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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.


Great American Meatout – 16 March 2009
By Mary T. Hoffman

On Saturday, my husband Frank and I attended the annual Great American Meatout celebration at Rhinebeck, New York. We always look forward to these gatherings that feature great vegan food and excellent speakers.

The guest speaker was Jeff Novick, Registered Dietician, whose sense of humor involves his audience and makes learning fun. His message and power point presentation about the food industry, “Health Food vs. Healthy Food. Knowing the Difference Can Save Your Life,” was serious; but his personality made the facts presented easily accessible to his listeners of a wide range of ages and backgrounds.

This year is the 25th annual observance of this grassroots diet education campaign, and the theme is “Change Your Diet – Change the World!” Every year in March, around the first day of spring, people in all fifty U.S. states and two dozen other countries host a variety of educational events and ask others to explore a wholesome, compassionate diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Here are some of the benefits of a vegan diet:

~ Reduced risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and other top killers.
~ Reduced world hunger by increasing the availability of grains and soybeans.
~ Reduced deforestation and pollution of water supplies by animal waste.
~ Reduced global warming: animal agriculture is #1 producer of greenhouse gases.
~ Reduced animal suffering in factory farms and slaughterhouses.

When confronted with the horrid facts about industrial animal farming, many people ask what they can do to help end the suffering. Well, there is a simple answer: Go Vegan!

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