vegan... for a while
"The late Mahatma
Gandhi devoted much of his life
to the advocacy of a strict
vegetarian diet, and for years
he experimented on his own body
to find a suitable selection of
plant foods on which to sustain
But all attempts were failures.
In 1929, Gandhi and 22
companions went on a diet
consisting of a limited
selection of uncooked plant
Whereas the diet worked
out well for a time and led to
marked improvement in
consumptive cases, it failed to
prove adequate on a long-range
One by one
Gandhi's companions were forced
to depart from the diet, and
Gandhi himself had to add goat
milk to his fare in order to
"For my companions I have been a
blind guide leading the blind,"
declared Gandhi after the
experiment was over. Gandhi
still felt, however, that "the
hidden possibilities of the
innumerable seeds, leaves and
fruits" of the earth could be
explored and found to provide
mankind with adequate
He never stopped
trying to experiment along these
lines, but he always had to turn
back to goat milk to regain his
In the end he had to acknowledge
the necessity for animal food.
In 1946 he declared: "The crores
of India today get neither milk
nor ghee nor butter, nor even
No wonder that
mortality figures are on the
increase and there is a lack of
energy in the people. It would
appear as if man is really
unable to sustain life without
either meat or milk and milk
products. Anyone who deceives
people in this regard or
countenances the fraud is an
enemy of India."
These are strong words from a
man who devoted most of his life
to the search for a satisfactory
vegetarian diet. But Gandhi's
experience is not unique in the
field of nutrition.
have also gone through the
experience of believing that man
could thrive exclusively upon a
limited selection of uncooked
plant foods, only to find in the
end that animal products were
necessary for sustenance. ...."
Gandhi was unable to live on a
He finally declared vegan claims
those who insisted that veganism
was possible he defined to be "enemies of
from the article MAHATMA
GANDHI AND 22 COMPANIONS FAIL AS
by Arnold DeVries
A day old calf
consumes around 5 liters of milk
but a grass-fed cow
produces two to three gallons or
8 to 12
liters of milk per day,
that is 3 to 7 liters or about
one or two
gallons of extra milk
Mother Nature gave about one or two
extra gallons of milk
per day to humans!
A cow produces milk
for 10 months after giving
birth, but the calf can eat
grass only in 2 to 4 months.
The UN'S FAO or
FOOD and AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION says a
calf can eat just grass in 2
family cow owners say in 4
months the calf is completely
weaned off the mother cow's milk.
does the cow produce milk for
6-8 more months if the
calf only needs 2 to 4 months of
God gave the
extra 6-8 months to humans and
the extra one or two gallons per
day to humans. It's not stealing
from the animals it's a gift
from Mother Nature.
You can have
your milk and eat it too! as
cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt,
sour cream, butter etc. etc., with a free conscience.
There is no
reason for vegans to avoid milk
products from kindly treated,
pasture raised animals.
Alicia Silverstone, author of The Kind
Diet, admitted on Oprah that she
eats cheese now and then.
actor Michael Clarke Duncan,
gentle giant star of The Green
Mile, Talladega Nights: The
Ballad of Ricky Bobby, died suddenly of a heart
attack at age 54 on September 3,
He went vegan in 2009
and became a poster vegan
celebrity for Peta.
Many vegans and
especially those coached by Peta
take a B-12 supplement, so
homocysteine was probably not
the cause of the heart attack.
Peta says he
got his protein from
vegetables, and legumes such as
beans, peanuts, and tofu."