VegInspiration. Exploitation of the Feminine

Will Tuttle : December 4, 2009

four of the possible paths that a calf born
on a dairy may take are paths of
abuse and early death. Since cows in the wild easily live twenty to thirty
years, the industry, in killing calves, steers, and dairy cows at the ages of
several months to several years, is really killing infants and children. In
this it is the same as the industries that confine and kill lambs, pigs,
chickens, turkeys, and fish: all are pushed to grow abnormally quickly and are
slaughtered young. Similarly, in the wars we inflict upon each other, children
suffer and die the most, and more than ever they are even forced to do the
killing. The animal food culture promotes domination and exploitation of the
female and the feminine, which are full of life-giving and nurturing powers,
and of infants and children, who are full of the powers of innocence and

VegInspiration. Fellow Creature

Will Tuttle : December 3, 2009

2008 NY Celebration FOR the Turkeys by Farm Sanctuary.

one regard a fellow creature as a property item, an investment, a piece of
meat, an ‘it,’ without degenerating into cruelty towards that creature?” —Karen

VegInspiration. Animal Suffering

Will Tuttle : December 2, 2009

suffering that food animals undergo, the suffering of those who eat them and
profit by them, the suffering of starving people who could be fed with the
grain that feeds these animals, and the suffering we thoughtlessly impose on
the ecosystem, other creatures, and future generations are all interconnected.
It is this interconnectedness of suffering, and its reverse, of love, caring,
and awareness, that calls out for our understanding.

VegInspiration. Nutritional Deficiencies?

Will Tuttle : December 1, 2009

Colorful vegetables and fruits by marupiravi.

November 30

It’s ironic that the burden of justifying possible nutritional deficiencies rests on vegans (“where do you get your protein/vitamin B-12/etc.?”), because research shows that vegans typically have twice the fruit and vegetable intake of people eating the standard American diet. In recent studies, vegans had higher intakes of sixteen out of the nineteen nutrients studied, including three times more vitamin C, vitamin E, and fiber, twice the folate, magnesium, copper, and manganese, and more calcium and plenty of protein. Vegans also had half the saturated fat intake, one-sixth the rate of being overweight, and, while vegans were shown to be at risk for deficiencies in three nutrients (calcium, iodine, and vitamin B-12), people eating the standard American diet were at risk for deficiencies in seven nutrients (calcium, iodine, vitamin C, vitamin E, fiber, folate, and magnesium).

December 1

Buying organically grown produce, grains, beans, and nuts is important not just because they’re higher in vitamins and minerals, but also because the toxic runoff from conventional agriculture poisons streams and people, and kills birds, fish, insects, and wildlife. The amount of toxins used to produce a head of lettuce or bowl of rice is still, however, far less than that used to produce a hot dog, cheese omelet, or piece of catfish because animal foods require enormous quantities of pesticide-laden feed grain to produce.

VegInspiration. John McDougall

Will Tuttle : November 29, 2009

is no coincidence that the same diet that helps prevent or cure diabetes also
causes effortless weight loss, lowers cholesterol and triglycerides, cleans out
the arteries, and returns the body to excellent function. But no matter how
much research appears saying the same thing over and over again, the tide is
unlikely to change because of the economic incentives for the medical
establishment of continued illness and profitable treatments.‚Äù  - 
John McDougall, MD

VegInspiration. Pythagoras, Gandhi, Da Vinci

Will Tuttle : November 28, 2009

6943 - wild turkey by loupiote (Old Skool).

like Pythagoras, Leonardo da Vinci, and Mahatma Gandhi abstained from eating
animals. Plutarch wrote, “When we clog and cloy our body with flesh, we also
render our mind and intellect coarse. When the body’s clogged with unnatural
food, the mind becomes confused and dull and loses its cheerfulness. Such minds
engage in trivial pursuits, because they lack the clearness and vigor for
higher thinking.”

VegInspiration. Like all Animals

Will Tuttle : November 27, 2009

6954 - wild turkey by loupiote (Old Skool).

Like all
animals, we are essentially spiritual beings, manifestations of a universal,
loving intelligence that has given us bodies designed to thrive on the abundant
foods that we can peacefully nourish and gather in orchards, fields, and

VegInspiration. Simplicity of Life

Will Tuttle : November 26, 2009

“All ancient philosophy was oriented
toward the simplicity of life and taught a certain kind of modesty in one’s
need. In light of this, the few philosophic vegetarians have done more for
mankind than all new philosophers, and as long as philosophers do not take courage
to seek out a totally changed way of life and to demonstrate it by their
example, they are worth nothing.‚Äù ‚Äì Friedrich Nietzsche  (1844-1900)

VegInspiration. Confinement and Slaughter

Will Tuttle : November 25, 2009

Turkey by miss_naughty.

basic reason that billions of animals suffer confinement and slaughter is our
cultural belief that we need to eat animal-derived foods to be healthy, yet one
of the most common motivations many of us have to reduce or eliminate animal
food consumption is improving our health! Illuminating this paradox requires us
to investigate our human physiology and the animal foods we eat, and to
reconnect with the perennial understanding that cultivating kindness and
awareness improves physical and mental health, while harmfulness and
unconsciousness lead ultimately to physical and mental disease.

VegInspiration. Herbivore Humans

Will Tuttle : November 24, 2009

Donkey by miss_naughty.

beings are not natural carnivores. When we kill animals to eat them, they end
up killing us because their flesh, which contains cholesterol and saturated
fat, was never intended for human beings, who are natural herbivores.”

C. Roberts, M.D., Editor-in-Chief, The
American Journal of Cardiology

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