James McWilliams on some problems with keeping backyard chickens.
For those without the fortitude to self-slaughter, keeping older hens as companion animals is also an option. This choice, too, has a downsideâ€“one that applies to the chickens while they’re laying as well. Backyard chickens are like fish in a barrel for predators. As a quick perusal of any on-line forum for chicken keepers will attest, chickens frequently fall prey to dogs, hawks, skunks, coyotes, foxes, and, notoriously, raccoons. Owners often declare themselves completely helpless to protect their birds. Forcing chickens into semi-secure locations and inhibiting their natural survival tactics is in the same vein as a hunter loading a feeder with corn and sitting above it in a deer blind. And that’s no way to treat a pet.
My friend Eric Prescott has posted the first five of his I’m Vegan profiles. Eric traveled the country and filmed interviews with vegans from all walks of life. There are many more to come and they’ll all be on Youtube in glorious HD.
It’s frustrating how often I read “What you can do about global warming”-style articles that don’t mention vegetarianism. So I’m happy that Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is now highlighting meat production’s role in climate change in his speeches.
UN data says that meat production accounts for about 18% of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, topping even transportation, which accounts for 13% of worldwide emissions. The UN included all aspects of meat production, when arriving at the 18% figure: clearing land, creation and transportation of fertilizers, burning fuels in farm vehicles, and the emissions coming directly from cows and sheep.
An anti-vegan op-ed piece in the New York Times has received some fairly righteous debunking in an article by the Times’ Public Editor.
Rachelle Leesen, a clinical nutritionist at the Childrenâ€™s Hospital of Philadelphia, told me that Planckâ€™s article â€œwas extremely inflammatory and full of misinformation.â€ She and her colleague Brenda Waber pointed me to a 2003 paper by the American Dietetic Association, the nationâ€™s largest organization for food and nutrition professionals. After reviewing the current science, the A.D.A., together with the Dietitians of Canada, declared, â€œWell-planned vegan and other types of vegetarian diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including during pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood and adolescence.â€
Via [Taste Better
More celebrity recipes: Robert Rodriguez makes Sin City Breakfast Tacos. The best thing about this is he shows you how to make homemade flour tortillas. Looks time-consuming but well worth it and I bet they go great with Scrambled Tofu.
Esquire has Bob Barker’s recipe for Vegan Enchilada Bake.
The Humane Society purchased and tested 25 coats from major retailers advertised as “faux fur” and found that all of them had fur from dogs.
Three coats â€” from Tommy Hilfiger’s Web site ShopTommy.com, Nordstrom.com and a coat from Andrew Marc’s MARC New York line sold on Bluefly.com â€” contained fur from domesticated dogs. The others had fur from raccoon dogs â€” a canine species native to Asia â€” or, in one case, wolves. The single correctly labeled coat was trimmed with coyote fur, but it was advertised as fake.
Another take on the Paleolithic diet.
Ms Garton looked for inspiration to the plant-based diet of our closest relatives, the apes, and devised a three-day rotating menu of fruit, vegetables, nuts and honey. The prescribed menu was:
Volunteers could also drink water. In the second week, standard portions of cooked oily fish were introduced – a nod to a more hunter-gatherer lifestyle.
- safe to eat raw;
- met adult human daily nutritional requirements; and
- provided 2,300 calories – between the 2,000 recommended for women and 2,500 for men,
High IQ link to being vegetarian.
A Southampton University team found those who were vegetarian by 30 had recorded five IQ points more on average at the age of 10… Researchers said the findings were partly related to better education and higher occupational social class, but it remained statistically significant after adjusting for these factors.
In recent parliamentary elections two Animals Rights MPs where elected in the Netherlands.
“When I look at animals, they are innocent. We are treating them like they are things, like they are bicycles. That’s not what we have to be as human beings. We have common sense and moral awareness, so we have to use that as well.”
Vegan Dinner has great-looking vegan recipes three times a week.
The reason we chose to begin this website is three-fold.
Firstly, the goal is to try 365 new meals in 365 days.
Second, to encourage people to lead healthier lives by demonstrating how easy it is to prepare one healthy, Vegan meal per day.
Third, to expand our repitoir of meals. We like to experiment and feel that keeping a log of all the things we eat will help us to expand our horizons.
The Humane Society is seeking a ban on foie gras production in New York state. They say foie gras violates a New York law against selling food from diseased animals.
Whole Foods will no longer be selling live lobsters, saying they cannot ensure the creatures are treated with respect and compassion.
Salon has an interview with Animal Liberation author Peter Singer.
So the argument is that this is also an arbitrary stopping place; it’s also a form of discrimination, which I call “speciesism,” that has parallels with racism. I am not saying it’s identical, but in both cases you have this group that has power over the outsiders, and develops an ideology that says, Those outside our circle don’t matter, and therefore we can make use of them for our own convenience.
That is what we have done, and still do, with other species. They’re effectively things; they’re property that we can own, buy and sell. We use them as is convenient and we keep them in ways that suit us best, producing products we want at the cheapest prices. So my argument is simply that this is wrong, this is not justifiable if we want to defend the idea of human equality against those who have a narrower definition. I don’t think we can say that somehow we, as humans, are the sole repository of all moral value, and that all beings beyond our species don’t matter. I think they do matter, and we need to expand our moral consideration to take that into account.
Some older news that I found in my link backlog.
And, the authors agree, it might take work to convince consumers to eat cultured muscle meat, a product not yet associated with being produced artificially.
“On the other hand, cultured meat could appeal to people concerned about food safety, the environment, and animal welfare, and people who want to tailor food to their individual tastes,” says Matheny. The paper even suggests that meat makers may one day sit next to bread makers on the kitchen counter.