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In this edition...
|Meat can raise your lung cancer risk - and that's not all
|Britain 'faces mad cow epidemic' from infected beef
|Study reports no effect of calcium, dairy on weight loss
|Mediterranean diet lengthens Americans' lives too
|Food and the environment
|Water we waiting for?
|EU agrees quota cuts to save bluefin tuna
|Fish farms pushing wild salmon to extinction
Lifestyles and Trends
|Vegan bodybuilder proves meat and muscles aren't synonymous
|Tips for teens on becoming vegetarian
|Help! A vegetarian's coming to dinner
|Study: Price of lower-calorie foods rising drastically
|Veggie experiences: 'More and more people sharing my vegan disposition'
Animal Issues and Advocacy
|Bill Maher to George Bush: Pardon all the turkeys
|In some households, every day is turkey day
|Australian navy may track Japan's whaling fleet
|Foie gras a 'diseased' food, U.S. animal welfare groups say
|Animal sentience: Animals do the cleverest things
|U.S authorities investigate alleged massive pig abuse
Books, Movies and Perspectives
O vegan attack vessel
|Jews ban beef to save the world?
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Meat can raise your lung cancer risk - and that's not all
Full story: MSNBC/Reuters
People who eat a lot of red meat and processed meats have a higher risk of several types of cancer, including lung cancer and colorectal cancer, U.S. researchers reported. The work is the first big study to show a link between meat and lung cancer. It also shows that people who eat a lot of meat have a higher risk of liver and esophageal cancer and that men raise their risk of pancreatic cancer by eating red meat. The researchers studied 500,000 people aged 50 to 71 who took part in a diet and health study done in conjunction with the AARP, formerly the American Association for Retired Persons. Jeanine Genkinger of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and Anita Koushik of the University of Montreal said the findings fit in with other research. "Meat consumption in relation to cancer risk has been reported in over a hundred epidemiological studies from many countries with diverse diets," they wrote in a commentary.
MSNBC/Reuters - December 11, 2007
Best Syndication (December 17, 2007)
Quote: No, thanks to cancer, coronaries, contamination and cruelty, red meat is a tradition on the way out. Like smoking or chewing tobacco or even putting kids in the car without a car seat, we did it once - and now we know better.
AllAfrica.com/New Vision, Kampala (November 22, 2007)
Britain 'faces mad cow epidemic' from infected beef
Full story: Telegraph, UK
The nation faces the possibility of a major epidemic of lethal brain disease as a result of the consumption years ago of beef contaminated with mad cow disease, BSE, according to Britain's leading expert on vCJD, or "human BSE." Prof John Collinge of University College London, a Government advisor, made the comments when unveiling a new theory of what causes bovine spongiform encephalopathy, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and other "neurodegenerative" diseases. Although the incidence of variant CJD in Britain has been declining, with only four deaths so far this year, Prof John Collinge believes that only people who are genetically susceptible have succumbed to the devastating illness so far. "I continue to be worried," he told The Daily Telegraph... Prof Collinge said that many millions of infectious doses of contaminated beef were eaten between 1980 and 1996 and there is evidence the disease could silently incubate in a person for many decades, without producing symptoms. [Editor's note: No doubt other countries, especially Canada and the U.S. will have similar cases.]
Telegraph, UK - November 10, 2007
Study reports no effect of calcium, dairy on weight loss
Full story: NutraIngredients
Increased intake of calcium from dairy or supplemental sources does not promote weight loss, reports a new study from Ohio State University. Fifty-eight pre-menopausal women were randomly assigned to receive calcium lactate, calcium phosphate, low fat milk, or placebo during a 12-week weight loss plan, but no effect on weight loss was observed for any of the interventions, state the researchers, led by Robert DiSilvestro.
NutraIngredients - November 29, 2007
Mediterranean diet lengthens Americans' lives too
Full story: Environmental News Network
Eating the Mediterranean way could help you live longer, according to the first study to look at how the dietary pattern relates to mortality in a U.S. population. Men whose diets were closest to the Mediterranean ideal were 21 per cent less likely to die over five years than men whose diets were least Mediterranean-like. Similar results were seen in women. A number of studies have linked the Mediterranean diet, which is rich in fish, fruits and vegetables and nuts and low in dairy foods and red meat, to health benefits, the researchers note in the Archives of Internal Medicine
. They looked at diet and mortality in 380,296 men and women, 50 to 71 years old, who were participating in the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study. [Editor's note: Hold the fish! Dr. McDougall says "In our polluted world, eating fish has become a well-established health hazard." Also: "There are many qualities of fish which encourage heart disease."
Environmental News Network - December 11, 2007
Food and the environment
Full story: CNN
On first glance, the global food supply appears to have little to do with climate change. But as it turns out, the food chain has been responsible for significant growths in carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere over time, forcing us to re-evaluate how we grow and transport our food in light of shrinking land availability, a growing world population, dire water shortages, mass animal and plant extinctions - not to mention the quest for new sources of energy. Today, the Food Climate Research Network (FCRN) estimates that as much as 31 per cent of the EU's greenhouse gas emissions come from the food chain. More than half of that amount - 18 per cent of total emissions - comes from meat production, leading to growing calls for people to cut back on their meat consumption, or to eliminate meat from their diets completely. (The "average burger man...emits the equivalent of 1.5 tons more CO2 every year than the standard vegan," reports The Guardian, for example.)
CNN - November 21, 2007
Water we waiting for?
Full story: Philadelphia Daily News, PA, US
Water woes in developing countries are no secret. But the Associated Press recently noted the U.S. government's prediction that 36 states will have a water shortage within five years... And access to fresh water is a life-and-death issue. The good news is that scientists have found an area of water inefficiency, where a basic change in our habits would free up huge quantities of water. The change? Stop eating meat and other animal products. Even cutting down would significantly save water. David Pimentel of Cornell University points out that while wheat requires 117 gallons of water to produce a pound of food, beef requires 5,165 gallons a pound - a ratio of nearly 50 to 1. That's a lot of water being thrown out unnecessarily... However you want to measure it, every bite of meat is a vote to waste precious water.
Philadelphia Daily News, PA, US - November 16, 2007
EU agrees quota cuts to save bluefin tuna
Full story: Environmental News Network
EU governments agreed a 15-year plan on [November 27] that set strict curbs on fishing for bluefin tuna, cutting quotas and tightening port inspections to stop the species from heading for extinction. Prized by sushi and sashimi lovers, bluefin tuna has seen its numbers fall sharply in eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean waters. In Japan, the major market for the species, a single fish can command prices of up to $100,000. "The difference now is that it is permanent, not temporary, and nobody is arguing any more about quotas. We now have complete clarity and are set up for 15 years from 2007," one official at the European Commission told reporters.
Environmental News Network - November 27, 2007
Fish farms pushing wild salmon to extinction
Full story: IPS
Vast populations of pink salmon on Canada's west coast will be extinct in four years due to infestations of parasites from open ocean salmon farms, scientists reported [December 14] in the prestigious journal Science. Canadian officials seem likely to let the wild salmon go extinct, if past inaction is any indicator, Alexandra Morton, the study's co-author and director of the Salmon Coast Field Station in Broughton, British Columbia, told IPS. The Science study shows that infestations of sea lice have killed more than 80 per cent of the annual pink salmon returns in British Columbia's Broughton Archipelago, 300 kms north of the city of Vancouver, over the past four years. In another four years, there will be no more pinks if the infestations continue... "It's heart-breaking to see these amazing little fish ripped and torn by the lice," said Morton, who lives and works in the Broughton Archipelago where 20 large farms are located. Some farms have more than a million fish.
IPS - December 14, 2007
IRIN (United Nations (November 21, 2007)
Lifestyles and Trends
Vegan bodybuilder proves meat and muscles aren't synonymous
Full story: Oregon Daily Emerald, US
[Meet] bodybuilder and vegan Robert Cheeke. As a part of his 2007 "Take Action and Make It Happen" tour, the blond-haired muscle man spoke [at a recent meeting] about how people can be vegetarian or vegan and still be athletic and build muscle. "We can thrive and not just get by," Cheeke said. "The goal should be to feel well and be well. This diet allows you to feel well and also be compassionate for the environment." During the speech, Cheeke pointed to a system of seven elements that allows for a well-balanced vegan diet. One point that he was adamant about was to eat organic foods, which he feels fits right in with the vegan ideology. He concluded by challenging the audience to truly care about something, anything. "I think 99 per cent of people don't have passion for something," Cheeke said. "That's fine, but having a passion for something makes life so much better and eventually it comes down to the application of that passion." [ Cheeke's website: www.veganbodybuilding.com
Oregon Daily Emerald, US - November 17, 2007
Tips for teens on becoming vegetarian
Full story: phillyBurbs.com
Teens around the world are increasingly making the transition to a vegetarian lifestyle. But like any diet, vegetarianism requires that teens develop good eating habits. With the right knowledge, teens can become vegetarians without relying on a diet of soda and potato chips. Being a teen vegetarian can be healthy and rewarding. The American Dietetic Association says, "Well-planned vegan and other types of vegetarian diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including during pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood and adolescence". [The article has] some tips for embarking on a well-planned vegetarian diet. Although being a teen vegetarian in a world of meat eaters has its challenges, going vegetarian should be a fun and exciting experience. For many teens, going vegetarian is a decision that opens up the doors to a more healthy and fulfilling life.
phillyBurbs.com - November 15, 2007
Help! A vegetarian's coming to dinner
Full story: Epoch Times
A holiday tradition? The family gathers at your house for feasting and festivities. But this year someone is bringing a friend (Always welcome, the more the merrier) who is vegetarian (What?! What can I cook?). [The article has] a few suggestions to return you to the "Always welcome, the more the merrier" frame of mind. First, know that from my experience most vegetarians do not expect to be served an entire meal just made for them. They know their diet is a personal choice and don't expect everyone else to follow it. So just by making an effort to offer something especially for them you are doing something very gracious.
Epoch Times - December 15, 2007
Study: Price of lower-calorie foods rising drastically
Full story: Environmental News Network
As food prices rise, the costs of lower-calorie foods are rising the fastest, according to a University of Washington study appearing in the December issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. As the prices of fresh fruit and vegetables and other low-calorie foods have jumped nearly 20 per cent in the past two years, the UW researchers say, a nutritious diet may be moving out of the reach of some American consumers.
Environmental News Network - December 4, 2007
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Veggie experiences: 'More and more people sharing my vegan disposition'
Full story: Western Star, NF, Canada
A few years ago, I couldn't grasp the point of being a vegan. Nor could I conceive of what foul madness must drive a person to commit to such an undertaking... It was a few more years before the weight of everything that's wrong in this world broke me, and I realized that you can't complain about what's wrong with the environment and human behaviour, while secretly using your own gratification to justify contributing to the damage. So one day, I just stopped. No more meat... But more and more, I'm encountering people the same age as me who share my vegan disposition. I feel comforted when I see other agitated young people who are concerned with the state of the world's environmental/political spectrum and are competent enough to engage in the only solution possible, undeterred by the very real possibility that it may not prove to effect enough change quickly enough. The fact that their conviction drives them to try, amidst insurmountable odds, is inspiring.
Western Star, NF, Canada - December 15, 2007
Animal Issues and Advocacy
Bill Maher to George Bush: Pardon all the turkeys
Full story: Huffington Post, US
New Rule: The president can't pardon just one or two turkeys this Thanksgiving. He's got to let them all go. Freeing the turkeys might help the president's credibility when he says things like, "We don't torture." Take a look at this video
, shot just last month at a typical American turkey slaughterhouse, and this one
, shot undercover last year at a Butterball slaughterhouse, and you'll see that my use of the word is no exaggeration. Butterball employees laughed while they kicked, punched, stomped, and even sexually assaulted turkeys. These people should be arrested. They would be if the turkeys were dogs or cats. So in the face of this surreal situation, in which, once again we can't put our faith in the president, I ask you to do what I'm going to do and pardon a turkey this Thanksgiving. If we can bow our heads in gratitude for our families, our friends and our big screen TVs, and then carve into a creature who lived a miserable life and died a horrible death, then our ethics are about as sensible as Britney's parenting skills.
Huffington Post, US - November 20, 2007
In some households, every day is turkey day
Full story: New York Times
It is one thing for the president of the United States to pardon a pair of turkeys every year and then send them off to live out their days in Florida. It's quite another to save a turkey from the Thanksgiving table by inviting it to live with you. Two weeks ago, Karen Oeh and her husband, Mike Balistrer adopted two turkeys that had been rescued after an airline shipping misfortune in Las Vegas. "I am like a new parent," said Ms. Oeh, 39. "I instantly, totally fell in love, and now I just want to stay home with them." ... "Before I had turkeys, Thanksgiving bothered me but I could get past it," [another turkey adopter] said. "Now, it's literally painful to have to go to a Thanksgiving dinner."
New York Times - November 22, 2007
San Mateo County Times, CA, US (November 22, 2007)
Farm Sanctuary's Adopt-A-Turkey Project
Australian navy may track Japan's whaling fleet
Full story: Environmental News Network
Australia's new government may send a navy ship to Antarctica to track Japan's whaling fleet and gather evidence to mount a legal challenge, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said on [December 13]. Japan's whaling fleet plans to hunt 935 minke whales, 50 fin whales and for the first time in 40 years, 50 humpback whales for research over the Antarctic summer, with the fleet already on its way south followed by anti-whaling activists. Japan has long resisted pressure to stop scientific whaling and says whaling is a cherished cultural tradition. The meat, which under commission rules must be sold for consumption, ends up in supermarkets and restaurants, but the appetite for what is now a delicacy is fading.
Environmental News Network - December 13, 2007
Foie gras a 'diseased' food, U.S. animal welfare groups say
Full story: Associated Content
Foie gras should be declared a "diseased product" unfit for human consumption, according to a legal petition filed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) by several animal welfare groups. "Foie gras is a cruel, diseased product that has no place in the human food supply," said Jonathan R. Lovvorn, vice president for animal protection litigation with The Humane Society of the United States. "Federal law requires USDA to protect consumers from diseased poultry products, and that is exactly what this petition asks the agency to do."
Associated Content - November 27, 2007
Animal sentience: Animals do the cleverest things
Full story: Independent, UK
An elephant that never forgets its extended family, a chimp that can outperform humans in a sophisticated test of visual memory and an amorous male dolphin that likes to say it with flowers - well, a clump of river weeds to be more precise. These are just some of the recent observations from the field of animal behaviour. They appear to show that there is no limit to the intelligence of animals, but what do we really know about the true cognitive powers of the non-human brain?
Independent, UK - December 7, 2007
Toronto Star, Canada (November 21, 2007)
Time Magazine (November 21, 2007)
Quote: The deeper that science drills into the substrata of behavior, the harder it becomes to preserve the vanity that we are unique among Earth's creatures.
U.S authorities investigate alleged massive pig abuse
Full story: Fox News
A local prosecutor in North Carolina is investigating allegations of animal cruelty by a pig farm supplying Smithfield Foods, the nation's largest pork producer. The investigation comes after an animal rights activist secretly videotaped workers beating and dragging swine, gouging out their eyes and cutting out their testicles. Attorneys from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals [PETA] presented their case to [authorities] and will turn over videotapes and a signed affidavit by PETA's undercover investigator, who says he witnessed daily violent mistreatment of baby and adult pigs. In the black-and-white video, a supervisor can be heard bragging to the undercover PETA investigator that he brutally beats the animals.
Fox News - December 12, 2007
Books, Movies and Perspectives
O vegan attack vessel
Full story: Sacremento News & Review, CA, US
The Farley Mowat, the flagship of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, flies a Jolly Roger and is painted a stealthy black. The goal? To shut down hunting of endangered species in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary... but is the Farley Mowat a pirate ship, and is Sea Shepherd an ecoterrorist organization? These are the questions that award-winning writer Peter Heller sets out to answer [in The Whale Warriors]. The adventure and the all-star cast of characters aside, the heart of this book is Heller's gripping account of the world's oceans. Aboard the Farley Mowat, Heller gains insight into the claim that if current fishing practices and pollution trends continue, "every fishery in the world's oceans will collapse by 2048." Juxtaposed within Heller's narrative are gruesome scenes of whale harpooning and stories of the people who go to the ends of the Earth to save them - even if they should die in the process.
Sacremento News & Review, CA, US - November 22, 2007
ENN (December 19, 2007)
Jews ban beef to save the world?
Full story: Jerusalem Post
Most Jews are not vegetarians, but some may consider a dietary shift after seeing A Sacred Duty: Applying Jewish Values to Help Heal the World. Sponsored by Jewish Vegetarians of North America (JVNA), the documentary tackles three major themes: the current peril of global warming and other environmental threats; teachings in Judaism that may guide our response to these threats; and how a shift toward vegetarianism can both alleviate environmental problems and help us fulfill our Jewish duty. "I hope to awaken the world to the fact that we are headed toward an unprecedented global catastrophe," Dr. Richard Schwartz, the film's producer and president of JVNA, told The Jerusalem Post prior to film's premiere. "A shift toward plant-based diets is essential to address global warming and tikkun olam (healing the world)." [The above link takes you to the JVNA page for the film; a link to this review and others is on the right.]
Jerusalem Post - November 18, 2007
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