The Pietro Rotondi Foundation operates to promote veganism and the vegan lifestyle through continuing to publish Dr. Rotondi’s books and articles and by means of other publications and educational activities consistent with its purpose.
Dr. Pietro Rotondi (1892-1985), became a vegetarian (vegan with the exception of honey) in 1919 and was a practicing chiropractor and naturopath in Los Angeles, California, until his passing. As president and founder of the Vegetarian Society of Los Angeles, he is recognized as one of the first American vegetarian proponents and activists. He published one of the first vegetarian cookbooks, Vegetarian Cookery, in 1942, with a revised edition in 1948. (Most of the recipes are indeed vegan except for the few instances of honey.)
It was Dr. Rotondi’s teaching and belief that veganism and the vegan lifestyle are beneficial to the health and well-being of human beings for the following reasons:
- The vegan diet does not require the killing or exploitation of animals for human consumption as food, which we find morally repugnant.
- A vegan diet is less expensive than a diet which includes meat and dairy.
- A vegan diet is more healthful. The general trend of medical/scientific findings in recent years shows substantial evidence that elimination of meat from the human diet greatly reduces the risk of death and disability from cardiovascular disease (including stroke and heart attack), stomach cancer, and other ailments.
Since the establishment of the foundation, further research has emerged that “factory farming” of animals for food has a severe and detrimental effect on factors that contribute to global warming and community pollution. It has also been shown that methane produced by cows is perhaps one of the greatest contributor to greenhouse gases. The Rotondi Foundation is generally a proponent of the ideas espoused in the documentary film, Earthlings. We will update the news section whenever something interesting comes along. We will also add materials from our archive as time allows. Constructive comments are always welcome.
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