I'm curious if he also mentioned the fact that modern day animal agriculture causes much more harm to living beings than modern day plant agriculture? Does he recognize that growing grains, feeding it to cows and eating the cows, kills many more beings than just eating the grain itself? I don't know how it is with Daido Loori but when people mention that no one could possibly be totally free from killing, much of the time it's just a red herring to direct attention away from the undeniable fact that more harm is caused by animal agriculture, which is the real issue. No one in their right mind believes that, vegan, vegetarian or not, a person can be be totally free from killing to begin with. It's a moot point! The issue is minimizing the harm caused, not completely eliminating harm caused because that is near impossible! When people speak of only of the latter, they often just ignore the real issue. Intentional or not, it's a red herring, by definition.
Yeah I totally agree...I mean, patrul Rinpoche exhausts the topic in the Bodhicitta chapter of WMPT---how every shovel going into the earth cuts up innumerable worms and insects. But I think any Buddhist in their right mind realizes---it's way heaver karma to slaughter a struggling, bleeding, screaming Pig than it is to accidentally crush a potato bug. I mean which would you rather do? I know right off the bat.