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Supreme Master Ching Hai on the Environment: The True Cost of Meat - Excerpts from Supreme Master Ching Hai's Lectures, Part 1 of 3

Lecture Language:English,Mandarin Chinese(中文)
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“If we kill someone for food, we will get killed for food later in some other form, in the next time, next generation. It's a pity that we are so intelligent, so civilized and yet most of us do not know the cause of our neighboring country's suffering. That is, through our palate, through our taste, through our stomach. In order to feed and nourish just one body we kill so many beings and we starve so many fellow human beings, don't talk about animals yet. And this guilt, consciously or unconsciously, will weigh down on our conscience, make us suffer cancers, tuberculosis, other kinds of incurable diseases, including AIDS. Ask yourselves why our country, America, suffers the most, the highest rate of cancers in the world. Because we eat a lot of beef. We eat more meat than any other country.” “The damaging health effects of meat and dairy are now well documented for everyone to see. Besides being directly linked to increased risk of such fatal diseases as colon cancer, links have also been made to many other cancers, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, infertility in women and even mercury poisoning found in fish. Another type of meat poisoning can come from arsenic, which is often fed to poultry to make them grow faster and, in turn, we feed ourselves with this poultry. Of course, then we poison ourselves as well, but nobody would tell us about this. So we are feeding ourselves with poisons every day, not just from poultry, but from cows and pigs, ducks, geese, and not to talk about the cruelty beyond imagination that we are not even allowed to know and to see. If everybody sees how the chickens are treated, how pigs are treated, and how little tiny chickens are treated, grind alive like that, I don’t think they would want to ever eat chicken meat again; but we are not even allowed to see this. So, you can see, Mr. Lin-Hsu, the best is to abolish meat altogether. Because unlike tobacco, drugs and alcohol, animal consumption is eating up our planet, is killing us humans, and destroying our only home that soon we might not even have a planet to live on, for our children to continue to live on. We have no time to waste now as in the case of the other 3 poisonous substances, namely drugs, alcohol and tobacco.” “You see the meat diet not only causes the greatest emission of poisonous gas into the planet atmosphere, but many other costs. It’s not only the animal who emits the methane gas because we keep multiplying the animals and they keep multiplying, spraying gas into the air. But that’s not only the damage. It’s not only methane gas from the animals’ waste. There is the transportation energy cost; there’s electricity energy cost; there’s water-wasting cost; there’s a land resource occupation cost; there’s a deforestation cost, and there’s a related illness medical cost; and there’s the grievance, sorrow of the people who lost loved ones due to diseases related to meat diet cost; and because we use food to feed livestock for human consumption instead of feeding directly to humans, therefore, there is cost of war and famine due to shortage of food and resources. Add them together, then we will see the real answer. There are many causes which breed negative energy into the atmosphere of our planet and you know what I’m talking about. Now, the vegetarian diet is benevolent so it will bring you happy energy and that in turn will breed more happiness, will attract more happiness and when you’re happy everything will be better. You think better, you react better, your life becomes better, your children will be better, everything will be better.”
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