Eating a plant based diet has been a community practice and focus for us since our beginning, over 20 years ago. Many of us were already vegetarians when we first met, and we have always served vegan meals at our centers. Living in 2011, we feel it makes total sense, on every level, not to eat meat, or any animal products, but rather to eat a plant based diet exclusively.
It is now commonly reported that the meat industry causes the greatest destruction of the rain forest and accounts for almost 50% of the gas emissions responsible for global warming. So not eating meat is the most effective practice we can do to reverse global warming.
A plant based diet is the greatest water saver as well. To produce a day’s food on a meat diet takes over 4,000 gallons of water as compared to only 300 gallons for a vegan diet. In other words, it takes less water to produce a year’s food for a vegan than to produce a month’s food for a meat eater (Diet for a New America, John Robbins).
It is becoming more and more clear, as well, that a plant based diet creates our greatest health and, hence, our greatest happiness. As T. Colin Campbell, who we hosted here at Thunder Mountain, clearly reports in his book, The China Study, eating meat and animal products contributes to developing cancer, heart disease, and other life threatening illnesses. We truly are what we eat and drink!
And finally Mahatma Gandhi stated, “You can tell the spirit of a nation by how they treat their animals.” Well, the United States alone kills over 30 billion animals a year for consumption. What does that say about our country? This doesn’t even begin to speak of the horrors and abuse chickens, pigs, cows, turkeys, lambs and others suffer. It is time for us, as a global community, to turn to a kinder way of life and a more compassionate way of eating. If we stop causing pain and suffering to the animals of the world, we will reduce the pain and suffering of our human family.
For us as PeaceWeavers we are convinced that “living in consideration of all beings” is essential for the sustainability of our planet Earth. We here at Thunder Mountain are part of the greater movement in the world that is calling out for deeper compassion for all life. Inspiring the world to live in this way is one of the most important next steps for our spiritual and ecological evolution as a global family.
May all Beings be Well and Happy!