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The World Peace Diet

The World Peace Diet

“We are not predatory by nature, but we’ve been taught that we are, in the most potent way possible: we’ve been raised from birth to eat like predators. We’ve thus been initiated into a predatory culture and been forced to see ourselves at the deepest levels as predators. Farming animals is simply a refined and perverse form of predation in which the animals are confined before being attacked and killed. It doesn’t stop with animals, however. As we all know in our bones, there is a predatory quality to our economic system, and competition underlies all our institutions. We prey upon each other.”

~ Dr. Will Tuttle, award-winning speaker, educator, author, and musician

As someone who takes my commitment to veganism as seriously as I take anything else in my life, reading Will Tuttle’s book felt like coming home to family. I have never before read a book that addresses our relationship with other animals as deeply and profoundly as does The World Peace Diet.

The bold and insightful statements in Tuttle’s book cut right to the core of our most serious cultural problems, powerfully addressing our society’s need to rise above the predatory paradigm and into a new age of nonviolence.

“Our inherited meal traditions require a mentality of violence and denial that silently radiates into every aspect of our private and public lives, permeating our institutions and generating the crises, dilemmas, inequities, and suffering that we seek in vain to understand and effectively address.”

Despite humanity’s constant yearning for harmony, with each other and with the rest of the natural world, the overwhelming majority of people remain unwilling to acknowledge the part they themselves can play in the transformation of our culture into one that takes the idea of peace seriously.

“From the outside, it may look like and be called ‘veganism,’ but it is simply awareness and the expression of our sense of interconnectedness. It manifests naturally as inclusiveness and caring. It’s no big deal, for it’s the normal functioning of our original nature, which unfailingly sees beings rather than things when it looks at our neighbors on this earth.”

In a time when violence, both personal and planetary, is reaching pandemic proportions, The World Peace Diet is a book whose importance can not be overstated. For those who want to truly understand the profound connection between our food and our mentality, the importance of veganism as a personal commitment to the principle of nonviolence can not be overlooked.

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9:09PM PDT on Apr 19, 2010

“Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds theirs. We live by the death of others: we are burial places! I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look on the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.”
-Leonardo da Vinci

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9:02PM PDT on Apr 19, 2010

May all living beings free from suffering.
May all living beings be at peace.
May all living beings be happy.

“Would you kill your pet dog or cat to eat it? How about an animal you're not emotionally attached to? Is the thought of slaughtering a cow or chicken or pig with your own hands too much to handle? Instead, would hiring a hit-man to do the job give you enough distance from the emotional discomfort? What animal did you put a contract out on for your supper last night? Did you at least make sure that none went to waste and to take a moment to be grateful for its sacrifice?" -Anonymous

11:31AM PDT on Apr 19, 2010

I look forward to ordering and reading this book. It perplexes me how people refuse to see the truth behind the crimes of animal slaughter. They are not ours to exploit and harm-bottom line. Plus what factory farming is doing to our beloved Earth and the entire ecosystem. Shameful.

6:06PM PDT on Apr 18, 2010

Thank you. I want to read the book!

10:20AM PDT on Mar 30, 2010

I find that I can reduce the meat I consume, but I cannot quit it entirely. Sadly, what it might take is a rich vegetarian (I won't go vegan) husband!

3:33PM PDT on Mar 29, 2010

I wish I lived on a commune & grew our own food, had free range chickens, Bessie the gentle cow for raw milk and maybe a few sheep for wool, plus room for all the disposable pets America doesn't want. The fact is, I am mom to 4 special needs kids, with 4 pets, and despite all the beans, tempeh & tofu I serve, along with a dose of animal friendly education, I still hear when are we going to have meat? Kids are inundated with ads for fast food, exposed to friends unhealthy eating habits which they think idyllic, and despite what I try to instill, it is often an uphill battle. Trying to be eco/earth friendly, aware of health & animal rights while shopping/making meals has become an almost full time job, in addition to expensive. It is hard to do the right thing. It is important not to give up and consider it an ongoing process as difficult as it may be.

3:20PM PDT on Mar 29, 2010

I so wish I lived in a perfect world, on a commune with vegans, where we raised sheep for wool, gentle cows for milk and free range chickens for eggs and farmed the land, growing nature's bounty, the old Tassajara mentality; but I don't. I need to feed a growing family of 6, and despite all the beans, tempeh & tofu I serve, they look at me with long-suffering gazes asking when will they get meat? Despite my careful shopping for small quantities of free-range, organic meat, I still feel guilty at the suffering that went into these meals.It is hard to compete in today's world with its ever present ads for fast food, garbage sold as 'food', visits to friends who eat everything my kids want, but we don't have at home and still be earth and animal friendly. It takes constant compromise, education and compassion at what today's kids are up against. It's a war against nature out there! We have to keep fighting!

11:59AM PDT on Mar 28, 2010

hear hear Clara - everytime I open my mouth a vegan steps in and trys to choke me. I never learned a thing from the 'stick' how about some kind of acceptance from vegans that just because they got there - usually the day before yesterday, for others it needs a gentler approach and we will get there, its a journey and it takes and needs a little more patience and understanding.

5:55AM PDT on Mar 27, 2010

thanks for the post

5:55AM PDT on Mar 27, 2010

good read

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