Whether you are new to the concept I call Nutrition with Compassion, or whether you have adopted a plant-based approach to your food choices for some time, there is no doubt that every time you put your fork to your mouth, you are actively making a choice that embodies compassion, or denies it.
Compassion is a journey towards healing, balance and joy. Once you embrace the concept of compassion, your choices become guided by an internal voice that speaks to you personally. We are all different. We are all unique. We all make choices that are personal and individual. Choosing compassion is a choice we can all share for our health, for the animals, for the planet.
Once you know, once you see the reality of what goes on behind those dark walls of modern-day Factory Farms, the question of whether or not it is “ethical” to eat meat is promptly answered. Ethics stares at you as squarely in your conscience, as the innocent eyes behind the face of every animal silently pleading for their freedom and for the return of their stolen loved ones.
For 45 years, I ate animals without so much as a second thought.
Today I do not eat animals.
Today I define MEAT as: Manufacturing Endless Animal Torture.
This is what it is.
New knowledge brings new thinking, and new thinking brings new choices.
I think of all the animals across the world who are suffering, needlessly, just so we can eat them. I think about how we place the pleasure of our taste buds over the tragedy of their confinement and their torture ~ one meal trumps the value of one life. I think about our collective indifference and find it too hard to bear and just impossible to justify.
Thomas A. Edison wrote, “Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.”
Today my plate is filled with love and life, color and vibrancy, and with that comes a feeling of peace, an assurance of good health and the pride of compassion.