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10 Lies Meat Eaters Tell Themselves

1. “People have always eaten meat and they always will.”

Sorry, but not true. Throughout human history, many cultures have eschewed meat. And just because something may have been done in the past doesn’t mean we should continue to do it. Move on.

2. “If I stop eating meat, it won’t make a difference.”

It will to the more than 30 animals you save each year. All together, Americans ate 400 million fewer animals last year than we did just five years ago. Times are changing.

3. “We need to eat meat to get protein.”

No, we don’t. Protein is abundant in plant foods. From nuts and beans to tofu and seitan, you don’t need meat for adequate protein. It’s a myth. The end.

4. “Animals on farms are treated humanely.”

Not even close. Over 95 percent of animals raised and killed for food livemiserable lives on factory farms: crowded, filthy facilities where animals are crammed in tiny cages, mutilated without painkillers, and ruthlessly slaughtered. Don’t believe it? Watch this.

5. “I don’t like vegan food.”

So you don’t like french fries or pasta? What about peanut butter or chocolate? Please. You probably eat vegan food all the time and love it; you just don’t call it vegan. Click here for some amazing vegan recipes. They taste great!

6. “Being a vegan is unhealthy.”

In reality, studies show that vegans have lower rates of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Plant-based diets have also been clinically shown to be one of the best ways to lose weight and safeguard against obesity.

7. “Athletes need meat to be strong.”

Riiiight… unless you’re Olympian Carl Lewis, tennis champion Serena Williams, or ultramarathoner Scott Jurek. The list of vegan athletes is impressive and long. Forget about it.

8. “My body needs meat.”

No, it doesn’t. Re-read number six. Your body would actually do much better without it.

9. “If we stop eating meat, cows will take over the planet.”

Seriously? It’s called supply and demand. If people stopped eating meat, farmers would stop breeding animals. It’s that simple.

10. “Factory farming is the only way to feed everyone.”

Hold the phone. Not only is factory farming one of the leading causes of climate change; it’s also incredibly wasteful. It takes 16 pounds of grain to produce just one pound of beef. Imagine how many people we could feed with that grain.

Grow Your Own: ‘Edible Yards Proliferate in Vancouver Neighbourhoods’

From The Vancouver Sun:

The landscaping installed by young entrepreneurs Katie Ralphs and Ruth Warren is a far cry from the patchy lawns and scruffy rhododendrons that are near ubiquitous in front yards across much of the city.

Lush caches of rainbow chard, peas, beans and lettuce dot Vancouver’s Riley Park neighbourhood between 18th and 29th avenues, in some places as many as two, three and even four yards on a block and a half dozen yards adjacent to a city bike lane.

Ralphs and Warren — the twentysomething proprietors of City Beet Farm — maintain 17 yard gardens all within ten blocks of each other, essential because they move themselves and their produce by bicycle.

Similar businesses — Inner City Farms, Frisch Farms, Barefoot Farms and Yummy Yards to name a few — are converting dozens of Vancouver yards into micro-farms, paying the owners vegetables as rent.

Yard farming is hitting the mainstream, at least in Vancouver, according to Jennifer van den Brink, who specializes in vegetable garden installations and garden maintenance for Yummy Yards.

“It started out that we were just doing conversions in yards that we were then going to farm, but a lot of people just wanted help starting their own vegetable garden,” she said. “So, most of what I do now is installations for people who want to grow their own food.”

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(Photo: Steven Godfrey)

16 Reasons to Eat Vegan in 2016

1. Protect Animals From Abuse and Neglect

Animals on modern factory farms are subjected to extreme confinement, mutilations without painkillers, and a merciless slaughter.

2. Battle Climate Change

Climate change is easily one of the biggest issues threatening our very existence on the planet. By ditching meat and other animal products, you’ll significantly reduce your carbon footprint.

3. Save Money

A vegan diet is loaded with inexpensive fruits, veggies, grains, legumes, beans, nuts, and more! Click here for seven tips for eating vegan on a budget.

4. Protect Endangered Species

According to the Center for Biological Diversity, reducing meat consumption is one of the best ways to save wildlife, including endangered species.

5. Prevent Disease

Many of today’s top killers are directly related to what’s on our plates. A vegan diet has proven helpful in preventing diabetes and cancer.

6. Help Feed the Hungry

To put it simply, there are over 800 million people who do not have enough to eat, while 90 million acres of land are currently used to grow corn to feed factory-farmed animals.

7. Save Water

It takes 576 gallons of water to produce one pound of pork, 880 gallons of water to produce one gallon of milk, and a whopping 1,799 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef.

8. Lose Weight

Last year, a study conducted by the University of South Carolina found that a vegan diet is best for weight loss.

9. Stave Off Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs

The practice of cramming animals together on factory farms while pumping them full of antibiotics creates a breeding ground for dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

10. Protect Workers From Unsafe Conditions

Factory farm workers are exposed to countless workplace hazards, including injuries, respiratory illness, PTSD, and exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. In fact, the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that 10 out of 22 workers who were tested carried potentially deadly bacteria.

11. Prevent Pollution

Animal excrement and other agricultural runoff from large-scale farms has polluted nearly one-third of rivers in the U.S.

12. Preserve the Rainforest

The World Bank reports that the majority of Amazon deforestation has been to clear land for cattle grazing and growing feed for farmed animals.

13. Respect Farmed Animal Intelligence

According to Christine Nicol, a professor of animal welfare at Bristol University, chickens are capable of mathematical reasoning and logic, including numeracy, self-control, and even basic structural engineering. These traits are not seen in children until the age of four.

14. Live Longer

According to a report published in Men’s Journal, a large-scale study of 73,000 Americans shows that eating a vegetarian diet promotes longevity.

15. Enjoy Delicious New Foods

With the wide array of delicious plant-based foods on the market, there’s never been a better time to ditch meat, dairy, and eggs.
For a list of meat and dairy alternatives, click here.

16. Create a Better World

Factory farms, and the widespread problems they create, are simply out of step with the values of the majority of Americans. We can all work towards a less violent, more compassionate (and sustainable) world just by eating vegan versions of our favorite foods.

So there you have it! 16 great reasons to eat vegan in 2016!

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North American Moose dying in droves as climate warming fuels disease, pests
Ticks and brain worm thrive in the rising heat.

North American moose are dying by the thousands as they struggle with soaring temperatures and health problems linked to disease and parasites that thrive in the heat, scientists are finding.

In north east Minnesota alone, moose numbered about 8,000 a decade ago. Today, the population is down to 3,500. The story is similar throughout Canada, New Hampshire and Maine.

“All across the southern edge of the range, from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Minnesota, Michigan, all across the southern fringe of their range, moose numbers are in a significant decline,” Eric Orff, biologist with the National Wildlife Federation, told PBS.

Biologist Seth Moore has been taking samples of the Minnesota population since 2009. Of the 80 percent of collared moose that have died, 40 percent died from an infection known as brain worm, 20 percent died from a heavy winter tick load that sucks the blood from the animals, and the rest died from a combination of both, reports Motherboard. Both scourges are linked to warmer temperatures.

Doctors warn climate change will have “devastating effect” on human health

A new policy paper from the American College of Physicians claims climate change causes higher rates of respiratory problems and heat-related illnesses, malnutrition, more waterborne disease and unstable food and water availability. This is far from the first time that organizations have called for stricter regulations regarding how we treat the environment.

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Americans often risk arrests to protest for a range of causes – from climate change to better wages. The arrests, however, might cost them.

“Look at Ferguson. Look at all of the arrests that have happened. All of these individuals who might have a record that they might not even realize that in six months, or several years down the road, will follow them and could cause them to lose a job.”

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It’s Getting Hot in Here: ‘This Famous Pianist Performed While Floating in the Arctic, and It’s Haunting’ (Video)

Via The Washington Post:

It might have been the smallest crowd Ludovico Einaudi ever played to, but the setting hardly could be more stunning.

Earlier this month, while floating on a small platform in the Arctic Ocean off the coast of Norway, the renowned Italian composer played a grand piano as pieces of a sprawling glacier crumbled nearby.

Einaudi performed an original composition, “Elegy for the Arctic,” that he had written for the occasion. The performance was sponsored by Greenpeace, the global environmental activist group, as part of a campaign to persuade world leaders to safeguard the Arctic.

Scientists have warned that the Arctic has been thawing much faster than expected. Those changes have potentially serious implications for the world’s climate, for wildlife and for individual economies.

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Virus from Siberian permafrost revived

French scientists have revived a giant virus that had been locked in the Siberian permafrost for more than 30,000 years, a breakthrough that may server as a warning that long-dormant, possibly harmful pathogens in frozen soil could be revived by Arctic drilling and global warming.  

The scientists thawed the virus, Pithovirus sibericum, and watched it replicate in a culture in a petri dish, where it infected an amoeba, a simple single-cell organism, according to a study published Monday in the U.S. journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

The study’s lead author told the LA Times that the discovery proves “that we could eventually resurrect active infectious viruses from different periods.”

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