News for October 14, 2011

News Today includes stories about Tomatoes, Russell Simmons, Poverty, Turtles, Seals, Sharks, Pets, Transit, Food Day, Coyotes, Hershey, Circus, Hunger, Pigs, Shelters, Monkeys, Cattle, Sweets, Cruelty, Kitchen, General Mills, Salmon, Companies, Halloween, Pesticides, Environmental, Thailand, Cows, Meat, and recipes.

The Tomato Effect

From nutritionfacts.org

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Why does the medical establishment sometimes ignore highly efficacious therapies such as plant-based diets for heart disease prevention and treatment?

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Occupy Wall Street Cleanup: Russell Simmons Offers To Pay To Avoid Violence

From Huffington Post

Following an evening of mopping, sweeping and trash collecting, the Occupy Wall Street protesters at Zuccotti Park readied themselves for a Friday morning confrontation with NYPD, preempting city efforts to clean the park and promising to defend their camp against what they suspect is a ploy to ouster them permanently.

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The New Face Of American Poverty Is Often A Child’s

From Huffington Post

Eleven-year-old Sarai Camacho of Donna, Texas, tears up when she tells why her mother let go the baby sitter for her and her younger sister this summer. It’s the same reason her father brought the family to Indiana so he could work the melon fields for a season.

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Endangered Sea Turtles Drowning In Shrimp Nets, Groups Sue For More Protection

From Huffington Post

Several wildlife protection groups are suing the federal agency that regulates fishing in U.S. waters, claiming the government isn’t doing enough to protect endangered sea turtles from drowning in shrimp nets.

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Ringed Seals In Alaska Hit By Unknown Disease

From Huffington Post

An unknown disease is killing or weakening scores of ringed seals along Alaska’s north coast, where the animals have been found with lesions on their hind flippers and inside their mouths.

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Doug Niblack, Surfer, Tells Of Standing On Great White Shark Off Oregon Coast

From Huffington Post

Doug Niblack was trying to catch another wave before going to work, when his longboard hit something hard as rock off the Oregon Coast and he suddenly found himself standing on the back of a thrashing great white shark.

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Retail Ban on Dogs and Cats

From VegNews

This week, Irvine, CA banned the retail sale of dogs and cats, as well as rodeos and circuses with exotic animals.

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Another Reason Transit Is Better Than Cars: It Is Kinder To Animals

From Treehugger

Urban cats usually have to fend for themselves, and are often squished by speeding cars. But here is a heartwarming story; In Toronto, they shut down one of the busiest streetcar lines in the City at one of the busiest intersections. For a cat.

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Food Day Signals Thumbs Down to Terrible Ten

From Food Safety News

Monday, October 24, is Food Day and much of what its organizers would like to eliminate in the American diet was spelled out Thursday by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the force behind the new, national day to rally for healthy, affordable food.

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Victory! California City Unanimously Votes to End Coyote Trapping

From Change.org

The city of Calabasas, California, outside of Los Angeles, prides itself on being an environmentally-conscious community. So when resident Randi Feilich Hirsch pointed out that the city’s contract with Los Angeles County to trap and kill coyotes was not only inhumane but also threatened to upset the ecological balance of the area, officials took notice. City council suspended all coyote trapping to review the issue.

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40,000 To Hershey: Stop Sponsoring Child Labor By Halloween

From Change.org

More than 40,000 consumers have joined a popular campaign on Change.org calling on Hershey to commit to buying cocoa produced without child labor, forced labor, or trafficked labor in time for Halloween.

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Diversifying Farming to Fight Hunger

From IPS

The countries of Central America have set their sights on research and innovation in the production of tomatoes, cassava, potatoes and avocados to increase food supply and combat hunger, which mainly affects rural areas.

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Circus Rejects ‘Shining Review’

From PETA

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A journalist working with Kay was offered three invitations to visit the circus, observe the animals, and speak with circus management—all three of which were later rescinded by the circus, which was apparently unconvinced by his claim that he planned to write a “shining review.” Apparently, the circus is unwilling to speak to any journalist who might be secretly harboring plans to write anything resembling an unbiased report, as opposed to a glowing fluff piece.

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Pig Producer Allegedly Ignored Abuse—of Women

From PETA

The meat industry thrives on the abuse of animals, so it comes as no surprise that former pig factory-farm workers are alleging that the management of Murphy-Brown—a subsidiary of the world’s largest pig producer, Smithfield Foods—turned a blind eye to sexual harassment of female employees.

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Animal Shelters—Coming to a Mall Near You

From PETA

In a trailblazing move that would earn tail-wagging approval from dogs everywhere, shopping mall developer Macerich has banned pet stores that sell animals in its more than 70 malls across the U.S. and is offering up the pet stores’ old spaces as adoption centers for homeless animals instead. This compassionate decision follows another the company made at PETA’s urging last year to ban the hideous “Pocket Pets” kiosks, which sell sugar gliders—tiny, exotic, nocturnal marsupials who often die as a result of improper care and the stress and loneliness of captivity.

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Military Ending Use of Live Monkeys for Nerve Agent Exercises

From PCRM

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The U.S. Army will soon stop poisoning live vervet monkeys in chemical weapons training exercises, the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) has learned from the office of Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, an outspoken Congressional opponent of the practice.

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The E6 Cattle Rescue: 6 Months Later

From Mercy for Animals

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Six months after being rescued from a living nightmare during an MFA undercover investigation at the E6 Cattle Company in Texas, Roy, Ari, Bob and Mercy have fully recovered from their terrible ordeal and are now thriving at The Gentle Barn farmed animal sanctuary in California.

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What Loving Sweets Might Say About Your Personality

From Huffington Post

It might seem like a sugar-coated overgeneralization to say that people with sweet dispositions also really like sweets, but a small new study is giving some weight to the idea.

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Animal Cruelty: Taking a Stand Is Easier Than We Think

From Huffington Post

We are a nation of animal lovers: Fully 97 percent of us tell pollsters that we believe animals should be protected from abuse. But, are we willing to do anything about it?

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4 Ways to Keep Your Kitchen Greener and Healthier

From Huffington Post

“To me, it’s so much more than fuel that keeps us going. For one thing, it’s so sensual: Choosing, cooking and eating appeals to all the senses — taste, obviously, but also sight, smell, touch, even sound. It’s also communal, the moment when family, and sometimes friends, gather and visit. We pause. We talk. We argue. We laugh.“

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General Mills Facing Class Action Lawsuit Over “Fruit Snacks” Full of Sugars, Partially Hydrogenated Oil, & Dyes

From Center for Science in the Public Interest

Something is mostly missing from Fruit Roll-Ups, Fruit by the Foot, and Fruit Gushers, according to a complaint filed today in federal court in California: fruit.

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FDA Supports Selling Genetically Modified Salmon: Report

From TakePart

A long-awaited environmental impact evaluation of the introduction of genetically modified salmon is now in the hands of the Obama White House, the website TalkingPointsMemo confirmed on Thursday, and according to their source, the FDA is “supportive” of selling the so-called “Frankenfish” to humans.

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Report: Companies With ‘Better-for-You’ Foods Do Better Financially

From Wall Street Journal

Food and beverage companies with a greater percentage of sales from so-called “better-for-you” products do better, financially, than their peers with less healthful fare, a new report finds.

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Spare Your Pet the Spooks this Halloween

From The Humane Society

While Halloween is a lively time for children and adults alike, The Humane Society of the United States is reminding pet owners that this haunting holiday may be more scary than amusing for your pet. While silly costumes and games are fun for people, companion animals aren’t used to spooky surprises, constant doorbell-ringing, and the general hustle-and-bustle that come into our homes at this time of year.

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Organic Farming and the Rise of Green Pesticides

From Green Buzz

When people think of organic food, the assumption is that it’s healthier, tastier, better for the planet, and grown without the use of chemicals. The first three are generally true, but there’s a widespread misconception about chemical use on organic foods, namely that there is none.

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8 Steps to Start an Environmental Club

From Green Buzz

Environmental clubs are yet another way to show your dedication for environment and help the nature and the people. If you can join some club – that’s great. But, if you can’t find some that suits you, the best you can do is start your own Environmental Club and accomplish your mission altogether with your friends. Here are the necessary steps that you gotta do in order to start your club.

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Humans to blame for Thailand flooding disaster, experts say

From MSNBC

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As some of Thailand’s worst flooding in half a century bears down on Bangkok — submerging cities, industrial parks and ancient temples as it comes — experts in water management are blaming human activity for turning an unusually heavy monsoon season into a disaster.

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Recipe: Muhammara Spread

From One Green Planet

“This is probably my favorite dip/spread to make. Like ever. It has smoky, creamy roasted red peppers, toasty walnuts and nutty little hemp seeds. The farmer’s markets are overflowing with peppers of all types where I live. I had to get some and make something special before they were gone. Shepherd peppers are ideal for roasting because their thick skins peel off rather easily once cooked. Feel free to use bell peppers though. They’ll definitely be just as tasty. I’ve included instructions for home-roasting the peppers, but to save time you can reach for some jarred ones too. I use a combination of walnuts and hemp seeds to really ramp up the protein and omega 3 content.”

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A Poignant Riddle: Are Cows Herbivores or Omnivores?

From One Green Planet

As we are awakening to the widespread corruption and inequity that are devastating our economic, governmental, environmental, and cultural well-being, I’ve found it to be highly illuminating to look deeply into our food system and its enormous repercussions that radiate into every aspect of our lives. As I discuss in The World Peace Diet, our unwillingness individually and collectively to recognize and take responsibility for the massive violence required by our food choices is our defining blind spot as a society. Sowing seeds of enslavement, cruelty, and terror in millions of animals that are confined and killed daily for food, we also sow the seeds, unfortunately, of our own oppression and demise. I believe that awakening from the socially imposed practice of eating meat and dairy products is the essential requirement for creating a new cultural foundation where equality, harmony, justice, and freedom are possible.

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Meat Misogyny: Sexual Politics of Meat Chic?

From One Green Planet

So many images, references, newspaper articles and other manifestations of the sexual politics of meat have been flooding in, that we need a moment just to see them all in one place. Warning: be prepared to be depressed or outraged or that strange combination of both that results from living in opposition to the dominant culture! (I include the links as they were sent to me.)

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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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