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Why It Is My Business What You Eat

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When your food choices contribute to deforestation, it is my business.

When your food choices contribute to desertification, it is my business.

When your food choices contribute to air and water pollution, it is my business.

When your food choices contribute to global warming, it is my business.

When your food choices contribute to topsoil erosion, it is my business.

When your food choices contribute to the depletion of our aquifers, it is my business.

When your food choices contribute to an enormous waste of energy resources and reliance on fossil fuels, it is my business.

When your food choices contribute to medical costs that are so out of control, I can't even afford medical care should I ever need it, it is my business.

When your food choices contribute to millions of people starving to death each year, it is my business.

When your food choices contribute to billions of animals being treated like machines instead of sentient beings, being forced to live out their lives in constant misery, and ultimately being savagely slaughtered, it is my business. 

You see, it's my planet, too, and I am inexorably linked to all life upon it, just as you are. If you harm the water, the air, the soil, the fishes, the cows, the sheep, the pigs, the chickens, or whatever other life form, it affects me, profoundly. What I don't understand, is why you don't realize that it affects you even more profoundly. How spiritually and physically crippling it must be to contribute to the demise of life on so grand a scale at each and every meal.

It's time to seriously reconsider your food choices. More and more people are choosing a plant-based diet, because it is compassionate and sustainable. And when you do, too, your body, the animals, and the planet will all thank you for years to come.

 

http://youcangreenyourcuisine.com

Gail Davis is the author of several books on plant-based eating including So, Now What Do I Eat? and Vegetarian Food For Thought: Quotations and Inspirations. As a self-described "foodie," a food coach, and chef's consultant (more...)
 

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I'm glad Ms. Davis specifically uses the word ... by WML on Sunday, Oct 5, 2008 at 11:13:33 PM
something and a religious zeal? Let's talk COD... by Mr M on Monday, Oct 6, 2008 at 9:41:00 AM
The Dalai Lama has said, “My religion is ver... by Gail Davis on Monday, Oct 6, 2008 at 12:34:54 PM
Nothing like asking government to force 'Kindn... by UncleSim on Monday, Oct 6, 2008 at 4:51:22 PM
Gail, thank you for a thought-provoking article.&n... by Kellie Morton on Sunday, Oct 5, 2008 at 11:59:49 PM
I would cry about discrimination.  What about... by pft on Monday, Oct 6, 2008 at 2:05:03 AM
Oddly, when reading through the first 8 points of ... by Susan Saphire on Monday, Oct 6, 2008 at 2:19:32 AM
Indian's life isn't any of your business a... by shadow dancer on Monday, Oct 6, 2008 at 2:24:06 AM
If you choose to hunt and kill your own food, that... by Gail Davis on Monday, Oct 6, 2008 at 12:42:37 PM
You may not be a vegetarian, but I doubt you're de... by colleen dekoning on Monday, Oct 6, 2008 at 4:38:08 AM
BTW- I also read the word 'spirituality' in the OP... by colleen dekoning on Monday, Oct 6, 2008 at 5:06:53 AM
I agreed with much of what Ms. Davis wrote in her ... by WML on Monday, Oct 6, 2008 at 5:59:02 AM
Rather than the question of meat, I would put fort... by sometimes blinded on Monday, Oct 6, 2008 at 8:27:03 AM
One gets the feeling that what the author of this ... by francine on Monday, Oct 6, 2008 at 9:57:49 AM
I think it is wonderful that you have decided to l... by Gail Davis on Monday, Oct 6, 2008 at 12:53:52 PM
First, Ms. Davis, thank you for an eloquent articl... by KD on Monday, Oct 6, 2008 at 1:17:14 PM
I learned most of what you describe (and quite mor... by WML on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 7:23:31 PM
I agree with you that much of the environmental de... by Gail Davis on Monday, Oct 6, 2008 at 1:17:20 PM
And it's caused by Corporation Control of our ... by Mel Smith on Monday, Oct 6, 2008 at 1:21:20 PM
Since insects are the most efficient way of growin... by UncleSim on Monday, Oct 6, 2008 at 1:21:51 PM
However, such flippancy does nothing to address th... by Gail Davis on Monday, Oct 6, 2008 at 1:39:02 PM
Human suffering, ok.  The rest are pet issues... by UncleSim on Monday, Oct 6, 2008 at 1:40:58 PM
Global warming, environmental devastastion, and an... by Gail Davis on Monday, Oct 6, 2008 at 11:53:07 PM
Global Warming - The prevailing scientific viewpoi... by UncleSim on Saturday, Oct 11, 2008 at 2:57:57 PM
It would seem that irresponsible ranching and farm... by UncleSim on Saturday, Oct 11, 2008 at 5:00:52 PM
about a year ago and not only have I lost 45lbs I ... by Mr M on Monday, Oct 6, 2008 at 3:58:55 PM
I can think of nothing scarier than this. Thank yo... by Gail Davis on Monday, Oct 6, 2008 at 6:16:57 PM
All the points made in this piece are important an... by Arnold Freeman on Monday, Oct 6, 2008 at 5:19:36 PM
You made several great points in a very clear way.... by Vegan Marr on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 3:00:39 AM
I've only been saying this since 2002.  I... by Barker on Monday, Oct 6, 2008 at 9:33:34 PM
have all sorts of environmental problems now? I wo... by shadow dancer on Monday, Oct 6, 2008 at 11:06:30 PM
dear Shadow Dancer, is tread as lightly as we can ... by Gail Davis on Monday, Oct 6, 2008 at 11:38:08 PM
You are a true philosopher.  I have little do... by WML on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 7:44:29 PM
When the PETA crowd can convince tigers and crocod... by Scott on Monday, Oct 6, 2008 at 11:17:06 PM
These animals are carnivores. They have no choice ... by Gail Davis on Monday, Oct 6, 2008 at 11:46:22 PM
our daily actions would only affect our own body a... by Vegan Marr on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 5:09:24 AM
So did you give up your earth destroying electrici... by shadow dancer on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 10:03:55 AM
Dear Shadow Dancer, your points are well taken, bu... by Gail Davis on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 11:05:10 AM
Editor's note: This article was flagged for in... by shadow dancer on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 11:17:42 PM
Darn you Gail.  With your fine essay you... by Michael Richardson on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 12:18:47 PM
for making it yours!... by Gail Davis on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 4:24:32 PM
Although I might not agree with all the points pre... by CasaZaza on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 12:37:26 PM
Thank you for injecting some wittiness into this d... by Gail Davis on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 4:31:16 PM
Dear Ms. Davis, Thank you so much for your ve... by Spice Williams-Crosby on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 7:55:07 PM
Thank you, Ms. Williams-Crosby, for bringing to li... by Gail Davis on Tuesday, Oct 7, 2008 at 10:34:02 PM
can Indians come & live in your Solar Camp ren... by shadow dancer on Wednesday, Oct 8, 2008 at 11:26:12 AM
Because my skin is white, you think that I have so... by Gail Davis on Wednesday, Oct 8, 2008 at 4:40:17 PM
Don't you think it should be the business of e... by shadow dancer on Wednesday, Oct 8, 2008 at 8:26:08 PM
to feel the brunt of your anger and hostility. Thi... by Gail Davis on Thursday, Oct 9, 2008 at 12:20:45 PM
beautiful sunny day today, Gail.  Beautiful c... by shadow dancer on Thursday, Oct 9, 2008 at 3:02:13 PM
If you merely were asking people to think about th... by WML on Saturday, Oct 11, 2008 at 5:52:22 PM
I applaud your personal decision to move towards a... by Gail Davis on Monday, Oct 13, 2008 at 11:51:36 AM
You dance a fine line.  Most of what you writ... by WML on Wednesday, Oct 15, 2008 at 2:47:40 PM
of 2006 states there is more than enough water for... by shadow dancer on Monday, Oct 13, 2008 at 3:41:42 AM
Great Spirit, Great Spirit, my Grandfather, all ov... by Gail Davis on Monday, Oct 13, 2008 at 7:54:07 PM
88 I was traveling to various Rez's.  I w... by shadow dancer on Tuesday, Oct 14, 2008 at 4:24:00 AM
may have been Black Elk Speaks as I searched throu... by shadow dancer on Tuesday, Oct 14, 2008 at 12:08:55 PM