My attitude toward becoming a vegan was similar to Augustine’s attitude toward becoming celibate—“God grant me abstinence, but not yet.” But with animal agriculture as the leading cause of species extinction, water pollution, ocean dead zones and habitat destruction, and with the death spiral of the ecosystem ever more pronounced, becoming vegan is the most important and direct change we can immediately make to save the planet and its species. It is one that my wife—who was the engine behind our family’s shift—and I have made.
Animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than all worldwide transportation combined—cars, trucks, trains, ships and planes. Livestock and their waste and flatulence account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51 percent of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. Livestock causes 65 percent of all emissions of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas 296 times…
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There is an “awareness gap” amongst the global public of the link between eating meat and climate change, and that presents a real obstacle to keeping global warming under the 2-degree threshold, a new study finds.
From the London-based policy institute Chatham House, Livestock – Climate Change’s Forgotten Sector: Global Public Opinion on Meat and Dairy Consumption explores how the livestock sector’s contribution to climate change—14.5 per cent of total global greenhouse gas emissions—is failing to get the attention it warrants.
To assess public attitudes on the issue, Chatham House commissioned Ipsos MORI to conduct a multi-language, multi-country online survey. The results showed that 64 percent of respondents said exhaust emissions were a major contributor to climate change compared to just 29 percent who said livestock production was. Yet the two sectors’ actual contribution to emissions is roughly the same.
From the paper: “Despite the scale and trajectory of emissions…
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I thought the raw chocolate chunk cheesecake with peanut butter and coconut was the best raw vegan pie that existed … until this one! Those who know me know that my favourite dessert is banana caramel pie. Imagine how excited I was to find a healthy version! (Actually my mum found it on Pinterest and sent me the pin. Thanks mum!)
This recipe is courtesy of The Clean Dish.
It’s a simple recipe. No baking involved. Gluten free. Vegan. Refined sugar free. Amazing.
2 cups raw cashew nuts
2 tablespoons shredded coconut
¾ cup chopped dates (approximately)
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt
2 cans full-fat coconut milk, refrigerated for at least 8 hours (ideally several days)
3 tablespoon maple syrup
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
3-4 medium bananas
fresh squeezed lemon juice from ½ lemon
1 cup peanut butter
1) To make…
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It is so blisteringly obvious that fish feel pain that I just don’t understand why we don’t care more about their suffering. Surely if more people were urged to watch videos like this and confront the reality of their suffering they would think again before opting for the catch of the day…
This video from thekillingoftuna.org is another brutal reminder of why fish should not be on any menu!