Written by professor of Law and Harvard Law School graduate, Sherry F. Colb, this book "Mind If I Order The Cheeseburger"? beautifully answers many of the questions non vegans have about the vegan lifestyle and morals.
What about protein? Iron? Calcium? B-12?
But aren't plants living things? I've heard they can experience and feel pain too.
Isn't being a vegetarian enough?
Lions eat other animals.
Doesn't God value us more than other animals?
What about consciously raised and humanely slaughtered animals?
Aren't vegans responsible for the deaths of animals such as field mice and bugs during the harvesting of grain crops?
The above are just a FEW of the questions vegans are asked and to be honest, I had some of these same questions as I began my vegan journey.
The following books, talks and films have been a HUGE help during my transition to a plant based lifestyle and vegan journey.
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The World Peace Diet, which became a #1 Amazon best-seller in March, 2010, offers a compelling and liberating new understanding of our food and our culture. It has been called one of the most important books of the 21st century: The foundation of a new society based on the truth of the interconnectedness of all life. It is the first book to make explicit the invisible connections between our culture, our food, and the source of our broad range of problems—and the way to a positive transformation in our individual and collective lives.
This book consists of a series of essays by internationally recognized authors and activists, Edited by Dr. Will Tuttle. The essays focus on how the seemingly disparate issues of human, animal, and environmental rights are indeed connected. Authors also provide practical guidance about how to make the individual, systems, and social changes necessary to effectively create a peaceful and just world for all.
Beyond Carnism. Melanie Joy, Ph.D.
What is Carnism?
Carnism is the invisible belief system, or ideology, that conditions people to eat certain animals. Carnism is essentially the opposite of veganism, as “carn” means “flesh” or “of the flesh” and “ism” refers to a belief system.
Because carnism is invisible, people rarely realize that eating animals is a choice, rather than a given. In meat-eating cultures around the world, people typically don’t think about why they eat certain animals but not others, or why they eat any animals at all. But when eating animals is not a necessity, which is the case for many people in the world today, then it is a choice – and choices always stem from beliefs.
As long as we remain unaware of how carnism impacts us, we will be unable to make our food choices freely – because without awareness, there is no free choice.
101 Reasons To Go Vegan.
A great, interesting, and even humorous talk presented by the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida.
The Best Speech Ever. Gary Yourofsky.
As of January 1, 2014, Gary Yourofsky has given 2,495 lectures to more than 60,000 people at 180 schools in 30 states and several Israeli cities/schools, including the U. of Alabama, U. of Florida and Georgia Tech. His lecture has been translated into more than 30 languages for over 7 million YouTube hits.
Gary is one of the most known and effective people in the field of animal rights activism and when it comes to spreading the awareness of the cruelty of the meat and dairy industry and also its dangers for our health.
He has inspired millions of people to adopt a more responsible, cruelty-free and healthier lifestyle over the years and still does.
Researchers explore the possibility that people changing their diets from animal-based to plant-based can help eliminate or control diseases like cancer and diabetes.
EARTHLINGS is a 2005 American documentary film about humankind's total dependence on animals for economic purposes. Presented in five chapters (pets, food, clothing, entertainment and scientific research).
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.
Inspiring and Educational Talks
Health, Animal Rights, Environment
In The China Study, Dr. T. Colin Campbell details the connection between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. The report also examines the source of nutritional confusion produced by powerful lobbies, government entities, and opportunistic scientists. The New York Times has recognized the study as the “Grand Prix of epidemiology” and the “most comprehensive large study ever undertaken of the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease.”
The vast majority of premature deaths can be prevented through simple changes in diet and lifestyle. In How Not to Die, Dr. Michael Greger, the internationally-renowned nutrition expert, physician, and founder of NutritionFacts.org, examines the fifteen top causes of premature death in America-heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson's, high blood pressure, and more-and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches, freeing us to live healthier lives.