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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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.
- Got Milk?
- 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.”…………..
Vegetarian/Vegan Societies and Organizations including Raw Food Groups
(Great places to meet fellow vegetarians and/or learn more about vegetarian/vegan diets)
[3/8/07 Some listings on this page may be outdated. }
EarthSave Anchorage – APU Box 11, 4101 University Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508 (907) 566-3622
Vegetarian Society of Alaska firstname.lastname@example.org (907) 301-9672.
Vegan Action Canebeds, AZ – email@example.com
Vegan Action Conway, AR – firstname.lastname@example.org
Vegan Action Fayetteville, AR – email@example.com
Bay Area Vegetarians (BAV) is a San Francisco Bay Area wide group for vegans, vegetarians, veg*n-inclined and interested people to find community & support with like-minded folks. We support, encourage & connect the local veg*n community through planned monthly events and our online discussion forum and mailing lists (“SFBAVeg”, “SFBAVeg-Events”). In the community spirit, all of our events are organized by volunteers, and membership is free.
EarthSave Marin: PO Box 2086 Mill Valley, CA 94942 (415) 383-9143 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
EarthSave Sacramento: PO Box 188099 Sacramento, CA 95818-8099 (916) 733-2165 Email: email@example.com Fax: (916) 444-2384
EarthSave Santa Barbara: 2022 Cliff Dr #259 Santa Barbara, CA 93109 (805) 566-7506
San Diego County (SDC) Living Foods – Vegetarian Raw Foods Support Group of San Diego County 619/260-6968 firstname.lastname@example.org
Southern California Vegetarians is an organization that educates on the benefits of a plant-based diet on the environment, human health, treatment of animals and world hunger. It also serves as a social and support organization for the members and their concerns (health issues, mistreatment of fellow earthlings, etc). http://aouie.net/veg
Vegan Action Lynwood, CA – email@example.com
Vegan Action Sacramento, CA – GraphSide@aol.com
Vegan Action San Francisco Bay Area, CA – firstname.lastname@example.org
Vegan Action San Diego, CA – email@example.com
Vegan Action Santa Cruz, CA – firstname.lastname@example.org
Vegan Action Santa Monica, CA – email@example.com
Vegan Action Boulder, CO – firstname.lastname@example.org
EarthSave P.O. Box 331 N. Branford, CT 06471 (203) 985-1135 Email: email@example.com
District of Columbia
Vegan Action Dunedin, FL – Aguaazul@gte.net
Vegan Action South Florida – Meatstnks@aol.com
A Vegetarian Dinner Club is forming in the Sarasota/Venice area. Members alternate turns hosting monthly themed (i.e. “Mexican Fiesta”) dinners. Space is limited. For information, please email AfterFiveClub@hotmail.com
Vegetarian Events – Vegetarian Events was founded in 1987 as an educational and activists non-profit organization to promote vegetarianism, environmentalism, and animal liberation. http://www.vegetarianevents.com
The Black Vegetarian Society of Georgia, BVSGA@yahoo.com, (770) 621 5056
Vegan Action Atlanta, GA – Punk182XXX@aol.com
Go Veggie! was formed to serve the educational and social needs of committed vegetarians as well as those who are just beginning to explore the many benefits of this lifestyle. Go Veggie! is dedicated to promoting the advantages of vegetarianism for human health, our environment, and the well being of all life on our planet. http://www.go-veggie.org
EarthSave Lexington: PO Box 8414 Lexington, KY 40533 (606) 293-8966
EarthSave Baltimore: 517 Talbott Ave., Lutherville, MD 21093-4947, (410) 252-3043 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
EarthSave Boston – EarthSave Boston has a monthly “Sunday Speaker Series & Social” with a fascinating variety of topics, good discussion, delicious meals, and it’s open to the public. Please see the EarthSave Boston website for more information. And please come join in on the ongoing conversation on our email list. We’d love to meet you. Email: email@example.com Phone: 617-824-4225 Fax: 603-372-7987 Email list: http://www.egroups.com/group/earthsave-boston – http://boston.earthsave.org
EarthSave Minneapolis/St. Paul: 612-926-5032
EarthSave Missoula: 406-549-1143 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vegan Action Reno, NV – veganYES@aol.com
Jersey Shore Vegan Association – email@example.com
EarthSave Long Island: PO Box 292 Huntington, NY 11743 (631) 421-3791 (Phone and FAX) Email: EarthSaves@aol.com
The Raw Energy Telephone Hotline – based in New York City, provides timely information for the vegetarian, raw/living food community. If you reside in or are visiting the New Yok City area, you can call the Hotline toll free at: (212) 343-1152
EarthSave Cincinnati: P.O. Box 3125 Cincinnati, OH 45201-3125 (513) 929-2500 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
EarthSave Cleveland: PO Box 16271 Rocky River, OH 44116 (216) 556-3701
Vegan Action Loveland, OH – email@example.com
EarthSave Southern Oregon: 472 Walker Ave. Ashland, OR 97520 (541) 482-5330
Eugene Veg Education Network (EVEN) – 1574 Coburg Rd., #120, Eugene OR 97401, (541) 343-8055
Vegetarian Survival Guide for the Eugene area [even though specific to the Eugene area, this site has lots of articles and good information. The restaurant information made me salivate. If you have a chance to visit the Tofu Palace… Yum!] http://www.efn.org/~goveg/index.html
EarthSave Central Pennsylvania: PO Box 459 Carlisle, PA 17013 (717) 245-2329 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We currently serve the area of Carlisle, Harrisburg, and Lancaster, Penn.
Vegan Action Bethelem, PA – BiffTanen@aol.com
Vegan Action Fortworth, TX – email@example.com
EarthSave Salt Lake City: PO Box 526164 Salt Lake City, UT 84152-6164 (435) 647-0961 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Utah’s Living Food Diet, Support and Education Website! Our mission is to bring together people who are interested in the raw food movement. http://www.msnusers.com/LivingFoodUtah/_whatsnew.msnw
Vegan Action Richmond, VA – email@example.com
Vancouver: See Oregon: “Portland/Vancouver”
EarthSave Canada : A nonprofit educational organization promoting awareness of the health, environmental and ethical consequences of our food choices. We advocate the move to plant-based diet choices for better health, environmental sustainability and compassion toward non-human animals. http://www.earthsave.bc.ca
Vegan Action Toronto – Vmunoz@artisticliving.com
Vegetarians of Alberta – “If we see the vegetarian issue beyond simply our personal health and well-being to its direct impact on the destiny of our planet, then I think it’s good for us to give a little service to the veggie cause.”
— Glen McLean, founder VOA http://www.planet.eon.net/~voa
EarthSave Australia – promotes food choices that are healthy for people and the planet. We educate, inspire and empower people to shift towards a plant based diet and to take compassionate action for all life on earth. http://australia.earthsave.org
European Vegetarian Union – he European Vegetarian Union (EVU) is an ‘umbrella’ organisation for most vegetarian groups in Europe. The aims of the EVU include keeping the vegetarian groups in Europe in touch with each other and to inform the public about the European developments.http://www.ivu.org/evu
Sheffield Vegan Society Promoting a compassionate and ecologically sound life-style http://www.shef.ac.uk/misc/personal/md1akj/veg/akj_svs.htm
Vegan Action Argentina – firstname.lastname@example.org
Vegan Action France – Sebastian Gonnot, 8 Crs Gambetta, 69007 Lyon
Vegan Action Indonesia – email@example.com
Vegan Action New Zealand – veganactionChCh@hotmail.com
Vegan Action Poland – Maciej Dziegielewski, Kietcrew I 19, 62-633 Wizaca Wlk.
Vegan Action Sweden – firstname.lastname@example.org
Vegetarian Network Victoria (VNV), established in 1998, is a volunteer-based, non-profit organisation in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is run by people who care about human health, animal welfare and the environment. Our aim is to promote the many benefits of vegetarianism, and provide quality service, information and support to vegetarians. http://www.vnv.org.au
The Vegetarian/Vegan Society of Queensland is located in Queensland, the northeastern state of Australia. The aims of the Society are to: encourage vegetarianism as a humane and responsible lifestyle. provide information relating to vegetarianism. foster social contact among vegetarians and people interested in vegetarianism. http://cwpp.slq.qld.gov.au/vvsq
by Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.
JUDAISM AND VEGETARIANISM
Ninety-nine percent of animals killed in the United States each year are slaughtered for human consumption. Vegan Outreach is working to expose and end cruelty to animals through the widespread distribution of our illustrated booklets (click titles to view PDFs): Why Vegan?, Even If You Like Meat, and Compassionate Choices, along with our follow-up Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating.
As a Vegan Outreach activist, anyone, anywhere, in any situation can be the best possible spokesperson for the animals. Our booklets have been distributed by many individuals and organizations, from middle school students to animal advocacy organizations (e.g., FARM, Farm Sanctuary, The Fund for Animals, In Defense of Animals, PETA, Mercy For Animals, etc.). Your donation will put more booklets into more people’s hands.
All creaures.org – Working for a peaceful world for Humans, Animals and the Environment
Vegan – Vegetarian Recipe Book
How Mary and Frank and Friends Eat
“We are dedicated to cruelty free living through a vegetarian – vegan lifestyle.” “Let no animal die that we may live!”
Recipes (Animal Liberation Victoria) click title for more recipes
Muesli with Soy Milk and Yoghurt
Strawberry & Banana Smoothie
Porridge with Banana and Wheatgerm
Toasted fruit muffin
Berry Smoothie with Greens
Toast with Soy Chai
Cereal – Brekky Blast
Home made beans on toast
Calcium rich Banana & Berry Smoothie
Pancakes with berries
Cereal – Healthy start
Chocolate Banana Smoothie
Banana and Walnut Muffins
Muesli and Cherry Nectar
Porridge with Berries
Toast with a choice of toppings
Breakfast bread with Maple Syrup
Big Cooked Breakfast
Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffins
Cereal – Sultana Flakes
Waffles with Fruit & Maple Syrup
sides / dips
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
Tempeh and Parsnip Rolls
sweets / desserts