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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


The Best New Year’s Resolution – 1 January 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

What is the one thing that’s easy, fun to do, and has far-reaching benefits for people, personal health, non-human animals, and the environment? Going Vegan! The blessings of a vegan lifestyle are enormous. Eating unprocessed whole grains, vegetables, legumes, and fruit improves health and saves money – and that’s only the beginning.

Everybody wins with a vegan lifestyle – humans, other animals, and the environment. Look at all the grain – 70 percent in the U.S. – that is fed to “food animals” bound for slaughter, while countless people around the world haven’t enough to eat. The solution is right there in the Bible for anyone to see: Then God said, “Behold I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you.” (Genesis 1:29)

Avoiding flesh and dairy helps reduce the production of methane, one of the leading causes of global warming. According to a study by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, worldwide, raising livestock generates more greenhouse gases than all forms of transportation combined (18 percent vs. 13 percent). And then there’s the water problem: besides the runoff pollution from animal agriculture, one pound of animal protein takes 100 times as much water to produce as one pound of plant protein, and eight times as much energy. So, going vegan automatically protects the environment by eliminating the methane gas produced by the cattle-exploiting industries, as well as by conserving water and energy.

And last but not least, going vegan blesses you with the freedom and joy that only a clear conscience can bring! Frank and I speak from personal experience. It’s been over twenty years since we took the step that proved to be one of the best things we’ve ever done – going vegan!

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