Easing you into
a healthy and happy meat-free world
may suggest a typically, flowery "Isn't life wonderful when
your a lentil-bound ageing hippie dancing bare-bottomed around
Let's wipe the slate clean and move
into the 21st century ...
aims not to fall into any of the stereotypical lentil pots of
vegetarianism. Although there's nothing wrong with hippies with
nut-roast hangovers, let's just say that the "veggie"
indicates peace and harmony, and the "global" means
that everyone, everywhere can join in! ... Here, you can even
shake off those visions of pale, fainting rakes in dreary cardigans!
is passionate about its mission and doesn't hide the fact that
it would ideally love to see the whole world turn veggie! ...
But at the same time it cuts through outdated boundaries and always
aims to give you resources, friendly inspiration and fun without
the pomposity or the usual stereotypical fallout.
of pages oozing original, inspiring editorials, campaigns and
good-cause programmes, VeggieGlobal
is creating total transparency between current veggies and meaty
people who are beginning to realize that an ethically based lifestyle
is becoming a prerequisite in how to survive the environmental
turmoil which our entire planet is now facing.
You may also notice that this isn't exactly a hacked-together
website with nothing but a few borrowed veggie facts and recipes,
a couple of novel website tricks, and then adverts ... and more
adverts! Instead, with years of dedicated research and intuitive
lays down a labyrinth of paths to help you achieve a natural sense
of realization; how outward compassion and inner-healing are so
However, to reach this realization, meat-eaters do have to jump
a few hurdles to eventually feel comfortable about an animal-free
diet, and even then a diet which doesn't destroy rain forests
and habitats. So, if you are a "meatie" thinking of
becoming veggie, there is a slight telling-of bit in one or two
areas, but it's all part of the natural flow and there's no self-righteous
Don't forget, VeggieGlobal, along with its sister site Looking-Glass
is a web "retreat", so whether you are veggie or just
thinking about it, this is a place to drift into your veggie reverie!
travels here, VeggieGlobal hopes that you'll discover the possibility
of a meat and fish free diet as being the most effective ad most
satisfying decision you've ever made!
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And now ...
an Important Statement
is the only vegetarian based organization which states the following
as its mission statement:
accepts and respects individuals and associated indigenous cultures
their choice - and often necessity - to eat meat - that is, if
he or she is prepared to kill the animal themselves."
In other words, that means those in more remote regions of the
planet who aren't having this evening's dinner killed and prepared
by slaughterhouses, butchers, meat-packers and supermarket shelf-fillers.
For example, some indigenous cultures like Inuits or Eskimos (a
race of people who live around the north polar regions) have no
choice but to eat the animals and fish that inhabit their icy
environments where vegetation doesn't even grow. Such cultures,
along with indigenous
peoples in other remote parts the
world, have historically harmonized with nature, which usually
retains the natural balance of the food chain and its associated
ecology. These peoples have evolved to respect the environment
(knowingly or not) and therefore the animal population around
them, only to kill and eat what they personally require, as part
of the circle of day to day life for themselves and the fragile
environment around them.
It's often only the interference of the developed world - and
the destructive technology it brings - that destroys the natural
balance of those almost-forgotten cultures and the delicate balance
they have achieved between animal and human.
- as part of a food chain - who hunt for survival is a natural
occurrence within the natural world. On the other hand, a controlling
species, which harvest other species and manipulates an entire
ecosystem, and to such an extreme that it has serious detrimental
consequences, is a parasitic behavior of globally damaging proportions.
All the more pointless because humans who have easy access to
plant foods don't actually have to eat meat to survive. On the
contrary, FM-free (Fish and Meat Free) humans are on average healthier
living, such as vegetarianism is not just an inner cleansing
exercise. Its rationale should extend outside the body - to
engage in the active healing and protection of every precious
thing within and even beyond this world's biosphere.
Therefore, achieving the true harmonic of peace and well-being
must be far further reaching than simply moving the furniture
around, meditatively chanting or knocking back a seaweed and
banana smoothie." - creator of VeggieGlobal
OK ... so what do I do now?
If you have already decided, without
hesitation to become veggie then go straight
to the free subscription form ... then on to the
"New Veggies Information Path".
If you are still unsure, then
you are invited to read on.
Beside the huge health benefits to be gained when becoming vegetarian,
you may also need to reaffirm the moral / ethical reasons as to
why vegetarianism is such a great way to feel at peace with the
natural world around you.
A Wise Choice
If this is your first taster in
all things vegetarian then we hope you'll find a comfortable path
through this site which, although doesn't preach vegetarianism,
treats the practice of a meat free diet as the norm rather than
the exception. However, VeggieGlobal
is mainly designed for those who wish to live a meat free life
mainly for compassionate and ethical reasons and not just for
personal health improvement. You may find a lot of useful dietary
and nutritional information here and, let's face it, anyone becoming
veggie for whatever reason means the lives and welfare of a few
more animals have been saved - and a few more acres of livestock
grazing land can be returned to nature or environmentally balanced
fruit and veg based agricultural use. But as we say, this is a
place for those who don't eat any creatures with a pulse and a
pair of eyes. And, because VeggieGlobal.com
is part of the Looking-Glass web retreat, it therefore covers
many issues linked to animal, environmental and humanitarian issues
as part of its overall philosophy towards extended consciousness
- and the sense of natural compassion such a journey brings. So
please read on and consider embracing the ethical considerations
raised here in this introduction and throughout this site.
Stuff to Think About
quote further up this page suggests that vegetarianism, animal
welfare, humanitarianism and conservation is not simply
about whimsical displays of concern during one human's life cycle
... It's not about chasing an alternative, self comfort
lifestyle whilst the commercial world around you continues to
bulldoze its way across the planet for a quick buck ... Vegetarianism,
animal welfare, humanitarianism and conservation are signatures
of the earth's natural harmonic ... And these signatures can emanate
from you, by rooting yourself into the planet - feeling, listening,
living and truly responding - synchronized to the pulse of your
For those who have already climbed
to this next plane of human evolution, a natural affinity with
such issues of compassion is part of a normal existence ... and
its integration in your social life is completely transparent.
You have earned the role of a "Global Compassionate"
when almost everything you do - even without having to think too
hard about it - creates a positive and healing effect to this
Putting things in perspective
It's very easy for a veggie website
to sound a little sanctimonious, but at VeggieGlobal you'll find
that enlightening considerations are directed at both meat-eaters
and veggies alike. Because being veggie or a vegan certainly doesn't
make one perfect! So we are not being self-righteousness here
... just simply stating facts and common-sense to aid realignment
towards a compassionate lifestyle.
But just to cut through the moral maze of meat-eating, there is
a "telling off bit" in this introduction! So here we go! ...
There is a
point to this telling off bit. Even though you may be making steps
to become veggie, it's helpful to understand the ethics that are
leading you towards this decision as clearly as possible. Think
of these introduction pages as a cleansing process to help you
stay vegetarian once you have begun.
a (past) meat eater, you need to face some very straightforward
questions and ... (we apologize in advance) ... some which could
make you feel uncomfortable.
Please remember, this is almost the only time throughout the entire
site, where we will lay out such strong ethics about modern day
meat-eating for you to chew on, so to speak.
After this, you can take it or leave it, but if you are going
to succeed in your quest for personal change then facing cold
facts and coming out the other side ethically enlightened
can only be felt as a wonderfully positive thing.
You may also feel that some of the
following questions are pretty obvious - but nonetheless poignant
if you are personally going to understand and purge yourself of
your role in past years as an indirect animal killer, and hence
Yes, harsh that may sound, but consider this comparison:
A mobster pays his henchmen to do the dirty deeds ... murder for
example. He never has to directly get his hands dirty. Well, neither
does a meat eater need to kill an animal him or herself. It's
an undeniable fact of a consumerists society. The meat-eating
consumer is paying someone else to do the job of killing a living
creature. The meat-eater is so used to this arrangement that his
or her conscience shows no guilt ... no remorse.
Eating an animal that's conveniently killed and prepared for your
consumption is an easy cop out - removing you from the scene of
the murder ... You don't feel responsible.
The mobster is evil and with no guilty conscience. Of course,
you as a meat-eater are not "evil", but what you have
done all these years is simply lost a sense of guilt through never
having to come face to face with the once-living creature ...
a piece of meat you are cutting up on your dinner plate ... this
is because you as a meat-eater have become anaesthetized to the
reality of the crime you are indirectly committing.
But first you must also ask yourself, "is killing an animal
a crime?" Or in other words, a human meat-eater justifies
him or herself by presuming that killing each other is murder
but killing another species is not ... It's all to easy to shift
the rulings of ones conscience for the sake of moral convenience.
Does this mean that if we were visited by a non-human species
from outerspace, we would think it's OK to eat them just because
they are not "human"?! Or what if they were carnivores
themselves and considered the human race an inferior species and
a potential food source... Wouldn't you be horrified? What gives
us, or even little green men from Mars the right to quantify or
choose what species of this universe deserve to be murdered
and eaten and which don't?
Meanwhile, back on Earth ...
... there is also a crazy social
unbalance relating to which animals can be eaten and which can't.
In one country it may be OK for meat-eaters to to eat swans, monkeys
or dogs, while another country's society would throw-up at the
thought. The morals and ethics of cultural choice is irrelevant.
You either choose to eat another living creature or you abstain
from the act completely and become FM-Free (fish and meat free).
As a meat-eater, why should putting a name to your family pet
make he or she any less prone to ending up on your dinner plate
than a lamb torn away from its mother and killed for your Sunday
Meat can only be identified in most consumers minds as a shrink-wrapped
item from the chill cabinet at the supermarket - not as a once
living, breathing, sentient creature. You have unwittingly become
completely brainwashed through years of not knowing, or never
considering the past life of the flesh next to the two veg on
It is astonishing how many people can't even associate meat with
a living creature; It seems that the simplest minds to even the
so-called greatest minds of this planet can't comprehend that
all animals are living beings in one form or another.
And within each species, including us, dwells a sense of awareness
by which the difference between kindness and suffering can be
felt. So many people will just shrug their shoulders and try and
pretend this "reality" i.e. the living, sentient animal
killed and turned to food on a plate, simply doesn't exist ...
we are somehow exempt from responsibility ... that meat wasn't
in fact ever a living creature ... it's from the supermarket ...
that's where it was made ... in the chill cabinet next to the
breakfast cereal section.
And so, your past decisions or habitual
demands to purchase parts of dead animals, conveniently "pre-killed"
and shrink wrapped, sets off a backwards chain of arguments and
political discordance which points at meat, fish and farming industries.
Historically the chain is linked, but in modern society it begins
with the consumers demand and aesthetic expectations.
bit is a self evaluating test to help you fully establish your
future as vegetarian ...a
most basic, simplistic but challenging question nonetheless:
are a meat eater.
You walk into
your richly stocked supermarket and come face to face with live
lambs, calves, ducks and other sentient creatures looking frightened
and confused. They are tethered where the pre-packed meat counter
meat products are no longer available.
There is a
price tag attached to each of these live animals ... and there
is also a large knife.
Would you kill
the animal yourself to eat the meat?...
Before we continue this discussion,
we have no quarrel with those few individuals who take personal
responsibility in a one to one relationship with their
own animal food source ... to eat what they kill themselves.
That philosophy originates from earth-rooted cultures far removed
from the modern world of the frozen meat section and the unethical
pre-packed convenience of the supermarket.
But for the huge majority of meat-eating
consumers, this is where "turn a blind eye" hypocrisy
begins, then moves off into many paths of ignorance.
For example, the public's general condemnation of blood sports
is a fine sentiment but they still eat the products from some
of these activities via the supermarket shelf.
The hypocrisy gets more inane. Those who bet on the Grand National
but "won't watch it because the horses get hurt".
Even the children ... "I'll eat bacon but I won't eat Babe"
(the piglet made famous in the films) All hypocritical - and all
part of a society, which seems to conveniently anaesthetize a
guilty conscience whenever it suits.
This is mainly demonstrated by a predominantly western society,
which can look into the innocent eyes of a cow grazing by the
roadside, or on an injured deer on a wildlife hospital TV program
and shed an emotional tear. But they will never have to face picking
up that knife and slitting its throat ... they just wait for it
to arrive in a bun with fries.
Back in 2001 a major outbreak of
Foot and Mouth Disease began in the UK and spread across Europe.
Along with BSE and Bird Flu, these diseases are man-created through
intense chemical based farming methods, unnatural feeding methods
and by crowding animals into enclosed areas.
Although Foot and Mouth has been around for centuries, human methods
of trying to defeat it have been and still are ignorantly displaced.
If the disease was allowed to spread naturally, more than 50%
of animals may survive and therefore build up a natural immunity
through future generations. Instead, short sighted farmers and
governments will destroy 100's of thousands of perfectly healthy
animals for the sake of a few hundred confirmed cases. The result
is that the disease continues to be a constant threat to farm
animals from one generation to another.
Short term recoverability and financial gain is all farmers are
It's all too easy for a vegetarians to sound self-righteous over
man-made disasters such as these, but the fact is that there is
simply no more time to play diplomatic bat and ball with insensitive,
short sighted people who continue to plough their way through
life with such a self-serving outlook. Meat farmers and meat consumers
are equally to blame for the disastrous consequences we are witnessing
regarding the spread of bird flu and other livestock diseases
- the decimation of land used for industrial strength grazing,
which is in turn causing widespread damage to the global environment.
Ruling humans over animals and the environment is now taking its
toll... and if you suffer the inconvenience of not being able
to have your roast beef or chicken ... is that such a loss when
you realize how much good your efforts to become vegetarian will
do for this entire planet?
The less meat you eat, the less
animals will be farmed therefore less animal suffering. The less
fish you eat, the more chance that the dangerously depleted oceans
have a chance of recovery.
It's a start ... be strong ... make the change and give yourself
a smile, because you should feel happy knowing that such a step
will save lives ... and make the world a little bit more greener
We hope you have considered these
questions and evaluations, and that they have been a help to you
in understanding the ethics behind a natural path towards a healthier
life in mind, body and clearer conscience.
If so, then we are most glad to extend our welcome to you as a
first step vegetarian.
From here on you will learn to understand
that being true vegetarian should become a transparent philosophy
and neither a time consuming issue or inconvenience in your everyday
life. In the 21st century your life can only be less of a hassle,
healthier, smarter and morally clear-headed ...
... as a happy veggie!
Don't forget ... we're not going to preach vegetarianism to you
... There is discussion here for you to take part in if you want
to ... Read the philosophies that fuel this site if you want to.
But you don't have to read it if it's all too much of a hassle.
In fact here's a link to take you
straight to VeggieGlobal's main
link so you can subscribe free ...
... Don't vegetate, cultivate!
the very early days of this web site's origins - as far back as
1995 - veggieglobal.com
pioneered a common-sense agenda about what society can easily
do to make really positive changes to the plane. Even then we
were expressing the importance of organic, locally grown and locally
manufactured products. We were explaining the importance of abstaining
from fish and why it should become the first stage of turning
veggie, simply to help save the world's depleted oceans and rivers.
We have also reported on fundamental aspects of the environment
and animal welfare which had never been raised before.
We provide free-to-link-in-with and free-to-access animal / environmental
services and campaigns, which can help save numerous lives and
protect our planet, such as LaFAN
NOVA Key or
We want to continue to cultivate the concrete and tarmac of the
worlds cities and towns and spread enough awareness so that those
who would otherwise never be the wiser can take the opportunity
to plant themselves and tune to the earth's natural harmonic.
There's more to read in Part
Two of this introduction
if you wish ... Part
gives you more insight into VeggieGlobal's
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