All about fruitarianism with a long-term fruitarian, Lena

I learned about this DxE pledge on the great channel ModVegan, and commented: 

Margaret, this is the first time I hear about this Liberation Pledge (thank you), and I am completely against it.

Positive pear-pressure? They are calling for acts of public disrespect to the participants' closest people! The first result will be alienation of these people from their loved ones, colleagues, and clients, and in deep personal problems.

Your alternative is much better, but every vegan would act this way in most situations anyway. I am a long-term vegan, BTW. 

Margaret, the author of the ModVegan (Modern Vegan Living), responded to my comment:

Yeah, I'm rather inclined to agree. I know some people are quite sensitive to seeing animals on plates (to be honest, my oldest daughter has a hard time with it), so I can see asking close friends and family not to eat meat around you. I'm lucky that this happened naturally in our house. I remember a prof in University that asked his vegetarian wife to cook meat - and I felt bad for her, even though I ate meat at the time. But I agree, we definitely don't want to be alienating those closest to us! I think most vegans just figure out ways to make things work.

This is the pledge:

  1. Publicly refuse to eat animals - live vegan.
  2. Publicly refuse to sit where people are eating animals.
  3. Encourage others to take the pledge.

To me, this demands are outrageous and unethical. What do you think?

On the site of the Pledge, the authors are not listed. After a short internet research, I found that it was Direct Action Everywhere who started it in November 2015. I have no respect for the actions of this organization, because they either don't understand human psychology, or choose to ignore the high probability of negative consequences of their actions for some most likely self-serving reasons. 

Vegan people have plenty of problems with acceptance by their friends and family members, as well as with public image of veganism. The latter is largely the result of the actions of people and organizations with a mind set as DAE's leaders and members. 

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Leo Tolstoy

A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral. 

Water

Water is an essential nutrient - it is required in amounts that exceed the body's ability to produce it. All biochemical reactions occur in water. It fills the spaces in and between cells and helps form structures of large molecules such as protein and glycogen. 

Most foods contain water. The body can usually get 20% of its total water requirements from solid foods alone. The human body can last weeks without food, but only days without water. 

The digestion process also produces water as a byproduct and can provide around 10 per cent of the body’s water requirements.  

Water is a transparent and nearly colorless chemical substance. Its chemical formula is H2O, meaning that its molecule contains one oxygen and two hydrogen atoms

Water covers 71% of the Earth's surface. It is vital for all known forms of life. On Earth, 97% of the planet's crust water is found in seas and oceans, 1.7% in groundwater, 1.7% in glaciers and the ice caps. Only 2.5% of this water is freshwater, and 98.8% of that water is in ice (excepting ice in clouds) and groundwater. Less than 0.3% of all freshwater is in rivers, lakes.

Safe drinking water is essential to humans and other lifeforms even though it provides no calories or organic nutrients. ~One billion people still lack access to safe water. It was estimated that by 2025 more than half of the world population will be facing water-based vulnerability, and by 2030 water demand in some developing regions of the world will exceed supply by 50%.

Approximately 70% of the freshwater used by humans goes to agriculture. 

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