A new poll: Israel is turning veg
A new poll by Panels research company presents a dramatic shift toward more animal-friendly eating habits in Israel. The poll, published in several newspapers (2 January) focused on nutritional changes of the respondents during the year 2013:
I made this pull apart cupcake turtle for my sister’s birthday :) completely cruelty free! Except for the fact that one of his legs may have fell apart and I may have ate it..
A plant-based diet can lower your blood pressure, according to research released today in a major medical journal. Should we really stop eating meat before starting medication?
"It’s not uncommon for us to see patients at our research center who come in and they’re taking four drugs for their blood pressure, and it’s still too high. So if a diet change can effectively lower blood pressure, or better still can prevent blood pressure problems, that’s great because it costs nothing, and all the side effects are ones that you want, like losing weight and lowering cholesterol."
1. Factories are only inspected once every 10 years.
Strapped for cash and tasked with the responsibility of regulating nearly everything Americans eat except meat and poultry, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t have the dough or the bandwidth to do its job. In March, Dina ElBoghdady of The Washington Post reported that the FDA inspects the facilities it oversees about once every 10 years. Though Congress has ordered the FDA to up its game, enough funds haven’t followed to foot the bill. Instead, the bulk of the FDA’s focus (and money) goes to dealing with outbreaks after they occur.
2. Infection is rampant.
Milk’s not the only byproduct of dairy farms; infection is too. In fact, nearly half of all dairy cows experience bacterial udder infections, known as mastitis, because of unsanitary living spaces and poor hygiene. The infection, which can be fatal, is hard on cows. It also reduces the milk’s nutritional value; cows with mastitis produce milk that is lower in potassium, lactoferrin, and casein (the major protein in milk).
3. Dairy cows have their horns removed.
One of the most crucial components of an efficient factory farm is maximizing space. For dairy cows, that means horns—which could injure the animals in confined spaces—have to go. The process, however, is not easy. If cows are young, a hot iron is used to cauterize emerging horns, while farmers use saws or large metal clipping tools to cut the horns off adults. Neither process typically involves anesthesia. Even though most of the beef industry has transitioned to breeding hornless cows, the dairy industry has yet to follow suit. According to a 2010 ABC News report, nine out of 10 farms practice dehorning.
Milk Dud: America’s Dairy Obsession
4. Most milk comes from huge conglomerates.
Despite the green pastures that Big Ag likes to put on its packaging, the reality is quite different. According to Sustainable Table, two percent of livestock farms now raise 40 percent of all animals in the U.S. That makes it hard for small farm farmers to thrive, and makes it easy for Big Ag to have a monopoly—and the kind of power that makes it hard to take them down.
5. Conditions on dairy farms reduce cows’ life expectancy by 75 percent.
Domestic cows have an average life cycle of 20 years. Cows used on dairy factory farms, however, become exhausted very quickly. The average dairy cow lives for about four to five years before its becomes useless to the dairy industry and is sent to slaughter.
"Ice cream lovers beware: The government knows you’re unlikely to stop after half a cup.
New nutrition labels proposed Thursday for many popular foods, including ice cream, aim to more accurately reflect what people actually eat. And the proposal would make calorie counts on labels more prominent, too, reflecting that nutritionists now focus more on calories than fat.
For the first time, labels also would be required to list any sugars that are added by manufacturers.”
This is pretty exciting!
"Before you start spouting off information you’ve been brainwashed with about evolution and the food chain, read on. Yes, humans have a high level of intelligence. Yes, we created weapons for hunting and fire for cooking. Yes, we found a way to mass-produce animals for consumption. However, if you study animals in the wild, you will note that they do not rely on anything other than their natural hunting ability, speed, strength, claws, teeth, and jaws. They have no tools or weapons. Now look at yourself. Look at your flimsy nails in comparison to an eagle’s talons. Look at your fat, blunt teeth compared to a lion’s fangs. Compare your speed and agility to that of a tiger. Compare the strength of your jaw to that of a wolf’s. Imagine yourself trying to run after an animal, catch it, and kill it using your bear hands, fingernails, teeth, and jaws. Not only would you look ridiculous, but you’d probably get your ass kicked, too. And even if you were successful, envision yourself eating the kill without the aid of an oven and silverware. Yes, the human brain allows us to stay removed from the process of hunting. But does this mean that we are “evolved” and are “intelligent” and should be eating animal flesh because we can? Man’s “intelligence” also created cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs. Should we drink, smoke, and use just because we can? "
"BUT WHAT DO YOU EAT?!?"
These are little pieces of heaven. Really.
Baked and Breaded Avocado Bites
2 large Hass avocados, pitted, peeled, and sliced into bite-size pieces
1/2 cup soy milk
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 cup flour
- Preheat the oven to 450°F.
- Whisk the soy milk and vegetable oil together in a small bowl.
- Combine the bread crumbs, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a small bowl and stir well.
- Take a slice of avocado and roll in the flour. Dip into the soy milk and oil mixture, then roll in the bread crumb mixture until evenly coated. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Repeat until all the avocado pieces are used.
- Bake for 20 minutes, rotating halfway through.
- Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce, on a sandwich, or atop a salad.
Note: Try a gluten-free version by using an all-purpose gluten-free flour and crushed almonds in place of bread crumbs and baking for 12 to 15 minutes.
Makes 2 to 4 servings
Even though she grew up playing football, shooting hoops and running races against all the boys in her neighborhood, U.S. 800-meter champion Alysia Montano never wanted to be thought of as one of them.
As a result, she started wearing a flower behind her right ear to remind the boys they were getting beat by a girl.
“The flower to me means strength with femininity. I think that a lot of people say things like you run like a girl. That doesn’t mean you have to run soft or you have to run dainty. It means that you’re strong.”