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    Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians (SERV)

    The Society of Ethical and Religious Vegetarians (SERV), an interfaith coalition of religious groups and activists, has launched an international campaign encouraging religious communities to address diet-related concerns. Their goal is to make religious communities aware that the realities of animal-based diets and agriculture are inconsistent with basic religious teachings, such as those to pursue peace and nonviolence, preserve our health, treat animals with compassion, protect the environment, conserve natural resources, and reduce hunger. SERV believes that applying spiritual values to scientific knowledge encourages plant-based diets that will lead to a more humane, just, peaceful, and environmentally sustainable world.
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    Contact Person: Richard H. Schwartz
    Phone: (718) 761-5876
    Fax: (718) 982-3631
    E-Mail: [email protected]

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    SERV does not aim to replace any religious vegetarian groups, but hopes to help all such groups and promote the strong teachings in every religion that point to vegetarianism as the ideal diet today. Speakers and publications will be available to explain why a shift toward plant-centered diets is both a spiritual and a societal imperative. SERV has prepared a bibliography that includes vegetarian writings from all the major faiths and will use it to further their goals.

    "People do not recognize how our diets impact the world around us, as well as our own health," says SERV co-founder Richard Schwartz, author of Judaism and Global Survival. "Religious leaders need to understand the importance of plant-based nutrition, and they need to teach their congregations how to eat healthy diets that use less resources and are better for the environment."

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