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  • homad 9:25 pm on June 12, 2011 Permalink |
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  • perpetuallyphil 1:44 am on February 10, 2010 Permalink |
    Tags: , Food, lierre Keith, ,   

    The Vegetarian Myth 

    This is not a typical vegitrain slam of a book. It is a well researched and thought out dialogue about food soverignty, violence, industry, health and creating a better world. This book scared me at first, but after diving in more and learning more about the author Lierre Keith’s perspective, I have emerged to understand its importance. She was a vegan for 20 years and knows all of the arguments about why it was the right chioce for justice, but following more thurough research and asking tough questions, she has lots to say. Its clear that she does not advocate for factory farming, or cruelty, but rather understanding what our personal decisions really mean.

    An excerpt:

    “This was not an easy book to write. For many of you, it won’t be an easy book to read. I know. I was a vegan for almost twenty years. I know the reasons that compelled me to embrace an extreme diet and they are honorable, ennobling even. Reasons like justice, compassion, a desperate and all-encompassing longing to set the world right. To save the planet—the last trees bearing witness to ages, the scraps of wilderness still nurturing fading species, silent in their fur and feathers. To protect the vulnerable, the voiceless. To feed the hungry. At the very least to refrain from participating in the horror of factory farming.

         These political passions are born of a hunger so deep that it touches on the spiritual. Or they were for me, and they still are. I want my life to be a battle cry, a war zone, an arrow pointed and loosed into the heart of domination: patriarchy, imperialism, industrialization, every system of power and sadism. If the martial imagery alienates you, I can rephrase it. I want my life—my body—to be a place where the earth is cherished, not devoured; where the sadist is granted no quarter; where the violence stops. And I want eating—the first nurturance—to be an act that sustains instead of kills.

         This book is written to further those passions, that hunger. It is not an attempt to mock the concept of animal rights or to sneer at the people who want a gentler world. Instead, this book is an effort to honor our deepest longings for a just world. And those longings—for compassion, for sustainability, for an equitable distribution of resources—are not served by the philosophy or practice of vegetarianism. We have been led astray. The vegetarian Pied Pipers have the best of intentions. I’ll state right now what I’ll be repeating later: everything they say about factory farming is true. It is cruel, wasteful, and destructive. Nothing in this book is meant to excuse or promote the practices of industrial food production on any level.

         But the first mistake is in assuming that factory farming—a practice that is barely fifty years old—is the only way to raise animals. Their calculations on energy used, calories consumed, humans unfed, are all based on the notion that animals eat grain.”

    —–

    You can get the book on her website, amazon, or better yet: ask your local book store to carry it.

    (btw, I ate some grass ged beef the other day, it felt good, yikes)

    http://www.lierrekeith.com/work.htm

     
    • firstreason 2:22 am on February 10, 2010 Permalink

      Let me make this clear first of all, I have not read this book. that being said, it sounds like the author is assuming that being vegetarian or vegan is soley an attempt to boycott meat because of the cruel ways that it is acquired. I would like to point out that while that may be a reason for some, I would venture to say that most don’t eat meat because they don’t like to kill something and consume it carcass. Yes, there are better ways to farm meat, but I dont think that that is necessarily the problem, my problem has mostly been the killing part, the horrible living part was in second place.

    • perpetuallyphil 3:46 am on February 10, 2010 Permalink

      I totally agree firstreason,
      I am uneasy with deciding that something should live or die, no matter how good or bad their life was preceding my decision to kill them and eat their flesh.
      The thing is that death is a natural part of life. Plants, animals, microbes, fungi and the like must die to nourish others. Not to get all circle of life, but really, that is what happens. To pretend that its not the case is to not understand how food webs work.
      Next argument is to say that we don’t need to participate in the food web, because we understand it and can make the conscious decision to not kill other species for food. We can take a vegan stand and get all of our protein, vitamins and energy from plants. The problem with this line of thinking is that it forgets that plants need nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium to grow. NPK. There is no way to get those things without using decayed animal parts or chemical fertilizers that come from the petrol industry or that require extensive mining (which kills thousands of animals and disrupts whole food systems). Also, agriculture requires riding plants of “pests,” and even “vegan” growers who use neem oil, end up disturbing the cycles of insects that kills them, makes them sterile and rids the plant of fungus. Not to mention the fact the agriculture kills thousands of microbes as well. So at some point, we are deciding to kill, most of us just decide that its not ok to kill things with a face, directly… its a slippery slope for sure, and is why i love know where and why people draw lines. If we need to kill to live (which is how the rest of the plant and animal kingdom works) should we try to avoid it all together (which is seemingly impossible), or try to make it humane, reasonable and spiritually ritualistic?

      I have not read the whole book myself yet, but it has sparked me to research more and more. The more arguments i come up with to support my vegetarian diet, the more reasons i find that its not as simple as that.

      One last thought. We have co-evolved with the plants we eat and the animals that we domesticated. They are totally different now than when we first started living with them, as are we. Did we change them, or did they change us? Evolutionarily speaking, is wheat more successful or are humans?

    • perpetuallyphil 4:30 am on February 10, 2010 Permalink

      here is a good review of the book:
      http://www.pressaction.com/news/weblog/full_article/vegetarianmyth05032009/

      “Currently, 40% of Americans are killed by coronary heart disease. The rate of coronary heart disease has increased at the same time that the proportion of animal fats consumed by people in the United States dropped from 83% to 62% and the consumption of vegetable oils has increased by 400%. “

    • thedarkcleft 5:04 am on February 10, 2010 Permalink

      That stat is not really saying a whole lot. If one year the amount of coronary disease dropped, good. Maybe it is because there have been changing their diets because there are so many people having heart attacks. People may be waking up. It doesn’t mean that the rest of the people, or even the people who have switched, won’t die next year from all the animal fats and the like eaten in the past.

      Also, there are a number of other things that lead to coronary problems, such as all of the trans-fats in margarine, as opposed to butter. MSG, HFCS, they all play their parts.

      Kinda tangental, sorry.

    • oneshowatatime 6:54 am on February 10, 2010 Permalink

      Michael Pollan pretty well summed up my view on diet in a recent Time Magazine interview:

      “Can you tell us what your current diet is? If it is not vegetarian, why not?”

      Scott Yanoff, MILWAUKEE

      “I still eat meat. But I eat a lot less. I have enormous respect for vegetarians, but I believe there are ways to eat meat that are good for you and good for the environment.”

      Rest of the interview: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1955590,00.html

      I believe that we evolved to maximize our efficiency and role in the ecosystem as omnivores, but I totally agree that the industrial food system is fucked and that we should also strive to eat less meat and eat lower on the food chain in general.

      Just my 2 cents, I’m tired… good night.

  • untamedyawp 3:36 pm on July 12, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: fda, Food, , , , safety   

    thanks barack, again 

    Michael R. Taylor, the former Vice President for Public Policy at Monsanto has returned through Washington’s revolving doors and will now advise FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg on food safety.
    In March 1994, Taylor was publicly exposed as a former lawyer for the Monsanto corporation for seven years. While working for Monsanto, Taylor had prepared a memo for the company as to whether or not it would be constitutional for states to erect labeling laws concerning rBGH dairy products. In other words. Taylor helped Monsanto figure out whether or not the corporation could sue states or companies that wanted to tell the public that their products were free of Monsanto’s drug.
    linky

     
    • tallbridge 10:20 pm on July 12, 2009 Permalink

      “Adding a sterilant to drinking water or staple foods is a suggestion that seems to horrify people more than most proposals for involuntary fertility control. Indeed, this would pose some very difficult political, legal, and social questions, to say nothing of the technical problems. No such sterilant exists today, nor does one appear to be under development. To be acceptable, such a substance would have to meet some rather stiff requirements: it must be uniformly effective, despite widely varying doses received by individuals, and despite varying degrees of fertility and sensitivity among individuals; it must be free of dangerous or unpleasant side effects; and it must have no effect on members of the opposite sex, children, old people, pets, or livestock.

      Physiologist Melvin Ketchel, of the Tufts University School of Medicine, suggested that a sterilant could be developed that had a very specific action—for example, preventing implantation of the fertilized ovum. He proposed that it be used to reduce fertility levels by adjustable amounts, anywhere from five to 75 percent, rather than to sterilize the whole population completely. In this way, fertility could be adjusted from time to time to meet a society’s changing needs, and there would be no need to provide an antidote. Contraceptives would still be needed for couples who were highly motivated to have small families. Subfertile and functionally sterile couples who strongly desired children would be medically assisted, as they are now, or encouraged to adopt. Again, there is no sign of such an agent on the horizon. And the risk of serious, unforeseen side effects would, in our opinion, militate against the use of any such agent, even though this plan has the advantage of avoiding the need for socioeconomic pressures that might tend to discriminate against particular groups or penalize children.

      Most of the population control measures beyond family planning discussed above have never been tried. Some are as yet technically impossible and others are and probably will remain unacceptable to most societies (although, of course, the potential effectiveness of those least acceptable measures may be great). ” – John Holdren, 1977 Ecoscience – Assistant to BO Science and Technology

      http://zombietime.com/john_holdren/

    • tallbridge 10:24 pm on July 12, 2009 Permalink

      Florida’s surgeon general says the state is preparing for massive swine flu immunizations, starting with schoolchildren, as the Obama administration urges states to prepare for the likelihood that the virus might worsen in the fall.
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      ”We may end up averting a crisis. That’s our hope,” said President Barack Obama, who took time away from the G-8 summit in Italy to telephone another summit back home — the 500 state and local health officials meeting to prepare for swine flu’s fall threat.

      ”We want to make sure we aren’t promoting panic, but we are promoting vigilance and preparation,” Obama said.

    • tallbridge 10:30 pm on July 12, 2009 Permalink

      Five-to-40-year-olds and Canada’s aboriginal communities should be the first to get vaccinated against human swine flu, experts say as Canadian officials decide who gets priority for the flu shots.

      Under Canada’s official pandemic plan, the entire population would ultimately be immunized against the H1N1 swine flu.

    • perpetuallyphil 7:05 pm on July 13, 2009 Permalink

      via BBC on new swine flu data:

      “professor Ian Jones, a flu expert at the University of Reading, said the latest study provided the complete analysis of the swine flu that researchers had been waiting for.
      He said: “For a number of measures it shows that the new virus is more serious than seasonal H1N1 but that, nonetheless, the major outcome to infection is recovery.
      “For the few cases of severe infection the data should help in the clinical management of hospitalised patients. ”

      mainstream science is settling the hysteria….

  • perpetuallyphil 4:22 am on May 4, 2009 Permalink |
    Tags: , Food, garden,   

    obama to garden orgaically 

    “While the organic garden will provide food for the first family’s meals and formal dinners, its most important role, Mrs. Obama said, will be to educate children about healthful, locally grown fruit and vegetables at a time when obesity and diabetes have become a national concern.

    …..

    The Obamas will feed their love of Mexican food with cilantro, tomatillos and hot peppers. Lettuces will include red romaine, green oak leaf, butterhead, red leaf and galactic. There will be spinach, chard, collards and black kale. For desserts, there will be a patch of berries. And herbs will include some more unusual varieties, like anise hyssop and Thai basil. A White House carpenter, Charlie Brandts, who is a beekeeper, will tend two hives for honey.

    ……

    The plots will be in raised beds fertilized with White House compost, crab meal from the Chesapeake Bay, lime and green sand. Ladybugs and praying mantises will help control harmful bugs.

    Cristeta Comerford, the White House’s executive chef, said she was eager to plan menus around the garden, and Bill Yosses, the pastry chef, said he was looking forward to berry season.

    ….

    “You can begin in your own cupboard,” she said, “by eliminating processed food, trying to cook a meal a little more often, trying to incorporate more fruits and vegetables.” ”

    from NYT article

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    just when i had creeping doubts about the prez….. this is the best thing i have read in weeks. leadership where it needs to be, sending a message that is real. if we can start to rely on our own means for food again we take the power away from big oil and monsanto, while strengthening our communities once again. seriously, this is monumental and organic. now we just need to get him on the permaculture train, get self composting toilets installed in the white house, and convert airforce one to biodisel….

    on a side note, jimmy carter installed solar panels on the white house in the 70’s, only to have them removed by one ronny reagan a decade later… rest is history, nuff said.

    read this book: (max can  find the torrent ebook)

    omnivore’s dilemma

     
    • untamedyawp 5:53 pm on May 4, 2009 Permalink

      i hate to be that guy but gotta….

      obama putting an organic garden at the white house is just about as positive and productive as GM creating flex fuel and pushing it as a step in the right direction.

      there is a wealth of info putting obama in bed so to speak with several monsanto cronies, the person who he appointed to be head of the USDA just happens to have won the Governor of the year award from the Biotechnology Industry Organization.

      peruse:
      http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_15573.cfm
      http://gmfoodwatch.tribe.net/thread/78999f60-b0a6-4f52-957d-74d0bf240d96

    • perpetuallyphil 6:19 pm on May 4, 2009 Permalink

      no doubt that is a problem as well as the Farm Bill that is passed every year. each time the legislation is moved through the houses it entrenches the agribuisness ever more and favors cash crop overproduction on corn and soy. subsidies go the wrong places to insure that corn by-prducts control the market and ever more become our sole source of food (if you do the processed food thing). this leads to a heap of problems not withstanding: soil depletion, water pollution, factory farms and GMOs. coloradan ken salzar that is secretary of interior has a pretty bad record with this as well.

      that said, what is the solution to these problems? we have a broken farm system, pollution, dietary issues, and few people control a very un-diversified food supply. even organic food is mirroring its big brother industrialized farming and taking the power out of the hands of others….. so, solutions:
      -start your own garden
      -buy from a community supported agriculture program
      -farm with your neighbors
      -buy from local vendors
      -know the companies you support

      in my opinion the best thing we could do as a populace is to grow our own food and simply opt out of the food industry in general. no matter who is in charge and what laws are present, controlling our food is controlling our lives. there is no shortage of organic seeds (yet) and seed saving is best done by having food growing currently and seasonally with perennials.
      so, sure fuck obama and his two faced policies, but encouraging local gardening is truly amazing and superceeds anything else done at the top. grassroots movements with food communities will revolutionize this planet one homegrown tomato at a time…. dig it

  • perpetuallyphil 5:38 pm on October 14, 2008 Permalink |
    Tags: Food, , hormones,   

    genically modified organism on way out!!! 

    check this article about food trends in the world and how people are finally saying no to GMO’s.

     
  • oneshowatatime 10:23 pm on September 25, 2008 Permalink |
    Tags: Food   

    World’s Healthiest Foods 

    Looking for a tasty way to boost your immune system? You don’t have to go to Jamba Juice, instead try eating local organic honey. Bisco tour skipped your ‘hood? Boost your serotonin with some tryptophan.

    Check out this web site about the world’s healthiest foods. This site is incredible–dig around for yourself. The list of the world’s healthiest foods is a great place to start…

    whfoods.org

    I’ve added a link to the list of the world’s healthiest foods under the Food links on the right-hand side of the blog. Enjoy.

     
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