Sheepwrecked – Environmentalists v Farmers

April 13, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on thinkingcountry:


Over the last week I have been helping out on a farm in the Scottish Borders in the lambing shed (hello to you all at Overlangshaw!) and while I was there I began reading Alan Butler’s book ‘sheep’, a work that sets out an argument for sheep being some of the most important historical actors of all time, forging the grazed hill landscape we recognise today. This article specifically focuses on environmentalist George Monbiot’s prominent attack on sheep. In an article last year in the Spectator, titled Sheepwrecked, Monbiot claimed that ‘Britain has been shagged by the white plague’ and sheep have ‘done more extensive environmental damage than all the building that has ever taken place’, preventing ecological succession on the hills and sentencing our landscapes to monocultures of grasses rather than the complexity of species that might otherwise be able to thrive (I suggest you read the article…

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Business Week on taxing meat

April 13, 2014 Leave a comment

Business Week has a couple of complimentary items. The first is an article recommending a tax on meat, which I am a little late sending out but wanted to make sure to share. Just yesterday, however, April 11, the Business Week website posted an interview with Beyond Meat founder Ethan Brown that is terrific viewing.

The article, by Charles Kenny, is titled, “The Economic Case for Taxing Meat.”

It opens:
“As tax season ramps up, we’re bound to hear proposals aimed at making the revenue system simpler and more efficient. A perennial is the ‘sin tax.’ Rather than tax earnings—when we really want people to earn money—why not tax things we don’t want people to do? Add duties to cigarettes, alcohol, and carbon dioxide to slow people’s smoking, drinking, and polluting, and you’ll do them and the world a favor while raising revenue for schools, hospitals, and roads. But why stop there? It’s time to add one more sin to the list of habits that should be taxed: excessive meat consumption.”

Kenny cites studies showing that meat eaters are more likely than vegetarians to be obese, a drain on the health care system.

Ironically, however, he notes that meat consumption impacts widespread human malnutrition as “livestock production occupies 30 percent of the land surface of the planet.” He notes, “Some of that land could be used instead to cultivate crops for human consumption.”

Kenny writes, “Domesticated animals have been the incubators of many of the world’s greatest killer diseases,” and reports, “We’ve added to that risk by regularly feeding factory animals antibiotics. Eighty percent of all antibiotics consumed in the U.S. are used on animals. This widespread use has been linked to the rapid emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which kills 18,000 people a year in the U.S.”

He also discusses the meat industry’s effect on climate change and on the oceans, as fish are fed to factory farmed animals.

Then he reminds us:
“Yet despite all the reasons for curbing meat consumption, livestock farmers got nearly a third of a billion dollars in subsidies in 2011 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.”

It’s a fascinating article, which you’ll find on line at

The interview with Ethan Brown, the founder of Beyond Meat, is on line at:

It’s terrific viewing. Beyond Meat is a product aimed at people who love meat — in other words aimed at the vast majority of the population. It’s a happy development.

First the egg, now the chicken

April 13, 2014 Leave a comment

When people know how their food has been farmed, it can transform millions of lives. Cage-free egg sales rocketed in the EU when all eggs were labelled by production system. And, surely, what’s right for egg-laying hens is right for chickens reared for meat?

Today, please join the call for honest labelling of all poultrymeat in Europe.

One simple change

Voluntary labelling terms already exist for EU poultry – describing higher welfare farm systems, such as free range. This means that one simple rule change would deliver method of production labelling of all poultrymeat, and help improve the lives of chickens across Europe.

Tightly packed chickens
Honest labelling can change the lives of farm animals.
Take action

Please sign our letter to Europe’s farming ministers today. Ask them to call on the European Commission to make the voluntary labelling terms mandatory. That way, all poultrymeat, including meat from chickens in factory farms, will be labelled by farm system.

The Commission made the labelling rules – they can change them – it’s really that simple. First came the egg, now let’s do the same for chickens.

Take action



April 13, 2014 Leave a comment

Originally posted on Amy Chandler Therapies:

ImageThe jury is out on the Nutribullet… I love that it is so easy to clean, quick to use and there’s no waste so it’s easy on the wallet, BUT the smoothies it creates are very fibrous and I’m not sure I like that texture. This morning I tried curly kale, 1/2 banana, an apple, squeeze of lime and cashew nuts.

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15 Surprisingly Creative Vegan Smoothie Recipes

April 13, 2014 Leave a comment

Jim Wood:

will need to re-blog more of this stuff since buying my Nutrbullet.

Originally posted on AVAC Life:

via Leonora Epstein - BuzzFeed

1. Chocolate Raspberry Fig Smoothie

Chocolate Raspberry Fig Smoothie

Oh YUM. Figs? In a smoothie? Yaaass. Cook Republic’s recipe also includes cashews, paprika, and maple syrup. Intrigued? Get the full recipe here.

2. Vegan Piña Colada Smoothie

Vegan Piña Colada Smoothie

This is one of those genius ideas that makes you go, “Why didn’t I think of that?” The more adventurous could add rum. Just sayin’. Get the full recipe at Foodie With Family.

3. Vegan Green Tea Chia Smoothie

Vegan Green Tea Chia Smoothie

Mom Foodie’s combo of banana, matcha powder, and chia seeds packs this treat with 10 grams of fiber. Get the full recipe here.

4. Chamomile, Strawberry, and Quinoa Smoothie

Chamomile, Strawberry, and Quinoa Smoothie

Didn’t even realize you could use quinoa to thicken a smoothie. Duly noted. Get the full recipe at Aprons and Sneakers.

5. Tart Cherry “Revitalizer” Smoothie

Tart Cherry "Revitalizer" Smoothie

This blend by Averie Cooks involves tart cherries and coconut water (which makes this…

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Stop the 2014 New Jersey Bear Hunt – The Petition Site

April 9, 2014 Leave a comment

Jim Wood:

Why people still hunt bears in this day and age is beyond me.

Originally posted on Surviving on Terra 3:

Stop the 2014 New Jersey Bear Hunt – The Petition Site .

Stop the 2014 New Jersey Bear Hunt

Stop the 2014 New Jersey Bear Hunt

  • author:Mark & Kim
  • target: NJ Governor Chris Christie, NJ Senators, Representatives
  • signatures:6,104

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Factory Farms & The Meat Disconnect

April 6, 2014 1 comment

Originally posted on Vegan Mermaid:

One of the most frequent questions I’m asked is, “What made you go vegan?”

Since I was little, I was a vegetarian (or, almost.) My parents have been divorced since before I could remember, and I spent most of my time at my mom’s house. My mother was a vegetarian for the most, and so it wasn’t often that I was presented with meat. When I was, I shuddered at the oddly shaped globs of carcass on other’s plates and grimaced at the red juices that seeped from inside.

However, sometimes when my dad picked me up on the weekends, we went out to eat at restaurants where I’d order the “kid-friendly” chicken-nuggets. I loved popping the bite-sized morsels in my mouth and the umami juices that lingered. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I knew that I was eating a chicken. I imagined the chickens pecking jubilantly in…

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