Look, I haven't mentioned Zeus, Buddah, or some religion.
Started by bitter_sweet_symphony, November 17, 2007, 10:26:09 AM
Quote from: "freeverse"I'm a vegan, and while I'm not out to convert the world, i strongly suggest that everyone does serious research before making up their mind on the issue. We've been raised to believe that meat is the best, if not only, source of protein and that milk is the best, if only, source of calcium. Both of these statements, IMO, are completely ridiculous. For some reason it never seems to occur to people that the dairy and meat industries have an agenda just like any other business, therefore the information they are giving the public regarding nutrition might be biased. In a nutshell, I am vegan for environmental, ethical, and nutritional reasons. The research I've done has convinced me that meat and dairy products are harvested with horrific cruelty, in ways that are extremely destructive to the environment and to human health. Describing all of this in detail would take forever, but if you're serious about being an informed consumer, take a look at The China Study or Peter Singer's Animal Liberation and The Ethics of What We Eat. The China study is the result of the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted, and the latter two are written by a respected philosopher who articulates reasonable, intelligent, and (IMO) undeniable arguments for ethical behavior when it comes to what we consume. Like I said earlier, I'm not out to convert everyone to veganism - I hate evangelism with a passion, even if it is for a cause I believe in. But this thread popped up and I am not seeing anyone arguing on the other side of the "but it tastes good" argument. Really, what is the difference between blindly engaging in a diet because it tastes good and blindly following a religion because it feels good? Just because a lifestyle is easy or comfortable does not make it right, and I would expect that the atheist, of all people, would be committed to that reality. Anyway, sorry if I rained on the parade :wink:
Quote from: "Kona"I don't know what he price of a bell pepper is these days on the mainland, but out here you pay about $6.00/lb.
QuoteIf I was that concerned about eating vegan I'd have to take some cooking classes.