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Did Humans Really Evolve to Eat Meat?

on Wednesday, 22 March 2017. Posted in News

Did Humans Really Evolve to Eat Meat?

Doctor Shivam Joshi shared his findings and thoughts on whether or not humans truly evolved to eat meat. Considering how much scientific evidence points to a number of health conditions being directly correlated to diets heavy in meat consumption, Joshi believes we in fact did not evolve to eat animal flesh. In a recent article on the Huffington Post, Joshi said, "Humans descended from a long line—roughly 40 million years—of herbivorous ancestors that is shared with living primates...If we look at the totality of human evolution we find that our lineage has not only survived, but thrived on a plant-based fare."

Read the source article with more details on HuffingtonPost.com.

Dangerous and False Claims of The Milk Industry

on Wednesday, 15 March 2017. Posted in News

Dangerous and False Claims of The Milk Industry

For as long as probably most of us can remember commercials, billboards, and TV advertisements have relentlessly touted the health benefits of drinking milk—most notably related to our bone health. However science has shown us that this is utterly not the case. "...a new study published in the British Medical Journal affirms growing suspicions that...calcium supplements and high dairy intake aren't just futile [but detrimental]", notes an article highlighting the results on news source Munchies. Additionally, "...[there is] a positive correlation between high milk consumption and mortality, as well as a higher incidence of bone fracture among women who consumed the most milk." 

Read more about this news piece on NBCNews.com.

Meat Banned From Official German Functions, Related to the Environment

on Wednesday, 01 March 2017. Posted in News

Meat Banned From Official German Functions, Related to the Environment

Official meetings and events hosted by the Ministry of Environment in Germany will no longer be serving or offering meat. Last week Germany's environment minister, Barbara Hendricks, announced that—due to environmental reasons—meat shall be banned from any functions associated with the Ministry of Environment. This is a huge step and even bigger statement coming from a country that is well known for its schnitzels and sausages. However with the science-based evidence linking climate change to animal agriculture as well as water and land degradation, this is an important move to make. Thanks for setting such a positive and forward-thinking example, Germany!


Check out the source article on ThinkProgress.org.
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Oakland, California Schools Go Plant-Based

on Thursday, 23 February 2017. Posted in Inspiration, News

Oakland, California Schools Go Plant-Based

As the topic of global warming continues to be at the forefront of discussions around the health of our planet, Oakland, California area schools have agreed to do something about it. In partnership with Friends of the Earth (FOE) an environmental group, Oakland Unified School District is taking action by reducing the meat and dairy on the school menus, and focusing more on plant-based options. "FOE says total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the school lunch program declined by 14 percent...If every school district in the U.S. followed Oakland, the reduced CO2 emissions would be equal to removing 150,000 cars from the roads," notes The DailyCaller. In addition to being better for the planet, the plant-based meals are healthier for the kids as well.  

Check out the full article on DailyCaller.com.

Suing the USDA for The Animals

on Wednesday, 22 February 2017. Posted in News

Suing the USDA for The Animals

It is unquestionably a unique and unusual time in the United States right now. The removal of animal welfare records from the USDA's public website fits in with one of the many decisions that has us scratching our head lately. In response to this, many groups,including Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), Born Free USA, Beagle Freedom Project,  MSPCA-Angell, PETA, and Harvard Animal Law & Policy Fellow Delcianna Winders have filed a lawsuit against the USDA, to restore the records. Per VegNews, "The lawsuit alleges that the USDA violated the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) which requires federal agencies to make all records released under FOIA electronically available to the public." It could take more than 200 days to get a response.

Learn more about what is going on with this on VegNews.com.

Beef Industry Hurt by Millennials

on Wednesday, 15 February 2017. Posted in News

Beef Industry Hurt by Millennials

Kentucky area cow farmers have been experiencing a major drop in beef cow meat sales over the past couple of years. The industry has gone from turning a $1 billion profit to hardly breaking even. In an effort to find out what has caused the change in sales Kentucky New Era media outlet partnered with researchers at Western Kentucky University to survey people between the ages of 18 and 25, "which revealed a paradigm shift in the millennial population's perception of meat," notes VegNews.com. It was revealed that negative media about the meat and dairy industries has impacted millennial's decision to buy and consume animal products. "The urban millennial's perception of beef is hazy, at best...These are the young men and women that will be the next cosumers," said Stephen Green, cattle farmer and lead researcher. 

Read the original article review on KentuckyNewEra.com.
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Ethical Eggs Are Simply Not Real - The Guardian

on Wednesday, 08 February 2017. Posted in News

Ethical Eggs Are Simply Not Real - The Guardian

In an effort to make continued sales of chicken's eggs sustainable for those profiting from it, the idea of "free-range" and "humane" practices came into play. These labels have been around for some time now but surely we can agree that any industry that involves beak burning and killing off of baby male chicks is far from cruelty-free. An article recently published in The Guardian explores how consumers are being misled in order to make buying eggs easier. "When it comes to eggs labeled "free-range," the hens involved in their production are often tightly confined, routinely have their beaks trimmed without anesthesia, and are kept in conditions that force them to lay 500 eggs annually—whereas they would only lay 20 in the wild," notes coverage of the piece on VegNews.com

Read more from the op-ed piece on TheGuardian.com.

Forbes on Climate Change: Go Vegan

on Wednesday, 01 February 2017. Posted in News

Forbes on Climate Change: Go Vegan

f there is one thing that has come to light in the past week alone—in relation to the current political climate—it is that the government may not prioritize or take seriously the issue of climate change. In a recent article published on Forbes.com, contributor Jeff McMahon states loudly something that we as a whole are coming to learn is true: "voting" with our money andnot supporting the meat and dairy industries is a key and simple action we can take to help the environment. "The share of greenhouse gas emissions from animal agriculture is usually pegged at 14.5 percent to 18 percent, but the Worldwatch Institute found lots of oversights in those calculations that, when properly counted, bring the ag contribution all the way up to 51 percent," per the article. That is more than half! Further, as the article states, refusing to eat meat and dairy "will be the most important action you can take." 

Read '9 Things You Can Do About Climate Change' on Forbes.com.

Animal Ag Causing Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs in Humans

on Wednesday, 25 January 2017. Posted in News

Animal Ag Causing Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs in Humans

It is likely true that many of us have over the years been made aware how animal agriculture is harmful to the planet as a whole. Aside from being a leading cause of global warming, it turns out raising and slaughtering animals for mass human consumption is also contributing to the creation of antibiotic resistant "superbugs" in humans. Stephen Hinchliffe, Author of Pathological Lives and professor at England's University of Exeter said, "as any epidemiologist will tell you, a microbe can only become deadly or pathogenic if there is the right environment and host conditions...Bird[s raised for food] numbers and altered bodies have, in short, made the planet more 'infectable.'" In short, as VegNews put it, "...animal agriculture is perpetuating the spread of epidemics amongst humans." 

Read the full report and feature on Phys.org.

Ringling Bros. Circus Closing Down For Good

on Wednesday, 18 January 2017. Posted in News

Ringling Bros. Circus Closing Down For Good

After being operational for 146 years Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will finally shut down for good, this coming May. The traveling show has experienced major drops in ticket sales over the past year in particular and even stopped including elephants in their shows in 2016. This has been due in large part to more awareness, from activists, articles, and protests, about how the animals are being treated and used in such an environment. If there was ever a question of "Does our voice really count? Can we really make a difference?" this should prove that in fact, it does. Let's keep working together to create positive and lasting changes for those who cannot speak for themselves. 

Read more about this in the source article on VegNews.com.

Trending This Year: Cruelty-Free Meats

on Wednesday, 11 January 2017. Posted in News

Trending This Year: Cruelty-Free Meats

Highly regarded media company, Condé Nast has announced that vegan meats will be a top food trend for 2017. "According to the influential annual report from culinary consultants Baum + Whiteman [which incorporated many pieces put together by data analyst companies], we can expect more mind-bending meat-free foods in the coming year," said writer Jessica Walker. In addition to the already thousands of vegan and vegetarian restaurants worldwide, it is predicted that more and more omni restaurants will be adding meat-free items to their menus as well.

Read the New Food Trends article on CNTraveler.com.

Chicken Viruses & Human Cancers

on Wednesday, 04 January 2017. Posted in Health, News

Chicken Viruses & Human Cancers

In one of Dr. Michael Greger's recent videos exploring some published scientific studies, he dives into the question of why incidents of cancers have been on the rise for the last half century. Sharing his latest findings, via his popular YouTube series, Greger points out that up to 20 percent of all cancers are caused by infectious agents and that "researchers used DNA testing techniques to test the blood of about 200 people who [work in the chicken meat production industries]...and 20 percent had viral DNA in their blood." Further studies and results found that some poultry viruses—transferred from the bird—increased risk of dying from several cancers. This was found to be the case for those who handle farmed chickens as well as those who work in supermarket and the general population as well.

Watch the video and learn more at NutritionFacts.org.

New UK Shopping Behaviors Impacting Meat Sales

on Wednesday, 28 December 2016. Posted in News

New UK Shopping Behaviors Impacting Meat Sales

With continuous worldwide reports and studies being released about the dangers of consuming animal products it is no surprise that The Grocer's (a trade magazine) recent product survey declared some pretty hefty changes in the shopping habits of residents in the United Kingdom. Per the source article, VegNews.com, "...nationwide sales of all meat products have plummeted by €327.8 million ($405.4 million)...accounting for the largest decrease in the sector. For comparison, the report revealed that the sale of cigarettes fell by €210.7 million ($260.6 million);" they are getting ride of meat fast than smoking cigarettes! These global reports are important as we continue to see a shift toward more health conscious and compassionate living.

See the report and learn more on TheGrocer.co.uk.

(Photo by HuffingtonPost)

Meat & Multiple Sclerosis

on Wednesday, 21 December 2016. Posted in News

Meat & Multiple Sclerosis

While historically it has been difficult to conduct effective studies related to multiple sclerosis—due to inadequate control groups—a new study has made some progress and published its results. This month's issue of Nature (a scientific journal) included a paper by science writer, Sujata Gupta. The paper talked of the results of a one year long study with 61 multiple sclerosis patients who followed The McDougall Diet. As such, each participant experienced lower fatigue rates when eating a plant-based diet. Per the source article on VegNews.com, "In recent years, multiple studies have proven plant-based diets effectively ease the pain associated with type 2 diabetes and lower the risk of heart disease, obesity, and certain types of cancer," as well.

Read the original paper by Gupta on Nature.com.

New Plant-Based TV Show: The Big Fat Truth (April 2017)

on Thursday, 15 December 2016. Posted in Inspiration, News

New Plant-Based TV Show: The Big Fat Truth (April 2017)

You may have heard of TV shows like The Biggest Loser, Bar Rescue, and Extreme Weight Loss but did you know that the producer of these shows is vegan? And that he has decided to launch a plant-based version of the famed, The Biggest LoserThe Big Fat Truth will aim to have participants eat a plant-based diet—while under the watchful eye of the amazing Dr. Michael Greger. In an interview with VegNews, Roth said, "a group of six diabetic participants featured on the show completely ceased taking medication after the initial 10-day, plant-based transition—just from eating plants!" The show is set to air in April 2017 on the Z Living network. Plant-based TV shows by 'big deal' producers? Yes please!

Read the source article on VegNews.com.

Lung Cancer & Slaughterhouse Workers

on Wednesday, 14 December 2016. Posted in News

Lung Cancer & Slaughterhouse Workers

In order to determine what causes lung cancer, among people who do not smoke, Nobel Prize winner, Harald Zur Hausen, MD has been studying and recently released new findings. He gave a presentation at the World Conference on Lung Cancer in Austria noting that "exposure to meat pathogens increases risk of rare forms of lung cancer," noted the source piece fromVegNews.com. The article goes on, "His findings indicate that slaughterhouse workers, butchers, and others exposed to animal carcasses, inhale oncogenic viruses—or viruses that can lead to cancer cell formation." In fact, just last year, the World Health Organization noted that processed meat is just as bad as tobacco, classifying it into the same carcinogenic category.  

Read more about Hausen's research on CancerTherapyAdvisor.com.

Plants Better for Cancer Recovery

on Wednesday, 07 December 2016. Posted in News

Plants Better for Cancer Recovery

The results of a prostate cancer study, focused on 32 men undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, found that eating a plant-based diet and exercise improved their quality of life and health. The study results were shared at the American Institute for Cancer Research's at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. "In addition to reporting on overall improvement in their quality of life, after the three-month study period the men on the plant-based diet were able to walk one-quarter mile up to four times faster than the control group. Plant-based patients also lost an average of four pounds, while the control group gained one-percent body fat." notes the source article on VegNews.com. 

See more about this study at RenalAndUrologyNews.com.

78% of Chicken Sold in England Contains E. Coli

on Wednesday, 30 November 2016. Posted in News

78% of Chicken Sold in England Contains E. Coli

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Public Health in England recently complete a comprehensive study wherein the results showed that more than half of the chicken sold in British stores contained the strain of E. Coli resistant to antibiotics. "Inappropriate antibiotic use in the farming sector is known to contribute to the development of drug-resistant infections," said Dr. Mark Holmes, England's Chief Medical Officer. He continued, "If they end up developing sepsis or a urinary tract infection, they may well find they have a bug that is resistant to the first-choice antibiotic... [this] is the biggest threat to modern medicine." Even though this particular study was carried out in England, the U.S. farming industry is well known for these practices as well.

Read more about this discovery at DailyMail.co.uk.

Predicted Annual Growth for Vegan Packaged Products!

on Wednesday, 23 November 2016. Posted in News

Predicted Annual Growth for Vegan Packaged Products!

As the environmental impacts of farming animals comes more into focus, health implications of consuming products made of animals more known, and people generally being more in tune with animal cruelty and welfare concerns, it is no surprise to hear that a recent market report by Technavio research firm found vegan packaged goods will experience an 11 percent annual growth rate between 2016 and 2020. "A new wave of consumers, especially millennials aged between 20 and 34 years, prefer vegan foods, owing to their concern toward animal welfare and environment-friendly food products," said Manjunath Reddy, the lead analyst at Technavio. This is not the first we have heard of trending and growth prediction in vegan goods! How wonderful and exciting it is to be vegan these days!

Read more about the report on BusinessWire.com.

Animal Rights & The Election

on Wednesday, 16 November 2016. Posted in News

Animal Rights & The Election

Massachusetts voters have elected to gestation crates for pigs, veal crates for calves, and battery cages for hens; and makes it illegal to sell animal products that are obtained using confinement methods. "Question 3's gargantuan passage in Massachusetts [with 71 percent of voters in favor of the measure] sends the strongest signal yet that the era of cage confinement of farm animals is coming to an end," said Paul Shapiro, of HSUS. And more than 60 percent of voters in Oklahoma voted no on Question 777 (the right to farm proposal)—which addressed unregulated farming practices. Even though we would much rather be reporting on the freedom of all animals, it is reassuring (in some ways) to see that slowly but surely majorities are beginning to understand that the ways in which we use and treat animals is simply not okay.

Read more from the source article on VegNews.com.

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