White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
White Horse Beach, Manomet, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA

Thursday, July 11, 2013

A Vegan Tostada and Thoughts About Veganism

This post is a "two-fer." It's another episode in my occasional series about "what do vegans eat?" and, an editorial about veganism. I hope you'll read it and think about it.

I'm not personally much of a cook but I am a creative assembler of different tastes and foods.  Here's a great example:

Layer a fresh, warm corn tortilla with black beans, roasted broccoli, cauliflower, onions, and carrots.  Add some vegan "cheese" (made with arrowroot and tapioca flour), fresh ground pepper, diced mango bits, greens in season including spinach, and garnish with peach salsa and fresh guacamole. Eat!! Oh, what wonderful tastes combine and explode on the palate!


What follows are some of my brief comments about veganism. Please read it.......

Being a vegan is not a club where you get a gold star for joining. And I'm not trying to be a salesman for a vegan diet or otherwise sell some product or widget.  Rather, I am trying to make a positive contribution to the world by spreading information.  Simply put, a vegan diet is healthier for us humans, for the animals we don't kill to eat, and for the planet that we don't harm to support inhumane animal farming.

Raising and slaughtering billions of animals is not a sustainable path for our planet.  It is not okay to support the wholesale slaughter of billions of living and feeling creatures because we like the taste of their cooked (or raw) flesh.  It just isn't right.  It's not right that we keep them in horrible conditions in factory farms that additionally create excrement-laden runoff that damages water and other ecosystems both locally and downstream in the watershed.

The photos above show good wholesome food that didn't involve caged, abused, farmed, and slaughtered animals.  I like that feeling, I like that idea as a way of life, I like what it portends for a planet that seeks to be its best self.

There's a reason that many  humans like to eat so much food - it tastes good and we like that.  Eating is one of life's greatest pleasures. But we need to THINK more about what we eat.

You'll never be able to experience the benefits of a vegan diet if you don't "get" the whole idea about  the connection between the suffering and death of animals for food and the core awareness of who and what we are as humans on this planet.

Farming and killing billions of animals is not okay - especially for the millions of people who profess to be "animal lovers."

People once believed the earth was flat.
People once believed the sun revolved around the earth.
People once believed that mistreating, killing, and eating animals was a good idea.

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