OMNI VEGETARIAN NEWSLETTER #2, December 11, 2013. Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace, Justice, and Ecology.
“The fundamental idea of good, therefore, is that it consists in preserving life, in favouring it and wishing to raise it to its highest point; and evil consists in the destruction of life, in the injury of life, or in the frustration of its development.” Albert Schweitzer, “The Problem of Ethics in the Evolution of Human Thought.”
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Contents #1 Nov. 12, 2013
Vegetarian Organizations, Magazines, Books, Films:
Organizations, Magazines, Books, Films for Preservation of Animals
PETA’s Animal Times
Foundations of Vegetarianism
Why People Become Vegetarians
Moss, Addictive Junk Food
Nutrition and Ethics
Google Search, Food, Inc.
Food and Climate Change
Meat vs. Climate
Tuttle, World Peace Diet, Food, Compassion, Interconnectedness, Harmony
History: Recipes from Famous People
Declaration for Consideration
Eliz. Renter, Poisons in Meat
Get the Antibiotics Out of
Schweitzer, Reverence for Life
Susie Hoeller, Ethical Food
DECLARATION FOR DISCUSSION
Since OMNI has always affirmed the interconnectedness of life, the linkage of peace, justice, ecology, good health for all people, empathy with all animals, and the protection of the environment, and since
Vegetarianism empowers us to deal with the world’s environmental, health, and humane problems, the Vegetarian Potluck declares its support for an active role in promoting the values of vegetarianism:
A vegetarian diet is more nutritious and safer than that of meat.
Vegetarianism is more ethical than a meat diet, by avoiding the cruelty and killing of animals. As Albert Schweizer wrote: “Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.”
Meat eating contributes to the destruction of the air, water, and land, and to the production of C02, warming, and climate change much more than does a vegetable diet.
In my first newsletter on vegetarianism (Nov. 13, 2013) I stated the three main reasons for being a vegetarian: 1) nutrition (keeping ourselves and others healthy), 2) ethics (kindness to animals, ahimsa), 3) mitigating and adapting to climate change. But there is a fourth possibility. Maybe the most basic of all is pleasure. One of the oldest formulas for the purpose and success of rhetoric is: please and teach. To attract people to vegetarianism the food must be enjoyable, yes? This argument augments my description in #1 of the Vegetarian Times magazine. The latest no. of the magazine contains only one article on ethics/climate (five environmental organizations) and one ad (against fur clothing), while all the other contents discuss food—healthy and…..tasty recipes: ingredients and recipes that not only promote health but are delicious. Although the magazine neglects ethics and climate change, it does show us how to make vegetarian food exciting. Vegetarian food does not have to be bland to be healthy or help the environment; rather it can be as stimulating as found in the better restaurants around the world. AND AS WE DEMONSTRATED NOV. 13.
Fennel and pear soup, anyone? --Dick
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THE ETHICAL FOOD MANIFESTO: Changing America One Shopping Cart at a Time calls on American families, agri-business, food sellers, and government leaders to consistently apply ethical principles to food consumption, production and regulation. Doing so will help prevent the extremes of obesity and hunger, drive greater transparency in food marketing and labeling, revitalize food safety, secure human dignity and just wages for agricultural workers, and assure the humane treatment of animals raised for food. [Ms. Hoeller lives and works and writes in
Climate AND MEAT
Google Search Dec. 11, 2013
May 15, 2013 - Every time we eat meat, it's as though we're throwing away 6-20 ...cares about climate change to cut back (or out) animal product consumption.
Apr 28, 2012 - But the world's best chance for achieving timely, disaster-averting climate change may actually be a vegetarian diet eating less meat, according ...
In addition, the official handbook for Live Earth, the anti–climate change concerts that Al Gore helped organize, says that not eating meat is the “single most ...
Apr 13, 2012 - Fertilisers used in growing feed crops for cattle produce the most potent of the greenhouse gases causing climate change.
May 20, 2013 - A review of 12000 papers on climate change in the May 15 issue of "
Research Letters," found that 97 percent of scientists ...
END VEGETARIAN NEWSLETTER #2