Is selling fattening food a Right Livelihood?

Buddhist ethical conduct including the Five Precepts (Pañcasikkhāpada), and Eightfold Ethical Conduct (Aṭṭhasīla).
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lonewolf
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Is selling fattening food a Right Livelihood?

Post by lonewolf » Thu Jan 15, 2015 2:25 pm

This thread was inspired by a similar thread "Is selling cigarettes a right livelhood?". At first glance this may seem like a ludicrous question, but keep an open mind, obesity causes even more health issues than smoking tobacco does. So, is selling bread, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pasta, and all other high calories foods a right livelihood?

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Re: Is selling fattening food a Right Livelihood?

Post by Dhammanando » Thu Jan 15, 2015 6:02 pm

lonewolf wrote:So, is selling bread, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pasta, and all other high calories foods a right livelihood?
It would be provided one didn't cheat when weighing the produce, or shortchange the customers, or commit any of the three bodily or four verbal akusala kammapatha while engaged in the selling.

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Re: Is selling fattening food a Right Livelihood?

Post by pilgrim » Fri Jan 16, 2015 1:19 am

It is not Wrong Livelihood to sell fattening food. Fattening foods are not toxic in itself. They become dangerous only when taken in excess which would apply to everything else from water to salt.

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Re: Is selling fattening food a Right Livelihood?

Post by Mkoll » Fri Jan 16, 2015 1:44 am

I agree with all the responses so far. It's not part of the formula for wrong livelihood. Also, some fats, such as omega-3s, have a lot of scientific evidence pointing to them being good for the body.
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