Taking Kosher to the Next Eco-Level
Although I've been a vegetarian for most of my life, I've never been an evangelist for the cause, though I do believe that humanity's natural state was vegetarian, before things got screwed up in the early chapters of Genesis. With Earth Day just behind us and with it becoming clearer that dramatic grass roots action is needed to head off disaster, an interesting alternative has sprouted: DefaultVeg. In L.A., the Jewish Initiative for Animals (JIFA) has been appearing on billboards promoting the idea that we see "fleshed out" below. It's simple and inclusive - not an imposition. Aligning food choices with Jewish values makes lots of sense, no? This is is no PETA extremism. You won't have to give up that schmear or even that chicken dinner. No need for blame and recrimination. It's not about fault, it's just about defaults. And really, if you think about it, why should the vegetarian option always be the one at the end of the table? Why are we always made out to be the fussy weirdos? And if you are a Kosher Vegetarian, you are doubly weird - bring out the cellophane airline dinner for that one! Maybe it's time to rearrange the tables as proposed by DefaultVeg. Otherwise we'll soon be rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
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