
part of the Compassion For Animals Road Tour. The Tour, which also
includes well−known Canadian animal rights activist Anthony Marr, began in
August and will cover 41 states and seven provinces before concluding in
Davis' lecture, which was entitled "Exploding Nutrition Myths," failed
to attract a large crowd. Julia Liu '06, head of the Brown Animal Rights
Coalition, which sponsored the event, said in an e−mail to The Herald that
animal rights programs are usually not well−attended at Brown. Sunday's
event was cut short because of the low turnout.
In the lecture, Davis challenged several widely accepted nutritional ideas
that support the consumption of animal products. These ideas have led to
unhealthy diets, a strain on the world's ecosystems and inhumane treatment
of animals in factory farms, she said...
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