All Life is Sacred
Based on the idea that all life to be sacred, we have adopted a plant-based diet that is in many ways like the standard vegan diet, but with some modifications. An ideal diet would be one in that consumes foods that are perennials and do not involve killing the plant in order to consume its leaves, berries, fruits or tubers. The reality of living in a cool temperate zone climate is that it is difficult to produce enough food that way so it is necessary to grow some crops that can be stored through the cold winter season. We do try to eat only foods that can be grown in our ecosystem..
A community goal is to create a permaculture food forest. Here are a couple books that exemplify that style food production:
Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture by Toby Hemenway
The Lost Language of Plants by Stephen Harrod Buhner
Honey. Many vegans reject eating honey on the grounds that it enslaves the bees. If it involved forcing bees to do something they didn't want to do that might be a valid argument, but having kept bees for several years we know that the bees profit as much as the humans from benevolent management and do not particularly object to sharing some of their honey. But commercial beekeeping is not good as the bees are considered expendable for the sake of profit.
Anyone with questions about a plant-based diet should read The China Study, the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted.
Diet is a complex subject and a sensitive one. We try to work with new members as they adjust to our diet.
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