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"Gentle World's core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition. Toward that end, Gentle World has served as a clearing house of information for the past 30 years, helping children, teens and adults embrace a lifestyle that incorporates their values."

  • If We Were They
    Of the more than seven billion people who are alive on this earth as I write, not one, as far as any of us knows, asked to be born. To the best of our recollection, each of us arrived in this crazy world not by our own choice, but either by someone else’s choosing or by chance. None […] (...more)
    12 Nov 2015 at 8:39pm       

  • My Way Home
    Anke Hagen, Hanover, North Germany I grew up in South Africa and experienced a number of transformative, life-changing events at an early receptive age, like trying to bargain with a female witch doctor who worked for my parents when she wanted to slaughter some chickens in our garden, whom she had “procured” for her magic. […] (...more)
    12 Nov 2015 at 2:16pm       

  • Vegan Voices
    On October 18th, Gentle World welcomed over 60 people to our North Kohala center for an afternoon of education and inspiration. Guests had the chance to take home free samples of vegan alternative products, as well as enjoying a delicious vegan meal. More important though, many were visibly moved by the powerful presentation, which consisted of a one-hour (...more)
    10 Nov 2015 at 9:13pm       

  • World Vegan Day in Melbourne, Australia!
    World Vegan Day is an annual event celebrated on November 1st , by vegans around the world. Coincidentally, I happened to arrive home in Melbourne just in time for an ever expanding event held at the Melbourne show grounds. This free event welcomed anyone and everyone to come and explore what it means to live a vegan lifestyle. With live music, […] (...more)
    10 Nov 2015 at 1:37pm       

  • Vegan: Easier Than You Think
    Living as a vegan, especially for those of us in the developed world, is much, much easier than it is commonly perceived to be. During the past several years, the call to reduce our consumption of animal products has grown tremendously. Vegan recipe blogs have proliferated into the hundreds, if not thousands. Both the number and […] (...more)
    8 Oct 2015 at 6:33pm       

  • New Friends…
    Gentle World Family, Though our time here was brief, we are grateful for the exposure to the truth about animal exploitation. You gave us a strong definition of veganism. Thank you all so much for hosting us and teaching us about your way of life. Our time here was short, but we learned a lot, […] (...more)
    7 Oct 2015 at 11:54pm       

  • The Incredible, Edible Vegg!
    We're always excited about new developments in the vegan culinary world, so we were super-curious when we heard about "The Vegg." This vegan company created a splash in the vegan blogosphere when its creator explained that the powdered egg replacer could be used to recreate the taste and texture of an actual egg yolk. (...more)
    7 Oct 2015 at 3:31pm       

  • DEVA Nutrition – Vegan Supplements
    Gentle World wishes to acknowledge DEVA™  Nutrition for their kind support of our upcoming vegan event and our year-round educational program. Many vegans are likely very aware of the existence of DEVA, as they offer some of the most affordable vegan supplements on the market. But for those who aren’t already familiar with their range, we encourage (...more)
    26 Sep 2015 at 6:00pm       

  • Not a Second to Lose
    Carol Williams, United Kingdom I was raised to eat animals, just like most children in our society. I spent 58 years condemning sentient beings to lives of ruthless exploitation that would end in brutal death. For a few years I was vegetarian and then lapsed back into my old habits. I have no excuses for […] (...more)
    19 Sep 2015 at 1:42pm       

  • Our August Visitors
    I cannot begin to describe how much I have learned and experienced the past week. I am absolutely grateful that life brought me here, even if it was for a fleeting period. I arrived here as someone curious about veganism, but I leave as an individual enlightened, and committed to a kinder, gentler, loving way […] (...more)
    7 Sep 2015 at 11:07pm       

  • Vegan Mac n Cheese! (Gluten-free & Soy-free)
    One of my favorite pasta dishes as a child was mac and cheese. Since becoming vegan it was something I thought I'd never have again. But while I was preparing to make dinner one day, an idea came to mind as I looked down at the flavorful organic squash on the kitchen counter. What I love about this recipe […] (...more)
    7 Sep 2015 at 5:39pm       

  • She Looked Into My Eyes and Pleaded For Mercy
    The sun had just risen as we took our morning walk, before starting our day in the garden. With rolling hills forming the backdrop to a beautiful summer day, we walked through the quiet countryside of the Big Island of Hawaii, eventually finding ourselves on a cul-de-sac with guavas dangling from the trees. We had just […] (...more)
    27 Aug 2015 at 4:24pm       

  • I Knew Something Wasn't Right
    Tim Oseckas, Melbourne, Australia For 25 years I had been living my life like most other people in my culture and society, consuming the flesh from other animals, their milk, their eggs, their honey, wearing their skin, wearing hair taken from their bodies, using products tested on their bodies, and didn't really reflect on the […] (...more)
    24 Aug 2015 at 6:20pm       

  • Why Didn't Anyone Tell Me?
    I was 15 years old when my father and I moved in with my auntie, uncle and three cousins. We lived in a nice home rented to us by the owners of a poultry farm in Australia, and the house happened to be built along side the farm itself. My auntie, uncle and even my […] (...more)
    6 Aug 2015 at 6:47pm       

  • Pushing Through to Freedom
    Susan Cho, Chicago, USA I will always be vegan: Because of the bear trapped in a tiny cage, continuously drained of the bile so prized by humans. The elephant whose family was shot so she could be used in a circus. The lobster who had been guarding her children when she was trapped and boiled […] (...more)
    31 Jul 2015 at 7:33pm       

  • A Hunter's Poem
    … written by Lemuel T. Ward … A hunter shot at a flock of geese That flew within his reach, Two were stopped in their rapid flight And fell on the sandy beach. The male bird lay at the water’s edge And just before he died, He faintly called to his wounded mate And she […] (...more)
    29 Jul 2015 at 12:34pm       

  • Why?
    Every human being is a complex, multi-layered conglomeration of genes, experiences, interests, opinions, beliefs, talents, skills, and rules for living that are uniquely different from all others. We differ in so many ways, that if each of us painted a picture of the way we see what we call the “real world,” we would likely […] (...more)
    8 Jul 2015 at 6:00pm       

  • Our June Guestbook
    My vegan family! You guys transformed me into a person I am proud to be. I see life differently. I have noticed that I pay attention to the little things. My life in California was different. I wanted to help everyone and sometimes I would get overwhelmed, but now I have the perfect answer. Vegan will […] (...more)
    8 Jul 2015 at 5:59pm       

  • Buckwheat Breakfasts!
    If you follow any sort of health conscious blogs, you might have noticed the word ‘buckwheat' appearing more and more all over the internet. This highly nourishing, energising tasty fruit seed is not in any way related to wheat. In fact, this is a gluten free power food, packed full of essential nutrients, including protein, fats […] (...more)
    7 Jul 2015 at 5:42pm       

  • The Only Way to Exist
    by Alannah Quinn, Brisbane, Australia There was a time when I was unconscious, wrapped up in superficial wants. My mind was fixed on my materialistic needs. I existed purely in a little bubble of simple self, warm in the comfort of my easy ignorance and unable to see the horrific truths of the world through […] (...more)
    1 Jul 2015 at 6:07pm       

  • Can Dairy Products Cause Osteoporosis?
    Every June, Men's Health Month is celebrated across the country, and this month some attention has been drawn to an issue that men may need to be more aware of: Osteoporosis. Up until now, Osteoporosis has primarily been thought of as a women's disease, but this bone-thinning condition is now affecting 1 in 4 men over […] (...more)
    27 Jun 2015 at 4:05pm       

  • DIY Kombucha
    The probiotic drink known as Kombucha has taken off among the health conscious within recent years. This fermented tea contains a variety of helpful bacteria that support digestion, and it also boosts the immune system as it contains enzymes, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants and polyphenols that are beneficial to any lifestyle. Kombucha is made from (...more)
    2 Jun 2015 at 12:00am       

  • Do Our Bodies Require Animal Products?
    As our awareness continues to grow about the detrimental effects of animal foods on the human body, it has become evident that eating a plant foods diet is beneficial not only for non-human animals and the planet, but for human health as well. For those who might be concerned about meeting all their nutritional requirements […] (...more)
    30 May 2015 at 9:01pm       

  • To Restore the Promise of Life
    Have you ever looked into the eyes of a sow? She is not the “mere animal” you think you know. She senses and smells your presence. She can see your silhouette cast against the light. She advances, timidly, and seeks your eyes. Her orbs measure you, depose your shield of solid convictions and seek the empathic spark that is dormant within you. (...more)
    30 May 2015 at 4:53pm       

  • From our Guestbook
    Since our return from Shangri-La in April, we have had the pleasure to get to know a number of beautiful people who have passed through our Hawaii home. Not only are our gardens and grounds looking better and better with the help of a lot of loving hands, but we’ve also made a whole new collection […] (...more)
    30 May 2015 at 1:23pm       

  • To Make Life Truly Just
    I was born into a fog. That hazy, dreary, fog surrounded me. Everyone around me was part of that same dark haze. So normal and right it seemed to be. I never questioned, never pondered, a non-murky life. I thought life was good, and fair, and just. (...more)
    5 May 2015 at 4:30pm       

  • To “The Conscientious Omnivores”
    On Valentine's Day, I had a booth at the Kaw Valley Seed Fair. Thanks to Judy and Michael Carman and my family who all contributed many hours, we gave away hundreds of samples of delicious gluten-free vegan food, and planted many seeds! (...more)
    5 May 2015 at 2:34pm       

  • No Innocent Bystanders
    Every year in New York City, thousands gather for a widely publicized event called “Meatopia,” which is described as “a Texas-sized two day weekend of meat, mirth, and the celebration of animals and the way great chefs prepare them.” Founded and hosted by TIME magazine food columnist Josh Ozersky, Meatopia has been called, “a meat-lover's paradise” (...more)
    4 May 2015 at 4:59pm       

  • DIY Fermented Foods: Healthy Sauerkraut
    I love sauerkraut, and for a while now I've been eating and enjoying my own homemade version of this simple yet very powerful ferment. Sauerkraut has a whole range of benefits for anybody looking to optimize their health. As a side dish alongside any meal, it's crunchy and delightfully tangy, and can be made with a range of different flavors. (...more)
    3 May 2015 at 3:54pm       

  • Let Your Conscience Be Your God
    “Of all the creeds be taught or lands be trod, Man’s conscience is the oracle of God.” ~ Lord Byron … Of all the gods who have ruled the minds and hearts of human beings since they first appeared on this earth, however fervently worshipped and highly-acclaimed, none has, thus far, been able to lift humanity […] (...more)
    7 Apr 2015 at 6:20pm       

  • 10 Things You Should Know About Animal Testing
    “I am not interested to know whether vivisection produces results that are profitable to the human race or doesn’t. … The pain which it inflicts upon un-consenting animals is the basis of my enmity toward it, and it is to me sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further.” ~ Mark Twain The term “animal […] (...more)
    7 Apr 2015 at 4:10pm       

  • Local, Free-range, Organic Eggs: What's the Story?
    We recently received an e-mail from a reader asking for more information about laying hens, as explored in our article A Hen’s Relationship With Her Eggs. We turned to our friends at Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary for their expert opinion on the subject, as they live and work alongside many hens who have been rescued from situations where they were (...more)
    6 Apr 2015 at 5:55pm       

  • Humanity's Next Step
    I’ve been vegan for 36 years, therefore it is safe to say I will always be vegan. I committed to vegan living before any health benefits of the vegan diet were known. I stopped eating animals at age 12 when I learned ‘meat’ was a dead animal, and became fully vegan immediately upon first reading […] (...more)
    6 Apr 2015 at 5:03pm       

  • Gentle World: A Brief History
    When Light and I became vegan in February of 1970, there was one reason and one reason only. It wasn’t because of its health benefits, which were unknown at the time, as was its positive effect on the environment. If factory farms existed, we hadn’t heard of them. Animal rights was not yet an issue, […] (...more)
    5 Mar 2015 at 3:42pm       

  • My Vegan Corner of the World (The Kisses Garden)
    photos by Nadine Loraine … Life really gets fun when we convert a patch of grass into a thriving ecosystem. My vegan corner of the world is about 30 by 35 feet; a garden to nurture all the senses; to feed both body and soul. Barefoot, I stroll through paths in this place where peace […] (...more)
    5 Mar 2015 at 2:57pm       

  • Taking Our Ethical Commitments Seriously
    We often presume, without much thought, that we deserve the circumstances of our lives. But let's consider this presumption. We didn't choose to be born. We didn't choose our parents, race, sex, mental capacity, era in history, or our species. All of these are matters of pure luck, and yet largely define our lifelong experience […] (...more)
    3 Mar 2015 at 4:51pm       

  • The Power is Ours
    As we ring out the old, tumultuous year that was 2014, it is tempting to bemoan the current state of the world, and the potential disasters we face at the hands of the powers that seem to be. But the promise of change that comes with ringing in the new demands that we put those thoughts aside, and focus instead on whatever reasons we can find to inspire (...more)
    4 Jan 2015 at 10:46pm       

  • The Magic Rabbit
    Yesterday, while staying in my home town of Wellington, New Zealand, I visited an historic house constructed in the 1800s. The ‘Colonial Cottage’ had housed children and grandchildren of the original settlers who built it, until it was bequeathed to the city in the 1960s. As we came down a set of narrow steps and through an old wooden door, (...more)
    2 Dec 2014 at 1:13am       

  • A Better World for Us All
    It's been nearly 14 years since I had my vegan epiphany and vowed to never again partake of or participate in anything offered by the machine of violence that we call the animal industry. Since that time, my appreciation of veganism has continued to grow and deepen, until it has become such an integral part of […] (...more)
    1 Dec 2014 at 7:50pm       

  • Plants Feel Pain Too? What's a Vegan To Do?
    The following article is part of a Q&A with Dr. Will Tuttle, and originally appeared on his website. … Question: I had a chance to attend one of your recent lectures and left inspired to spread awareness about veganism, and began posting messages on my FaceBook page. A lengthy exchange of views followed in which an acquaintance […] (...more)
    1 Dec 2014 at 3:39pm       

  • Cowspiracy on the Big Island
    Last month, we were thrilled to host a screening of the film Cowspiracy, which is a truly eye-opening exposé of the environmental and ethical impacts of animal agriculture, produced by Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn. With close to 60 very responsive attendees, the event was a fantastic success, and it was wonderful to hear people reacting with […] (...more)
    30 Nov 2014 at 7:20pm       

  • A Vegan Guide to Thanksgiving
    As a vegan, it’s hard not to feel heavy-hearted around Thanksgiving time. While the rest of the country looks forward in eager anticipation to a day of feast and celebration, we vegans tend to be seen as a thorn in the side of the collective consciousness. Some of us try and simply avoid thinking about the impending […] (...more)
    1 Nov 2014 at 3:02pm       

  • Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret
    We're excited to announce that Gentle World will be hosting a free screening of Cowspiracy, on Sunday November 16th at our North Kohala Center on the Big Island, Hawaii. (...more)
    31 Oct 2014 at 10:09pm       

  • The Foundation of our Higher Selves
    In the heat of the summer of 1966, revolution was in the air. Black people were revolting against the injustice of whites, women against the domination of men, and young people everywhere were expanding their minds beyond the restrictive perceptions imposed upon them by their parents, teachers and governments. Like a hurricane, the winds of […] (...more)
    31 Oct 2014 at 5:13pm       

  • From our Guestbook
    As we say goodbye to September, it somehow seems as though the end of the year is right around the corner. This past season at our Hawaii location has been a wonderful time for visitors and volunteers, and thankfully, one of our new friends gave us a beautiful gift of a hand-made guest-book to help us remember their thoughts and impressions. Here […] (...more)
    3 Oct 2014 at 3:53pm       

  • Easy Vegan 101: Lentils & Rice
    Did you know that green, brown and French lentils require the same amount of cooking time as long grain brown rice?' Why does this matter? Because you can use this information to make a number of easy, protein-rich dishes when you're on the go or after a long day at work. Easy meal idea: – […] (...more)
    1 Oct 2014 at 3:38pm       

  • Finding the Right Vegan Cheese
    Okay, so you've decided to ditch dairy. Good for you! Your body will thank you in a myriad of ways, not to mention your conscience. Believe it or not, giving up dairy products is one of the very best things you can do to demonstrate your commitment to living gently on this planet, as well as protecting your own health […] (...more)
    30 Sep 2014 at 6:44pm       

  • They Can Count On Me
    This is the first irrefutable truth I discovered in my life; that eating and using animals is, no matter how you look at it, an act of abject cruelty. When we eat or use animals, we are hiring the butcher or dairyman or furrier to kill or abuse the animal for us. We are, in […] (...more)
    30 Sep 2014 at 3:37pm       

  • Could Veganism End World Hunger?
    Whenever someone in the animal rights community suggests the concept of complete animal liberation, and therefore an end to the exploitation of animals, a common criticism and counter-argument to this goal is: “Humans can't give up eating animals (or animal products), because then everyone would starve!” Not only is the idea of giving up their (...more)
    1 Sep 2014 at 10:15pm       

  • The Best Buckwheat Pancakes You've Ever Had! (Gluten-Free)
    I love pancakes. In fact, they are one of my favorite breakfast foods. So when I went vegan and then gluten free I tried a number of store-bought pancake mixes. But none of them gave me that fluffy delicious pancake fix I was looking for. So I went in search of the perfect vegan, gluten-free pancake recipe and discovered the […] (...more)
    31 Aug 2014 at 11:01am       

  • @gentle_world's Latest Tweets

    • 2 days 12 hrs ago
    • "This world has been harsh and strange; Something is wrong; there needeth a change." - Robert Browning 4 days 4 hrs ago
    • "I believe it is necessary to confront people with issues they may not have considered." 9 days 2 hrs ago
    • New Blog Post: If We Were They 15 days 4 hrs ago
    • New Blog Post: Vegan Voices 17 days 4 hrs ago
    • New Blog Post: World Vegan Day in Melbourne, Australia! 18 days 4 hrs ago
    • We are sick of war, we don't want to fight. And yet we gorge ourselves upon the dead.'ť - George Bernard Shaw 18 days 8 hrs ago
    • This looks like a worthy crowd funding goal'¦ We'd love to see these oil-free teff chips on the market! 19 days 8 hrs ago
    • Gentle World's famous tofu 'eggless' salad:'eggless'ť-salad/ 22 days 7 hrs ago
    • "The nobler a soul is, the more objects of compassion it hath." - Francis Bacon 36 days 6 hrs ago
    • New Blog Post: Vegan: Easier Than You Think 50 days 4 hrs ago
    • New Blog Post: New Friends'¦ 51 days 4 hrs ago
    • 'The principle of nonviolence necessitates complete abstention from exploitation in any form.' - Mahatma Gandhi 51 days 7 hrs ago
    • New Blog Post: The Incredible, Edible Vegg! 52 days 4 hrs ago
    • Focaccia and other flat-bread recipes: 52 days 8 hrs ago
    • Vegan muffin recipes! 57 days 8 hrs ago
    • New Blog Post: DEVA Nutrition '“ Vegan Supplements 62 days 4 hrs ago
    • "The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to use it." - Ralph Waldo Emerson 65 days 8 hrs ago
    • New Blog Post: Not a Second to Lose 70 days 4 hrs ago
    • "Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything." ~ George Bernard Shaw 72 days 11 hrs ago
    • It's no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. - J.Krishnamurti 79 days 7 hrs ago
    • New Blog Post: Our August Visitors 81 days 4 hrs ago
    • Gentle World's famous vegan banana bread: 81 days 7 hrs ago
    • "There is not an animal on the earth, nor a flying creature on two wings, but they are people like unto you." ~ The Koran 82 days 4 hrs ago
    • NY Coalition for Healthy School Food is hosting a vegan food tasting gala in October! 91 days 8 hrs ago
    • New Blog Post: She Looked Into My Eyes and Pleaded For Mercy 93 days 4 hrs ago
    • New Blog Post: I Knew Something Wasn't Right 95 days 4 hrs ago
    • Honey bees know the world is round and can calculate precise angles: 97 days 10 hrs ago
    • "Few is the number who think with their own minds and feel with their own hearts." - Albert Einstein 103 days 8 hrs ago
    • I was an oil and vinegar girl until I learned some of these recipes. Yum! 109 days 8 hrs ago

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