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Honey is produced from nectar that does not contain any living cells and carefull beekeeper should be able to take at least some from the hive without killing any bees. However bees themselves will also consume pollen that is alive. It also may be possible to feed on fruits; while cells there are still alive, they are about to die soon without any prospects ...


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No. It is possible but extraordinarily impractical to nourish yourself without killing animals, plants or even bacteria, as many have explained in detail. However, your immune system constantly kills pathogens that infect your body. What's worse, the macrophages literally catch and eat these bacteria alive, so you are very much "consuming" them. You could ...


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Well, technically if you are eating something from a plant or animal without killing that plant or animal, then technically you would not be "consuming life" as nothing as been killed. Fruits, for example, can be removed from the tree without harming it and in fact are meant to be removed as that is how the tree reproduces. Ditto with berries, melons, ...


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Even on a purely synthetic diet, your body would still use living cells as an energy source. Our bodies contain more bacterial cells than human, mostly contained in our gut. These microbes process any nutrients we ingest and when they die, we absorb their cellular components as nutrition. The lining of the gut is the most rapidly dividing population of ...



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