A Vegan Diet That Could Win the Nobel Peace Prize

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.

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Anna Undebeck
Anna U3 years ago

Thank you.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago

thank you

Jane L.
Jane L5 years ago

once you go vegetarian, meat-foods don't taste the same anymore. I've leant to love vegetarian foods (esp. Indian food!) because it tastes like fireworks in my mouth =D Mmm..so good!

Carrie Anne Brown
Carrie-Anne B5 years ago

interesting article :) thanks for sharing

Monica D.
Monica D5 years ago

An interesting article, thank you, and a good message for all.

Eternal Gardener
Eternal G5 years ago

Could or should?

Miranda Parkinson
Miranda P5 years ago

sounds like a book really worth reading by a wonderful author who deserves to be read!

Dale Overall

Dianne D is pushes a popular myth: "Unfortunately I was brought up on meat and I'm afraid parents are continuing that same practice, especially the uneducated". One can give long lists of well educated people who are either omnivores/vegans/vegetarians. Nothing like being elitist and believing that The Chosen Way Of Life makes you the cream of the crop, more compassionate, superior.

Darlene B states that refusing to eat meat means "going through withdrawal like any other substance that the body is used to." Intriguing but meat is not an addiction. There are no meat rehab centres on the planet. Amitav D believes that omnivores should not object to being eaten by wolves or being cannibalized by other humans for eating meat. Some people do get eaten by animals, it happens often when encroaching on wild environs. Going to give up your home and surrender it to the wild animals that used to live there? Few humans are Hannibal Lecter and consume each other. Not every vegetarian eats every veggie that exists. Most people do know where meat comes from. Eat the diet that suits you and leave others alone.

Dale Overall

Insulting people who are vegan/vegetarian with trite comments about whether or not Hitler was a vegetarian is pointless. There are good, bad and evil people no matter what their diet/philosophy is. Insults get people nowhere. Those who wish to be vegan/vegetarian this is your own journey. It is only when you believe, as some (not all) that your way is the only way with a belief that you are better than others, throwing out ridicule/scorn often with a cult like vehemence that I will respond.

Factory farms are pure greed, not really of Nature nor is GMO veggies. No one is forced to eat meat unless one is a child, later on one can research/make choices if one wishes to. I eat small amounts of organically raised meat and some say this is too much. To each their own. Also eat honey which vegans believe is enslaving bees. Unless one uses an Apple computer, one uses animal products (stearic acid) in PCs.

Dale Overall

Nicole B says it well. Being an omnivore I certainly eat meat, organically raised/fed. Also eat plant based foods and all life on this planet does have to eat once living entities. When Mother Nature decides to redesign our DNA to enable us to survive by eating rock pate then all life on Earth will sustain itself by without eating what had been living, be it sentient beings or the lively and colourful world of the fascinating plant. Plants are a very different entity from human/mammal based life. It is so easy to have empathy for life that is so similar to ours and yet have little empathy for life that is so very different than ours.

Avoiding factory farmed meat is essential. Vegan suits some but not others, we are complex beings and can't all fit into the same cookie cutter shapes. Ginger T can tell us our days are numbered, in her fantasies that may be so. I would worry far more about Monsanto destroying all natural based plant life over the next 30 years with genetic engineering...will we even have any natural based plants left? Ginger, you can call others low lifes...insults are always the prerogative of the bully. Your way or the highway. Bigots? You are one.