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Health and Environment
  Added calcium from diet or supplements no help for bone health - NZ studies
  WHO: Bacon, burgers, as bad as smoking
  101-year-old heart surgeon fueled by veganism
  Sunscreen protects our skin, but coral reefs pay the price

Lifestyles and Trends
  Signs of the times: Taco Bell launches massive vegan and vegetarian menu
  The veggie burger boom is finally making vegetarian food cool
  Video: The ABCs of veganism
  Thug Kitchen: Veganism you can swear by

Animal Issues and Advocacy
  Industrial farming is one of the worst crimes in history
  Germany becomes the first country to ban 'chick shredding' practice from egg industry
  Turkey farmer discovers Connie the turkey has personality

Books and Perspectives
  New e-book reveals the diverse voices of veganism
  Comedian Jon Stewart and author Tracey Stewart partner with Farm Sanctuary
  Sea Shepherd cookbook tells about feeding a crew and furthering a mission
 

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  Health and Environment    

Added calcium from diet or supplements no help for bone health - NZ studies
Full story: Scoop, NZ

Increasing calcium intake through diet or supplements should not be recommended for fracture or osteoporosis prevention, according to University of Auckland Associate Professor of Medicine, Dr Mark Bolland. Two NZ studies conclude that increasing calcium intake is unlikely to improve bone health or prevent fractures in older people. "Most will not benefit ... and will be exposed instead to a higher risk of adverse events [such as constipation, cardiovascular events, kidney stones, or gastrointestinal side effects]. The weight of evidence against such mass medication of older people is now compelling, and it is surely time to reconsider these controversial recommendations," says co-author, Professor Karl Michaëlsson from Uppsala University in Sweden.   Read more...

Scoop, NZ - October 1

WHO: Bacon, burgers, as bad as smoking
Full story: Daily Mail, UK

Bacon, burgers and sausages are as big a cancer threat as cigarettes, global health chiefs are to rule. The World Health Organisation [WHO] is to list processed meat among the most cancer-causing substances, alongside arsenic and asbestos. Fresh red meat is also due to join the 'encyclopaedia of carcinogens' and is likely to be ranked as only slightly less dangerous than the preserved products. The decision follows a meeting of scientists from ten nations who reviewed all available evidence.   Read more...

Daily Mail, UK - October 22

101-year-old heart surgeon fueled by veganism
Full story: CCTV

Retired [just five years ago] heart surgeon, Dr. Ellsworth Wareham, credits his vegan lifestyle for him reaching the age of 100. "People associate age with wisdom and I think that's probably unscientific," says Wareham. "It just so happens that veganism is a very healthy lifestyle." [Video at the link.]   Read more...

CCTV - October 3

Sunscreen protects our skin, but coral reefs pay the price
Full story: The Weather Network

A key ingredient found in sunscreen worn by ocean swimmers is causing irreversible damage to the world's coral reefs, according to a new study.   Read more...

The Weather Network - October 23

More Health News:
Is kombucha good for you? Short answer: No!
Eat Drink Better (October 14)

 
  Lifestyles and Trends    

Signs of the times: Taco Bell launches massive vegan and vegetarian menu
Full story: Eat Drink Better

In a partnership with the American Vegetarian Association, Taco Bell now boasts 13 vegetarian menu items, many of which can be made vegan. The company says customers can "substitute beans for meat to create one of millions of different possible veggie-friendly combinations." The move makes Taco Bell the first fast food restaurant chain to offer certified vegetarian items via the American Vegetarian Association. The move also identifies vegetarians as a highly profitable market demographic, sure to get the attention of other fast food chains eager to boost lagging sales.   Read more...

Eat Drink Better - October 5

The veggie burger boom is finally making vegetarian food cool
Full story: Take Part

Thanks to a coming together of restaurant trends and economic necessity, healthy food has escaped the health-food stigma, and we are entering the golden age of casual vegetarian food.   Read more...

Take Part - October 8

Video: The ABCs of veganism
Full story: Vegan Truth Blogspot

Butterflies Katz goes talks about what veganism is all about from A to Z...   Read more...

Vegan Truth Blogspot - September 30

Thug Kitchen: Veganism you can swear by
Full story: New York Times

At Thug Kitchen, a three-year-old vegan blog that seasons its recipes with profanities, readers are exhorted to eat their [expletive] vegetables and be badasses in the kitchen.   Read more...

New York Times - October 22
 
  Animal Issues and Advocacy    

Industrial farming is one of the worst crimes in history
Full story: Guardian, UK

The fate of industrially farmed animals is one of the most pressing ethical questions of our time. Tens of billions of sentient beings, each with complex sensations and emotions, live and die on a production line. The scientific community has used its growing knowledge of animals mainly to manipulate their lives more efficiently in the service of human industry. Yet this same knowledge has demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt that farm animals are sentient beings, with intricate social relations and sophisticated psychological patterns. They may not be as intelligent as us, but they certainly know pain, fear and loneliness. They too can suffer, and they too can be happy.   Read more...

Guardian, UK - September 25

Germany becomes the first country to ban 'chick shredding' practice from egg industry
Full story: Metro, UK

Every year millions of male chicks are ground up alive or suffocated by the commercial egg industry because male chicks don't grow up into egg-laying chickens, and they're not considered suitable to be slaughtered for meat. The practice is commonplace across both caged and free-range egg producers all over the world, and around 45 million chicks are killed after birth in Germany alone. Shadow environment minister Kerry McCarthy told Metro.co.uk: 'Many people don't even realise chick shredding happens, but I am sure they would welcome the news that scientists in Germany have found a way to avoid it.   Read more...

Metro, UK - October 23

Turkey farmer discovers Connie the turkey has personality
Full story: The Toronto Star

I have a pet turkey. Sort of. Connie is more curiosity than pet, really. She, unlike the skittish chickens I've raised, approaches me. Enthusiastically. "How ya doing, Connie?" I ask her each morning - rhetorically - as she lets me (implores me to) scratch her bumpy, dinosaur-like head. Do it long enough and Connie crouches, closes her eyes, and coos or purrs or whatever sound turkeys make when they're comforted."   Read more...

The Toronto Star - October 9

More Animal Issues and Advocacy News:
Why hunting is neither brave nor necessary - a 16-year-old vegan explains
Chic Vegan (October 2)


 
  Books and Perspectives    

New e-book reveals the diverse voices of veganism
Full story: Vegan Truth Blogspot

I'm a Vegan; One Movement, Many Voices is an anthology of over one hundred short essays compiled by M. Butterflies Katz that reveals that vegans come in all colors, sizes, nationalities, ages, and a myriad of philosophies. While highlighting diversity among vegans, the compilation also shines a light on the golden thread that binds all vegans together. This compilation is a mind-expanding and inspirational read for vegans and non-vegans. If you have met one vegan; you've not met them all.

[Check out the yours truly essay in the compilation: I'm a vegan optimist by Lana Holmes.]   Read more...

Vegan Truth Blogspot - Setpember 28

Comedian Jon Stewart and author Tracey Stewart partner with Farm Sanctuary
Full story: Farm Sanctuary

On Saturday, October 24, Jon and Tracey Stewart announced that they are partnering with Farm Sanctuary, America's leading farm animal protection organization, to open the organization's fourth location at their New Jersey farm. Tracey was inspired to pursue her longtime passion for animal protection, and ultimately open the New Jersey branch of Farm Sanctuary, after reading Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur's book Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food. Her new book Do Unto Animals: A Friendly Guide to How Animals Live, and How We Can Make Their Lives Better features rescue stories from Farm Sanctuary.   Read more...

Farm Sanctuary - October 24

Sea Shepherd cookbook tells about feeding a crew and furthering a mission
Full story: Portland Press Herald

Cookin' Up A Storm: Sea Stories and Vegan Recipes has a serious message and many good recipes. The next time I'm struggling to get dinner on the table, I'll be grateful I'm not on the high seas.   Read more...

Portland Press Herald - September 30

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