Sunday, August 22, 2010

Great Article in the Long Island Press

Letters To The Press
I would like to applaud the writing of
Jaclyn Gallucci for the informative article
on genetically modified foods. As a humane
and environmental educator and militant
vegan mom of two young boys, this article
reminded me of a film I recently viewed
called Fresh. Most parents and educators
alike have absolutely no idea as to what
we are feeding our children. Our children’s
school lunches fall short of “healthy.” The
U.S. Department of Agriculture promotes
the consumption of dairy and animal flesh,
both of which are connected to serious
health issues.
As per Dr. Benjamin Spock, “Children
who grow up getting their nutrition from
plant foods rather than meats have a tremendous
health advantage. They are less
likely to develop weight problems, diabetes,
high blood pressure and some forms of
cancer.” A carnivore’s diet is riddled with
growth hormones rBST and rBGH. Your
readers may not know that the steak sitting
on their plate, once a living being, born to
be a herbivore, was force-fed animal flesh.
The meat that is sitting on your children’s
plate has lived off genetically modified corn
and, yes, pigs, horses, cows, sheep, etc. are
herbivores, yet the USDA finds it apropos
to turn the other cheek by allowing factory
farms/farmers to overcrowd, abuse and
disregard the natural order of the food
chain for our voiceless counterparts.
Cows are not built/designed to
consume other cows. Make sense? Humans
are not designed to consume animal flesh
nor bovine milk, but we do. Why is this?
Why on Earth would one particular
mammal desire to consume the milk of
another? For example: constantly impregnating
a cat, for the sake of argument,
and drinking her milk. Sound ridiculous?
Because it is ridiculous! Why do
we humans constantly impregnate cows
solely to produce milk? Not only are these
bovines pumped up with rBST/rBGH,
which in turn you are ingesting every time
you have a glass of milk or chomp into
a burger. The bovine’s offspring is then
crated and prepped for the makings of a
miserable veal meal.
I implore your readers to check out or www., excellent resources for a healthy,
vegetarian genetically modified free diet.
I am a vegan due to my belief in
“harming none.” Veganism is a religion and
philosophical practice of respect, compassion
and love for all beings. I would love the
opportunity to branch out on this story of
“Genetically Modified Foods that are in fact
killing our kids.”
Just a few statistics I would like to
share: The standard American diet containing
large amounts of animal fat can begin to
clog arteries in childhood. Sixty percent of
all American children are obese. As per the
American Heart Association, vegetarians
have lower blood pressure than non-veggies.
Harmful cholesterol is found only in animal
products (meat, dairy, eggs). Childhood
diets high in calories, protein, calcium and
fat promote growth and early menstruation,
which in turn is associated with high cancer
rates. The American Dietetic Association
states that our nutritional needs can be met
on a vegetarian and/or vegan diet.
You are what you eat, right? Respect
our earth, respect all beings, and respect
Eileen Scanlon Christofi, Bethpage

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