Let’s talk about some important buzzwords that you hear around the animal products industry: “humane,” “cruelty-free,” “cage-free,” “free-range,” and “organic” and really take a moment to look at what these terms actually mean.  James Laveck and Jenny Stein from the incredible site HumaneMyth.org put it quite simply, stating that “such labels create a false and misleading impression in the minds of the public, who would be both horrified and disgusted were they to actually see everything that happens to the animals whose lives are exploited and cut short in order to create these products.” (read more + resources)

today we are going to talk about what can sometimes be a taboo topic:  what exactly is in your food.  in order to know what you are eating you need to know what you are eating ate.  when an animal is killed for food the head, hooves, the horns, the intestines and their contents (meaning poop), the bones and blood are deposited into huge grinders at rendering plants. (read more + resources)

What do you think when you hear “vegan”?  If long hair in more places than one’s head, granola, and tie-dye come to mind, you’re not alone.  How about pretentious barista (glorified coffee-server) with a political slogan t-shirt?  You’re in good company.

But these are not your future should you decide to go vegan.  It is like assuming all meat-eaters are like that one guy you know who is a total d-bag and happens to eat meat.  In reality, vegans vary widely in countless ways.  Not all are avid environmentalists, health nuts, or morality driven. (read more + resources)

in our fourth reason to go vegan, we are actually going to cover several topics: all the way from solving world hunger and decreasing national debt to your colon. strangely, i have had people ask `how do you plan to feed the people of the world if we were all vegan?’ believe it or not, that’s the only way that we can feed everyone in the whole world. only 35% of the world’s people can be fed on a meat-based diet, while a plant-based diet could feed everyone.

Slide1resource-wise, the vast majority of our water and our food go to feed our food. it takes nearly fifty times more water to produce a calorie from beef as it does from potatoes. the amount of vegetable protein fed to the u.s. beef herd would feed almost the entire populations of india and china – that’s over two billion people. in the united kingdom ninety percent of the animal feed protein concentrates come from poor countries, often where children are dying from starvation. the reason so many people can’t put food on their tables is because we continue to put meat and dairy on ours. (read more + resources)

now we are going to address the third, and what i feel is the most important reason to go vegan, morality. let me make a really quick disclaimer, this video is not about making you feel like an asshole.

i’m going to stick to some of the core logical fallacies in our collective thinking. if we can’t stand to talk about where our animals come from, why can we stand to eat them? the question of the morality of eating animals is not new. here are some quotes from noted minds of our past:
Slide05“non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.” thomas edison. (read more + resources)