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In this edition...

  How to prevent prediabetes from turning into diabetes
  Will the real paleo diet please stand up?
  How eating vegan makes me a better athlete
  Attention, women: You're not too old to go vegetarian

Environment and World Hunger
  Video: Paul McCartney's ode to 'Meat Free Mondays'
  New UN-backed protections for sharks, manta rays enter into effect
  Soaring meat production threatens global environment, warns new report
  Don't be a mindless meateater

Lifestyles and Trends
  Esteemed French chef goes (almost) veg
  Vegans rejoice: Meat prices rising more than fresh fruits and vegetables
  Herbivorous Butcher vegan meat stand sells out at farmers market
  Overcoming five things holding you back from going full vegan
  The rising food movement of flexitarianism

Animal Issues and Advocacy
  Video: The real price of dairy
  Indian court bans religious animal sacrifice
  Unilever makes an effort to stop horrifying deaths of male baby chickens
  Animals can be 'victims' just like people, U.S. state court says
  Reflections on Judaism and compassion for animals

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How to prevent prediabetes from turning into diabetes
Full story:

Approximately 1 in 3 Americans have prediabetes, but only about 1 in 10 knows it. What works better at preventing it from turning into full-blown diabetes - drugs or diet and exercise?   Read more... - September 1

Will the real paleo diet please stand up?
Full story:

Followers of the new paleo diet naturally assume that their nutrient intakes approximate that of Paleolithic humans, but their actual intakes may be wide of the mark. Nutritional anthropologists have been estimating the nutrient intakes of cavemen for several decades. As it turns out, vegan diets may actually come closer to matching the macro- and micronutrient intakes of Paleolithic diets than new paleo diets.

[See also PBS Newshour coverage: Where's the beef? Uncovering the ancient paleolithic diet in modern cultures.]   Read more... - September 23

How eating vegan makes me a better athlete
Full story: One Green Planet

The truth of the matter is, eating a vegan diet can help dramatically improve your fitness level, while being kind to animals and the environment. It makes total sense when you think about it since your primary fuel is coming from whole, nutrient-dense sources. Although there are a lot of reasons why eating vegan has helped me become a better athlete, here are a few major takeaways...   Read more...

One Green Planet - August 19

Attention, women: You're not too old to go vegetarian
Full story: Everyday Health

[By Sharon Palmer, The Plant-Powered Dietitian.] Contrary to what you may have heard, a plant-based diet - one that is limited in or devoid of any animal products - is not off-limits for aging women. In fact, this style of eating can offer optimal health rewards for older women, such as promoting healthy weight, warding off heart disease, and protecting against the risks of other chronic diseases.   Read more...

Everyday Health - September 9

More Health News:
Did you know instant ramen noodles were this bad for you?
Care2 (September 24)
Road testing popular diets
GoodFood, Australia (September 16)
How the meat industry designed a highly misleading study (August 14)
Why the egg-cancer link? (August 21)

  Environment and World Hunger    

Video: Paul McCartney's ode to 'Meat Free Mondays'
Video source: Stuff, NZ

You might know Sir Paul McCartney is a vegetarian, but he's now urging you to become one too - just one day a week at least. He'll even woo you with song. The iconic musician has released a video to his song for the Meat Free Monday campaign, which urges people to cut meat from their diet one day a week.   Watch video...

Stuff, NZ - September 24

New UN-backed protections for sharks, manta rays enter into effect
Full story: UN News Centre

Beginning September 14, international trade in specimens of five shark species and all manta ray species, including their meat, gills and fins, need to be accompanied by permits and certificates confirming that they have been harvested sustainably and legally, as new United Nations-backed trade protections go into effect.   Read more...

UN News Centre - September 12

Soaring meat production threatens global environment, warns new report
Full story: Bloomberg BusinessWeek

The world is eating too much meat, and that's bad news for the earth's forests, arable land, and scarce water. That's the conclusion of a report released [August 26] by the Washington-based Worldwatch Institute.   Read more...

Bloomberg BusinessWeek - August 27

Don't be a mindless meateater
Full story: New Zealand Herald

Meat eating is a complicated business. On a global level, industrialised animal farms use and waste priceless resources like water, grain, corn and soy that could be better left for the thirsty and hungry people of the world. I believe we've forgotten what's at stake when we eat meat. For most of history, eating meat was a profound, sacramental occasion. Now we kill animals without ceremony, without thought... but it's important to remember an animal has died to satisfy our need - and somewhat greed. It's time we became more mindful about eating meat. Here's how...   Read more...

New Zealand Herald - September 22
  Lifestyles and Trends    

Esteemed French chef goes (almost) veg
Full story: Yahoo! News

Alain Ducasse, the godfather of French gastronomy, has gone against the grain of French culinary tradition by banishing meat from the menu of his restaurant at the famed Paris hotel Plaza Athenee. Ducasse, whose global restaurant empire has notched up multiple Michelin stars, said that turning over a new leaf to explore a lighter, vegetarian-style cuisine was about a search for greater "naturalness." "The planet's resources are rare, we must consume more ethically and equitably," Ducasse said. [Now if we can just get him to drop fish...]   Read more...

Yahoo! News - September 4

Vegans rejoice: Meat prices rising more than fresh fruits and vegetables
Full story: Wall Street Journal

It's a good time to be a vegan. Meat prices [in the U.S.] were up 9.4 per cent in June from a year earlier, and pork, fish and eggs were more expensive, too. Food prices have been ticking higher after a series of factors that, when taken together, dramatically reduce supply. Vegetarian-friendly foods rose as well, but less than the prices for omnivores. Overall fresh fruit and vegetable prices rose 3 per cent in June from a year earlier, driven by a 12.2 per cent gain in citrus fruits.   Read more...

Wall Street Journal - July 22

Herbivorous Butcher vegan meat stand sells out at farmers market
Full story: CBS, U.S.

A first-of-its-kind meatless butcher at the Minneapolis Farmers Market was a hit with customers. Siblings Aubrey and Kale Walch started experimenting years ago with natural meat replacements for their own vegan diets. "In most of our products we use a high-protein wheat flour. So, therefore everything we make is inherently really high in protein with virtually no fat, no cholesterol," Kale said.   Read more...

CBS, U.S. - August 30

Overcoming five things holding you back from going full vegan
Full story: Huffington Post

If you do vegan the right way there may be no good reason not to do it. Here are five things that may be holding you back - and practical tips to overcome them. 1. Cheese....   Read more...

Huffington Post - August 19

The rising food movement of flexitarianism
Full story:, Australia

Are you a flexitarian? I am, and there's a good chance you are too. In fact flexitarianism is probably Australia's biggest underground food movement, so underground, most people don't even know they're part of it. Basically it's a tendency to take a vegetarian approach to eating. I say "approach," because unlike vegetarians, flexitarians don't mind eating meat (they're flexible - hence the name). It may be a quiet revolution, but it's moving fast, with plenty of things pushing it along - like the trend for healthier eating, for instance.   Read more..., Australia - September 16

More Lifestyles and Trends News:
5 awesome reasons we could have a vegan America by 2050
Care2 (September 18)
'Top Chef' TV show goes vegan for Rob Zombie
Awesome dishes - One Green Planet (September 12)
Lactose, gluten, nuts: How top chefs are catering to food intolerances
GoodFood, Australia (September 4)
Finding the right vegan cheese
Care2 (September 25)

  Animal Issues and Advocacy    

Video: The real price of dairy
Video source: Evolve! Campaigns

Here in 1 minute 54 seconds we see the real price of dairy... not graphic, just the heartbreaking truth. When we drink cow's milk we condemn an innocent calf to death and his or her mother to a life of slavery. The only reason a cow produces milk is to feed her calf... yet within hours of her giving birth her baby is taken away, leaving both the mother and her youngster desperate with grief and confusion... and all so that we can take the milk for ourselves. This video is in French with English subtitles.   Watch video...

Evolve! Campaigns - Archives

Indian court bans religious animal sacrifice
Full story: Guardian

A court in remote northern India has banned a long tradition of sacrificing animals for religious reasons, deeming the practice cruel and barbaric. "Sacrifice causes immense pain and suffering to innocent animals. They cannot be permitted to be sacrificed to appease a god or deity in a barbaric manner," the court said.   Read more...

Guardian - September 2

Unilever makes an effort to stop horrifying deaths of male baby chickens
Full story: Care2

In a major first-of-its-kind industry decision, the third biggest consumer goods company in the world says it's time to stop the egg industry's ruthless culling of day-old male chicks. Unilever committed to funding research into technologies that will enable hatcheries to determine the gender of egg embryos well before they develop into chicks. It comes as a surprise to many people that millions of male chicks die horrific deaths every year. Why? Egg producers don't need them. Getting rid of millions of day-old chicks is a huge, never-ending undertaking. The egg industry has developed two primary methods. Both are cold and ugly.   Read more...

Care2 - September 9

Animals can be 'victims' just like people, U.S. state court says
Full story: Oregon Live

In two landmark rulings, the Oregon Supreme Court said that animals - whether they be horses, goats, dogs or cats - shall be afforded some of the same basic protections as human beings. The dual rulings are expected to make it easier for police to rush to the aid of ailing animals without first obtaining a warrant. They also could result in harsher criminal repercussions for those found guilty of abusing or neglecting animals.   Read more...

Oregon Live - August 22

Reflections on Judaism and compassion for animals
Full story: L'Chaim

A divinity student from a Presbyterian seminary approached me recently and made a surprising comment. "I'm so impressed," he said, "with the emphasis that Judaism places on treating animals with compassion." I didn't know whether to kvell or to cry. Kvell, because all levels of Jewish texts, from the Torah on down, express incredible sensitivity for the welfare of animals. The divinity student knew something about Judaism - on paper. Cry, because concern for animals is almost totally absent from Jewish communal discourse, while literally billions of farm animals are suffering in abysmal conditions.   Read more...

L'Chaim - September 23

More Animal Issues and Advocacy News:
Piglets' excruciating deaths wonderful economic news for pig producers
MFA Blog (August 22)
MFA exposes cruelty at major pizza cheese supplier farm
Daily Meal (September 17)
Video: I, Chicken Virtual Reality
peta2TV (September 10)
Four videos you need to see before eating eggs
PETA (August 20)
Video: Engaging religious institutions
AnimalNews (September 17)

Also of interest:

New Books:

The Lusty Vegan: A Cookbook and Relationship Manifesto for Vegans and Those Who Love Them
By Ayinde Howell

The Forks Over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet
By Alona Pulde M.D.


October 2 - World Day for Farmed Animals - Pledge to join FARM's Fast Against Slaughter in memory of animal suffering.

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

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

May 29-31, 2015 - Vida Vegan Con - Austin, TX - an action-packed, weekend-long conference in which participants educate, explore, and inspire one another to become better communicators for the vegan cause.

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