I’m excited to announce the launch of my new website and vegan video series, VeganBreak.com!
I’m starting Vegan Break as an attempt to make veganism more accessible to the general public. I’ll be making short videos a couple times a week about all things vegan–vegan products, book and cookbook reviews, cooking, health, nutrition, under-reported food news, and much more! Here is the first episode:
If you’re vegan, thinking about going vegan, or just interested in healthy compassionate eating and living, I hope you will enjoy my website and find my videos helpful!
I’m spending thanksgiving alone in Ohio this year, so I’ve had some time to reflect. Thanksgiving is such a beautiful tradition of appreication, family, and delicious food. It breaks my heart to know that some people in this world can’t afford a thanksgiving meal or can’t be with their families on this day. For that reason I’ve started making a point of donating a thanksgiving meal to the hungry every year. But just as heartwrenching is the knowledge that at the center of most thanksgiving tables lies the body of an individual who suffered a life of continual discomfort, pain, and misery just so we can eat her at in the course of one meal. It strikes me as a contradiction to the spirit of Thanksgiving that we take the lives of others in order to celebrate our own, especially when it is possible to have healthful and delicious meals without doing so.
Having a turkey at Thanksgiving is a tradition that we’ve all grown up with, and that we’ve all participated in for a long time, but that few people really think about. We look upon some behaviors and traditions of the past (such as slavery, the treatment of women, the persecution of jews, etc.) with disgust, and wish that people had stopped participating in them. But it is important to notice that injustice is not a thing of the past–it is very much a part of our present day society. We are participants in some of the most intense, widespread, systematic and socially sanctioned suffering ever inflicted by humans on this planet, and that is the production and slaughter of animals for food. It is a horror hidden behind closed doors, and one that will not end until we stop supporting it.
I hope that you take a moment this thanksgiving to reflect, to open your heart to the feelings of others, and to embrace the sense of compassion that I know lies within all of us.
A new book hit the Amazon marketplace today–The Ultimate Vegan Guide is the third published masterpiece of vegan guru Erik Marcus. You may know him from his previous books, Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating, or Meat Market: Animals, Ethics, and Money, but most likely you know him from his blog: www.vegan.com.
This book is the perfect guide to living a compassionate vegan life. Covering subjects ranging from home cooking to dining out to advanced activism, this book may soon become every compassionate person’s survival guide. Erik Marcus explains, “I wrote this book because it’s almost 2009 and our literature still didn’t have a breezy, fun, yet thorough introduction to how to go vegan.” According to the Amazon.com product description,
“YOU could be the world’s next vegan. It’s easy if you know how, and this uniquely helpful book tells you everything you need to know. Every topic related to vegan living is covered, including cooking, nutrition, food shopping, dining out, and much more. You’ll get clear and straight-forward guidance from one of the world’s most respected vegan authors. Going vegan is something you can easily accomplish; let The Ultimate Vegan Guide show you the way.”
I don’t know about you, but I’m sold! Two copies (one for myself and one to keep on hand for the next time someone asks me where I get my protein) should be arriving at my door any day now. I can’t wait!
A couple months ago I posted a blog entry called “A Moment for the Pigs.” It was so popular that I decided to do a similar post focusing on a different animal that is treated as a commodity in our society today.
Meet: The Cow
The question we all need to be asking ourselves is:
Are the more than just a number and an item our plate?
Make the connection. Is it worth it?
They want to live. But it’s not up to them. It’s up to us.
This is a preview for Peacable Kingdom, a movie that is guarenteed to touch your heart–as long as you have one 😉
It’s funny… when I was little I had no idea meat came from real live animals. I though it was just named after them. When I found out the truth, I was horrified. I had no idea I had been eating food that had once had a face, had once been alive and full of feeling and emotion. By age eight I had become a vegetarian.
Today I am a vegan.
This is why:
This is not natural. But it is boasted about by the Wisconsin Pork Association!
For all those ham, pork & bacon lovers…
Please take a moment to remember the pigs that died for you.
Unbelievable. Oprah is going vegan for a 21-day cleanse! Way to GO Oprah!!
“This is definitely the biggest vegan-oriented news of the year, and quite possibly the decade.” –vegan.com “The Cattlemen and dairy folks must be crapping their knickers right about now.” -Erik Marcus
According to Oprah, so far so good! In her blog she wrote: “So this first day wasn’t hard at all. For breakfast, I had steel-cut oatmeal with fresh blueberries, strawberries, chopped walnuts and a splash of soy milk and some agave nectar. For lunch, chunky mushroom soup with wild rice and pecans. As a snack, a handful of roasted almonds. And for dinner, a baked potato drizzled with olive oil, salt and pepper with a salad of shredded lettuce, cranberries, pine nuts and tiny orange slices with a vinegar and oil dressing.” Mmmm…doesn’t sound too bad to me! In fact, sounds delicious!
Did you know humans are the only species to drink milk past babyhood and moreover to drink the milk of another species? Yeah. “Weirdo’s” is a definite understatement.
Veganism. It does the body good.
Mercy for Animals just uncovered a horrific video documenting extreme abuse, neglect, and suffering at a California egg farm– the largest egg distributor in the Western US. The video was recorded with a hidden camera on an undercover investigation earlier in 2008, and is just one of many undercover accounts of cruelty going on at factory farms that have been surfacing across the country. More info in the LA Times article.
Attention Carnivores & Vegetarians! Abuse in the egg and milk industry is something worth your consideration. I have been a vegetarian for 10 years, but little did I know, I was still supporting some of the worst abuse in the industry. I have recently become aware that the production of eggs & milk causes as much (and in many cases more) suffering than the production of meat itself. This awareness nauseates me, because I have been have been supporting and paying this industry my whole life, even as a vegetarian.
It’s time for a change. It’s time for a change in meat production operations, but considering that can’t happen quickly enough, it’s time for a personal change–one that I have complete control over and one that can be immediate–it’s time for me to change my consumption habits and to embrace a vegan lifestyle. It is my time to stop eating the products that have been made from or pumped ouf of animals that never had a chance to enjoy a moment without suffering or a moment of freedom.
Want to help without changing your diet? Certainly possible! Erik Marcus (vegan.com) is fronting an effort to require surveillance cameras in slaughterhouses (SlaughterCam’s). This would be an easy, inexpensive, and reliable way to insure accountability in slaughterhouses. Support this effort by signing the petition and join the Facebook group!