About Vegetarianism

There is a view in some permaculture circles that 'vegetarianism is the most sustainable / healthiest diet', but we present some (growing) evidence to the contrary in the Good Food & Nutrition page.  

This page is more about the amazing discoveries about plant consciousness, but starting with a historical peek at where the 'inferior consciousness' of plants (implicit in the vegetarian-as-more-spiritual or compassionate stance, and many other attitudes we hold in destructo-cultures) came from.

Benefits of Vegetarianism

There are many benefits of vegetarianism (eating only plant products), just as there are benefits to other kinds of special diets, for particular people, in particular circumstances, and - most importantly - for particular lengths of time: something that makes us feel healthier after a few weeks, months or even years isn't necessarily 'the' best permanent diet for humans, or even for us.   

There are quite clear de-toxing benefits to all kinds of 'restricted' diets for example - fasting at one end of the spectrum and green-veggie juices going on to 'no meat / no cereals / no industrial foods' on the other end.

Since many of us do live in very toxic environments, with toxin-building habits - mostly through eating and breathing industrial waste / non-foods and even 'washing' with industrial 'beauty / hygiene products' which we absorb through the skin, our largest organ, doing special activities or diets for de-toxing can make a lot of sense.

In some religions and spiritual practices vegetarianism is reccommended as a way of purifying one self, in particular for those who wished to remain celibate.   

It is important to note, in this respect, that whenever any animal is malnourished, the first systems to break down are the least necessary, and so the reproductive system (not only sexual interest, but also fertility, menstruation might stop, etc.) will be one of the first ones to malfunction. 

But there is another reason that plant diets are sometimes considered 'more spiritual' an that concerns the perceived connection of morality or compassion with eating 'less conscious beings'.
In this respect, the more similar to humans an animal is, also the more likely we are to emphathise with its suffering.    This relates to The Great Chain of Being model, or paradigm:

The Great Chain of Being

There is a marked 'specism' (prejudice based on species) at the root of this, where plants are seen as 'not being as conscious' as humans, simply because they have a different type of consciousness - that we can't relate to, and so tend to assume - within the anthropocentric paradigm -  to be 'inferior' in some way.

But there is plenty of research to suggest that plants do in fact have a very developed sensitivity to their environment, including a response to danger like fire, being mis-treated or killed for egsaple (as animals do).

In some human cosmologies, plants are seen as being superior, more evolved consciousness that we can't begin to comprehend.

Below are some famous documentaries and studies investigating the conciousness of plants.

The Secret Life of Plants

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Nature's Secret's, a profound consciousness or awareness that bonds all things together. The Secret Life of Plants is a Book written by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird, Published in 1973. It is described as "A fascinating account of the physical, emotional, and spiritual relations between plants and man." Essentially, the subject of the book is the idea that plants may be sentient, despite their lack of a nervous system and a brain. This sentience is observed primarily through changes in the plant's conductivity, as through a polygraph, as pioneered by Cleve Backster. It delves quite deeply into such topics as the aura, psychophysics, orgone, radionics, kirlian photography, magnetism/magnetotropism, bioelectrics, dowsing, and the history of science.
It was the basis for this 1979 Documentary of the same name, with a soundtrack especially recorded by Stevie Wonder.

What Plants Talk About

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When we think about plants, we don't often associate a term like "behavior" with them, but experimental plant ecologist JC Cahill wants to change that. 
The University of Alberta professor maintains that plants do behave and lead anything but solitary and sedentary lives.
What Plants Talk About teaches us all that plants are smarter and much more interactive than we thought!

How Plants Communicate & Think

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In the Mind of Plants

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Documentary HD Pure Science Specials++ In The Mind of Plants 2015

The Botany of Desire

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The Botany of Desire, a free PBS documentary on the evolutionary relationship between humans and plants.

The China Study

The China Study is often the reference for the 'scientific proof' that vegetarianism or veganism is the optimal human diet.

Yet this study has been critiqued quite extensively for being based on very dubious science, notably by Denise Minger who also has published the dialogue she had with the author of the China Study after questioning the science.

As always, make own mind up and look out for the most reputable sources you can find to make your own mind up.