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Featured Video
  What you eat matters

Top Stories
  Vegan 'trend' has potential to keep growing - reaching US $5.2 billion by 2020
  New Zealand to slaughter about 150,000 cows in bid to eradicate bacteria strain
  Australia's top live sheep transporter shut down
  Here's the one thing I regret about going vegan

Health and Environment
  Don't let their divide and conquer strategy work
  Weight lost, knee pain gone on starch-based diet
  Harvard study: Plant-based diet could reduce early deaths by one-third
  Another 'groundbreaking' study finds veganism is 'single biggest way' to help planet

Lifestyles and Trends
  Australian cattle industry looks to defend 'meat' label from lab-grown and plant-based products
  Research: It costs less to eat a veg diet
  Wicked healthy: How to sauté and roast without oil
  Is the future of meat fake and slaughter-free?

Animal Issues and Advocacy
  H&M, Zara and others ban mohair products after animal cruelty investigation
  Scorned, animal rights advocates in France intensify guerrilla tactics
  Cow escapes slaughter, survives winter by joining deer family
  Ezra Klein podcast: How do we talk about our food choices?

Books, Films and Perspectives
  Indulgent, not pious: A bold take on vegan comfort food
  How an abandoned lab could show us the future
  Transforming Our Fisheries
  Natalie Portman on her new doc 'Eating Animals'

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  Featured Video    

What you eat matters
Video source: Plant Based News

"HOPE What You Eat Matters" is a new, life-changing documentary uncovering and revealing the effects of our typical Western diet on our health, the environment and animals. Featuring Jane Goodall, T. Colin Campbell, Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Vandana Shiva, Melanie Joy and many other experts. In it, Jane Goodall says: "Remember, you make a difference. What you do each day actually is effecting what's going on in the world each day. So your life matters. You matter. Use your life wisely." [Full documentary]   Watch video...

Plant Based News - May 1
More video:
Top 10 MIND-BLOWING Vegan Transformations
Plant Based News (May 31)
A beautiful alnd inspriring glimpse into farm sanctuary life
Full doc - Called to Rescue (Apr 20)
Fomer cattle rancher goes vegan, founds sanctuary - for the animals, for the planet
Enlightening and heartwarming short video - Protectors of the Planet (Jun 1)

  Top Stories    

Vegan 'trend' has potential to keep growing - reaching US $5.2 billion by 2020
Full story: Plant Based News

The growth of veganism is set to continue, according to a food expert, who has described the sector as 'interesting'. Flexitarians - i.e. those reducing their meat intake - will be the key to manufacturers creating more plant-based products like meat analogues, says Florian Bark, Product Manager at Hydrosol. He said: "We think the vegan trend becomes more and more interesting and will develop into its own market. Therefore, we think it has a huge potential to stay."   Read more...

Plant Based News - June 26

New Zealand to slaughter about 150,000 cows in bid to eradicate bacteria strain
Full story: CBC

New Zealand plans to slaughter about 150,000 cows as it tries to eradicate a strain of disease-causing bacteria from the national herd. Politicians and industry leaders say it will cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and, if successful, would be the first time an infected country has eliminated Mycoplasma bovis.   Read more...

CBC - May 28

Australia's top live sheep transporter shut down
Full story: VegNews

Australia's government suspended the export license of Emanuel Exports - the country's largest exporter of live sheep - after 2,400 animals perished aboard its carrier due to heat exhaustion. The closure eliminates 50 per cent of Australia's live-sheep export. Vegan Saudi Arabian prince Khaled Alwaleed bin Talal Al Saud backed the decision on social media, calling for an end to all live transport. "People can help themselves," Prince Khaled said. "Those animals cooking alive and dying from dehydration, can't. So let's make the connection and fight for the weaker group here."   Read more...

VegNews - June 26

Here's the one thing I regret about going vegan
Full story: Mercy for Animals

It started just like any ordinary day, but it was a day that changed my life forever. I was getting ready for work while watching The View. Alicia Silverstone was the guest and she mentioned that she was vegan. She said she had dogs at home and loved them dearly. She said she'd made the connection: How could I love these animals but eat others? What's really the difference between a dog and a pig or a dog and a cow? That stayed with me.   Read more...

Mercy for Animals - June 22
  Health and Environment    

Don't let their divide and conquer strategy work
Full story:

Dietary changes appear to be shifting universally toward a diet dominated by higher intakes of calorie-dense foods, including corn syrup, sugar, animal products, and oils. This is all thanks to global agricultural policies that have built in a long-term focus on creating things like cheap corn. "It took five decades after the initial studies linking tobacco and cancer for effective public health policies to be put in place, with enormous cost to human health. Must we wait another five decades to respond to the similar effects of Big Food?" To [counter big ag], the healthy food movement needs to stay united.   Read more... - May 29

Weight lost, knee pain gone on starch-based diet
Full story:

My decision to start "The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss" began [when] I weighed 257 and was having considerable knee pain. After looking at my X-rays, my doctor informed me that my knees were almost bone on bone but he could not even refer me for possible knee replacements until I lost 70 pounds. Fortunately, a dear friend had given me a copy of Dr. McDougall's book The McDougall Program for Maximum Weight Loss and I read it. I was desperate since I did not want to continue using pain medication and wanted to have a choice in having knee replacements, if necessary, so I could continue to travel. It didn't seem like it was any time at all before I started losing inches on my knees and after just a few weeks, I was off my pain medications... By the way, I am 74 years old and have learned that it is not too late to restore my body to good health.   Read more... - May

Harvard study: Plant-based diet could reduce early deaths by one-third
Full story: Telegraph, UK

At least one-third of early deaths could be prevented if everyone moved to a vegetarian diet, Harvard scientists have calculated. Dr Walter Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard Medical School [speaking at the United to Cure Fourth International Vatican Conference] said the benefits of a plant-based diet had been vastly underestimated. The new figures from Harvard suggest that at least 200,000 lives could be saved each year if people cut meat from their diets.   Read more...

Telegraph, UK - April 26

Another 'groundbreaking' study finds veganism is 'single biggest way' to help planet
Full story: Mercy for Animals

A new study from researchers at the University of Oxford found that ditching animal products could reduce your carbon footprint by up to 73 per cent. Researchers analyzed the harmful effects animal agriculture has on the planet and reviewed data from nearly 40,000 factory farms in 119 countries. In addition to greatly reducing your carbon footprint, researchers found that if everyone went vegan, global land use could be reduced by 75 per cent. This would be comparable to the size of the United States, China, Australia, and the whole European Union combined. Let that sink in.   Read more...

Mercy for Animals - June 4

More Health & Environment News:
Dr. John McDougall announces retirement from clinical practice: What’s next for the plant-based pioneer?
Forks Over Knives (June 28)
Animals are not a health food!
COK (May 24)
How plant-based diets can heal our bodies and the planet
E- The Environmental Magazine (May 17)
Dr. Greger's daily dozen checklist (March 30) - take the Daily Dozen Challenge/Download a checklist here
Why olive oil is not healthy for your heart
Forks Over Knives (Archives)

  Lifestyles and Trends    

Australian cattle industry looks to defend 'meat' label from lab-grown and plant-based products
Full story: ABC, Australia

The peak body for Australia's cattle industry says it is considering calling for reforms to prevent lab-grown meat from being labelled "meat." Experts think a commercial industry to supply meat grown from stem cells in a laboratory is achievable within the next decade and there is also rising demand for plant-based meat alternatives. France recently banned the use of the words "meat" and "dairy" on vegan and vegetarian food labels, while farm lobby groups in the United States are calling for cell-grown and plant-based replicas to be labelled as such.   Read more...

ABC, Australia - May 6

Research: It costs less to eat a veg diet
Full story: MarketWatch

A vegetarian diet won't just help to keep your waist slimmer - it'll also keep your wallet fatter. Researchers from the European Association for the Study of Obesity compared a vegetarian diet with the Mediterranean diet, which is based on eating habits of those in Greece and Italy and relies heavily on fish and fruits and vegetables, and the so-called "U.S.-healthy diet" based on government-distributed dietary guidelines. And on average, someone following a vegetarian would have spent $2 less per day [that's over $700 a year!]... [Not to mention] reduced health-care costs from the healthier diet. Researchers from the University of Oxford estimated that Americans would save $250 billion if they chose to stop eating meat.   Read more...

MarketWatch - May 25

Wicked healthy: How to sauté and roast without oil
Full story: Forks Over Knives

The goal of sautéing and roasting is to build flavor in the ingredient by browning it. You don't need oil for that. What you need is high heat, and maybe some flavorful liquid and rapid motion to keep the food from sticking... [Tips from The Wicked Healthy Cookbook, by vegan chegs Chad Sarno, Derek Sarno, and David Joachim.]   Read more...

Forks Over Knives - May 11

Is the future of meat fake and slaughter-free?
Full story: ABC, Australia

It sounds like a contradiction - but the meat you eat in the future might come from a plant, or a laboratory, eliminating the need to slaughter animals. The emerging industry is being fuelled by Silicon Valley start-ups, billionaire venture capitalists, Hollywood actors and even some of the world's largest traditional meat processors. Australian scientists now want their own "steak" in the game, but the rapid pace the industry is progressing has upset the global livestock sector, who worry their industry is facing a new rival. A study by the University of Oxford found a viable clean meat industry, when compared to traditional farming, could result in up to 96 per cent lower greenhouse gas emissions, 96 per cent less water and between 7 and 45 per cent less energy.   Read more...

ABC, Australia - May 6

More Lifestyles and Trends News:
This startup plans to turn food waste into clothing
Now This (June 19)
Nine tips for vegan travelling
TryVeg (June)
Citing anti-meat sentiment, butchers in France seek police protection
NYT (June 27)

  Animal Issues and Advocacy    

H&M, Zara and others ban mohair products after animal cruelty investigation
Full story: Washington Post

Some of the world's largest clothing chains, including Zara, H&M, Gap and Topshop, have vowed to discontinue selling mohair apparel following allegations of animal cruelty at a dozen goat farms in South Africa. Mohair, made from the hair of Angora goats, is prized for its softness and often used in sweaters, coats and winter scarves. But video footage from an investigation by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals shows workers dragging goats by the horns and legs, and lifting them off the floor by their tails. In some cases, the goats cry as they are shorn. Afterward, workers are seen throwing goats across the floor.   Read more...

Washington Post - May 1

Scorned, animal rights advocates in France intensify guerrilla tactics
Full story: New York Times

Scorned by French lawmakers, an animal welfare group is stepping up a campaign of guerrilla tactics, releasing clandestine videos of mistreatment and appalling conditions in an attempt to shock Parliament into action. "Our goal is to make progress one step at a time," a founder of the organization said.   Read more...

New York Times - May 25

Cow escapes slaughter, survives winter by joining deer family
Full story: People

At 4 months old Bonnie, a calf, fled from her home in Holland, New York, which was a farm that raised cattle for slaughter, reports Farm Sanctuary. What made Bonnie run was the desperate cries of her bovine family, who were being rounded up to be sold to a slaughterhouse. With her owners busy loading a trailer with confused cows, Bonnie seized the moment and galloped off into the nearby forest. Cameras set up in the forest by hunters started picking up footage of Bonnie surrounded by a herd of deer. Based on what the cameras were capturing, it appeared that Bonnie had found solace with the herd and that the herd, in turn, had accepted her.

Editor's note: As Mercy for Animals said in relating this story... "Bottom line: No animal wants to die to become your food. If you found yourself cheering on Bonnie and were touched by this story but you're still consuming animal products, it's time you aligned your food choices with your values."   Read more...

People - June 26

Ezra Klein podcast: How do we talk about our food choices?
Full story: Art19

What accounts for the way most of us eat? What's the ideology, the theory, behind our diets? And what happens when you stop believing in it? Over the past decade, I've been on a fitful journey toward veganism. At least, that's the way I normally say it. That's the polite way to say it. The truth is I've been on a fitful journey away from the idea that unnecessarily inflicting suffering and death on literally billions of beings that can feel pain is moral. And it's been one of the most disorienting, radicalizing experiences of my life. I didn't really understand why I felt all this until I read Dr. Melanie Joy's Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism. This [conversation with Joy] is among the most important conversations I've had on this podcast. I can't recommend it enough. [An hour long - well worth the time!]   Read more...

Art19 - June 11

More Animal Issues and Advocacy News:
Karen Dawn of DawnWatch on the animal rights movement's alienating response to Anthony Bourdain's death
DawnWatch (June 27) - see also her earlier essay here
Do lobsters feel pain?
Bottom line: There's really no humane way to kill a lobster - ThoughtCo. (May 2)
Animal testing may be replaced by technological advances
E-The Environmental Magazine (April 19)
Protesters arrested at California farm supplying so-called cage-free eggs
Democracy Now (May 30)
Undercover footage at large UK pig farm exposes cruelty - workers laughing as they abused animals
Times, UK (May 24)

  Books, Films and Perspectives    

Indulgent, not pious: A bold take on vegan comfort food
Full story: National Post, Canada

Vegan comfort food is having a moment. "It's great to bring the movement to the mainstream by having a lot of familiar comfort foods," author Lauren Toyota says. "And putting the idea in people's heads that this is the same thing as what you're used to." The former MuchMusic VJ and MTV Canada host has translated her passion for plant-based eating into a YouTube channel with more than 400,000 subscribers. In her debut cookbook, Hot for Food Vegan Comfort Classics, Toyota delivers "indulgent, not pious" fare.   Read more...

National Post, Canada - March 22

How an abandoned lab could show us the future
Full story: BBC Future

The Amani Hill Research Station in Tanzania was once one of East Africa's leading laboratories - now it is a shadow of its past glory. Rachel Nuwer visited to find out what happened, and discovered lessons about the fragility of scientific progress that the whole world should consider. As Paul Wenzel Geissler, a professor of social anthropology at the University of Oslo, and his colleagues emphasise in Traces of the Future, their aim in researching Amani was not to bask in "ruin porn" or indulge in "voyeuristic curiosity about loss" incurred by others, but to better understand our own shared pasts, presents and past futures in the making.   Read more...

BBC Future - May 24

Transforming Our Fisheries
Full story: E-The Environmental Magazine

In the new book Transforming the Fisheries: Neoliberalism, Nature, and the Commons, environmental geography professor Patrick Bresnihan examines how scientific, economic and regulatory responses to the problem of overfishing have changed over the past two decades. Based on fieldwork in a commercial fishing port in Ireland, Bresnihan's book shows how efforts to address overfishing are transforming how marine environments are valued and governed.   Read more...

E-The Environmental Magazine - May 23

Natalie Portman on her new doc 'Eating Animals'
Full story: CBS

Producer and narrator Natalie Portman's new documentary Eating Animals [trailer], based on Jonathan Safran Foer's book, is now in theaters. In this interview with Natalie, CBS Morning host Gayle King says what really struck her was the film making clear, "The meat industry has done a good job of disconnecting eating meat from killing animals. When you eat meat an animal has been murdered." As a meat eater, King also says that she didn't feel like the film was wagging a finger at people who eat meat but that they want them to be aware of the consequences.   Read more...

CBS - June 15

Also of interest:

Books and Films
The Last Pig - Beautifully documented journey of a former pig farmer turned veganic veggie farmer
The Minimalist Vegan: A Simple Manifesto On Why To Live With Less Stuff And More Compassion - By Michael & Masa Ofei
But I Could Never Go Vegan! - By Kristy Turner - Keepin' it kind

Compprehensive list of global VegFests

One Step for Animals - not eating chicken is the most impactful thing to do - make Wednesday Hensday from now on!
Veganland - Eureka! We found it - You can help Gentle World create a very special place for humans and animals in Hawaii
Pledge to eat less meat - important and meaningful initiative from Avaaz - a place to sign even if you are already veg
Vegan Health - comprehensive health and nutrition info from Vegan Outreach
Soi Dog - remarkable rescue organization, working to end the dog meat trade
RescueDiaries on YouTube
Petition - Ask Kraft foods to ditch dairy from their BOCA burgers and stop the cruelty
Petition: Ban fur farming in Ontario, Canada
Petition: Tell Animal Rescue Groups: Adopt a Vegan Policy to Save the Animals and the Earth - just makes sense!
Petition: Stop the cruel commercial killing of baby seals - Humane Society International

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Get to know other vegetarians or vegans living or working in the High Park/Bloor West Village/Junction area of Toronto. The group meets for bi-monthly social dinners, which may be at local veg-friendly restaurants, or as potlucks. To stay in the loop about upcoming events, check out the website or email.
Website:   Vegetarians of High Park

East End Vegetarians Group
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York Region/North York Vegetarian Group
We welcome new and experienced vegetarians as well as anyone wishing to make a transition to a vegetarian lifestyle. All ages welcome. Events take place at various locations in York Region and North York. Please RSVP with Rachelle at the email below.

Veggies of Halton and Peel
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DurhamVeg Group
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York Region Vegetarian Families
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Vegan Baking Group
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Toronto Veg/Vegan Families
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Veggie Drinks
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Vegetarians in Their Twenties (VITT)
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Queer Veggie Social Group
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