The Peaceful Vegan Revolution
RIDDING THE WORLD OF STARVATION
ENSURING A GLOBAL ABUNDANCE OF FOOD FOR ALL
Currently the average
American consumes up to 1000 times as much of the world's resources as
someone leading a traditional tribal life, with ongoing tragic results.
Millions of tons of African grain is being shipped
to Europe and
There is more than enough food on earth to feed everyone. Not only that, there is many times more than enough. In fact, every person on earth could stuff themselves silly three or four times a day and there would still be mountains of food left over.
So why is a single one of our cousins in the so-called third world starving to death? It seems like madness, and of course it is. Over 40,000 children die of hunger and related diseases every day. And no one even bothers to report how many adults die in the same way. But of course, starving children with extended bellies and flies all over their pitiful faces is a lot more ‘sexy’ than a picture of some shrivelled up old man or woman nobody wants anyway.
The aid agencies are
after your money, and they don’t care which heart- strings they have to pull
to get it. I hope I am mistaken, but I have never read a report to feed the
hungry, which included a plea to overfed westerners to become Vegetarians, as
well as sending money to
The people who starved were those who had been forced off the best land or who were left with land made useless by drought and desertification.
And where did all the
food go, which should have been shared out to save their lives? Answer: It
was shipped to North America and
30% of the entire land surface of the Earth is used to produce food for Livestock and we still report famine as if it were an Act of God!
The African Famines
have now been going on regularly for at least 30 years, and are becoming
worse and worse even as the aid agencies have collected billions of Dollars in an attempt to prevent them.
The artificial lines
on the map of
So why do we not have
a United States of Africa?. Probably because it goes
against the commercial interests of a whole army of businessmen in
Businessmen they drink my wine
Ploughmen dig my earth
None of them along the line know what any of it is worth.
But you and I we’ve been through that
And this is not our fate
So let us not talk falsely now
The hour is getting late.
Bob Dylan (Who is a Vegetarian)
Perhaps we should not
be quite as complacent as Bob though because the African fate could very
easily become our fate. The sad thing about the whole story,
I would like to make it clear that I am not against giving money to charity to feed starving people. I do it myself. Obviously we have to feed people now, instead of waiting until the world is a fairer place. But if we truly care about our starving neighbours, we have to look carefully at whether we are actually causing their problems, or at least adding to them by eating meat and drinking milk.
And we most certainly
are. In fact the rich western countries are directly responsible for all the
starvation happening in the world today, and that means you and me, and our
elected representatives, if we are lucky enough to come from one of the
highly privileged ‘developed’ countries. Not only are we causing it, but we
are deliberately standing by and allowing it to happen by condoning inaction
by the Vested interests of the World Agriculture and Financial markets. But
there are notable exceptions, which are thankfully becoming more common.
Johanna Vesty, a member of one of the worlds
largest beef producing families, which owns enormous areas of land in
Perhaps the most
famous rebel of them all was Gautama the Buddha.
Brought up a Prince in ultimate luxury and wealth, and surrounded by
beautiful women to satisfy his every whim, he did not even know that poverty,
old age, disease, and death existed. Then one
day something deep inside him realized that all was not real about his
What he found out there shocked him to such an extent, that he vowed there and then to give up his selfish lifestyle and dedicate himself to helping others. It is said that Buddha is still waiting outside the Gates of Heaven, and refuses to pass through as long as a single being is still suffering on earth, human or animal. We must also look outside of the walls of our Palace and make the decision not only to share our wealth with our poorer neighbours, but also to stop stealing their wealth as well.
The First Principal of Buddhism is to cause no suffering to any sentient being, meaning any creature with eyes and a beating heart, as well as a highly developed nervous system, which feels pain just as humans do, and in some cases even more keenly. It is therefore ironic that, although Buddhism has become fashionable these days, it is not easy to find a Buddhist who’s compassion extends as far as the animal kingdom, let alone the Dairy industry. So their compassion is very selective, and really just enough to make them eligible to join a spiritual group and pretend they are following Buddha’s teaching.
Even the Dalai Lama,
who states “My religion is Kindness” did not become
a Vegetarian until it was pointed out to him that he did not live in
The shock we need to have to wake us up and force us to change our ways is the realization that we may all be dead within the foreseeable future if we carry on as ‘normal’. We need to understand that our way of life is unsustainable. We have done enormous damage to the atmosphere around and upon the earth, which has triggered forms of malignant cancer of the Earth itself, in the form of Ozone depletion and desertification.
My honest belief is that humanity is not so stupid as to commit Global suicide just out of bloody mindedness, and within the next ten years we will see enormous efforts to repair and reverse the damage. Even the jolly Butcher with his bloodstained apron in his classic high street shop, with dead bodies hanging in the window, will surprise us all and become a vegetarian, and hopefully we will laugh about the bad old days down the pub over a Vegieburger washed down with real ale or a glass of organic, preservative – free wine. Judging by the phenomenal increase in the amount of vegetarians and neovegetarians in the last thirty years, which is speeding up every year, we will just about make it.
It is certainly encouraging that the amount of people changing to a vegetarian and vegan diet in the last thirty years has never once shown signs of slowing down,and there are now 12 million Vegetarians in England eas well as half a million Vegans. This must make Food Reform the most revolutionary movement in history. Political parties come and go, but the real changes in society come from the grass roots and eventually change the whole status quo. The revolutionaries are now voting with their mouths rather than fighting with guns.
It is truly ironic that the greatest battle ever fought, with the survival of humankind itself at stake, will be won with the weapons of Love and Compassion.
A kangaroo boxes a cow to reclaim his land.
In the near distance an Aboriginal Elder tells her grandson about their land’s songlines
and to her right the child’s father looks on; a generation lost to the sorrows of their people.
©1997 - Samantha Wortelhock - BreakAway Art