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Creative, Non-Violent Vegan Advocacy (A Beginner’s Guide)

Creative, Non-Violent Vegan Advocacy (A Beginner’s Guide)
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During the past few years, the call to reduce our consumption of animal products has grown tremendously. There is a great deal of diversity amongst the individuals and organizations behind this appeal, as well as in the reasons and benefits they point to, and most of them are not vegan. However, there is one thing they have in common, and that is that they are all making it easier for people to be vegan for life. Indeed, the movement away from animal use is shaping up to possibly be the most significant social phenomenon of the 21st century.

Vegan recipe blogs, which illustrate innovative techniques for preparing a huge range of delicious, satisfying meals and treats, have proliferated into the hundreds, if not thousands. Both the number and the variety of vegan food items are increasing annually in restaurants and supermarkets.  New vegan businesses are opening every year, and thriving more than ever, including cafes, bakeries, restaurants, grocery stores, clothing and apparel stores, online boutiques, and even retreat centers and B&Bs.

Professional dietitians, in increasing numbers, are helping to guide consumers through the sea of books, blogs, articles and DVDs to learn how to achieve vibrant health on naturally wholesome vegan diets, as well as making it easier than ever to avoid the poor nutritional choices that frequently result in the “ex-vegan” phenomenon.

Note: Some may be surprised to find this out, but it is becoming more and more well-known that all nutrients required by the human body can be obtained from non-animal sources, including plenty of protein, iron, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12, and fatty acids such as Omega and DHA oils. If there were any nutritional deficiencies in well-planned vegan diets, the mainstream American Dietetic Association, American Medical Association, and similar science-based organizations would be broadcasting them far and wide.

For those of us who are committed to ethical veganism, it is essential to derive all our nutrients from non-animal  sources. Although there are those who claim to have experienced nutritional deficiencies caused by a plant-based diet, it seems ever more likely – in light of the information we now have access to – that these individuals may not have been sufficiently informed about vegan whole foods nutrition and the many options for nutritional supplementation, including the huge range of whole-food supplements that are becoming increasingly accessible for all of us in the developed world.

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6:37AM PDT on Aug 3, 2013

Great article ! Also some wonderful comments. I for one am happy to have chosen to live vegan.I am rather bewildered that there are so many comments from one who is not interested in vegan living. Why spend so much time saying we are wrong ?

11:31PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Bill C
you are a responsible pet owner?
that is interesting Bill - and once again you tap dance away from dealing with the actual facts here.
you will say anything to not admit that while you care about your pets, you pay people to mutilate and kill other animals for your pleasure.

my how noble that makes you sound.
referencing women's rights, the sterilization of the mentally challenged in the sixties and all the rest is your smoke screen to NOT ANSWER THE QUESTIONS - WHY IS IT YOUR RIGHT TO POISON OUR WATER? WHY IS IT YOUR RIGHT TO TAKE THEIR LIVES? WHY IS IT YOUR RIGHT TO ENGAGE IN ANIMAL CRUELTY FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR MOUTH? WHY IS IT YOUR RIGHT TO CRAP OUT THEIR BODIES? WHY IS IT YOUR RIGHT TO CRAP OUT HORMONES AND ANTIBIOTICS INTO OUR WATER SUPPLY?

it IS NOT YOUR RIGHT BILL.
make yourself sound as noble and grand as you like - you still do these things.
you do them Bill, not us. WE ARE THE ONES WHO REFUSE TO HURT THEM OR OTHER PEOPLE. we are the ones who WILL NOT DO IT. we are the ones who pay for your "rights" and the ONLY ones speaking for their lives.
not as grand as you Bill, who brags about doing the very least for his pet's health, but we all try.

3:27PM PST on Feb 16, 2012

Thank you so much!

12:02PM PST on Feb 7, 2012

I type this to make a point. When a person stands firm infront of the illogic of what some feel is a "movement" and that person is able to shut down the "movement: with 1 simple question; its not a movement that understands its own words.

When the same people can point to what apperas to be a puppet proflie and it disappears, logic dictates that the observation was likely correct.

I have nothing against people who choose to be Vegan anymore than I am concerned about omnivores; its the Vegangelicals whose concept of being Vegan is like a religous cult where the religon screams my religion is better than yours so therefore I am better.

That just does not fly with me.

Diet is choice and when you take off the rose colored glass, taste we enjoy becomes one of the last pleasures a human has before death. For my Mom it was peach cobbler, to others it is fried chicken with hot sauce and with others it may be fast food. Makes no difference

They have that right

6:57AM PST on Feb 6, 2012

Dan you choose to do things because you wish to and you have no regard for the reality nor consequences of your actions. You have focued all the world woes to a pinpoint when the vision is so limited you could care less about immedicate need. It shows in your profile, been here 3 yrs and have 4 stars. I got thousands in the same timeframe, it means nothing outside the site but here it shows who agrees with who.

The reason I chose stopping the things I did was they are unreachable goals for the masses, but for the individual reachable; I do not care if a person chooses to not have sex, not drive or not have fun it is their choice.

Humans have choices because of rights in human society. Animals have the right to have humans protect their welfare under law, we even protect entire species who could be a source of food. We have also chosen specific food animals and for the masses you will never stop that. Smart people would try to educate with gentle hands to moderation

Remeber 1 thing Dan not one of you radicals could answer the question about rights; which clearly says the ideal will fail.

7:27PM PST on Feb 5, 2012

I've also claimed that there is a "good chance" that liberal democracies will go vegan, but again, that's not a prediction. It's only an estimate of probability.

7:23PM PST on Feb 5, 2012

Sex and driving are not necessarily harmful, Bill C, so I do those things. Exploiting and killing the innocent are necessarily harmful; that's why I don't do those things. Pretty simple.

I've never claimed that liberal democracies will have widespread veganism someday; I've only claimed it's possible. Big difference.

7:49AM PST on Feb 5, 2012

Jordan I took a second to look at your profile, you have 1 "friend" who happens to be a radical vegan.

My guess is your just a puppet profile so if you get booted from the site your original profile stays. I do suggest you stop making comments about me on other threads, Care2 does not care for that at all.

7:27AM PST on Feb 5, 2012

Dan I see you have chosen to do as you said you would not as I am not Vegan.

Sex is not necessary, driving and even fun not necessary, why do you do these things?

Your argument meat is not necessary falls of deaf ears, the computer you type on is not necessary, it has horrific ties to harsh working conditions, but yet you use it.

I feel sorry for you Dan, not because your Vegan as I have no issue with that; your the quack physician who milks the last penny a cancer patient has with false hope. Anyone who thinks the world will go Vegan presents thought that borders delusion.

You remind me of the "BearMan" a researcher who actually thought and believed he could walk up to wild grizzly and say cute little bear; well they ate him and his girlfriend.

Starvation and hunger can NOT be fixed with some shift to Veganism, it's BS statistical manipulation and you know it.

Diet is a choice we make the choice out of religious issues, respect, medical need, finances and location (plus many more). The Dali Lama eats meat, he also tells the monks to eat meat when the gift from the poor who give is the mostly prized thing they have, nutritious protein.

Necessary means food, shelter and clothing for protection; past that humans make choices. Face it vegetarians can't even agree that the word means one who consumes plants; fish, chicken are not plants.

But you still avoid the question of rights as I knew you would

2:52PM PST on Feb 4, 2012

how do we get "Eskimos" to be vegannnnn

oh nozzzzzzzzzzzzzz

hey, look on the bright side. if the artic gets warmer they can grow more veggies and won't need to eat seal and whale.

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