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In this edition...

Health
  Safety of vegan diets for babies
  5 unusual benefits of going vegan
  Advice from the new (vegan!) president of the Amercian College of Cardiology

Environment and World Hunger
  Going vegetarian halves CO2 emissions from your food
  Improved food systems could feed 3 billion more people - study
  How much your meat addiction is hurting the planet
  For these vegans, masculinity means protecting the planet

Lifestyles and Trends
  Can a serious climber also be vegan?
  5 easy steps to an awesome vegan campout
  Veganic gardening: Here's why it's the future!
  Cow's milk consumption plummets

Animal Issues and Advocacy
  Our fishy friends can also feel pain
  Undercover animal abuse videos could soon be outlawed in the U.S.
  Australia is 'sneaking' in ag laws
  Canadian animal welfare watchdogs go undercover
  Animal sentience: Even crayfish get stressed, scientists show

Books, Films and Perspectives
  Interview: Will Tuttle on 'Circles of Compassion: Connecting Issues of Justice'
  10 films that will change the way you see animals
 

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  Health    

Safety of vegan diets for babies
Full story: The Vegan r.d.

Vegan diets aren't dangerous. However, people with irrational ideas about nutrition are. The stories of vegan parents who starved their babies because of mistaken beliefs about infant feeding are clear proof of that. It is horrible and it's heartbreaking. But it has nothing to do with veganism. Both the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Academy of Pediatrics say that appropriate vegan diets are safe for babies.   Read more...

The Vegan r.d. - July 1

5 unusual benefits of going vegan
Full story: Eat Drink Better

Regardless of why you choose a vegan diet, there are some universal benefits of going vegan that all vegans experience; they can't be avoided. Some we talk about all the time like sparing animals or losing weight. Some, not so much. Here are some of the other benefits of going vegan:   Read more...

Eat Drink Better - June 28

Advice from the new (vegan!) president of the Amercian College of Cardiology
Full story: MedPage Today

Kim A. Williams, MD, a cardiologist at Rush University in Chicago and the next president of the American College of Cardiology, explains why he went vegan and now recommends it to patients...   Read more...

MedPage Today - July 21

More Health News:
The lean meat 'health advice' is a big, fat lie and itís keeping people sick
Plant-based Pharmacist (July 16)
Video: Undercover investigation into food youíre eating
MSNBC (July 23)
Evidence-based medicine or evidence-biased?
NutritionFacts.org (July 30)

 
  Environment and World Hunger    

Going vegetarian halves CO2 emissions from your food
Full story: New Scientist

If you stop eating meat, your food-related carbon footprint could plummet to less than half of what it was. That is a much bigger drop than many previous estimates, and it comes from a study at the University of Oxford that took data on the real diets of more than 50,000 people in the UK, and calculated their diet-related carbon footprints. Even cutting down is helpful.   Read more...

New Scientist - June 20

Improved food systems could feed 3 billion more people - study
Full story: Reuters

Targeted efforts to make food systems more efficient in key parts of the world could meet the basic calorie needs of 3 billion extra people and reduce the environmental footprint of agriculture without using additional land and water, researchers said. Their main recommendations are to produce more food on existing farmland by increasing yields, reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, use less nutrients and water to grow crops, feed fewer crops to animals as fodder, and cut food waste.   Read more...

Reuters - July 17

How much your meat addiction is hurting the planet
Full story: Washington Post

The environment doesn't appreciate our meat obsession. The average meat-eater in the U.S. is responsible for almost twice as much global warming as the average vegetarian, and close to three times that of the average vegan, according to a study published in the journal Climatic Change.   Read more...

Washington Post - June 30

For these vegans, masculinity means protecting the planet
Full story: NPR

Real men eat meat. They kill it and then they grill it. That's the stereotype that's about as old as time. At a recent barbecue in Brooklyn, N.Y., a half-dozen guys who resist that particular cultural stereotype gathered together. Many of them are muscled semi-professional athletes. They're also all vegans. Because these guys are so seriously, well, built, they say some people find it hard to believe they never eat meat, fish, dairy or eggs. "[There's] nothing more cowardly to me than taking advantage of something that's defenseless," [one of them] says. The host of this all-male vegan barbecue is Joshua Katcher, who designs high-end vegan menswear. In an era of climate change and environmental destruction, Katcher thinks masculinity should be reframed as protecting the planet, not dominating it.   Read more...

NPR - July 21

More Environment and World Hunger News:
Five ways factory farming creates air pollution
One Green Planet (July 10)
Salvaging food that would have gone unharvested could help feed the hungry and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
AlterNet (July 9)
How will climate change affect our food supply?
Care2 (July 30)

 
  Lifestyles and Trends    

Can a serious climber also be vegan?
Full story: Huffington Post

I am a strict vegan climber who attempted to summit Everest this year on a purely vegan diet, and I just summited Elbrus Elbrus [the highest peak on the European continent]...   Read more...

Huffington Post - June 19

5 easy steps to an awesome vegan campout
Full story: VegNews

Wherever your vegan hiking boots take you, one thing is certain: camping requires the perfect balance of wanderlust and practicality...   Read more...

VegNews - July 7

Veganic gardening: Here's why it's the future!
Full story: Care2

Despite what the cynics say, you don't need animals or animal products to grow a successful garden. None of the nutrients required for soil fertility originate in animals. The nutrients that are found in animal manure come from plants, or plant based feeds that animals have ingested. In other words, the key to soil fertility is plants.   Read more...

Care2 - July 17

Cow's milk consumption plummets
Full story: Ecorazzi

Got milk? Not anymore. More Americans are moving away from cow's milk, USDA data has shown. In fact, overall cow's milk consumption has dropped 37 per cent since the 1970s. (Whole milk? Down 78 per cent!) What are we drinking instead? Just about anything else.   Read more...

Ecorazzi - June 27

More Lifestyles and Trends News:
7 awesome vegan athletes
PETA

 
  Animal Issues and Advocacy    

Our fishy friends can also feel pain
Full story: Springer, Australia

Do you still believe that fish are dumb and cannot feel pain? That we do not have to worry much about how they are cared for or caught? Think again, says Culum Brown of Macquarie University in Australia. The researcher notes that fish cognition and their sensory perception are generally on par with that of other animals. Brown therefore argues that more consideration should be given to fish welfare and anti-cruelty issues.   Read more...

Springer, Australia - June 17

Undercover animal abuse videos could soon be outlawed in the U.S.
Full story: CNN Eatocracy

Chickens buried alive. Pigs so sick that their intestines hang out of their bodies. These are some of the grisly scenes from videos taken by animal rights activists who went undercover at farms that produce food destined for dinner tables. Their videos have gone mainstream and led to criminal charges, fines and even the largest meat recall in American history. But undercover video is under attack and with it, activists argue, their ability to expose animal abuses that can make meat dangerous to eat.   Read more...

CNN Eatocracy - June 25

Australia is 'sneaking' in ag laws
Full story: North Queensland Register, Australia

Australian lawmakers and livestock industry groups are trying to disguise "ag-gag" laws to assist their introduction in Australia, says animal rights activist Chris Delforce. [He] says proponents of the new laws want to adopt an alternative title, other than "ag-gag" laws, because he believes they have backfired in the U.S. and prompted people to ask, what are the farmers trying to hide? "In Australia they're trying as best as they can to disguise it in other ways," he said.   Read more...

North Queensland Register, Australia - July 22

Canadian animal welfare watchdogs go undercover
Full story: Macleans Magazine

He seemed just another guy looking for work, hungry enough to sign on for the midnight shift in the milking barn of the Chilliwack Cattle Co., the largest dairy operation in Canada. He had no inside knowledge about the operation, or how it treated its 3,500 head of cattle; it was just the first company to hire him. His initial shift as a milker was April 30, the start of a month from hell, for he wasn't a rookie farmhand but a modestly paid investigator for a young Canadian non-profit group, Mercy for Animals, equipped with a hidden camera.   Read more...

Macleans Magazine - June 19

Animal sentience: Even crayfish get stressed, scientists show
Full story: Independent, UK

For the first time scientists have found unequivocal signs that the state of anxiety normally associated with higher forms of life such as humans, mammals and other animals with a backbone is also shared with a spineless species with a worrying disposition. The study revealed that crayfish emotion is governed by the same chemical transmitters in its nervous system that are involved in controlling anxiety in humans, which is why anxious crayfish respond to benzodiazepine, a tranquiliser used to treat anxiety in people, scientists said. See also this Care2 article.   Read more...

Independent, UK - June 12

More Animal Issues and Advocacy News:
India makes historic move to ban foie gras imports
Care2 (July 15)
Piglet pictures to melt your heart
Care2 (July 11)
Chickens have personalities, too
There is no more justification for eating a chicken than there would be for eating a dog or cat. - Washington Post, Letters (June 20)
Video: A humorous look at humane meat labels
Peta (June 25)
Is there such a thing as a humane factory farm?
Care2 (July 3)

 
  Books, Films and Perspectives    

Interview: Will Tuttle on 'Circles of Compassion: Connecting Issues of Justice'
Full story: The Thinking Vegan

Few living vegans are as influential and as compelling as Dr. Will Tuttle. His book The World Peace Diet has been called one of the most important books of the 21st century. Will is a former Zen monk with a master's in humanities and a PhD in philosophy of education, and his work is embedded with these twin threads of spiritual consciousness and intellectual examination. Now, he is assembling the works of 28 other authors for Circles of Compassion: Connecting Issues of Justice. The writers explore the connections between injustice to animals and other social and ecological injustices. Will answers questions about the new book and his work...   Read more...

The Thinking Vegan - May 6

10 films that will change the way you see animals
Full story: Care2

Documentaries have the power to tell a story and get a different kind of reaction from an audience than words alone. For animal advocates who work on these films, showing us the actual individual lives of animals and how we're impacting them is a powerful way to reach a broad audience and effect change for those we call our companions and those who are used and killed for food, clothing, entertainment or research. Here are ten of the best...   Read more...

Care2 - July 12

Also of interest:

New Books:

The New Holistic Way for Dogs and Cats: The Stress-Health Connection - By Paul McCutcheon and Susan Weinstein

Events:

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

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