ethics

To Make Life Truly Just

May 5, 2015 ethics
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I was born into a fog. That hazy, dreary, fog surrounded me. Everyone around me was part of that same dark haze. So normal and right it seemed to be. I never questioned, never pondered, a non-murky life. I thought life was good, and fair, and just.

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To “The Conscientious Omnivores”

May 5, 2015 ethics
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On Valentine’s Day, I had a booth at the Kaw Valley Seed Fair. Thanks to Judy and Michael Carman and my family who all contributed many hours, we gave away hundreds of samples of delicious gluten-free vegan food, and planted many seeds!

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No Innocent Bystanders

May 4, 2015 ethics
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Every year in New York City, thousands gather for a widely publicized event called “Meatopia,” which is described as “a Texas-sized two day weekend of meat, mirth, and the celebration of animals and the way great chefs prepare them.” Founded and hosted by TIME magazine food columnist Josh Ozersky, Meatopia has been called, “a meat-lover’s paradise” …

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Let Your Conscience Be Your God

April 7, 2015 ethics
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“Of all the creeds be taught or lands be trod, Man’s conscience is the oracle of God.” ~ Lord Byron … Of all the gods who have ruled the minds and hearts of human beings since they first appeared on this earth, however fervently worshipped and highly-acclaimed, none has, thus far, been able to lift humanity […]

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10 Things You Should Know About Animal Testing

April 7, 2015 ethics
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“I am not interested to know whether vivisection produces results that are profitable to the human race or doesn’t. … The pain which it inflicts upon un-consenting animals is the basis of my enmity toward it, and it is to me sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further.” ~ Mark Twain The term “animal […]

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Local, Free-range, Organic Eggs: What’s the Story?

April 6, 2015 ethics
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We recently received an e-mail from a reader asking for more information about laying hens, as explored in our article A Hen’s Relationship With Her Eggs. We turned to our friends at Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary for their expert opinion on the subject, as they live and work alongside many hens who have been rescued from situations where they were being […]

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Humanity’s Next Step

April 6, 2015 ethics
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I’ve been vegan for 36 years, therefore it is safe to say I will always be vegan. I committed to vegan living before any health benefits of the vegan diet were known. I stopped eating animals at age 12 when I learned ‘meat’ was a dead animal, and became fully vegan immediately upon first reading […]

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Gentle World: A Brief History

March 5, 2015 ethics
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When Light and I became vegan in February of 1970, there was one reason and one reason only. It wasn’t because of its health benefits, which were unknown at the time, as was its positive effect on the environment. If factory farms existed, we hadn’t heard of them. Animal rights was not yet an issue, […]

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Taking Our Ethical Commitments Seriously

March 3, 2015 ethics
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We often presume, without much thought, that we deserve the circumstances of our lives. But let’s consider this presumption. We didn’t choose to be born. We didn’t choose our parents, race, sex, mental capacity, era in history, or our species. All of these are matters of pure luck, and yet largely define our lifelong experience […]

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The Power is Ours

January 4, 2015 ethics
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As we ring out the old, tumultuous year that was 2014, it is tempting to bemoan the current state of the world, and the potential disasters we face at the hands of the powers that seem to be. But the promise of change that comes with ringing in the new demands that we put those thoughts aside, and focus instead on whatever reasons we can find to inspire our hope that somehow, 2015 will bring the changes we so desperately need.

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