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Old 20-04-2011, 06:58 PM posted to soc.culture.indian,,alt.religion.hindu,
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Removing the problems with the World requires two things
One is to remove the third letter of the English Alphabet altogether
from your think talk and writings
The other one is to remove the blakkie blakk that is destabilizing the
world like nothing else
Please do it for stability of the world of the future forever HSN

On Apr 20, 6:11*am, and/or (Dr.
Jai Maharaj) wrote:

How Our Food Choices Affect the Entire Planet

Hinduism Today
January-February-March, 2011

Professor Peter Singer, Jim Mason and Michael Pollan investigate the
food chain behind three meals, challenging us to use our shopping
dollars to effect global changes

In The Ethics of What We Eat, Why Our Food Choices Matter (Rodale,
2006), Professor Peter Singer and animal rights activist Jim Mason
take the food-choice debate to a whole new collective level. Eating
meat, poultry, fish and factory farmed dairy products not only
contributes to animal abuse, but also environmental degradation,
social injustice and climate change. The New York Times describes
this book as "Vital, urgent and disturbing." We introduce each
section in italics; the rest is from the book itself.

The Standard American Diet

Some Hindus think eating chicken or eggs is somehow more innocent
than eating beef. They don't realize that factory chickens contribute
to pollution, social injustice and gambling with dangerous microbes.

More than 600 million chickens a year are raised on the Delmarva
Peninsula near Washington, D.C. The chickens produce more manure than
a city of four million people. Nutrients in the manure wash off into
the rivers and seep into the ground water. A third of shallow wells
in the peninsula, including those going into the underground aquifer
used for drinking water, have nitrate levels above safe drinking
standards. Runoff has created a 100-mile-long "dead zone" in the
Chesapeake Bay that cannot support fish, crabs, oysters or other
species of ecological significance.

In 2000, a Kentucky citizen said, "My family lives next to chicken
houses. The smell is nauseating. My son and I got stomach cramps,
diarrhea, nausea. My son had intestinal parasites. Where are the
children's rights? Should families have to sacrifice a safe, healthy
environment for the economic benefit of others?"

In 1999, there was an investigation of seven deaths that occurred in
Tyson operations. One was a 15-year old boy working as a chicken
catcher in Arkansas. Investigators found another 15-year-old and two
14-year-olds in Tyson plants.

In October 2005, a United Nations task force identified as one of the
root causes of the bird flu epidemic "farming methods which crowd
huge numbers of animals into small spaces." After an outbreak of
avian flu in Canada, University of Ottawa virologist Earl Brown said,
"High-intensity chicken rearing is a perfect environment for
generating virulent avian flu virus."

What's Happening to All the Fish?

Atlantic salmon is commercially extinct. Cod has become so scarce
that there is a running joke in Massachusetts that Cape Cod will have
to be renamed. A quarter of the world's commercially important ocean
fish populations are depleted. Worldwide, humans are eating around
100 million tons of marine life each year.

Commercial fishing methods have become both more efficient and more
wasteful. Bigger boats and bigger nets capture greater numbers of
fish than ever before. But their gear damages the seabed and scoops
up unwanted species -- officially, "bycatch," but known at sea as
"trash" and just thrown overboard, usually either dead or dying. Each
year about a quarter of all fish taken worldwide is bycatch -- that's
some 27 million tons, billions of living creatures, trashed.

Where Did Your Milk Come From?

The modern dairy cow has been bred to produce as much milk as
possible and now produces more than three times as much milk as a
typical dairy cow did fifty years ago. The result is considerable
stress on the cow's body. Writer Peter Lovenheim saw a cow give birth
at Lawnel Farms in New York. Forty minutes later the calf was taken
away, later died on a concrete floor and ended up on the farmer's
compost pile. The lifespan of a cow is around 20 years, but dairy
cows are usually killed by the age of eight.

"Happy Animal Meat" -- Are We Sure?

A new breed of meat-eaters call themselves conscientious omnivores.
They vote against industrial food, but eat meat from "animal friendly
farms." But Singer and Mason ask, "Is the treatment really humane?"

A 2004 undercover video taken in Postville, Iowa, shows what can
happen when inspectors are not present. AgriProcessors, Inc. is a
kosher slaughterhouse, which means that it kills animals in
accordance with orthodox Jewish dietary law. In theory, fully
conscious kosher slaughtered animals should die in a few seconds
after having their throat cut with a single slash of a sharp knife.
In the video, however, cattle who have had their throats cut and
their tracheas removed still thrash around for a long time before
they die. Some struggle to get to their feet -- and even succeed in
standing up. Workers wait for the animal to collapse. One animal goes
so far as to stagger off to another area before collapsing. Two more
cattle come down the killing line and have their throats cut before
this one is finally hoisted off its feet and dragged away.

Since inspectors are not assigned to the point of kill in any US
slaughterhouses, or at animal friendly farms, it is probable that
anyone who eats meat will, unknowingly, from time to time be eating
meat that comes from an animal who died an agonizing death. [*]

Better Choices: Organic, Local, Vegan

The authors show us that organic, non-genetically modified food,
grown locally, affects more than just our health. Choosing organic is
good for Mother Earth and protects agricultural workers from toxic
exposure. The authors dismantle objections to a vegan diet and show
that vegan mothers can bear healthy children.

An acre of land used for crops will feed about ten times as many
people as an acre of land used for grass-fed beef. In the US alone,
300 million acres are dedicated to grazing. [This does not include
land for corn and soy to feed cows, pigs and chickens living on feed
lots or in cages.] If there were no demand for meat or any other
animal products, that would release significant land from
agriculture. If this land were returned to forest, we would restore
habitat for countless species of wild animals and birds. It would
also lower world demand. This could slow down or end the clearing of
tropical forests and stop the trend to develop factory farming in
countries such as China. The typical US diet, about 28 percent of
which comes from animal sources, generates 1.5 tons more carbon
dioxide per person per year than a vegan diet with the same number of
calories. So, a vegan diet is a effective way to reduce one's
contribution to climate change.

Gandhi remarked that the greatness of a nation and its moral progress
can be judged by the way it treats its animals. We should boycott
those who treat animals, the environment and workers callously.

Michael Pollan's masterful writing style and breadth of research
combines ecology, biology, history and anthropology with personal
experience. Though he reluctantly ends up with a feeble defense of
meat-eating, his books are compellingly educational and also provide
non-fiction adventure. They will make readers stop and think before
buying factory raised flesh or processed foods.

Problem: We Can Eat Almost Anything!

To one degree or another, the question of what to have for dinner
assails every omnivore, and always has. When you can eat just about
anything nature has to offer, deciding what you should eat will
inevitably stir anxiety, especially when some of the potential foods
on offer are liable to sicken or kill you. This is the omnivore's
dilemma. My premise is that like, all creatures, humans take part in
a food chain, and our place in that food chain, or web, determines to
a considerable extent what kind of creature we are. Each of this
book's three part's follows one of the principal human food chains
from beginning to end: from plants photo synthesizing calories in the
sun, all the way to the dinner table. Reversing the chronological
order, I start with the industrial food chain, which concerns us the

From Food Culture to Food Science

The sheer novelty and glamour of the Western diet, with its seventeen
thousand new food products every year and the marketing power --
thirty-two billion dollars a year -- used to sell us those products,
has overwhelmed the force of tradition. Nutriitionism, which arose to
help us better deal with the problems of the Western diet, has
largely been co-opted by it: used by the industry to sell more
nutritionally "enhanced" processed food and to undermine further the
authority of traditional food cultures that stand in the way of fast

Pollan's 2010 bestseller, Food Rules, provides simple keys to food
choices. Skip his recommendations on flesh, but put the rest to work
and you will have a better life and contribute to a planetary
upgrade. Here is a selection from his 64 food rules.

Eat Food

2) Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as
food. 3)Avoid food products containing ingredients that no ordinary
human would keep in the pantry. 4) Avoid food products that contain
high-fructose corn syrup. 6) Avoid food products that contain more
than five ingredients. 7)Avoid food products containing ingredients
that a third-grader cannot pronounce. 8) Avoid food products that
make health claims. 11) Avoid foods you see advertised on television.
12) Shop the peripheries of the supermarket and stay out of the
middle. 13) Eat only foods that will eventually rot. 14) Eat foods
made from ingredients that you can picture in their raw state or
growing in nature. 17) Eat only foods that have been cooked by
humans. 19) If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a
plant, don't. 20) It's not food if it arrived through the window of
your car. 21) It's not food if it's called the same name in every
language. (Think Big Mac, Cheetos or Pringles.)

Mostly Plants

22) Eat mostly plants, especially leaves. 25) Eat your colors. 26)
Drink the spinach water. 30) Eat well-grown food from healthy soil.
31) Eat wild foods when you can. 33) Eat some foods that have been
predigested by bacteria or fungi. 35) Eat sweet foods as you find
them in nature. 36) Don't eat breakfast cereals that change the color
of the milk. 37) "The whiter the bread, the sooner you'll be dead."
38) Favor the kinds of oils and grains that have traditionally been
stone-ground. 39) Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook
it yourself. 41) Eat more like the French, Japanese, Italians,

Not too Much

44) Pay more, eat less. 45) ...Eat less. 46) Stop eating before
you're full. 47) Eat when you are hungry, not when you are bored. 49)
Eat slowly. 52) Buy smaller plates and glasses. 53) Serve a proper
portion and don't go back for seconds. 54) "Breakfast like a king,
lunch like a prince, dinner like a pauper." 55) Eat meals. 56) Limit
your snacks to unprocessed plant foods. 57) Don't get your fuel from
the same place your car does. 58) Do all your eating at a table. 60)
Treat treats as treats. 62) Plant a vegetable garden if you have the
space, a window box if you don't. 63) Cook. 64) Break the rules once
in a while.

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Hinduism Today

Jai Maharaj, Jyotishi
Om Shanti

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