Vegetarian and Vegan Articles. Includes useful information for vegetarians and those wanting to become vegetarian.

The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.

—Charles Darwin, English naturalist (1809–1882)

Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself.

—James A. Froude, English historian (1818–1894)

If you visit the killing floor of a slaughterhouse, it will brand your soul for life.

—Howard Lyman, author of Mad Cowboy

A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.

—Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist (1828–1910)

Silk production and humane alternatives

ponedjeljak, 4. listopada 2010.

To produce 100 grams of silk, it is necessary to kill approximately 1500 silkworms to cook them alive.


Several shells are preserved in order to develop butterflies needed for reproduction. When the female lays eggs, crushed because of health checks. If it turns out that she was sick, her eggs are destroyed.
After mating, the male butterflies are closed in the basket and thrown away. Due to several generations of breeding butterflies have no longer the ability to fly and are often eaten by birds from a bucket in front of the silk farm.

The process of
silk production

Silk is a fiber produced by silk worms to build shells. Silkworm is a female moth which lays 400-600 eggs of tiny light, from which hatch the little black caterpillars. they changed their skin four times in lifetime and then make a shell from which then appear re-formed butterfly. Caterpillars before they became a shell feed intensive silk leaf. For half of its life the caterpillar begins to knit its sleeve, which is the main aim of these processes.

When the cocoon is complete, preventing the formation of butterfly caterpillars so they can stifle the hot steam or direct exposure to bright sunlight sleeve. In this way, the silk thread remained unbroken, and is 300-350 meters long and can not be prestigious.

Humane alternatives

Such a cruel way of getting the silk is completely unnecessary, because it is possible to get silk from the cocoon from which the butterflies flew, and so let them live their entire life cycle. Silk would be in this case, spun, as they spin other fibers such as cotton. So, we do not need any cultivation of silkworms, because abandoned wells can be found in nature. Also, getting dropped from the cocoon of nature instead of breeding butterflies, to respect the natural balance that is environmentally and ethically acceptable. The resulting silk is called Ahimsa Peace Silk.

Humane alternatives include synthetic materials and a silky cotton.

Production of wool: shearing pain

Many people believe that helps animals who would otherwise be burdened with too much wool. However, without human interference, sheep have just enough wool to protect them from temperature extremes. Fleece is a successful insulation from the cold and heat. Before the invention of hair clippers, in 1000 AD, the only way to get the wool was pulling out during the shedding season. Breeding for steady growth began after the appearance of hair clippers.

There are alternatives

There are alternatives to wool clothes and blankets that many people are allergic to wool are already using, such as cotton, flannel, polyester, and many other artificial materials. Are easily washable, does not shrink, the colors they do not fade, they are affordable and do not contribute to cruelty.

More vegetarian quotes

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803rd-1882nd, American writer and politician)
You just have lunch, and no matter how careful and tactical distance from the slaughterhouse, you are an accomplice.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844th-1900th)
All ancient philosophy was focused on simplicity of life and taught a life without request. In this respect more for humanity do vegetarians by philosophical conviction rather than all new philosophers together, and until we gather up the courage to completely change their lifestyle and to show by example, nothing of them.

Pythagoras (580th to 500th pr.ne, Greek philosopher and mathematician)
Until people are killing animals they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seeds of death and pain can not reap joy and love.
If you claim that you are by nature destined for the meat type nutrition, then first kill on your own what you eat. However, do it by hand, without the help of a meat ax, a knife or any weapon.
Should a man
of my intellect eat the corpses ?

L.N. Tolstoy (1828th-1910th, Russian writer)
When a person freely and honestly seek the moral path, the first of which must turn to the meat ... Vegetarianism is the criterion by which we can identify whether a person's tendency towards moral perfection, honestly and seriously.
Scary is not suffering and death of animals, but that man himself
suppress his highest spiritual feelings of compassion and pity towards his fellow creatures, and by running their own feelings becomes cruel.

Thoughts and statements from famous vegetarians

Horace (65th to 8th BC, classical Roman poet)
Take a risk and be wise! Stop killing animals! Those who speculate only one hour a perfect life, like the farmer who waits for the river runs dry, instead of being passed.

Thomas Alva Edison (1847th to 1931st, an American inventor, among others: lamps, turntables and a microphone)
I am a vegetarian and anti alcoholic, so i can better use my brain.
Nonviolence is a way to be more ethical, which is the overall goal of evolution. Until you stop the evil apply to all living beings, we will continue to be just wild beasts.

Jean Paul (1763rd-1825th, German poet)
Righteous God! How many hours of torturing animals is soldered to one minute ceremony to the human language.

Alexander von Humboldt (1769th-1859th, founder scientific research of Earth)
Cruelty to animals can not describe any of the true end of education or erudition. It is one of the
vices of the most simple and low people.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452nd-1519th, Italian universal genius, an artist and scientist)
Truly man is the king of animals, because of his cruelty surpasses theirs. We live by the death of another. We are walking graves!
gave up in the youngest age eating meat. The time will come when killing animals will be observed with the same eyes as the murder of a man.
Anyone who does not value life, it does not deserve it.

How a man raped the sea

Cataclysmic extinction of marine life began when early man learned how to fish with primitive hooks made of animal bones. The devastation continued into the next millennia, and today the world's oceans eerie nothingness that can barely recall the times when life flourished in them.

These thoughts are not
mental formations of some sort of a environmental warrior, but a serious assessment of 19 leading ecologists, which on Thursday published a scholarly article about the mass killings in the oceans in the journal Science.

Based on the study of thousands of years
old fossils, notes in the past few centuries, and contemporary data, the researchers built a picture of losses since the beginning of human exploitation of the sea in search of food than 100,000 years ago. They found that even areas, which were believed to be teeming with life are now only a shadow of organic resources that existed in periods before the canoe, galeons and giant tankers.

Deadly chain reaction began, the moment when the man began to catch fish on the hook. Environmentalists have set three periods of extermination that has inspired man. The first period marked by the use of indigenous boats for fishing, etc., colonial expansion in the 15th century, a third globalized exploitation of the industrial fisheries, which reached its height in the second half of the 20th century.

To learn the state of the ocean before people started to build a primitive boat, ecologists have studied the layers of old and more than 125,000 years and archaeological data on the coastal settlements of people from 10,000 years ago, and historical evidence about fishing and colonial expansion in the last 6 centuries .

One example of the collapse of ecosystems is described in the story of an ancient type of massive algae in the northern Pacific Ocean that existed 20 million years as the vast areas of dense vegetation in the sea where wildlife flourishes. Their devastation began 2,500 years ago when the inhabitants of the Pacific streams began to hunt sea otters, which are fed with sea urchins, which in turn grazing algae. As the natives significantly reduce the number of otters, sea urchins have multiplied and become more and more destroyed by algae.

Also similar are the sad stories about the fall of oyster and coral reefs and many other marine creatures that are now or at the end or does not exist.

Greenpeace tips about nutrition

Eat foods from the bottom of the food chain - fruit and vegetable production requires far less energy than meat production.

Production of meat from land animals and fish in general is bad for the planet. Take, for example, beef. Livestock must be fed huge quantities of grain to produce the smallest amount of animal protein for human consumption. According to the Worldwatch Institute, the total amount of soybeans and grains given to cattle in the United States could feed all the people on the planet about five times.

A livestock is not only a waste of food but also the devastation of the country. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture, livestock includes as much as 30% of the Earth's surface (including pasture and arable land for growing crops for human consumption).

There is a problem association of meat consumption and climate change. Researchers from the University of Chicago, calculated that the average American who eats meat a year to prevent the release of 1.5 tons of greenhouse gases cause when they moved to the diet based on herbs.

Methane, nitrous oxide and industrial gases are important greenhouse gases. The main sources of methane derived from animal breeding, animal husbandry, and deforestation due to new areas for grazing and farming. Livestock is also a major cause of nitric oxide. Each kilogram of meat produced causes the release of greenhouse gases whose impact is equivalent to the impact of three to four kilograms of CO2.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), livestock is responsible for about 18% of total greenhouse gas emissions - due to a very high amount of energy consumed to produce fertilizer, harvesting the rainforest for grazing and growing feed for livestock, and large amounts of methane produced from cattle dung.

Nonetheless many chemicals released into the environment are stored and gradually accumulate in the fatty tissues of animals.

Choose a nutrition based on herbs!

Hunting is a massacre, not a sport

The word sport is synonymous with competition and rivalry, not a killing from ambush or stalking innocent animals. In this context, the word hunting before it can be identified with the massacre, and the act of hunting barbaric and cruel ways of 'entertainment'.

Species such as bears, wolves and white-headed vulture is brought to the very brink of extinction only by 'merit' hunters. Overfishing of the animals are exterminated rather than be protected, and many farm animals for hunters only serve as a preparation for the killing. In other words, the animals are raised in farms that were later released into the country and killed.

In the West, the growing phenomenon of eco-tourism, or 'hunting' on animal with cameras, not guns. The eco-tourism is a large potential - new jobs, a large inflow of foreign and domestic tourists, and exploring nature. Environment and approaching animals that no longer hanging from the walls as trophies but to live their lives are true and not fake. For this reason, the AFC welcome and advocate for promoting eco-tourism instead of the barbaric and inhumane hunting of innocent animals.

Skewers of soy chunks, mushrooms and vegetables

soy chips
onions and other various vegetables
soy sauce

Preparation: soybean pieces boil, drain, vegetables such as onions, peppers, zucchini, cut eggplant and put all together on the
skewers. Prepare the marinade of soy sauce, pepper, garlic and other seasonings as desired. Leave the skewers little to be marinated and then cook them on the grill, or hot oil.

Croquettes of cereals and legumes

1 cup carrots cut into sticks
a pinch of salt
2 cups of cooked rice or millet
1 cup minced parsley
a little flour if necessary
dark sesame oil

Preparation: Boil the carrots for 2-3 minutes with a pinch of salt in the bowl in which 1 cm of water, until tender. Save water to the sauce. Drain the carrots and mix with cooked grains and parsley. Form a ball or oval shapes. If the mixture is too dry, put some flour with little water to wet, to keep the ball shape. If it is moist, roll the ball in dry flour. After formatting, the ball fry in hot oil for several minutes, until they become golden and crispy.

Peppers stuffed with pumpkin and potato

dozen of green peppers
for the filling: 1 / 2 kg cut into small cubes of potatoes
30 g sliced into small cubes of yellow pumpkin
a tablespoon of tomato puree

Preparation: Clean the vegetables, slice the potatoes and pumpkin. Fry the onions to be vitreous. All combine and spice. Fill peppers, arrange them in an ovenproof dish and pour any oil. Place in a preheated oven at 220-230 degrees Celsius and bake for 25-30 minutes.

Cannelloni with spinach

nedjelja, 3. listopada 2010.

Ingredients (3-4 persons):
600 g fresh or frozen spinach
200 g of cannelloni without eggs
3 onions
3 cloves of garlic
4 tablespoons of olive oil
about 2 tablespoons of margarine
3 tablespoons of heavy soy cream
the sauce:

6 tablespoons ofmargarine
6 tablespoons of flour
2 dl of soy milk without sugar
nutmeg powder

Preparation: Wash
the fresh spinach, chop into small pieces and then cook for about 5 minutes (frozen is already washed and chopped and blanched). Onion cut into small pieces. In a saucepan heat the oil, onion and simmer about 4 minutes. Add strained / thawed spinach, finely chopped garlic, cream and salt. For the sauce heat the butter, add flour and stir constantly. After about a minute slowly add milk and mix until it densifies. Salt it and add a little nutmeg. Fill canneloni spinach over a bowl that will be used for baking in the oven, the best tea-spoon and your fingers - it does not matter if something ends up in a bowl for baking. Furl cannelloni to each other and all pour over the sauce (make sure that everything is well shed, otherwise cannelloni will remain hard ). Add a couple of 'pile' of margarine on top. Bake for about 40 minutes at 200 ° C.

Baked lasagna with tofu

1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
1 cup freshly shelled peas
grains of an ear of corn
chopped 1 cup port diced
1 teaspoon tamari sauce
12 lasagna from whole flour 20-25 cm long

Preparation: sauté peas, corn and onions in a pan on the sesame oil for about 5 minutes or until it tender. Mash tofu in suribachi or in a bowl and add vegetables. Sprinkle with tamari at the ingredients, stir well and cook for 1-2 minutes. Lasagna cook separately in a large pot. put a layer of cooked lasagna at the bottom.
Alternately put layers of vegetables and tofu lasagna with layers, ending with lasagne. Cover pan and bake for 20-25 minutes in oven preheated to 180 C. When you are finished, lasagne must eventually be crispy. Remove and serve with Kuzu-tamari sauce.

A vegan diet reduces the risk of arthritis, heart attack and stroke

Scientists at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, published a study in the journal Arthritis Research and Therapy showing that a vegan diet can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, as well as facilitate the disease.

Rheumatoid arthritis is considered an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Researchers studied 66 adults with rheumatoid arthritis, the average age of 50 years. 38 persons placed on a vegan diet (no foods of animal origin) in which carbohydrates provided 60% of daily calories, fat 30% and 10% protein.

28 people tested in the control group were on a diet that includes animal foods with a similar ratio of carbohydrates, fats and proteins as well as those on a vegan diet. They were encouraged to eat five or more times per day fruits and vegetables you eat complex carbs such as potatoes and whole grains instead of refined.

After a year, scientists have measured a few bio-indicators at all persons and noticed that people in the vegan group experienced a drop in body mass index, total cholesterol and LDL ('bad') cholesterol. Levels of triglycerides and HLD ("good") cholesterol remained unchanged. It happened, and increasing levels of 'antiPC' antibodies, which are believed to help protect the body from cardiovascular disease.

These findings are compatible with previous test results of persons on vegetarian / vegan diet, which showed decreases in blood pressure, lower BMI and lower risk of cardiovascular disease, said the scientists.

Around 20 million people worldwide suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. High levels of LDL and total cholesterol, and high body mass index are risk factors for heart attack and stroke.

Research indicates that a vegan diet directly affects the maintenance of good health.

Reasons for the meat-free diet

nedjelja, 19. rujna 2010.

There are many reasons for vegetarianism, so many organizations are asking people to think about the future of their nutrition.

For themselves

Cessation of eating meat you will reduce your risk of getting heart disease, drops, cancer and other chronic diseases that
disable and kill over three million people a year, which is documented and confirmed by hundreds of studies. It also will guarantee that your energy level up, simplify the preparation of meals and reduce the bill for food, not to mention a cleaner conscience.

For their children

Ejection of meat will help protect soil, water and other sources of food production that are important to the survival of your children and their children.

For natural resources and hunger in the world

ejectment of the meat you will allow the wheat and other crops that are now fattened billion animal nutrition and rescue hungry people in the world. Meat diet is very extravagant and eating meat means supporting the hunger in the world and unequal distribution of food. In addition, there is much additional consumption of fossil fuels, electricity, drinking water and so on.

For air

Ammonia gas that comes from the barn where the cattle keep the CO2 emissions caused by the breeding of animals causes more harm than all the cars and factories in the world together. Global warming is directly linked to diet.

For water

The amount of water for ten cuts equal to the amount of water consumed by the average family in the whole year. Only in the U.S. meat industry is polluting the water as all industries and all the towns together. About 50% of water pollution in Europe caused a massive animal husbandry.

For Forest

Since 1970. more than 20 million hectares of tropical forests has been converted into pastures. Ruthlessly killing and destruction of forests threatens many animal and plant species, but also local residents. Already one third of the Earth's surface is used for animal husbandry.
For Animals

With ejecting the meat you will save innocent, sentient beings from their confinement, isolation, lack of rights, poisoning, mutilation, torture and slaughter. Animals have the right to life, and is currently being billions of lives in the terrible suffering of the farms around the world. Isolated and imprisoned awaiting their turn to the slaughter. And kill them because consumers who buy meat and meat products. Stand it on end, prevent suffering and slaughter of animals - become a vegetarian.

Meat has a disastrous impact on climate

Meat production is the culprit for the emission of greenhouse gases by 18 percent

Meat is considered as a status symbol and a sign of prosperity. Who can afford, daily sets it on the table. However, the best source of protein has a disastrous impact for the environment. Cars, factories and aircraft are not the only culprits for global warming - one of the perpetrators are in fact almost daily on our plate: meat! On the international 'Green Week' which was held in Berlin from 16 to 25 January to meet producers from all over the world to present their agricultural products. Marianne Thieme from the 'Party for Animals' in The Hague in his film to emphasize the detrimental role of meat. She made a film called 'Meat the Truth', which was conceived as a sequel to 'An Inconvenient Truth' by Al Gore. 'Intensive breeding of livestock leads to much greater production of greenhouse gases than all the planes and cars together. Vegetarian who drives a luxury car is less environmentally friendly than someone who eats meat and drives a Toyota Prius, says Marianne Thieme. It is in fact rely on the numbers and the Organization for Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Cow as a car

The entire transport sector - airplanes, cars, trains - according to FAO produces 14 percent of emissions that affect the creation of the greenhouse effect. Production of meat on the other side 'to blame' for as much as 18 percent of emissions. This one comes in second place, immediately after the coal fired power station. The reason is that due to production of meat they cut large forested areas, primarily in Brazil. Production of one kilogram of beef results in Brazil with nearly 60 pounds of carbon dioxide. But there is another factor, Thieme says, 'Excuse me being so direct, but with every release of gas or belching out methane from cows, and this is another harmful gas. " Transform the methane into carbon dioxide, then every cow in the year through their digestion produces CO2, which corresponds to the amount by half past four cars of the middle class. For Marianne Thieme is a logical answer: we must eat less meat. The Netherlands Minister of Agriculture Gerda Verburg wont even to hear. In her opinion, Thieme exaggeration, because the difference would not be found even if they stopped eating meat. Production of substitutes for meat and cheese also lead to the creation o f greenhouse gases, said Verburg. However, Thieme believes: 'Of course that does not mean that the meat is replaced by a different animal proteins. We generally eat less animal protein. "
Fasting for nature

'If in a week we throw a meat for one day, our government would be without much hesitation, to exercise their environmental objectives. " Party for Animals is the first such political party in the world that entered the national parliament. During the last parliamentary elections 2006th Party of the 150 seats in parliament won two. In the meantime, the party is represented with a place in the Senate. However, it is still 'small', so for her the other parties in parliament do not see a great future. The film 'Meat the truth' is currently on a world tour in America. In many other countries in the world have also established the Party for Animals, for example in Austria, Britain, Italy and Brazil.



Apart from problems with the environment, a great deal of discussion takes about cloned animals. Meat of these animals can be risky for the health of consumers - so he decided the European Office for Food Safety.

Carefree U.S.

Americans are convinced that no cloned meat or milk from cloned cows is not a risk to human health. U.S. Office for the control of food allowed the sale in early 2008. year.

Expanding The Circle

subota, 18. rujna 2010.

Historically, man has expanded the boundaries of their ethical scope, as they decrease the ignorance and the need, initially over the family and tribe, later beyond religion, race and nation.

The broader inclusion of animal species in the same framework of ethics, according to the present, normal, way of thinking may seem unthinkable. But one day, maybe after ten or maybe after a hundred years, it will be seen as common standards and requirements of the 'civilized' behavior.

(What Humans Owe to Animals, The Economist, 19/08/1995)

The rights of human goodness, in all its purity and freedom, can come to the fore only when the one who receives it is helpless.

The real moral test of humanity, its fundamental test (which is hidden away from view), consists of attitude towards those that are fully in its mercy: animals.

In this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental defeat, a defeat that is so fundamental that all others stem from defeating him.

(Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, 1984.)

People - who enslave, castrate, experiment on them and turn the fillets to animals - were understandable affinity for pretending that animals do not feel pain. Clear distinction between humans and the 'animal' is essentially important if you intend to submit to his will, make them work for us, wear them, eat them - without any indication of guilt and regret.

It is shameless of us who often behave so insensitive to animals, argued that only humans can suffer. Animal behavior proves that such claims are misleading. Animals are simply to similar to us.

(Dr. Carl Sagan & Dr. Ann Druyan, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, 1992).

The European Parliament has defined the terms vegetarian and vegan

Although vegetarianism exists thousands of years and means not eating meat from animals, this term is recently used for themselves and people who eat certain types of meat. It has become conventional wisdom that those who eat only meat and fish so. seafood called pescetarians. Those who eat all kinds of meat except so called red meat are called semivegetarians. There were new fictitious group, so called flexitarians generally do not eat meat, but when they are in society or to visit relatives adjust your diet and eat it, so called new vegetarians are omnivores, which in turn, with meat, like to eat plenty of vegetables and fruits.

Since most of under-educated people is still looking to vegetarianism as an alternative, an unequal and less valuable form of nutrition in relation to the usual diet in Western societies, it is unclear why people who eat meat want to force to call themselves vegetarians. However, regardless of the fashionable trends, it is important to clarify the concept of vegetarianism in order to properly and consistently used in daily use. So many vegetarians will no longer be deprived of vegetarian food in restaurants and other public places, where often the vegetarian menu are fish and other marine animals, as well as chicken, turkey, etc. Also, clear clarification of the concept of vegetarianism, which protects consumers which, because of their own choice or specific health problems (allergies, intolerance to certain ingredients in food, etc.) want to buy vegetarian products.

Deceptive terms such as semivegetarians, pescetarians, flexitarians etc. hindering the proper understanding of vegetarianism as a diet that excludes the consumption of any kind of meat from animals. For comparison, those who smoke only a few types of cigarettes could be the same logic to called semi smokers, which would be absurd. Equally, and with vegetarianism.

Therefore, in order to be abolished misconceptions about the content of vegetarian diets, the European Parliament's had in 16th June 2010. passed an amendment that gives the legal definition and protection of the term 'vegetarian' and 'vegan'. This amendment excludes from the use of expressions like semi vegetarianism and guarantees that the products that are declared as 'vegetarian' does not include products from any animal, nor of fish, and those with the declaration 'vegan' or any foods of animal origin such as milk, eggs and honey.

The amendment will concepts like semi vegetarianism and flexitarianism exclude from use, it will bring order in the labeling of products and understanding of vegetarian diets. It is expected that, in accordance with this amendment, all of which use the division of vegetarian food from caterers, publisher of the recipes, nutritionists, manufacturers and others comply with the defined terms 'vegetarian' and 'vegan'.

So, vegetarians do not eat any kind of animal meat, including fish and other aquatic animals. Within vegetarianism ovo lacto vegetarians eat eggs and dairy products, while lacto vegetarians eat dairy products, and do not eat eggs. Vegans, often referred to as virtual or pure vegetarians, do not eat meat, milk, eggs, honey, and therefore, any food of animal origin.

The animals exploited for food

The word vegetarian comes from the Latin word vegetus, meaning healthy, fresh and full of life, or homo vegetus, which means - physically and mentally healthy person. The original meaning of the word indicates a balanced philosophical sense of life, not just a diet consisting of fruits and vegetables.

Did you know that vegetarianism is spreading like fire throughout the planet? Millions of people today are vegetarians, and each week they join several thousand other people.

People become vegetarian on ethical grounds, because they believe that animals have a right to their own lives and that it is wrong to kill them, torture and exploit for human needs. In addition to unnecessary genocide of animals for breeding animals consume food that could feed hungry people, destroying fertile land, burning forests, poison the water and air, and many are aware of the ecological reasons and do not eat animals because they believe that vegetarian diet
is crucial for saving the planet, according to the industry of meat, milk and eggs to destroy the Earth tremendous speed. Also, people think on their own health. It is known that a cocktail of toxins found in animal meat destroys human health, and to extend the life of Vegetarianism and protects our health.

Therefore, vegetarians do not eat animals, meat and fish, but many do not even eat eggs, while vegetarians or vegans do not eat milk and all foods of animal origin.

Think of the animals, the planet, forests, water, air, earth, the hungry children and your health!

Codex of vegan ethics

srijeda, 8. rujna 2010.

The vegan ethics codex that was developed by Stanley M. Saponi, was first published in The Vegan Sourcebook mentioning basic principles of vegan lifestyle, followed by some examples of how vegans apply these principles in everyday life:

* Vegans are sensitive to instances of suffering, therefore vegans reject actions that cause emotional pain to mobile living beings, whether animals or humans, either
intentionally or unconsciously.
* Vegans
value unity of all life forms, therefore, vegans try to avoid conscious destruction of vegetation and the exploitation of natural environment in a way that endangers the local and global ecosystems.
* Vegans condemn the violence, therefore, vegans try to solve the physical and social challenges in thoughtful, kind, compassionate, considerate and fair manner.
* Vegans are spreading general principles of solidarity, therefore, vegans strive to active welfare, taking part in humanitarian actions and acts of mercy.

There are several ways in which vegans have shown their commitment to this code of ethics: they are choosing only plant foods, denying their economic and moral support to companies that are exploiting or abusing animals or humans, choosing materials and products that do not destroy and do not disrupt the emotional lives of beings; actively reject use of living things as tools or materials for education, research, entertainment or other utilitarian purposes, trying to resolve the conflict by means of understanding, respect and non-violent methods.
Their approaches to veganism vary just like vegans themselfs. There is no best way to become a vegan. It all depends on your level of commitment and motivation, as well on which manner is most comfortable to you. For many people, once they discover the reality behind their diet and become more aware of the widespread use of animal products in other areas of everyday life, is not left no choice but to make a quick and total change to veganism. Other people prefer a slower change that allows them to try the water before they jump into it.

Meaning of the vegan lifestyle

When a heart is trembling, stir the passions, so it is no surprise that many new vegans enters into such a lifestyle with a vengeance in mind. What healthy, compassionate, conscious person would not express his anger because of ruthless deception and the frequent injustices that serve as fuel of the modern economy? However, immersed in the ecstasy, many new vegans forget the real goal of veganism. It can lead to obsession if you forget the fact that compassion, not perfection, a sense of vegan living. Our world is not ideal. Therefore, working on trying to achieve the impossible is exhausting and can lead to despair or abandonment of vegan lifestyle.

Like a Crusade, extermination and the smallest remnants of animal products from our life is meaningless, because in modern society it is simply not feasible. Parts of animal bodies, waste or by-products exist in virtually all things. If the attention
of vegans is focused on the removal of the smallest animal components from all public and private affairs, it will leave them neither the time nor the strength to focus on education and other activities that could be much more productive.

If it is not possible to completely cleanse our lives from animal products, whether it makes sense, then clean it only partially? Does veganism even make sense?

Vegans are the pioneers in realizing the revolutionary view of life, views that the world is still not ready to accept. In all successful social movements, progressive ideas are always met with resistance. Denial and opposition is expected, maybe even invoke, because they are necessary preconditions for a change. Success can not always measure the achievement of the ultimate goal, really experience very few activists achieve their goals. Formulate concepts and strategies are launching the genesis of cultural change and an indispensable part of starting a permanent transformation, although the rewards, at least on the surface, sometimes seem insignificant.

Ethics of Compassion

It can lead to obsession if you forget the fact that compassion, not perfection, a sense of vegan living. Our world is not ideal. Therefore, work on trying to achieve the impossible is exhausting and can lead to despair or abandonment vegan lifestyle

Veganism means awakening, awareness and out of the fog that protects most people from suffering and death - the horror that continues forever just out of habit, for pleasure and profit. Many vegans also excites the process and discouraged. Vegans notice the wonders and beauty of the living world, its flexibility, resilience, and splendor, and watch it again with the eyes of a child.

At the same time waking up is painful. Consciousness is not restricted to the attractive side of life, it also reveals repulsive and disgusting sides. However, watching with wide-open eyes gives clearer view of the essence of life and promote a deep and meaningful internal growth. People who are protected from the crude reality never fully develop its gentle and sympathetic nature. Until the sharp edges cut through the anxiety of surface shell of the heart, compassion will remain alien concept.

Vegan attitude: approach based on the results

Characterization of veganism as just avoiding the list of ingredients is not the best way to achieve results. Therefore veganism will work on stopping cruelty to animals.

Working to stop cruelty to animals is a clear motivation that others
can easily understand. This practical oriented approach to the finish line, shows how veganism is a progressive way the world are doing better.

Although everyone's views on veganism exclude supporting industrial farms and slaughterhouses, there are many instances when access is based on the results, we can help more animals from the approach based only on the avoidance of products (food and others) associated with the use of animals.

For example, the film (which contains gelatin) for a camera with which many, due to the visual impact of photographs and films that have documented many abusers, so save the animals and help the spread of veganism. Today, analog cameras can be replaced by digital, but we must ask
ourselves is spending money on replacing more of the functional items with new best way of opposing cruelty to animals. A similar situation exists with leather and wool items that were purchased before someone decided to be vegan. Can it be that money is better spent creating a source for spreading vegetarianism, such as the printing of literature?

Is the vegan world possible?

Many people agree that the animal farming is cruel and unethical exploitation of animals, but believe that their efforts will never make any noticeable difference, but consider the development of the situation:

Imagine that one of us make the impact of only one person to move to the vegan lifestyle on average every five years and that person also affect one new person every five years. Although the change was imperceptible at first, until the middle of the century a large percentage of the human population would become a vegan and a lot of suffering would be prevented. As more people stop eating animals, it will be more vegan offer for everyone, so others will much easier change their habits. whit that pace should be only a few decades to move all people to the vegan lifestyle.

So we change our way of life, but we must also affect others to stop human exploitation and killing of animals and make this world
better for all its residents as soon as we became vegan. and thus better .

Cauliflower with tomato sauce

utorak, 7. rujna 2010.


1 large cauliflower

for the sauce:
1 kg ripe tomatoes
2 onions
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons chopped basil leaves
1 tablespoon olive oil
1.5 grams of margarine
4 grams of bread crumbs
1 tablespoon chopped herbs (
sage, thyme, rosemary and oregano)
2 tablespoons parsley, salt, pepper

Preparation: Pour tomatoes with hot water so they are easier to peel and cut into cubes. Peel and chop onion and
braised it on oil. Add tomatoes, chopped garlic and basil, salt. When you boil, reduce heat and cook for another 40 minutes. Put pepper in it. In the meantime, clean and wash the cauliflower and divide into pieces. Steamed for about 20 minutes and strain. The margarine burned crumbs. Add chopped herbs and parsley, spice. Cauliflower spread on the tray, pour part of the sauce and sprinkle bread crumbs. Serve remaining sauce separately.

Stew of kale and seitan

Ingredients (for two persons):

500 g kale
3-4 cups water

3 tablespoons of oat flakes
1.5 teaspoon salt

1 / 2 cubes vegetable concentrate
4 cloves garlic
300 g seitan
nutmeg, mustard,
salt (for marinating)
oil for frying
1 tablespoon olive oil

Preparation: Put the water and cabbage
in a pot, washed and cut into strips with a central, hard part of the leaves. When water boils, reduce the flame and cook for 10 minutes. Add oatmeal and all blended solid mixer. Marinate seitan cubes with nutmeg, mustard and salt. Roll marinated seitan in flour and fry in hot oil. Blended kale back to light the flame and add the other spices and cubes of fried seitan. Cook another 5 minutes over low heat to connect components.

Vegetarian cookbook

The wealth of vegetarian cuisine is immensely. Going to the meat-free diet you will find lots of excellent taste, variety of foods and dishes.

Beginners in vegetarian diets can find products of plant origin which copied the taste of meat, but also further expand the horizons of its vast range of food products and dishes, legumes, grains, mushrooms, seeds, vegetables and fruit.
Vegetarian food is varied, delicious, healthy, ecological and ethical and this is the food of the future. Try great recipes from our cookbook!

'What is the healthiest way of eating that will provide as with all the necessary input of nutrients? Today we know that the answer to this question is: 'A balanced vegetarian diet that includes the use of various fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds!

The secret of youth is the water in vegetables?

Key of health lies in maintaining strong skin cells that can retain water in the way that it can youth channel. If you can protect and maintain the cell membrane (from brain, heart and the connective tissue and skin cells) supplying them with water and nutrients, can successfully fight against aging and disease.

Most people accept the signs of aging, such as excessive weight, fatigue and illness. But the truth is that 80 percent chance of longevity depends on lifestyle, not genes.

Why the body contains only about 50 percent water? Contrary to common opinion, we do not have 75-80 percent water. Once we were and that was while we still lived in his mother's womb. But now we are closer to the figure of 50 percent. Since those early years, external and internal factors are damaging our cells and weaken their ability to retain water. This explains the signs of aging that began in the early 30's team.

Eat to maintain moisture - it's easy to bring 2.5 liters of water a day without having to drink large amounts. Almost all food contains water and, no natural whole foods have the most. Colorful fruits and vegetables contain lots of water with nutrients is the best form of water for us because it remains in the body long enough to be used.

Eat raw - cooking vegetables destroys the membranes of cells and allows the water to drain from them. This is why vegetables weighs less after cooking, and why it is recommended a lot of raw fruits.
What is the secret of water? When our cells are not fully hydrated, decaying and can not function normally. This leads to tissue damage that we call aging. As we age, we lose water naturally. Because of this loss to us all the more difficult to recover it, to fight bacteria and pathogens and to maintain hormonal balance. But there is a trick. It is not enough to just drink water to keep your skin recover.

Many people believe that drinking eight to ten glasses of water a solution for proper moisturizing. However, it is not just about drinking, but about bringing liquids in the cells and connective tissue to each cell to function at full capacity. If you want more of the cell membrane, to stimulate the regeneration of connective tissues and maintain a stable immune system have the authority to bring the necessary nutrients.

Amount of water in food:

* Watermelon, cucumber 97 percent

* 95 percent of tomatoes

* 92 percent of eggplant

* 88 percent of carrot

* Peach 87 percent

* Wholemeal bread 33 percent

Should we eat orange peel?

Although almost implies that we should remove peel from orange before eating and possibly used only in cakes, nutritionists warn that we should eat the whole orange - with the peel.

While freshly squeezed orange juice contains only 25% of the nutritional value of fruit in the peel, especially the inner white part, there are over 60% of fiber, antioxidant vitamins of whole orange.

The white part of peel that has properties that act to prevent cancer, and contains by far the largest percentage of bioflavonid (antioxidants) and vitamin C.

Nutritionists warn that when you remove the peel from the fruit you should leave as much white peel, also occasionally you can eat and non-peeled orange.

Uttwiler Sptlauber apples

Do not try to pronounce the name of the apple Uttwiler Sptlauber, becouse you will break your tongue! Instead of words switch to the deeds and take a bite into this healthy apple, which is recommends by Michelle Obama.

The rare and almost extinct varieties of apple from the 18 century, cultivated only in Swiss orchards. After you collect, it remains fresh and up to four months. During this period, all other types of apples are rotten and

It is believed that stem cells found in Uttwiler Sptlauber apple stimulate human stem cells to protect the regeneration of skin cells, thus delaying the appearance of wrinkles. Experts believe that these apples protect the skin from harmful UV rays.

Health Benefits of Kiwi Fruit

We have heard countless times the advice ''eat green'', which sometimes can go on your nerves, but the advice it is really useful.

Kiwi is green colored and rich in vitamin C (even more than oranges, and only two kiwi fruits contain 240% of the total daily requirement for vitamin C) and potassium, Kiwi is an excellent alternative if you do not like spinach. Cut it in half and add it to breakfast with cereals and yogurt.

It contains
significant amount of magnesium, also is a great source of antioxidants. Kiwi is extremely poor in fat and rich in vitamin E, which is a rarity because it is soluble vitamin E in fats, in the largest quantities coming in fatty foods.

So, although its external appearance is not so attractive, below its crust are many ingredients which make the kiwi and named''super fruit''.

Vegetarians live healthier and longer

subota, 4. rujna 2010.

In a time of overdosed poultry and other cattle or pig diseases, vegetarianism is becoming more then a trend, and even biggest meat advocates are seriously considering capitulation.

From day to day there is more of those who become vegetarians as once were Pythagoras, Socrates, Leonardo de Vinci, Newton, Einstein and Voltaire, and today are Sting, Paul Mc Cartney, Martina Navratilova, Dennis Rodman, Bob Dylan and Pink.
Of course, in favor of vegetarianism is not speaking only of modern diseases of livestock and poultry, but numerous studies for decades clearly shows that those who give up meat live healthier and longer, they are more active and more satisfied than other people.

Among other things it has been proven that vegetarians rarely suffer from malignant diseases and diseases of the heart and circulation, and for example, diabetes, allergies and diseases of the prostate and digestive organs. Studies have shown that they indisputably have lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels, but also less weight, and which is especially important that, for example, when ill cancer have a much better chance of recovery compared to those from your diet is not kicked the meat .

Of course, besides food, the fact that vegetarians are healthier and live longer contributes their lifestyle. There is in fact almost a rule that they do not smoke, do not drink alcohol and coffee, and are much more moving, recreate and relax than others.