Your Health and the Environment

What we eat can cause or worsen diet-related illnesses and thus has a significant impact on our quality of life.

Virtually all the major scientific and medical institutions in the world agree that the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, obesity, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, cancer, and diabetes, among other diseases is linked to a meat-based diet consisting of highly processed foods laden with fats and artificial ingredients. These institutions further agree that the risk is greatly reduced by adopting a healthy low-fat, high-fiber diet.

Love Life! Love Animals, Don’t Eat Them!

What makes it wrong, and the idea of it even repulsive, to eat a pet, but okay to slaughter other animals and put them on the dinner table or in our children’s lunch box? Our pets earn a special place in our hearts and often are treated as members of the family. Great efforts and expense are taken to see that they are kept safe, well-nourished, comfortable and happy.

It's Green to Adopt a Vegetarian Diet

What we choose to eat is one of the most significant factors in the personal impact we have on the environment and the fastest path to climate change. A recent study examining the impact of a typical week’s eating showed that plant-based diets are better for the environment than those based on meat. A vegan organic diet had the smallest environmental impact while the single most damaging foodstuff was beef. All non-vegetarian diets require significantly greater amounts of environmental resources such as land and water.

Why Adopt a Vegetarian Diet?

If you could take a pill that would improve your health, help save the environment, soften your heart and spirit of compassion ...would you do it?. While it is not a magic pill, the simplest and most effective means to achieve this is to adopt a vegetarian diet. There are significant moral, ethical, environmental, health, and humanitarian benefits of adopting a vegetarian lifestyle. The personal health benefits alone are significant, and the benefits of society as a whole shifting towards a vegetarian diet are earth changing.

Better for Your Health

What Will the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act Look Like In Action?

Two weeks ago, with the First Lady looking on, President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids act in a special ceremony at the Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Washington D.C. The passage marked an important victory for Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign, and President Obama joked that had he not managed to get it passed, he would have been sleeping on the couch. But other than a well-rested President, what effect will this legislation have on the day-to-day life of the nations schoolchildren?

Meatless Monday is a Natural for the 1.4 Million 8-18 year-old Americans Who Are Vegetarian or Vegan

I smiled upon reading the quote from the Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG) that "Vegetarianism is definitely a more mainstream choice than ever before." This came in response to a poll taken earlier this year: www.vrg.org/press/youth_poll_2010.php.

Bill Clinton Named PETA's Person of the Year

Is it because he eschews fur? Or campaigns against dog fighting? No, the reason PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has named the former president their Person of the Year for 2010 is because of his new plant-based diet.

After a quadruple bypass six years ago (that's all four heart chambers with severe blockage) and surgery to implant two coronary stents earlier this year, Bill Clinton-obviously motivated by healthy concerns- now mostly eats and promotes a vegan diet.

The Time is Now: Tell the Secretary of Agriculture, "We Need a Total Ban on GM Alfalfa."

GMOs are, without a doubt, the most important issue of our generation. The decisions made now will have a decisive and irreversible impact on food security and health for uncountable numbers of generations in the future. Following a drawn out legal challenge to biotech industries by concerned farmers, the USDA recently announced that they are considering total or partial deregulation of GM alfalfa. Please educate yourself about this vital issue.

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