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carnism-is:

Hey, look. Chickens aren’t unintelligent, unfeeling animals. Who would have guessed? »

You ask me why I refuse to eat flesh. I, for my part, am
astonished that you can put in your mouth the corpse of a
dead animal, astonished that you do not find it nasty to chew
hacked flesh and swallow the juices of death-wounds.

Plutarch "Of Eating Flesh" (via theonlywayisentropy)

Worth a reblog.

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Worth reminding Plutarch was born around 46 and died around 120 (AD).

But yeah, veganism is just a modern trend made up by bored people.

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jtotheizzoe:

compoundchem:

Version 1 of ‘A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science’. Thanks for everyone’s suggestions earlier in the week, attempted to include as many of them as possible!
Download link here: http://wp.me/p4aPLT-ap

Approach the world with an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out.
Here’s a list of tips on how to weigh good science from bad. Combine that with my video on “How to Read Science News" and you’ll be in pretty good shape and shall never be led astray: 

jtotheizzoe:

compoundchem:

Version 1 of ‘A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science’. Thanks for everyone’s suggestions earlier in the week, attempted to include as many of them as possible!

Download link here: http://wp.me/p4aPLT-ap

Approach the world with an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out.

Here’s a list of tips on how to weigh good science from bad. Combine that with my video on “How to Read Science News" and you’ll be in pretty good shape and shall never be led astray: 

arocoun:

girlwhowasonfire:

veganism is basically for rich white people who can afford to eat a plant-based diet and find adequate protein and iron alternatives. asking for everyone to become a vegan is classism and racism at its finest.

Your classism argument doesn’t seem to be based on facts, but rather on misconceptions.  Back when I relied on food stamps, my vegan diet was so cheap that I would always have food stamp money left over to help feed my siblings, too.
What does being white have to do with taking easy steps to reduce harm to animals, the environment, and our ability to feed humans?  Are there race restrictions on eating a healthier and less cruel diet?

Perfect response to the most ignorant argument of all time.

arocoun:

girlwhowasonfire:

veganism is basically for rich white people who can afford to eat a plant-based diet and find adequate protein and iron alternatives. asking for everyone to become a vegan is classism and racism at its finest.

Your classism argument doesn’t seem to be based on facts, but rather on misconceptions.  Back when I relied on food stamps, my vegan diet was so cheap that I would always have food stamp money left over to help feed my siblings, too.

What does being white have to do with taking easy steps to reduce harm to animals, the environment, and our ability to feed humans?  Are there race restrictions on eating a healthier and less cruel diet?

Perfect response to the most ignorant argument of all time.

X% of the world: VACCINATIONS ARE HORRIBLE AND POISON AND A CONSPIRACY AND I WILL NEVER GIVE ONE TO MY CHILD EVER.

X% of the world: ANTI-VAXXERS ARE HORRIBLE PEOPLE WHO ARE IGNORANT AND EVIL AND THEY’RE ABUSING THEIR CHILDREN AND SHOULD BE TRIED AS CRIMINALS AND HANGED*

Guess what, you’re both fucking retarded morons.  Some vaccines, like malaria if you’re traveling abroad, are worth getting because their benefits outweigh the risks.  A lot of vaccines, like the flu shot, are not, except under certain extreme conditions.  Some are most likely government- and big-pharma-hyped to the point of being unethical, and some may actually be more harmful than good.  But this all-or-nothing/black-and-white attitude makes you look just as fucking stupid as the side you’re opposing.  You guys aren’t scientists.  All you know is what you’ve read, and who knows how accurate that is?  Unethical research is done all the time, and plenty of it slips through the cracks.  Even though there is conflicting research on both sides, your brain decided to latch on to one side like a fucking lifeline and convince itself that it’s the world’s leading expert on medicine, rather than admitting this isn’t a black-and-white issue and the only thing we know for sure is that there is probably some validity at the source of both arguments.

Seriously.  Stop.



*gist of actual comment I read this morning

pleatedjeans:

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No; America is fat because they choose to buy the hamburger and fries instead of actually buying vegetables at the grocery store and making their own salad, which is cheaper than the hamburger and fries.I know this is meant to be funny but, well, it’s not.  It’s perpetuating this bullshit excuse that being healthy is “too expensive” or “elitist”.  For one, the burger/fries/coke is FAR too many calories for one meal, and may even top the amount of calories one needs in an entire day, so you’re already eating more than you need, which means you’re not as poor as you’d like to think.  In the grocery store, meat and cheese are some of the most expensive food there is.  Rice, beans, and grains are far cheaper, even if you’re not bringing fruits or vegetables into the picture.  There are all kinds of websites and books (like “vegan on $4 a day”) that illustrate this fallacy.Bottom line, people just want an excuse to keep eating their unhealthy crap.  Being healthy — healthier, at least — is not elitist or expensive.  Even if it may cost more to fill your fridge with organic fruits and vegetables, why not consider the amount of medical bills you’ll be saving over the course of your lifetime?For anyone who says they can’t afford to eat healthy food, I say you really can’t afford not to.  I grew up in a one-income household, and my father didn’t make much money to begin with, but we always ate healthy food.  We also didn’t buy junk food, soda, booze, cigarettes, or any of the other things people spend money on, and most of our clothes came from the thrift store.  I saw how our money was spent, and health was the priority.  So unless you’re living on the street, you really can’t say that you can’t afford to eat well.  You just have to re-prioritize your spending.

pleatedjeans:

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No; America is fat because they choose to buy the hamburger and fries instead of actually buying vegetables at the grocery store and making their own salad, which is cheaper than the hamburger and fries.

I know this is meant to be funny but, well, it’s not.  It’s perpetuating this bullshit excuse that being healthy is “too expensive” or “elitist”.  For one, the burger/fries/coke is FAR too many calories for one meal, and may even top the amount of calories one needs in an entire day, so you’re already eating more than you need, which means you’re not as poor as you’d like to think.  In the grocery store, meat and cheese are some of the most expensive food there is.  Rice, beans, and grains are far cheaper, even if you’re not bringing fruits or vegetables into the picture.  There are all kinds of websites and books (like “vegan on $4 a day”) that illustrate this fallacy.

Bottom line, people just want an excuse to keep eating their unhealthy crap.  Being healthy — healthier, at least — is not elitist or expensive.  Even if it may cost more to fill your fridge with organic fruits and vegetables, why not consider the amount of medical bills you’ll be saving over the course of your lifetime?

For anyone who says they can’t afford to eat healthy food, I say you really can’t afford not to.  I grew up in a one-income household, and my father didn’t make much money to begin with, but we always ate healthy food.  We also didn’t buy junk food, soda, booze, cigarettes, or any of the other things people spend money on, and most of our clothes came from the thrift store.  I saw how our money was spent, and health was the priority.  So unless you’re living on the street, you really can’t say that you can’t afford to eat well.  You just have to re-prioritize your spending.

Nothing like starting the morning hearing a diabetic complain about getting “strange looks” when they order diet soda because they can’t drink regular soda.

Here’s a thought, stop drinking soda.  It’s poison.  Especially diet.

I don’t understand why someone who already has a life-altering disease wouldn’t be taking every conceivable measure to make themselves as healthy as possible.  It is beyond me.

*sigh*

Here’s a little guide for people who think you can’t get enough calories on a vegan diet.

A variety of things I may eat in a given day (obviously not all in one day) and approximately how many calories are in a realistic serving size:

Smoothie (orange juice, banana, frozen fruit, coconut yogurt, whatever): ~300
Oatmeal: 200-300
Cereal w/ non-dairy milk: ~200
Toast w/ Earth Balance butter, jelly, peanut butter, etc: 100-400
Chipotle veggie burrito: (~800) or bowl (~550)
Panera Mediterranean veggie sans feta: 400ish? I forget.
Sandwich (avocado/tomato/onion with hummus, or PB&J): ~300-500
Veggie chili: 200-300
My husband’s homemade enchiladas w/ homemade guac: DEPENDS ON HOW MUCH YOU EAT B/C DELICIOUS, PROBABLY 600-800
Black bean salad: ~200?
Chana palak w/ naan: a lot; this is probably where my 5 extra lbs came from.
Sunday buffet at any Indian restaurant: god help you
Spaghetti w/ sauce (add garlic, mushrooms, peppers if you want): 300-400
Veggie burger w/ fries from Bahama Breeze: too many
Veggie burger w/ fries from Marlow’s Tavern: too many
Veggie burger w/ fries from so many other places who have it: too many
Tabbouleh, mom’s recipe: 150-200
Whole Foods vegan cookie: god I don’t even want to know
Taco salad (rice, beans, tomato/lettuce/onion/avocado, crunched up chips): plenty
Pumpkin bread: ask for recipe, try not to eat it all
Van’s waffle w/ coconut whipped cream and strawberries: ~250?
Homemade vegan chocolate cake: doesn’t matter b/c you will eat it all in one sitting
Celery w/ peanut butter and raisins: depends on how much PB you use
Artichokes w/ garlic “butter” (Earth Balance): probably 300 just from the butter
Vegan biscuit: 170
Stuffing, gravy, and mashed potatoes: don’t know, don’t want to know
Mac-n-cheese w/ Daiya: no idea
Vegan pizza (now available at Uncle Maddio’s, and Ammazza if you’re in Atlanta): depends on how much you eat.  I ate it all.
One of those $4 chocolate bars from World Market with the love poems inside: 170/serving (3 servings to a bar… good luck).

These are just off the top of my head in five minutes, and most of these aren’t even that healthy (of course I encourage salads and greens too, as well as snacking on fruit and nuts, but I was trying to appeal to people having issues with the indulgence/convenience challenges of veganism — IT’S OKAY TO EAT MORE THAN SPROUTS, YOU KNOW :D). You can find several of these on the recipe blog I used to keep (now I post recipes here).

I recently read that Kristen Bell reverted from veganism to vegetarianism while breastfeeding because she felt she “couldn’t get enough calories” from veganism, claiming she would’ve had to eat all day long in order to get enough.  Apparently she thinks raw vegetables are the only food that exists?  Oh, and eggs/dairy now, I guess.  I actually liked her — especially her love of sloths, and obvious respect for animals, not to mention Frozen — and I was really disappointed to read that.  I know celebrities are generally filled to the brim with horseshit and I rarely have any respect for the lot of them, but she actually seemed all right.

So here’s a sad but defiant response to that disappointing interview.  Giving up veganism is sad enough, but making up ridiculous excuses for why is so much worse.

*sigh*

Of course they’re less healthy. They’re trusting their health to politically-motivated myths.

A comment on an article about vegetarians, “Study: Vegetarians Less Healthy than Meat Eaters

study

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http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c5/MercuryFoodChain-01.png/515px-MercuryFoodChain-01.png

I’m tired of seeing this faulty study.

There are many, many studies showing that veg*ns are healthier than the general population.  And yet, if one study (supposedly) shows that vegetarians are less healthy, people cling to it to support their carnism.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about this study is that half of the “vegetarians” were pescetarians.  Fish aren’t vegetables.  

Also important: Many types of fish have unhealthy levels of mercury.  Some pescetarians eat extra fish to replace the land-based meats they’d eat if they had an “average” meat-eating diet. 

This study doesn’t effectively show that vegetarianism nor veganism are unhealthy, because there is no vegetarian experimental group.  This study just shows that sometimes pescetarians develop mercury-related health problems, such as neuropathy, inflammatory problems, heart-disease, etc.

We are, ostensibly, an intelligent species.  Stop making excuses, and do what’s right for you health, your fellow human beings, the environment, and the animals.

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Perfection.

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lonelydad38:

professor-zun:

To the OP:
Plants do not have brains and central nervous systems. They cannot feel pain.
Fruit is the sexual organ of a plant (contains seed to grow new plant). If you eat an apple you do not kill the apple tree.
Humans are biological herbivores. We can live completely without eating meat. We cannot live without eating plants however.
Your piece of meat destroyed more plants than I can eat in a day. To “create” 1 pound of beef, 16 pounds of grains are necessary. We feed excessive amounts of plants (mostly genetically modified corn, soy, wheat) to fatten up animals faster than normal so we can maximise profit. If you eat meat, you destroy more plants than a vegan.
Large areas of the equatorial rain forest (including all plant species that lived there) are being destroyed in order to create more space to grow crops to feed livestock animals.
If every human were vegan we’d destroy much less plants.
Eating animal carcass does not replenish your body. Fruit replenishes your body. Animal carcass causes disease.

People who make the plant argument are the worst. How little they must respect the sentience of non-human animals to say there’s no meaningful difference between chopping up carrots and sticking a pig in the throat. I can’t think of anything more speciesist and disrespectful than to compare all the rest of animalia to potatoes.
Yeah how about I take your dog and hack them apart with a machete. Why are you screaming? Calm down, it’s just a vegetable.

All wonderfully stated (except the original image, of course :P).ETA: I am against picking flowers just for the sake of it; all the flowers at my wedding were made from recycled paper, and my husband once bought me this 8-bit bouquet.  Personally I find “live” flowers utterly depressing as a gift because they wilt and die.  They should be enjoyed in nature.  Food plants, on the other hand, are completely different because we need them to live and thrive.

lonelydad38:

professor-zun:

To the OP:

  • Plants do not have brains and central nervous systems. They cannot feel pain.
  • Fruit is the sexual organ of a plant (contains seed to grow new plant). If you eat an apple you do not kill the apple tree.
  • Humans are biological herbivores. We can live completely without eating meat. We cannot live without eating plants however.
  • Your piece of meat destroyed more plants than I can eat in a day. To “create” 1 pound of beef, 16 pounds of grains are necessary. We feed excessive amounts of plants (mostly genetically modified corn, soy, wheat) to fatten up animals faster than normal so we can maximise profit. If you eat meat, you destroy more plants than a vegan.
  • Large areas of the equatorial rain forest (including all plant species that lived there) are being destroyed in order to create more space to grow crops to feed livestock animals.
  • If every human were vegan we’d destroy much less plants.
  • Eating animal carcass does not replenish your body. Fruit replenishes your body. Animal carcass causes disease.

People who make the plant argument are the worst. How little they must respect the sentience of non-human animals to say there’s no meaningful difference between chopping up carrots and sticking a pig in the throat. I can’t think of anything more speciesist and disrespectful than to compare all the rest of animalia to potatoes.

Yeah how about I take your dog and hack them apart with a machete. Why are you screaming? Calm down, it’s just a vegetable.

All wonderfully stated (except the original image, of course :P).

ETA: I am against picking flowers just for the sake of it; all the flowers at my wedding were made from recycled paper, and my husband once bought me this 8-bit bouquet.  Personally I find “live” flowers utterly depressing as a gift because they wilt and die.  They should be enjoyed in nature.  Food plants, on the other hand, are completely different because we need them to live and thrive.