Vegan Video: Meat (may be yummy, but it) is Mean, Unhealthy & Bad for our Environment.

Via on Aug 22, 2008

I got this email recently.

Hiya Waylon,

I hope all’s well with you. I thought you might enjoy our new 12-minute video sweeping the planet…

Stay good,
:) matt

Matt Bear
Connector | NonviolenceUnited.org
mattbear@NonviolenceUnited.org
Boulder, CO 720.252.8449

Matt works seven days a week, sacrificed a well-paying career for his passion—weaning mean people off meat—and best of all, he grew up on a farm, so he knows whereof he preaches. Check out the video—he narrates, and put much of it together himself.

About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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10 Responses to “Vegan Video: Meat (may be yummy, but it) is Mean, Unhealthy & Bad for our Environment.”

  1. na says:

    after watching these videos, apparently meat is the cause of all eco problems. this is a stretch and to me it’s masking a personal belief behind the green trend. nice videos and props to this guy for following his passions, but this is not a sound argument.

  2. sidMerid says:

    This video contains very little curiosity about the world. Curious.

    I tried a vegan diet in earnest for nine months. During that period, a corner of my tooth collapsed with light pressure. That struck me as nature’s way of saying ‘this diet is not for you’

    You should really become aware of what mental, emotional and physical effects that your diet has on you. And then, through personal experience, learning, trial and error, and patience, you should determine your own best diet.

    A one-size-fits-all dietary approach is too simplistic for the multitude of ways that peoples’ bodies and needs vary. Productions like this one bring up latent fears of an approaching, behavior-controlling, fascist regime.

    One last thing. You should try to get along with other people, not just animals. Don’t cut yourself off like that. You actually do need people to challenge your beliefs in this world, and to help you sharpen your understanding.

  3. Christine McKenna says:

    While vegan choices are emphasized here, the web site NonViolence.org talks about mindful living more generally. It doesn’t seem to be just about vegan lifestyle. Amid so many videos that take mindless overconsumption for granted, or actually advocate it, these videos are refreshing.

    To my understanding, many of those who advocate a vegan diet, or talk about interconnected living more generally, invite us all to take a look at what we are doing, what we are consuming, do whatever research we need to do, and make informed choices. (My personal preference is lacto vegetarianism, requiring a cruelty-free, organic source for dairy and eggs.)

  4. Zane Adams says:

    As the Archon of an earth centered business and lover of many, living foodist, raw foodist, vegans, vegetarians, etc, i offer you thanks for your video. I was raised a vegetarian, hated it and during my college years began incorporating meat in my diet. As I continue to grow, my introspection grows and my diet changes. I hope that one day I will evolve to consuming only living foods, but I know that, today is not that day.

    I think this video is speaking truth, and I welcome his point of view. When we operate from Love and Trust and not fear, we welcome and benefit from the many views of others.

    While my personal conviction supports the local organic and sustainable farmer (both veg and animal), I know that in time I will move to a place where I will seek more living foods and less and less meat. Thanks for the video. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for being part of the change. Namaste – Zane

  5. sidMerid says:

    Zane Adams writes: “While my personal conviction supports the local organic and sustainable farmer (both veg and animal), I know that in time I will move to a place where I will seek more living foods and less and less meat.”

    Fresh meat is still alive, Mr. Adams– only it is much denser in nutrients than plants and contains amino acids and readily-absorbed B vitamins that plant life does not.

    I would agree that local and sustainable meat production is the best guarantee for nutritive quality passed from land to animal to person.

    The light inside me salutes the light inside you.

  6. Zane Adams says:

    Sid Merid – thanks and smiles to your comment.
    When I mentioned living, I was speaking directly to consuming foods that did not need to be processed in order to be consumed – unless you enjoy meat in its raw form, then it falls into the category of a cooked food – and much of it’s nutrient levels are therefore depleted….knowing this, i still really enjoy a great steak,
    sorry i mate that i made that comment confusing…
    Just so you know, I made this comment in part to honor and give a head nod to your comment, since you responded in kind.

    in light and love
    Zane

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