News for October 5, 2011

News Today includes stories about Fish oil, Elephants, Eating, Genetically engineered foods, Vegan Shoes, Fast Food, Elephant, Chrissie Hynde, Animals, Subway, Vegan, Vedge, Monkeys, Vitamins, Pie, Eat Local, shelters, breakfast, and recipes.

Fish oil in troubled waters

From nutritionfacts.org

Major fish oil manufacturers and drug stores are being sued for failing to disclose the PCB pollutants in fish oil supplements.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Targets Elephant Poachers

From Huffington Post

This week, DiCaprio announced that he will be leading a new International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) campaign to protect the world’s elephant populations, reports Mother Nature Network.

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Eating With Men Makes You Eat Less, Study Says

From Huffington Post

A new study published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology confirms what many already could have guessed: women eat less when in the company of men. The study analyzed the eating habits of 127 college students and whether the students sat alone or with company.

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Don’t Be in the Dark About What You Eat

From The Nation

Genetically engineered foods are required to be labeled in the European Union nations, Russia, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries around the world. But in America, the industrial food industry is still allowed to keep consumers in the dark about the food they purchase.

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Mom Blogger’s Vegan Shoe Line

From VegNews

A vegan mommy blogger in Michigan has released a new shoe collection of cruelty-free, fashionable footwear.

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Is Cooking Really Cheaper Than Fast Food?

From Mother Jones

Can you cook much better food for yourself for even cheaper? That’s the message of Slow Food USA’s ongoing $5 Challenge, and of a recent column by New York Times recipe wizard/food politics columnist Mark Bittman. Bittman’s piece links to a handy infographic showing that the typical burgers-and-fries dinner for a family of four at McDonald’s costs about $28, while a home-cooked chicken-and-potatoes meal for four would run you just $14.

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Simple Roasted Root Vegetables

From Your Daily Vegan

Autumn is in full swing and with it brings intense cravings for root vegetables. Well, for me anyway. I love them. Root vegetables are amazingly delicious no matter which way they’re prepared. Tonight, I prepared simple, but tasty, roasted root vegetables with some butternut squash thrown in for good measure. First up, maple and ginger roasted carrots and butternut squash.

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One Lucky Elephant: One heart-wrenching documentary

From Scientific American

This poignant film tells the tale of two very complicated mammals – a human father (David), and his only daughter (Flora the elephant). David acquired Flora as a baby, fulfilling his lifelong dream of having an elephant act in his circus. For sixteen years they lived the ‘happy’ performance life at Circus Flora in Baltimore, MD; however, as Flora approached adulthood it became readily apparent that she was no longer content in a performance role (whether or not she was ever happy in this role is a topic for further speculation). David made the difficult decision to return Flora to some semblance of pachyderm normalcy – thus creating fodder for a powerful documentary.

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Chrissie Hynde Is Hot in Cleveland

From PETA

Rock star, animal defender, and Ohio native Chrissie Hynde has sent a letter to Cleveland officials to remind them that there is a ban in the state against using prods like bullhooks and “hot shots” on animals in circuses and asked for confirmation that humane authorities would make sure Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus doesn’t use them on elephants when the circus comes to town next month. In response the letter, the mayor wrote that the city shares Chrissie’s concerns and that “[a]n inspection will be conducted and the event monitored to ensure that the use of bullhooks and other devices that cause harm to circus animals are not used during the Cleveland event.”

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“Occupy Wall Street” Protests Corporate Cruelty to Animals

From Mercy for Animals

In an ongoing series of protests in New York City, tens of thousands of people have descended on Wall Street to protest corporate greed and corruption. Since the mainstream media was slow to catch on to the message many people believed was obvious, the protestors have released their first “Declaration of the Occupation of New York City,” which includes, among other grievances, that corporate interests have “profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless nonhuman animals, and actively hide these practices.”

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Subway Recognizes Vegetarian Awareness Month and Asks for Customer Feedback!

From Compassion Over Killing

When the world’s largest restaurant chain tweets about Vegetarian Awareness Month and asks for your feedback about its menu items, it’s a good sign that the interest in veg-friendly food choices is shifting further and further into the mainstream.

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Women Think About Diets Over Relationships And Sex, Study Says

From Huffington Post

Women on diets spend more time worrying about what’s on their plate than their relationship, says a new study by Atkins.

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Vegan Food Adventure Steps Off in L.A.

From TakePart

If you think eating vegan means endless plates of greens and tomatoes, and Downtown Los Angeles is nothing but Skid Row and the Staples Center, then you clearly haven’t met Jen Bardekoff and Sheri Wheeler.

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Menu: Early peek at Vedge

From Link

Chef Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby say they are looking at “two weeks – or so” until the opening of their modern vegan restaurant Vedge, which has made every critic’s must-try list for fall.

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Cook ‘em? Monkeys have islanders weighing options

From MSNBC

The fact that the vervet monkeys will eat just about anything they can get their furry hands on is precisely the problem for island residents who have struggled to coexist with the pesky primates since they arrived three centuries ago on slave ships from West Africa.

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Fat Soluble Vitamins: Do They Stand Between Vegans and Health?

From One Green Planet

Among the issues that are frequently raised regarding the “safety” of vegan diets is one that focuses on fat-soluble vitamins. Some of the concerns are based on legitimate questions about active forms of these vitamins and their absorption from plant foods, and others aren’t. Regardless of those questions, though, plant foods can and do provide enough of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D and K. (Vitamin E, which is also fat-soluble, is not involved in the controversy since it’s found in a very wide variety of foods.)

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Recipe: Raw Caramel Apple Pie

From One Green Planet

The best apples to use for this recipe include Honeycrisp, Gala, Pippin, Braeburn, Red or Golden Delicious, Pink Lady, Granny Smith, and Northern Spy.

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Will novelty carrots take root?

From The Guardian

Another year, another supermarket launch of funny-coloured carrots. Tesco has just announced that it’s about to start selling carrots in purple, yellow, white, cream (those last two pretty similar), orange, tangerine and amber (those three almost identical). In the promotional photograph (above), the variegated, rare-breed roots wheel round attractively, and a Tesco spokesman promises us that the vegetables “should create an instant ‘wow’ factor with kids and will hopefully help encourage them to eat their five-a-day”. (That triple qualifier, “hopefully help encourage”, is worthy of the language of face cream commercials.)

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“Horror after Horror”: Eat Local, Kill Local, Part III

From Eating Plants

”So, one of my posts on backyard slaughtering seems to have started a small brushfire of opposition. The usual insults: I’m a moron, a supporter of factory farming, and, as a result, deserve to die a slow, protein-deficit-induced death alongside my fellow vegans. Discourse!”

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Black Dog Syndrome bad luck for rescue shelters

From USA Today

There are no statistics, but there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence and many possible explanations, ranging from superstitions like the notion that black cats are bad luck, to a simple logistical problem: Black animals are hard to photograph well, and are therefore hard to advertise. To combat the problem, shelters have come up with a variety of creative measures, from reducing adoption fees to improving the quality of the photos.

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What’s for kids’ breakfast? Cereal, sodas, candy, yogurt

From USA Today

Researchers at Temple University in Philadelphia surveyed 369 fourth- through eighth- graders in the city about whether they ate breakfast that day and what they consumed.

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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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