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Vegetarian diet benefits all life, principally your own


The January 17 letter “Pro-life culture on the rise throughout the world” sounds like great news, but please allow me to straighten out the twisted ideas in this letter since this world definitely needs more pro-life activists with action speaking so much louder than nice-sounding words.

The writer says “Roe vs. Wade” celebrates the 41st anniversary of women’s choice resulting in 56 million “unborn babies” (just as he and I are corpses waiting to happen) aborted. That averages to 1.365 million per year, enabling us to say there were “only” 1.2 million in 2013 even if this is 1.2 million too many. But the real egregious twist is implying the breath of fresh air Pope Francis’ condemnation of the “culture of waste” in our “throwaway culture” refers to the Roe v. Wade choice possibility. Context please! Pope Francis used these words to refer to the scandalous waste of food and extreme consumerism in June for World Environment Day, which couldn’t be more appropriate as 40 percent of the food in 2013 in the U.S. was wasted, according to estimates from the National Institute of Health.

With July 13 U.S. population at 316,148 million and the poverty rate stuck at 15 percent, resulting in 47.4 million Americans living at or below the poverty line, isn’t there enough life in this country to act upon a pro-life sentiment? Pope Francis: “We must remember that when we waste or throw away food, it’s as if we’re stealing it from the table of the poor.” This waste is made all the more tragic considering the lives of misery our animal friends live in only to be brutally slaughtered, ending up discarded and serving no purpose whatsoever other than shortening our climate catastrophe reckoning date.

The United Nation’s latest report due out in April will tell us, “Nations have so dragged their feet in battling climate change that the situation has grown critical and the risk of severe economic disruption is rising, according to a draft United Nations report. Another 15 years of failure to limit carbon emissions could make the problem virtually impossible to solve with current technologies, the experts found.”

Going vegetarian is a pro-life action that helps all life, especially your own. A meat-eating diet is one of the most self-destructive, climate-worsening behaviors one engages in, and can so easily be changed. In fact, last year, Norway’s military imposed a strict vegetarian diet once a week in an effort to combat climate change, to say nothing of the water resources saved and physical health improved by this prescient move.

The letter’s closing is worth repeating even if its relevance needs correction: “Throughout the United States and worldwide, may 2014 continue to showcase individuals and organizations demonstrating exceptional leadership as they bear witness to the dignity, beauty and incomparable worth” of all life on this planet (life is life, and potential life is nothing more than a possibility) whose destiny should end from natural causes and not from the myriad threats that depressingly shortens too many lives unnecessarily.

Jay Lustgarten

Westerly



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