Your State-by-State Guide to Exploitation and Degradation
Is it me, or is the New York Times feeling guilty about that "Death By Veganism" fiasco awhile back? In yet another op-ed on the environmental fallout of factory farming, the NYT showcases an organization called Food and Water Watch which has recently launched this fascinating interactive map offering a state-by-state breakdown of all the CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation) in the U.S. You can even search by facility type to find out, for instance, how many pig operations exist in your home state (that's a whopping 220 for Michaganders). To our shame, the state of Michigan is the 11th worst factory farm polluter in the union, with Allegan and Cass counties being by far the worst offenders.
Please consider informing your friends and family in Michigan of this educational opportunity and encourage them to boycott factory farms and do their part to help clean up our great state!
ARE WELFARISTS "NEO-CARNS"?
JULY 31, 2007 10:24 AM
James LaVeck and Jenny Stein speak to the politics of recent welfare "victories".
As the director/producer team behind Tribe of Heart, James LaVeck and Jenny Stein have brought us some of the most effective documentary films in the animal rights movement, including Peaceable Kingdom and The Witness.
In this recent essay titled Project for the New American Carnivore, LaVeck and Stein tackle the incendiary question of what effects welfarist compromises with "more humane" producers of animal products are having on the animal rights message. Drawing on analogies between the "Neo-Con" tactics of the Bush Administration and the allegedly "Neo-Carn" agenda of major Animal Welfare organizations, LaVeck and Stein argue that the animal rights movement must return to its vegan roots and stop making compromises with companies that use and slaughter animals, however "humanely" they claim to do so.
This essay is a "must read" for those who wish to stay on the cutting edge of the central debates in the animal rights movement.
"To the best of my recollection, the speech I gave, as presented on YouTube, was given in 1989, in London, under the auspices of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. It was part of a debate over the question, "Does the animal kingdom need a bill of rights?" I spoke in favor of the proposal, as did Andrew Linzey and Richard Ryder.Germaine Greer and Mary Warnock spoke against against it.
For its time, the event was a big deal. As I recall, the BBC televised it throughout the UK on one of the national channels. The room (it was a formal setting, in a regal hall) was packed, those in the audience as respectful as they were attentive.
I do not think there was any formal, or informal, vote on the question. So who won the debate is not something anyone can know. I do know, though, that it was a memorable event in my life. For me, perso9nally, I had never before (and have not since) had the opportunity to address so many people, at one time, and in so many different places, on the philosophy of animal rights. I will never forget it.
As to how it came to be posted on YouTube: I haven't the foggiest idea."
It's dirtnap time for another grand myth of corporate making.
Big Agriculture. "Better living through chemicals!", they said. "Animal protein is the foundation of a healthy diet!", they promised. "Organic farming simply can't produce enough food to feed the world!", they told us. These first two myths bought the farm years ago. The third one should be pushing up daisies any day now, as this press release on a new study from the University of Michigan explains.
THAI GREEN CURRY W/ COCONUT LIME RICE
JULY 27, 2007 12:21 AM
A killer curry by Noodles with Trillium eggplant, purple pepper, chile, scallions, kale, onion, and basil from the backyard. The coconut green curry had just the right amount of spice, especially when combined with the rice and some fresh raw greens.
GO VEGAN AND SAVE MONEY!
JULY 26, 2007 3:33 PM
Why not green your diet and your wallet simultaneously?
According to this article by MSN Money correspondent Mark McCredie, it's possible to do both at once, as long as you focus on the staples and avoid the temptation to binge on chanterelle mushrooms at Whole Foods (just $39.99 a pound, while supplies last). An important part of his argument, interestingly, is that some of the savings afforded by a green diet come in the form of the money you won't have to spend on long-term healthcare costs.
2007 EXTRAVEGANZA! MORAL COURAGE AWARD
JULY 26, 2007 1:00 PM
AND THE WINNER IS…
JENNI SHORTT, GRAPHIC DESIGNER AND OWNER OF TIPPITAPPI
In a small city that offers ready access to sustainable farming, celebrity vegan chefs, animal compassion organizations, veg-friendly restaurants, and an engaged community of hardcore vegan foodies, it is easy to forget that in most places, a commitment to the vegan lifestyle requires a lot more patience, imagination, and moral courage than some of us lucky Grand Rapidians have had to muster. As a means of both exhibiting our gratitude for what we have here and encouraging others who are putting it all on the line for their convictions elsewhere, we hereby institute the ExtraVEGANza! Moral Courage Awards.
We are pleased to announce that the inaugural recipient of this award is our new friend Jenni Shortt of Tippitappi fame. Stay tuned for a more in depth story on Jenni’s inspiring journey into animal consciousness and her courageous leap of faith into full-time vegan activism through graphic design. In the meanwhile, read her blog or check out her t-shirts. Put some thought into which one is your favorite; when we post our more in-depth profile on Jenni and her work, there just might be an opportunity for you to snag that snappy tee with the help of a substantial subsidy from extraVEGANza!
Putting our art auction proceeds to good use!
Those of you who attended the Wake Up Weekend! art auction in January may recall that a portion of the proceeds of your generosity went to Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY. Check out what the celebrated "Gray Lady" has to say about Farm Sanctuary and its Executive Director Gene Baur in this feature from the Food and Wine section, annoyingly titled Bringing Oinks and Moos into the Food Debate. Though the author's disposition toward animal compassion advocacy is a bit irritating at times, the article does touch on an issue that is generating a lot of controversy in the movement right now--namely, that of whether animal advocacy organizations are diluting their animal liberation message in order to make inroads into the mainstream.
GREENER FOOD = GREENER WORLD
JULY 24, 2007 9:21 AM
Drive less, turn out the lights, and GO VEGAN!
The links between animal product consumption and environmental degradation are long established, but the studies just keep pililng up. Here's the latest from Japan, where researchers have concluded that "[a] kilogram of beef is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution than driving for 3 hours while leaving all the lights on back home."There's just no getting around it: meat is murder on the environment.
JULY 22, 2007 3:53 PM
Bitter Melon and Cauliflower Curry, Kidney Bean Stew, Chilled Lentils, Saffron Rice, Naan, and Raita. Look out!
TOFU FLORENTINE: English muffin, pan fried tofu, Spinach and onion sautee, and a killer Hollandaze sauce adapted from Vegan Vittles. Makes a killer brunch when paired with some... Sake Bloody Marys?!!?!
TUESDAY VEGAN SPECIALS AT MARIE CATRIB'S
JULY 22, 2007 3:26 PM
Friends, it's true that every Tuesday at Marie Catrib's on Lake and Diamond (East Hills Center of the Universe) you can find amazing vegan specials on tap, crafted lovingly by Noodles. The first week's Sweet Potato and Chorizo Enchiladas with accompanying Tortilla Soup were spectacular, and last week's Chilled Udon Salad with Maple Ginger Wasabi dressing and Crumbled Tofu really just blew my mind. But coming up this week, folks, start gearing up for a Mediterranean Quiche for lunch and a Tofu Pomegranate Stew for dinner. The capper is a special Cupcake of the Day to satisfy the sweet tooth, and they will not disappoint. There is a catch, however; you will need to get there early because these stunning specials have been selling out each week. What fun! Let's celebrate vegan Tuesdays at Marie's by showing our support for great food, a great restaurant, and a perfect opportunity to support compassionate eating.
I nostri amici italiani sono molto bei, non sono?
A few minutes ago, I received an e-mail informing me that a new comment had been made on one of our posts. When I checked the email, I was delighted to see that we now seem to have an Italian readership, as the address linked back to this enchanting e-shop called Tippitappi recently launched by an eco-vegan graphic designer in Reggio Emilia, a beautiful place in northern Italy. In addition to a whole host of must-have 100% organic cotton t-shirts printed with inventive animal and earth friendly designs, Tippitappi has a great blog which you may read in either Italian or English. Here are a couple of my favorite t-shirt designs: I don't eat animals.
Zoos = Prisons
Is International Organic Apparel Swapping even legal?
We're no match for our Italian friends, of course, but perhaps we could persuade them to trade some of their wares for some of ours? We love you, Tippitappi! Thanks for visiting us and keep up the great work. Buona Fortuna!
Stay tuned for more designs...
If you spend all your disposable income at Tippitappi, that's just fine with us. But if you manage to save $15-20, you just might be able to cash in on one of our limited edition extraVEGANza! "FUNDAMENTALIST VEGANGELICAL" tees later this summer. Dare to dream!
Zero Tolerance for Dog Torturers!
Please consider joining the throngs of outraged Americans calling for justice to be done to those who subborn this unconscionable form of animal cruelty. By clicking on this link and filling out the form, you can register your disapproval of the NFL's indifference to Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick's indictment on charges related to his alleged operation of a dogfighting ring. If Vick is guilty of these brutal crimes, he'd better start praying that Senator Robert Byrd is wrong about the fate that awaits perpetrators of such cruelty.
Here's a dessert that's refreshing (and not so good for you). They were supposed to turn out like peppermint patties, but the peppermint mixture was too crumbly, so I mixed the melted chocolate in and pressed them into ball shapes. All of it is basically Earth balance, powdered sugar, corn syrup and chocolate. (The original recipe was found from vegweb, another good recipe site to check out.)
A LOT OF LEFTOVERS TO STIR TOGETHER
JULY 4, 2007 8:53 PM
I discovered this a couple weeks ago when it was unbearably hot and wanted to minimize cooking.
Ingredients (use as much or as little as you want, according to your taste):
tortillas (I used Eden's Live Sprouted tortillas)
Amy's Kitchen refried beans
Newman's Own Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing (or make your own)
1. Cook quinoa according to its instructions.
2. Mix everything except the refrieds and tortillas together.
3. Take a tortilla and give it a layer of refrieds.
4. Spoon corn/black bean mix onto the tortilla.
5. Roll like burrito or taco.
A variation on this would be if you didn't want a whole burrito/taco thing to eat, you could tear off pieces of tortilla or pita (either of these toasted or not), spoon on the mixture and eat it that way.