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Part 14: You’ve Been Disregarded

Recall that earlier in his book, Omnivore’s Dilemma, author Michael Pollan saw nothing in the eyes of steer #534 (“As I gingerly stepped toward him the quiet shuffling mass of black cowhide between us parted [Pollen’s steer was now at

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Part 13: Pollanist Destiny

Michael Pollan wants us to believe that our predation on individuals from other species should exist in the future because it existed in the past, and that our current predation upon domesticated and wild species is a natural (my word)

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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 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 2: The Most Important Dilemma / Flawed Choices

Here is part two of sixteen installments from “This Is Hope: Green Vegans and the New Human Ecology” / How we find our way to a humane and environmentally sane future. Each installment will be posted at www.thisishopethebook.com. Though “This

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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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Ecologically Barren Animal Welfare Reforms

We must find a way to deepen our empathy and refine our campaigns and communication approaches. As we advocate for the end of animal agriculture and the entirety of carnism, we must respond as we would if these individuals from

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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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Wolves Are Slaughtered By Our Human Ecology

We accept that predation in nature is real. It can be difficult to watch. However, the ongoing (and increasing) slaughter of wolves by various state and federal agencies is simply wrong. The agencies are serving hunters (5.5% of the U.S.

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