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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 22, 2011 4:49:21 PM PDT
Sweden says:
There is nothing wrong with killing animals for food. However, the food production in the U.S. has a lot of flaws. We eat too much meat, so cows are raised in inhumane conditions and fed corn in order to meet the demand of consumers. If people at meat a few times a week, instead of a few times a day, it would be easier for family farmers to raise grass-fed cows in more humane conditions, and give reasons to keep land open for farm use.

Posted on Apr 26, 2011 1:58:26 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 26, 2011 1:59:12 PM PDT
Simple for me. Mom, aunt & both sisters: breast cancer. Heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's and other diseases of affluence affected everyone else older than me. Doctors told me at a young age to do things very differently if I wanted to avoid their fate. Last year, at 58, I completed my first marathon and was the 5th oldest woman to finish the race. I continue to place in local 5K races for my age group. My life is an experiment to beat the odds, and so far, it seems to be working swimmingly. After 18 years as a TV investigative/consumer reporter, 5 years as a financial consultant who earned high returns legitimately for clients during the tech bust, and watching so many of my family members get sick and die, I finally wrote "Eat Vegan on $4 a Day," just now coming out on Amazon. As I said in my intro, "The Twinkies made me do it." Too many news stories saying that's all you can afford on food stamps. :)Eat Vegan on $4.00 a Day: A Game Plan for the Budget Conscious Cook

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 27, 2011 7:04:49 AM PDT
Adam C. Dave says:
I've experimented with diets ranging from mostly carnivorism to strict veganism. I am also a medical doctor. I can say without a doubt that a vegan diet is the healthiest for the individual and the easiest on the planet. This is backed by the latest medical research and my own personal experience. There is also the argument that the bloodshed and pain involved in slaughtering animals for our own consumption is selfish and cruel. Be that as it may, I have been vegan now for nearly two years and have never felt better. I am also at my ideal weight, which I had not ever achieved since my 16th birthday. I used to have lots of cravings, including for large amounts of peanut butter, cheese and chocolate. Those have passed. I have experimented with eating a little fish now and again for omega-3s but always feel crappy afterwards and it makes my poop stink. (seriously!) If you have any questions ask away. You can always read my book, "The Paradigm Diet," which makes a rather convincing argument for adopting a plant-based diet and helps you achieve this if you are so inclined.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2012 11:08:52 PM PST
I became vegan because at age 48 I was suffering from a host of health problems that have made my life so miserable. Learning that there is a better way of taking care of my body, I switched to a vegan diet. Within 1 month of becoming vegan, all my health problems were gone. You can read my story in my new published cookbook - From My Father's Garden: Vegan Lebanese Recipes.

Posted on Feb 11, 2012 2:55:46 PM PST
Placed in another 5K this morning in the Bradenton, FL area. Just thought you would enjoy knowing I'm still thriving/running on plants. ;) Since my book "Eat Vegan on $4 a Day" has been my publisher's #1 for a long time, he has me speaking at most of the largest vegetarian festivals in the US this year starting in March: New York City, Hartford, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, New Orleans and more. Check out my website or Facebook pages to see if I'll be in your city.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2012 9:42:33 PM PDT
(please don't think I'm being preachy, I just have tons of information about this subject, and I like sharing this information. try reading this is a text book of some sort, with no emotion involved)
About your last few questions, killing animals is wrong because we're evolved 'beings'. Being evolved requires some level of 'greater intelligence'. Evolving also includes creating and changing our morals. For instance, animals in the wild commit incest, rape, kill one another of the same species, and do not become scientists. Seeing an animal perform an action in the wild is not justification for humans to do the same. Humans should not (I hope we can all agree about this........) commit incest, rape, or murder. So, the argument that it 'happens in the wild' is not necessarily valid.
More than 10 billion animals are killed every. single. year. for different reasons. The cows/ pigs/ chickens that are raised for meat are different than the animals that are raised for eggs or dairy. The animals that are raised for fur/ leather are also in totally different factories. Many times, nearby dogs, cats, coyotes, wolves, and other wild animals are flayed (alive) for their fur and coats. The groups who make the fur and leather do not care, because this is a completely economics driven business, not morally driven.
I notice there are many, many comments below. Maybe I should stop now, in case I repeat myself. I hope this helps, just a little, to answer your question.
I know I shouldn't be preachy, but becoming vegan was the best decision of my life, period. It may not be for others, but it is for me. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 14, 2012 11:42:15 AM PDT
denilea says:
You say you've eaten some fish for omega-3's??? Why on earth wouldn't you go for the source of omega DHA--algae!!!
No mercury, no killing. I mention this because I actually found a difference when I started algael dha. I had better focus.
Really, if you don't have a need to kill something, in defense or otherwise, shouldn't that be murder-no matter what species?
Even incest infestations are better dealt with with control than poison.
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