What if a diet could do more than trim your waistline? What if it could usher in an era of world peace? That is the question proposed by Dr. Will Tuttle, author of The World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony, who is currently touring America with his message.
Tuttle argues that our shared cultural identity is profoundly affected by what we eat. As such, we should attempt to live in harmony with the world around us and the plants and animals we ingest.
“I believe that until we are willing and able to make the connections between what we are eating and what was required to get it on our plate, and how it affects us to buy, serve, and eat it, we will be unable to make the connections that will allow us to live wisely and harmoniously on this earth,” he says in The World Peace Diet.
Because of his foundational beliefs, Tuttle encourages all humans to turn to a vegan lifestyle in order to confront our overall cultural problems. He calls eating animal foods the “essential missing piece to the puzzle of human peace and freedom.”
Tuttle’s book brings an interesting perspective to the vegan debate. Instead of only presenting the facts about animal welfare and cruelty towards animals intended for consumption, he gives a compelling reason why eating animals affects every person and their community’s core values. In addition to causing many preventable health problems and environmental ills, Tuttle describes how eating meat causes many social problems.
“There is something about veganism that is not easy, but the difficulty is not inherent in veganism, but in our culture,” Tuttle writes.
The author does not promote any specific religion or spirituality, but his philosophy is ultimately rooted in The Golden Rule, which he says is found in every culture. He examines the ethical, metaphysical, and physiological ramifications to the eating of living things, as well as how to be a part of the quiet revolution to changing the way we think about animals.
Dr. Tuttle has a master’s degree in humanities from San Francisco State University and a Ph.D in the philosophy of education from the University of California, Berkeley. He also trained in Korea as a Zen Buddhist monk. He travels year-round in a solar-powered RV with his artist wife, Madeleine, as they bring the message of veganism and peaceful living to all.