June 2014
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If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals. - Albert Einstein

In this edition...

Health
  Plant-based diets: Improvements in blood flow and cardiovascular health
  Oxford study: Vegans get less cancer
  Chelsea Clinton: Heart surgery 'radically changed' my dad
  Veganism for healthy eating - easier than you think
  Inspiration: Life with MS transformed with starch-based diet

Environment
  University of Oxford college votes for vegan meals to fight climate change
  How eating seafood kills our oceans
  Fish can help slow global warming - but not if we keep eating them

Lifestyles and Trends
  Will higher meat prices change the way we eat?
  New Zealand meat-eaters lining up for vegetarian fare
  The fastest vegan in the world
  Ancient Egyptians were mostly vegetarian
  Meet the meat-free options at Toronto's first vegetarian butcher shop

Animal Issues and Advocacy
  Video: Interview with Bruce Friedrich of Farm Sanctuary
  Why we need to seriously reconsider eating fish
  France changes laws to give animals rights
  Startup gets major funding to create cruelty-free leather
  NZ animal advocates call for bacon boycott after shocking suffering revealed

Books, Films and Perspectives
  NZ author wins award with compostable cookbook
  'Environmentalists' called out in new film
 

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  Health    

Plant-based diets: Improvements in blood flow and cardiovascular health
Full story: Blood Flow Online

Unlike fad diets that come and go, plant-based diets have been and will continue to be practiced by millions of people worldwide. Despite the debate and controversy surrounding many dietary programs, the human health benefits, especially cardiovascular health benefits, provided by diets rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes are generally undisputed.   Read more...

Blood Flow Online - June 3

Oxford study: Vegans get less cancer
Full story: SYS-CON Media

It's official; vegetarians and vegans get less cancer. A new study from Oxford University, looking at how diet affects cancer risk, has revealed that people who don't eat meat have a much lower risk of getting the disease. The 15-year study followed 60,000 British men and women of which over 18,000 were vegetarians and 2,246 vegan. They found that cancer incidence was 11 per cent lower in vegetarians, and 19 per cent lower in vegans.   Read more...

SYS-CON Media - June 9

Chelsea Clinton: Heart surgery 'radically changed' my dad
Full story: ABC, U.S.

When asked about her father's past health issues and his recent efforts to get healthy, Chelsea Clinton says Bill Clinton's heart may be the youngest it's been in a decade. "His doctor told him that his heart today is much younger than it was even 10 years ago," Clinton said. Since undergoing heart surgery in 2010, the former President, 67, has drastically changed his lifestyle - going vegan and losing more than 30-pounds in an effort to fight against his longtime struggle with heart disease.   Read more...

ABC, U.S. - May 17

Veganism for healthy eating - easier than you think
Full story: Eat Drink Better

'I just could never do it!' my friend said. 'Just, gosh, the constant vigilance - I could never be vegan, it'd be way too hard for me!' Then she told me all about the new Weight Watcher's plan she's on now, since the gluten-free diet failed to perform as promised. Points, lists, calories, meetings, portion measurements... As I listened, I had the feeling I always have in conversations like this: seriously?! Veganism is just SO MUCH EASIER than all'a that!   Read more...

Eat Drink Better - June 12

Inspiration: Life with MS transformed with starch-based diet
Full story: DrMcDougall.com

In the fall of 2010 I was diagnosed with MS. This was definitely not part of my life plan. In August of 2012 I traveled to Santa Rosa for the McDougall 10-day diet training. I have gone from size 18 to size 4/5. I have energy, sleep better, and I am off most of my medications. I am able to care for my wonderful son and I don't think anyone would know that I am living with MS if I didn't tell them. I can't really say I'm thankful to have MS, but there has been a silver lining: it lead me to Dr. McDougall, and to a healthier life.   Read more...

DrMcDougall.com - June

More Health News:
The power of suggestion gets adults to eat more veggies
NutritionFacts.org (June 19)
How to get kids to eat more veggies
NutritionFacts.org (June 17)
5 unhealthy foods engineered to be addictive
AlterNet (June 5)
11 ways to use nutritional yeast (and why you should)
Treehugger (May 12)
Asian slave labour producing prawns for supermarkets in US, UK
Guardian, UK (June 10)

 
  Environment    

University of Oxford college votes for vegan meals to fight climate change
Full story: Blue & Green Tomorrow

Wadham College at the University of Oxford has passed a motion to ban meat products and only serve vegan food for five nights a week on campus. At a recent meeting, James Kenna, a fourth-year engineer, proposed the motion of serving vegetarian food for four nights. Ben Szreter, a second-year history student, then said to really make a change, it should be amended to five days of vegan food, which was passed. The motion said, "Reducing the consumption of meat is one of many steps needed to reduce the effects of climate change."   Read more...

Blue & Green Tomorrow - June 14

How eating seafood kills our oceans
Full story: One Green Planet

There seems to be something about fish, crustaceans, and other types of animals collectively known as seafood that makes them hard for people to sympathize with. Maybe it's because they lack the "cute factor" that some see in other food animals like cows, pigs, and ducks, or maybe it's because people think they have no brains or no feelings, which, if you're wondering, many scientific studies debunk. But, regardless of your opinion of fish and their feelings, if you eat seafood, you're contributing to the destruction of our oceans. As the demand for seafood continues, the fishing industry evolves, developing methods and equipment that catch more fish, more quickly, which unfortunately, wreaks havoc on the oceans.   Read more...

One Green Planet - June 17

Fish can help slow global warming - but not if we keep eating them
Full story: City Lab

New research reveals that we have deep-sea fish to thank for transferring a lot of the carbon we produce into the depths of the ocean.   Read more...

City Lab - June 5
 
  Lifestyles and Trends    

Will higher meat prices change the way we eat?
Full story: Toronto Star

The cause [of increasing meat prices] is a perfect storm of supply and demand factors. And the result may be the beginning of an overdue process of rethinking the place of meat in our lives. Already many Canadians are beginning to think more holistically about food systems and are increasingly showing signs of wanting to move away from an animal-centric diet to a more varied culinary experience, given the environmental, ethical and economic challenges meat consumption increasingly poses.   Read more...

Toronto Star -

New Zealand meat-eaters lining up for vegetarian fare
Full story: Stuff, NZ

New Zealand's chefs know when to souffle and when to saute when it comes to vegetables. The finals of the New Zealand Vegetarian Dish Challenge 2014, a national competition celebrating the very best of fresh New Zealand vegetables were recently announced. All chefs agreed vegetarian dishes are becoming a meal choice for people who are not just vegetarians.   Read more...

Stuff, NZ - June 4

The fastest vegan in the world
Full story: Fittish

Just over a year ago, Tony Jordanek stopped eating meat, cold Tofurkey. He'd been studying nutrition for months in a desire to fuel his athletic performance, and his conviction on meatless diets had reached a climax. So on the morning of a track meet in California, he switched. Later that day, the 27-year-old miler ran the fastest race of his life. "Not that it had any effect," Jordanek says.   Read more...

Fittish - June 10

Ancient Egyptians were mostly vegetarian
Full story: Inside Science

Did the ancient Egyptians eat like us? If you're a vegetarian, tucking in along the Nile thousands of years ago would have felt just like home. In fact, eating lots of meat is a recent phenomenon. In ancient cultures vegetarianism was much more common, except in nomadic populations. Most sedentary populations ate fruit and vegetables.   Read more...

Inside Science - May 8

Meet the meat-free options at Toronto's first vegetarian butcher shop
Full story: Toronto Star

At what's being billed as Canada's only vegetarian butcher shop, the ba-con is made from coconut, the no pork pulled pork from cabbage, and the lox from carrots... David Alexander, executive director of the Toronto Vegetarian Association, says "Vegetarian butcher shops are a novel concept that aligns with two rising food trends - the spread of boutique food shops and great tasting meatless alternatives." There are surprisingly few vegetarian butchers around the world... De Vegetarische Slager (the Vegetarian Butcher)in The Hague sells its products through more than 1,300 "vegetarian butcher dealers" across Europe. In Australia Chef Suzy Spoon opened Suzy Spoon's Vegetarian Butcher in suburban Sydney as a vegetarian/vegan restaurant, café and deli. Brooklyn has Monk's Meats.   Read more...

Toronto Star - June 10

More Lifestyles and Trends News:
California school to offer only vegan meals
Care2 (June 12)
Video: Interview with John Robbins
Breaking the Set (May 20)
Video: More schools join Meatless Monday trend
CBS New York (May 28)
How I built world's first vegan supermarket chain
The Local, Germany (June 5)

 
  Animal Issues and Advocacy    

Video: Interview with Bruce Friedrich of Farm Sanctuary
Video source: HLNTV

Jane Jane Velez-Mitchell interviews Bruce Friedrich of Farm Sanctuary about their new campaign to force the U.S. Department of Agriculture to enforce the Humane Slaughter Act. The USDA's inspector general released a scathing report saying that its Food Safety Division wasn't enforcing the act - and critics say a year later, nothing has changed.   Watch video...

HLNTV - June 6

Why we need to seriously reconsider eating fish
Full story: Care2

We don't often think of fish when we talk about animal welfare or the treatment of animals we keep as pets, eat or use in experiments, but research coming out this month in the journal Animal Cognition is urging us to reconsider seeing fish as less intelligent or complex than other animals who often take the spotlight. Fish biologist Culum Brown, who is a professor at Macquarie University, in Sydney, Australia, has taken the scientific approach to get us to appreciate fish, writing that, "Part of the problem is the large gap between people's perception of fish intelligence and the scientific reality." [Video interview with Culum Brown at the link.]   Read more...

Care2 - June 24

France changes laws to give animals rights
Full story: PopDust

Lawmakers in a French National Assembly committee voted to officially change the legal status of animals from "personal property" to that of "sentient living being." The law still must pass the full Assembly and Senate, but animal rights organizers are optimistic that it will move forward. Since 2009, the European Union governing body has officially considered animals sentient beings under the Lisbon Treaty.   Read more...

PopDust - June 14

Startup gets major funding to create cruelty-free leather
Full story: Care2

Modern Meadow, a New York-based startup, is one of the companies working on lab-grown meat. The company just raised $10 million in venture funding from Horizons Ventures to expand the research facilities where it's developing lab-grown leather that's not only cruelty-free, but expected to be affordable and designed to be better than the real thing. [Be sure to view the TED Talk video at the link.]   Read more...

Care2 - June 24

NZ animal advocates call for bacon boycott after shocking suffering revealed
Full story: TVNZ

In this interview SAFE's Mandy Carter talk's about the government's continued failure to improve pig welfare after TVNZ's Sunday programme revealed footage filmed by animal rights group Farm Watch. [More coverage here and here.]   Read more...

TVNZ - June 30
 
  Books, Films and Perspectives    

NZ author wins award with compostable cookbook
Full story: Vimeo

Author Laura Faire's respect for the environment has been the inspiration for the creation of the most awarded publication at the Pride in Print awards held recently in Wellington, New Zealand. Limited Edition Cookery compostable cookbook was a labour of love for author Laura Faire. A Lifestyle Columnist for the Sunday Star-Times, Laura has collected 80 of her favourite recipes to create this cookbook. Each recipe in the book is inspired by the season or her garden. Of the 80 recipes, 2 3 are vegetarian including 4 vegan creations. And the materials used in the book are clean enough to be added to your compost.   Read more...

Vimeo - Archives

'Environmentalists' called out in new film
Full story: Peta Blog

Move over Spider-Man, Cowspiracy is the new must-see movie this summer. The riveting documentary is produced by Kip Andersen, an amateur filmmaker who became increasingly concerned about the environment after seeing An Inconvenient Truth. While the film inspired him to recycle more, take shorter showers, and use energy-efficient lighting, he felt like he wasn't doing enough to counter climate change and other environmental problems. After doing some research, he realized that animal agriculture is destroying the Earth more than any other industry-but that many environmental groups aren't talking about it.   Read more...

Peta Blog - June 16

Also of interest:

Events:

July 2-6 - Vegetarian Summerfest - North American Vegetarian Society, Johnstown, PA

July 10-13 - Animal Rights National Conference - Farm Animal Rights Movement, Los Angeles, CA

July 26 - 5th Annual Animal Freedom Day - Introducing "What Animal Are You?" campaign

September 6 - November 2 - Walk for Farm Animals / Sleep In Virtual Walk - Farm Sanctuary

September 20-21 - Farm Animal Care Conference - Farm Sanctuary, New York

October 10-12 - Lifestyle Expo 2014 - VegSource presents top health experts and delicious food in a beautiful setting, Los Angeles, CA

Opportunity to Help

Paramatma Animal Sanctuary is one of a kind in South America - a continent famous for itís rearing of cattle to support the expanding burger industries in countries like the United States. Food for Life Global is seeking help to support it...
Paramatma Animal Sanctuary

Websites/Blogs

Photos: The Faces and Feelings of Animal Life - From the Vegan Truth Blog
130 Captivating Photos

The Veggie Table - Veg recipes and info...
The Veggie Table

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