It doesn’t really fit into my diet but I know a lot of potential vegans whose transitions would probably be eased by some magic vegan bacon grease.
Carlo Rovelli on free will. You have no free will, but it’s OK because you’ll never understand why you do anything anyway.
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.
Jerry O’Connell spoofs the Tom Cruise Scientology video.
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].
The Massachusetts State Legislature defeated a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage today. Gay marriage in Massachusetts is now as permanent as it’s going to get, the next election that could have a ban on the state-wide ballot isn’t until 2012. Yay, Massachusetts!
Esquire has Bob Barker’s recipe for Vegan Enchilada Bake.
Dr. Menlo has an excellent rant on what we ought to do with people who mess with reality for power and profit. Messing with reality for fun is still highly encouraged.
Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips has an essay in NPR’s This I Believe series today.
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.
Robert Anton Wilson passed away yesterday at 4:50 AM.