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This is just too cool for school...or "2kool4skool" as the kids say. And since I it is my idiom to share all things cool (re:Kool) with you on the interwebs I present it to you here. Commencing the "High Fiving". Her reaction of utter glee is what makes this so much awesomesauce.

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Places like Haiti often do not have sanitation. This situation encourages diseases like cholera. I remember seeing camps in Haiti where the water to entire camp was one two-inch plastic pipe. Children in Kenya cupped muddy water from a nearly dry creek...

One solution is a composting toilet, which does not require water and creates fertilizer for farming. 
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+Fretfull Farmer: "What do you propose is done with farmland (and the farmers who maintain that land) that is dedicated to the production of grass-fed beef? Couldn't that be perceived as a waste of resources not to take advantage of a source of food that we can't consume and use it to produce a food that we can consume?"

Hmm... The thing is, in order to create that particular "food" (i.e. the bodies of sentient beings), one has to kill those individuals. Having a desire to use the land for something doesn't seem to provide sufficient ethical justification for the act of needlessly killing those beings.

So... I don't really know what will happen with those tracts of land, but it will be an interesting problem to have once we get there, eh?


+Fretful Farmer: "When you say that each pound of edible flesh can only be produced with four to thirteen pounds of plants, which plants are you considering? Are you considering the vegetation that humans can readily digest, or grass that naturally grows and is not digestible for humans?"

Those estimates range from grains to grasses, and from chickens to cows. For the most part, those figures come from CAFO confined beings, which is to say that the foods their eating are predominantly purpose-raised crops (soy, corn, etc.). Because there are orders of magnitude more calories going in to CAFOs than are coming out of them, it's clear that as we phase out of eating animals, we'll be producing food far in excess of our present needs. Of course, farmers aren't going to raise what they can't sell, so they'll be switching to crops that with market demand.

When you consider that factory farming now accounts for more than 99 percent of all farmed animals raised and slaughtered (at least in the States; ref: goo.gl/GAN2fT), the percentage that are grass fed is trivial by comparison. As such, the question of whether the figures I offered include the grass fed animals doesn't seem applicable. Heck, one could say "yes" or "no" to that, and it still wouldn't change the numbers, eh?


+Fretful Farmer: "If I am being deliberate in choosing food that was raised ethically, then consuming meat is not needless. I am sustaining myself. My consumption of meat has less to do with taste, community traditions, and habits than it does with well-rounded nutrition for me and my family."

Hmm... Respectfully: no. The thing that makes consuming animals needless is not whether or not they were well treated before they were killed. Rather, it is that humans not only don't need to eat animals, but there have been individuals, communities, and societies that have been thriving without doing so for as long as there have been humans. As such, humans have no physiological "need" to eat the bodies of other animals. In modern life, the only reason we do so because like the taste, or because we've been taught to do so by our parents; obviously, neither of these motivations rises to a level of "need" which justifies forcibly taking the life of a sentient individual, eh?

So, as it effects you personally, you actually are fully capable of sustaining yourself without eating animals, and thriving while you do so, and there plenty of evidence to support this. As I understand it, this means you can claim that you have the right, both socially and religiously, to choose to eat sentient beings. But it doesn't appear like you can claim that you need to do so.

Does that seem like an unreasonable stance for me to take in your view, +Fretful Farmer?


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This post is one in a series in which excerpts of discussions on veganism from other threads are reposted (or paraphrased) for the sake of expanding the conversation. As always, your thoughts and questions are welcome. See the full collection via the  #spommveganchats  hash (or perhaps with a more robust search, such as goo.gl/PAF46f or goo.gl/JoxZC ).

(for anyone requiring/desiring more context, the original conversation can be found at goo.gl/UYA9mH )

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Simple, Inexpensive, $500 Water Delivery System for Very Dry and Poor Areas...

A human needs one-half gallon of water a day. These towers can provide 25 gallons of clean water per day. 
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In 1967 when I was 16, I decided to hitch the 35 miles up to San Francisco to see what was going on. It was the Summer Solstice, and I walked into the first day of the Summer of Love. That is when I began studying Eastern Mysticism and Western Metaphysics

In 1968 I began working with the I Ching, and now have my own translation online. In 1970 I began working with Massage and Healing with Karmu, the Holy One, in Cambridge Ma. He was a Healer, and a Rootman, and he taught me Massage, and how to love people, which is perhaps the most important thing anybody can know.

In 1973 I been doing Tai Chi Kung Fu with GrandMaster John Chung Li.

I am a writer, and artist, musician, Stand Up Comic, and a UFO Contactee.

I do not discriminate on the basis of Planetary Origin or Species.

I am a Vegetarian, have my own organic Garden, and support Animal Rights and Progressive causes.


Enjoy!

I would like you to meet the Divine within yourself.

I would like you to get to know the Earth. It is a sentient being. We get to live here, only because She allows it. If we continue to exploit and destroy the resources of this planet, she just might change her mind about us being here...

Do you really want that?

Listen to the whisperings of the Trees. Pay attention to the Song of Life arising from the All.

The True Gospel will never be found within the pages of any book, but it can readily be seen within the Hearts of all who love the Divine.

We are not saved by seeking God. Let go, and let yourself be found by All that loves you!

You deserve nothing less.

Be the Blessing that all most desire in their inmost Hearts.

We are not here to dominate or exploit the other forms of Life. We are here to tend to their needs.

This is the Way that it is done.

Enlightenment reflects out into the Universe through behavior. People on The Path care as much for the well being of all living things, as they care about themselves. And they demonstrate this by doing as much to end suffering in the world, as they do to take care of themselves.

It is that simple.

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