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“Towards Ending Violence” — by Rich Kellman

Our society is permeated by violence. So many of the forms of violence that we see every day – injustice, poverty, crime, pollution of the environment, racism, even consumerism – are beyond our control as individuals. However, what is within our control is our own daily eating and buying habits. When we make nonviolent choices […]

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On Beyond Vegetarian – LOVE

Beyond not partaking in products made from animals’ bodies, we can also choose kinder foods in these ways: L-O-V-E –– Local, Organic, Vegan, Ethical Local Less transport; Support your neighbors.  Eat what’s in season in your region. Be creative: every salad does not have to include lettuce. Organic Better for workers and environment.  Even better: Veganic, […]

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Nonviolence: Food as an Act of Compassion for Animals

What about compassion for animals?  The central idea of nonviolent living is to cause as little suffering as possible in one’s lifetime. This practice, called Ahimsa in India, was made widely popular in western countries in the early 1980s, especially as the film Gandhi won an Academy Award in 1982. The animal rights movement in […]

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The poor feed the rich

Global Justice and Ethics in Food Choices The highest level of consciousness in food selection includes consideration of not only our own health and environment, but of other human beings: future generations as well as those presently living on our planet. Unfortunately, in Western society, the “us vs them” paradigm pervades all fields of human […]

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Happy birthday, Albert Schweitzer

Today is Albert Schweitzer’s birthday (1875).  He was a doctor, theologian, musician, philosopher, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize (1952), a great humanitarian… and, at least at some points in his life, a vegetarian. He built a hospital in Gabon, Africa, and worked there for many years. Schweitzer believed that all forms of life, not only […]

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Animal products = unfair distribution of world resources

Many more people in the world can be fed if we eat plants instead of animals. When people in wealthy countries feed grain to farm animals so we can eat meat and dairy products, while people in poor countries don’t have enough grain or rice to eat, it is as if we wealthy people are […]

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Abundance

Veganism Means Expansion, Not Restriction It may seem paradoxical that eliminating anything from your diet leads you to a more varied  and adventurous diet, but in the case of eliminating animal products, it’s true. Contrary to the  common misperception that vegan diets are limiting, once you are freed of the habit of seeing meals as […]

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