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  1. Jamie in Chile

    Is Moral Value Primarily Determined by Ability to Suffer?

    According to Jeremy Bentham in his 1879 publication An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation, "The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?" This came in the context of defending animal rights. The viewpoint that ability to suffer was the...
  2. Jamie in Chile

    Get Your Vitamin D

    In 2016 the BBC reported that "public health officials" had advised that everyone (in the UK) should supplement vitamin D in autumn and winter, advice that, if correct ought to make sense for people at similar or higher latitudes such as Canada, Scandinavia, Russia. Similar advise might also...
  3. Jamie in Chile

    Coronavirus

    Terrible tragedy with so many people dying in (mostly) China. Let's hope this is contained but we do also need to take an honest look at what can be done to stop these kinds of things from happening in the first place. Some reports say the coronavirus started in a seafood market and animal...
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    Fighting Global Warming With Veganism

    I realize we've covered this before, but I am just trying to expand on previous discussions with a little extra. According to George Monbiot, writing in the Guardian a few days ago, a paper in Nature says that the carbon footprint of an average northern European diet is 9 tonnes of CO2e a year...
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    Is it Vegan App

    I saw this app mentioned on another thread by Lou. Thanks Lou for bringing that to my attention. I thought I'd start a new thread to avoid derailing that one. However I saw a bunch of reviews of it saying it was often wrong and often returned "don't know" as a result. Does anyone have...
  6. Jamie in Chile

    Cravings

    New BBC article Why you shouldn't trust your food cravings To sum up the story it says that cravings are mostly psychological rather than nutrition. I think this is true because that agrees with most of what else I've read. If I have time I can maybe post the other sources later on. The...
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    Veganism is Deontological

    1,500 words long. 5-10 minutes to read. Two Philosophies I think some arguments within the vegan/vegetarian community come down to a difference of fundamental philosophy. Appreciating this might avoid frustration. Deontology is a philosophy that the morality of an action should be based on...
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    Require vegan option in public sector menus - petition

    Petition: Require plant-based options suitable for vegans on public sector menus every day Deadline - tomorrow I got this email from the Vegan Society "petition calling for legislation to make plant-based food mandatory on all school, hospital, prison and council menus.....Portugal became the...
  9. Jamie in Chile

    Is this forum just a place to vent and laugh?

    Possibly related thread: Keeping the Forum Fun and Interesting As soon as someone put a pro-Trump thread on one specific issue an excuse was immediately found to shut it down. The anti-Trump thread ran for over >200 pages. It’s a clear inconsistency. I have learned a lot from this forum, but...
  10. Jamie in Chile

    Top Charities

    The best way to donate money to help animals? Animal Charity Evaluators has announced its recommendations today. Announcing Our 2018 Charity Recommendations | Animal Charity Evaluators I'm not necessarily saying its reccomendations of top charities should be followed. In fact, I would be...
  11. Jamie in Chile

    Am i vegan?

    (1,300 words. 5 minutes to read.) I do this lifestyle for ethical reasons. Some people might say "just say you are plant based" but "I won't go to the zoo since I am plant based" doesn't make a lot of sense. I sometimes say "vegetarian and mostly vegan" but that is a mouthful and if I say...
  12. Jamie in Chile

    Good Food Conference

    Event focused on accelerating the commercialization of plant-based meat. "Get the latest on cutting-edge plant-based and clean meat research, hear strategies and insights for industry growth, and gain insights into evolving consumer sentiment." Good Food Conference 2018 Clark Kerr Conference...
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    Biomass: Humans 0.01% of life but destroyed 83% of wild mammals

    An interesting study has been published this week (Monday) in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. The work was led by Prof Ron Milo, at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, and the other authors were Yinon M. Bar-On and Rob Phillips. The...
  14. Jamie in Chile

    Is racism natural? Are we born racist?

    This may be a little controversial, but I want to see what some of you think about whether racism is natural. This is certainly not the conventional viewpoint. People tend to believe that most people are not racist at all, and that a few people are racist, and that they are terrible, and...
  15. Jamie in Chile

    One Year Report

    I did a couple of articles on this forum in January last year at the time to help me understand the vegan lifestyle. I want to thank everyone for helping me at that time when I first joined the forum. e.g. Andy, Tom, Indian Summer, and many others. :thanks: I don't need any help any more, and I...
  16. Jamie in Chile

    Hello everyone

    Hi, I hope you are well. I have been vegetarian and eating a mostly vegan diet since January. I have also been trying to cut down on non-vegan products in other areas, such as toiletries. Looking forward to some good discussion soon.
  17. Jamie in Chile

    Leafleting Effectiveness

    I got an email newsletter from Vegan Outreach today with a study on booklet effectiveness. They said that an average of one person adopted a mostly vegan diet for every 75 booklets read. They paid people a small amount to read a booklet and do a follow up questionnaire sometime later. I think...
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    Question How Vegans Think

    I am considering becoming vegan as I mentioned in the other thread. Thanks for those who commented there. I want to start a new thread as I'm curious to find a bit more about how vegans think and whether I would fit into such a community. I can't find any stats, but I get the sense that to be...
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    Question Might Become Vegan

    I am an omnivore but always had some doubts at the back of my mind from a young age. I have refused to go to zoos since a visit to Toronto zoo in 2001; similar for circus with animals. I refused to castrate our dog when recommend to control his behavior. But I still eat meat. Over the last 3-5...