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Part 11: Dismissing Philosophers

  Omnivore’s Dilemma continues its case against the vegan alternative worldview by telling us that animal advocates require sentience in nonhuman animals, and without sentience, we believe there is no innate value. Therefore, species rights activists will not advocate for

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Part 9: Cross Pollination

Pollan declares that he intends to take the “approach [of ] the diner as a naturalist might, using the long lenses of ecology and anthropology,” while employing “the shorter, more intimate lens of personal experience.” My charge is that he

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Part 8: Food Chains Revisited

In Part 5, I wrote, Doing further harm to our understanding, he (Michael Pollan in “Omnivore’s Dilemma”) does not accurately report our connections and our relationships to ecosystems through food choices. He writes, “The Omnivore’s Dilemma is about the three

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Part 7: Pollan’s Livestock Kills Ecosystems

In a summary of Livestock’s Long Shadow, the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN) “recommends a range of measures to mitigate livestock’s threats to the environment” that include “… land degradation … greenhouse gas … emissions … water

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Part 6: Dancing at Polyface Farm

Omnivore’s Dilemma rightly decries feedlots, educates us about many insane aspects of our food production system, reminds us of the injustices perpetuated upon the botanical farmers through public policy, worries about the degradation of soil, helps us understand how cow

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Part 5: Give Us Our Daily Food Web

We now arrive at the key failure of Michael Pollan’s unsupportable assertions that transport him, and apparently many of his readers, to false and ecologically destructive conclusions regarding food choices.   Doing further harm to our understanding, he does not

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Part 1: Critique of Michael Pollan’s book, Omnivore’s Dilemma

Species rights, environmentalism, and our human ecology are entering a new era. We are connecting the dots between the necessities of a vegan new human ecology (see www.greenvegans dot org) and problems that include human overpopulation, environmentalism, destructive economic systems,

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Prairies, Corn, Wheat, and Soybeans

In the United States, 80 percent of the corn and 22 percent of wheat is grown for “livestock” food. Some 75 percent of the soybean crop in the U.S. goes to feed them. Corn and soybean crops occupy a combined

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Our Vegan Choices Increase the Odds of Ecosystem Recovery

We are searching for material sustainability and have not yet found it. Unwilling to distinguish between the excesses of what we think we want and deserve and our true needs, our predations upon the environment remain wildly out of control.

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CITES and Veganism

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Whatever our initial reasons for stepping onto the vegetarian or vegan pathway, we grow over time into a broader and deeper understanding of the reasons to improve and expand our efforts. Veganism is a product of my past vegetarianism, for

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