- Book Review – part 1 of 2
- This Week’s Sermon from Rev.
Frank and Mary Hoffman
- Survey on Veg Eating in Costa Rica
- Veg. T-Shirts
1. Book Review – part 1 of 2
This Is Hope: Green Vegans and the New Human Ecology by Will Anderson,
2012, Earth Books, 368 pp, $22.95. GO to:
In this is a remarkable book,
Will Anderson carefully, thoroughly makes an overwhelming case that
the future of humanity hangs in the balance. And what will tip that
balance one way or another will be whether or not humanity embraces a
broad ethic of environmental responsibility and animal rights. Humans
must radically alter their ecological footprint by reversing
population growth, living sustainably with renewable resources, and
minimizing pollution. Otherwise, we will degrade the environment to
the point that the world will become essentially uninhabitable for us
(as well as countless other species).
At the same time, we
must embrace animal rights. It won’t suffice for humans to ruthlessly
exploit nonhumans while “conserving” enough animal, plant, mineral,
and fossil fuel “resources” to satisfy human needs. In addition to
being morally bankrupt, such an attitude inevitably devastates
ecosystems and species populations. Only respectful attitudes towards
the entire nonhuman world will preserve or regenerate natural
ecosystems, which are essential for sustaining life as we know it. For
example, if we allowed forests and grasslands that have been converted
to croplands to grow back, they would sequester much of the excess
carbon dioxide that currently warms our planet.
thoughtfully considers many ethical dilemmas. Is it acceptable to kill
members of prey species because their populations have been altered by
“predator control” programs? Anderson carefully considers all
viewpoints and concludes that killing animals is an unacceptable
solution to the problem. Should we respect the hunting traditions of
indigenous people? Anderson rejects these policies as well, noting
that we do not regard “tradition” as an acceptable excuse for slavery
or female genital mutilation, and we should not accept it as an excuse
for killing nonhumans either.
Next week, I will discuss
Anderson’s call for “green vegan” living.
Stephen R. Kaufman,
2. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary
Living as Disciples of Jesus
3. Survey on Veg Eating in Costa Rica
My name is
Maite, and I am a vegan. I am from Spain but currently living in Costa
Rica, where I am working on my thesis on vegetarian tourism in Costa
Rica, and I need some help. I am looking
for vegetarians/vegans/rawfoodists who have been to Costa Rica to
complete this short, anonymous survey.
Here is the link:
4. Veg. T-Shirts
Paula Sandin writes: My sister and
I were both healed from a litany of “incurable” illnesses, primarily
by eating plant-based, whole foods and are now both very happy vegans.
In response to our renewed wellness, we developed a new start-up
business called “A Litttle Light” (to spread a little more light in
the world). It is an on-line business selling inspirational tee
shirts, including those that inspire compassionate eating.
link to our website is
www.alitttlelight.com. Simply click on the Our Tees tab and choose
Foodies from the drop-down to see the shirts.