Why I Am Vegie.

I turned vegetarian on the 26th of January 1970.

One of the reasons why I became vegetarian was because it is
an extension of my Pacifist, Humanitarian, and Atheist
philosophy.

I also became vegetarian because it means that one can grow
more food, and thus help to combat world starvation.

Even after the growth of the vegetarian movement, and after
all these years, I still find people asking just why I am Vegie,
or have very little idea upon just what a Vegie diet entails.

Once a year I go visit my doctor for a health check.
One of the queries I get a ‘well done’ for doing at these visits
results from my being Vegie.

Being vegetarian reduces the chance of developing many
medical conditions , such as stomach problems, high colostral
levels, etc.

There is also another reason for being vegetarian: –

It helps in the struggle to stop climate change.

Why?

Because it takes less energy and petrochemical resources to
grow the crops which comprise a vegetarian diet.

This just goes to show that there is no such thing as one simple
reason as to why I became Vegie.

There is an old saying:
‘You are what you eat’.

In this time of climate change worries there should be a new
saying: –

Your planet will change with what you eat.

Just think about it.

Avocadoes.

I had dinner with my old friend Ruth over the weekend.

We sat out in her garden under the shade of a tree she had
planted herself.

As part of the meal we ate a dish which was made of
avocados.

Very nice !

What makes this worth noting,
is that the avocados were grown on the tree we were
sitting under.

Eva Batt described avocados as being:
‘Nature’s Green butter’.

Eva Batt was a founder of the Vegan Society,
&
is well known for her classic cook book
Vegan Cooking.

My friend Ruth lives in Camberwell – South London.

Camberwell is famous for a school of art,
but not for what is grown in the area.

Climate change must now be gaining at apace,
if avocados can now be grown in a garden in Camberwell.

Send Jamie Oliver to Jail.

I keep being told how bad food, and food additives, are a
major contributing factor in the bad behaviour of children.

Over the last few years there has been a lot of attention
focused upon the quality of food which is served out in the
schools.

The food writer and chef Jamie Oliver has been very vocal
upon this subject.

The Veggies food co-operative in Nottingham have done a lot
of work to improve school meals within the city.

Anyone who has been within a UK Hospital over the last few
years will tell you just how bad the quality of NHS
( National Health Service ) food had become.

Even more worrying are the continuing reports upon the
nutritional value of what is being served to patients.

Yet it is not just within Schools and hospitals that bad food
is served up on a daily basis.

Food & Nutrition is a Criminal Issue. Continue reading Send Jamie Oliver to Jail.

A Memorial at Smithfield.

I was born in St Bartholomews ( Barts ) Hospital in the City of London.

Just next to Barts is Smithfield, which has been a meat market for some 800 years.

Smithfield market is housed within a beautiful Victorian building which is in danger of being pulled down. Needless to say, the whole issue of what becomes of the building is very controversial indeed.

I’ll not go in to the various issues which surround the future of Smithfield, but just mention what I think might be done at the place.

A memorial to the countless millions of animals which have been cruelly murdered, butchered, & sold within Smithfield market.

The building might also be used as a vegetarian education centre, with retail outlets which sell various organic, & vegetarian products.

I would like the same to be done at the site of the old meat
market at Caledonian Rd, & at every other meat market
throughout the globe.

MuckD- The Sawdust people !

I’ve been looking through my archive, & came upon the following.

So here is the fun text of the very 1st
Greenpeace ( London ) anti-MuckD leaflet,
which was given out on Jan 19th 1985.

Enjoy !………………….

‘Macdonalds – The Sawdust people !

Sawdust – The Taste of macdonalds ‘food’

Sawdust – The nutritional value of macdonalds ‘food’

Sawdust – On the bloody floors of macdonalds slaughterhouses.

Sawdust – From the destruction of the Amazon rain forests
…. from the felling of millions of trees to provide more profits
for macdonalds …….

Macdonalds – The Sawdust people ! ‘

What followed on from that became McLibel.