... your web retreat that's always striving to keep
the future shades of green.
But first ..
please read a little about what VeggieGlobal stands for ... and its
VeggieGlobal believes that adopting a veggie or vegan diet should
reach far beyond whimsical fulfillments such as personal health
benefits, the love of
cute kitten videos or vying for kudos for simply for being green. The
Looking-Glass philosophy (VeggieGlobal's parent resource) is based firmly on pragmatic principles
... and not
Awareness and interaction on the issues raised here
should help benefit the core of the problem - and that means
action to restore the health of the planet itself ... and thereafter all
that dwells on it. Heal the source by recovering an ecological
balance, and from then on follow the principles of genuine
sustainability to keep it
healthy. What derives and flourishes from a healthier heartbeat of the
earth should by nature maintain support of all life and environments
... this is VeggieGlobal's main principle.
The resources found
here at VeggieGlobal and at Looking-Glass (the nucleus of this
non-profit organisation) reflect on the damage humans are causing, and
we discuss the root causes of this damage as well as striving to put
solutions into action, which may encourage slow-but-sure positive
We are all consumers in one way or another and the nature of modern consumerism leads to the
undeniable fact that we are equally to blame for the mass destruction of
earth's natural flora and fauna as much as the growers, extractors and
their industries who supply us the items we demand - nearly
all at the expense of the entire planet and its future stability.
beginnings of VeggieGlobal (Looking-Glass) on line date back to 1996. Since then, many
veggie-based resources and publications have spawned - some clearly
inspired by the Veggieglobal philosophy while others publishing
ill-conceived information or advice in a sanctimonious busy-body style -
which can inadvertently cause more of a negative than positive effect. People in principle don't like being preached to.
By reading this site's philosophy it is hoped that you will feel
inspired by what you experience rather than feeling nagged at. Our
articles and advices are based on our own research and experience
through long-term study and not on hearsay. We help you to explore beyond the eco-jargon
on an "ethical" brand and we also avoid web discussion
forum mentality, rife with internet alarmism. We therefore steer
around both greenwash and displaced righteousness. We also hope
you will appreciate the manner in which VegieGlobal navigates the
moral maze to ensure that you can feel empowered as a veg*n without
the banging drums of extreme animal-righteousness, and instead
giving strength and reassurance if feeling disparaged
by meat eaters. VeggieGlobal hopefully inspires through its
maxims and pragmatic commentary, which perhaps triggers self-realised
personal choice. We focus on diplomacy to determine
what truly causes animal and environmental problems and will only
promote balanced solutions if we feel they can be realistically
reached and thereafter achieved in practice. We also
research and highlight veggie information sometimes distorted (spun)
by producers manufacturers and restaurants. We have devised the
term "veggiewash" to emphasise this topic.
You don't have to subscribe to VeggieGlobal if
you don't wish to - all areas are free to explore and there is almost no
advertising to speak of - only occasional links to related reading
materials on Amazon. VeggieGlobal and Looking-Glass is non-profit and of
course any donation is most welcome to help run the sites and the
campaigns and projects here such as The NOVA Key and Ban The Bang.
Subscribe or not - donate or not - just by reading and absorbing (and
"voting" where applicable) you are participating in the building of a
path that began in 1996 and aims to continue towards striking the global harmonic of
peace, compassion and the vital regeneration of earth's biodiversity.
But for whatever reason you have decided to turn veggie, its fine by
us because every new vegetarian or vegan helps. We don't condescend just
because you may be just vegetarian and not vegan or only vegan and not
bio-vegan. You see ... being a vegetarian resource does make it hard
not appear that we are being judgmental. So, whichever way the solution
is spun to help revive the planet's environment, just you becoming veg*n
in any capacity and for whatever reason will help that little bit more.
Your veg*n diet does help reduce the highly negative impact of mass
commerce animal farming and fishing. In all cases though we do urge you
to stop buying products which contribute to ecological damage such as
items grown or sourced as a result of the destruction of virgin forest,
woodland, ocean, river and other natural habitats. VeggieGlobal /
Looking-Glass was the first web resource to compile a
mainstream report and campaign focusing on the impact of "bad" palm
oil plantations across Malaysia and the Indonesian archipelago - and
of course it is common knowledge of the ongoing effects of logging,
soya plantations and livestock farming across the Brazilian
rainforest. But products causing extreme environmental
destruction also includes
items of vanity such as jewellery made from new-extracted precious
metals and stones. Mining is one of the main industries causing
unprecedented damage to natural ecosystems. So if you are turning
veggie for your health reasons only we do try and give a little nudge to
suggest that you also consider looking more closely at where the
source of your food, clothing (and jewellery) derives from.
VeggieGlobal has always been here for people
of all ages but its format leans towards empowering new generations.
Environmental education from an early age is undoubtedly the most
important factor in any country's educational curriculum. But sadly
this subject is still grossly under-taught and profoundly
ill-advised throughout all countries of the world .. not just in the
classrooms but across swaths of the internet as well. Just one
example: on "Earth Day" 2012 and 2013, school children in the state
of Utah, USA were asked to celebrate productivity from fossil fuels
and mining. Unbelievable but true.
In 2014 a major United Nations report
revealed beyond doubt that global warming will have a "severe,
pervasive and irreversible" impact on al human life and the entire
planet. throughout VeggieGlobal and Looking-Glass will will
strive to continue with our efforts to encourage active means to
help alleviate the pressure on our planet, its resources and all who
dwell on it.