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@Mary Finelli As vegan activist Howard Lyman says, "An environmentalist who eats meat is like a philanthropist who doesn't donate money." It is essential that the veg movement do all we can to increase awareness of the major conribution that animal-based agriculture makes to climate change.
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Bottom line: there are some basic questions that you and all too many others choose to ignore:
* Should Jews who want to live according to basic Jewish teachings be vegetarians, and preferably vegans?
* Should we continue with a diet that many studies have shown to be a major contributor to heart disease, cancer, and oter chronic, degenerative diseases?
* Should we continue a diet that is a major factor behind climate change and many other environmental threats?
There are many more questions, but I will leave it at these.
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Continuation of my response:
Re protein,it is impossible to not get enough protein on a reasonably well-balance vegan diet. Most people get far too much protein, and animal protein acidifies the blood which leads to the excretion of calcium, which explains why so many women get osteoporosis in countries where much dairy is consumed. Problem s that protein experiments were done on rats, and rat's mother's milk has 47% of its calories from protein, while human mother's milk has only 5% of its calories from protein.
Re climate change, yes cars and factories are important contributors of greenhouse gases (GHGs), but a 2006 UN study found that animal-based agriculture emits more GHGs (in CO2 equivalents) than all the cars and other means of transportation worldwide combined, largely dur to the emissions of methane, a very potent GHG, from animals.
You are 100% correct that a vegan diet can be unhealthy, but it has the potential to be the healthiest. It is also the Jewish idea as the diet in gan Eden (see Genesis 1:29( and the diet to be esablished again in the Messianic period (may it come soon), according to Rav kook and others, based on the prophecy of Isaiah (11:6=9) about the wolf dwelling with the lamb ... and the lion eating straw like the ox.
I plan to respond to your other points later, possibly after Shabbat.
Shabbat shalom everyone!
What we do know, CpalHoffman, is that we are to imitate a God, "Whose compassion is over all of His works," (Psalms 145:9), that we are to be rachmanim b'nei rachmanim (compassionate children of compassionate ancestors), that "the rightest persons considers the lives of his or her animals (Proverbs 12:100, and that animal-based diets is causing all too many illnesses in the Jewish community and is contributing to climate change and other threats to all life on our planet.
@CpaHoffman, thanks for your thoughtful comments.
Would you agree that Jews have a choice of diets? fter all, some Israeli chief rabbis are or were strict vegetarians.
And, should not our dietary choices take into account basic Jewish teachings on health, compassion, environmental sustainability, resource conservation, sharing with hungry people, etc.?
Would God want us to have a diet that is harmful to our health, severely mistreats animals on factory farms, contributes substantially to climate change, deforestation, water pollution, and many other environmental problems, uses land, energy, and water very inefficiently, etc.?
I am posting this comment at the request of Jayn Brotman, who was not able to post it herself.
I am ever so grateful to Rabbi Pappenheim for his stance against animal cruelty. I wish that fellow Jews could comprehend that when they turn their backs on animal suffering (and indeed too often promote it) that they become the catalysts for anti-Semitism. Even if a Jew doesn't "get it" on why animals should be included in the circle of compassion for others, why give gentiles fodder?
As president of Jewish Vegetarians of North America, I want to point out that animal-based agriculture is extremely wasteful of water, land, energy, and other increasingly scarce resources. It takes as much as 14 times as much water per person on an animal-based diets than it does for a person on a vegan diet. Most of that excess water is to irrigate feed crops -- 70% of the grain grown in the US is fed to farmed animals.
Additional information about Jewish teachings on vegetarianism can be found at JewishVeg.com.
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