vegetarian children


How big government helps big dairy sell milk   

For years, we’ve been told milk is essential. It’s not.

via: Vox


Joyeux Anniversaire Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre! (19 January 1737 – 21 January 1814) 

French writer and botanist. He is best known for his 1788 novel Paul et Virginie, now largely forgotten, but in the 19th century a very popular children’s book. (Wikipedia)

From our stacks: Cover detail and illustration (”Death of Virginia. E. Isabey and T. Johan”) from Paul and Virginia By Bernardin de St. Pierre. With an original memoir of the author. Three hundred and sixteen illustrations. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1879.



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Help fund the printing of my children’s book Animals Eat Their Veggies Too!
Head here now to watch the video, read up on all the details and most importantly fund the project.

Animals Eat Their Veggies Too! is a whimsical rhyming children’s picture book. It aims to make vegetables fun, and a normal part of a child’s everyday diet, through imaginative story and humorous animal illustrations.

The Kickstarter project: This aims to raise funds to publish the book and all backers will receive a book. The crowdfunding project will launch on the 18th of January.

Synopsis: One evening a little boy named Harry is playing and pretending to be a lion before dinner time. His mummy calls him to come eat a meal of vegetables which his daddy has cooked. But Harry only wants to eat meat like a lion. So his mum and dad think up a story about which animals like to eat their vegetables, hoping to encourage Harry to not only eat his veggies but enjoy them too.
I'm raising my daughter vegan because I care about her best interests
I’m the father of a child who has been vegan since birth. If recent news stories are to be believed that should have you recoiling in horror, but you need not – she’s thriving, along with millions of other vegan children around the world. That’s because a plant-based vegan contains everything we need nutritionally and, in my experience, gives children the very best start in life, for their physical health and emotional wellbeing.

Harsh reality, but is it enough to change our conditioned societies taste preferences? The exact same texture/taste as meat is massively available and it is cheaper in 2016, the unsustainability can no longer be justified. Again, if the morals of killing animals is conflicting to you then go 100% plant based, you don’t have to be “Vegan” to not eat animal products :) do it for saving our future generations, or your childrens future.

#vegetarian #plantbased #vegan #ctfu #highcarblowfat #savetheplanet #ecosystem #pollution #starvation #food #sustainability


Kids don’t eat animals until we tell them that they should. Maybe we should take more lessons from kids.

Let me put things into perspective.

Each day the global human population drinks: 5.2 billion gallons of water and eats 21 billion pounds of food

Each day the global cow population alone drinks: 45 billion gallons of water and eats 135 billion pounds of food.

85% of starving children live in countries where food is feed to animals, and the animals are fed to wealthier countries.
If we stopped breeding animals for food we would dramatically increase food available to starving people.

anonymous asked:

hey ! im a carnist. and ive been thinking about going vegan or vegetarian for a while. so i followed a bunch of vegan blogs on tumblr. so i finally decided i really want to do this. the things is that I know this is going to be insanely hard for me. i think that being vegetarian would be easier given the fact that i still live with my family and my sister is also a vegetarian.... so what do i do next ?!??!..,,1,1.//??

Hey there! I feel so happy to read this. It’s amazing that you want to take the first step. I guess it will be easier since your sister is also vegetarian so you both can support each other :)

The most important thing for you is knowing and understanding what is a plant based diet and how it works. I started by watching a lot of documentaries, the more I watched the more I wanted to learn. Here are some useful resources that you may want to give a try:


  • Have a positive attitude.
  • Be clear about why you’re becoming a vegan.
  • Don’t be hard on yourself.
  • Exercise.
  • Understand the health benefits.
  • Don’t deprive yourself.
  • Investigate the science behind nutrition, food and health.
  • Ask questions.
  • Make time to cook. 
  • And take a look at the Vegan Starter Kit too! :)

Animal Rights Videos:

Health and Food Videos:


  • Thanking the Monkey by Karen Dawn
  • Vegan’s Daily Companion by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
  • Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating by Erik Marcus
  • Diet For A New America by John Robbins
  • Skinny Bitch and Skinny Bastard by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin
  • Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Animal Liberation by Peter Singer
  • Dominion by Matthew Scully
  • The World Peace Diet by Will Tuttle, PhD
  • Animal Camp by Kathy Stevens
  • Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows by Melanie Joy
  • The Vegan Sourcebook by Joanna Stepaniak (*this was the first book I ever read on veganism*)
  • Raising Vegetarian Children by Joanne Stepaniak
  • Yoga and Vegetarianism by Sharon Gannon
  • The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone
  • A Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Living by Beverly Lynn Bennett
  • Vegan in 30 Days by Sarah Taylor
  • Glow by Carlye Katz
  • Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds by Gene Baur
  • The Inner World of Farm Animals by Amy Hatkoff
  • Making Kind Choices by Ingrid Newkirk
  • Ninety-Five edited by No Voices Unheard 
  • That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals (a children’s book) by Ruby Roth


  • How It All Vegan, by Sarah Kramer (also check out Vegan A Go Go)
  • Vegan with a Vengeance, by Isa Chandra Moskowitz (also check out Vegan Brunch, Veganomicon, or Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World)
  • Vegan Yum Yum by Lauren Ulm 
  • Spork Fed by Jenny Engel and Heather Goldberg
  • Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry
  • Skinny Bitch in the Kitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin
  • The Vegan Table by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
  • The Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
  • The Happy Herbivore Cookbook by Lindsay Shay Nixon 
  • Forks over Knives The Cookbook by Del Sroufe 
  • The Conscious Cook by Tal Ronnen


  • The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD & Thomas Campbell, MD
  • Prevent and Reserve Heart Disease by Caldwell B. Esselstyn, MD
  • The Engine 2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn
  • My Beef With Meat by Rip Esselstyn
  • Thrive by Brendan Brazier
  • Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman, MD
  • Unprocessed by Chef AJ
  • Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness by Robert Cheeke
  • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition by Julieanna Hever, RD

* Stands for graphic content.

Also, take a look at the Vegan Starter Kit, it’s quite useful :)

Martin Freeman interview from Saturday Times

Martin Freeman: fame, family and Fargo

Helena de Bertodano

Irascible, eccentric, outspoken? Nothing like his affable on-screen persona? It’s strange what five months in the snowy wastes of Canada can do to a man – or perhaps this the real Martin Freeman?

You can tell quite a lot about Martin Freeman from his excuse for arriving late for this interview. “I was in a really hot bath watching a documentary about Harold Wilson and I suddenly looked at the f***ing time…”

Quirky, yes; a self-styled intellectual, yes (later, he tells me he is reading a book about the Russian Revolution); prone to giving strangely intimate details about himself (yet very guarded on seemingly innocuous subjects); a bit grumpy, hence the constant swearing; head somewhat in the clouds, so doesn’t notice trivial details such as time – which is probably why he is still talking the hind legs off a donkey three and a half hours later, fuelled by frequent infusions of peppermint tea, beer and coffee.

Freeman, 42, is on a career high – has been for a while now. In the hugely successful modern-day reworking of Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective stories, he plays Dr Watson to Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock; he is Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, Peter Jackson’s trio of epic fantasy adventure films – the first two grossed nearly $2 billion and the third will be released later this year. And now he is shooting a much-anticipated television series, Fargo, based on the Academy Award-winning 1996 film of the same name. Freeman plays Lester Nygaard, an interpretation of the William H. Macy role in the movie. “I’m f***ing lucky,” says Freeman. “I’ve done four or five things in my career that most actors would give their right arm to have done just one of.”

And yet, despite everything he does, the role people still associate him with – at least in the UK – is Tim Canterbury from the TV sitcom The Office (2001-2003), playing opposite Ricky Gervais’s David Brent. He is the loveable sales rep who fancies Dawn, sticks Gareth’s stapler in jelly and whose job is going nowhere. And I have to say it is Tim who springs to mind as I catch sight of a solitary figure trudging through the swirling snow towards the restaurant in Calgary, Canada, where he has been holed up for the past five months shooting Fargo.

The restaurant is marooned on an island and accessible only by foot. Freeman pushes open the door, brushing the snow out of his cropped, greying hair and stomping his long moccasins. He removes two thick jackets and rubs his hands together. I ask him if he is sick of the weather. “It depends if you’re going to put it in [the article],” he replies. What? Surely the weather is not off limits? “They get easily offended,” he explains. Off the record, he tells me his view – with lots of swearwords – on living through nearly half a year of sub-zero temperatures. But he also confesses that one of the reasons he took on Fargo (which purports to be a story from northern Minnesota) is: “I was interested in the idea of being that cold. I’ve got a bit of a Scott of the Antarctic fixation. On a couple of days they’ve had to stop filming because it’s been -40C.”

His Fargo character is stuck in a dead-end job, selling insurance, prompting comparisons with Tim from The Office, something I am stupid enough to mention, setting off a firestorm. “I don’t think other actors are asked all the time about the similarities between their roles. I don’t think Ben [Cumberbatch] or Daniel Craig are asked that. I think it stems from my so-called perceived approachability. And it is totally f***ing perceived. I come across as a half-decent person and not very pretentious. I’m a good actor; I can pretend. Look,” he says, calming down a bit, “I’m angry and defensive about everything. It just drives me slightly bananas because I know how hard I work. Tim is nothing like Bilbo Baggins either. People tend to think, ‘Oh, you’re just doing what you do.’ It’s a) insulting, b) f***ing bulls***, and c) I’d invite any other f***er to try to do it.”

Right. In fact, he has played a wide range of roles – from a lusty Rembrandt in Nightwatching (2007) to a shrewd Lord Shaftesbury in the BBC One drama Charles II: the Power and the Passion (2003). “People say, ‘I’ve seen all your work,’ and I think, ‘No, you f***ing haven’t. No one has – even I haven’t.’ ” He even found himself starring opposite Penélope Cruz (“a f***ing delight”) in The Good Night, a 2007 romantic comedy. And from July 1 he will be taking on Richard III for three months at the Trafalgar Studios in London. “It will be my first professional Shakespeare. At least I’ll be at home, too.”

He studies the menu, then puts it down with a sigh. “I don’t only want egg and chips all my life, but the title of every dish here is like the first chapter of a book. I’ve never heard of bresaola. And what’s bottarga – is that a cheese?” He does not eat meat (gave it up aged 14) so, after quizzing the waiter, he settles on a green salad (Heritage Greens, Venturi Balsamic Epsom, Parsnip Chips, Fairwinds Farm Caerphilly – he has a point), followed by a pickerel, which we establish is a white fish.

He’s a family man, and the long stint in Canada is beginning to wear on him. He lives in Hertfordshire with the actress Amanda Abbington, who plays his screen wife in Sherlock, and their two young children, Joe, 8, and Grace, 5, but has only been home twice since filming started in October: “It’s a very heavy price. My main priority in any job is when is the soonest I can get back to the three people I love most in the world. I even ummed and ahhed over The Hobbit.”

Freeman met Amanda on the set of Channel 4’s Men Only in 2000, but doesn’t want to say if they are married: “Let’s leave that a mystery. What I like about our relationship is that we choose it. I’m not saying we’re not married, though.”

His phone rings and he sticks a finger in his ear to listen to one of his children. “Are you going to bed now?” He looks at me and mouths “Sorry,” then wanders off to chat in private. When he returns, he tells me his kids sometimes find his fame tricky to handle: “Joe’s just started a gymnastics class and he said to me: ‘Daddy, people don’t believe that you’re my dad there, can you come in with me?’ And I said, ‘Of course I’ll come in,’ but I always try to say, ‘It’s much more important for people to like you for you than for me.’ But when you’re 8, and especially if people don’t believe you, you want to show them. He is very proud of me, as I am very proud of him.”

Despite his huge success and settled family life, he says he is “not brilliant at being happy”. “If you ask my children and Amanda, they will definitely say I am pretty grumpy and hard to live with sometimes. I also know that I can be playful and full of joy…” Freeman describes himself as a hands-on father, happy to get up in the night when his children were babies.

“I wasn’t like a Fifties dad. Now, I enjoy reading and telling them spooky stories. I’m quite a disciplinarian: I can be a shouter. But I can be a very demonstrative kisser and hugger.“

Some aspects of fatherhood surprised him: “It goes without saying that you’re going to love your kids, but what you’re not expecting is wanting to kill everybody in your house. I’m fortunate in that Amanda is generally a slightly nicer person than I am. If it were purely up to me, my kids would probably be vegetarian Catholic Marxists.”

His children love watching their dad in The Hobbit. “I thought the spiders would really do Grace in, but she wasn’t scared by the peril and the violence. The thing that most upset her was the bit where the dwarves come round and basically eat Bilbo out of house and home. Grace is inconsolable at the idea that they have stolen all Daddy’s food – she thinks I’m being bullied.”

Although he makes a very comfortable living, he says he is not as fabulously wealthy as people seem to think. “I understand why people think I am; it just happens not to be true. I’m certainly wealthier than anyone else in the history of my family.”

Nor has he embraced many of the trappings of wealth. “I don’t live large in that way, because that’s not my taste. I drive a Mini. But I love going to Italy on holiday, being happy in the sunshine, eating the best food and looking after my family in that way.”

He describes his house as “a gamekeeper’s cottage” just outside a village – where they moved from London after Freeman grew sick of people ringing his doorbell at all hours to speak to “Tim”. “I fell in love with the house and it was near where Amanda grew up. I had an idea that I would go with John, my father-in-law, to a local village pub, but the dual effect of Sherlock and The Hobbit means that now I just become the cabaret.”

The most common misperception about him, he says, is that, “I’m everyone’s best mate. When people say, ‘I’d love to go for a pint with him,’ I think, ‘No, you f***ing wouldn’t.’ It goes back to Tim from The Office – he was a very approachable, funny schlub. I don’t think people go up to Ray Winstone and go, ‘All right, you c***?’ ”

Of course, there are many worse things than being seen as nice. “Definitely,” he agrees. “But if you grow up small as a kid, it’s like being mummied by the girls: ‘You’re so sweet.’ That casts a long shadow.”

Freeman grew up in Aldershot, Hampshire, the youngest of five children. “You never feel you’re not the youngest. I’m a grown man, doing all right, and I still feel subconsciously as if I’ve got to earn my place in a room.”

His parents divorced when he was 1 and he lived mostly with his father, a naval officer, until his sudden death from a heart attack when Freeman was 10. “At the time, I probably tried to brush my dad’s death under the carpet. I didn’t want people to feel sorry for me. I was small, I was pretty sickly and asthmatic; people already went ‘little Martin’. But when I was 17 or 18, I realised that losing a parent is a big deal. It was devastating in a way that I was unable to acknowledge at the time.” His eyes tear up. “Sometimes I wonder if I heard his voice now, would it be the same as it is my memory?”

He remains very close to his mother, who he describes as “a very egalitarian, principled, left-leaning snob. I never felt hard done by, because I always knew I was loved.”

Raised a Catholic, Freeman went to a Salesian school in Chertsey, Surrey, where the only thing that really rubbed off on him was the religion. “Catholicism goes in somewhere and it colours you for good and bad for ever. So does being the product of divorce. It’s all in there in little layers.”

He has stuck to his faith, although he does not go to church regularly. “I’m about as much of a practising Catholic as I am an astronaut, [but] I will occasionally pop into a church and light a candle and pray”.

Spanish Duolingo: Food
  • el arroz - rice
  • el huevo - egg
  • el pescado - fish
  • el pollo - chicken
  • la manzana - apple
  1. Yo cocino. - I cook.
  2. Yo como pescado. - I eat fish.
  3. Yo cocino el pollo. - I cook the chicken.
  4. Nosotras comemos arroz. - We eat rice.
  5. Las niñas comen arroz. - The girls eat rice.
  6. Nosotros comemos una manzana. - We eat an apple.
  7. Las niñas comen una manzana. - The girls eat an apple.

  • la fruta - fruit
  • el jugo - juice
  • la sopa - soup
  • la carne - meat
  • la pasta - pasta
  • el queso - cheese
  • la naranja - orange
  1. Es la sopa. - It is the soup.
  2. Yo cocino pasta. - I cook pasta.
  3. Yo como una naranja. - I eat an orange.
  4. Nosotros bebemos jugo. - We drink juice.
  5. Ellos comen una naranja. - They eat an orange.
  6. Los hombres comen una naranja. - The men eat an orange.

  • el limón - lemon
  • la salsa - sauce
  • la papa - potato
  • el tomate - tomato
  • el almuerzo - lunch
  • la fresa - strawberry
  • la comida - food / meal
  1. Es un limón. - It is a lemon.
  2. Yo como comida. - I eat food.
  3. Yo cocino el almuerzo. - I cook lunch.
  4. Ella come un tomate. - He eats a tomato.
  5. El niño come un tomate. - The boy eats a tomato.

  • la sal - salt
  • el menú - menu
  • la cena - dinner
  • el azúcar - sugar
  • la cebolla - onion
  • el desayuno - breakfast
  • el emparedado - sandwich
  1. Él come azúcar. - He eats sugar.
  2. Yo como la cena. - I eat the dinner.
  3. Tú lees el menú. - You read the menu.
  4. Ella come un emparedado. - She eats a sandwich.
  5. Ellos comen un emparedado. - They eat a sandwich.

  • el té - tea
  • la cerveza - beer
  • el tomate - tomato
  • el vegetal - vegetable
  • el vegetariano - vegetarian
  1. Soy vegetariano. - I am vegetarian.
  2. Yo como vegetales. - I eat vegetables.
  3. Ella bebe una cerveza. - She drinks a beer.
  4. Él no es vegetariano. - He is not vegetarian.
  5. Tú comes emparedados. - You eat sandwiches.
  6. La mujer es vegetariana. - The woman is vegetarian.
  7. Las niñas comen vegetales. - The girls eat vegetables.
  8. El hombre bebe una cerveza. - The man drinks a beer.
  9. Los niños son vegetarianos. - The children are vegetarians.

🌱 Ever had someone tell you, “you need meat to survive”? And that a vegan diet isn’t “healthy”?

Let’s set the record straight - you can get every nutrient you need from a plant-based diet (including ample protein and iron!) and live a healthier life without consuming animal corpses or their secretions, and without participating in the cruelty involved in modern factory farming. But don’t take our word for it, read what the nutritional experts have to say:

1: 🇺🇸 American Dietetic Association says “It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.”

2: 🇨🇦 The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada say “Vegetarian diets can provide all the nutrients you need at any age, as well as some additional health benefits.”

3: 🇨🇦 Dietitian’s of Canada say "A well planned vegan diet can meet all of these needs. It is safe and healthy for pregnant and breastfeeding women, babies, children, teens and seniors.”

4: 🇬🇧 The British National Health Service say “With good planning and an understanding of what makes up a healthy, balanced vegan diet, you can get all the nutrients your body needs.”

5: 🇦🇺 The Dietitian’s Association of Australia say “Vegan diets are a type of vegetarian diet, where only plant-based foods are eaten. They differ to other vegetarian diets in that no animal products are usually consumed or used. Despite these restrictions, with good planning it is still possible to obtain all the nutrients required for good health on a vegan diet.” .

6: 🇺🇸 The United States Department of Agriculture say “Vegetarian diets can meet all the recommendations for nutrients. The key is to consume a variety of foods and the right amount of foods to meet your calorie needs. Follow the food group recommendations for your age, sex, and activity level to get the right amount of food and the variety of foods needed for nutrient adequacy. Nutrients that vegetarians may need to focus on include protein, iron, calcium, zinc, and vitamin B12.”

7: 🇬🇧 The British Nutrition Foundation say “A well-planned, balanced vegetarian or vegan diet can be nutritionally adequate … Studies of UK vegetarian and vegan children have revealed that their growth and development are within the normal range.”

8: 🇦🇺 The National Health and Medical Research Council say “Alternatives to animal foods include nuts, seeds, legumes, beans and tofu. For all Australians, these foods increase dietary variety and can provide a valuable, affordable source of protein and other nutrients found in meats. These foods are also particularly important for those who follow vegetarian or vegan dietary patterns. Australians following a vegetarian diet can still meet nutrient requirements if energy needs are met and the appropriate number and variety of serves from the Five Food Groups are eaten throughout the day. For those eating a vegan diet, supplementation of B12 is recommended.”

9: 🇺🇸 The Mayo Clinic says “A well-planned vegetarian diet (see context) can meet the needs of people of all ages, including children, teenagers, and pregnant or breast-feeding women. The key is to be aware of your nutritional needs so that you plan a diet that meets them.”

Of course, you need to appropriately plan any diet for optimal health. Don’t just eat Oreos and expect to be healthy. Include a wide variety of whole foods. Also everyone should supplement B12, whether or not you’re on a plant-based diet. More information coming in another post regarding that.