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10 Reasons to Avoid GMOs

1. GMOs are unhealthy.

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) urges doctors to prescribe non-GMO diets for all patients. They cite animal studies showing organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune system disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility. Human studies show how genetically modified (GM) food can leave material behind inside us, possibly causing long-term problems. Genes inserted into GM soy, for example, can transfer into the DNA of bacteria living inside us, and that the toxic insecticide produced by GM corn was found in the blood of pregnant women and their unborn fetuses.

Numerous health problems increased after GMOs were introduced in 1996. The percentage of Americans with three or more chronic illnesses jumped from 7% to 13% in just 9 years; food allergies skyrocketed, and disorders such as autism, reproductive disorders, digestive problems, and others are on the rise. Although there is not sufficient research to confirm that GMOs are a contributing factor, doctors groups such as the AAEM tell us not to wait before we start protecting ourselves, and especially our children who are most at risk.

The American Public Health Association and American Nurses Association are among many medical groups that condemn the use of GM bovine growth hormone, because the milk from treated cows has more of the hormone IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor 1)--which is linked to cancer.

2. GMOs contaminate--forever.

GMOs cross pollinate and their seeds can travel. It is impossible to fully clean up our contaminated gene pool. Self-propagating GMO pollution will outlast the effects of global warming and nuclear waste. The potential impact is huge, threatening the health of future generations. GMO contamination has also caused economic losses for organic and non-GMO farmers who often struggle to keep their crops pure.

3. GMOs increase herbicide use.

Most GM crops are engineered to be "herbicide tolerant"--they deadly weed killer. Monsanto, for example, sells Roundup Ready crops, designed to survive applications of their Roundup herbicide.

Between 1996 and 2008, US farmers sprayed an extra 383 million pounds of herbicide on GMOs. Overuse of Roundup results in "superweeds," resistant to the herbicide. This is causing farmers to use even more toxic herbicides every year. Not only does this create environmental harm, GM foods contain higher residues of toxic herbicides. Roundup, for example, is linked with sterility, hormone disruption, birth defects, and cancer.

4. Genetic engineering creates dangerous side effects.

By mixing genes from totally unrelated species, genetic engineering unleashes a host of unpredictable side effects. Moreover, irrespective of the type of genes that are inserted, the very process of creating a GM plant can result in massive collateral damage that produces new toxins, allergens, carcinogens, and nutritional deficiencies.

5. Government oversight is dangerously lax.

Most of the health and environmental risks of GMOs are ignored by governments' superficial regulations and safety assessments. The reason for this tragedy is largely political. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for example, doesn't require a single safety study, does not mandate labeling of GMOs, and allows companies to put their GM foods onto the market without even notifying the agency. Their justification was the claim that they had no information showing that GM foods were substantially different. But this was a lie. Secret agency memos made public by a lawsuit show that the overwhelming consensus even among the FDA's own scientists was that GMOs can create unpredictable, hard-to-detect side effects. They urged long-term safety studies. But the White House had instructed the FDA to promote biotechnology, and the agency official in charge of policy was Michael Taylor, Monsanto's former attorney, later their vice president. He's now the US Food Safety Czar.

6. The biotech industry uses "tobacco science" to claim product safety.

Biotech companies like Monsanto told us that Agent Orange, PCBs, and DDT were safe. They are now using the same type of superficial, rigged research to try and convince us that GMOs are safe. Independent scientists, however, have caught the spin-masters red-handed, demonstrating without doubt how industry-funded research is designed to avoid finding problems, and how adverse findings are distorted or denied.

7. Independent research and reporting is attacked and suppressed.

Scientists who discover problems with GMOs have been attacked, gagged, fired, threatened, and denied funding. The journal Nature acknowledged that a "large block of scientists . . . denigrate research by other legitimate scientists in a knee-jerk, partisan, emotional way that is not helpful in advancing knowledge." Attempts by media to expose problems are also often censored.

8. GMOs harm the environment.

GM crops and their associated herbicides can harm birds, insects, amphibians, marine ecosystems, and soil organisms. They reduce bio-diversity, pollute water resources, and are unsustainable. For example, GM crops are eliminating habitat for monarch butterflies, whose populations are down 50% in the US. Roundup herbicide has been shown to cause birth defects in amphibians, embryonic deaths and endocrine disruptions, and organ damage in animals even at very low doses. GM canola has been found growing wild in North Dakota and California, threatening to pass on its herbicide tolerant genes on to weeds.

9. GMOs do not increase yields, and work against feeding a hungry world.

Whereas sustainable non-GMO agricultural methods used in developing countries have conclusively resulted in yield increases of 79% and higher, GMOs do not, on average, increase yields at all. This was evident in the Union of Concerned Scientists' 2009 report Failure to Yield--the definitive study to date on GM crops and yield.

The International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) report, authored by more than 400 scientists and backed by 58 governments, stated that GM crop yields were "highly variable" and in some cases, "yields declined." The report noted, "Assessment of the technology lags behind its development, information is anecdotal and contradictory, and uncertainty about possible benefits and damage is unavoidable." They determined that the current GMOs have nothing to offer the goals of reducing hunger and poverty, improving nutrition, health and rural livelihoods, and facilitating social and environmental sustainability. On the contrary, GMOs divert money and resources that would otherwise be spent on more safe, reliable, and appropriate technologies.

10. By avoiding GMOs, you contribute to the coming tipping point of consumer rejection, forcing them out of our food supply.

Because GMOs give no consumer benefits, if even a small percentage of us start rejecting brands that contain them, GM ingredients will become a marketing liability. Food companies will kick them out. In Europe, for example, the tipping point was achieved in 1999, just after a high profile GMO safety scandal hit the papers and alerted citizens to the potential dangers. In the US, a consumer rebellion against GM bovine growth hormone has also reached a tipping point, kicked the cow drug out of dairy products by Wal-Mart, Starbucks, Dannon, Yoplait, and most of America's dairies.

Source: Institute for Responsible Technology

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COP 19 and Climate Change:
The Path to Resolution

by Dr. Richard Oppenlander

What we choose to eat is destroying our planet. Comfortably Unaware is a dire message of how we need to become aware of the impact our food choices have throughout the world and on our future. Perhaps the most critical timeline we face, regarding our survival as a species, is that of climate change. Every aspect of global depletion has a timeline. It's not really a question of if we will run out of certain vital resources or environment that sustains us... it's WHEN.    >> MORE

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Dr. Richard Oppenlander

Read an exclusive EVEN interview HERE with Dr. Richard Oppenlander, Researcher, Author, Consultant, Lecturer

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Livestock and Climate Change

Why consumption of animal-sourced food products (even from grass-fed livestock) must be drastically reduced as part of any viable climate solution. Review the following:

Conclusion/Recommendation -
minimize animal-sourced foods

>> More Here

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Why I Love Vegans

by Sun, Co-Founder of Gentle World

I love vegans, first and foremost, for their heightened sense of justice and compassion, in choosing to avoid, as far as possible, products and businesses that exploit anyone's body, in any way, for any reason.

Akin to abolitionists of human slavery who believe that it is morally wrong to force living, breathing human beings into slavery, vegans have taken that belief one step further, by including living, breathing non-human beings... and for this, I love them even more.

When I look out into our sad, mad world, in which the laws of all lands perpetuate the slavery of animals, I see the violence and cruelty such prejudice breeds. I see the terrifying plight of its victims. I see the unbearable burden it places on the collective conscience of humanity. And I am heavy-hearted.

Then, I turn my gaze to the horizon, and my heart is lifted at the sight of the rising tide of vegans... each one living proof that it's possible for human beings to evolve their nature from that of predator to one of protector.

By rising above their desire for all products of oppression, these otherwise ordinary people have made the extraordinary decision to free their slaves, thereby striking not merely at one oppressor, but at the roots of the whole rotten business of slavery.

I ask you... How can any lover of justice not love anyone who has the integrity to stand with the tiny minority who are willing to free the lowliest of slaves, considered by the vast majority so insignificant as to be expendable?

Vegans recognize the inherent right of every animal, human or otherwise, to be the sole owner of his or her body, and they acknowledge our ethical responsibility to treat every body with respect and even reverence for the mystery that gives them life.

Without the need for holy books, rituals, prayers, or obedience to anyone or anything beyond their understanding, simply by listening to the one voice inside them that they do understand, vegans know, as everyone with a conscience knows, that slavery is wrong... whoever be the slave and whoever be the master.

I love vegans for being the most powerful force I see for the evolution of our species, because until we, the people, are willing to free our animal slaves, our own higher nature will remain enslaved.

Source: Gentle World

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It's Not About Losing Weight,
It's About Gaining Health

Joani and Mark - Sick, overweight vegetarians switch to starch-based diet.


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The Language of Normalizing Animal Commodities

by Free from Harm

The modern animal-using industries and the scientific research engine behind it celebrate the biological and genetic manipulation of chickens and other animals for the sole purpose of rendering their eggs, secretions and flesh more marketable and profitable.

...It's easy to see how one could be fooled into believing that animals are commodities instead of animals after being indoctrinated into their worldview.

>> Read More

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The World's First Vegan Egg Yolk---
No cruelty, no cholesterol, all delicious!

A brand new incredible, edible egg-free product has just hit the market, making vegan eating even easier and tastier than ever before. The Vegg is a versatile egg yolk replacer that can be used (instead of eggs) in a wide range of recipes, and you can even use it straight as a liquid "yolk" for dipping toast. In fact, it looks, smells, and even tastes like eggs - but without all the cruelty.

Using The Vegg, now you can easily whip up "egg" noodles, French toast, custard, pan frittata, Hollandaise sauce, and so much more. It's also ideal as a liquid base when breading foods for frying.

The Vegg is all-vegan, which is great news for the more than 250 million egg-laying hens in the US, most of whom spend their lives intensively confined inside barren wire cages. And since it's made using 100% plant-based ingredients -- fortified nutritional yeast (dry yeast, niacin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, thiamin hydrochloride, folic acid, B12), sodium alginate, black sea salt, beta carotene -- it's also 100% cholesterol-free, which makes it heart-healthy, too.

By Erica Meier
Compassion Over Killing
March 1, 2012

[Plus, every time you buy The Vegg, you can have an even greater positive impact because 10% of sales will be donated to Compassion Over Killing.]

THE VEGG Facebook Page

THE VEGG Website (International Locations, Recipes, Packaging Label and Tips)

"The Vegg is amazing! It looks, tastes, and feels just like an egg yolk." - Karen Davis, United Poultry Concerns

Don't Just Switch from Beef to Chicken.
Get The Vegan Vegg Yolk into Your Kitchen!

Find The Vegg at Amazon, Vegan Essentials and use this link. http://thevegg.com/store-locator/

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Priscilla Feral

Read an exclusive EVEN interview HERE with Priscella Feral, President, Friends of Animals

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Bad News for HBO and the American Humane Association

by Michelle Kretzer

The network tried to make the insider lawsuit against it quietly go away, but the ghosts of more dead horses are coming back to haunt it.

Because of the conflict of interest that results from the fact that the AHA is supported by the film and television industry, the trademark "no animals harmed" assurances seem to be little more than empty promises. The only truly cruelty-free films are those in which no animals are used, period.

>> More photos here

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The USDA: Working Hard for Animal Abusers (Infographic)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is slacking. The agency is responsible for enforcing the Animal Welfare Act, the only federal law that protects animals used for entertainment. But despite the countless animals depending on its vigilance and action, the USDA has been silent and indecisive.

Please e-mail Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack at tom.vilsack@usda.gov now and tell him that that he must act to ensure that the USDA takes meaningful enforcement action that deters AWA violations, rather than coddling abusive exhibitors who consider animals' pain and suffering a mere "cost of business."

>> More info here

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Animal Rights:
The Abolitionist Approach

...and Abolition Means Veganism!
by Gary Francione

Provides a clear statement of an approach to animal rights that (1) promotes the abolition of animal exploitation and rejects the regulation of animal exploitation; (2) is based only on animal sentience and no other cognitive characteristic, (3) regards veganism as the moral baseline of the animal rights position; and (4) rejects all violence and promotes activism in the form of creative, non-violent vegan education.

The moral baseline of an animal rights movement is veganism. >>MORE

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Meat-Free Zone - Vegan

We are all familiar with Smoke-Free Zones. Now we can look forward to Meat-Free Zones, too!

Put Meat-Free Zone signs up in your homes and workplaces and spread them to all the vegetarian and vegan restaurants that you know and frequent. >>MORE

Also, check out Meat-Free Zone's excellent archive of health articles.

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by Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MD

Eating to Live (excerpt)

...The cost of this [heart disease] epidemic is enormous—greater, by far, than that of any other disease. The United States spends more than $250 billion a year on heart disease. That's about the same amount the nation spent on the first two and half years of its military venture in Iraq, and fully twice as much as the federal government allocates annually for all research and development—including R&D for defense and national security.

...nearly all of that money is devoted to treating symptoms. It pays for cardiac drugs, for clot-dissolving medications, and for costly mechanical techniques that bypass clogged arteries or widen them with balloons, tiny rotating knives, lasers, and stents. All of these approaches carry significant risk of serious complications, including death.

I believe that we in the medical profession have taken the wrong course...

I believe that coronary artery disease is preventable, and that even after it is underway, its progress can be stopped, its insidious effects reversed...

I believe, and my work over the past twenty years has demonstrated, that all this can be accomplished without expensive mechanical intervention and with minimal use of drugs.

The key lies in nutrition —specifically, in abandoning the toxic American diet and maintaining cholesterol levels well below those historically recommended by health policy experts.

Read full Chapter 1 excerpt here.

Watch videos of Dr. Esselstyn including a full 1-hour presentation.

CNN Special Report - "The Last Heart Attack"

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Tom Regan

Read an exclusive EVEN interview HERE with Tom Regan, Professor, Author, Animal Rights Activist

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Essential Fatty Acids

by Dr. Neal Barnard
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Essential Fatty Acid Basics - The body can synthesize some of the fats it needs from the foods you eat. However, two essential fatty acids cannot be synthesized in the body and can be taken in the diet from plant foods. Their names—linolenic and linoleic acid—are not important. What is important is that these basic fats are used to build specialized fats called omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are important in the normal functioning of all tissues of the body. Deficiencies are responsible for a host of symptoms and disorders including abnormalities in the liver and kidney, changes in the blood, reduced growth rates, decreased immune function, depression, and skin changes, including dryness and scaliness. Adequate intake of the essential fatty acids results in numerous health benefits. >> MORE

Photos (clockwise): Walnuts, Flaxseeds, Mung Beans, Soybeans

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Diabetes - Diet vs Drugs

by Dr. John McDougall

Elevated blood sugar is the hallmark of diabetes, but even more feared than the sugar should be the complications – heart attacks, kidney failure, loss of vision, etc. – that follow within a few years after diagnosis.

Type-1 diabetes is due to destruction of the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas (in many cases this permanent damage is from an autoimmune reaction involving cow's milk). Type-1 diabetes is not curable (insulin therapy is required), but risk of complications can be greatly reduced with the McDougall Program.

Type-2 diabetes is due to overnutrition from the rich Western diet – medication is not required and is usually inadvisable. The McDougall Program cures this form of type-2 diabetes by correcting the malnutrition with a plant-food based diet and exercise – and associated weight loss.


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[Editor's Note: I personally believe that a tree is PRICELESS! But if one must quantify a tree's value in dollars and cents, then let it be a good reminder to all to recognize the essential miracle inherent in every tree's existence. Perhaps if each timber and logging company who believe they "own" a tree, but do not, were charged this amount for each tree they killed, it might slow down their chainsaws. - LS]

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Speciesism: The Movie

Synopsis - Modern farms are struggling to keep a secret. Most of the animals used for food in the United States are raised in giant, bizarre factories, hidden deep in remote areas of the countryside. Speciesism: The Movie director Mark Devries set out to investigate. The documentary takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure, crawling through the bushes that hide these factories, flying in airplanes above their toxic "manure lagoons," and coming face-to-face with their owners.

But this is just the beginning. In 1975, a young writer published a book arguing that no justifications exist for considering humans more important than members of other species. It slowly began to gain attention. Today, a quickly growing number of prominent individuals and political activists are adopting its conclusions. They have termed the assumption of human superiority speciesism. And, as a result, they rank these animal factories among the greatest evils in our history. Speciesism: The Movie brings viewers face-to-face with the leaders of this developing movement, and, for the first time ever on film, fully examines the purpose of what they are setting out to do.

The world premiere of Speciesism: The Movie will take place on September 18, 2013 in New York City. Regional premieres will then be held in major cities around the United States, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington, DC.

Learn more and watch the trailer here.

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Victoria Moran

Read an exclusive EVEN interview HERE with Victoria Moran Author, Main Street Vegan and Director, Main Street Vegan Academy

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The Paleo Diet Is Uncivilized
(And Unhealthy and Untrue)

by Dr. John McDougall

Low-carbohydrate (low-carb) diets are fueling the destruction of human health and our planet Earth. "Low-carbohydrate" means a diet high in animal foods and low in plant foods. Only plants synthesize carbohydrates (sugars). The body parts of animals, including red meat, poultry, seafood, and fish, and eggs, contain no carbohydrates. Animal secretions (like mammalian milk) contain sugars synthesized by plants (the cow eats the grass that made the sugar). The original Atkins Diet is the ultimate in low-carb eating. This diet works by starving the human body of carbohydrates in order to induce a state of illness (ketosis), which can result in weight loss. People become too sick to eat too much.

In an attempt to remedy the obvious harms to human health caused by very low-carb eating, apologists (including the Atkins Nutritionals) have added fruits and non-starchy vegetables to their programs. This effort is supposed to disguise, and compensate for, the unhealthy effects of consuming animal foods at every meal.

The Paleo Diet: The Newest Promoter of Eating the Planet and Its Inhabitants to Death >> MORE

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Vegetarian to Vegan

A Presentation by Sarah Taylor, MBA

•  Why did you go vegetarian in the first place?

•  How did you transition from vegetarian to vegan?

Watch Here

Source: Vegetarian Society of Hawaii
See more FREE excellent presentations here.

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Why is Raising Animals for Food
So Inefficient?

• Do you know how much land is used to raise animals for food?

• How much water?

• The impact on our environment?

(Source: Culinary Schools.org)

To put things in even more perspective:
It has become apparent that the human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future—deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities, and the spread of disease. - The Worldwatch Institute

Livestock & Climate-Change
WorldWatch Magazine

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Jobs/Opportunities That
Contribute to the Greater Good

by Kitty Jones
Vegetarian Resource Group Intern

Look through some of these jobs to help you explore career paths and what course of study/experience you need to pursue to obtain jobs which interest you.

[Note: This link gives contact info to help you locate those groups with worthy causes relating to Animals, Environment, Food Justice, Social Justice/Civil Rights, Wildlife and more. Not just for students. Excellent information available here to educate and uplift and guide.]

Read more

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Philosophic Vegetarianism:
Acting Affirmatively for Peace

by Karen Davis, United Poultry Concerns

The plea for ethical veganism, which rejects the treatment of birds and other animals as a food source, is not rooted in arid adherence to diet or dogma, but in the desire to eliminate the kinds of experiences that using animals for food confers upon beings with feelings.

Historically, ethical vegetarianism has rejected the eating of an animal's muscle tissue, or "meat," as this requires killing an animal specifically for the purpose of consumption. The ethical vegetarian regards killing an unoffending creature simply to please one's palate and conform to society with revulsion and likewise disdains premeditating the premature death of an animal.

Thus, Plutarch mourned that "But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh we deprive a soul of the sun and light, and of that proportion of life and time it had been born into the world to enjoy." Read Full Story

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Brian P. McCarthy

Vegan Cookbook Author - Instructor - Chef

Read an exclusive EVEN interview HERE with Vegan Chef, Brian P. McCarthy.

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Animals Deserve Absolute Protection
Today and Tomorrow (ADAPTT)

ADAPTT believes that all animals have an inherent right to be free and live completely unfettered by human dominance. Sadly, most humans continue to embrace animal slavery, animal torture, and animal murder. Billions of animals are killed every year in a premeditated, systematic massacre. Remember, without universal equality, one type of equality will always create another type of inequality.

Click Here to watch

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Betty Goes Vegan

500 Classic Recipes for the Modern Family
by Annie and Dan Shannon

Betty Goes Vegan is a comprehensive guide to creating delicious meals for today's vegan family. This must-have cookbook features recipes inspired by The Betty Crocker Cookbook, as well as hundreds of original, never-before-seen recipes sure to please even meat-eaters. It also offers insight into why Betty Crocker has been an icon in American cooking for so long— and why she still represents a certain style of the modern super-woman nearly 100 years after we first met her. With new classics for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert, including omelets, stews, casseroles, and brownies, Betty Goes Vegan is the essential handbook every vegan family needs.

Cheese Sauce (Source: COK's Compassionate Action Magazine #26 - Winter 2012)

• ½ cup (1 stick) vegan margarine
• ½ cup flour
• 3½ cups boiling water
• 1½ tsp. salt
• 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
• 1½ tsp. garlic powder
• 1 tsp. onion powder
• a few dashes of liquid smoke
• pinch of turmeric
• 1½ cups nutritional yeast flakes
• paprika & black pepper, to taste

1. In a saucepan, melt the margarine over low heat, then whisk in the flour.

2. Continue whisking over medium heat until smooth and bubbly.

3. Whisk in the boiling water, salt, soy sauce, liquid smoke, onion powder, garlic powder and turmeric.

4. Add a few dashes of black pepper and paprika to taste. Continue whisking until dissolved.

5. Once thick and bubbling, whisk in nutritional yeast flakes.

Want more? Go here for 10 of the Best 'Betty Goes Vegan' Recipes (Source: PETA)

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The Kimmela Center is devoted to transforming our relationships with other animals from exploitation to respect by combining academic scholarship with animal advocacy. Kimmela offers a unique solution. We are working to become the go-to source of scientific and academic expertise on nonhuman animals, bringing objectivity and credibility to the pressing issues we've identified through four active domains. We are helping to create and support a new professional path for scholars in a variety of academic fields who want to apply their training and expertise to advocacy for nonhuman animals.

Key projects in which the Kimmela Center is currently engaged include:

The Los Angeles Zoo Elephant Case, in which Dr. Marino has served as an expert witness.

The Nonhuman Rights Project, for which The Kimmela Center is providing the scientific expertise, data and guidance for upcoming court cases.

Campaigns against Dolphin and Whale Captivity, in which Dr. Marino has provided expert research and testimony.

Farm Animal Psychology: an early stage project on the psychological capacities of farm animals.

>> Read MORE about The Kimmela Center

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How Do I Start a Vegan/Vegetarian Club at My School?

You may find that at your school there are no existing clubs relating to your interests, and chances are you're not alone! Creating a club at your school is an awesome way to spread awareness of the issues vegan and vegetarian lifestyles aim to address. It's also a fantastic way to meet like-minded people at your school that care about the same matters you do. Having a club can also be a hefty responsibility and it helps to talk to your friends about the idea and try to start a club together. >>MORE

Source: Vegetarian Resource Group

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Will McDonald's Serve
Genetically Modified Fries?

By Monica Eng
Chicago Tribune, June 18, 2013

Ahead of a federal approval decision on genetically engineered potatoes, a national consumer group today launched a campaign that urges McDonald's to refuse to serve genetically engineered fries.

National consumer and environmental group Food & Water Watch is asking the fast food giant to "publicly refuse to source the 'Innate'-brand genetically engineered (GE) potato now up for regulatory approval by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The GE potato developer, J.R. Simplot, currently provides McDonald's with most of the potatoes it uses in its french fries."

This afternoon McDonald's USA told the Tribune in a statement that, "Food biotechnology is allowed and permitted in the U.S. by local and federal government regulatory bodies, including the FDA and USDA." But "Currently, our potato supply does not include genetically engineered potatoes.

"McDonald's USA reviews, on a case-by-case basis, the status of regulatory approvals, customer acceptance, prospective consumer benefits, cost and potential safety and environmental impacts of specific food items as they become available to the market."

Food & Water Watch, which has also been active in the campaign to label genetically engineered food in the U.S. (as it is in much of the industrialized world), says McDonald's support on the issue would be instrumental because, among other things, it is the largest purchaser of potatoes in the U.S. >> MORE

For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's Genetic Engineering page and our Millions Against Monsanto page.

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1. Settling The Soy Controversy

Neal Barnard, M.D., President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Soy products are remarkably versatile. Manufacturers have found ways to turn them into soymilk, veggie burgers, hot dogs, ice cream, yogurt--you name it. One day, they'll probably turn soy into snow tires.

Because soy products are so widely consumed, some people have raised the question as to whether they are safe. The biggest question mark was whether they affect the risk of breast cancer and, for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, whether they would help or harm their chances for survival.

After years of research, science is weighing in. Read what the studies show by clicking here.

2. Power Foods on Ellen DeGeneres Show

Dr. Barnard discusses foods that help you sleep and other Power Foods on the Ellen Show. Watch it here.

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Dr. McDougall's Breaking News Report

Angelina Jolie's Double Mastectomy — People Are Desperate for Change

I have no intention of criticizing the famous actress, Angelina Jolie, for her decision to have both breasts removed in an effort to improve her chances for a longer life. (National headlines on May 15, 2013.) I have treated nearly a thousand people with breast cancer over my 45-year career in medicine. From my experience, I can safely say that she has agonized over this decision. Her radical treatment may have helped her; time will possibly tell.* All we know for sure is that Ms. Jolie has made a great sacrifice today for a theoretical benefit in the very distant future—say one to five decades henceforth.

*If she develops breast cancer then we can assume this prophylactic treatment failed. If the cancer never appears there are two possibilities: one, she may never have been destined to grow, or die of, breast cancer—in this case a double mastectomy would not have been necessary. The other possibility is that the treatment saved her life. Neither disease-free outcome can be proven for her as an individual.

Some important lessons can be learned from her story:

1) Women (and men) are willing to make almost any sacrifice to avoid premature death and suffering. This tells me that the effort required to eat a better diet is no real obstacle. Switching from braised beefsteak to Mary's Tunisian Stew (found in The Starch Solution) is no sacrifice at all—especially when compared to a double mastectomy. Breast, prostate, and colon cancer are due to an unhealthy diet—and so are type-2 diabetes, obesity, and coronary heart disease. Unfortunately, few people are given the information needed to take advantage of a simple, cost-free, dietary solution.

2) Profit drives health messages. One woman's double mastectomy generates more than $50,000 in medical business. Dietary change cuts the food bill in half. People do not save themselves with a healthy diet because no doctors are prescribing it, no hospitals are serving it, and no Fortune 500 companies are selling it.

3) Left unchecked by a few honest doctors, scientists, and politicians, profiteering would lead to medical recommendations to cut a smoker's risk of lung cancer in half by having one lung prophylactically removed (rather than cost-free smoking cessation). Prostate cancer occurs in nearly 100 percent of men by age 80 years. So why not recommend total prostate removal on every man's thirtieth birthday?

4) Sexism is rampant in the medical businesses. Conservative treatment (including a "doing nothing approach" called "watchful waiting") has been a standard recommendation for men with prostate cancer for more than 20 years. Mutilation, has been, and still is, universally recommended for women, even with the slightest hint of pre-cancer of the breast (DCIS). Even those women fortunate enough to avoid breast amputation (a mastectomy), are universally harmed. They are all persuaded into receiving breast, lung, and heart damaging radiation, when a simple (in most cases non-deforming) lumpectomy alone would suffice (even for women with invasive breast cancer).

5) Celebrities have great influence. Ms. Jolie's experience may cause many women to choose radical surgical treatments, but President Bill Clinton's experience with reversing his poor health (and heart disease) by changing his diet sent millions more people towards a very conservative course. We need more positive examples.

6) Shining light on a subject will reveal the truth. With mastectomy back in the headlines, stories should again be told about how more than sixty years of medical research has unarguably shown no survival benefits of mastectomy or lumpectomy with radiation, over a simple removal of the lump. As a result of this science more than 18 states in the US have "informed consent laws" that force physicians to tell women facing breast cancer tests and treatments the facts about the failure (and benefits) of breast cancer treatments. In the state of Hawaii where I helped get the 3rd informed consent law passed in the US, women have also been told by state law since 1982 that they need to change their diet.

I applaud Ms. Jolie for making her story public. I do hope her life has been prolonged by this radical surgery. I would, however, discourage this approach for my patients, because I believe the harms far outweigh the benefits. Irrespective of any decisions about mastectomy, or any other medically prescribed treatments, all women and men need to have the opportunity to benefit from a starch-based diet. In 1984, I performed the first study ever published in a medical journal showing the benefits of a healthy diet for women with breast cancer (the McDougall Diet). Since then, dozens of other scientific papers have come to similar conclusions. Yet, doctors rarely mention the importance of food, as they send their patients off to therapies that they (in fact) know will have disastrous consequences.

For better understanding and scientific support read The McDougall Program for Women and McDougall's Medicine - A Challenging Second Opinion (found in libraries and downloadable from my web store-www.drmcdougall.com). Also see my Hot Topics on breast, prostate, and colon cancer (www.drmcdougall.com).

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MFA Launches New Ad!

Mercy for Animals recently launched a powerful new ad. More consumers than ever before are witnessing the suffering behind every sausage, burger, and wing—encouraging millions to choose compassion over cruelty.

Nathan Runkle, executive director for Mercy For Animals, appeared on ABC's Nightline last Friday to discuss attempts by factory farm interests to pass ag-gag legislation--laws that criminalize hidden-camera investigations by animal protection organizations, silencing whistleblowers and shielding animal abusers from public scrutiny.

The segment featured MFA's Bettencourt Dairies investigation, which uncovered abuse so disturbing it led to criminal animal cruelty charges.

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Bring It On Down to Veganville

Justin Timberlake on Saturday Night Live

"SNL had this vegan-related skit on last Saturday's episode and it's great that it has a positive and fun vegan message! I loved it... it made me happy and I smiled the whole way through! You must watch it... RIGHT NOW. You will be happy you did... and might fall in love with Justin and SNL for doing this! What a delight!" - Alicia Silverstone

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The Mediterranean Diet
Is a Weight-Gainer

The Asian Diet Should Be Our Goal

by Jeff Novick, RD

...Comparing rates of obesity worldwide gives the most compelling clues about the best diets for achieving and maintaining a trim body weight. In Asia, where the bulk of the food is rice, with no dairy foods, and very little meat, fewer than 5 percent of people are obese.

Make nuts and olive oil a focus of eating, i.e. the Mediterranean Diet, and the obesity rates hit 20 percent. In the US and other Western countries, where meat, dairy products, and veg etable oils satisfy people's appetites, overweight and obesity have become the norm. (Obesity is a more severe form of being overweight, which affects nearly two - thirds of Americans.)... >> MORE

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A Well-Fed World

Feeding Families / Saving Animals

A Well-Fed World has just launched a new gift-giving campaign, Feed More International. Instead of giving "gifts" of animals to be used for food, we provide vegetarian/vegan food to communities in Haiti, Ethiopia, Belize, and the U.S..

Find out more about our new campaign and the Dark Side of Heifer International.

Supporters include inspiring activists such as Marianne Williamson, John Robbins, Andrew Harvey, actor Josh Radnor, former U.S. Representative Tony Hall, plus representatives from Save the Children, Oxfam and other organizations who are leading the effort to solve world hunger.

Dawn Moncrief,
Founding Director

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Freya Dinshah

President, American Vegan Society

Read an exclusive EVEN interview HERE with Freya Dinshah, President, American Vegan Society

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Live Vegan

For the Animals, For Your Health, For the Planet

Every animal values his or her own life, and strives to avoid suffering and death. Farmed animals are as capable of feeling pain, sorrow, and affection as dogs and cats.

The most important step one can take to end animal cruelty is to phase animal products out of their food choices.
>> Learn More

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Low-Fat Milk Does Not Prevent or Reverse Childhood Obesity

The choice of low-fat over whole milk does not lower obesity rates in children, according to a new study published in Archives of Disease in Childhood. Researchers examined milk consumption and body weight in 10,700 children at ages 2 and 4 as part of the Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B).

Those children who drank 1 percent or skim milk were more likely to be overweight or obese. The American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendations to choose low-fat milk as a way to manage weight appear ineffective. Although skim milk is somewhat lower in calories, compared with whole milk, it remains highly caloric, similar to soda.

The authors note that milk should not be the only consideration in obesity prevention and suggest other risk factors, such as parental guidance, high-fat diets, and lack of exercise, play important roles.

Scharf RJ, Demmer RT, DeBoer MD. Longitudinal evaluation of milk type consumed and weight status in preschoolers. Arch Dis Child. 2013;0:1-6.

Source: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

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Meat's Not Green

Live Green Go Vegan

The connection between the environment and what—or rather, whom—we eat is undeniable. PETA's video proves that "meat's not green." >> MORE HERE

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Krissi Vandenberg

Executive Director, Vegan Action

Read an exclusive EVEN interview HERE with Vegan Activist, Krissi Vandenberg.

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Got Milk? Don't Need It!

Bad for Us --- Bad for Cows

For years, we've been told that milk does a body good. But does it really? Though touted as the healthier option at home and in restaurants, milk has roughly the same calorie count as soda and 2% milk contains the same amount of saturated fat as french fries. Given these two facts, the correlation between high milk consumption and high rates of Type 1 diabetes and heart disease makes sense.

Even though one-third of Americans are lactose intolerant, the U.S. still consumes nearly 9 times the amount of milk that China does. So why do we drink so much milk? Because cows are making more of it. With the introduction of growth hormones like rBST, milk cows are producing nearly twice as much as they did in 1970.

Milk — bad for us, bad for cows.


[EVEN NOTE: Although anything is better than cow milk, no one actually needs to eat their cereal dry (unless that is preferred). So many delicious non-dairy milk alternatives are available, you can continue to enjoy your cereal and everything else, by switching to almond milk, organic soy milk or organic rice milk. Or any other non-GMO and organic nut and seed milks. Be sure to select those with the fewest additives! Choose the lowest fat, sugar and sodium content. Or make your own!]

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Get Vegucated!

3 People. 6 Weeks. 1 Challenge.

Vegucated is a feature-length documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. There's Brian, the bacon-loving bachelor who eats out all the time, Ellen, the single mom who prefers comedy to cooking, and Tesla, the college student who avoids vegetables and bans beans.

They have no idea that so much more than steak is at stake and that the fate of the world may fall on their plates. Lured with true tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover hidden sides of animal agriculture and soon start to wonder whether solutions offered in films like Food, Inc. go far enough. Before long, they find themselves risking everything to expose an industry they supported just weeks before. >> Watch Trailer Here

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30 Activities Your High School Vegetarian Group Can Do

by Shelby Jackson
Vegetarian Resource Group Intern

Starting a vegetarian club in high school is a powerful way to spread the word about the nutritional benefits, animal rights issues and the ecological advantages of vegetarianism. Bringing together individuals with similar ideas and interests makes advocating more enjoyable and productive. When it comes to activism, numbers are important. Every person brings something new and different to the table. Having a multitude of diverse perspectives and skills is valuable when it comes to formulating and executing successful advocacy efforts....

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A Well-Fed World

Feeding Families, Saving Animals

A Well-Fed World is a hunger relief and animal protection organization based in Washington, DC. helping to distribute vegan food to those in need. We work to provide immediate assistance to people and animals, as well as reform practices to produce long-term results.

And we provide issue-based research and fact sheets on broad spectrum of related topics for the general public and decision-makers.

Mending our food system is a crucial part of solving the world's most destructive and persistent problems. Fortunately, the foods that promote health and well-being are the same foods that conserve scarce resources to better feed the world, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting the environment.

Eating Green & Eating Well =

You have the power! Learn what you can do every day at every meal to make choices that improve our health and the health of our planet.

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Vegan for the Holidays

by Zel Allen

Holidays inspire everyone to cook, even people who rarely step into the kitchen. Who doesn't look forward to special festive meals when joining with friends and family to celebrate? Vegan cooking expert, Zel Allen, demonstrates that plant-based holiday foods are as delicious, innovative, and elegant as their hallowed meat-based counterparts. Vegan for the Holidays establishes modern food traditions with a compassionate focus that everyone can enjoy with guilt-free gusto. >> MORE

Zel Allen partners with her husband, Reuben, to publish Vegetarians in Paradise, a popular online vegetarian magazine that spotlights Zel's humorous illustrations and innovative recipes. She is also author of The Nut Gourmet cookbook and has contributed travel and food articles in the Vegetarian Journal.

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