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What is Veganism?
Here are some of the items vegans avoid: meat, milk, cheese, eggs, honey, fur, leather, wool, down, and cosmetics and chemical products tested on animals.
While leading a purely vegan life may be difficult for many, those who strive towards this goal can consider themselves to be practicing vegans.
Living vegan provides numerous benefits: to animals and the quality of their lives; to the ecological integrity of our environment; and to ourselves, by protecting our bodies from the dietary problems associated with consumption of animal products. Veganism is an integral component of a cruelty-free lifestyle.
“One of the largest outbreaks of salmonella poisoning ever recorded in the United States came from tainted milk.
What’s wrong with commercial dairy products?
Up to 80% of the beef produced in the UK is a by-product of the dairy industry. Over 170,000 calves die in the UK each year before they are three months old, due largely to neglectful husbandry and appalling treatment at markets. A few will be selected for rearing as bulls, spending their lives in solitary confinement serving canvas ‘cows’ and rubber tubes. Artificial insemination is now responsible for 65-75% of all conceptions in the dairy herd. In the US the vast majority of unwanted calves are reared for veal, all but around 12% of them spending their short miserable lives in narrow crates (5’x2′) on wooden slats and without straw. Whilst none suffer such a fate in Britain they are now exported for the purpose. In solitary confinement, unable to turn around or groom themselves they must drink the only diet they are allowed – a milk substitute gruel. Deliberately kept short of the iron and fibre which would redden their fashionably white flesh, they will suffer from sub-clinical anaemia and gnaw at the crates and their own hair for the roughage they crave. Fed large doses of hormones and antibiotics to promote growth and prevent the onset of infections caused by the stress of confinement and malnutrition, they will suffer scours, pneumonia, diarrhoea, vitamin deficiency, ringworm, ulcers or septicaemia. After 14 weeks, barely able to walk, they are taken over long distances to slaughter
In 1905, the Lord Mayor’s Cup at the London Dairy Show was won by a 24-year-old cow. Today it is impossible to find a dairy cow of that age. The cow is usually sent for slaughter at five to six years, less than one-quarter of their expected lifespan. Ketosis, laminitis, rumen acidosis, bse, mastitis, milk fever, staggers, liver fluke, lungworm and pneumonia are just some of the diseases facing the short life of the dairy cow.
“Sixty percent of America’s dairy cows have bovine leukemia and AIDS!”
Facts About Commercial Milk
Fat Content*: Dairy products—other than skim varieties—are high in fat, as a percentage of total calories.
Iron-Deficiency: Milk is very low in iron. To get the U.S. Recommended Dietary Allowance of 11 milligrams of iron, an infant would have to drink more than 22 quarts of milk each day. Milk also causes blood loss from the intestinal tract, depleting the body’s iron.
Diabetes: In a study of 142 children with diabetes, 100 percent had high levels of an antibody to a cow’s milk protein. It is believed that these antibodies may destroy the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas.
Contaminants: Milk is frequently contaminated with antibiotics and excess vitamin D. In one study of 42 milk samples tested, only 12 percent were within the expected range of vitamin D content. Of ten samples of infant formula, seven had more than twice the vitamin D content reported on the label, and one had more than four times the label amount.
Lactose: Three out of four people from around the world, including an estimated 25 percent of individuals in the United States, are unable to digest the milk sugar lactose, which then causes diarrhea and gas. The lactose sugar, when it is digested, releases galactose, a simple sugar that is linked to ovarian cancer and cataracts.
Allergies: Milk is one of the most common causes of food allergy. Often the symptoms are subtle and may not be attributed to milk for some time.
Colic: Milk proteins can cause colic, a digestive upset that bothers one in five infants. Milk-drinking mothers can also pass cow’s milk proteins to their breast-feeding infants.
Emily Deschanel: Behind the Scenes in the Dairy Industry
The Dairy Industry in 60 seconds (PETA)
The Real Price of Commercial Dairy (English Subtitles)
Contaminated milk in India
Commercial Milk Consumption and Prostate Cancer
We refer to someone that serves, eats and behaves in ways that respect all of the creation and help maintain the delicate balance of nature as a Food Yogi.
Food Yogi only uses fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, pulses, nuts, seeds and grains and foods considered to be pure in preparing meals.
The underlying idea here is that a Food Yogi lives by the principle of ahimsa (non-violence) in words, deeds and thoughts.