Americans are Switching to Plant Protein — Here’s the Proof According to a study conducted Lightlife Foods, a company that makes meatless products, 87 percent of Americans consume plant-based proteins and nearly two-thirds do so once a week or more often. The majority of them, 65 percent to be exact, believe that plant-based protein can be just as hearty and satisfying, if not more, as animal protein.|
WHO Announces Processed Meat Causes Cancer Published: October 28, 2015 | Authors: Alexandra Jacobo | Nation of Change.. According to the World Health Organization, it now classifies processed meats as a major cause of cancer, alongside cigarettes.
On Monday, the World Health Organization announced that they are now classifying processed meats are carcinogenic to humans. Bacon, ham and sausages were listed as ranking alongside cigarettes as a major causes of cancer. Processed meat has now been placed in the same category as abestos, alcohol, arsenic and tobacco.
Red meat, including beef, pork and lamb, may also cause cancer too, and has been labeled as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
The report comes from WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). They stated that there is a basis of sufficient evidence to link processed meat to colorectal cancer. There is also a positive association between processed meat and stomach cancer. Red meat is being linked with pancreatic and prostate cancer.
The IARC defines red meat as “unprocessed mammalian muscle meat—for example, beef, veal, pork, lamb, mutton, horse, or goat meat—including minced or frozen meat; it is usually consumed cooked.”
Processed meat is being defined as any type of meat that is salted, cured or smoked to enhance its flavor or preserve it.
According to the IARC’s report, eating 50-grams of processed meat daily can increase your risk of cancer by 18%. To put that in perspective, 50 grams is equivalent to two slices of ham.
.. provoked new hysteria from the meat industry and is likely to stir up its allies in Congress.
Not Going Vegetarian, But Cutting Down on Meat? There's a Name for That, By Martha Rosenberg / AlterNet January 2, 2015 There are at least four reasons people are trying to cut down on meat: their health, the environment and the treatment of animals and workers. Not everyone gets a pang in their heart when they see how today's factory farms treat "animal units," but no one today actually thinks meat is good for you.
To produce a less-than-healthful food product, [the meat] industry is tolerated that contributes to global warming, water pollution and fish kills, appalling and often underreported worker abuse and animal abuse and even harm to the economy. It is no secret the U.S. government enables low meat prices to help the meat sector
Reducetarianism is "an identity, community, and movement. It is composed of individuals who are committed to eating less meat--red meat, poultry, seafood, and the flesh of any other animal," says the website.
Advantages of Eating Plants [Veggies]Nutrition in Research - November 2015 The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Plant-Based Foods Protect Against DepressionA diet rich in fruits and vegetables may protect against depression, according to a study published in BMC Medicine.. High consumption of fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes had the most protective effect against this condition.
Western Diet Shrinks Area of BrainA Western diet, high in fat and animal protein causes the hippocampus to shrink, according to a study published in BMC Medicine.
Researchers monitored the diets of 255 participants from the Personality and Total Health Through Life Study and measured the size of the left hippocampal section of the brain. Those who ate a diet rich in fruits and vegetables had a larger hippocampal volume while those who ate a Western diet of processed meats, fried foods, and soft drinks had smaller volumes after a four-year period.
The implications from decreased hippocampus volume include impaired cognitive ability and learning and depression. This study hopes to emphasize dietary interventions as a valid method for to promote cognitive health in advanced age.
Top 10 Reasons to Go Vegan Many people’s New Year’s resolutions include losing weight, eating better, getting healthier, and doing more to make the world a better place. The good news is that you can accomplish all these goals by switching to a vegan diet.
1. Slim down and become energized: Is shedding some extra pounds first on your list of goals for the new year? Vegans are, on average, up to 20 pounds lighter than meat-eaters are.
2. It’s the best way to help animals: Did you know that every vegan saves more than 100 animals a year?
3. A healthier, happier you: A vegan diet is great for your health! According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, vegans are less likely to develop heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or high blood pressure than meat-eaters are. Vegans get all the nutrients that they need to be healthy, such as plant protein, fiber, and minerals, without all the nasty stuff in meat that slows you down and makes you sick, such as cholesterol and saturated animal fat.
4. Vegan food is delicious: So you’re worried that if you go vegan, you’ll have to give up hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, and ice cream? You won’t. As the demand for vegan food skyrockets, companies are coming out with more and more delicious meat and dairy-product alternatives that taste like the real thing but are much healthier and don’t hurt any animals.
5. Meat is gross: Meat is often contaminated with feces, blood, and other bodily fluids—all of which make animal products the top source of food poisoning in the United States. Scientists at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health tested supermarket chicken flesh and found that 96 percent of Tyson chicken was contaminated with campylobacter, a dangerous bacterium that causes 2.4 million cases of food poisoning each year, resulting in diarrhea, cramping, abdominal pain, and fever.
6. Help feed the world: Eating meat doesn’t just hurt animals—it hurts people, too. It takes tons of crops and water to raise farmed animals. In fact, it takes up to 13 pounds of grain to produce just 1 pound of animal flesh! All that plant food could be used much more efficiently if it were fed directly to people. The more people who go vegan, the better able we’ll be to feed the hungry.
7. Save the planet: Meat is not green. Consuming meat is actually one of the worst things that you can do for the Earth. It is wasteful and causes enormous amounts of pollution, and the meat industry is also one of the biggest causes of climate change.
8. All the cool kids are doing it: The list of stars who shun animal flesh is basically a “who’s who” of today’s hottest celebs. Joaquin Phoenix, Natalie Portman, Ariana Grande, Al Gore, Flo Rida, Tobey Maguire, Shania Twain, Alicia Silverstone, Anthony Kiedis, Casey Affleck, Kristen Bell, Alyssa Milano, Common, Joss Stone, Anne Hathaway, and Carrie Underwood are just some of the famous vegans...
9. Look sexy and be sexy: Vegans tend to be thinner than meat-eaters and have more energy, which is perfect for late-night romps with your special someone. (Guys: The cholesterol and saturated animal fat found in meat, eggs, and dairy products don’t just clog the arteries to your heart. Over time, they impede blood flow to other vital organs as well.) Plus, what’s sexier than someone who is not only mega-hot but also compassionate?
10. Pigs are smarter than your dog: Although most people are less familiar with pigs, chickens, fish, and cows than they are with dogs and cats, animals used for food are every bit as intelligent and able to suffer as the animals who share our homes are. Pigs can learn to play video games, and chickens are so smart that their intelligence has been compared by scientists to that of monkeys.
“The Best Kept Secret–Ever” video by T. Colin Campbell, PhD... nutrition has more power to create and restore health than all the pills and procedures put together. Food is the most powerful medicine.
The China Study: by T. Colin Campbell is arguably the most comprehensive study on nutrition ever done. Campbell provides compelling evidence linking animal products to disease, including cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, etc. In fact, he proved that he could turn cancer on and off in rats by giving or withholding milk from their diet.
No More Heart Attacks! video by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn showing that he can reverse heart disease with diet.
How humans are not physically created to eat meat .. our anatomical equipment teeth, jaws, and digestive system favors a fleshless diet... And much of the world still lives that way. Even on most industrialized countries, the love affair with meat is less than a hundred years old. When you look at the comparison between herbivores and humans, we compare much more closely to herbivores than meat eating animals. Humans are clearly not designed to digest and ingest meat. If you think that not eating meat is going to make you look scrawny or unhealthy please think again. Just imagine that cows, goats, gorillas, elephants, rhinoceroses and so on are all vegetarians (herbivores) but look at how tough these animals are. They also have a longer life span compared to the carnivores (meat eating animals).
Chris Hedges: I've Gone Vegan to Help Try to Save the Planet with animal agriculture as the leading cause of species extinction, water pollution, ocean dead zones and habitat destruction... Animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than all worldwide transportation combined... Crops grown for livestock feed consume 56 percent of the water used in the United States... The natural resources used to produce even minimal amounts of animal products are staggering—1,000 gallons of water to produce 1 gallon of milk... We can, by becoming vegan, refuse to be complicit in the torture of billions of animals for corporate profit and can have the well-documented health benefits associated with a plant-based diet, especially in the areas of heart disease and cancer
Chris Hedges: All Forms of Life Are Sacred The battle for the rights of animals is not only about animals. It is about us. Once we desanctify animals we desanctify all life. And once life is desanctified the industrial machines of death, and the drone-like bureaucrats, sadists and profiteers who operate them, carry out human carnage as easily as animal carnage. There is a direct link between our industrial slaughterhouses for animals and our industrial weapons used on the battlefields in the Middle East.
All blood is red. Hunks of meat from cattle look like hunks of human flesh. The high-pitched wail of a pig being butchered sounds like the wail of a wounded person on a battlefield.
Mayo Clinic: Meatless meals: The benefits of eating less meat A plant-based diet, which emphasizes fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, legumes and nuts, is rich in fiber, vitamins and other nutrients. And people who eat only plant-based foods — aka vegetarians — generally eat fewer calories and less fat, weigh less, and have a lower risk of heart disease than nonvegetarians do.
"A mind of the calibre of mine cannot derive its nutriment from cows."
June 19, 2015: Pope Francis’s Unreserved Embrace of Animal Protection by Wayne Pacelle, HSUS. The Vatican released Pope Francis’s new encyclical on the environment, and it is truly historic. The encyclical, or letter, from the Pope is full of references to animals and calls on all of us to embrace a more humane path.
In the encyclical, the Pope reminds us, “We read in the Gospel that Jesus says of the birds of the air that ‘not one of them is forgotten before God’ ( Lk 12:6). How then can we possibly mistreat them or cause them harm?”
The Pope also calls on us all to be better stewards of all creation, noting that “[e]ach organism, as a creature of God, is good and admirable in itself.” He condemns the view that humankind has “absolute domination over other creatures” as a misinterpretation of God’s grant of “dominion” over creation.
The Pope notes that “our indifference or cruelty towards fellow creatures of this world sooner or later affects the treatment we mete out to other human beings. We have only one heart, and the same wretchedness which leads us to mistreat an animal will not be long in showing itself in our relationships with other people. Every act of cruelty towards any creature is ‘contrary to human dignity’.”
".… human power has limits and that it is contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer or die needlessly.”
Dr. Charles Camosy, professor of Theological and Social Ethics at Fordham University and author of For Love of Animals comments: History shows us that, without protections, an unrestrained market will ignore and even reward the violent marginalization of inconvenient populations. Both human and non-human. In the new encyclical, Pope Francis shows how this is especially true when market forces are married to the imperative to use technology to do things cheaper and faster — regardless of moral cost. The Pope calls us to resist an amoral rush to consume via technology in an unrestrained market. This disconnects us not only from the proper value of the things we consume — and of the people who work to bring those goods to us — but ultimately it disconnects us from ourselves. Consumerism is a soul-crushing practice, designed specifically to leave us unsatisfied so we keep on consuming more and more with no end in sight. While this might benefit the stock prices of big corporations, it kills the human spirit — and, significantly, the wider creation.
As Pope Francis says in the encyclical: the ecological crisis is primarily a spiritual crisis. We not only need new laws … we need to become different kinds of people, living our lives is fundamentally different ways. Ways which resist the quick and easy path of consumerism.
Why? Veganism (Watch the video: "Herbie [the cow] gets a new ball"). The word "vegan" was coined in 1944 by Donald Watson of the Vegan Society of the UK. This definition states: "Veganism is a way of living that seeks to exclude, as far as possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing and any other purpose. "
"[Veganism is not] just a diet or lifestyle. It is a basic prerequisite for anyone who wishes to start caring seriously about animals, including humans. It is a moral and political commitment to non-violence." — Ken Hopes
Not only are animal products unnecessary for optimal health, an increasing number of nutritionists and health professionals are acknowledging animal products are harmful to our health. Meanwhile, a healthy vegan diet helps reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, obesity, and diabetes. Check out our nutrition section for more information on plant based diets.
Why Go Vegan? For the animals, for your health, for the environment, for people: Just like veganism is the sustainable option when it comes to looking after our planet, plant-based living is also a more sustainable way of feeding the human family. A plant-based diet requires only one third of the land needed to support a meat and dairy diet. With rising global food and water insecurity due to a myriad of environmental and socio-economic problems, there's never been a better time to adopt a more sustainable way of living.
Cowspiracy: The VideoCowspiracy: The Film That Environmental Organizations Don't Want You to See [The Sustainability Secret] Animal agriculture is the most destructive industry facing the planet today. Here's why:
CLIMATE CHANGEGlobal greenhouse gas emissions: 51% are due to livestock and their byproducts (13% are due to transport [road, rail, air, & marine]).
A plant-based diet cuts your carbon footprint by 50%.
Livestock is responsible for 65% of nitrous oxide emissions (a GHG [GreenHouse Gas] 296x more destructive than CO2).
WATER USEProducing one hamburger uses 660 gallons of water (the equivalent of showering for 2 months).
The meat and dairy industry use 1/3 of the earth's fresh water.
Animal agriculture uses 55% of the USA's water; domestic use is 5%.
DEFOFESTATION1-2 acres of rainforest are cleared every second.
Animal agriculture is responsible for 91% of the destruction of the Amazon forest.
Acres of rainforest cleared for palm oil production: 26 million.
SPECIES EXTINCTION110 animal and insect species are lost EVERY DAY from rainforest destruction.
Animal agriculture is the leading cause of
FISHERIES90 million tons of fish are pulled from the oceans each year.
3/4 of the world's fisheries are exploited [due to overfishing].
For every one pound of fish caught [in drift nets], 5 pounds of unintended marine species are caught and discarded as "by-kill."
28 billion animals were pulled out of the ocean last year, not giving them a chance to recover. Fishing is also destroying the ocean environment.
"If the oceans die, we die." (Captain Watson)
WASTEA farm of 2500 dairy cows produces as much waste as a city of 411,000 people.
EVERY MINUTE 7 MILLION pounds of excrement are produced by animals raised for food in the US.
LAND USE1/3 of the land is desertified* due to livestock.
Livestock covers 45% of the earth's total land.
1.5 acres = either 37,000 pounds of plant based food, or 375 pounds of meat.
Land needed to feed 1 person for 1 year = 1/6 of an acre for a vegan, or 3 acres (18x) for a meat eater.
Rainforests are essentially the lungs of our planet, breathing in CO2 and exhail oxygen. An acre of rainforest is cleared every second, primarily for animal agriculture. A hundred species are lost every day due to rainforest destruction.
WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?
A person who follows a VEGAN diet produces 50% less CO2, and uses 1/11th the oil, and 1/13th the water and 1/18th the land compared to a meat eater.
Ban fishing and animal agriculture.
Notes from Movie
A lot of the people who really spoke out about animal agriculture were killed, like Sister Dorothy Stang. Over 1100 activists have been killed in the last 20 years just in Brazil. Environmental organizations are not telling us the truth about what is really going on. Diet, animal agriculture, is the problem.
For 1 gallon of milk, it takes 1,000 gallons of water to produce.
One $4 McDonald's hamburger actually costs $11. The $7 difference is made up by OUR tax dollars: subsisidies, etc.
Public lands are used for livestock grazing, so wild horses and burros, and preditors, like wolves, have to be gotten rid of; killed off from the air.
Meatonomics - hidden costs imposed on society by the meat industry, like health care, environmental damage, subsidies, damage to fisheries, and even cruelty. $414 million dollars. A $5 carton of eggs would cost $13. a $4 Big Mac would cost $11. The problem with these externalized costs being imposed on society is that YOU, even if you are a vegan, are paying for someone else's consumption of meat.
Al Gore, in his film, never mentioned the animal agriculture situation. This truth was too inconvenient even for him.
Animal Agriculture Alliance.
Howard Lyman was sued by agriculture for speaking the truth on the Oprah Winfrey show. Food Disparagement Law - unconstitutional - illegal to say something false about a perishable commondity. If you tell the truth today, you will be guiglty. If you cause a disruption of the profits of the animal industry, you are guilty under the Patriot Act.
Will Potter, author, "Green is the New Red." The animal agriculture industry is one of the most powerful industries on the planet. According to the FBI, animal rights and environmental activists are the number one terrorist threat. They are directly threatening corporate profits. One of the biggest industries on the planet trying to keep us in the dark about what they are doing. American activists are being targeted by the FBI.
The problem of human overpopulation. In 1812 there were 1 billion people on the planeet. In 1912 there were 1.5 billion. In 100 years our population exploded to 7 billion in 2012. 70 billion farm animals raised by humans.
Humans drink 5.2 billion gallons of water per day and eats 21 billion pounds of food. The cowa drink 45 billion gallons of water a day and eat 35 billion pounds of food. It is not an overpopulation issue; it is a humans eating animals issue.
15x the protein can be produced on the same land as animal protein.
We are growing enough food to feed everyone easily. But instead of feeding starving children, we are feeding the food to animals who are then fed to well-off people in other countries.
Michael Pollan, _In Defense of Food-. "A plant-based diet is the most sustainable." Now, we are gorging on meat, milk, and cheese.
Movement of sustainable animal food producers in CA. b-gat.es/YrdxR3. 38:1 is energy conversion rate of chickens eating grain. For plants to replace eggs, it is 2:1. Trying to make the global egg industry entirely obselete. Omega Foods [plant-based dairy] takes 1/20th of the land and resources that dairy do.
Ethan Brown: Beyond Meat: Plant-based meat. To address climate change, human health problems, animal welfare, national resource conservation.
Vegans thrive. All the nutrients are in the plant kingdom. Milk is calf growth formula. There's nothing in it people need.
Being vegan, I save 1100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq ft. of forest, 20 pounds of CO2, 1 animal's life in one day.
Dr. Will Tuttle. _The World Peace Diet._
The solution is to stop eating animals. It can be done today. Nothing has a larger impact on the planet than choosing to be vegan.
Compassion, integrity, kindness. The only way to live on this planet with 7 billion people is to live a plant-based vegan diet. Don't eat others, eat FOR others.
The End of our Food SystemEarth is Running Out of Land … Seriously. And It’s Going to Spell Disaster for Our Food System The University of Sheffield’s Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures discovered that around one-third of the planet’s arable land (i.e. land that is suited for growing crops, excluding deserts, ice, etc), has been destroyed by erosion or pollution in the past 40 years alone.
According to the to study’s authors, the loss was “catastrophic” and near irreversible without major changes to agricultural practice. Considering 33 percent of land worldwide is occupied with growing livestock feed and another 26 percent is being used to graze animals for consumption … we have to say we absolutely agree with the whole “catastrophic” thing … in fact, that might not even do it justice.
While this news is absolutely ridiculous, the reality is that we can all do something about this, starting today. By shifting our diets away from animal agriculture and towards more plant-based foods, we can redirect enough grain to feed 1.4 billion people.
The rapidly expanding population of our planet is straining resources for land along with fresh water and air. A vegan diet has many benefits for health that I promote to my cardiac patients, but the smaller strain on the environment of a plant-based diet is often overlooked when discussing (or arguing) diet choices with my pro-Paleo patients. New data published in a prestigious medical journal now sheds light on how resources needed to produce different kinds of foods compare and the data is shocking.
Save the PlanetEat for the Planet http://www.onegreenplanet.org/ campaign
In the past 40 years, we’ve lost 52 percent of wildlife from the face of the planet; there is currently more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than there has been in the past 800,000 years and our oceans are riddled with over 400 massive dead zones, completely devoid of life due to our pollution. While it may be difficult to fathom the fact that humankind has been responsible for this enormous amount of damage, it is the reality. But what is possibly even more challenging for people to understand is that something as simple as the food choices we make every day can be intrinsically tied to this destruction. Especially, our appetite for meat, dairy and eggs.
70% of global freshwater supplies are used for agriculture.
These statistics illustrate the devastating use of land resources, freshwater supplies and sheer volume of greenhouse gases produced by the livestock industry, and yet, 850 million people across the world still suffer from lack of food. Not to mention, animal agriculture is also the leading driver of deforestation and habitat loss which has pushed countless endangered species on to the brink of extinction. As our population grows to nine billion by 2050, these percentages are set to grow exponentially.
If every person in the U.S. were to choose more plant-based foods, we could cut our carbon footprint in half, save around 200,000 gallons of water each, redirect enough grain from the livestock system to feed roughly 2 billion people. We have the potential to make an enormous impact.
No matter how you look at it, the animal agriculture industry is a losing bet for the environment, animals, and people. It is time that we stop looking for ways to make this archaic industry “less inhumane,” “less environmentally destructive,” and “less unhealthy,” and choose an option that is not “less bad” but undeniably better: plant-based.
Eating for the planet has never been easier … or more delicious. One Green Planet just happens to be home to the largest vegan recipe database on the web – and trust us, once you dive in, you’ll probably ask yourself why you never considered eating plant-based before.
10 Scary Facts About Meat and the Environment It takes more than nine times the fossil fuel to produce one calorie of meat than it does one calorie of plant protein.
Agriculture uses 70% of the earth's available fresh water. With one third of that used to produce grain fed to livestock [instead of hungry people].
26% of land worldwide is used for grazing livestock. And 33 percent more is used for growing livestock feed.
51% of global greenhouse gases are due to lifestock.
70% of grain grown in the U.S. is fed to animals in feedlots.
It takes 4.5 pounds of feed to produce just one pound of chicken.
Beef eaters use 160 times more land resources than plant based eaters do.
The EPA estimates that animal agriculture accounts for 50-80 percent of all man-made ammonia volatization in the U.S. [Ammonia gas can be lost from the soil and return to the atmosphere. This is called ammonia volatilization (U. of Missouri). Ammonia volatilization reduces the economic efficiency of agricultural cropping systems (Wikipedia).
Animals raised for food produce approximately 130 times more excrement [poop] than the entire human population.
By choosing to eat more plant-based foods, you can drastically cut your carbon footprint, save precious water supplies and help ensure that vital crop resources are fed to people, rather than livestock.
Take Extinction Off Your Plate Meat Consumption Threatens the Environment
The Global Food War Is Escalating — Whose Side Are You On? Unless we move decisively as a global community to transform our degenerative food, farming and energy systems, we are doomed.
Regenerative agriculture provides answers to the soil crisis, the food crisis, the health crisis, the climate crisis and the crisis of democracy. -- Dr. Vandana Shiva, speaking at the founding meeting of Regeneration International, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica, June 8, 2015
After decades of self-destructive business-as-usual — empire-building, waging wars for fossil fuels, selling out government to the highest bidder, lacing the environment and the global food supply with GMOs, pesticides, antibiotics, growth hormones, toxic sweeteners, artery-clogging fats, and synthetic chemicals, attacking the organic and natural health movement, brainwashing the body politic, destroying soils, forests, wetlands, and biodiversity, and discharging greenhouse gas pollution into the atmosphere and the oceans like there’s no tomorrow — we’ve reached a new low, physically and morally.
Distracted by know-nothing media conglomerates and betrayed by cowardly politicians and avaricious corporations, homo sapiens are facing, and unfortunately in many cases still denying, the most serious existential threat in our 200,000-year evolution — catastrophic climate change, compounded by deteriorating public health and the dictatorial rise of political elites and multinational corporations such as Monsanto.
... more and more consumers are connecting the dots between what’s on their dinner plates and what’s happening to Planet Earth. They, along with environmentalists, animal rights, food justice, climate and health activists, have created a global grassroots movement aimed at dismantling our destructive, degenerative industrial food and farming system. And despite Big Food’s desperate attempts to maintain the status quo, this powerful movement is escalating the war on degeneration.
The battle must be framed asdegenerative versus regenerative agriculture and land use. Even before GMOs hit the market in 1994, in the form of Monsanto’s Bovine Growth Hormone, America’s industrial food and farming system was terrible for human health, the for the environment, farm animals and rural communities. If we somehow managed to get rid of all GMOs tomorrow, our (non-organic) food system would still be degenerating our health, biodiversity, water quality, and most importantly, our climate. The industrial food and farming system, with its destructive deforestation and land use, is the number one cause of global warming and climate disruption.
But at the same time as we expose the hazards of industrial food and farming we must spread the good news that regenerative agriculture is not only better for our health, but that it can fix the climate crisis as well, by sequestering in the soil several hundred billion tons of excess atmospheric carbon over the next two decades. We need to Cook Organic, not the Planet. This requires a new message, and a broader coalition beyond simply “GMO-free.”
PETA: Climate Change and Animal Agriculture Did you know that nearly half of all the water used in the U.S. goes to raising animals for food—or that of all the agricultural land in the U.S., 80 percent is used to raise animals for food and grow grain to feed them? Learn more about why animal agriculture is the leading culprit of climate change.
Would You Refrain From Having Children to Save the Planet? Hayes has the last word in The Guardian’s article. “If a large British family lives as sustainably as it can,” she said, “they will still need the carbon-emitting infrastructure of homes, transport, schools and hospitals. Vast areas of our planet are going to be uninhabitable as climate change progresses but we can reduce this impact by limiting our families to replacement size.
NutritionT. Colin Campbell Discusses "The Time for Nutrition Has Arrived" video at Pepperdine U. For more than forty years, T. Colin Campbell has been at the forefront of nutrition research. His legacy, the China Project, is the most comprehensive study of health and nutrition ever conducted. The renowned biochemist and nutrition expert spoke at Elkins Auditorium about his new book Whole, explore the concepts in the documentary Forks Over Knives, and discuss The China Study, one of America's best-selling books about nutrition.
THE CHINA STUDY Lecture video by T. Colin Campbell, PhD.
Whole Food Plant Based Rationale links and quotes...Degenerative disease can be prevented and treated with a low-fat, whole foods, plant-based/vegan diet – especially one based on starches such as potatoes, rice, and corn – which excludes all animal foods and added vegetable oils... failure of the standard cardiovascular approaches in contrast to the prompt, powerful and enduring resolution of disease with whole foods, plant-based nutrition.
Vegan Nutrition Watch the video, "Forks Over Knives." Discusses how easy it is to prevent many of the most prevalent diseases with a plant-based diet. No surgery or other extreme measures for heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, etc.
Watch the video, "What makes you sick?" by Dr. John McDougall.
“Veganism is an act of nonviolent defiance. It is our statement that we reject the notion that animals are things and that we regard sentient nonhumans as moral persons with the fundamental moral right not to be treated as the property or resources of humans.” — Prof. Gary L. Francione, Distinguished Professor of Law, Rutgers University
Watch the video, "Vegan Bodybuilding." Contrary to popular belief, a vegan diet is optimal for building muscle. Just look at Robert Cheeke from Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness.
Organic Consumers Association OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children's health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics. We are the only organization in the US focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation's estimated 50 million organic and socially responsible consumers.
The Horror of the Meat Industry16 Photos That Will Change Your Mind About Eating Meat Comments: I am truly appalled at what goes on and deeply saddened by it all. I have been a vegetarian for over 5 yrs but I had a “wake up call” recently and became vegan overnight. I suddenly realised that being vegetarian was not enough because I was still condoning the cruelty endured by dairy herds just to get the milk that was intended for use by their precious babies. I cried all night when I heard a Mother cow crying for her baby and knew I could do nothing to help her as her beautiful baby had been wrested from her.---Meat’s disgusting, cruel, and horrible. I haven’t eaten it in 36 years.---I have now been vegan for a month. I need to go through slaughterhouses as part of my job (I am desperately looking for a new job). I cannot begin to tell you how horrific it is…. The pictures, as horrific as they are to look at do not begin to demonstrate the condition of the animals (they know what is happening and are scared) or the smell. I should also mention that I feel better health wise than I have ever felt. Turning vegan was the best decision I have ever made.
Vegan Outreach (pdf) “It is unseemly of us, who often behave so unfeelingly toward other animals, to contend that only humans can suffer. The behavior of other animals renders such pretensions specious. They are just too much like us.” -- Dr. Carl Sagan & Dr. Ann Druyan
The Truth About Eating Animals It's mass, mechanized murder; It's Destroying the planet; It's gross.
America's Red Meat Horror Show: Why We Must Get Rid of Factory Farms good article, can't copy
How to Go VeganWondering About a Vegan Diet?
Food ActivismVoting with your wallet
Spend Consciously the app
Who Controls Our Food? A new report from Global Justice Now, From The Roots Up, shows that not only can small-scale organically produced food feed the world, but it can do so better than intensive, corporate-controlled agriculture.
Farming Green Better Ways to Raise Food
Garden Work smart and clean
What the U.S. Can Learn From Cuba’s Food Revolution ...about Cuba’s world-class experiment in organic farming.... Cuba’s widespread use of organic farming. Ninety percent of Cuba’s fruits and vegetables are grown without chemicals, according to Cuban agronomists, making the country the largest per capita consumer of organic produce in the world... Cubans turned to organic farming for very practical reasons when the USSR collapsed and Cuba could no longer afford to buy chemicals... But Cubans came to embrace organic philosophy as well. Chemical fertilizers and pesticides are still very expensive, Matos explained, but more significantly, they permanently damage the environment. “What we eat is what we grow,” she told me. “If we’re spraying chemicals, then we’re eating the chemicals.
... he began the evening with a joke. “A farmer places an ad in the newspaper,” Funes said with a sly smile. “It reads: farmer seeks wife. Must have own tractor. P.S.—send photo of tractor.”
Funes noted that under Cuban-style socialism, consumers don’t pay extra for organic food. That’s because labor is relatively low cost. The state owns the land and leases it to farmers very cheaply, so mortgage payments are low. Once nontoxic methods have been established, organic farming is actually cheaper than using chemicals, he said.
Two of the chefs ran out of the kitchen with mouths on fire. Cubans, David learned, generally don’t like spicy food. He assumed habanero chilies originally came from Havana. In reality, they come from Mexico. Residents of Havana definitely don’t like habaneros.
Chris Hedges: The Myth of Human Progress it means that those we love, including our children, are almost certainly doomed to insecurity, misery and suffering within a few decades, if not a few years, is much harder to acquire. To emotionally accept impending disaster, to attain the gut-level understanding that the power elite will not respond rationally to the devastation of the ecosystem, is as difficult to accept as our own mortality. The most daunting existential struggle of our time is to ingest this awful truth—intellectually and emotionally—and continue to resist the forces that are destroying us.
The human species, led by white Europeans and Euro-Americans, has been on a 500-year-long planetwide rampage of conquering, plundering, looting, exploiting and polluting the Earth—as well as killing the indigenous communities that stood in the way. But the game is up. The technical and scientific forces that created a life of unparalleled luxury—as well as unrivaled military and economic power—for the industrial elites are the forces that now doom us.
Can Cancer Be Prevented—And Even Cured—Through Diet? This Scientist Is Convinced It Can: T. Colin Campbell has set off a war with the food industry. The professor emeritus in nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University said research has proven that consumption of animal products, including meat, fish and dairy, triggers chronic diseases and impaired health and poses a greater risk than heredity or environment. He has linked casein, a protein in milk, with breast cancer.
A high protein diet derived from animal products increases cell replication and increases oxygen free radicals associated with cancer and aging.
".. the scientific foundation for what Campbell calls a “whole-food, plant-based diet: whole foods, no processed foods, only plants, no meat, fish or dairy and no added oils.” He wrote about the diet and his epidemiological studies in his book The China Study. The book, written with his son Thomas Campbell, was published in 2005 and was expected to have a limited audience. It has now sold over a million copies and been translated into 25 languages. Campbell’s sequel, Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition, came out in 2013 and is a New York Times bestseller.
Huffington Post: Why Vegan? I choose to become vegan because if I didn't, I wouldn't be able to forgive myself for adding to the incredible amount of suffering taking place... Physically my skin has cleared, I rest soundly at night, and I've lost that little extra weight I carried for years creating longer leaner muscles (I feel like a ballerina). I have more sustained vitality, my mediation practice is clear and my conscience is free knowing that my choices save more then 100 animals a year from misery.
10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Went Vegan Being vegan doesn't have to be more expensive, but it will be... If you do the math, there's no reason eating vegetarian or vegan should be more expensive than eating meat... At three, five, or eight dollars a pound, meat is one of the more expensive items you'll buy in the grocery store. So if you just replace it, say, with beans that cost a dollar per pound, you'll bank some serious coin... And yet, I now spend one and a half times or twice as much as I used to on groceries. Why? Because being vegan has led me down the ultra-health-foodie road. I shop at farmers markets and co-ops and Whole Foods more than I ever did before I was vegan, and I pay extra for organic. Going vegan led me to learn more about food, to the point that I'm scared not to be hyper-selective and skeptical about what I buy... I'm sure you've heard the adage by now: "Pay for it now, or pay for it later." The money we spend on the healthiest food possible is an investment in our future health that will pay off down the road.
You will impact many more people than you realize... I didn't expect friends and family to change as a result of my decision. I didn't set out to change anybody... But -- completely aside from this blog -- I've had at least a half dozen friends excitedly tell me about how they eat less meat now. Some have become pescetarian, vegetarian, and even vegan.
Be prepared for a feeling of responsibility, and the compulsion to hold yourself to a higher standard than before.
No matter how much you try to not make it a big deal, it's gonna be a big deal... Some people will think you're judging them and won't dare try to prepare a meal for you, even if only because they're afraid they'll do a poor job of it. Others just don't want to make the effort, and that's totally understandable. And while there's no reason we couldn't invite those same people over to our place just as often as before, I can see how a vegan dinner would be unappealing to less adventurous eaters, and as a result I think I extend the invitation a little less often than before.
You will be pleasantly surprised at who your biggest supporters are... The flip side of eating less meals with friends and family as a whole is that it will become delightfully obvious who thinks it's really awesome that you eat this way, who will go out of their way to make sure you've got something to eat at any event they host, and who will be eager to try your food and ask you intelligent questions about how you eat... This has meant a ton to me. It's a new and wonderful quality you'll discover in people you already know well and love -- and when someone treats you this way, you feel recognized, respected, and loved in return.
Sometimes it feels lonely, but you are not alone... But over the past two years, there have been a few points where I felt like I was alone in the way I chose to eat, and those moments were tougher than any fleeting desire for gustatory pleasure or convenience... I've gotten through those times by reminding myself that I'm not at all alone. Thanks to the connections technology affords us, there is a huge and supportive community that will make you feel ecstatic about your choices, whatever they are. You only have to look for these people -- and sometimes, you don't even have to do that. (You know the joke about how to find the vegan at the dinner party, right?)... Long-term, it has been this connection with people of similar mindsets, in person but mostly online, that has made moments of doubt increasingly rare.
You don't have to get weirder when you go vegan, but you will... The fun part. Being vegan has changed so much else about me, encouraging me to explore my uniqueness and pushing me towards and beyond the edges of what's considered mainstream ... from ditching the microwave to putting broccoli in smoothies to owning very few things... There's no reason that I had to become vegan before I embraced weirdness. And there's no reason the choice to go vegan has to be the choice to go weird (outside of your diet). But for me, that's how it worked out.
Why vegan? video with quotes from famous and classical people
“The Best Kept Secret–Ever” T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. author of The China Study
Center for Nutrition Studies founded by T. Colin Campbell, PhD. See articles.
No Meat Athlete Matt Frazier
10 reasons to go vegan that have nothing to do with animal rights by Lindsay McDougall
Celebrity Vegans and Vegetarians long list with photos
One Green Planet great against meat
Evolve! We may look different, but in our capacity to suffer we are all the same. Veganism.
5 Reasons I’m Glad to Be Vegan no fecal matter, etc.
Why Being the Lone Vegan Makes You a Power Player You have more influence than you know. Whether they know it or not, you are normalizing veganism in your community—its definition, existence, its feasibility, and its “face.” Your purchases influence the market and make vegan products more affordable and available.
Eating Up the World excellent brochure against eating animals
10 Shocking Environmental Facts That Will Make You Reconsider Putting Meat on Your Plate More than any other industry, animal agriculture has become a leading driver of all these major issues. Producing the incredibly high volume of animal products demanded by our meat-centric diets requires an inordinate amount of land resources and freshwater supplies. On top of this, animal agriculture produces more greenhouse gases emissions than any other industry, and yet, 850 million people across the world still suffer from lack of food.
Chris Hedges: Thou Shalt Not Kill The military in the United States portrays itself as endowed with the highest virtues—honor, duty, self-sacrifice, courage and patriotism. Politicians, entertainers, sports stars, the media, clerics and academics slavishly bow before the military machine, ignoring its colossal pillaging of state resources, the egregious war crimes it has normalized across the globe, its abject service not to democracy or freedom but corporate profit, and the blind, mind-numbing obedience it inculcates among its members. A lone soldier or Marine who rises up inside the system to denounce the hypermasculinity that glorifies violence and war, who exposes the false morality of the military, who refuses to kill in the service of imperial power, unmasks the military for what it is. And he or she, as Chelsea Manning has learned, swiftly pays a very, very heavy price.
7 Giant Lies About Red Meat Promoted by the Meat Industry By Martha Rosenberg / AlterNet June 17, 2015. The USDA has continued to discredit red meat, but the meat industry has to make its profits.
Recently, an advisory committee developing the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which are revamped every five years, said Americans should eat less red meat and processed meat in favor of a "diet higher in plant-based foods." Committee members wrote that a red meat-based diet "has a larger environmental impact in terms of increased greenhouse gas emissions, land use, water use, and energy use,"
Lie #1: There is no science linking red meat to cancer, stroke and heart attacks.
Lie #2: Meat today is "leaner" than it used to be, and better for you. The new guidelines absolve cholesterol from contributing to heart disease but blame saturated fat. So meat producers are trying to downplay how much saturated fat is in red meat.
Lie #3: Meat is an ideal protein because it is "nutrient dense." Of course, other protein foods like nuts and legumes are also dense and provide satiety and calories and are proven to have benefits beyond those of red meat.
Lie #4: The salt in meat is good for you! .. rather than acknowledge the role of excessive salt in high blood pressure, heart attack and failure, stroke and damage to the kidneys and blood vessels
Lie #5: Millions of Americans can’t be wrong. Defending a food simply because it has "palatability" and people like it certainly puts the cart before the horse. You could say the same thing about cigarettes. Toddlers, after all, like cough syrup and dogs like chocolate.
Lie #6: Red meat warnings violate consumer "rights." It never fails. When producers of controversial products are up against the wall, they scream "consumer rights." That is how California's GMO labeling Proposition 37 was defeated. Groups like the Center for Consumer Freedom (formed by Philip Morris in 1995) pretend that harmful lifestyles and preventable cases of lung cancer or diabetes are an individual’s right and don't raise everyone's healthcare costs and squander health resources. Right.
Lie #7: The government doesn't have any business telling us how to eat! While it is true that part of the USDA’s charter is to “provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources [and] rural development,” that leadership includes “nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy [and] the best available science.”
Exposed! Beef-Eaters Are Using 160 Times More Land Resources Than Plant-Eaters The High Cost of Animal Products: The data was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a prestigious journal with very high standards. Researchers in New York, Israel and Connecticut used extensive databases to compare the land, irrigation water, greenhouse gas, and reactive nitrogen burdens of meat, eggs, and dairy production in the U.S. The shocking finding was that beef production required 28, 11, 5 and 6 times more land, irrigation water, greenhouse gas, and nitrogen than the production of poultry, dairy or eggs.
Dairy production like cheese, which might be viewed as less demanding than meat production, actually was as intensive to the environment as poultry, pork and egg production. Beef required 88 percent of all U.S. land allocated to producing animal-based calories! The authors concluded that “beef is by far the least environmentally efficient animal category.”
The researchers were also able to analyze data for the plant-based staples of potatoes, wheat and rice using the same metrics. Compared to plant food production, beef production required 160, 8, 11 and 19 times as much land, irrigation water, greenhouse gas and nitrogen. Yes, 160 times as much land, or 40 percent of the total land area of the U.S. Poultry, eggs, and dairy required 6 times as much land as the plant-based staples.
the only reasonable response at this time is to reduce or eliminate beef (and other animal based calorie sources) for the sake of the environment. This analysis did not take into account the crucial issue of animal suffering. It also did not investigate the economic and health burden of disease associated with the consumption of animal calorie sources such as coronary artery disease, diabetes mellitus, obesity, hypertension, and cancer.
For those of us who have chosen entirely plant-based diets, we can take comfort that we are using less than one percent of the land requirements of beef eaters and producing far less greenhouse gases at the same time. At the same time, we are maximizing the chances that we will avoid the number one killer in the U.S., heart disease.
10 Scary Facts About Meat and the Environment There’s been a lot of buzz in the media lately about the negative impacts that meat production and consumption have on the environment and with good reason. Many issues that our planet currently faces, including increased green house gas emissions and unsustainable water usage to name just a couple, can be tied directly to animal agriculture.
Join One Green Planet’s ‘Eat for the Planet’ Movement! As the largest independent green site on the Internet with the largest vegan recipe database, One Green Planet is the leading voice in the sustainable food space. Using this authority, the #EatForThePlanet campaign aims to inspire the public to take control of the damage being caused by animal agriculture, and show them how the fork can be an incredibly effective tool in the fight against climate change... the real war against climate change is being fought on our plates... It’s time for us to recognize that animal agriculture is the leading cause of the climate crisis and exercise our power to be a part of the solution with every food choice we make.
If every person in the U.S. were to choose more plant-based foods, we could cut our carbon footprint in half, save around 200,000 gallons of water each redirect enough grain from the livestock system to feed roughly 2 billion people. We have the potential to make an enormous impact.
If every person in the U.S. were to choose more plant-based foods, we could cut our carbon footprint in half, save around 200,000 gallons of water each redirect enough grain from the livestock system to feed roughly 2 billion people. We have the potential to make an enormous impact.
Stunning Graphics Highlight the Animal Victims of Our Reckless Consumption Habits In the past 40 years, around 52 percent of wildlife have disappeared from the face of the planet for three primary reasons: poaching, habitat loss, and climate change. All of which are driven by human actions. The rate at which species are currently going extinct is a shocking 1,000 times faster than normal which has led many scientists to assert that we are in the midst of the world’s sixth period of mass extinction, and if we don’t do something to change our habits soon … we stand to send our global ecosystem into a complete state of collapse.
Video: Reveals The Hidden Water in Meat and Dairy When you take into account how much water is needed in the meat and dairy industries to grow the feed for animals, hydrate them, and keep both factory farms and slaughter facilities clean, we’re looking at two incredibly thirsty operations... You can save 50,033 gallons of water a year by leaving dairy off the menu. If you swapped meat for a plant-based option, you’re total water savings would be 162,486 gallons.
Stunning Graphics Highlight the Animal Victims of Our Reckless Consumption Habits In the past 40 years, around 52 percent of wildlife have disappeared from the face of the planet for three primary reasons: poaching, habitat loss, and climate change. All of which are driven by human actions. The rate at which species are currently going extinct is a shocking 1,000 times faster than normal which has led many scientists to assert that we are in the midst of the world’s sixth period of mass extinction, and if we don’t do something to change our habits soon … we stand to send our global ecosystem into a complete state of collapse.
The Day My Food World Turned Upside Down: My Plant-Based Journey Then, about three years ago, a friend told me about the documentary Forks Over Knives. I watched it alone one night, and for 96 minutes every truth I thought I knew about food and health unraveled. It gutted me on a physical and emotional level. One idea in particular shocked me: the revelation that we don’t actually need animal protein to be healthy. I was floored.
And yet it was just the beginning. I learned that not only was it unnecessary, but a diet based on animal products could be harmful, associated with higher rates of chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
I felt betrayed by the misinformation I’d been fed — literally — for my entire life. I thought about how I’d been unknowingly urging these unhealthy foods upon my family for years, and I couldn’t wait for my husband, Jim, to see the film. Both of us have heart disease and cancer in our families, and I felt an urgency to share what I’d learned with him. My pulse was racing as we watched it together, Jim in complete silence the whole time. The stakes were so high, I felt, because it had literally changed the bedrock of my personal values, and I hoped that the information would hit him just as strongly.
After the film ended, we walked to our kitchen and without missing a beat, Jim said, “We have to get rid of animals products in our home.”
Got a Prostate? Ditch the Dairy. This isn’t the first study that links dairy products with prostate cancer. Research published in 2013 shows that eating dairy products results in a 12 percent increased chance of developing prostate cancer. With dairy consumption linked to both prostate cancer and reduced odds of survival after diagnosis, dropping dairy products from your diet is the safest bet.
Sierra Rise stories to save the planet...Support a plant-based diet. Hosted by Sierra Club.
Go Meatless More OftenEating vegetarian meals more often is a slimming habit. Vegetarians tend to weigh less than meat eaters. While there are several reasons for this, legumes may play an important role. Bean burgers, lentil soup, and other tasty legume-based foods are simply packed with fiber. Most Americans get only half of this important nutrient, which fills you up with fewer calories. (FROM how to lose weight without dieting: http://www.webmd.com/diet/ss/slideshow-no-diet-weight-loss?ecd=wnl_day_080215&ctr=wnl-day-080215_nsl-ld-stry&mb=ZvSOU91BBvn9uPa15%40%2fmaihonS%2fH3cwys1%40qFs5lsMI%3d) For more, see Food.
"The United States spends over $87 billion conducting a war in Iraq while the United Nations estimates that for less than half that amount we could provide clean water, adequate diets, sanitations services and basic education to every person on the planet. And we wonder why terrorists attack us." - John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
The animals, often barely able to stand when taken from the crates, have been rescued from huge industrial or factory farms by activists.
The crates are delivered anonymously under the cover of darkness. This is because those who liberate animals from factory farms are considered terrorists under U.S. law. If caught, they can get a 10-year prison term and a $250,000 fine under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. That is the punishment faced by two activists who were arrested in Oakland, Calif., last month and charged with freeing more than 5,700 minks in 2013, destroying breeding records and vandalizing other property of the fur industry.
Only in the insanity of corporate America can nonviolent animal rights activists be charged as terrorists while a white supremacist who gunned down African-Americans in a South Carolina church is charged on criminal counts. Only in the insanity of America can Wall Street financers implode the global economy through massive acts of fraud, causing widespread suffering, and be rewarded with trillions of dollars in government bailouts. Only in the insanity of America can government leaders wage wars that are defined as criminal acts of aggression under international law and then remain, unchallenged, in positions of power and influence. All this makes no sense in an open society. But it makes perfect sense in our species of corporate totalitarianism, in which life, especially the life of the vulnerable, is expendable and corporate profit alone is protected and sanctified as the highest good.
The animal agriculture industry causes suffering, death and environmental degradation—to humans as well as animals—on a scale equaled only by the arms industry and the fossil fuel industry. And by eating meat and dairy products we aid and abet a system that is perhaps the primary cause of global warming and is pumping toxins and poisons into our bodies and the rest of the ecosystem.
Animal agriculture sends more greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere than worldwide transportation. The waste and flatulence from livestock are responsible for creating at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide per year, or 51 percent of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. Livestock causes 65 percent of all emissions of anthropogenic nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas 296 times more destructive than carbon dioxide. Crops raised to feed livestock consume 56 percent of the water used in the United States. Seventy percent of the crops we grow in the U.S. are fed to animals. Eighty percent of the world’s soy crop is fed to animals. It is a flagrant waste of precious and diminishing resources. It takes 1,000 gallons of water to produce one gallon of milk.
Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen—which the government briefly listed as an “extremist” animal rights group in the early 1990s—is probably the world’s most lavish retirement home for farm animals. Gene Baur and Lorri Houston founded it. They raised money to create Farm Sanctuary, and to pass out literature about the abuse of animals at the hands of factory farm operators, by selling vegan hot dogs from a Volkswagen van at Grateful Dead concerts. In all, they drove their van to the parking lots outside nearly 100 concerts across the country. The first animal they rescued was a sheep, later named Hilda, found lying in a pile of dead animals behind a stockyard.
“Farm Sanctuary begins with the idea that there’s this horrible system and most people are unwittingly supporting it by buying animal-based foods,” Baur said when I reached him by phone at his home in Arlington, Va.
“We can only rescue a small handful compared to the billions who deserve to be rescued,” he said. “So we try to model and encourage a new kind of relationship with animals. Rescuing individuals also helped us cope with the horrors of factory farming. Going into these places we would see atrocious abuse. We would witness thousands of animals confined in horrible conditions, held in crates where they couldn’t even turn around. This takes a toll on you emotionally. Being able to rescue a few individuals out of that system helped heal us. Farm Sanctuary is a place of hope. It is a place of transformation. Animals who had been terribly mistreated, and seen only as production units, as commodities, have their lives transformed. They become our friends, instead of our food. You can’t rescue them all, but you do what you can. Farm animal rescue is an immediate concrete response to an untenable chronic problem.”
Farm Sanctuary, which operates through donations, has a budget of $10 million a year and runs two farms in California besides the one in New York state.
There are 1,000 animals at the organization’s three farms—cows, sheep, goats, turkeys, pigs, geese, donkeys, chickens and ducks. The animals, which receive state-of-the-art medical care and are fed vegan food, roam the pastures unmolested. Cows are not impregnated in order to keep them producing milk. Eggs are not taken from chickens for human use. And all the creatures live out their natural lives liberated from the animal holocaust that defines the animal agriculture industry.
“It is very easy to love dogs and cats,” Coston, the sanctuary’s shelter director, said as we stood amid a flock of turkeys one rainy morning. “They are everywhere. They are in our world. But it is not easy to love turkeys because very few people get to meet turkeys. But look, they just followed us in,” she said as we stepped into a barn. “They love being around people. They love attention. They are no different from pets. They also like to be petted.”
“Every animal [at the farm] has a different personality, every animal has a name, all have health records,” she went on as we walked to a barn that held rescued pigs. “We are saying they are as important as any other individual.”
The relationships between the animals, including two blind cows that are inseparable, and between the animals and the men and women who work at the sanctuary were evident, and often moving. Pigs, chickens, turkeys and cows often responded to those working in the barns the way pets respond to their human companions. The animals gathered around barn workers to be scratched or stroked. Coston often suspended our conversation to address a pig or a cow by name and explain the intricacies of their histories and personalities—some shy, some gregarious, some rebellious, some jealous of others in the herd or flock, some moody and some attached to a particular worker at the farm.
Coston said the farm keeps the numbers small to maintain the relationships. “I won’t overcrowd,” she said. “I could go out now and save 5,000 spent layers [chickens]. But I would not see them, and many of them would die. They would no longer be individuals.”
Farm Sanctuary has been behind ballot initiatives to end the worst abuses in factory farming and has rescued pigs trapped by flooding in Iowa and more than 700 chickens at a Mississippi broiler factory struck by a tornado. Coston said that after storms hit factory farms—some of which can house more than a million chickens—the animals often are bulldozed alive into pits.
This Incredible New Jersey Doctor is Using Plant-Based Foods to Treat His Patients In the Western world, the concept of using food as medicine seems strange to many people because we don’t often stop to think about how the food we’re ingesting impacts health and well-being. When we eat a lot of junk food, we know we don’t feel our best, but most of us don’t actually stop to question why things like chips, cookies, and soda make us feel sluggish and what they are doing to our bodies.
Further, when we get sick (sometimes because of the way we eat), we tend to turn too short-term solutions to our symptoms like drugs or antibiotics without really looking at the root of the problem.
This is an issue that Dr. Jon Weiss is very familiar with. Dr. Weiss began his career as an emergency room physician and was taught to treat patients in the traditional symptom-based manner. However, when his 69-year-old father became ill with pancreatic cancer, Weiss’ entire philosophy on medicine changed.
Instead, Weiss buried himself in the library and learned all he could about alternative cures, specifically, he turned to plants. In his undergrad study, Weiss majored in botany and was drawn to the idea that a plant-based diet could improve human health. Using this knowledge, he developed a diet plan for his father that consisted primarily of broccoli, kale, brown rice, seaweed and collard greens.
Building off this experience, Weiss began to incorporate his findings while working as an assistant professor of clinical medicine at New Jersey Medical School. Now, he’s launched a revolutionary practice called Ethos Health that is the only farm-based primary care practice in the country. Unlike other doctor’s offices that are located in industrial complexes, Weiss’ practice is located on 342 acres of rolling farmland in Long Valley, New Jersey.
Ethos helps patients learn how they should select vegetables when they shop to help treat their individual conditions. As an added bonus, patients who come into the office can simply step out back afterwards and purchase farm-fresh crops growing right there!
“I think we are still just scratching the surface in learning how plants can help us avoid some of the chronic illnesses that we see,” Weiss says in Rutgers Today. “There is a great deal we can do to educate our patients about how they can help themselves with diet and exercise.”
So far, Weiss’ patients have experienced amazing results. Many other organizations, including the American Cancer Society assert that a diet rich with fresh fruit and vegetables can reduce the risk of cancer and T. Colin Campbell has spent the past 50 years studying the connection between eating plant-based and a reduced risk of cancer. There are many additional lauded benefits of choosing more plant-based foods, including better cardiac health, lower risk of diabetes. A diet heavy in plant-based foods is one of the easiest ways to prevent long-term illnesses and improve longevity.
If you want to know more, see One Green Planet--Health Monster
Video: My Vegan Story SweetPotatoSoul
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Scientists Say Climate Change Has Reached the ‘Point of No Return’ – 5 Things You Can Do Today Physical changes to the planet are setting off alarm bells for climate change worldwide, concerning scientists in the process. A study conducted by several scientists including famed climatologist James Hansen and Michael Mann concluded that a newly discovered feedback loop in Antarctica has the capacity to raise mean sea levels by 10 feet by 2065. That’s ten times faster than the rates previously predicted for sea level rise! Sea level rise is also occurring as the result of warmer global temperatures that melt sea ice. As sea ice continues to melt, it flushes a vast amount of fresh water into the ocean which, by changing the salinity, results in slower ocean currents. And this in turn results in more extreme weather patterns in areas bordering the Atlantic Ocean.
In addition to the physical nature of the environment, ocean life has been another strong indicator of climate change’s rapidly expanding influence. Recently, warming ocean temperatures encouraged anchovies and krill to seek refuge in a cooler swath of water off the California coast. This attracted baleen whales to the area which showed up in record numbers. Walruses, over 35,000 to be exact, have also been observed cramming themselves into a shrinking cold habitat as sea ice melts in Alaska.
In tandem, ocean acidification, a growing problem resulting from increased carbon dioxide levels, has been observed weakening the shells of animals like snails as they dissolve in increasingly acidic sea water. And marine “dead zones” are increasing as warmer temperatures encourage more extreme algae blooms which will eventually choke out most marine life that stands in their way.
1. Push For A Planet That Is Free From Fossil Fuels
2. Plant A Tree! the planet can help absorb some of the extra carbon dioxide we’ve pumped out, but giving it a little help will do a world of good.
3. Boost The Organic and Local Food In Your Life - Adopting a diet that is free of animal products is already doing wonderful things for the planet. Take it a step farther now and aim for organic and locally grown produce. Organic veggies don’t utilize chemical fertilizers which carry a larger carbon footprint, and typically don’t require the massive fossil-fuel powered equipment used in conventional farming. If you can keep that organic produce as local to you as possible, you’ll also be cutting fossil fuels used in the transportation of getting your food from farm to table.
4. Trim Your Waste-Line - Direct organic waste to a composting system, whether it is municipal or one you keep at home. Make sure anything and everything that can be recycled ends up in the recycling bin.
5. Most Importantly … Choose More Plant-Based Foods - This last point might be one of THE most powerful things that you can do to protect the future of the planet. One Green Planet believes that our global food system dominated by industrial animal agriculture is at the heart of our environmental crisis.
This destructive industry currently occupies over half of the world’s arable land resources, uses the majority of our freshwater stores, and drives greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, this system causes rampant air and water pollution, land degradation, deforestation and is pushing countless species to the brink of extinction.
“The real war against climate is being fought on our plates, multiple times a day with every food choice we make,” says Nil Zacharias, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of One Green Planet, “one of the biggest challenges facing our planet, and our species is that we are knowingly eating ourselves into extinction, and doing very little about it.”
How Corporate Farmers Are Waging War on Our 1st Amendment Animal abuse isn’t only a problem when people find out about it.
The First Amendment may be inconvenient to some people at times, but it’s still the law of the land. Case in point: so-called “ag-gag laws.”
These are laws in Idaho, Montana, Utah, North Dakota, Missouri, Kansas, and Iowa that prohibit people from taking photos or videos of farms without permission. They’re designed to prevent the exposure of cruelty to animals on factory farms.
Video: Vegetarian Diets: The Latest Evidence-Based Nutritional Science ~ John Westerdahl Bragg Health Institute
Eat Right: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics largest org. for registered dietitians
Video: Chef AJ: Are You Ready To Go Unprocessed? Watch her make Smoky Black Bean Soup, Red lentil chili, Quinoa Salad with pistachios and currants (or raisins), Hail to the Kale Salad,
Diet and lifestyle diseases are the number one killer globally. 70% of deaths in the West are caused by diet and lifestyle. An estimated 90% of type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and 70% of cancers are entirely preventable. 2011 WHO report: the five lifestyle culprits are an unhealthy diet, a sedentary lifestyle, excessive alcohol consumption and tobacco.
The best consumer unprocessed, high-fiber plant-based diets and lead physically active lifestyles. These populations are in rural China, South America, and Japan.
Read meat and mortality: 121,300 participants in study: Consuming 1 servind of red meat per day increased mortality 13% for 3 oz. unprocessed red meat, or 20% for 1 oz. processed red meat (like sausage) or 1/2 oz. bacon, or 1 weiner.
It's too late for me, but I'm asking you to help the others. As demand for eggs goes down, fewer chicks like me will be born into misery. Nobody should experience what I have - and what I'm about to..." (Vegan Outreach)
On Nonhuman Slavery by Will Tuttle, 2014.
By commodifying and enslaving large, powerful animals, the ancient progenitors of Western culture established a basic mythos and worldview that still lives today at the heart of our culture. Riane Eisler’s The Chalice and the Blade and Jim Mason’s An Unnatural Order summarize and digest the work of historians and anthropologists, providing some interesting perspectives on the fundamental value shifts that occurred when humans began dominating large animals for food, and how these changes affect us in the present day.
Review: He points out, very convincingly, that when humans began herding animals, it began to create a consciousness of exploitation which then spread to the control and domination of other humans, as well as animals. So the roots of human's violence to humans are found in the practice of seeing animals as objects to exploit for our own purposes: for food, furs, labor, entertainment, "sport" and experimentation. The use of humans as slaves and the subjugation of women followed the subjugation and enslavement of animals.
One thing that sets this book apart from any of the others that describe the problems associated with a meat-based diet is the focus on the spiritual aspects of our diet. When we take food into our bodies, we are also ingesting the energy contained in this food. Animals that are tortured and filled with terror and agony as they are killed are filled with this very negative energy. When humans eat their flesh, we are also ingesting this fear and anger. This affects us deeply.
Eating our way to extinction by David Benfell
The quest for grassland led to deforestation and conquest. Women became prizes of war. Livestock aren’t just bad for the planet–and the ecosystem upon which we all depend–today. They have always been bad, they have led to the subjugation of approximately half of humanity on gender alone, they have led to war and conquest as a way of life.
Eisler points out how much of our resources are diverted to making war and to further enriching the already rich while scarcity is imposed on the rest of the population to rationalize the dominator orientation.
Now, humanity is threatening to destroy the ecosystem of the entire planet. We face increased desertification, the spread of tropical diseases, famine, and the melting of glaciers upon which hundreds of millions of people depend for water. And we pollute a lot of the water that many of the rest of us depend upon. The single greatest cause of this, by far, is the livestock industry.
We know all this. But we keep on eating meat.
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Video: A Life Connected The world has enough for our needs, but not enough for our greed.
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18 ‘Food, Inc.’ Facts Everyone Should Know The average American eats over 200 lbs. of meat a year. About 70% of processed foods have some genetically modified ingredient.
Vegan diets, free of meat, dairy, eggs, and other animal products, contain no cholesterol and less fat and saturated fat, which contribute to obesity, high blood pressure, and heart disease risk, in addition to diabetes risk.2 Scientific research shows that health benefits increase as the amount of food from animal sources in the diet decreases, making vegan diets the most healthful overall.
A vegan diet may also help with complications associated with diabetes. One that often goes unmentioned is neuropathy, or pain or numbness in the hands and feet through nerve damage caused by diabetes. This pain can cause other complications and severely lower quality of life. A low-fat vegan diet may reduce pain associated with diabetic neuropathy, according to a study published in Nutrition & Diabetes.
25 Things Fast Food Chains Don’t Want You to Know Your soda is dirtier than a toilet; Today’s food packs more calories than the food from the 1980s [French fries: 190 percent more calories]; Your meat is chemically cleaned; chicken nugget = mechanically separated meat, a slurry created when the bones and carcass of a leftover chicken are mixed together in a food processor; Sonic is one of the most caloric chains in America; Quiznos’ sandwiches are sodium-delivery devices; Baskin-Robbins shakes feature wood chips and petroleum byproducts
Sorry, Eating Chicken Is a Moral Crime: The Real Horrors Behind America’s Most Popular Meat Chicken is seen as cheap protein and convenient food. But the labor practices and "killing line" are horrifying.
To churn out millions of processed chickens – 30 million a day, and a record 89 pounds a year per American consumer – the poultry industry relies on severe yet normalized worker exploitation: chronic pain, lifelong repetitive motion injuries, and humiliation. After hours slicing through thousands of birds, knives grow dull, skid off the cold slippery parts, stabbing workers in the hand or arm. Poultry workers are still routinely denied bathroom breaks; some report wearing diapers to avoid soiling themselves while processing our chicken dinners without a break.
These “lives on the line,” the title of a powerful new Oxfam America report, are the human reality behind our meals – and it turns out we are all paying a heavy price for so-called “cheap chicken.” This toll includes tens of thousands of workers maimed on the job each year, crippling bodies and livelihoods; billions of dollars in federal contracts to Tyson Foods and others, despite their long record of worker mistreatment and safety violations; and massive public expense for workers’ emergency room visits and ongoing healthcare needs.
At the root of Big Chicken’s mistreatment of workers is the economic and political clout of a few powerful corporations and their industry lobbying arms, the National Chicken Council and the American Meat Institute – which have successfully pressured both Democrats and Republicans to speed up the assembly line and weaken regulations such as injury reporting. The top four companies – Tyson Foods, Pilgrim’s Pride, Sanderson Farms and Perdue Farms – control 60 percent of the U.S. poultry market, churning out products under more than 30 name brands.
Yet more troubling, surveys of chicken factory workers in Alabama, conducted by the Southern Poverty Law Center, found 72 percent had experienced a work-related injury, 77 percent suffered cumulative trauma disorders in their hands and wrists, and 86 percent reported hand and wrist pain, swelling, numbness and inability to close their hands.
Terrified Cow Cries Thinking She’s Headed for Slaughter … But Her Story Has a Happy Ending (VIDEO) Despite what many believe, cows are extremely intelligent and emotional animals. Like humans, cows develop strong bonds with their children and have best friends. They even have special calls for the ones that they love – the same way we give our friends and family nicknames. But because these animals are typically considered “food,” and treated like commodities rather than individuals, most never get to experience these incredible bonds. Instead, they are subjected to a life filled with fear, stress, and sadness.
Emma, the cow in this video, is a perfect example of the emotive abilities of these animals. She does not know where she is heading, but having seen others before her being carted off to slaughter, the fear and dread is evident in her eyes. For most cows, the ending that Emma anticipates is unavoidable, however, thanks to the kind people at Kuhrettung farm animal sanctuary in Rhein-Burg, Germany, her story is a happy one.
Many of the animals who arrive at the sanctuary are scared at first, having only known abuse and cruelty from humans in their lives, but through love and kindness, the animals learn to trust again. These cows are Emma’s new family, and she will learn all the wonders of being a cow that are in store!
Comments: Any person that can do this and not feel nothing is not human. So please don't call yourself one. Your a cold hearted soulless bag of garbage.
Tearing up at work reading this! Going vegan was the best decision of my life. I just want to go play with her!
"Iniquity, committed in this world, produces not fruit immediately, but, like the earth, in due season, and advancing by little and little, it eradicates the man who committed it. ...justice, being destroyed, will destroy; being preserved, will preserve; it must never therefore be violated." Manu 1200 bc
Turkeys are a seriously underrated animal. Misinformation and silly urban myths (remember the one about drowning in the rain?!) about the species have persisted for decades, but the truth is, they’re intelligent, affectionate birds who deserve freedom and respect.
They love hugs. Turkeys are affectionate, sensitive animals. In farmed sanctuaries across the world, they’re often the most beloved of residents. They love to be petted, held, and even hugged.
They love music. Chloe, a former resident turkey at California’s Gentle Barn sanctuary, was renowned for her dancing skills. Turkeys have also been known to gobble along with songs.
Tragically, Thanksgiving is a horror show for these special animals. 45 million are butchered every year, just to make their way onto dinner plates. With all the mouthwatering meat alternatives these days, there’s no need for this gory tradition to continue; we can eat delicious plant-based feasts and let these quirky, good-natured animals live.
from http://tryveg.com/2015/11/6-reasons-turkeys-awesome/ 6 Reasons Turkeys are Too Awesome to Eat.
Compassion Over Killing investigative reports on ag business practices
1. By leaving meat off your plate, you can half your carbon footprint!
2. If you skip meat for an entire year, you can save 162,486 gallons of water!
3. If everyone in the U.S. gave up chicken, beef, and pork, they could save enough grain to feed and additional 1.4 BILLION people!
Photo of Happy Pit Bull Getting Kisses From Curious Cows Will Shatter Your Stereotypes About Animals The idea that it is okay to exploit cows because they are stupid, boring animals that have no idea what is happening to them is actually incorrect. It turns out that cows are very intelligent animals, with excellent memories. They have shown a unique ability to remember faces and locations and some have even demonstrated an understanding of the mechanical world by using latches to open gates. Being herd animals, they are also quite social, enjoying play and affection on a regular basis. They are very much aware of their surroundings, so there is no excuse for the terrible treatment that they receive in today’s barbaric meat and dairy factories.
Pit Bulls, like cows, also have a lot of negative stereotypes to overcome. Many people wrongfully believe that they are vicious, aggressive animals with locking jaws, unlike any other dog breed, but the reality is that “Pit Bull” isn’t even an official breed of dog. They are bred from many different types of dogs to have certain dominant characteristics, but physically, there are no locking jaws or innate viciousness. To the contrary, Pit Bulls are highly intelligent dogs, with a love of play that makes them very trainable. During WWII, they were military working dogs, with Petey from the Little Rascals making the Pit Bull America’s nanny dog for many years until a cultural shift in the 1980s (driven by a rise in dogfighting) decided that they were monsters. Today, they are feared animals who are subjected to breed specific legislation and barred from certain cities. Adding to this, Pit Bulls have the highest rate of euthanasia out of all different breeds singled out by the law for euthanasia and other, unfair treatment.
What Are We Exactly Celebrating on Thanksgiving? By Jim Hightower / AlterNet November 25, 2015
We face a momentous choice: a food future rooted in the ethic of sustainable agriculture or in exploitative agri-industry.
America certainly has an abundance of food (even though many Americans do not), yet we face a momentous choice: a food future rooted in the ethic of sustainable agriculture (emphasis on "culture") or in exploitative agri-industry.
The conglomeratized, Wall Streetized, monopolized, globalized, chemicalized and plasticized model of treating dinner as just another manufactured product is presently dominant. Big Food has gained this control, not because its product is superior, but because, for the past 70 years, the corporate powers have ruthlessly abused their financial, marketing and political muscles to bully and shove aside anyone in their way.
What better symbol of agri-industry's vision of "food" than that ubiquitous Thanksgiving "Butterball" turkey. In a succession of corporate deals, the brand has passed from Swift & Co. to ConAgra to Smithfield Foods and now to the shipping giant Seaboard Inc. Whatever its industrial flag, the Butterball has been hoisted onto our tables by huge advertising budgets and promotion payments to supermarkets. The bird itself has been grotesquely deformed by industrial geneticists to have breasts so ponderous that the turkeys can't walk, stand or even reproduce on their own (thus earning the nickname "dead-end birds"). Adding torture to this intentional deformity, the industry sentences them to dismal lives in tiny confinement cages inside the sprawling steel and concrete animal factories that scar America's rural landscape -- monuments to greed-based corporate "husbandry."
As the eminent farmer-poet-activist Wendell Berry tells us, eating is a profound political act. It lets you and me vote for the Butterball industrial model or choose to go back to the future of agriculture, which is the art and science of cooperating with, rather than overwhelming, nature. That cooperative ethic is the choice of the remarkable Good Food Uprising that has spread across the country in the past 30 years. Now the fastest growing segment of the food economy, it is creating the alternative model of a local, sustainable, small-scale, community-based, organic, humane, healthy, democratic -- and tasty -- food system for all.
Agri-industry doesn't care whether it makes food or widgets, for it's run by people who are dedicated solely to making money. In contrast, those involved in agriculture love what they do and care deeply about making the very best food they can. Their attitude is summed up by Lee Jones, a sustainable farmer in Ohio. Asked what he'd be if he weren't a farmer, Lee replied: "Disappointed."
.. many current studies suggest Hegsted was right when he claimed adults need very little calcium. What's more, a growing body of research has found that for grown-ups, consuming too much dairy can actually be harmful. Considering taxpayers spend an estimated $4.5 billion a year to subsidize dairy, many experts believe this new science deserves more attention.
One sweeping study found that women who drank 2.5 or more glasses of milk a day had a higher risk of fractures than their counterparts who drank less than one glass a day.
eight epidemiological studies and five randomized, controlled trials—determined that calcium intake does not significantly decrease the risk of hip fracture in women or men. Last year, another sweeping study came to the same conclusion—in fact, it found that women who drank two and a half or more glasses of milk a day had a higher fracture risk than their counterparts who drank less than one glass a day.
More troubling was Willett's finding that men who drank two or more glasses of milk a day were almost twice as likely to develop advanced prostate cancer as those who drank no milk. A subsequent study turned up a similar result.. A meta-analysis published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition late last year concluded that "high intakes of dairy products...may increase total prostate cancer risk."
Given all the unknowns, Willett recommends that to be safe, adults should consume no more than two servings of dairy a day. He suggests that at least one of those servings comes from yogurt, which seems to be healthier than its nonfermented counterparts, possibly because it contains lactobacillus, a probiotic bacteria that breaks down lactose and aids digestion.
Willett also advises that adults limit their total calcium intake to less than 1,000 milligrams a day.
So why does the [government] advisory committee disagree with the growing consensus? It's worth examining the committee members' industry ties. Tufts University professor Miriam Nelson, the author of best-selling books on osteoporosis, is a member of the Dannon Institute Scientific Council. Steven Abrams served as a paid scientific consultant to the National Milk Processor Education Program, which oversees the milk industry's national advertising campaigns; he also sat on a medical committee that created calcium consumption guidelines for the National Academies' Institute of Medicine in 2010. The chair of that group, A. Catharine Ross, has received research funding from Nestlé; Danone, the parent company of Dannon; and Mead Johnson Nutrition, which makes a dairy-based baby formula.
Meat the Biggest Climate-Change Issue No World Leader is Talking About in Paris The UN Food and Agriculture Organization accredits 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions to the animal agriculture industry. That’s more than the entire transportation sector. But that’s not where it ends.
This destructive industry currently occupies over half of the world’s arable land resources and uses the majority of our freshwater store. Additionally, this system causes rampant air and water pollution, land degradation, deforestation and is pushing countless species to the brink of extinction. And yet, one in eight people still suffer from food scarcity.
As Nil Zacharias, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of One Green Planet says, “The real war against climate change is being fought on our plates, multiple times a day with every food choice we make.”
By simply leaving meat off your plate, you can HALVE your carbon footprint – if everyone in the world made an effort to even eat less meat and dairy, it would make an enormous difference.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Wants You to Terminate Meat From Your Plate to Save the Planet Arnold Schwarzenegger had a pretty smart take on how all people can make a MASSIVE positive difference on a daily basis. According to the ultimate muscle man himself, if everyone in the world gave up meat at least once or twice a week, they could DRASTICALLY slash carbon emissions.
When asked about what he maintains his iconic muscles without meat (YES, GASP?), he simply replied: “You can get your protein many different ways.” .. by leaving meat off the menu, you can halve your carbon footprint, save 162,864 gallons of water annually, AND divert enough grain away from the livestock system to feed 1.4 BILLION other humans.
The United States may not be the largest nation in the world, but by carrying such a high per capita consumption rate of animal products, the country is using an immense amount of resources just to feed its residents.
The ecological footprint that animal agriculture carries is tremendous simply because we are raising a massive number of animals. A 2014 estimate placed the number of animals killed for meat and dairy in the United States alone at nine billion individuals. That’s nine billion animals draining our water resources, polluting our skies and waterways, and using up our land for grazing and feed production.
Animal protein uses a lot of water to produce. A pound of beef requires an estimated 1,799 gallons of water.
Dairy products also require an awful amount of water: one glass of milk represents 30 gallons of water used, two slices of cheese require 50 gallons, and a single stick of butter uses a whopping 109 gallons!
These figures factor in not only the drinking water that animals require on a daily basis to survive ( 30 gallons for a cow, 7 gallons for a pig), but also the irrigation needed to grow the crops these animals eat.
Space is needed to grow the feed crops that livestock consumes. In total, the United States currently dedicates 149 million acres of farmland to growing crops for animal feed. Unfortunately, these farming operations do not feature diverse crops that could feed the country a variety of nutritious plant-based foods. Instead, these are intensely mono-cropped operations that favor animal-friendly grain crops in place of anything a human would consume.
Water and air pollution are massive testaments of the damage that raising animals for food can do to our planet. In 2000, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that 48 percent of stream and river pollution and 41 percent of lake water pollution was from animal agricultural operations. Things aren’t much better for our air, either. Air quality is degraded by livestock which produce a variety of pollutants like methane, hydrogen sulfide, and ammonia.
Why Parents Should Keep Children Meat and Dairy Free By Benjamin Spock, MD August 2, 1997 · modified on December 18, 2015
Ever since I wrote my first edition of Baby and Child Care in 1946, I have always put the emphasis on the need for eating lots of vegetables, fruits, and whole grain cereals. But due to the fact that dairy products and meats have been considered ideal foods for so long, I was hesitant to talk about their hidden disadvantages. What changed my mind was an episode in my own medical history.
In 1988, I fainted crossing the lobby of a hotel and spattered the marble floor with blood. After a week’s hospitalization it was concluded that my condition was partly due to the irregular rhythm of my heart (atrial fibrillation), a familial condition I’d had for several years. Also, I had a supposed narrowing of arteries in my brain from arteriosclerosis, which had stopped or interfered with the heartbeat enough to allow blood to clot in my heart. A piece of the clot presumably broke off and plugged an artery of my brain long enough to cause the faint. Not long afterward, I had a brief episode of speaking gibberish instead of English. I was put on a digitalis medication to slow and steady the heartbeat and given a pacemaker to substitute for my heart if it decided to stop again. Since my mother and two sisters died of strokes, that was enough to remind me that I am mortal like all humans, a fact that I had ignored until then.
Without any particular intention on our part, my wife, Mary, and I were introduced to a macrobiotic counselor. Macrobiotics is a form of vegetarianism that was originally formulated in Japan on the basis of their traditional diet and brought to the West by George Osawa. It consists of a strong emphasis on whole grains, vegetables, and legumes and an avoidance, not only of meats and poultry, but of dairy products too.
I had a miserable year before this episode, with almost constant bronchitis requiring antibiotics, as well as a further weakening and loss of coordination in my legs, which had made walking and standing increasingly difficult in my late eighties. My neurologist said there was no cure and that it would be progressive.
So we said, “Let’s give the diet a try.” In the four years since then, I have had only a couple of respiratory infections and a very gradual improvement in my legs instead of a further progression of the symptoms. Involuntarily, I lost 50 pounds in three months from the lack of fat in my diet.
Since this change, I have been thrown in with a number of cardiologists, oncologists (tumor specialists), internists, neurologists, pediatricians and their patients, who have become converted to various forms of a vegetarian diet. Not all of these diets are macrobiotic, yet they are conducive to health in general and serve to inhibit, and even in some cases reverse coronary heart disease, strokes, and certain forms of cancer. I’ve met a few people whose coronary heart disease and cancer were reversed even though, despite surgery, they had been close to death. Such arrests of fatal disease are extremely impressive.
In recent years, we’ve discovered that a high-fat diet, which means eating relatively large amounts of meat, dairy products, and fried foods, is the main cause of arteriosclerosis, coronary heart disease, stroke, certain forms of cancer and obesity.
Careful studies have shown that if diets are planned sensibly, as all diets should be, protein, calcium, and growth needs will be well covered by a diet of varied whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits. (A much greater danger is that of heart disease, stroke, and cancer, when children learn to love an animal-based diet and want it for the rest of their lives.)
What’s the answer? The overall aim in early childhood should be to steer away from an animal-based diet and favor a largely plant-based one, so the child will become used to foods at an adaptable age. Even if the child rebels in adolescence there is a good chance of coming back to a plant-based diet in adulthood, especially if the parents set the example.
*Video: The Hidden Costs of Hamburgers excellent; revealing
"If beef is your idea of 'real food for real people,' you'd better live real close to a real good hospital" -Dr. Neal Barnard.
Meat Is Murdering American Rivers Government data shows that food processing plants are the biggest toxic polluters of waterways in the U.S.
Demand for Meat Is Driving Water Shortages Affecting 4 Billion People Climate change, population growth, and skyrocketing meat consumption is making water scarce for two-thirds of the world’s population.
Did you know that despite endless aisles of food in the grocery store, only a small handful of companies decide what kind of food you can buy and how farmers can produce it? It’s true. Terrible farm policies and unchecked corporate consolidation have driven out much of the diversity in the marketplace and food system, creating powerful agribusiness giants (think ADM, Bunge, Cargill) who control much of what ends up on our plate.
Here’s a fact to swallow: Domestically, Big Agriculture controls over 83 percent of all foods in the U.S. marketplace, dictating what is available in the market. Thanks to U.S. farm policy, which subsidizes wheat, corn, and soy – all crops that Big Ag harvests – it is increasingly difficult for small family farmers to compete. U.S. agricultural policy puts the interests of food processors — such as Cargill, Tyson, Kraft and ConAgra — above the needs of independent farmers.
This unchecked corporate control has terrible consequences for our climate. Our industrial agriculture system is driving roughly one-third of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These greenhouse gasses largely come from the conversion of tropical forests to feed crops and other livestock uses. The livestock sector is directly responsible for roughly 15 percent of all global GHG emissions – more than all of the world’s cars, ships, trains and planes put together. It is the single largest source of food-sector emissions.
Our current food system values efficiency and profit over the health and well-being of people, land, and animals. From the palm oil plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia to the corporate-controlled grocery stores in our neighborhoods, change needs to come at every level.
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The Future of The Meat Industry Will Not Be Powered By Animals … Here’s Why our food system dominated by industrial animal agriculture is not only an inefficient one but is also at the heart of our environmental crisis. The meat industry can keep focusing on making incremental improvements in how they raise and slaughter animals by the billions (65 billion to be precise) to be more sustainable, humane, and efficient, but the rug is being pulled from under them by a new food movement.
The demand for meat, while on the decline, is still high in the developed world (an average of 103g/person/day is consumed today), and with rising incomes it is growing rapidly in the developing world. With 45 percent of land worldwide already being used by animal agriculture and another 33 percent just to grow livestock feed (dependent on commodity crops like soy and corn a that are devastating the planet). We can’t possibly afford to rely on livestock production – an industry the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that livestock production is responsible for 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, while other organizations like the Worldwatch Institute have estimated it could be as much as 51 percent – to feed the world.
Our current food system with animal agriculture at its core is broken, and there is a huge financial opportunity in betting on innovative foods as the disruptive force that can transform the industry from the inside out. As the video mentions, the global meat industry is worth over $1 trillion, so innovators who can create efficient products that look, feel, and taste like meat, without relying on animals are poised for success.
Simple Action Humans Can Take Everyday to Protect Polar Bears – That Doesn’t Involve Zoos Around 8.6 million acres of the polar bear’s native habitat disappear a year due to the rapidly warming temperature of the planet. What many people don’t realize is their food choices are driving that catastrophic temperature rise. The UN estimates that animal agriculture is responsible for around 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, while the Worldwatch Institute estimates it could be as high as 51 percent. In addition to this, the livestock industry is a major driver of deforestation, and as we know, trees and forests are very important for maintaining a stable climate. Pretty crazy, huh. The good news is that people can help reduce this impact by simply choosing to eat less meat and diary.
Food Waste numbers If the amount of food wasted globally were reduced by just 25% there would be enough food to feed all the people who are malnourished according to the UN.
Each year 1.3 billion tons of food, about a third of all that is produced, is wasted
Environmental impact: the carbon footprint of food produced but not eaten is estimated to be 3.3 gigatons of CO2 per year.
How to revive old food and make it delicious again The statistics are getting repetitive, but they bear repeating ad nauseum: 40 percent of food in the United States today goes uneaten, equaling on average more than 20 pounds of food waste per person every month. Americans throw out the equivalent of $165 billion each year; the impact is staggering.
Much of it has to do with a wildly inefficient food system, but we consumers are to blame as well. The average American consumer wastes 10 times as much food as someone in Southeast Asia; we waste more than half [more] of what we did in the 1970s. We’re spoiled, we need to pay more attention. And one of the things we can do is not be so squeamish about imperfect food.
If apples, bananas, potatoes, avocados, artichokes, and others become brown
If fruits or vegetables are bruised
If lettuce has brown or pink spots
Can you refreeze thawed foods? Or you could go vegetarian and not have all these frozen meat problems.
You should never thaw frozen meat, poultry, fish or seafood by placing it on the counter at room temperature. “Thawing on the counter is not safe, period. You should never do that.”
You shouldn't thaw frozen meat, poultry, fish or seafood by placing it under warm running water, “because bacteria like it warm, like we do, and multiply rapidly at room temperature.
Do not refreeze raw meat or fish if you thawed it by putting it in the microwave or placing it under cold running water.
And lastly, don’t let thawed raw meat linger for too long in the refrigerator before returning it to the freezer, since it runs the risk of becoming spoiled. For instance, chicken should be cooked or refrozen within two days of being thawed in the refrigerator.
A healthy Mediterranean-style diet costs less than a junky American diet An interesting research project has found that swapping out meat for olive oil and more canned legumes and frozen vegetables costs less than the most economical version of the USDA's dietary guidelines.
There is a misconception that eating a healthy Mediterranean-style diet is too expensive for low-income families, but new research dispels that notion.. a whole $750 cheaper per year!
".. our plant-based diet was substantially cheaper, and featured a lot more fruits and vegetables and whole grains." ..the recipes were easier to prepare than their usual ones and that they lost weight while experiencing improved food security.
How the Japanese Diet Became the Japanese DietJapan successfully transformed its diet into one that is healthy and delicious within one generation.. So perhaps the real question should be: If the Japanese can change, why can’t we?
Photos capture the impact of overpopulation and overconsumption note the several photos on the impact of the meat industry
The Amazon Rainforest slashed, burned, and turned to rubble for cattle grazing / Livestock production completely swallows the landscape in Brazil
America’s Role in the Illegal Wildlife Trafficking Trade and How to Stop It America plays a crucial role in the fight against wildlife trafficking. Wildlife trafficking is one of the most lucrative forms of illegal activity, with an estimated annual global value of $7 billion to $23 billion. The United States is generally accepted as one of the largest consumers of illegal wildlife and wildlife products worldwide. In fact, much of the world’s trade in illegal wildlife is either driven by U.S. consumers or passes through U.S. ports on its way to other destinations.p> We found that meat was by far the type of wildlife product in highest demand. Over 3.3 million pounds of meat was discovered in the ten years of data, mostly mollusk meat. Other products in high demand were fins (1.5 million pounds), medicinal products (889,000), feathers (884,000), and products made from shells (556,000).
Consumer demand remains the most important driver of wildlife trafficking. Thus, raising awareness amongst consumers and even non-consumers is important in helping people wake up to the unpleasant truth: illegal wildlife is offered for sale in the United States. Pointing out wildlife products that are frequently imported illegally helps educate consumers and empower them to ask for documentation before purchasing.
Consumer Trends Driving the Rapid Rise of Sustainable Plant-Based Foods in America Almost every other packaged food you find these days is labeled “vegan,” as millions of Americans wake up to the idea that eating foods that are meat and dairy free just makes sense – they’re optimal for our health and the health of our planet. Here are some consumer trends:
1. Drop in Meat Consumption
Recent studies have shown that around one-third of Americans are choosing to leave meat off their plates more frequently. In 2015, annual per capita red meat consumption in the U.S. fell 15 percent to 101 pounds in the past 10 years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It’s down by a third since the early 1970s, when per capita consumption was pushing 150 pounds per year. These trends are being driven by people broadly understanding how diet affects their health, concerns around the use of hormones and antibiotics in producing meat, the treatment animals in factory farms, and how food choices have a very real impact on the planet.
2. Drop in Dairy Consumption
Fueled by changing consumer perception of dairy’s nutritional value for bone development, concerns around hormones and antibiotics, increase in milk allergies, rising milk prices, and the popularity of plant-based milks, U.S. milk consumption has been steadily declining by 25 percent per capita since the mid-1970s. Americans, on average, drink 37 percent less milk today than they did in 1970, according to data from the USDA. That’s an astounding fact. What are they consuming instead? Plant-based alternatives like almond, soy, and coconut milk!
3. Values-Based Shopping
American consumers (a whopping 87 percent of them) want to buy food from brands that have a positive social and environmental impact, and most are willing to pay more for such products. Consumers are starting to value transparency, not only regarding food ingredients but also about the supply chain and are looking for brands that have an authentic mission and genuinely care about the impact of their products. From a natural resource consumption standpoint, plant-based foods are inherently better for the planet, and most brands in the space are not afraid to wear their values on their sleeves, which makes them even more attractive to consumers.
4. The Power of Millennials
By 2017, the generation is expected to outspend the baby boomers. As a consumer group, Millennials recognize that their food choices have a very real impact on society and the environment, and they are big proponents of shopping with a conscience. One in 10 millennials is vegetarian or vegan, and they are at the forefront of driving the American consumer marketplace by demanding more plant-based options. Millennials are increasingly interested in vegan cuisine, and more than 60 percent consume meat alternatives.
As a consumer, you need to recognize the tremendous power you wield with your food choices and what a crucial role you play in shaping this story.
How Eating Meat and Climate Change Have Contributed to Viruses Like Zika So what is causing this increased incidence of dangerous viral diseases? As it turns out, there is a correlation between the current health crisis and our global meat-heavy diet. Studies are linking the recent surge in viruses to our increased global impact on the environment, mainly the intensification of farming and climate change.
It’s no longer a well-kept secret that raising animals for meat, dairy, and eggs is responsible for widespread environmental damage. According to the Worldwatch Institute, animal agriculture produces 51 percent of annual worldwide emissions, with the industry creating over 32 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year.
This large-scale pollution of our atmosphere is causing climate change, and a changing climate and global warming facilitate the spread of infectious diseases.... Deforestation Due to Meat Industry Creates Mosquito-Breeding Grounds... The beef industry is responsible for as much as 70 percent of Amazon deforestation. As cleared land collects rainwater better than rainforests, it provides a suitable breeding ground for mosquitoes, allowing more of these infected insects to survive and spread disease. Because of this, deforestation has been linked to an increased incidence of malaria and other vector-borne illnesses such as Zika, whose current strain originated in Brazil.
WHAT YOU CAN DO: By choosing to eat more plant-based foods, you can drastically cut your carbon footprint, save precious water supplies and help ensure that vital crop resources are fed to people, rather than livestock.
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Top 10 Reasons I am Vegan 5. I’m fighting hunger by being vegan.
There is enough grain on Earth to feed the entire human population and then some. So why are almost a billion people starving? Because a huge amount of that grain is going to feed farm animals. By eating vegan, I’m reducing the amount of that grain needed for animals and freeing it up for people.
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Meatout introduces thousands of people to the benefits of a compassionate diet for achieving great health, helping the environment, and of course, saving animals.. How many animals can a plant-based diet save?
Could Veganism End World Hunger? The World Health Organization calls malnutrition "the silent emergency", and says it is a factor in at least half the 10.4 million child deaths which occur every year.
If you’re concerned about animal rights, water conservation, clean air and health then you may already be on the road to becoming vegan – so why not take five minutes and find out how veganism could end world hunger?
There is more than enough food being produced to feed everyone in the world twice over.
The problem is, our meat-based diet means that land, water, and other resources that could be used to grow food for human beings are being used to grow crops for farmed animals instead.
70% of U.S. grain production is fed to livestock.
One-third of the world's fish catch is fed directly to livestock.
In cycling our grain through livestock, we waste 90% of its protein and 96% of its calories.
An acre of cereal can produce five times more protein than an acre devoted to meat production. Legumes [beans] can produce ten times as much.
"Those who consume livestock products and fish are competing directly with those who need grain for food." (Lester Brown, president of Worldwatch)
The truth can no longer be dodged. Livestock farming gobbles up agricultural land, water and energy that could be far more efficiently devoted to growing food for people.
The cost of an 8 ounce steak will fill 45 to 50 bowls with cooked cereal grains.
Livestock now outnumber humans by almost three to one. In the last 40 years, the number of cattle has doubled and the fowl population has trebled.
The meat and dairy industry is also putting a huge strain on our water supply.. it is unsustainable.
"The American fast food diet and the meat-eating habits of the wealthy around the world support a world food system that diverts food resources from the hungry" [Dr. Waldo Bello].
It would take just 40 million tons of food to eliminate most world hunger, yet a staggering 760 million tons of grain will be used to feed farmed animals this year.
An individual can make a huge difference. They can stop supporting the meat, fish, egg and dairy industries. They can become vegan.
In the U.S., 64% of cropland produces feed for animals, while only 2% grows fruit and vegetables.
It takes about 300 gallons of water per day to produce food for a vegan, and more than 4,000 gallons of water per day to produce food for a meat-eater.
Fact: You save more water by not eating a pound of beef than you do by not showering for an entire year.
Veganism is about wanting something better.. for the future of our children and the world as a whole.
Veganism is about making the world we live in a better place for people and animals alike.
Diet and Global Warming If one takes the threat of global warming seriously, the most powerful personal step you can take may well be choosing a vegetarian diet.
"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself." (Leo Tolstoy)
TPP, PALM OIL & ANIMAL AG = FOREST, WATER AND CLIMATE CATASTROPHE All too often corporate giants like Con Agra, ADM, and Cargill have free access in drafting trade agreements (passing them through their congressional cohorts) that determine global food and agricultural policy that plays to the interests of monopolistic corporate profit rather than to sustainable growth of local farms and agriculture.The results have been devastating to both survival of the world’s indigenous peoples and to the earth upon which we all rely. All too often we forget that without a healthy planet, we cannot survive.
With combined extreme rates of deforestation in some of the most biodiverse rainforest regions of the world, contamination of vital water resources, and expanded corporate animal agriculture, along with the exploding palm oil monoculture trade and industrial farming, we are faced with a recipe for explosive climate change that has been mostly left out of the mainstream discussion about global warming, let alone illuminating the correlation between corporate globalization and climate chaos.
Big Meat Swallows the Trans-Pacific Partnership The global meat industry has already used trade rules to attack very basic consumer rights like country of origin labeling of food.5 These corporations view TPP as an important opportunity to further undermine local, democratic control of agricultural systems, and expand their reach globally.
Why Animal Rights? Animals surely deserve to live their lives free from suffering and exploitation. Jeremy Bentham, the founder of the reforming utilitarian school of moral philosophy, stated that when deciding on a being’s rights, “The question is not ‘Can they reason?’ nor ‘Can they talk?’ but ‘Can they suffer?’” In that passage, Bentham points to the capacity for suffering as the vital characteristic that gives a being the right to equal consideration.
All animals have the ability to suffer in the same way and to the same degree that humans do. They feel pain, pleasure, fear, frustration, loneliness, and motherly love.
Pigs, chickens and cows aren’t the only ones who suffer. The consumption of meat, eggs and dairy foods has been linked to heart disease, strokes, diabetes, obesity and cancer. Also, according to the United Nations, the meat industry is “one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global” and a global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change.
Source: PETA: For Christ's Sake Go Vegan
"Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind." (Henry James)
Leonardo DiCaprio: ‘This Is the Video Future Generations Will Be Wishing Everyone Watched Today’ Meat consumption is the number one cause of environmental destruction, species extinction and oceanic dead zones.
Eating Less Meat Could Save 5 Million Lives, Cut Carbon Emissions by 33% new study: vegetarian diets could reduce emissions by 63 percent and save 7 million lives, and vegan diets ?could reduce emissions by 70 percent and save 8 million lives.
The Shocking Consequences of the World’s Meat Addiction More than 9 billion animals are slaughtered in the U.S. every year for meat with global demand skyrocketing. Animal agriculture is putting an ever-increasing strain on world resources, particularly global water supplies, according to VICE’s two-part episode, Meathooked and End of Water, which premieres March 4 at 11 p.m. on HBO.
“Meat production, globally, is an environmental disaster now,” Ken Cook, president of Environmental Working Group, said. “If we try and expand production to reach 9 billion people by 2050, it will be a complete and unthinkable disaster.”
Aziz Ansari Blasts Factory Farming for Cruelty to Chickens Ansari is not the first big name to draw attention to this issue: Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt and Bill Maher have all called out Costco for buying from egg suppliers that have abhorrent factory farming conditions. And the issue has certainly gotten a lot of attention recently with the Cornucopia Institute exposing the fact that millions of “organic” eggs come from factory farms.
But Ansari might have found best way yet to get the word out about factory farming.
Watch the video here.
Factory Farms Are a #LoadOfCrap, Says New Report Factory farming has been expanding in the U.S. over the last two decades, and the size of those farms has increased dramatically—dominating the market, squeezing out smaller producers and setting the agenda for farming practices—to the detriment of food consumers.
That’s the conclusion of a new study, Factory Farm Nation: 2015 Edition, released by Food & Water Watch.
These livestock produced 369 million tons of manure in 2012, 13 times as much as produced by the entire U.S. population.
4 Drought-Friendly Recipes to Try on World Water Day Our meals matter when it comes to saving water: if we choose a tofu dish over a beef dish, for example, we can save about 1,500 gallons of water per pound. Choosing tea over coffee saves about another 900 gallons of water per pound.
Dairy Causes CancerDairy Causes Cancer read Campbell, T. Colin. The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health. NY: BenBella, 2006. Most important study ever done on nutrition and health. It is criminal that doctors are not taught this and tell their patients.
Dr. Campbell did extensive research on casein [the protein in milk]. When he fed casein to rats they got cancer. When he withheld casein, their cancer went away. It's all in the book. Read the book.
7 Ways Milk and Dairy Products Are Making You Sick Dairy has come under fire and scrutiny from nutritional experts, scientists and physicians for its associations with a number of serious health issues.
1. Even Organic Milk Usually Contains Hormones
Casein is the main protein in dairy, and studies have shown that it facilitates the growth and development of cancer. In fact, some studies even found that cancer development could be controlled more by casein levels in diet than by exposure to the underlying carcinogen.
3. Higher Risk of Type 1 Diabetes and Multiple Sclerosis
4. Even Pasteurized Milk Contains Microorganisms
Milk and other dairy products are important vehicles for foodborne pathogens due to a variety of microorganisms they harbor. Even with modern sanitation requirements, including pasteurization and curing, outbreaks still occur, resulting in severe and sometimes even fatal outcomes.
5. Dairy Products Accumulate Pesticides in High Concentrations
6. Increased Exposure to Antibiotic Residue
The largest use of antibiotics worldwide is for livestock. Much of that use is for non-therapeutic purposes, such as infection prevention and to promote feed efficiency and animal growth.
7. Dairy Can Lead to Bone Problems Too
numerous large-scale studies have found that consuming dairy may actually be detrimental to bone health. In fact, there is substantial data linking higher milk intake with significantly increased risk of bone fractures.
9 Reasons to Stop Eating Meat here are a handful of reasons to stop eating meat in honor of Earth, and everything that inhabits it.
The Beyond Burger Just Made Your Summer Barbecues More Delicious The new Beyond Burger packs 20 grams of vegan protein in every patty and is free of soy and gluten. It’s a dead-ringer for a real ground-beef patty, but don’t worry—no one died for this burger. Watch it do its thing on the grill here:
6 Easy Ways to Cut Back On Meat If You’re Not Ready to Give it Up Just Yet There are 9 billion land animals (down from 10 billion!) killed in the United States’ animal agriculture industry every year. That’s more beings than there are humans on the planet. And that doesn’t even begin to cover fish and the by-catch that comes with fishing.
How red meat spurs changes in the gut that can raise heart attack risk The case against red meat continues to build: A new study reports that a nutrient found in steaks, egg yolks, and other animal products can activate certain microbes in the gut, spurring physiological changes that increase the danger of blood clots and heart attacks.
What we know about IGF-1 Could milk consumption lead to increased levels of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), and subsequent increased risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes? DietDoc investigates.
Insulin-like growth factor 1 (or IGF-1, as it is also called) has been mentioned in the press and by popular nutrition writers like Patrick Holford.
Holford links milk consumption to increased levels of IGF-1 and concludes that because IGF-1 "is strongly linked with increased risk of cardiovascular disease and also breast and prostate cancer", milk is potentially harmful. Strong words indeed.
Why Veganism is the Future There is another prediction Einstein made during his life—one whose evidence mounts more and more each day: “Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” There has yet to be another movement that significantly addresses—and even reverses—as many of the major health and environmental concerns out there as the vegan movement.
Shut the Front Door! If We Ate Less Meat, This Is What Would Happen to the Planet More and more studies are showing that consumption of animal products is one of the largest reasons for some pretty serious environmental issues today. Saying nothing about the cruelties of the industry and the disastrous effects these food items can wreak on our personal health, consuming meat in the quantities that we do is impacting the environment on a global scale.
We each have the ability to make a huge difference! It’s never been more imperative for us all to reexamine our individual choices and the impact they have on the earth around us.
Did you know that beef eaters use 160 percent more land resources than people who eat a plant-based diet?
For the price of one acre of land, we get a yield of 250 pounds of beef. You may say to yourself, “Hey, that seems pretty good. That’s, like, 1000 quarter pound hamburger patties per acre!” When you consider that the same amount of land can produce 50,000 pounds of tomatoes, up to 53,000 pounds of potatoes or 30,000 pounds of carrots it doesn’t seem like such a great use of space anymore.
The average American consumes roughly 54 pounds of beef, 46 pounds of pork and 83 pounds of chicken each year. The water alone that it takes to produce just a pound of each one of the these is about 1,799 gallons, 576 gallons and 468 gallons respectively. That’s 2,644 gallons of water to produce 3 pounds of meat! To put this into perspective, it only takes 357 gallons of water to produce 3 pounds of potatoes.
If just one person gave up their burgers, bacon and nuggets, that single person would save 162,486 gallons of water annually. The average human needs to drink approximately 1 gallon of clean water per day to survive. With the global population topping 7 billion people and 2.7 billion of them facing clean water scarcity, just one person’s decision to cut out meat could free up the water needed for 445 people!
Plus, with the American West suffering one of the worst droughts in its history, turning our attention to water usage has never been more important. While domestic consumption comprises 10 percent of total freshwater usage, agriculture makes up 70 percent with a third of that going to produce grain for livestock. While minimizing personal usage is always prudent, the biggest impact can be made by not including beef, pork or poultry in our diets.
Think Eating Vegan and Soy-Free is Impossible? These 15 Meaty, Cheesy Recipes Will Change Your Mind burgers, dogs, quesadillas, non-meatloag and much more. All vegan recipes.
Americans Are Gorging on Meat in Amounts Not Seen in Decades The last year seeing Americans piling their plates higher with meat than they have in nearly 40 years. That's not so great news for Americans' health, and potentially devastating for the planet.
But there's a price to say for our meat adherence. By now it’s fairly well-known that meat production has dramatic consequences for the environment. Meat and dairy are major contributors to our global carbon footprint and add to the concentration of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. As Think Progress notes, “a single four-ounce hamburger requir[es] around 450 gallons of water to produce.” The site also points to a 2015 study that found “meat-associated land use changes are probably the leading cause of modern species extinctions.”
According to a report released earlier this year by Environment America, an environmental advocacy group, five big meat companies?—?Tyson, JBS, Cargill, Smithfield, and Perdue?—?produce a combined 162 million tons of manure every year. Combine that with the amount of fertilizer needed to grow the feed grain that sustains large-scale animal feeding operations, and it’s easy to see how the waste from our industrial meat complex can literally seep into our waterways, causing everything from local water pollution to massive dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico. Another Environment America report found that Tyson, one of the biggest meat producers in the world, is responsible for dumping more toxic pollution into waterways than companies like ExxonMobil or Dow Chemical.
Why George Monbiot went 97% vegan and we should too Video: Animal Protein Compared to Cigarette Smoking Only about one in 10,000 people make it to be 100 years old. What’s their secret?
Little Girl Declares She Won’t Eat Animals After Finding Out Where Meat Comes From (VIDEO) More often than not, children begin eating meat before they fully realize where it comes from. A hamburger on the dinner table makes kids think of french fries and ketchup, not cows. A hot dog at the local fair is simply a treat just like a lollipop or an ice cream cone. And most would never guess that the slice of ham on their sandwich was once a living, breathing pig. Because of this disassociation, most children become accustomed to the idea of eating meat … only to find out much later on that what they have been consuming all of these years was, in fact, flesh. Unfortunately, by the time this realization occurs, they have already become desensitized to the matter.
The little girl, in this video, however, got the meat memo a bit earlier than scheduled – and shockingly enough, she’s not on board with the whole thing. Why? Simple. She loves animals and has a hunch that “they don’t really like being cooked in the ovens.” We’re going to have to agree with you on that, little one. So, what does this little girl intend to eat? Well, her answer for that one is pretty straightforward (and adorably ferocious), as well: “everything on the table, except for animals!”
Why is California Looking to Drain Ancient Water When a Simpler Solution is on Our Plates? California is in its fifth year of severe drought and despite hopes the winter snowfall would bring some relief, 2016 has still been the third hottest year on record with 60 percent of the state still suffering in extreme drought. The drought is causing very real consequences; fierce fires, a total of 4,200 across the state already this year, a staggering toll of 66 million dead trees and almost 12,000 individuals are out of water because their wells have run dry or will soon. Conditions are so dire the state is turning to desperate measures and may start digging up to 3,000 feet underground to access newly found fresh water stores in our deep aquifers. While this sounds like a “get out of jail free” card, the option of disturbing and using these precious untouched water stores come with high risks.
We know that pumping water from shallow aquifers has resulted in some parts of California’s ground level falling by ten feet, which can be seen throughout Central Valley where the land is gradually sinking. Disrupting and taking water from the deep aquifers would risk this happening to a greater extent and destabilizing the area. The water from these deep reserves also would come at a very high financial cost, need to be treated at a desalination plant due to the high saline content and 30 percent of the reserves come with the problem that they are located directly where oil and drilling occurs, filling them with chemicals.
Rather than looking for more finite fresh water stores, perhaps we need to start addressing the main users of our fresh water supply and make sustainable changes. And this doesn’t simply mean having quicker showers.
Who is Really Using All the Water?
California’s largest water user is agriculture, responsible for 80 percent of the water used; and the section that requires the most by far is animal agriculture. Raising animals for food and dairy is literally leaving us parched. Yet, there is no mention of our diet affecting water use in the Water Conservation Education Program – even when a host of studies across the globe conclude that what we are choosing to eat is one of the most influential ways we can personally change how much water we are using.
If You Think Eating Is A Political Act, Say Thanks To Frances Moore Lappe When Frances Moore Lappe wrote the best-selling Diet For A Small Planet back in 1971, she helped start a conversation about the social and environmental impacts of the foods we choose.
Video: How Not To Die From Diabetes Type 2 diabetes can be prevented, arrested, and even reversed with a healthy enough diet.
New Documentary Shows Why the Future of Meat Won’t Include Animals – and How It Can be Done People often say, “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.” But what do we do, as humans, when one of the largest components of our society is blatantly broken? Do we declare that change is hard? Do we turn a blind eye? Do we place profits before lives and the environment? Well, that is exactly what a majority of society is doing in regards to our broken food system. Despite the fact that animal agriculture takes a terrible toll on the environment, uses precious finite resources, is harming billions of animals , and is not even producing enough food, in quantity or quality, change in this sector is hardly happening at a rate that matches the destruction it’s causing. That may all be changing soon, though.
Plant-based meat and dairy products provide a wonderful alternative that experts are calling “the future of food.” These products are far more environmentally friendly than their counterparts, harm zero animals, and generally, are better for the human body. While a majority of plant-based products are derived from ingredients found in the plant kingdom, cultured meat and dairy products deviate from this trend. These cultured creations are synthetic products made from animal stem cells. Essentially, using these cells, scientists are able create the same tissue you would find in an animal, but without actually involving an animal. These alternatives are generating quite a bit of buzz in the food world, and for good reason.
Why do American men eat far more meat than women do? Many men have a complicated relationship with meat, from misconceptions about healthy quantities to fraught perceptions of masculinity, which makes them leery of a vegetarian diet.
It’s widely known that men in the United States are attached to eating meat, but did you know they eat an incredible 57 percent more meat than women do?
Men’s relationship with meat is complex for a number of reasons. As Civil Eats reports, many men tend to view meatless meals as incomplete and believe that humans are designed to eat a lot of meat:
“Men are less likely to view plant-based diets as nutritious or tasty. They also don’t tend to believe that plant-based foods provide enough energy. (This might be part of the reason behind the fact that Americans eat around twice the recommended daily allowance of protein every day, despite the fact that the body is unable to store it.)”
To make matters more complicated, both men and women associate meat-eating with strength and masculinity, characteristics that men in particular are eager to cultivate. Civil Eats cites a study in which “men who eat a beef-heavy diet are perceived as 20 percent more masculine and 30 percent less feminine than vegetarians.” This makes men less inclined to give up meat, because they think they’ll have to work harder to affirm their masculinity in other ways.
I’d argue, too, that lack of cooking ability contributes to this problem. Women still do the majority of household chores, including meal preparation, which suggests that men do not get the practical kitchen experience that women do. So when they do prepare food, they probably opt for meat – the easiest thing to cook that requires less forethought and complexity than vegetarian dishes.
Meat consumption must decline for the wellbeing of the planet, our bodies, and our consciences. Heavy red meat consumption has been linked to higher cancer rates; beef emits 20 times more greenhouse gases than beans; and industrial animal agriculture is a resource-intensive, highly polluting industry.
Why We're OK With Eating Pigs, but Not Dogs When it comes to dietary choices, carnivores engage in a level of denial that keeps them locked in the "meat paradox."
In one episode of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, six-year-old Calvin is chomping on a hamburger and asks his mother, "Is hamburger meat made out of people from Hamburg?" She replies, "Of course not! It's ground beef." Calvin looks incredulously at his burger and says, "I'm eating a cow? I don't think I can finish this."
While the animal-loving Calvin quickly zeroes in on the moral quandary of eating meat, most people heedlessly consume all manner of sentient species. So why then are so many people happy to see pigs and cows used as daily food staples, yet revolted at the thought of eating dogs?
When it comes to intelligence, pigs actually outsmart dogs. And cows are intelligent animals who have excellent long-term memories, develop friendships, hold grudges and even mourn the deaths of loved ones.
So why do we draw an arbitrary moral line in the sand? Why do we love some animals yet eat others? According to the findings of a new study, this moral paradox is largely created by our own powers of denial.
“I like to ask people who’s for dinner, not what’s for dinner?" says Marc Bekoff, a professor emeritus of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado and author of "Rewilding Our Hearts: Building Pathways of Compassion and Coexistence." It may seem strange to refer to meat with a pronoun, but Bekoff’s question serves as a means for shifting people’s consciousness to the reality of the food on their dinner plates: That steak was once part of a unique living being, someone with real emotions and an individual personality.
Addressing the problem is the next step. Enter Brian Kateman, founder of the Reducetarian movement.
“People want to make a difference but are either incapable or unwilling to go vegan or vegetarian,” said Kateman, describing the inertia that plagues meat eaters who are stricken with a conscience. Realizing the difficulty people face in changing their “entire paradigm,” Kateman decided there needed to be a way to meet people halfway. So he created the concept of the reducetarian, a person committed to “deliberately reducing his or her consumption of meat.”
Powerful NY Times feature on COK video OCT 5, 2016 — In a powerful piece online now, The New York Times Magazine highlights the horrors exposed by a Compassion Over Killing investigator at a Hormel supplier, one of five pig slaughterhouses operating under the USDA’s high-speed slaughter pilot program, known as “HIMP.”
The article calls into question transparency in the meat industry and it comes at a crucial time, as HIMP, a controversial program that jeopardizes animal welfare as well as worker and food safety, could soon be expanded nationwide.
10 Shocking Environmental Facts That Make This Veggie Burger More Delicious Than Ever It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the momentous issues facing our environment today. Between rampant deforestation, rising greenhouse gas emissions, mass species extinctions, water scarcity and food shortages, things are not looking up.
More than any other industry, animal agriculture has become a leading driver of all these major issues. Producing the incredibly high volume of animal products demanded by our meat-centric diets requires an inordinate amount of land resources and freshwater supplies.
On top of this, animal agriculture produces more greenhouse gases emissions than any other industry, and yet, 850 million people across the world still suffer from lack of food. As our population grows to nine billion by 2050, these major issues are only set to grow exponentially, pushing our planet’s finite resources past their limit.
The majority of the world’s arable land is dedicated to livestock production.
We’re using precious land resources to produce food for our food. Not exactly efficient.
Global Benefits of Eating Less Meat
Only a small portion of all the grain grown in the U.S. actually goes to feed people.
If we fed these grains to people instead of livestock, it could make a huge dent in world hunger.
If we fed these grains to people instead of livestock, it could make a huge dent in world hunger.
As the amount of land needed to grow livestock feed and graze cattle grows, the need to convert forests into agriculture land grows. This comes at a huge cost to native wildlife and plants..
Center for Biological Diversity
Animal agriculture’s track record for water use isn’t much better.
The bulk of our water footprints comes from “virtual” water in the meat we eat.
In addition to land and water, fossil fuels are also used to produce fertilizers for livestock feed as well as in transportation and processing of animal products.
As if pollution from fossil fuels weren’t bad enough…
When you combine the greenhouse gases emitted from fossil fuel use, deforestation, and the animals themselves, animal agriculture has a huge carbon footprint.
UN FAO/Worldwatch Institute
Join the #EatForThePlanet MovementWhile all of these statistics are incredibly daunting, it is crucial to remember that we all have the power to make a positive change every time we sit down for a meal. By opting to leave meat and animal products off our plates and eating more plant-based foods, we can leave these destructive figures off the menu as well.
Reducing or eliminating your consumption of animal products can help save species from extinction, conserve land, water and grain resources, and lower greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, if you just take meat off your plate, you can cut your carbon footprint in half! Some pretty powerful stuff, huh?
Big Salt – Getting to the Meat of the Matter Why do the meat industries add salt when millions of lives are at stake?
The trillion dollar processed food industry, by hooking us on salty foods, like meat, to sell us their junk.
Hyper-salty foods destroy our tastebuds so natural food tastes like cardboard.
Also, if you add salt to meat, it draws in water. The weight is increased by 20%. So the price is increased by 20% at little cost to them.
Certain Edible Insects Are More Nutritious Than Beef It's true that there are some pretty horrifying things we end up putting into our bodies by consuming beef without doing our research first.
And as if antibiotics, chemicals, hormones and other nasty things weren’t enough to turn us off from beef and other meat products, there’s also the reality of the industry’s negative impact on the planet and its unsustainable future.
According to a recent report from the American Chemical Society, we wouldn’t only be helping out the planet by switching from meat to insects. We’d also be better off choosing certain insects over a sirloin steak for nutritional purposes.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Wants You to Eat Less Meat – For the Sake of the Planet’s Future (VIDEO) Arnold Schwarzenegger (Yep, that really famous bodybuilder!) has teamed up with WildAid for a their “5 To Do Today” campaign urging people to eat less meat. In the video above, Schwarzenegger is seen about to fall off a high cliff to make the point that if we don’t change soon, there will be dire consequences. The powerful video is part of a campaign that will run throughout China in Mandarin and in English across Western social media channels. And this isn’t the first time Arnold has encouraged people to say “hasta la vista” to meat. Earlier this year, he partnered with James Cameron in conjunction with WildAid and the Chinese Nutrition Society to kick off a new campaign aimed at lowering the consumption of meat in China.
Deforestation in the Amazon is Up by 29 Percent and Our Appetite for Meat is Largely to Blame [These are living creatures. I would call that cannabalism.]
The deforestation of the Amazon has been worrying environmentalists for decades but recently the Brazilian government released their most recent study on this problem and the numbers were shocking. Deforestation has gone up 29 percent in this past year which is a five percent increase from 2015. This is also the highest rate of deforestation since 2008. The government estimates that around 3,000 square miles – that roughly the same size as Delaware and Rhode Island combined – of rainforest were destroyed from August 2015 to July 2016.
And the Brazilian government is to blame, but not entirely. The beef industry in Brazil is responsible for the majority of the destruction happening in the Amazon – right around 70 percent. Trees are clearcut and to make room so that the massive herds of cattle can graze.
On top of that, the livestock industry is responsible for around 30 percent of Brazil’s greenhouse gas emissions and the increasing importance of this industry is going to make it difficult for the country to meet its commitments to the Paris Agreement in the upcoming year.
However, this is a much larger problem. Brazil exports a large portion of the beef that it produces – the Unites States imports approximately 200 million pounds of beef from the area. This means that we have the ability to fight against the deforestation of the rainforests when we go to the grocery story every day.
By choosing a plant-based diet we can help to stop the destruction of our planet’s rainforests. The production of meat and dairy products is impacting the environment all over the world, not just in Brazil. Around 14.5 percent of the world’s carbon emissions come from the production of livestock and this industry uses just under 50 percent of the global land and 23 percent of the world’s fresh water.
Do Vegetarians Really Live Longer Than Meat Eaters? There's some fog to clear up between scientific fact and rumors and folk wisdom.
Striving for Alkaline Pee & Acidic Poo from Dr. Greger
A high colonic pH may promote the creation of carcinogens from bile acids, a process that is inhibited once you get below a pH of about 6.5. This is supported by data which shows those at higher risk for colon cancer may have a higher stool pH, and those at lower risk have a low pH. There was a dramatic difference between the two groups, with most of the high risk group over pH 8, and most of the low risk group under pH 6
This may help explain the 50-fold lower rates of colon cancer in Africa compared to America. The bacteria we have in our gut depends on what we eat. If we eat lots of fiber, then we preferentially feed the fiber eating bacteria, which give us back all sorts of health promoting substances like short-chain fatty acids that have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. More of these organic acids were found in the stools of native Africans than African Americans. More acids, so lower pH. Whereas putrefactive bacteria, eating animal protein, are able to increase stool pH by producing alkaline metabolites like ammonia.
6 Inspiring Advertising Campaigns That Challenged People to See Farm Animals Differently Did you know that cows get excited when they solve a problem? Or that pigs are curious, social and insightful animals who are smarter than dogs and three-year-old children? Or that chickens communicate with more than 24 vocalizations and enjoy sunbathing?
Sadly, most people have no idea about these facts, nor that these and other farmed animals form strong family bonds and experience a range of emotions akin to those of humans, including joy, grief and a sense of play.
Each year billions of farmed animals are slaughtered for their body parts to end up on our plates. The majority of these gentle, sentient beings also live their short lives in unspeakably cruel conditions, in agonizing physical and emotional pain before experiencing a brutal and terrifying death.
This happens because the marketing machines within the animal agriculture industries hijack the media to convince us to view certain animals as “things” – commodities to be exploited for our taste buds.
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Be Fair, Be Vegan LIVE YOUR LIFE WITHOUT DEPRIVING OTHERS OF THEIRS. IT'S AS SIMPLE AS USING ANIMAL-FREE ALTERNATIVES FOR EVERYTHING YOU LOVE AND NEED. IT'S AS NECESSARY AS JUSTICE.
The notion that we are entitled to decide which lives matter and which lives are disposable is at the root of all oppression in the world. What separates us from other animals is as superficial as our physical appearance. What connects us, what makes us equal, is as profound as the core reality of our shared sentience.
Go Vegan World in Ireland. “The greatest problem on earth today is the notion that some lives matter less than others. We imagine that non-human lives hardly matter at all. We live as though our difference from other species entitles us to use them and that they exist for our benefit. This view is not only inaccurate, it is unethical.”
We're Dreaming of a Kind Christmas Why Kind Christmas?
Because all animals deserve kindness and respect. All animals deserve to live free from harm, regardless of the way they look or our familiarity with them.
It’s so easy to put a leg of ham or lamb, or a whole chicken or turkey into your trolley and keep on rolling to the counter without a second thought. But behind every product you buy, there’s a story.
Christmas is a festive time shared with loved ones, you’ll even find the family dog or cat invited to the celebrations with food and gifts. But sadly, animals with the same capacity to feel are excluded from the show of love. And worse than that, they suffer immensely for it.
And this still goes on despite the fact every year more and more research reveals the extent of cognitive abilities and emotional complexities of farmed animals, which is far more sophisticated than previous generations have thought.
All animals experience emotions and, we believe, would wish upon a star for a long life filled with kindness if they could. They simply can’t save themselves; the most powerful force for change is you.
"If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others... why wouldn't we?"
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Veganuary Veganuary aims to reduce the suffering of animals by inspiring and supporting people across the globe to go vegan for the month of January
Each brightly colored ad on a bus howcases a farmed animal, their name, a short paragraph explaining the heartbreaking cruelty inflicted on them and one of three hashtags: #SaveRocky #SaveLittleErnie and #SaveEric.
Animal Agriculture – Killing More than Just Cows. How Farm Run-Off Threatens Marine Life There’s a silent killer on the loose in our local waterways. It drifts along streams and coastlines, gobbling up oxygen and suffocating and sickening a myriad of aquatic life. “Dead zones” are the unintended consequences of our agricultural system trying to pump as much profit out of the land as possible.
Dead zones describe areas where hypoxia is taking place – basically an area of water with decreased levels of oxygen. Dead zones can fluctuate in size with the seasons and move with the tides, but their presence is essentially guaranteed in areas where excess nutrients from conventional agricultural operations enter waterways.
Eating Our Way to Disease By Chris Hedges July 10, 2017 "Information Clearing House"
In July 1976, the Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs, chaired by Sen. George McGovern, held hearings titled “Diet Related to Killer Diseases.” The committee heard from physicians, scientists and nutritionists on the relationship between the American diet and diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Six months later, the committee released “The Dietary Goals for the United States,” which quickly came to be known as the McGovern Report. “Decrease consumption of meat,” the report urged Americans. “Decrease consumption of butter fat [dairy fat], eggs, and other high cholesterol sources.”
“The simple fact is that our diets have changed radically within the last 50 years …,” McGovern said when the report was released. “These dietary changes represent as great a threat to public health as smoking. Too much fat, too much sugar or salt, can be and are linked directly to heart disease, cancer, obesity, and stroke, among other killer diseases. In all, six of the ten leading causes of death in the United States have been linked to our diet. Those of us within our government have an obligation to acknowledge this.”
The response to the report was swift and brutal. The meat, egg and dairy industries lobbied successfully to have the document withdrawn.
The Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs was abolished. Its functions were taken over by the Agriculture Committee. “The Agriculture Committee looks after the producers of food, not the consumers, and particularly, not the most needy,” wrote The New York Times. And when Sen. McGovern, who had already angered the Democratic and Republican leaderships with his 1972 insurgent campaign for the presidency, was up for re-election in South Dakota in 1980, he was defeated by James Abdnor, a cattle rancher and well-funded spokesman for the meat industry.
The companion book, also titled “What the Health,” written by my wife, Truthdig Book Editor Eunice Wong, lays out in even greater detail how the animal agriculture industry intimately joins with the pharmaceutical industry, the medical industry, health organizations and government agencies to mask and perpetuate the disastrous effects of animal products on our health. The animal agriculture industry, like the fossil fuel industry or any other branch of the corporate state, profits at the expense of our health and even our lives. Many corporations and our government have a lot invested in keeping us sick.
[It was reported this week that 71% of the pollution causing global warming was caused by 100 gas companies - Colby]
“We sometimes joke that when you’re doing a clinical trial, there are two possible disasters,” one biotech stock analyst told The New York Times. “The first disaster is if you kill people. The second disaster is if you cure them. … The truly good drugs are the ones you can use chronically for a long, long time.”
In the book “What the Health,” Wong writes, “The public’s willingness to endure lifelong pharmaceutical use is called, in industry lingo, ‘compliance.’ And we are compliant. In 2014, the US spent $374 billion on pharmaceuticals. That’s more than the combined gross national products of New Zealand and Bangladesh. It’s also well over 200 percent of what the US federal government spent on education in 2015.”
New Canada Food Guide promises to emphasize plant protein and get rid of dairy Still in draft form, the revised Food Guide reflects the cultural and environmental considerations of modern times.
Many people were disappointed last year when the United States unveiled its new dietary guidelines and discovered that earlier recommendations to reduce meat intake had fizzled in the face of industry lobbying. Now all eyes are on Canada, which is in the midst of a similar revision process for its Food Guide. So far, it looks promising.
A new report shows toxins from suppliers to companies like Tyson Foods are pouring into waterways, causing marine life to leave or die
The global meat industry, already implicated in driving global warming and deforestation, has now been blamed for fueling what is expected to be the worst “dead zone” on record in the Gulf of Mexico.
Toxins from manure and fertiliser pouring into waterways are exacerbating huge, harmful algal blooms that create oxygen-deprived stretches of the gulf, the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay, according to a new report by Mighty, an environmental group chaired by former congressman Henry Waxman.
It is expected that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) will this week announce the largest ever recorded dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. It is expected to be larger than the nearly 8,200 square-mile area that was forecast for July – an expanse of water roughly the size of New Jersey.
Nutrients flowing into streams, rivers and the ocean from agriculture and wastewater stimulate an overgrowth of algae, which then decomposes. This results in hypoxia, or lack of oxygen, in the water, causing marine life either to flee or to die.
Wake Up Call: The Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico is Larger Than Ever Thanks to the Meat Industry Need even more reason for why hamburgers are killing the planet? A new report by environmental group Mighty found that run off from animal agriculture is responsible for creating the largest dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.
Dead zones are areas where hypoxia or decreased levels of oxygen occur in the oceans – killing off any living creatures there. They can fluctuate in size with the seasons and move with the tides, but their presence is essentially guaranteed in areas where excess nutrients from conventional agricultural operations enter waterways.
The report largely blames the country’s appetite for meat and specifically notes Tyson Foods, the largest meat company in the U.S., as the main culprit of the dead zones. By analyzing supply chains and agribusiness and pollution trends, Mighty found that a “highly industrialized and centralized factory farm system” is primarily responsible for converting “vast tracts of native grassland in the midwest” into mono-crops, such as soy and corn. When it rains, the fertilizers entering streams, rivers, and oceans.
But how exactly is the animal agriculture industry tied to dead zones? Well, animals raised for food produce approximately 130 times more excrement than the entire human population. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that roughly 335 million tons of manure (measured in dry weight) is produced by livestock in the United States each year. And if a farm doesn’t have a treatment system in place to handle that waste, the nutrients from this manure can end up in ground water or surface water, only to flow into and accumulate in a lake or ocean. That is a ton of extra nutrients in the water! Actually, that’s 335 million tons of extra nutrients.
The piles of poop are just one part of the equation. There’s a reason those cows and pigs are pooping and it’s the cause of some of the extra burden of nitrogen and phosphorus the ecosystem is forced to handle. An estimated 85 percent of soybean production worldwide goes into livestock feed. And an estimated 80 percent of U.S.-produced corn ends up as animal feed. As you can guess, a lot of fertilizers go into the growing of these crops. In 2011, 22 million tons of fertilizers were applied to crops in the United States. Sadly, only about 50 percent of fertilizers are actually taken up by the crops themselves. The rest end up somewhere else, like a waterway.
According to One World One Ocean, there are a reported 405 ocean “dead zones.” As the population increases and agricultural entities farm more land – more than 90 million acres of corn alone last year says Scientific American – dead zones are doubling every 10 years, threatening the lives of marine animals.
Not only that, but the destructive animal agriculture industry currently occupies over half of the world’s arable land resources, uses the majority of our freshwater stores, and drives more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector combined. Plus, industrialized animal agriculture also causes rampant air and water pollution, land degradation, deforestation and is pushing countless species to the brink of extinction.
You may not be able to single-handedly stop man-made dead zones from occurring. But there is a lot you can do to help the situation in our local waterways. Remember that you can make choices every day with your diet and speak out in your community to help the environment.
The Disturbing Ways Americans Are Tricked Into Eating More Factory Farmed Meat by Kate Good, 8/16/17
A plate piled high with meat and a side of potatoes (maybe some over-steamed broccoli smoosh in a corner, for color) is pretty much the image most of us think of as a standard American meal. What’s on the side of that plate as a beverage or perhaps smothered on top of those potatoes and vegetable? Most likely milk for the former and cheese and butter for the latter.
We’re constantly bombarded with advertisements that proclaim the benefits of eating meat and dairy, most of which brag about high levels of calcium and protein, so how is the average person to know if eating meat and cheese at every meal is good for them or actually incredibly harmful?
Well, the hard truth is the average person in the U.S. consumes 103 grams of protein a day, that’s more than twice the amount that we actually need and around two-thirds of this protein is derived from animal products. Increasingly, we’re learning that eating a high volume of these foods can lead to a higher risk of developing heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and many other preventable illnesses … yet, we rarely – if ever – are told this by ads or nutrition guidelines.
Not only is overconsumption of meat and dairy harmful to our personal health but it is also devastating the environment. The industrial animal agriculture system is currently occupying 50 percent of the world’s arable land resources, uses a majority of our freshwater stores – AND is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transportation sector. Raising billions of animals en masse also results in an enormous amount of air and water pollution … not to mention the atrocities that are wrought against these animals who spend their short lives piled on top of one another in largely disgusting conditions. Regardless of all these inputs and harmful outputs, we’re still failing to feed the U.S. population and nearly one in six Americans suffers from lack of food.
Greger, Michael, MD. How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease
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