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A Project supported by top environmental organizations including the Sierra Club, Worldwatch Institute, Food and Water Watch, Brighter Green and Farm Sanctuary, shows how eating less meat can help reduce the environmental impact of factory farming.


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Jill Vickerman (416)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 5:46 am
Thank you Mathew!

Bill K (3)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 6:19 am
it's so sad so many so-called environmentalists like to blame others for environmental destruction but ignore the meat on their own plates. i guess it's easier to think the blame belongs on someone else.

Laura Mattei (109)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 6:43 am
Yes Mathew, i knew: I'm vegetarian!!! Go vegetarian!!! You'll feel peaceful because nobody dies to make you live!!! Thank you, Mathew, people must know, that's a good article to remember when I quarrel with somebody about this subject!
Noted, of course!

Vivien Green (153)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 6:52 am
Thank you Mathew will share on face book. I am a Vegan and wish that people could see how much they gain in giving up eating meat. The reward of seeing animals and knowing that you do not contribute to harming them.

. (0)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 7:06 am
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Thank you :)
Noted and shared.... Thanks for sharing :)

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 7:47 am
Me vegan :)

Sharon Balloch (127)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 7:55 am
Got to say being vegan is the smartest thing I ever did for myself, my family, and the planet. Wish I had done it a lot sooner. That is the greatest regret of my life...and I have many regrets but this is the one I would change if given the chance..

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 8:10 am
Thank you dear Mathew!! Being vegetarian is not ENOUGH!!! Go VEGAN 4 LIFE!!!!!

SANDRA R (145)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 8:29 am
Noted and forwarded. Thank you Mathew.

Wednesday June 1, 2011, 8:31 am
noted with thanks

Jason Green (235)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 9:48 am
I am a vegan for exactly this reason! Thank You Mathew

Mireille Picron (46)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 9:55 am
Thank you.

Joan for Peace (413)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 9:59 am
way cool

Jennifer L (40)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 10:00 am
Thanks Mathew!

Laura H (964)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 10:20 am

Thank you Mathew!!

Genoveva M M (328)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 11:04 am
Thank you Mathew for this interesting video.
Proud to be vegan! One of the most smart, COMPASSIONATE decisions in my life.

Ruth C (87)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 11:29 am
I am a Vegan and proud of it!

Annie Cowling (116)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 12:15 pm
thank-you Mathew, will pass along, cheers.

resignd Cannot remove (139)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 12:43 pm
Thank you. Noted, Yes, I am 80% vegan but like eggs (free range) and cheese. Ans half and half in my coffee,

Lisa A (204)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 1:27 pm
Thanks for sharing Mathew. I had a spicy black bean burger with avocado & red onion for lunch. Yummy! No meat. It's all about changing our mindset isn't it??!!

Carol C (97)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 3:12 pm
Noted. Thank you.

Cindy C (125)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 3:20 pm
Thank you so much

Margaret S (53)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 3:29 pm
I'am a veggie,thnx Matt!

Glenda J (158)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 3:34 pm

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 3:50 pm
Thank you Matthew for sharing. I'm nearly vegan, vegetarian for the moment. If we didn't eat animals, they would live quiet and free. Animals are not made to be eaten. Noted

Patrizia S (315)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 3:51 pm
shared TY :)

Shelly Peterson (213)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 3:54 pm
Good post!

Phyllis P (232)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 4:19 pm
Great video. Thanks for sharing this.

. (0)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 6:47 pm
As I get a chance, I speak the truth. "You eat meat, you eat chemicals and pain."

Alicia N (87)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 7:15 pm
We won't die if we stop eating animals, we don't need meet when we have beans, broccoli etc etc , thanks for the video. Good luck people.

Lisa Morris (52)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 7:28 pm
I have been veggie for 22 years~ I think it's a wonderful idea~You have my full support~Anything to help Animals~*

Shirley S (187)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 7:50 pm
Noted thanks Matthew

Lisa Z (168)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 8:27 pm
Shared on Facebook!

Sylvie Bermannova (42)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 9:12 pm
Noted; thanks, Mathew, for bringing this up. Some have it that eating habits are but a personal, untouchable choice; if questioned, they go on the defensive. However, it is so only up to a point, since it is too a multifaceted issue not to have deeper and wider implications, thus transcending the aspect of deliciousness of food alone. As is said, one's freedom ends where another's begins -- and this is exactly the case: Our lifestyle, which eating habits are part of, does not affect us alone, but has repercussions for the environment, sustainability of resources, or lives of other living beings. Thus, the source, way of production, and content of food matters. Moreover, it is demand that predetermines supply: Our purchase of certain produce means our approval of it and directly helps this or that business generate profit and thrive. This is why our making a choice with consciousness is of consequence. A path that we take and a philosophy we adopt is not only self-eloquent, it is also self-transcendental in that it sends a clear message and emanates a certain energy, and thus may lead to a change in the outside world. What change, what footprint do we want to see? Being peaceful, without wittingly inflicting avoidable pain, may be a step to take. To me, veganism is a way of alliance with animals--the OTHER NATIONS.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 9:14 pm
I like the fact that it is mentioned that even "lessening the amount of meat," would save many animals lives. I know many who will not even try to go veg, but can handle having the amount reduced. When I first started at age 15, I started for a day, then a week, then a month, just like proposed, and it worked. If one says I can do this for today, then it is easier doing it again the next if you know you have the "choice" of doing so. Please go veg, not only for the animals, but for your health. Thanx for the post Mathew.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 11:08 pm
I very good point to spread world wide.

. (0)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 11:13 pm
Jeevan is the entity that lives. Animals and human-beings are combined expression of jeevan and body.
Plants don't live. Plants are not living-beings. Plants breathe and procreate - that's what distinguishes plants from stones. Breathing and procreating is not living. Wanting to live, thinking, desiring, knowing, and experiencing is living. These activities are of jeevan.
Body of animals and humans are also made of cells - same kind of cells as in plants. But plants are not living-beings, because jeevan doesn't enliven plants. Body of an animal or human also breathes and procreates like plants - till jeevan enlivens it.
procreation here means - a cell's forming another cell like itself.
Human-body's natural-design is suitable for vegetarian diet - with long intestines, shape of teeth and nails, etc.

Some animals are naturally cruel. They don't choose to be cruel or live through killing other animals.
The power of choosing (karm-svatantrata) is there only in human-being, due to jeevan's ability to express imagination (kalpanasheelta).
So human-being has to choose between what is right and what is wrong. The ability to choose what is right comes with holistic-understanding.

Until one has experienced in the knowledge of co-existence, there is no way for him to decide what is right and what is wrong.
As such plants and animals both are made of same substance, same kind of cells - and therefore they can be eaten. But the decision what is "right" for human-being to eat, and what is "wrong" is possible only when there is understanding of jeevan.
Human-being's becoming non-vegetarian causes imbalance in nature - that's why it is "wrong" for a human-being to eat the flesh of other living-being.

Human-being with understanding will not interfere in a jeevan's want of living, instead he will be "kind" by ensuring that its living is not disturbed.
Human-being is different specie from animals and plants. Human-being is a unit of knowledge-order.
[Here Jeevan is a conscious unit. Atma ((Spirit), buddhi (Wisdom), chitt (Desire), vritti (thought), and mun (selection) are inseparable components of a conscious-entity (jeevan). ]

Valjean O (23)
Wednesday June 1, 2011, 11:19 pm
I don't eat meat, I hope others stop or reduce!

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 1:53 am
Be kind to animals they are kind to us! The best decision I made was to become vegan & there is no reason now a days not too when so many different nutritious foods are available! And healthier all around. Thanks Matt.

Ioana B (132)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 2:29 am
Noted with thanks and shared

Thursday June 2, 2011, 2:36 am
Thanks Mat, I know that most people are so resistant to giving up meat, but with all the tireless work of people like yourself, who try so hard to educate people, I am sure that more and more people will become aware of what factory farming REALLY Means both in terms of abuse of animals and the terrible impact on the environment and will make changes. It is hard to believe that people are STILL so ignorant as to what suffering has gone on to get that disgusting bit of meat onto their plates! What you don't see doesn't bother you... what you DO seem... Might!

Julie D (38)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 2:47 am
Thanks for this, in the week when Oxfam published a report about the inequality of food distribution in the world and how this will become worse in the coming decades. It's another no-brainer - feed less cerals to livestock, so eat less meat and there will be enough for all.

Of course the ideal is to eat no meat, cause no harm, but even doing less harm, being less greedy is a start.

Yvonne F (181)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 4:55 am
I guess we have to spread the word and starting globally to eat less meat! Just a shame that those who eat a lot of meat just don't care :-( They had done surveys on the subject and that was manifasted then.

Raquel M (15)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 5:45 am
Thanks Mathew! The more I see and read the more I know the only way is to be vegan

Cristina M (137)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 6:07 am
Thanks for the great post. Things couldn't be more clear, meat means death for the the poor animals that are slaughtered, for the ones that eat it and for the whole planet.

Marian G (58)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 6:52 am
Thank you for the video Mathew.I don't eat meat. I have no right to (let) abuse animals and eat them.


Sue Matheson (79)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 6:58 am
noted with thanks!

Nancy Roussy (79)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 7:04 am
I once was vegetarian and I was an hypocrite about it for more than half of that time (about 6 months in i was heating up bbq sauce for my fries, while i was waiting i was reading the ingredients and saw animal fat in them but when i was reaching out to close the heat i stopped and said well its not pieces of meat so i continued eating food that contained animal fat convincing myself that i was a real vegetarian for another year or so). I do not see myself becoming a vegetarian (for real this time!!!) again though. I watch from begining to end videos about factory farming so I know what sickening and disgusting crap they do and I do what I can to stop this crap but I still cannot stop eating meat. If it would be simple becoming vegan I would. Almost everything countains an animal so it is not easy knowing for a fact what countains animal and what does not. Even sugar has animal in it for pete's sake! If I could be one hundred percent sure then I would become vegan. Being a vegetarian you still get to eat eggs and dairy products so you are still part of the problem unless you yourself have the animals in your care so you are are sure at one hundred percent they are well taken care of because it is you that is taking care of them!

Nancy C (806)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 7:14 am
On my way to vegan ...again! It's the cheese...I'll find something to replace it. The soybean products are not to be trusted due to GM soy. Frustrating situation...thanx Matt

Elaine R (132)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 7:33 am
I get sick of people referring to animals as meat if them meat than every human on this planet is meat and should be ate

Nelu Dumitriu (14)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 7:37 am

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 7:43 am
Nancy Roussy,
if your only concern is that you cannot be certain there are no animal products in what you are eating, and therefore you will simply eat meat and be done with it . . . . . .
WTF? That's one LAME excuse, do the best you can, just because you aren't perfect and may make a mistake and eat something with an animal product is no excuse to abandom the whole thing!
It's a process, learning day by day.
I'm vegan, or really trying ti be, sometimes I eat something and realize later that that was a no-no.
I don't just throw in the towel and say it's too hard, just be more careful in the future.
I'm not looking for an excuse to eat meat again . . . .
And being/trying to be vegan is not easy, but nothing worthwhile ever is!
Practice makes perfect.

Melody Aragorn (135)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 7:45 am
I choose to say why eat a life when they are options available..
Yet being a vegetarian is not the point going organic is..
Eat simple and leave enough for another the world would wipe out the term starvation for ever..
How hard can that be....

Colin Hope (201)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 10:01 am
Mmmmm...... inteesting!!

Rosie Lopez (73)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 10:47 am
being vegan is a gift to our planet!

Lin Penrose (92)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 11:10 am
Thanks Mathew. Add to the list of not eating domesticated cattle, sheep and some other animals, is the seriously bad impact they have on the earths eco-systems. Brazil, the U.S.A. and many others have truly hurt the environment with the raising of animals (meat). The big farmers of plants, are no better. Pesticides, herbicides that run into waters, deciding native and migratory birds are competition and must be killed. Eating less of everything, and not producing so many consumers (humans), is the kindest and most loving act we can do for all the earth's inhabitants.

Robert O (12)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 2:17 pm
Thank you.

Susan S (187)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 2:38 pm
Thanks Matthew. I am now a confirmed vegetarian...and may become vegan.

Abo r (107)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 4:10 pm

Kim O (396)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 6:03 pm
Noted!! Thanks for this one Mathew!!

Sue McGuey (106)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 6:09 pm
Noted, shared.....posted to FB!~ I'm vegan 99.5%....I say that because sometimes unknowingly or unwittingly something will be eaten that has animal bi-product......another no no for me is any products that contain PALM OIL & there are hundreds of them......the fine print must be read!!!

GLOWIS s (29)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 7:27 pm
THAnK YOU MAThew , shared also by web. Im vegetarian now and I feel much better with everything.I love animals !!! Excelent post!!! Cheers, God bless you! :D

Edith B (146)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 9:16 pm
Thanks, Mathew!

. (1)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 9:37 pm
Thank you Mathew.

Marzia F (31)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 10:45 pm
Thanks. Noted!

elle v (339)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 10:50 pm
Go Vegan !

Elsie Au (259)
Thursday June 2, 2011, 11:19 pm
Thanks for this excellent post, Mathew. I read Gene Baur's book "Farm Sanctuary" and has been vegetarian (and trying to avoid milk and eggs as much as I can) since. Another thing I would like to point out is it is not just only eating but also to avoid using anything made from animals such as leather or silk (they boil alive silk worms to get silk from their cocoon). I point out this fact to a few friends who not eat beef for whatever reason but still use leather goods. They just did not realize this fact and yes, many stop buyng anything with leather afterward. I understand it is not easy for someone just stop eating all meat right away (for me, it is not hard as I eat only one real meal a day and it is home cooked), but starting with one day a week can help to make your body get used to it.

. (0)
Friday June 3, 2011, 1:19 am
Today, I was shopping in the natural health section of the store. A lady asked me about cracked wheat. I explained to her something about natural grains. She said she wanted it for "chicken",

I said "Chicken. Well, if you're going to eat chicken you might as well eat all the other junk, too! Chicken is just chemicals and pain! Chicken is just chemicals and pain,."

. (0)
Friday June 3, 2011, 5:06 am
Introducing new ideas and educating people are good steps to take in making things better,and that is what you are doing.I commend you for that.Informative article,thank you.

Andreia Capelo (15)
Friday June 3, 2011, 5:31 am
Farm Sanctuary RULESSS!

Go Vegan! :P

Past Member (0)
Friday June 3, 2011, 11:17 am
Thank appears we may be gaining "ground" (no pun intended!) but we still have so much more work to do. I am dedicating to vegetarianism...and I hope this will be the future my children and grandchildren live in! Thanks for all you do!

Debbie Sepulveda (0)
Friday June 3, 2011, 3:57 pm
Thank you and will forward...

Douglas K (134)
Friday June 3, 2011, 4:24 pm
Try this real food daily instead of conagra veggiedogs for $4 a pack:

Chris E (50)
Saturday June 4, 2011, 1:27 am
Thank you, shared.

Celia M Torres (64)
Saturday June 4, 2011, 10:49 am
Thanks, Noted and shared!

Rosette V (26)
Saturday June 4, 2011, 11:25 am
Thank you Mathew

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Saturday June 4, 2011, 4:05 pm
Noted. Thank you!

Rhonda Hughes (26)
Saturday June 4, 2011, 10:30 pm
Thanks Matthew! I'll post and forward.

Lena H (11)
Sunday June 5, 2011, 12:06 am
Thank you!

José Ovidio Pérez Morel (50)
Sunday June 5, 2011, 6:06 pm
Thanks Matthew, Im agree, its the way............

jodi m (37)
Tuesday June 7, 2011, 5:05 pm
thanks for emailing this to me! great article.. I'm forwarding on to loads of people..

kathy P (14)
Wednesday June 8, 2011, 7:33 am
Thanks Matthew. grateful for your presence on this planet. great mind food. i am vegetarian and only out of compassion.

Jo-Ann Harris (85)
Saturday June 11, 2011, 5:23 am
Thanks for sharing.

Anis Kureshi (49)
Sunday June 12, 2011, 5:55 am
Be vegan!

. (0)
Sunday June 12, 2011, 7:30 pm
Thanks for sharing the great video, Mathew.

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 16, 2011, 1:12 pm
Awesome! Noted! TY Mat!
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