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The REAL reason not to eat animals is...

Jess Parsons | November 14, 12 at 01:31 PM | Lifestyle

Read More: agribusiness, Animal suffering, cost of plant based eating, environment, ethics, healthcare, healthy eating big picture, vegan

First, there was How the Health Argument Fails Veganism. Then, How the Ethical Argument Fails Veganism. In honour of World Vegan Day (and Month), we are going to sort it out once and for all. The real reason not...

They're all Bill and Lou - Go Vegan!

Jess Parsons | November 13, 12 at 12:57 AM | Animals

Read More: Animal suffering, cows, education, green, slaughter, vegan

Vegans, make the most of the media frenzy over Bill and Lou, the Green Mountain College mascots. Rarely have animals been so featured as individuals, esteemed and named, yet destined for slaughter under the public eye. Here's a picture worth...

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer - Review

Jess Parsons | October 17, 12 at 04:48 PM | Animals

Read More: animal abuse, Book review, healthy body healthy mind, jonathan safran foer, kids, meat, meat industry, vegan, vegetarian to vegan, vegetarians

As far as I know, the only people I have inspired to be vegan are those I've given birth to. So I give full credit to any book which can "turn someone vegan" - as (most famously) Natalie Portman says...

Biodegradable "Plastic" Wrap from FriendlyPak

Jess Parsons | October 12, 12 at 11:29 AM | Green

Read More: animal abuse, compost, environmental plant-based, packaging, plastic, pollution, storage, vegan, waste

I got really excited when FriendlyPak first gave away a roll of BioBag - a biodegradable "plastic" wrap. I didn't win, but I still wanted it. We were almost at the end of our roll of supermarket plastic wrap....

Eying up the Bates Method

Jess Parsons | September 24, 12 at 04:50 PM | Health

Read More: Bates method, computers, exercise, healthy body healthy mind, internet, natural, sunshine, vision

Our son says he can't always see words on the board at school, and from my informal checks, he seems indeed to have lost clear vision at a distance. As some of my family are very nearsighted, and I am...

Happy Vegan Hunting - 9 Frugal Secondhand Investments

Jess Parsons | September 15, 12 at 04:23 PM | Lifestyle

Read More: Beans, cooking, food storage, free, frugal, garden, gifts, juicing, secondhand, Soup, sushi, yogurt

I'm an avid secondhand shopper. Here are some winning vegan goodies that you can always find in the secondhand shops. For similar reasons, these are also items you might score from Freecycle - if you haven't signed up yet, what...

Vegan Astronaut Food, or Why Braces are Cool When You're Old

Jess Parsons | August 24, 12 at 07:53 PM | Food

Read More: astronauts, beans, potato, smoothies, teenagers, teeth, vegan recipes

It's cool to get braces when you're old, because: Your peers congratulate you or sympathise - instead of calling you names and avoiding you Your kids think your new hardware is interesting, or even sparkly (my 4 year-old girl)...

Dr McDougall's Starch Solution - What's in it for you?

Jess Parsons | August 8, 12 at 03:05 PM | Health

Read More: dietary guidelines, diseases of affluence, dr t colin campbell, environmental plant-based, fat, lani muelrab12, salt, starch, sugar, supplements, weight-loss

Dr McDougall's gift is that diet no longer seems controversial. You can picture ol' Doc McDougall offering you a bucket of chicken wings, saying, "Do you feel lucky?" Well? Do you? If you haven't already discovered Dr McDougall, The...

If Education Were the Answer - 5 things that would already be true

Jess Parsons | August 2, 12 at 05:24 PM | Lifestyle

Read More: education, exercise, fruits, legislation, meat industry, meatless monday, USDA, vegetable

Heard this before? We don't need to pass laws to make things better; we just need more education. If people knew better, they would do better. I'm a writer. I'm all for information sharing. But telling the truth isn't...

Evolved to eat meat?

Jess Parsons | July 30, 12 at 04:59 PM | Animals

Read More: carnivores, dissection, evolution, meat, meat industry, omnivores, sardines

So I went to the local meatpacker. I didn't really want to, and I probably could have asked someone else to do it. But it was for a nonvegan children's club (traditional dissection activity), and I figured I could...

Children of the cult

Jess Parsons | June 28, 12 at 04:51 PM | Lifestyle

Read More: animal abuse, animal products, capitalism, consumption, cult, health promoting foods, money

Cults are those weird groups with those brainwashed people living by bizarre and often damaging rules. The saddest thing is, of course, the children. They're raised within the cult and often never know that any other way is possible....

Outsmart that Food Package

Jess Parsons | June 4, 12 at 03:16 AM | Food

Read More: animal products, antibiotics, fatfree, glycemic index, glycemic response, lowfat, processed food, refined grains, salt, sugar, wholegrains

Jeff Novick has it absolutely right. Never, ever, believe anything on the front of the package. Because they can say anything.But even when they tell the truth, watch out. Learn a few packaging tricks on your way to better...

Vegan Minecraft cake - mine own crafting

Jess Parsons | May 19, 12 at 10:06 PM | Food

Read More: birthdays, frugal, home cooking, kids, vegan, vegan chocolate, vegan recipes

Our son's Minecraft birthday cake was the sincerest form of flattery - idea stolen from a recent Facebook post from a mother friend. Usually, my talented sister artistically bakes and decorates all our vegan birthday creations, but this time...

Vegan Minecraft cake - mine own crafting

Jess Parsons | May 19, 12 at 01:28 PM | Food

Read More: chocolate, cooking method, kids, vegan baking, vegan recipes

Our son's Minecraft birthday cake was the sincerest form of flattery - idea stolen from a recent Facebook post from a mother friend. Usually, my talented sister artistically bakes and decorates all our vegan birthday creations, but this time...

Vegan Minecraft cake - mine own crafting

Jess Parsons | May 19, 12 at 01:28 PM | Food

Read More: chocolate, cooking method, kids, vegan baking, vegan recipes

Our son's Minecraft birthday cake was the sincerest form of flattery - idea stolen from a recent Facebook post from a mother friend. Usually, my talented sister artistically bakes and decorates all our vegan birthday creations, but this time...

Vegan Minecraft cake - mine own crafting

Jess Parsons | May 19, 12 at 01:28 PM | Food

Read More: birthdays, cake, chocolate, cooking method, kids, vegan baking, vegan recipes

Our son's Minecraft birthday cake was the sincerest form of flattery - idea stolen from a recent Facebook post from a mother friend. Usually, my talented sister artistically bakes and decorates all our vegan birthday creations, but this time...

Vegan Minecraft cake - mine own crafting

Jess Parsons | May 19, 12 at 01:28 PM | Food

Read More: chocolate, cooking method, kids, vegan baking, vegan recipes

Our son's Minecraft birthday cake was the sincerest form of flattery - idea stolen from a recent Facebook post from a mother friend. Usually, my talented sister artistically bakes and decorates all our vegan birthday creations, but this time...

Vegan Kids, Breastfeeding, and SEX!

Jess Parsons | May 14, 12 at 02:37 PM | Lifestyle

Read More: advertising, breastfeeding, dairy cows, health promoting foods, milk, sexual function, vegan mothers

I've posted before about how breastfeeding, and in particular a natural weaning process (years, not months), is a strong building block for a healthy vegan child. Basically, if you continue to breastfeed your child along with the solids they eat,...

Language and animals - who hears a who?

Jess Parsons | May 5, 12 at 12:15 PM | Animals

Read More: animal identity, cows, hens, language, meat, meat industry, pigs, sheep, software, words

I just learned something new.  In MS Word, a sentence with the phrase “a hen who slept at the foot of the bed” shows a grammar error on “who” – the grammar rules recommend “that”.  Change it to “man”...

Wallet minimisation and handbag sexism

Jess Parsons | April 25, 12 at 09:48 PM | Lifestyle

Read More: declutter, feminism, healthy body healthy mind, image, minimalism, money, sexism

My wallet and backpack featured last year on The Everyday Minimalist's Minimalist Wallet series. That exercise showed me that I could downsize several items. But in the unstuffed wallet, the important cards get lonely and slip out of their...