New for August 26, 2011

News Today includes stories about Super Foods, potatoes, Gorillas, Ecosystems, Urban Ecosystems, Dog Refuses To Leave Casket, National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse, Healthy Eating On The Cheap, Papayas, Be Kind to Animals, Iced Teas, Healthy School Snacks, Fewer Chickens Killed, Peace, Pesticide, Carrots, experimentation on chimps, Monsanto, Ingrid Newkirk, Urban Veg Food Crawl, Las Vegas, Food Movies, Great White Sharks, Crave, Foie Gras, U.S. Farmers, Living On A Food Stamp Budget, Obesity, fish kill, Healthy eating, and Sea Turtle.

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Forget potatoes: Idaho now grows CAFOs

When the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act (Proposition 2) passed in California in 2008, it granted laying hens nominally more space in their cages.

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5 Ways to Help Save the Mountain Gorillas

Gorillas are without doubt charismatic animals that serve as a ‘flagship’ species. The mountain gorilla not only attracts public support, but also helps develop and focus attention on its vanishing habitat, benefiting the many other species which depend on it for survival. Luckily, the intervention and passion for conservation from a handful of people has prevented the mountain gorilla from becoming extinct. With the work of conservationists such as Carl Akeley, George Schaller and Dian Fossey, their efforts have attracted global interest to the plight of gorillas, which hopefully may just have saved them!

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10 Weird Urban Ecosystems

Life can burst in many strange and unexpected places. From goldmines to heavily polluted canals, and from toilets to radioactive areas, some species, as well as people, can find their perfect habitat, no matter how weird it is. Here is 10 Weird Urban Ecosystems

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Dog of Fallen Navy SEAL, Officer Jon Tumilson, Refuses To Leave Casket

The dog of fallen Navy SEAL Officer Jon Tumilson refused to leave his owner’s casket at the officer’s funeral earlier this week, Animal Planet reported.

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The National Center for Prosecution of Animal Abuse

Most of us remember the days when prosecutors, with a few notable exceptions, were willing, even eager, to ignore animal abuse cases. Fortunately, a shift has started in some district attorneys’s offices, and animal cases are being treated with increasing care. Sometimes there are even special units — or at least designated individuals — who are appointed to handle animal cases and who have the special expertise to know how to manage these often difficult cases, which not only can require knowledge of the law, but require a sensitivity to the often complex needs of the animal victims.

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Alexandra Jamieson & Chloé Jo Davis Share Tips On Healthy Eating On The Cheap

Alexandra Jamieson and Chloé Jo Davis are besties – brainy vegan Mamas with a common goal; helping the world eat cleaner! Welcome to a new Monthly series, Little Sprouts/ Big City, from these two plant-based princesses where they spill the beans (literally!) on everything you need to know to eat, live, and dress clean and green – on a budget and with a family.

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Mexican Papayas Detained at the Border

A ban on Mexican papayas entering the United States will make it a little harder to find the tasty Vitamin C-laden fruit at your favorite grocer.

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Teach Kids to Be Kind to Animals

Aligned with National Education Standards for the major subject areas, Kind News is used across the curriculum and has become the most widely used humane education resource for teachers, parents, and animal sheltering professionals.

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3 Super-Healing Summer Iced Teas

The acai berry in this tea makes it high in antioxidants. Antioxidants help protect your body against the effects of aging (yes, wrinkling!) and disease. The fresh lemon juice gives your body a boost of more than 20 anti-cancer phytonutrients. I’ll be discussing anti-cancer phytonutrients in an upcoming post.

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Healthy School Snacks

Serving healthy snacks to children is important to providing good nutrition, supporting lifelong healthy eating habits, and helping to prevent costly and potentially-disabling diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity.

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Fewer Chickens Killed as Demand for Meat Drops

According to a recent report by the United States Department of Agriculture, the number of chickens raised and killed for food will drop significantly in the second half of 2011, due to decreased demand for meat. This latest report comes on the heels of a Daily Livestock Report, indicating that 2010 per capita consumption of all meat dropped by an estimated one pound per person in the United States, marking the fourth year in a row that meat consumption has declined in the United States and the fifth decline within a six-year period.

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Peace Begins with You

“We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.”—Albert Schweitzer, The Philosophy of Civilization

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California Defied Own Scientists With Pesticide Approval

Earlier this year, several environmental groups sued the State of California for approving the agricultural use of methyl iodide, a harmful pesticide. Methyl iodide is known to cause miscarriages, thyroid dysfunction, and cancer and it’s applied to crops like strawberries and peppers. Public outcry has been growing: just this week, farmworkers and environmentalists stood on the steps of the state capitol demanding Governor Jerry Brown make good on his promise to reconsider the substance’s approval. While farmworkers are worried about their health, scientists should be concerned too: new documents released by court-order due to the lawsuit show the state cherry-picking data to back up weakened restrictions for the chemical.

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Friday Weird Science: Too Many Carrots

Over at my Scientopia site, I usually do a Friday Weird Science feature. This can range from sperm, to sneezing, to really anything in between, anything that I happen to find weird and hilarious and interesting. Unfortunately, the Scientopia site is down right now, so today I’ll be putting Friday Weird Science HERE, because neither rain, snow, sleet, hurricanes, or potential DDoS attacks will stop Friday Weird Science! And today’s topic? CARROTS.

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action alert: end experimentation on chimps

Chimps are captured from the wild at an early age, only to spend decades in cages no bigger than a kitchen table, while being subjected to cruel, invasive procedures. This would be an awful way to treat any animal, but chimps are human beings’ closest cousins in the animal kingdom! How can treating them this way be legal?

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Farmers to Monsanto: Save Our Seeds

Eastern Washington farmers are increasingly worried about agricultural invasion from Monsanto’s unwanted genetically modified and patent-protected seeds, which can threaten a farm’s organic status and land them in court. Now a national coalition of independent farmers is fighting back.

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Conversation with PETA’s Ingrid Newkirk

Michael Tobias (MT) What is the most pressing problem that animal rights groups like PETA face today?

Ingrid Newkirk: (IN) That’s a bit like asking which shoes pinch the most. It’s got to be what people eat, simply because, while not everyone wears fur or experiments on animals, everyone eats. That means a mind-boggling number of animals suffer for the palate. And the cruelty isn’t just in daft and cruel killings. It’s the casual cruelty of the lunchtime sandwich or the evening meal. This is not to say that dietary habits aren’t changing. Putting aside the New Jersey woman who is vying to be the fattest person on the planet, we see cookbooks like Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Diet and programs like Dr. Neal Barnard’s 21- Day Weight Loss Kick Start become bestsellers right out of the gate. But, in America alone, human beings breed, raise, transport, and then slaughter more than 16 billion land animals every 365 days. That doesn’t even count fish and crabs, who aren’t inanimate objects, no matter how hard it may be for us to relate to them.

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Urban Veg Food Crawl

Los Angeles’ first Urban Food Crawl kicked off last week, showing people the best veg food spots in the city. The walking tour includes six stops, allowing participants to nosh on vegan pizza, Mexican cuisine, retro diner treats, and Babycakes’ cupcakes. The four-hour tour will continue each week through the end of October, with a special edition featuring beer and wine tasting on September 3, the date of the next tour. The $65 tickets, which should be purchased a week in advance, include all food and a tote bag.

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What Happens in Vegas Can Help Animals

When we heard that MGM wanted to demolish the Harmon Tower—its brand-new but structurally unsound hotel and casino in Las Vegas?we had a dynamite idea: Turn the unusable building into a billboard.

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Save Breasts and Animals

Watching my cherished grandmother suffer through breast-cancer surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, then pass away, was the hardest thing that I have ever gone through. I felt so helpless—then I became determined to help find a cure. For me, that meant participating in walks and other fundraisers for breast-cancer charities like the Avon Foundation that are actually helping us get closer to a cure by funding cutting-edge, effective, non-animal research.

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The Funniest #FoodMovies On Twitter

Earlier this week, a South African foodie site called Food 24 decided to try their hand at the Twitter hashtag game. They started #foodmovies, the idea being that anyone could tweet a pun involving a popular movie title and a food item. Much to their surprise, it caught on and became a global trending topic pretty much overnight.

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Great White Shark Illegally Caught Off Pier

A YouTube video posted by someone with the username Ograza 13 may come back to bite him in the posterior. On Tuesday, Ograza 13 posted a video of someone catching a great white shark on the Huntington Beach Pier. (To see the video of the shark being hauled in, go to the video in the image carousel).

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New Food Network Show ‘Crave’ Exposes Weird Origins Of Popular Foods

Cheese is not only one of the tastiest foods invented by man, but it was also one of the greatest weapons of war in the ancient world.

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Ludo Bites America: The Foie Gras Crusaders At Casa Pulido

Before opening the doors of Casa Pulido, the host restaurant for Lefebvre’s final pop-up, a group of protestors known as the “Foie Gras Crusaders” began to protest the Frenchman’s use of his beloved luxury liver. The already-grumpy Chef Ludo took to using four-letter words (in both French and English) while Krissy laughed it all off.

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U.S. Farmers Rely On Internet More And More: Department Of Agriculture Report

Think of farms and images of tractors and combines come to mind. But what about laptops, smart phones and tablets?

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Food Informants: A Week In The Life Of Karl Wilder, A Chef Living On A Food Stamp Budget

As a result of spending his teenage years in Minnesota (the land of “white bread, white gravy, and white meat”), Karl Wilder learned to cook in self-defense. Mastering the Art of French Cooking was his best friend. He left for California at age 18 where he discovered fresh vegetables, Chinese food and wine. He attended culinary school and then traveled the world — learning from Italian and Bulgarian grandmothers, a talented French man, Vietnamese villagers, and his brothers and sisters in Yemen and Turkey. “Show me how to make that” gave him a kitchen pass all over the world. He was the owner and Executive Chef of The Country Club in New Orleans, Fusion On The Fly Catering in New York, and recently returned from the Dominican Republic where he had the enormous pleasure of being the Executive Chef at a resort.

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Sea Turtle Who Had Global Following Found Dead

A sea turtle who survived catastrophic injuries and underwent a year of rehabilitation and innovative surgeries has been found dead, three weeks after he was released off the Florida coast.

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Obesity’s big fat cost to states: $15 billion per year

Obesity costs some states as much as $15 billion a year, a new study says. The researchers estimated how much each state spends on obesity-related medical costs each year.
The estimated costs range from $203 million in Wyoming to $15.2 billion in California. (Estimates are in 2009 dollars.)

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Hundreds of thousands of fish killed in paper mill spill

A rotten stench hung over a 60-mile stretch of Louisiana’s Pearl River as boats trawled through thick layers of hundreds of thousands of dead fish, and sweating workers bent to scoop the carcasses from the water.

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Healthy eating adds $380 to yearly grocery bill, study shows

If you are trying to eat as healthy as the government wants you to, it’s going to cost you: at least $7.28 a week extra, that is.

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About James Lucas

James has been a graphic designer for over 18 years and owns Wave Hound Surf Shop. James started Doylestown Movie Fans, who meet once a month to see movies at the County Theater in Doylestown, PA. He and his wife Chris started Bucks County Vegan Supper Club in 2009, whose members meet once a month to have a vegan potluck dinner. They are currently working through the Veganomicon cookbook, which inspires experienced and recent vegans to try new recipes. James is proud to support Farm Sanctuary and The Surfrider Foundation.

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