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From: Michael (
Subject:         Vegan diet now possible
Date: January 5, 2007 at 3:46 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: Vegan diet best hope for humanity, IMO posted by David Meyer on October 19, 2006 at 9:10 am:

A truly vegan diet is now a possibility due to our increased
nutritional knowledge and also our ability to obtain any kind of
food at any time of year thanks to global trade. Isolated societies
by necessity had to survive with whatever plant or animal foods
were locally available. Only fairly recently have we had the ability to
pursue a healthful pure vegetarian diet.

While the different societies in the book are not strictly vegan (and
John truthfully reports this), they do consume a mainly plant-based
diet, since that is the type of food at their disposable. It's a happy
coincidence for them that these food choices have been a
contributing factor to their longevity. John may seem to soft-sell
the vegan diet, but I'm sure he wants this book to have universal
appeal. Maybe he feels that some might be initially "scared off" due
to the V-word. You don't have to read between the lines, however,
to see that in the book a vegetarian or vegan diet is strongly
emphasized for healthful longevity.

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