|Howard F. Lyman|
|Born||September 17, 1938
Great Falls, Montana, US
|Occupation||Author, Lecturer, Agriculture Policy Commentator|
|Notable awards||Vegetarian Hall of Fame, (2002)|
|Spouse||Willow Jeanne Lyman|
Howard F. Lyman (born on September 17, 1938, in Great Falls, Montana) is an American farmer and animal rights activist who is known for his actions promoting vegetarian (and vegan) nutrition and organic farming.
He was raised as a fourth generation rancher on a farm that produced dairy and meat commodities. He attended Montana State University and graduated with a B.S. degree in general agriculture in 1961. Upon graduation, he spent two years in the United States Army before returning to work on the farm.
From 1963 to 1983 he was actively engaged in animal and grain production. The areas in which he was involved were dairy, pork, registered Hereford, chicken, range cattle, feedlot beef production, veal, grain, silage, and hay production.
In 1979 Lyman was diagnosed with a tumor in his spine. Faced with the prospect of paralysis, he vowed to return to non-chemical means of farming if he beat the cancer. He survived an operation to remove the tumor and set out to transform his land into an organic farm. He also attempted to be elected to political office, but he lost his first contest. He became a lobbyist instead and moved to Washington, D.C.
It was not until April 1996 that Lyman became well known. In an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Lyman made remarks which in turn led to Oprah renouncing hamburgers. The National Cattlemen's Beef Association sued Lyman and Winfrey. Both were found not guilty of any wrongdoing early in 1998.
Lyman eventually became a vegan. He has co-authored the book Mad Cowboy (1998) and co-authored No More Bull (2005) and became president of "EarthSave". Leaving that post, he became president of "Voice for a Viable Future".
He has produced four DVDs (A Mad Cowboy Lecture, Earth Talk: 2001, Mad Cowboy: The Documentary, and A Mad Cowboy Lecture: 2007).
Honors and awards
- 1996: Elected President of the International Vegetarian Union (served through 1999)
- 1997: Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award in Sherborn, MA on April 12, 1997
- 2002: Vegetarian Hall of Fame, August 3, 2002, at the North American Vegetarian Society's annual Vegetarian Summerfest in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
- Voice for a Viable Future
- The Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Recipients List
- Vegetarian Hall of Fame