News for October 11, 2011

News Today includes stories about Medicare, Dogs, Films, Factory Farms, Lip Balm, Spinach, Michael Pollan, Foie Gras, farmer’s market, Pilgrims, Vegans, Men, DC VegFest, and recipes.

Resuscitating Medicare

From nutritionfacts.org

Medicare is now accepting for reimbursement the Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease and the Pritikin Program, which, on a personal note, is what inspired me to go into medicine.

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New Bipartisan Law Would Make Dog Neckerchiefs Mandatory

From The Onion

Cutting short its Columbus Day recess, Congress held a special emergency session this weekend to push through comprehensive legislation requiring every dog in the United States to wear a neckerchief, with both parties hailing the outcome as a “major step forward for the nation” and “downright adorable.”

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Food Films To Savor: New York Food Film Festival Edition

From Huffington Post

It’s been a great year for food films (see Part 1 and Part 2). We’ve been delighted with the crop so far, and thanks to the upcoming New York Food Film Festival (October 13-16), there are now plenty more on our radar. Check out some of the offerings below.

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Factory Farms Lack Inspection

From VegNews

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reported that Georgia’s large farms are not being inspected thoroughly, leading to huge risks of water contamination.

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Simple Slow Roasted Tomato Sauce

From Treehugger

Marinara sauce, it can make or break any Italian dish. Don’t worry; this recipe is sure to be a family favorite. The tomatoes come out tasting sun-dried and are it so simple to make. You really cannot mess this one up. Enjoy it or over some fresh Linguine with a full-bodied Merlot.

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Keep Those Vegan Lips Healthy With Hurraw! Lip Balm

From The Kind Life

As always, Hurraw! Balms are 100% natural, handmade with organic and raw ingredients, and even better, they smell divine!

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RECIPE: Greek Spinach Balls (harhar) with Mint Dill Yogurt Sauce (Dairy Free)

From Link

This is a recipe that came straight out of a cookbook, but it was easy and tasty and I wanted to share! This is from Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites, a great cookbook for lots of inspiration. (While not exclusively vegan, this cookbook is mostly-vegetarian, very vegan friendly and most recipes can be adapted, as this was.)

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RECIPE: Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding

From Girlie Girl Army

Gushy, chocolatey, simple, and begging to be made for dessert tonight, and then eaten for breakfast tomorrow; this recipe (from Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero. Buy the book asap to make all your culinary dreams come true) takes the cake for simple rustic sweetness.

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Michael Pollan, “School Lunch”

From Nourish

This week is National School Lunch Week, a time to celebrate school lunch programs, raise awareness, and take action to create a healthier food culture for the next generation. Throughout October we’re featuring voices from the movement for better school food, such as parents, food service workers, and food activists.

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Consumer Warning Labels Would Expose Diseased Livers as Source of Foie Gras

From Change.org

As California moves to prohibit production and sale of foie gras, Animal Legal Defense Fund is calling on the United States Department of Agriculture to require a consumer warning label on all foie gras products carrying the USDA seal of approval.

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When the Uprooted Put Down Roots

From The New York Times

At the Saturday farmer’s market in City Heights, a major portal for refugees, Khadija Musame, a Somali, arranges her freshly picked pumpkin leaves and lablab beans amid a United Nations of produce, including water spinach grown by a Cambodian refugee and amaranth, a grain harvested by Sarah Salie, who fled rebels in Liberia. Eaten with a touch of lemon by Africans, and coveted by Southeast Asians for soups, this crop is always a sell-out.

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Sexy ‘Pilgrims’ Take Toronto by Storm

From PETA

To encourage Canadians to celebrate a cruelty-free Thanksgiving, sexy PETA “pilgrims” landed at Toronto’s Old City Hall for a festive Tofurky giveaway. Thankful Torontonians gobbled up the demonstration—literally. The pilgrims handed out 50 delicious, meat-free Tofurky roasts in less than five minutes!

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Vegans Go All Jon Stewart on Meat-Eaters

From PETA

If you sometimes have the urge to tape-record yourself answering questions about your animal-friendly diet so you can just hit “Play” the next time someone asks, “What do you eat?”, “Where do you get your protein?”, or “You must eat a lot of salad, huh?”, take a gander at our Daily Show–esque (and very scientific) “What Vegans Eat” pie chart:

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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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