is a Vegan?
: The New Ethics of Eating by Erik Marcus.
fresh look at issues addressed a decade ago by Frances Moore
Lappe (Diet for a Small Planet),
Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating shines a strong light on the
unhealthful, inhumane, and destructive aspects of the typical
American diet. Vegan is packed with documented research,
nutritional information, and telling photos. Features leading
heart specialist Dean Ornish, M.D. Forward by Howard Lyman,
Humane Society of the U.S.
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What is a Vegan?
From the Vegan
People are interested in veganism for the same reasons as vegetarianism -- not
participating in practices that cause suffering, supporting more environmentally-friendly
and sustainable agricultural practices, and improving their health.
With such a diversity of reasons, it is not surprising that there are many definitions
of veganism. Like other philosophies, the specific meaning of vegan varies from person to
person. A plurality of people who call themselves vegetarian state that their motivation
is health, but the majority of vegans state ethics as the primary reason for their chosen
lifestyle. An ethical vegan realizes that not only can animals suffer, but they also value
their lives in many of the same ways as humans. Thus, animals are neither tools nor
objects for our use, but rather individuals with inherent worth. From this understanding
follows a set of specific actions; namely, choosing products that do not require using
animals. Or, by the more common definition, not eating meat, dairy, or eggs; not buying
leather or wool; trying to avoid products made by companies that test on animals. Beyond
this basic definition, each individual has different opinions about and experiences with
being vegan; there is no set list of rules to follow.
By not consuming the products that come from animal exploitation, each individual is
making a statement against inhumane practices, undertaking an economic boycott, and
supporting the production of vegan products with their subsequent choices. These
decisions, and the message they send to others, help to move society away from industries
that use animals as a means to human ends.
Although the end goal is generally the same, the path an individual takes towards
veganism is a unique one. Some people follow a methodical process of cutting out foods in
the order that they consider to be the most cruel, or the foods they find the most easiest
to avoid. Others initially concerned with health eventually cut out "healthy"
products (chicken and fish, low-fat dairy products) as they become more aware of the
suffering involved in the production of these goods. Others go "cold-tofu,"
giving up all animal foods, donating their leather goods to charity, returning their
Procter & Gamble products to the company, etc.
This eco-friendly superstore has vegan and vegetarian foods you can
Since incorporating in 1986, Farm Sanctuary has established
America's premier farm animal shelters and waged effective campaigns to stop farm animal
cruelty. In addition to it's 'No
Downers', Boycott Veal,
and Farm Animal Defense
campaigns, Farm Sanctuary promotes a vegan lifestyle.
thousands of people visit Farm
Sanctuary in upstate New York and northern California. Here, people have the opportunity
to be touched by rescued farm animals. Farm Sanctuary also hosts various conferences and events, and
operates Bed & Breakfast cabins at its New York farm.
Farm Sanctuary has videos,
photos, and other resources to help educate
people about farm animal abuse, and it has reached millions through the media. The organization also
publishes a quarterly newsletter
to keep its members informed.
Promoting plant-based eating and humane treatment of farm
animals since 1976. FARM conducts seven national campaigns, including Great American Meatout, World Farm Animals Day, National Veal Ban Action, Letters from FARM, CHOICE (Consumers for
Healthy Options in Children's Education), and Industry Watch.
This page represents vegan bikers around the world.
A Scottish vegan family offer help and advice on
veganism and related subjects - recipes, ethics, parenting, books,
chocolate and a message board too.
There are many good reasons for going vegan. Whether you are
motivated by health reasons, humanitarian concerns, or environmentalism, I am certain that
you will find the arguments for going vegan to be convincing.
What is a Vegan? A vegan (pronounced VEE-gun) is
someone who does not consume animal products. While vegetarians avoid flesh foods, vegans
also reject the exploitation and abuse inherent in the making of dairy and egg products,
as well as in clothing from animal sources. While leading a purely vegan life may be
difficult for many, those who strive towards this goal can consider themselves to be
Here are some of the items vegans avoid: meat, milk, cheese, eggs, fur, leather, wool,
down, and cosmetics and chemical products tested on animals.
Veganism, the natural extension of vegetarianism, is an integral component of a
cruelty-free lifestyle. Living vegan provides numerous benefits: to animals and the
quality of their lives, to the ecological integrity of our environment, and to ourselves,
by protecting our bodies from the dietary problems associated with consumption of animal
The meat and dairy industry causes billions of chickens, cows, and other animals untold
suffering in producing milk and egg products each year. The animals suffer unspeakable
cruelties in order to maximize their output of milk and eggs. Most live their short lives
caged, drugged, mutilated, and deprived. Today's farms are not like the ones most of us
learned about in school; they are mechanized factories where animal welfare is of less
concern than profit. Veganism emerges as the lifestyle most consistent with the philosophy
that animals are not ours to use.
Animal agriculture takes a devastating toll on the earth. It is an inefficient way of
producing food, which squanders the vast majority of all grain grown in the U.S., as well
as much of our water. This increased dependence on high yields exacerbates the problem of
topsoil erosion on our farmlands, rendering land less and less productive for crop
cultivation, and forcing the conversion of wilderness lands to grazing and farm lands.
Animal waste is a disposal problem on today's massive feedlots and factory farms,
poisoning groundwater and rivers; and the disastrous effects of cattle ranching have
degraded thousands of acres in every western state.
Consumption of animal fats and proteins has been linked to heart disease, colon and
breast cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, and a whole host of other debilitating conditions.
Vegan foods, such as whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and beans, are low in fat,
especially saturated fat, contain no cholesterol, and are rich in fiber and nutrients.
Plus, vegans get the perfect amount of protein. Cows' milk contains ideal amounts of fat
and protein for young calves, but far too much for humans! Eating eggs may be the surest
way to get a heart attack, as they are higher in cholesterol than any other food.
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Fact Sheet for Vegan Organic Living.
Vegan organic horticulture is a method of growing plants without the use of chemical
fertilizers, sprays etc and without using any animal products (except those obtained from
humans). It is a system of caring for the soil in a sustainable way to ensure it retains
its fertility for future generations. It is a method of growing plants that works in
harmony with nature, encouraging a wide diversity of plant and animal life to share the
land with us.
This leaflet is a brief guide to the basic principles of vegan organics. A list of
suggested reading is given at the end should you want to find more specific information...
Very well organized site with lots of changing information.
Resources on Animal Rights, Animal Welfare, Animal
Experimentation, Endangered Animals and more.