Vegan Future

Seventeen percent of human caused greenhouse gases,  come from meat and dairy production. It is actually a greater figure than all CO2 produced by global transportation!

Posted by The Daily Conversation

But is it enough, just to reduce our animal consumption, or should we look at the compelling evidence that we need a Vegan future!

Animal and Environmental Ethics

On a previous blog, I mention the documentary ‘Earthlings’ narrated by Hollywood actor, and lifelong Vegan, Joachim Phoenix. ‘Earthlings’ is the definitive Vegan film on exposing the meat and dairy industry in the US. And while other countries may not have factory farming on such a broad scale, many of the same procedures occur on a smaller scale. No member of the general public is allowed into the kill sections of slaughter houses for a very good reason. It is horrendous to watch a fear-ridden animal that wants to live, face its painful death.

This filmed reaction of a viewer watching ‘Earthlings’ is an average reaction. It is a moving experience for anyone with compassion. Posted by Raw Vegan, Fruitarian, Michael Lanfield, it is worth watching if you cannot bring yourself to actually watch the devastating, but common images of the meat, dairy and egg industry.

Switching your food intake to a plant-based Vegan diet, (eliminating all meat, dairy, egg and seafood), is the biggest change with the most impact that you can possibly make to reduce climate warming, land and water degradation, extinction rates, deforestation, pollution, human and animal suffering, and war (often over lack of food and water resources). And It is the number one thing you can do to improve your own health. It can also cut the cost of your food bill while you continue to eat a healthy diet.

There is no downside to this change if you keep your diet healthy and balanced. You can even eat processed plant-based, meat-like products if you want, but they may cost a similar amount to having meat in your diet.

The United Nations has already stated that we need to switch to a plant based diet if we are to survive. 

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=53984

So what is holding you back?

Australian, James Aspey, a survivor of thyroid cancer, has become a Vegan Speaker (on ending animal cruelty) with his own Youtube channel, but he is also one of an exponentially growing number of people who have improved their own health through a plant based diet switch.

James Aspey interview posted by Plant Based News

Find out more about James Aspey on his YouTube channel, Facebook, and on his website:
http://www.jamesaspey.com.au/


Healthy Eating

AllPlants interview on Plant Based News 

Lots of new Ethical, Healthy Vegan Ready Made meals like this brand are appearing now on Super market shelves. So even if you don’t ‘do cooking’ you can still find nutritious Vegan options. And Vegan restaurants, holidays and lifestyles are all available now.

And new research is beginning to show that meat and dairy are actually toxic to our body.

Meat is a neurotoxin, Posted by 8/10/10 in London

And for when you have time, do listen to this amazing and life changing Cardiologist’s 1:20:00 hrs talk…on your likelihood of developing heart disease, diabetes, and other life threatening diseases on a meat based diet…and also look at doctor Greger’s work and videos too (links below)

Robert Ostfeld, Cardiologist and Director of a US Cardiology Centre. Posted by Jeanne Schumacher, ‘Plant Power’ YouTube channel

More on Dr Ostfeld is available on The Forks over Knives (film) website https://www.forksoverknives.com/contributors/robert-ostfeld/

Elite Athletes and Hollywood Icons
You’d be surprised how many top athletes eat a vegan diet just to be at the top of their sport…Names like Serena and Venus Williams, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray, are all Vegans. Winner of the world Strongman competition is Vegan. Many top boxers eat vegan. Look at PlantBased News on YouTube for lots of informative videos on who is Vegan. And see their 100 countdown of awesome Vegan celebrities.

Top 2017 Vegans posted by PlantBased News



Making the change to Vegan

Eating junk plant-based foods is not advisable as it will lead to nutrient deficiencies…and ultimately a disease state, so you can’t survive on potato crisps, popcorn, and bread….there is a responsibility to eat a balanced fresh food diet to be healthy.

You do need to eat proteins (nuts, legumes, grains, beans, some veggies). You will need to supplement with Vitamin B12, a soil- based, active nutrient essential for our brain & nervous system which we do not get in our diet as we no longer forage and eat unwashed food like our ape ancestors. And you may need to supplement Vit D3 for bone health as we no longer spend enough time outside in the sunshine. Essential oil, Omega 3 can be obtained from flax and hemp seeds. The rest, you should be able to get from a ‘good’ Vegan diet with lots of vegetables, fruits, legumes, beans, grains and nuts. Just 15 grams of nuts per day will give you enough protein to be healthy. Eating Kale and other dark leafy plants, beans, whole grain rice, legumes and some nuts, sweet potatoes are all sources of Calcium. The key to health is to have a full, varied selection of whole plant-based food!



Meat and Dairy Industry  Scare Tactics

The Meat and Dairy industry packers are worried that they will lose their industry and are fighting back with their political power and disinformation campaigns designed to scare us, but the smart companies will begin to think about how they can profit from exponential growth in the Vegan food industry.

Corporate Panick, posted by PlantBased News


Research

There are so many online sources to help you buy, and cook a healthy plant-based diet. Just type ‘Vegan Recipies’ into a search engine and you will find fantastic yummy recipes. You will love the variety and the taste of your new diet. And if you are not into cooking,  mainstream supermarkets are now starting to stock a growing variety of vegan ready made meals, and starting to label Vegan choices.

https://plantbasednews.org/

An all round informative website on Vegan trends, news headlines, and increasing popularity of healthy lifestyles including a plant- based diet.


Medical based RESOURCES on how to stay healthy on a Vegan diet


https://nutritionfacts.org/

Dr Michael Greger, MD, author of Best Seller, ‘How Not to Die’ and distributer of free videos and research on how plant based diets affect us. I have followed his work for years and he backs it all up with science based studies…his short videos and reports are packed with hundreds of supportive reports for a plant based diet.

https://www.drmcdougall.com/

Dr McDougal, Author of ‘A Starch Based Diet’ and follower of Nathan Pritikin, one of the forerunners promoting plant based nutrition.

http://www.theveganjunction.com/top-20-plant-based-health-professionals-to-follow/

Vegan Junction list of Plant-Based Diet health professionals


More Videos

Open Your Eyes – Toronto Pig Save posted by Bite-Size-Vegan



How not To Die – plant based diet by Dr Michael Greger
Latest documentaries to look up

Carnage (only on BBC iPlayer)

The Game Changers

Eating our way to Extinction

What the Health!

Plant Pure Nutrition

And there are so many more resources out there ! Join the growing trend to make this a better world for everyone, by making the biggest difference you can when you shop for food. Pick whole, plant-based, foods and kick the ‘animal eating’ habit to be healthy, stop animal cruelty, and save the environment and reduce global greenhouse gases. What could be a more worthy goal?

Why not check out my blog here on ‘Why do We Hurt Animals?’

What Can I Do?

What can one person do?

This TED presentation by Rob Stewart, director of ‘Sharkwater,’ and ‘Revolution,’ shows what can one person do…

“What Can I Do?” So we have two choices as I see it!
One can say these words with a negative shrug of incapability! That is the cowards way out! It is a death knell statement that inflicts even more misery on a dying world! And it ultimately will be our grandchildren and their offspring who will see the final hellhole of lifelessness on the planet that no longer supports our wildlife or humanity.

One can also say these words with a positive, hopeful tone and an eager attitude to do something, anything, rather than nothing. This is the brave approach to making the world kinder, more sustainable and species friendly across all life forms, and yes, recreate  healthy ecosystems that maintain ‘Life.’

‘So What do I do?’ Well first, get off your couch and go look outside…that air, water, trees and plants (food) out there, it is what supports your life. If you cannot see these important things that you need to sustain you, then educate yourself now. Stop watching the time-wasting stuff and trivial hypnotising games on TV and the Internet (no educational value) and instead, watch every documentary you can about what is happening to you and all other life on Earth. Read articles and reports that people spend whole lives producing. There is some shocking stuff going on in the world just so you (like me, and all of us) can have material goods. And if you really think about it, you don’t actually need most of them to live a happy life! You just think you do because modern society has brainwashed us into becoming slave robots in a massive economic production line. Earning supposed life rewards are a treadmill of misery for most. End result of your toils – death. 

I have included just a few good documentaries ( in a huge inexhaustible list) to start your search (see below). Then, you need to decide what you, personally, are going to do?

Some of the full documentaries may be free to view, so try a Google or Youtube search for the full documentary…

‘Earthlings’ directed by Shaun Monson (Earthlings Trailer)

‘Blackfish’ directed by Gabriela Cowperthwait (Blackfish Trailer)

‘The Cove’  directed by Louie Psihoyos (Official Trailer)

‘Cowspiracy’ directed by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn (Official Trailer)

‘Racing Extinction’ directed by Louie Psihoyos (Official Trailer)

‘Food Inc’ directed by Robert Kenner (Official Trailer)

‘The Ivory Game’ directed by Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani. (Official Trailer)

‘Final Straw’ directed by Patrick Lydon and Suhee Kang (teaser interview)

‘SharkWater’ directed by Rob Stewart (Official Trailer)

‘A Plastic Ocean’ a 2015 documentary by Craig Leeson and Tanya Streeter

‘Overburden’ a 2015 documentary exposing the coal industry (Trailer)

But if you can only watch one documentary right now,  pick …


‘Revolution’
directed by Rob Stewart. (Official Trailer)

‘Revolution’ is a truly remarkable piece of work to demonstrate the implications of climate change. Shot in 2012, it indicates the urgency of dealing with the massive buildup of greenhouse gases and the effect on the ocean chemistry. His work shows clearly how close we are to annihilating ourselves along with all marine life. Five years on from its debut, his message is even more critical. It is currently available on Freefilms.Org 

http://ffilms.org/revolution-2012/

Rob Stewart died in January 2017. A young Canadian Biologist and film maker with a passion for life and saving our earth and the wildlife within it, he was making a follow-up documentary to ‘Sharkwater’ to expose such things as the Cape Verde (endangered) Blue Shark exploitation for cat food production in Spain. He was using a rebreather tank (to avoid bubble exhalation) and speculation is that there may have been some negligence by the dive team operators. He passed out and disappeared from view after resurfacing with another diver. After a massive two-day search encompassing many miles,  his body was eventually recovered from the sea floor only 300 metres from the dive site. His family issued a lawsuit in late March 2017.

You can view interviews and a tribute to his amazing work here. R.I.P. and thank you Rob Stewart. Your legacy will continue.

http://www.sharkwater.com/index.php/the-movie/videos/rob-stewart-tribute-pablo-garcia/

Let us all be like Rob Stewart and start making a difference, because anything else is not an option! 

He was not afraid to do the impossible, and he has changed attitudes world wide.

My next blog entry will start the task of looking for our way to a ‘stargazing future,’ for our ideal lifestyle for true happiness, health and completeness in the world. There is so much you can do, it just takes a moment for you to look inside your heart and find its kindness and to see what you really need from life! And you can make a difference to all life on this planet. We all can.

Our voices are powerful if we raise them loud enough. Our actions even more so. We need to decide to do the right things and stop wars, exploitation of the poor, ecocide of the planet and its animals, and start to live harmoniously. It is our choice…and I think we have come to the point of ‘It’s now or never!’