Vegan/ Vegetarian News

The Ethics of Veganism

Posted on September 29, 2010 by David

David Cassuto

In keeping with my earlier promise to highlight well-argued pieces on both sides of the veganism debate, here is a piece by former vegan and author George Monbiot, which explains why he has now concluded that meat-eating (not, however, the factory farm system) is ok.  There have been a number of thoughtful responses to Monbiot.  Here is one and here’s another.

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Were Humans Meant to Eat Meat?

By Sally Deneen

Cardiologist William C. Roberts hails from the famed cattle state of Texas, but he says this without hesitation: Humans aren’t physiologically designed to eat meat. “I think the evidence is pretty clear. If you look at various characteristics of carnivores versus herbivores, it doesn’t take a genius to see where humans line up,” says Roberts, editor in chief of The American Journal of Cardiology and medical director of the Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. © Stephen Kroninger
As further evidence, Roberts cites the carnivore’s short intestinal tract, which reaches about three times its body length. An herbivore’s intestines are 12 times its body length, and humans are closer to herbivores, he says. Roberts rattles off other similarities between human beings and herbivores. Both get vitamin C from their diets (carnivores make it internally). Both sip water, not lap it up with their tongues. Both cool their bodies by perspiring (carnivores pant).
Human beings and herbivorous animals have little mouths in relation to their head sizes, unlike carnivores, whose big mouths are all the better for “seizing, killing and dismembering prey,” argues nutrition specialist Dr. Milton R. Mills, associate director of preventive medicine for the Washington, D.C.-based Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). People and herbivores extensively chew their food, he says, whereas swallowing food whole is the preferred method of carnivores and omnivores.
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Dr. Neal D. Barnard, PCRM’s founder and president, says humans lack the raw abilities to be good hunters. “We are not quick, like cats, hawks or other predators,” he says. “It was not until the advent of arrowheads, hatchets and other implements that killing and capturing prey became possible.”…………..

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Chicago Vegetarian Society

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Planet Veggie UK – a guide to restaurants, shops and groups in East London. It also contains exclusive jewelry, vegan info, links, a messageboard and a guestbook.

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Fruit salad
Muesli with Soy Milk and Yoghurt
Strawberry & Banana Smoothie
Porridge with Banana and Wheatgerm
Toasted fruit muffin
Berry Smoothie with Greens
Cereal Bar
Toast with Soy Chai
Scrambled Tofu
Cereal – Brekky Blast
Blueberry Muffins
Home made beans on toast
Calcium rich Banana & Berry Smoothie
French Toast
Pancakes with berries
Cereal – Healthy start
Chocolate Banana Smoothie
Banana and Walnut Muffins
Muesli and Cherry Nectar
Fruit Cups
Porridge with Berries
Toast with a choice of toppings
Breakfast bread with Maple Syrup
Big Cooked Breakfast
Green Smoothie
Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffins
Cereal – Sultana Flakes
Waffles with Fruit & Maple Syrup
Breakfast Wrap

sides / dips

Garlic Bread
Potato Wedges
Parmigiana Sauce


Falafel & Hommus wrap
Leek Potato and Lentil soup
Fry’s Schnitzel Sandwich
Potato, Squash & Asparagus Frittata
Adzuki Bean Burgers & Potato Wedges
Baked Potatoes with Home Made Coleslaw
Roasted Vegetable and Pesto Sandwich
Peking ‘Duck’ Pancakes
Vegetable Fritters
Tempeh and Parsnip Rolls

sweets / desserts

Anzac Biscuits
Carrot Cake
Lemon Cheesecake
Macadamia & White Choc Biscuits
Sticky Date Pudding