As we are an environmentally committed group of individuals, since joining the NM I have conducted some research into the optimum healthy diet for all humanity, and most importantly for our precious planet Earth.
The first thing I need to make very clear is that I am not blaming anyone here for consuming meat and dairy without knowing these hidden, and indeed in many cases deliberately obscured facts. I ate meat and dairy for 43 years. It tastes great, I will give you that one for free :).
It is my hope that by presenting clear evidence-based arguments, stimulating Knowledge and challenging the status quo, real change can be made on Earth, for the Earth.
The meat industry, and the even more cruel dairy industry, have huge wallets in every country. Individuals are very emotionally attached to their dinner plates, groups perhaps more so. Groups are simply made up of many individuals, so - change your consciousness, change yourself, change the group, change your nation, change the world.
The guiding principle when watching these films should be :-
If it is NOT good enough for your eyes and ears - why do you CHOOSE put it into your mouth and body?
'Your body is a temple', 'you are what you eat', 'We are all One' - these phrases have real meaning, when contemplated in the light of real information.
My challenge is simple - watch 4 (any 4 of your choice) of these videos, one from each section, and see if that changes your perspective to a Greater Perspective. It is a healthier perspective, a cleaner perspective, an ecologically aware perspective and a rational AND spiritual perspective. It is a perspective with a FUTURE.
Finally, when considering the following, please understand that Milk is effectively Liquid Meat - the other, OTHER white meat ;) We are without exception the only species on our planet that consumes the milk of another mammal. Not even calves drink their mothers milk once they wean. Neither do humans, yet we ingest cow milk and its by products by the gallon with terrible effects on the human system, our ecology and by no means least at the huge individual cost to these animals - I would say our brothers and sisters.
Personally I would recommend that anyone watches Dr John McDougall on milk - whether or not they are prepared to even consider a plant based diet. If it is a choice between the two, give up dairy first.
Firstly, here are 3 general availability documentaries you may be able to view or grab somewhere, they appear to be pay per view or via Netflix or other services. You can't see these free online so they don't count :p.
Also available on Netflix
Available on Netflix
3 meat and dairy eaters take a 30 day vegan challenge.
Now - on with the show...
These are the facts nobody wants to hear, and yet they are undeniable.
The meat and dairy industry is the #1 global driver of Climate Change, being responsible for more CO2 than every car, bus, train, plane and boat on the planet combined, and every factory, warehouse, power station and retail centre combined globally. It uses the major share of all clean drinking water, and pollution from agricultural run off kills our river systems, lakes, rivers and seas. Many of the west's key aquifers, where we all get our drinking water from, have been depleted or are in crisis, and nitrate contamination from animal effluent poisons the rest. If we continue to consume a meat based diet, we will need at least 2 whole Earths to produce enough, even without factoring in population growth. We only ever will have one Earth, so as a species we need to reduce the amount of resources we all use by making smarter better informed choices, including but not limited to food choices.
If people aren't willing to give up meat and dairy, the alternative as we have seen (for those inhumane and greedy enough to think like this) is massive depopulation simply in order that the rich nations can continue to kill themselves and the planet with every fork full, while starving the poor nations to death. This is mass delusion. Its insanity, and it is the very definition of the word 'unsustainable'.
Richard Oppenlander (PhD): Your Role in Global Depletion: New Perspectives from Comfortably Unaware
Diet for a New America,
Based on the best selling book that started it all, John Robbins' excellent PBS documentary - this information is at least 25 years old now! John Robbins was heir to the Baskin Robbins Ice Cream empire built by his family. He watched his dad, uncles and family friends die of heart disease while he snuck out to eat spinach as a child. Fascinating story.
Mad Cowboy - Documentary Part 1 of 6
4th generation Montana beef cattle rancher turned Vegan and on a mission to save the Earth.
Sustainability and Food Choice: Why Eating Local, "Less" Meat, and Taking Baby Steps Won't Work
Richard Oppenlander again at John McDougall's Advanced Studies Weekend in March 2013
Jonathan Foley: The other inconvenient truth
The impact of agriculture generally on the global ecosystem. Remember that the majority of cereal crops crown globally are diverted from human mouths to animal feed while children starve every day...
The science now says that human beings are NOT evolved as Carnivores, nor even as Omnivores - we are anatomically herbivores. We have used technology to adapt our diet for 4.2 million years, and have to use both fire and technology to get our meat and to process it so it is even digestible. Once you recognise this, our food choice becomes an artifact of our cultures, and an ethical lifestyle choice, which is dealt with in the Ethics and Animal Cruelty sections below.
Meat and Dairy are not foods, but they ARE huge businesses, bigger than the Tobacco industry, more unethical and brutal in their consequences given the death toll they exhort from Humanity, and they operate with the same bought and paid for expert witnesses, doctors and politicians, lying to get by in life. The medical studies have been done, then buried, and the vast PR budgets (or propaganda as it was originally called) has meant that in the past that nobody has an unbiased evidence base from which to argue. This has changed.
Lessons from The China Project
Biggest study ever on human population diet effects - meat and dairy are PROVEN to be mass killers.
Truth or Dairy. Dr John McDougall
Science based evidence for the harmful effects of cow milk and cheese on humans (or as I call milk Liquid Meat with extra Bovine Immune Deficiency Virus (Cow AIDS) and Bovine Lukemia Virus (found in breast cancers) infections, pus cells, bacteria, hormones, antibiotics etc.). The dairy industry has $200m dollars for pro dairy campaigns per year.
The dairy industry has employed scientists who do exactly what Dr's and scientists did for the tobacco industry. IGF-1 comes from pregnant cows milk and causes cancer in humans - it is a growth hormone and causes ALL cancers. Its not present in plant based foods at all.
Are Humans Designed To Eat Meat?
Ironically - No.
According to this lecture 90% of people who choke to death every year in the US do so on meat, simply because our oesophagus is anatomically herbivore. Dr Heimlich co-invented the famous Heimlich maneuver now known as 'abdominal thrusts', is now a Vegan after attending one of Dr John McDougall's sessions.
Dr Dean Ornish: The world's killer diet
Dean Ornish M.D. has successfully REVERSED and cured heart disease. His highest profile is Bill Clinton, who is now Vegan (see below).
Dean Ornish: Healing through diet
TEDxCambridge - Caldwell Esselstyn on making heart attacks history
The Role of Meat in the Human Diet - John McDougall
Bill Clinton: Fan of Caldwell Esselstyn Jr MD
Goji Juice: Blood before & after taking Goji Juice
A video microscope view of the blood of a meat and dairy eater who is suffering from acidic blood caused by animal protein consumption - this patient is heading for a heart attack, stroke, thrombosis, diabetes, all diseases of a cholesterol filled animal protein based diet. A radically changed diet and drinking Goji juice 3 times a day has dramatic results on this patient's health.
To frame this debate, in your mind first consider the following July 2012 announcement.
Scientists Finally Conclude Nonhuman Animals Are Conscious Beings
from the above Psychology Today article...
"The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness
The scientists went as far as to write up what's called The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness that basically declares that this prominent international group of scientists agree that "Convergent evidence indicates that non-human animals have the neuroanatomical, neurochemical, and neurophysiological substrates of conscious states along with the capacity to exhibit intentional behaviors. Consequently, the weight of evidence indicates that humans are not unique in possessing the neurological substrates that generate consciousness. Non-human animals, including all mammals and birds, and many other creatures, including octopuses, also possess these neurological substrates." They could also have included fish, for whom the evidence supporting sentience and consciousness is also compelling (see also). "
Why Vegan? Lessons from an Animal Scientist
Peter Singer vs Richard Dawkins on Animal Rights Ethics
The author of Animal Cruelty discusses ethical eating with Dawkins.
101 Reasons to go Vegan
Says it all, very effectively.
Philip Wollen : Animals Should Be Off The Menu debate
Absolutely awesome video, a contender for the best speech ever...? A wake up call for Humanity (the species) and indeed humanity, the ethical concept.
Full Debate - Animals Should Be Off The Menu; The St James Ethics & Wheeler Centre
The full Intelligence Squared debate of the above clip - with pro and con arguments and an audience vote on the motion.
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau: Debunking the Myths of Veganism
An awesome and amusing talk dispelling Myths about Veganism.
Why Vegan? - Amazing Presentation by Gary Yourofsky
Immotive, sometimes extreme and in your face, but undeniable compelling arguments on cruelty to animals.
Again if it is not good enough for your eyes and ears, why is it good enough for your mouth and stomach?
The unethical treatment of animals is the elephant in the room - how many people would honestly and realistically be willing and able to kill and eat a pig or a cow themselves, rather than go to the supermarket and pick up a sanitised pre-packed sliced dead pig, a headless plucked chicken, or a lump of cow which someone else has been paid to execute?
These animals live their short lives in unspeakable conditions in factory arms. Also lets be plain and simple - there is no such thing as 'humane slaughter' - this is a meat industry marketing ploy to keep us asleep to the fact that billions of animals are destroyed every year to feed a minority of the worlds population.
See Earthlings for many examples and judge for yourselves. This meat contains the hormones of stress and death, anxiety and suffering. You are what you eat, and you eat what you choose.
Earthlings - Full length documentary
Real footage from slaughterhouses, factory farms and animal transport. This is NOT for the faint hearted. I would challenge any meat eater to sit through this entire movie and continue with a meat based diet. I managed 1/3rd of this film before I turned Vegan. This is where our 'food' comes from.
Meet Your Meat - How Farm Factories Work
Inside factory farms - again this is where the majority of meat and dairy consumed in the west comes from.
Meet the Super Cow
Short segment - It's literally a 'double-muscled' monster and its not even GMO! When you eat it, it is STILL bad for you (see Human Health above). Ask yourself if the treatment of animals like this is ethical, desirable or sustainable? Who advocates for the cows rights?
The Multi-Billion Dollar Lie: Animal Experimentation
Not food based but makes a compelling additional case for ending animal testing not just in cosmetics but also in pharma and medical research. Most of it does not translate to humans. Its a hidden, artificial, profit based animal supply industry, it is unnecessary and is unethical.
Addendum: Superfood Advice
These are all good pointers to start looking for new sustainable foods.
David Wolfe on SuperFoods
Eat better, feel better, think better.
Dr. Gabriel Cousens, "How to be a 100% Successful Vegan"
Spirulina -The Amazing Algae (50min) - FULL DOCUMENTARY [HD 1080p]
Growing Spirulina Algae in a Village in West Africa
Benefits of Spirulina - Dr Mercola