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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 · Leave a 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 · 2 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

Joan McGregor: What philosophers have to say about eating meat

WeWork, a co-working and office space company, recently made a company policy not to serve or reimburse meals that include meat. WeWork’s co-founder and chief culture officer, Miguel McKelvey, said … Continue reading

August 9, 2018 · 3 Comments

Korsha Wilson: Cooking Stirs the Pot for Social Change

Preparing food—and letting others cook for us—is a way to become good citizens who engage with the communities around us. . My arms hurt as I walked through Brooklyn on … Continue reading

July 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Tim Radford: Global green vision is do-able, with an effort

Plant-based diets are key to the green vision. Image: By Martin Abeggien, via Wikimedia Commons . The global green vision can become reality, with warming held to 1.5°C. Energy efficiency, … Continue reading

June 29, 2018 · 1 Comment

George Monbiot: Butchery of the Planet

Defending the living world and its people requires a shift from meat to a plant-based diet. Whether human beings survive this century and the next, whether other lifeforms can live … Continue reading

June 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Dr. Michael Greger: Aging

A six-year study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found three behaviors exerted enormous impact on mortality: not currently smoking, consuming a healthier diet, and moderately exercising at … Continue reading

April 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Vegan Kitchen: Parsnip and Apple Soup

This lovely, creamy soup is very soothing and has a great delicate flavor. It’s texture is enhanced by a sprinkling of deep fried parsnip shreds. YIELD:  Makes about 6 cups … Continue reading

March 22, 2018 · 8 Comments

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