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Thinking of Drinking Cow’s Milk? Think Again!

Will Tuttle : March 31, 2008

The production and consumption of dairy products is remarkably destructive to the earth, to our health, and to animals. One main problem is that dairy products—like meat—use and waste large amounts of plant matter. For example, researchers estimate that 2.5 acres of land can meet the food energy needs of 20 people eating potatoes, cabbage, or corn, but of only 2 people eating dairy products or chicken. Thus, 10 times as much plant material must be grown to eat dairy products, and this means much more pollution of streams from fertilizer and pesticide runoff than if people ate vegetables and grains directly. It also means that land is cleared of forests for growing grain to feed to dairy cattle, and for grazing. Forests provide wildlife habitat, build soil, and naturally purify streams. By reducing and eliminating dairy consumption, we could reforest large areas of land, purifying our air and water, and increasing habitat for birds, fish and other animals.

Cheese is especially destructive because it requires from 30 to 60 litres of milk to make just 1 kilo of cheese. The other high-fat products such as butter, cream, and ice cream also require enormous amounts of land, water, and fossil fuels, because so much grain is required for their production. This grain, and the land and resources used to grow it, could go instead to feeding hungry and starving people. Thus, eating milk products contributes to the shortage of food our world is experiencing, and the conflicts that this causes.

Dairy products also contribute significantly to global warming because the millions of cows imprisoned for milk production convert grass and grain into methane gas, which retains atmospheric heat even more efficiently than carbon dioxide. Milk products also require especially large amounts of petroleum as well, to run farm machinery needed for growing grains and grass to feed the cows, for housing and heating the animals, processing the milk, and keeping it refrigerated. These factors contribute to global warming and resource depletion.

Besides the obvious and unavoidable waste of land, petroleum, and grain, and the ecological devastation this causes, dairy operations produce products never intended by nature to be consumed by humans. Cows’ milk is intended for infant herd animals that weigh 150 kilograms in just 14 weeks! It is highly toxic to humans for many reasons, especially the fact that we have no rennin hormone like calves do to break down the casein protein in milk. Milk products have thus been linked with allergies, eczema, asthma, ear infections, sinus infections, diarrhoea, anaemia, kidney disease, gastrointestinal disease, multiple sclerosis, bronchitis, arthritis, leukaemia, and dental decay, as well as diabetes, arteriosclerosis, obesity, and other diseases of excess fat and protein.

Huge quantities of toxic pharmaceuticals are swallowed and injected to fight these diseases, and these toxins, once excreted, end up polluting the water. This is a serious source of water pollution surrounding urban centres.

Finally, there is the suffering of the cows, who are pushed to give more milk than they would naturally, and are forcibly inseminated (raped) against their will, with their beloved new-born babies being stolen from them so that we can steal their milk. All this misery pollutes the milk and our mental atmosphere, and gentle cows, who normally live 25 years, are worn out and sent to slaughter after only 4 to 5 years, to be replaced by their unfortunate daughters.

Food Costs and Comparisons Across Cultures

Will Tuttle : March 13, 2008

I think this is a most informative comparison of the foods of different cultures, and the comparative prices. Draw your own conclusions. This may be the best world tour had, just sitting at your computer!

Germany: The Melander Family of Bargteheide
Food Expenditure for One week: 375.39 Euros or $500.07

United States: The Revis Family of North Carolina
Food Expenditure for One Week: $341.98

Italy: The Manzo Family of Sicily
Food Expenditure for One Week: 214.36 Euros or $260.11

Mexico: The Casales Family of Cuernavaca
Food Expenditure for One Week: 1,862.78 Mexican Pesos or $189.09

Poland: The Sobczynscy Family of Konstancin-Jeziorna
Food Expenditure for One Week: 582.48 Zlotys or $151.27

Egypt: The Ahmed Family of Cairo
Food Expenditure for One Week: 387.85 Egyptian Pounds or $68.53

Ecuador: The Ayme Family of Tingo
Food Expenditure for One Week: $31.55

Bhutan: The Namgy Family of Shingkhey Village
Food Expenditure for One Week: 224.93 ngultrum or $5.03

Chad: The Aboubakar Family of Breidjing Camp
Food Expenditure for One Week: 685 CFA Francs or $1.23

Photographer Peter Menzel

U.S. Prison Population Explodes

Will Tuttle : March 10, 2008

So interesting how U.S. has only 5% of world population and yet creates 25% of the world’s pollution, uses 25% of the world’s energy, eats 25% of the world’s meat, and now this – has 25% of the world prison population!

By Larry Hales
Published Mar 9, 2008 8:18 PM

On Feb. 28 the Pew Center on the States released a report detailing that 1 in 99.1 adults in the U.S. is locked up. That comes to 2,319,258 prisoners for a population of 230,000,000.

The growth of the prison population has skyrocketed, nearly tripling from 1987 to 2007. The total U.S. prison population is higher than the 26 European nations with the highest prison populations, yet these nations combined have two-and-a-half times the total population of the U.S.

All told there are 750 prisoners per 100,000 people in the U.S.—the highest incarceration rate in the world. This prison population accounts for 25 percent of the world’s prison population.

Although crime has dropped 25 percent from 1987 to 2007 (New York Times, Feb. 28), incarceration continues to climb. The lowest level of violent crime was reached in 2005, according to the Bureau of Justice.

The climb in incarceration rates is mostly due to the explosion in arrests attributed to drug offenses. In those same 20 years, arrests for drug offenses have increased by 50 percent. In addition, according to the Bureau of Justice, more than 17 percent of people locked up in local jails and state and federal prisons committed a crime to obtain drugs.

To filter the total number of prisoners through race, ethnicity and class, and to look at the incarceration rates based on the same factors, illuminates the effects of national oppression and the criminalization of poor and dispossessed workers.

Official data on the poverty of individuals who commit crimes are difficult to come by, yet it is easy to infer since the Bureau of Justice reports that depressed urban areas account for the highest percentage of crimes and arrests.

One in nine Black males between the ages of 20 and 34 is behind bars, compared to one in 30 for the general population; one in 100 Black women in their 30s is incarcerated, versus 1 in 265 for all women.

The rate of imprisonment for all men above age 18 is one in 54; for Latinos it is one in 36; and for Blacks it is one in 15.

Since the late 1970s urban centers have been faced with deindustrialization, white flight, underfunded schools, the dismantling of welfare and a general decline in social services. While the needs of people have not been met, the police forces have been bolstered.

Inner city areas are faced with a neoliberal form of ethnic cleansing that has generally become known as gentrification. From San Diego to Los Angeles and San Francisco, to Harlem and New Orleans, inner city areas are being gobbled up by developers. Katrina was the excuse in New Orleans, “blight” in Detroit and other cities.

To pull it off, city administrators beef up police forces in poor, oppressed neighborhoods and institute “zero tolerance” or “broken window” ordinances, such as that in New York under former Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

The theory of “broken windows” was authored by James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling. Wilson, a right-wing policy advisor under Reagan and the first Bush, also believes in dismantling Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare and further privatizing public schools.

The “broken windows” theory is classic: blame the victim for the ravages of the capitalist system. It postulates that ignoring a broken window invites more windows to be broken; in other words, cracking down on petty offenses “decreases crime” and “cleans up the neighborhood.”

In general, most cops placed in oppressed communities are not people from the community, and many times are white.

The inhabitants of the community do not dictate the conditions of the community; the conditions are forced on the inhabitants. Poverty, joblessness, homelessness, the lack of health care, underfunded public education, the lack of after-school activities, poor housing choices, slum lords and the history of racist oppression in the U.S. are to blame.

It is capitalism and the culture that comes with it that are the culprits when it comes to “broken windows;” in fact the imperialist U.S. ruling class is constantly, actively engaged in breaking windows all over the world.

Prisoners super exploited
As prisons are warehouses for the poor and disposed, they are also depositories of a reserve of superexploitable labor.
Not only does the prison industry provide money and jobs to impoverished areas, but it also provide opportunities for industries to take advantage of the prisoners by putting them to work at superlow wages. In turn, the money prisoners earn is shuffled back into the prison system as prisoners purchase necessities and pay exorbitant fees for telephone usage.
Private prison companies house more than 100,000 U.S. prisoners. According to a Centre for Research on Globalization report in 2001, prisoners make on the average $.22 per hour and can work up to 40 hours per week.

The growth of prison labor continues, along with growth in the prison industrial complex as a whole, which is more and more privatized. This crime is perpetrated against workers and oppressed nationalities at alarming rates, and in an era of capitalist decline it will only grow worse.

 

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Dr. Martin Luther King Day

Will Tuttle : January 21, 2008

San Francisco- As I travel about this country lecturing, I feel that the message of The World Peace Diet and its urgency are growing in the consciousness of the people. More and more, people are realizing food’s essential role in our dilemmas, and the importance of practicing compassion for animals. 

We are finally waking up to the power of our food choices, and the interconnectedness of all life on this planet. Everywhere people are concerned about what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called the triple threat of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism 40 years ago. We are starting to realize how they are actually rooted in our routine cruelty to animals for food.

Each one of us does make a difference every day by our food choices, and by spreading this message to others.

Educate, learn, grow, love, share, remember!

Will Tuttle

Veg Inspiration

Will Tuttle : January 12, 2008
We are happy to announce a new service open to everyone: The Veg Inspiration For The Day. If you click here you will be able to sign up to receive a short daily inspirational message to support you in your aspirations to be a blessing to animals, people, and all future generations. Thank you for your commitment to the message of peace, freedom, and healing.
"We are all beings of light and awareness and love, born into a culture of violence, ignorance, and exclusion, taking on darkness and fear, and the core ritual used by our culture to blind and enslave us is our daily meals, where we are forced to participate in killing, and in eating the flesh and secretions of imprisoned, terrified animals. Our path to freedom lies in freeing these animals; veganism is the spiritual and practical key to happiness and peace for all."
Best wishes for 2008!
Love & joy to all,

Will

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Teaching Peace, Giving Peace

Will Tuttle : November 27, 2007

The spirit underlying the holiday season is beautiful—celebrating the sense of gratitude, generosity, abundance, and relatedness that give our lives meaning and joy. It is a good time to reflect and think about how we can help bring peace and compassion to our world.

Many of you who have read my book, The World Peace Diet, have said you’d like to help spread the message and we are putting together a way for you to do so. We have a dream, and the dream is already beginning to materialize. The dream is of a growing network of people who are putting on classes on The World Peace Diet through their local churches, community organizations, colleges, veg societies, continuing education institutions, and peace, environmental, and social justice groups. One six-week class in Cincinnati has been successfully completed, and we see many more unfolding throughout North America and the world. Ideally, the classes allow for discussion and sharing of the main ideas in The World Peace Diet, together with teaching basic ways of preparing healthy and nutritious plant-based meals. Emphasizing both the theory and practice of the World Peace Diet, we see that we can build a movement that can transform our culture from the grass-roots level, furthering the benevolent revolution our culture yearns for.

If you would like to find out more about this opportunity, please contact us. We are putting together a course outline and can provide books at a discount and help with ideas to encourage people to sign up for the class. We suggest that you be paid for facilitating the class, through course fees or donations. Please contact us if you have ideas or questions about these opportunities, and if you’d like to facilitate a class in your area. The time for a grass-roots educational movement to spread the message of the World Peace Diet is upon us. It addresses the roots of all our dilemmas: global warming, world hunger, pollution, disease, water shortages, deforestation, species extinction, war, domination of women, terrorism, drug addiction, and the pervasive mentality of reductionism and exploitation that drives our problems. By presenting both the underlying understanding of why plant-based eating is essential with some practical tips, the classes can contribute to the transformation of our world. Thankfulness is not just words, but actions. Can we build a movement that future generations will be thankful for? I believe we can.

The last couple of months have been amazing! In addition to the beautiful 4-day retreat on developing spiritual intuition that we were privileged to facilitate at Unity Village in Missouri, and our ongoing music, art, and education ministry through progressive churches, we were able to present multiple lectures on The World Peace Diet in the following cities: Cleveland, Canton, Ann Arbor, Chicago, Madison, Cedar Rapids, Fairfield, Lawrence, Kansas City, Cincinnati, Boston/Concord, and Nashville. Quite a few Radio Interviews for audio files of these. Madeleine and I are deeply grateful to all the enthusiastic and caring people in all these cities for your creativity, dedication, and selfless giving to the cause of peace and kindness. Your splendid efforts are transforming lives and bringing blessings to our world. Our schedule continues to Atlanta, Gainesville, and on into Florida for the winter months in our trusty rolling home, with a trip to San Francisco and Ann Arbor in January. See our tour schedule for details, and please let us know if you’d like us to put on an event in your area.

We have some more good news as well.

1. We have decided to make The World Peace Diet available as Free download. The entire book is now available on our website, and as a free printable PDF file so anyone can download and read the book and help transform our world.

2. In addition, we have also decided to make the companion audio CD, Living In Harmony With All Life, available as a Free download as well. Again, by going to the website, anyone can download the entire 75-minute discourse on The World Peace Diet as an MP3 file, and share it with friends and family. And don‚Äôt forget we have another free download: the delicious meals of Madeleine‚Äôs ‚ÄúIntuitive Cooking‚Äù  available at World Peace Diet.

3. Madeleine has created another painting which is available as signed and numbered museum-quality prints. It is entitled, “The Wedding” and is a beautiful watercolor Painting of Two Zebras.

 

4. Sales for The World Peace Diet continue to increase every month as the word of its powerful transformative message spreads. Many people feel that one of the most powerful ways they can help the world is to spread the word by giving books and/or CDs to others, or promoting or selling it themselves. The World Peace Diet makes a terrific holiday gift, and toward that end, we have Quantity Discounts available. The books are signed and include ‚ÄúIntuitive Cooking‚Äù by Madeleine and for 5 books, 5 free CDs ($78 postpaid), and for 10 books, one free CD ($133 postpaid). The book is in its third printing now, and also, we‚Äôre delighted to say, is being translated into Chinese and will be available in China as well before long.

The music and art also make great holiday gifts ‚Äì there are 7 CDs of original piano music to choose from, as well as Madeleine‚Äôs artcard sets, art prints, and hand-made lace. All the music is available through iTunes and other download services now, as well as through CD Baby and through our website, http://willtuttle.com. And for the special person or couple in your life, we can create an Individualized Music & Art Portrait (a custom CD of original piano music with a watercolor painting by Madeleine) if you send us by mail or e-mail a photo of the recipient(s).  Send us an email for more information.

Deepest thanks to each and every one of you for your efforts to bless others and build a new society of kindness, peace, and harmony. We hope our paths will cross with you and people you know, so please check our Tour Schedule from time to time.

And during this holiday season, let‚Äôs especially remember the animals who suffer so extremely behind the curtain of our culture‚Äôs denial. Please go to our Worldwide Prayer Circle For Animals at  Circle of Compassion and put yourself on our improved world map, and find out more about joining us in creating a consciousness of kindness for all living beings.

That’s it for now. Thanks for being the blessing you are!

Will & Madeleine

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress may be seen by the way its animals are treated." Mahatma Gandhi

"At the moment our human world is based on the suffering and destruction of millions of non-humans. To perceive this and to do something to change it in personal and public ways is to undergo a change of perception akin to a religious conversion. Nothing can ever be seen in quite the same way again because once you have admitted the terror and pain of other species you will, unless you resist conversion, be always aware of the endless permutations of suffering that support our society." –Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The World Peace Diet Video Lecture

Will Tuttle : October 16, 2007

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