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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Maynard S. Clark

Vegetarian to the World

From September 8-21, 2006, I enjoyed IVU's 37th World Vegetarian Congress in Goa, India.
My photos of my India journeyings are now available, separated by dates the photos have been taken:

10 September 2006 in Varca, Goa, India - 37th World Vegetarian Congress in Radisson White Sands Hotel

11 September 2006 in Varca, Goa, India - 37th World Vegetarian Congress in Radisson White Sands Hotel

12 September 2006 in Varca, Goa, India - 37th World Vegetarian Congress in Radisson White Sands Hotel

13 September 2006 in Goa, India - 37th World Vegetarian Congress in Radisson White Sands AND full day touring sites in Goa

14 September 2006 in Varca, Goa, India - 37th World Vegetarian Congress in Radisson White Sands Hotel

15 September 2006 in Varca, Goa, India - 37th World Vegetarian Congress in Radisson White Sands Hotel

16 September 2006 in Varca, Goa, India - 37th World Vegetarian Congress in Radisson White Sands Hotel AND half-day trip of Goan state

18 September 2006 touring Karnataka, India as a vegan group in a bus

19 September 2006 touring Karnataka, India as a vegan group in a bus

20 September 2006 touring Mumbai, Maharashtra, India (Mani Bhawan and other sites)

21 September 2006 touring Mumbai, Maharashtra, India (Elephanta Caves, Museums, dinner)

More are uploaded to my Picasaweb site, which you will find there by navigating.
The 38th IVU World Vegetarian Congress was in Dresden, German.

I have since lost that Kodak 3.2 megapixel digital camera and replaced it with one, a second, and now a third digital camera that isn't quite so good, though now i'm working with an 8.0 megapixel camera. I think i need a Canon PowerShot, so photographers - share your thoughts and insights with me.

The 39th IVU World Vegetarian Congress is expected to be again in SE Asia.

After quite a few very interesting years working (and learning) at TTC, I left.

Now I'm working again entirely in Boston's Longwood Medical Area.
I have been work for Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health off and on since the early 1990s.

I'm active in several local Meetups, but three are vegetarian-related:
Boston Vegan Meetup
Boston Vegetarian Meetup Boston Veggie Meetup

My Yahoo 360 BLOGS were under maynardclark and maynardsclark.
When Yahoo! CLOSED the 360 blogging platform and allowed us to migrate our content to the Yahoo! profiles, the first of those two blogs had brought me about 1.3 million different readers who joined one or both of these blogs and stay in touch with me.My MSN/Microsoft Live Spaces blogs are found at

I continue to blog on a Yahoo! platform at my two Yahoo! profiles (maynardclark and maynardsclark), and if you try to access the earlier 360 blogs, you will be redirected to the Yahoo! profile corresponding to that profile/360 blog.

My nine (9) Google Blogspot blogs are at

Other current photos of me will be found with my current writings on my various blogs. Join them all!!

All of us should live as vegetarians -- vegans -- because we ARE vegetarians (vegans) anatomically.
Social behavior contradicts this anatomical reality because that fact isn't widely recognized by our species.

The Vegetarian Resource Center's byline has been "Making Connections for Plant-Based Diets since 1993"

Summerfest Photos

Every year, the North American Vegetarian Society (NAVS) holds an annual NAVS Vegetarian Summerfest (often in Johnstown PA). Chef Ken Bergeron, CEC, holder of gold, silver, and bronze medals in the International Culinary Olympics and author of Professional Vegetarian Cooking, organizes the kitchen and makes possible three (3) vegan buffet meals daily AND vegan snacks throughout the evenings (dfuring socializing and evening entertainment after the evening plenaries).

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Kick the disposable battery habit

Kick the Disposable Battery Habit
August 2009
Read this issue of Greentips online

Americans buy about three billion household batteries (about 10 per person) annually, according to the Environmental Protection Agency—and nearly all of them end up in landfills. The next time you need to power up your gadgets, choose rechargeable batteries instead. Unlike disposable alkaline batteries, rechargeable batteries can be reused hundreds of times, which not only saves money and resources, but also reduces global warming pollution associated with battery manufacturing and transport. An independent study conducted for battery manufacturer UNIROSS estimates that using a disposable battery to create 1 kilowatt-hour of electricity has a global warming impact equivalent to driving a car 283 miles; using a rechargeable battery is equivalent to driving 10 miles.

Rechargeable battery technology continues to evolve, but there are only a few types widely available today:

  • Nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) is the most common rechargeable battery type. Like their nickel-cadmium predecessors (see below), NiMH batteries come in standard sizes (AAA, A, C, D, and 9V) but are considered less toxic and offer superior performance. New “low-self-drain” (or “hybrid”) NiMH batteries come fully charged, like alkaline batteries, and stay charged longer, making them good for slow-drain gadgets like remote controls.

  • Nickel-cadmium (NiCad or NiCd) batteries have fallen from favor in recent years because they contain cadmium, a carcinogen. However, older handheld tools may still run on NiCads, and they are still sold in stores.

  • Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are mostly used in high-end electronics like laptops and cell phones, as the battery’s light weight and high storage capacity help improve gadgets’ portability. They are more expensive than other rechargeable batteries, however, due to their advanced circuitry, and are currently unavailable in standard sizes.

No matter which type of rechargeable batteries you use, you can make them even greener using these strategies:

  • Choose an energy-efficient charger. Energy Star-rated models use 35 percent less energy than standard chargers, while solar-powered battery chargers use no electricity at all. For further energy savings, look for a “smart” charger that shuts off when the batteries are fully charged (overcharging shortens battery life). Regardless of charger type, unplug it when it is not being used as it will continue to draw electricity even when not charging.

  • Care for idle batteries. Do not leave batteries uncharged or unused for long periods, which can shorten their life. Remove batteries from infrequently used devices and store away from heat and moisture.

  • Dispose of batteries properly. Rechargeable batteries contain toxic materials and should not be thrown out with regular trash. When purchasing batteries, ask the retailer whether it takes them back for recycling; if it does not, you may be able to bring them to your municipal hazardous waste facility or a local recycling center (see the Related Resources).

Related Resources

Bio Intelligence Service—Ditch the Disposable Lifestyle(pdf)

California Integrated Waste Management Board—Rechargeable Batteries and Chargers

Energy Star—Battery charging systems

Earth 911—Battery Recycling Locations

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Monday, August 17, 2009

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Sunday, August 16, 2009


What would the world be like without animals for food, fiber, and labor? Are we morally obligated to do without them?

Davis SL.
Poult Sci
. 2008 Feb;87(2):392-4.

Davis SL.

Department of Animal Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA.

Numerous animal rights and animal liberation theorists have concluded that nonhuman animals have moral standing and noninterference rights. Therefore, they say that humans are morally obligated to stop using animals for food, fiber, labor, and research. I disagree with that conclusion for at least 2 reasons. First, it has been suggested that food production models are possible using large herbivores that might actually cause less harm (kill) to animals than a vegan food production model. This is because intensive crop production used to produce food for a vegan diet kills (harms) far more animals of the field than extensive agriculture (pasture production). So, a combined food production system that includes crops and pasture harvested by large herbivores to be used for human food may kill fewer animals than would a vegan-crop model. Second, pragmatically, it is improbable that all peoples of the world could ever be convinced that they must give up animals. In fact, it may be unethical to try to do that, because in poor countries, these animals are essential to the survival of the human populations. But what about the richer nations? Maybe they will or should be convinced to do without animals because of the moral strength of the animal rights and animal liberation theories. However, I believe that there are far too many obstacles for that to happen. What then are we morally obligated to do about animals? I suggest that animals do have moral standing, and that we are morally obligated to recognize their unique species-specific natures and treat them accordingly. That would mean treating animals according to their physical and behavioral needs or telos. That, I believe, is the most likely outcome of the conversation about animal rights.

PMID: 18212387 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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[The vegetarian appeal and killing animals. An ethical challenge]

Luy J, Hildebrandt G, von Mickwitz G.
Berl Munch Tierarztl Wochenschr
. 2001 Jul-Aug;114(7-8):283-9. German.

Luy J, Hildebrandt G, von Mickwitz G.

Institut für Lebensmittelhygiene der Freien Universität Berlin.

The demand for renunciation of killing animals has already been discussed by mankind since ancient times. Many arguments for and against this demand have accumulated in the meantime. The reproaches of the vegetarians repeatedly forced the ones who eat meat to justify their diet. Today most of these historical justifications however have to be rejected because of lacking plausibility. Many of the vegetarian arguments on the other hand must be rejected for similar reasons as well. Remaining as morally convincing is the demand for doing the killing absolutely painless and without frightening the animals, which was already formulated for example by Kant and Schopenhauer. Arguments which consider this way of killing as still immoral belong in a broad sense to the "anthropocentric" animal ethics. They do not belong to what is called in Germany "pathocentric" animal ethics, because an animal that is killed without being frightened or tortured, has not suffered, for it hasn't consciously realized anything like danger or harm. We do even argue that these animals are not harmed at all, because it seems senseless to talk about harm without negative conscious phenomena. To push ahead a ban on animal slaughter for moral reasons could be itself morally wrong because it would disturb indirectly many people's conscious well-being without being justified by protecting an animal's conscious well-being. It is however possible to derive from a general duty not to make animals suffer (pathocentric animal ethics) a duty to boycott food of animal origin if these animals had to suffer during their lives.

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