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Vandana Shiva: Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Forest

The war against the Earth began with this idea of separateness. Its contemporary seeds were sown when the living Earth was transformed into dead matter to facilitate the industrial revolution. Monocultures replaced diversity. “Raw materials” and “dead matter” replaced a vibrant Earth.

May 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Shanna B. Tiayon: Serotonin and the Garden of Good Eating

The garden was literally healing me. The low to mild depression I had been cycling in and out of started to break, and I felt lighter, happier, and more self-accepting.

May 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Linda Ingroia: What Is Mud’s Dirty Little Secret?

It’s a double-edged sword. … The more we put up barriers, the more we reduce our human microbiomes.

April 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Dr. Michael Greger: Treating Depression With Diet And Exercise

Can a combination of an anti-inflammatory diet and aerobic exercise help prevent depression?

April 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: No Vegans Allowed

This Motel decided to ban vegans and their mighty libidos. A mockumentary commisioned by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).  Director: Rodrigo ValdesProducer: Theo BrooksExec Producer: Eric BonniotDirector of … Continue reading

April 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Vegan Kitchen: Eggplant Potato Moussaka with Pine Nut Cream

In this version of a traditional Greek casserole, layers of tender roasted eggplant, potatoes and peas are layered with a sublime cinnamon-scented tomato sauce and topped with velvety, creamy topping … Continue reading

December 29, 2018 · 2 Comments

Helena Norberg-Hodge: Unlike a Globalized Food System, Local Food Won’t Destroy the Environment

Our food system is linked to an economic system that is fundamentally biased against what’s good for people and the planet. If you’re seeking some good news during these troubled … Continue reading

December 13, 2018 · 1 Comment

Kelly Madrone: My Battle With Crohn’s – How Going Plant-Based Gave Me My Life Back

At age 12, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease—an autoimmune disease that affects the digestive system and that, at the time, almost no one had heard of. I had emergency … Continue reading

December 1, 2018 · 3 Comments

Elizabeth Jacobson: The Cows

Now that I have read this story about the cows I think of them at night when I cannot sleep, how they are so still in their grassy field, seemingly … Continue reading

November 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Paleolithic Lessons

. Dr. Michael Greger makes an evolutionary argument for a whole plant-based diet in contrast to “Paleo” fad diets. Email subscribers may click on the title of this post to … Continue reading

October 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: 73 Cows

. A Derbyshire farmer gave his cows to a sanctuary because he could no longer justify killing sentient individuals. 73 Cows is the story of Jay Wilde, a beef farmer who … Continue reading

October 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jessica Corbett: To Save the Planet From Climate Catastrophe, New Study Says Put Down the Damn Meat

Amid fresh warnings from United Nations researchers that there is a closing window to enact the “rapid, far-reaching, and unprecedented” societal changes needed to prevent a climate catastrophe, a new … Continue reading

October 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Steven Nadler: We have an ethical obligation to relieve individual animal suffering

Last winter, unforgettable video footage online showed a starving polar bear, struggling in its Arctic hunting grounds. Because of global warming, the ice was thin and the food supply was … Continue reading

August 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Emily De Ferrari: On Killing Flies with Dr. Seuss

I killed them in the window. I killed them on the door. And when I killed a hundred flies I kept on killing more. Why is my heart so cruel, … Continue reading

August 18, 2018 · 3 Comments

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