The article “Naughty or Nice? Two (Very) Opposite Sides of the Holiday Food Spectrum” [Dec. 15, 2010 Xpress] begins with the sentence, “Don’t give a flying fig about your waistline or cholesterol level over the holidays? Would you rather chew the fat than gnaw on a carrot stick?” While this opening perpetuates the myth that those who don’t consume animal products are deprived, the delicious “nice” (vegan) recipes presented disprove this falsehood. Unfortunately, the article never discusses why someone would choose to stop eating the rotting carcasses and reproductive secretions of our fellow earthlings. Let me take this opportunity to do so.
Many people eschew “naughty foods” (meat, dairy and eggs) because of the senseless and egregious violence systematically inflicted upon chickens, cows, pigs, fish and other sentient beings. Most of these individuals suffer horrific lives; all meet gruesome deaths. Others do it because healthcare professionals have concluded that the fewer animal products we eat, the healthier we are. Not only can common diseases be prevented with vegan diets, many can be reversed. Top environmental scientists have revealed that, as summed up in The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Handbook, the companion book to Al Gore’s Live Earth concert series, “Refusing meat” is the “single most effective thing you can do to reduce your carbon footprint.” Anti-hunger activists are well aware that if we want to lower starvation rates as world population swells, a paradigm shift away from eating animal products will be a necessary component.
No single food choice has a farther-reaching and more profoundly positive impact on our health, the environment and all of life on Earth than adopting a plant-based diet. To learn more, watch “Glass Walls,” narrated by Paul McCartney, at www.meat.org, and visit www.veganoutreach.org and click “Why Vegan?” Is there an easier way to fight oppression and work for social and environmental justice three times a day?
— Stewart David