A vegetarian or vegan diet is one of the most earth friendly gestures an individual can take.
* 100 billion gallons of water, enough to supply all the homes in New England for almost 4 months;
* 1.5 billion pounds of crops otherwise fed to livestock, enough to feed the state of New Mexico for more than a year;
* 70 million gallons of gas -- enough to fuel all the cars of Canada and Mexico combined with plenty to spare;
* 3 million acres of land, an area more than twice the size of Delaware;
* 33 tons of antibiotics.
If everyone went vegetarian just for one day, the U.S. would prevent:
* Greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 1.2 million tons of CO2, as much as produced by all of France;
* 3 million tons of soil erosion and $70 million in resulting economic damages;
* 4.5 million tons of animal excrement;
* Almost 7 tons of ammonia emissions, a major air pollutant.
This personal choice has the very real potential to provide positive change for the planet.
Israel may very well be the most vegan friendly country in the world, with four percent of the population identifying as vegan. A recent vegan fest in Tel Aviv attracted 15,000 people. Even the Israeli army provides soldiers leather-free boots and dietary alternatives for its vegans. Happy cow, the vegetarian travel site lists 113 veg-friendly restaurants in Tel Aviv alone
Leave to to the Palestinians and their enablers to find this objectionable.
Vegan Killers: Israeli Vegan-Washing and the Manipulation of Morality was written by Shawndeez Davari Jadali , a research assistant for the Islamophobia Studies Journal, UC Berkeley and was published in the very appropriately named Turkey Agenda.
It reads like a parody, but it is not.
Shawndeez, graduate of UC Berkeley's Peace and conflict program takes issue with Israel's growing vegan movement, accusing the country of "enticing vegans from all over the world with a myriad of vegan eateries", motivated by a desire " to conceal the violence embedded in the occupation of Palestine".
Alas, for the poor helpless Palestinians, this tofu-driven Zionist conspiracy is succeeding, as characterized by the "booming vegan tourism and international praise for the Israeli vegan movement"
Tourists: Be forewarned. The vegetarian schnitzel or seitan schwarma gracing your plate is not simply a personal lifestyle statement. It serves as a signal that Israel has succeded in "manipulating politically disinclined animal lovers all over the world into accepting its duplicitous political agenda".
Shawndeez Jadali, a protege of Hatem Bazian, sees a Zionist conspiracy in her morning cornflakes, in her tea leaves, and on her dinner plate. Its a sad and petty way to live.