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Earth Day Special: Meat is not Green -- John Robbins


Ok, let's suppose that animal agriculture accounts for a bit less than 18% of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. That then leaves this industry as a close second only to transportation, which really doesn’t make it much less guilty.

On top of which, it doesn't take away from the fact that animal agriculture is also responsible for an entire litany of other massive if not equally-pressing environmental problems that don’t get the airtime that global warming does including rainforest destruction, water depletion, waterway pollution, “dead” zones, rangeland degradation, biodiversity loss and species extinctions, etc, etc. And don’t forget the massively destructive seafood industry – it is predicted that seafood may be gone by 2048! And all this on top of the human health problems that include drinking water contamination, antibiotic resistance, bird flu, swine flu, mad cow, heart disease, cancers, and so on. And that doesn't even touch on the moral implications of abusing and violently slaughtering 100's of BILLIONS of animals a year not out of any necessity (for the vast majority) but merely because people have a taste and desire for it.

So let’s look at the bigger picture, because climate change is just one of a whole host of major ecological ills facing the earth, most of which can be traced directly back to animal agriculture as a primary contributor. So stop making excuses for continuing to eat meat, because it’s killing the planet.

News: Health

Study: Vegans have more DHA and Omega-3 than Fish-Eaters


I clicked on the link for the full article and was surprised by the caveats section and the general tone of the article which seemed very skeptical of the study's findings until I looked at the logo at the top of the website and realized that VitalChoice is a seafood company! Odd that VegSource would link to them, as they obviously have a serious bias. Anyhow, read their article with that in mind.

Once again science shows that eating plant-based is perfectly healthy - and in the end will surely show that it's healthiER.

(As an aside, since fish receive their Omega-3s from the algae they eat, I never understood why people don't just use algae supplements instead. From what I understand, they're nutritionally identical, but without the associated ethical and environmental costs.)

News: Health

H1N1 vaccine linked to 700 percent increase in miscarriages


It's amazing how successful the meat industry and it's paid-for politicians have been at renaming "swine flu" to "H1N1 flu" so as not to hurt pork sales.

USA Today article from 4-30-2009:

"U.S. public health officials have dropped the term 'swine flu' in favor of '2009 H1N1 flu.' Concerned that the term "swine flu" is hurting pork sales, U.S. Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack and trade officials have also switched to 'H1N1.'"

And another from everyone's favorite, FoxNews:

American agriculture officials want to change the name for the virus that's broken out in Mexico and the U.S. from "swine flu" to something else. The problem, they say, is that the name "swine flu" suggests a problem with pork products. Vilsack, speaking at the same news briefing, said he's concerned that misunderstandings could have a negative impact on farmers who provide pork products to consumers around the world.,2933,518272,00.html

News: Food

Junk food makes kids stupid -- really!


Do you seriously not see the importance of scientists studying the links between diet and mental (or physical) health? What could be more important than that?

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