Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Veggie Hero: Howard Lyman

Howard F. Lyman is one truly special Veggie Hero!

Howard is a 4th generation family farmer from Montana. Like most, he farmed in conventional ways -- using chemicals and intensive animal farming methods. But in 1979, a tumor on his spinal cord caused Howard to reconsider his career. After 20 years of operating a feed lot, he sold his ranch and started working for farmers in financial trouble. He was a lobbyist in Washington, and ran for Congress in 1982.

In the 1989, Howard began to investigate Mad Cow Disease, which was just becoming an issue in Great Britan. He became a vegan and outspoken activist. In 1996, he appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and was given a chance to tell the world about Mad Cow Disease. His remarks led to Oprah renouncing hamburgers on national television. The National Cattleman's Beef Association sued Howard and Oprah for defimation but both were found not guilty.

Howard is the is the author of "Mad Cowboy" and "No More Bull!" and is president of Voice for a Viable Futre. He travels over 100,000 miles every year as a speaker and lecturer. A major Hollywood movie about his life is in the works. Howard lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife Willow Jeane and his cat Ceasar. He humbles us all with his presence as one of the ultimate Vegge Heroes.

Vegetarian or vegan?
Vegan

How long have you been veg*n?
Veg 16 years. Vegan 15 years

What inspired you to go veg?
It started with my health and today it is the animals.

What's your best story of trying to find veg food?
The Big Texas Steak House in Amarillo TX. Great vegan meal.

How do you handle family holiday dinners?
About half of the family today are veg friendly so it is no problem.

What's your favorite veg food?
Mexican

Do you have a favorite veg book?
"Becoming Vegan"

Tofu or tempeh?
Tempeh

What did you have for breakfast today?
Banana, strawberries, blueberries, apples, walnuts, flax seed and oatmeal with almond milk.

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