MAY 30, 2007 3:56 PM

Sweet and Sour Lentils with Saffron Basmati, Broccoli, and Slaw

Spinach, Caramelized Onion, Artichoke Heart, Tofu Quiche with accompanying delights: bread with ginger orange marmelade, peach ricera (rice yogurt), and SPICY bloody marys.

MAY 30, 2007 3:18 PM

Carol J. Adams On The Sexual Politics of Meat
One of the most exciting aspects of veganism is the way in which it challenges one to think holistically about one's relationship to a wide variety of interconnected social justice concerns. While opponents frequently try to paint it as a myopic "one issue" cause, the reality is that veganism witnesses to the urgent need for social change not just in the ways that non-human animals are viewed and treated, but also in the ways that human beings are viewed and treated.

In her pioneering work on feminism, race, and vegetarianism, activist and social theorist Carol J. Adams is concerned, in particular, with articulating the structural and historical parallels between human and animal subjugation. Her guiding question, investigated at length in both The Sexual Politics of Meat and The Pornography of Meat, is that of how dominant culture succeeds in reducing "someone" (an irreplaceable, individual person or animal) into "something"-a consumable object or "mass term" in which all vestiges of the original "someone" are effaced.

Like many texts that question the domination of the status quo, Carol Adams' work is not exactly beach reading. But if you like a challenge, it might well change the way you look at bodies on the beach, be they those of scantily clad people basking in the sun or those of butchered "food" animals sizzling on the grill.

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MAY 30, 2007 11:33 AM

Need Another Reason to Boycott Factory Farmed Animal Products?
As if cruelty to animals, environmental degradation, and the exacerbation of numerous human health crises weren't enough, these new studies conducted by the World Society for the Protection of Animals suggest that industrial agriculture has troublesome implications for the lives of the world's poorest people. Read the full report entitled "Industrial Animal Agriculture: Part of the Poverty Problem" and share your knowledge with socially conscious family and friends!

MAY 29, 2007 5:18 PM

Midsummer nights just wouldn't be the same without the loving embrace of King Oberon. Here he stands, presiding over a right comely Indian feast of saffron basmati, spicy seasoned mushrooms, palak tofu, and sesame dusted naan.

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MAY 29, 2007 3:17 PM

A picture is worth a thousand words. So here's three thousand words worth of summer sumptuousness.

Bibb Lettuce Wraps with Grapefruit, Avocado, and Pecan

Fried Sweet Potato Cakes with Pineapple and Red Pepper Salsa

Zucchini Casserole with Cashew Ricotta

MAY 29, 2007 12:51 PM

OR "Weak Planck Splinters Under Weight of Scientific Evidence"
From the American Dietetic Association to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, virtually everyone who is up to date on the latest research in nutritional and dietary science agrees that a well-planned vegan diet is safe for all stages of the human life cycle (including pregnancy, infancy, childhood and adolescence).

It is curious, in light of this, that the New York Times recently saw fit to publish an op-ed piece entitled "Death By Veganism" in which food writer Nina Planck asserts, among other falsehoods, that vegan pregnancies are "irresponsible" and that vegan diets are nutritionally inadequate "in the long run".

Predictably, the bloggosphere was instantly ablaze with incendiary trash-talking from both sides of the fence. Happily, not everyone gave into the temptation to reply to Ms. Planck in kind, as is evidenced here in Dr. John McDougall's level-headed and thoroughly compelling response to the many myths, exaggerations, and outright falsehoods proffered in "Death By Veganism".

MAY 14, 2007 10:59 PM

We have all been familiar with the advertising that states having three servings of milk a day will help you lose weight. Well, now that campaign is ending. In an article written by Kim Severson for the New York Times, she explores the role of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine's role in the ads being pulled. Many familiar with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) have already been aware that dairy products do not assist in weight loss. Instead, dairy damages our bodies (see PCRM's website for more information). PCRM played a role in getting the ads pulled by complaining to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) about the Dairy Council's misleading ads. If you wish to read more of the article, click here.

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