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Why Vegan

Posted: May 19, 2015 in @mochavegan, consistency, Speciesism, vegan
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The concept of vegan is alien to many, treated as remarkably extreme. The truth is that many change to veganism as a result of traumatic events in their lives. Whether your doctor tells you to lose weight, you witnessed animal cruelties and exploitation or you want to live a greener life, vegan is for you.

Improve your Health

People are turning to a vegan diet for the health benefits: you can experience increased energy and diet rich in vitamins and minerals. Planning a diet more solidly founded in whole plant-based foods will provide countless benefits. Your diet can become rich in vitamins and minerals, high in fiber and lower in saturated fat. Cholesterol comes from animal products. Dietary cholesterol is not a part of vegan diets. Consult with your doctor or dietitian if you want direct feedback or do the research yourself. My life changed dramatically. I recover faster following workouts, have significantly lower cholesterol and feel like I could live forever.

Animal Welfare

Exploiting animals isn’t necessary. It has become traditional. Diet supplementation with animals was necessary in tribes living off the land. In most societies today what you eat is your choice. Food is available at a nearby grocery store where there is a produce section in addition to the meat section. Grains are available just like seafood. We do not have to factory farm animals or over fish the oceans to have adequate, nutritionally rich food to eat.

Caring for the welfare of animals does not mean that you worship them. The Garden of Eden supported a vegan diet before the fall of man. Many have pets that are their companions and feel that their furry and feathered family members and other animals have a right to life when a choice is available. Avoiding animal products takes a stand against animal cruelty. You have a choice of what to put your fork into.

Save the World and Mankind

Some people compost, many recycle, I used to bike commute when possible. We all like to think we are making a difference through our actions. To make a widespread impact and lower your carbon footprint, consider removing animal products from your lifestyle.

Producing of meat has a greater environmental impact than many realize. We grow crops and use water required to feed the animals. Transportation of the crops to the animals, animals to the slaughterhouse and processing plants and further transportation and cold storage to reach the final spot on your grocery shelf. To support the large amount of crops required to feed the animals being grown for food, forest area destroyed to grow more grain. Deforestation, habitat loss and species extinction are serious, sometimes unrealized, impacts of meat production.

Efficiency of a vegan diet make this an effective way to positively impact the environment. Crops are grown to eat in lieu of being fed to an animal eventually intended for our plate. This reduces the cycle time of food production along with lower quantities of water being used to sustain a vegan diet.

Make the change

It is much easier than ever to make a change. Popularity of substitute (fake versions) of cheese and meats have increasing production and in many cases are tastier than than the foods they are meant to imitate. Remember, you don’t have to be a health nut to be vegan. There are many vegans that choose to cook with generous quantities of oil, enjoy their desserts and maintain a robust waistline. They just do it in a more environmentally responsible way. Whether you are considering improving your health, standing up for animals or protecting the Earth for your children’s children, vegan is the way to go!

Mark Phipps
@mochavegan
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Baby Factory Farm Animal Poem

From precious birth it all begins
Quickly ripped away from my dear kin

I cry for days for mom to come
She never does and I am glum

I’d rather run and jump and play
But stand quite still and eat all day

Then one day, I leave my pen
Never to eat (or breath) again.

Mark Phipps
Mocha Vegan Podcast
mochavegan.com/podcast
@mochavegan #vegan

 

Bring Coffee And A Donut. Set Them On The Desk. Do Not Speak. Do Not Make Eye Contact. Back Away Slowly. And We All Might Just Survive This.

Coffee Quotes | Forward this Picture

Too late.

As I am starting my day without coffee and/or chocolate for day 8 of lent, I thought this article is well-placed. 🙂 Do what you can for others in your own way. The good feelings you get will help improve your performance AND some of your friends may follow suit and give to the community as well.

Mark

Latest Podcast Episode #43 – Speciesism

Don’t give up coffee and chocolate this Lent!

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“As Lent rolls around each year, people ask themselves what they’re going to give up. It’s often chocolate, coffee, TV, or a particular luxury item. However, some people ask, “What extra thing can I add to my Lenten observance?” It might be a few hours of volunteering, or spending more time with family or friends, or just being mindful to set aside some time for prayer each day.

Lent offers us six weeks to enter deeply into the work of returning and rebuilding a loving relationship with God and with other people. Lent is about something more, not something less.

While this might seem like a clever way of making sure fair trade coffee and chocolate are mindfully consumed throughout the Lenten season, we invite you to do something more during Lent.”

 

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from http://www.crsfairtrade.org/lent/

 

As I am starting my day without coffee and/or chocolate for day 8 of lent, I thought this article is well-placed. 🙂 Do what you can for others in your own way. The good feelings you get will help improve your performance AND some of your friends may follow suit and give to the community as well.

Mark

Latest Podcast Episode #43 – Speciesism

 

Speciesism – The Movie

…if slaughterhouses had glass walls

A worthy watch. Keep asking questions.

Not Old MacDonald's Farm anymore

Containment Buildings and Waste Lagoons

ACCORDING TO THE FILM:

CHICKENS:

Chickens raised for eggs come from a chicken hatchery where about 50% are born female (they are the “lucky” ones), good for eggs. The other half / 50% are male which has resulted in being ground up or discarded alive. Just not good for those little guys.

Laying hens move into cages with 2 – 4 roommates. Cages are so small. The expected life of one of these egg-laying hens is two years. Imagine standing on a wire floor for your entire life. Sad.

Chickens raised for food have increased breast sizes so that a chicken shown on a rescue sanctuary was too large to walk. They demonstrated the social nature of the free chickens. I wish we could have two chickens at our home. They would help eat the bugs in my garden and be friends for life.

PIGS:

Pig farm. Most on the sanctuary are from North Carolina. Pig farms there are having a negative impact on the environment there. Rick, a former Marine, points out that bacon is no longer being raised on traditional farms, but on family farms. “Farms” where animals no longer see the light of day. Containment buildings with a cesspool containing pig urine and feces. The excess liquid is sprayed over adjacent fields with a giant sprinkler, misting onto adjacent properties. The fields drain into adjacent waterways and contaminate nearby wells. The smell is not good. See aerial photo above.

Things that are tough on pigs beyond the obvious sadness that comes from being locked in a building without seeing the sky:
1. young hogs being castrated without any anesthesia
2. mother pigs live in pens that are too narrow to turn around waiting to have the babies
3. tails are clipped off so that pigs do not chew off each other’s tails during stressful times

COWS:

The film says that cows raised for beef are the luckiest of the mass-farmed animals as they spend part of their life outside. HOWEVER, they do castrate bull calves. Once timing is correct, they are sold to feed lots where they are fed grain, which is harder for their stomachs to digest as it helps them bulk up more quickly.

Dairy cows are in total confinement, connected to milking machines, standing in their own waste. How can they let this be the state of things?

Please don't drink milk

Productivity is important in any business, but there should be moral boundaries

In order to maintain milk production, cows must have a calf from time-to-time. Calves are immediately taken away from the mothers and placed into a structure that looks like a large doghouse. In some cases the mother can hear the calf calling out and returns the call. Can you imagine the stress that a mother would feel knowing their baby was so close and couldn’t be reached. Why must these animals be in prison for their entire lives to serve us?

PETA

PETA makes improvements to lessen the abominations already in place. However these changes are slight and will not make a significant impact unless YOU change your behavior. Vote with your wallet, vote with your fork and MAKE AN IMPACT.

SPECIESISM

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