News for September 6, 2011

News Today includes stories about Moby, Saffron, Veg Bakery, Vegan Cooking Shows, Whale Murder, Lab Chimps, Happy Feet, Yoga & diabetes, Tick-borne parasite, food sensitivities, employment, Veterans, Vegan Babies, Meatless Monday, Dog Nurses Piglets, Schools Go Green, Puppy Mills, Laurie David, Vegan Diet, Raw Snickerdoodle, Hawaiian Pineapple Tofu, DIY Vegan Dog Treats, eat out of habit, Restaurants, Tiny Solar Trucks, Earthworms, Edible Gardens, Inequality, Labor Day, Vegan Bodega, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ferrets, Meat Healthy, Victoria Moran, Patent Life, Farming, Dissection, Organic Garden, wild hogs, Eating Raw, Vegan Nutrition, Hallucinogenic foods, Slave Labor, Tomatoland, and Recipes.

Moby talks about being vegan at Blossom Restaurant

Enjoy an enlightening conversation and scrumptious meal with Moby at NYC’s Blossom restaurant. Our host Linda Long finds out how he got his name, his thoughts on making music in a digital age, and how he survives being on tour as a vegan.

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Saffron for the treatment of Alzheimer’s

In a double-blind study, the spice saffron beat our placebo in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease dementia symptoms.

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Veg Bakery Kickstarter

If Amanda and Mike Overfield reach their goal of $5,000 through Kickstarter, the couple will open a vegan, gluten-free bakery in Omaha.

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New Online Vegan Cooking Shows

The Vegan Zombie and Vegan Drag Queen are bringing their cruelty-free culinary stylings to the world wide web.

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“Whale Murder” in the Faroe Islands: 100 Pilot Whales Slain for Cultural Tradition

It was with deep anguish that I received confirmation early Friday afternoon from Faroese police authorities that over 100 pilot whales have been brutally slaughtered in the town of Vestmanna in the Faroe Islands. These numbers have undoubtedly since risen as locals continued throughout the day to carve up these sentient and intelligent beings who violently lost their lives to bloodlust and greed in a cowardice act of cultural tradition referred to by locals as “grindadrap”. In Faroese, “grind” literally translates to pilot whale, while “drap” translates to “murder” thus representing the largest extermination of marine mammals in all of Europe — literally whale murder. Well, at least we can call a spade a spade here.

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Lab Chimps See Sunlight For The First Time

If this doesn’t make your eyes mist up a little, there might be something wrong with you.

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Penguin ‘Happy Feet’ Released South Of New Zealand

Free at last. The wayward emperor penguin dubbed “Happy Feet” is back in the ocean south of New Zealand.

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Yoga shows some benefit for diabetes

Gentle yoga classes may help people with type 2 diabetes take off a small amount of weight and steady their blood sugar control, a small study suggests.

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Tick-borne parasite infecting U.S. blood supply, CDC says

A tick-borne infection known as Babesiosis, which can cause severe disease and even death, is becoming a growing threat to the U.S. blood supply, government researchers said Monday.

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Black kids twice as likely to have food sensitivities to peanuts, eggs, milk

In a new study of 2-year-olds in Boston, black kids were twice as likely as white kids to have an immune response to foods such as peanuts, milk, and eggs, and almost four times as likely to have a “sensitization” to three or more foods.

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Companies that make their employees happier

Fat paychecks, light workloads and endless vacation days don’t necessarily add up to happy employees. In fact, the happiest employees in the U.S. credit their bliss to first-rate employee incentives, ample benefits, career advancement programs and great work-life balance. The companies that have been the most dedicated to cultivating and advancing these things in the past year have seen employee happiness soar.

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War Gives Way To Financial Strife For Returning Veterans

When he was still scrambling through the brush and dust of Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley, listening to his buddies’ frantic pleas for a medic, Brendan O’Byrne gave no thought to whether he would be able to pay his bills when he returned home to the United States. He did not contemplate his future credit rating, or his ability to land a job.

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Vegan Babies: A New Trend?

Hollywood stars taking up veganism is nothing new: plenty of celebs — Jessica Simpson and Olivia Wilde among them — value forgoing animal products in favor of a plant-based diet. Last January, even our former cheeseburger-loving president, Bill Clinton, jumped on the bandwagon as a health precaution.

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Meatless Monday: Labor Day Farmers Market Pasta Recipe

When the vegetables and herbs are local, seasonal and super-fresh, they do most of the work for you, creating big flavor with minimal labor. Top this light pasta with Parmesan or a dollop of vegan ricotta, if desired, serve with bruschetta and salad.

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Farm Dog, Yeti, Nurses Piglets In Cuba

Yeti the dog already had a litter of pups to care for when the piglets adopted her as a second mom.

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Students And Schools Go Green

With back-to-school time in full swing, many American students are returning to schools that are increasingly focusing on going green. Both American universities and school districts are finding ways to cut down on waste and improve sustainability.

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USDA: Closing Our Borders to Puppy Mills

Today the Obama Administration, admirably, issued two notices from two different federal agencies on new proposals to advance animal welfare. The first item, which you can read about on Wayne Pacelle’s blog, is a positive finding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on a petition filed by The HSUS and other groups to begin a review of whether all chimpanzees should be listed as an endangered species, addressing the current lack of protection for captive chimps in entertainment, as pets, and in labs. And the second item, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is a long-awaited proposed rule designed to prevent the import of puppies from foreign puppy mills for resale in the United States.

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Laurie David on Why Sitting Down to a Meal Is Such a Big Deal

Laurie David is a force of nature when it comes to lobbying on behalf of Mother Nature. An author, film producer and environmental advocate, she’s best known as the producer who convinced Al Gore that his climate change slide show could reach a lot more folks if he made it into a movie.

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Vegan Diet: Being a Healthy Herbivore

When I announced I was making the change over from vegetarian to vegan I got a lot of questions about my diet: Where will you get your protein? What about your iron? And B12? As with any dietary choice, whether omnivore or vegan, you need to be aware of your nutrient intake. So all of this started me thinking, where might I get these nutrients?

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Raw Snickerdoodle

Cunningly absent of gluten, dairy or additives, our cookies contain the highest anti-oxidant food sources we know. All of the natural ingredients are crafted at low temperatures to keep the flavor, nutrients and vitality alive and jumping!

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Hawaiian Pineapple Tofu

Served at a luau, summer barbecue, or just a weekend dinner at home, pineapple tofu adds Hawaiian flair to everyday fare.

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DIY Vegan Dog Treats

Reward your furry friend with homemade treats created with wholesome vegan ingredients.

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People eat out of habit, a study finds, even when food is stale

An online study in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin looking at how certain cues and adjustments can affect our habits used two experiments involving mindless eating. In the first, 98 people were recruited to watch movie trailers and were given water and boxes of popcorn. The popcorn was either 1 week old and stale, or freshly popped. It was randomly doled out to the participants who had also been surveyed about how often they typically eat popcorn in movie theaters.

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Restaurants pushed to disclose the presence of meat

Under pressure from consumers and lawsuits, restaurant chains are being pushed to disclose the presence of meat or meat-products, even in dishes not described as vegetarian or vegan.

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How Tiny Solar Trucks Can Save American Cities

Feeling like the shine has worn off that bright vision of electric vehicles saving the world? If you drove anywhere this Labor Day weekend you likely shared the freeways with an endless stream of diesel-driven truck traffic rather than a lot of zipping EVs. Those big trucks are the lifeblood of nearly all urban centers. Noisy, dirty, and CO2-spewing though they may be, they seem like a necessary evil.

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Earthworms Threaten US Forests. Is Composting Really to Blame?

As someone who has posted this fabulous infographic on which composting method is best for you, and videos of DIY compost tumblers and build your own worm bins, I would hope that my commitment to composting is beyond question.

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Edible Gardens are Busting Out All Over

Call them edible gardens, or urban agriculture, or guerrilla gardening: whatever. The fact is people are finding unused nooks and crannies to plant vegetables everywhere.

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It’s the Inequality, Stupid

Want more rage? We’ve got 12 charts exposing the dirty secrets of the jobless recovery.

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10 Eye-Popping Labor Day Stats

Labor Day was created more than 100 years ago to celebrate the might, ingenuity, and achievements of American workers. But for many, this year’s holiday is a painful reminder of how few good jobs are out there. To mark this Labor Day weekend, here’s a roundup of 10 eye-popping statistics on the American jobs crisis. It’s a sobering snapshot of the issue that worries Americans more than any other—and which hangs over President Obama as he gears up for his big jobs speech on Thursday (not to mention his reelection campaign).

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Loving It: Cruelty-Free Faves For September

Each Month we share a few things we like enough to call our BFF and gab about. Consider your phone ringing.

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A Vegan Bodega

A bodega grows on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. That doesn’t sound like anything particularly new or exciting, right? Well, how about a vegan Mom n’ Pop owned faux meat and cheese deli slicin’ goodness bodega? What about a place you can run into for a bottle of cruelty-free shampoo and a pack of marshmallows where you won’t have to bump into a rack of lamb? Hell yea! This project is pure genius, and we hope it goes off like firecrackers and that every city adopts a 7-11 type spot that offers a mess of plant-based sundries.

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Astrophysicist Genius, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson Gets Philisophical About Animals

I shot this interview for PETA of the brilliant Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. He is a genius and an astrophysicist, and has some profound things to say about our relationship to animals.

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Blueberry Pomegranate Slushie Recipe

Fresh blueberries are frozen and pureed with pomegranate juice, orange juice and goji berries in this refreshing slushie. This anti-oxidant filled delight is equally delicious whether you drink it to start your day or sip it as a light dessert while you wind down.

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Meatless Monday: Orecchiette with Vegan Cheezy Cream Sauce

“Vegan cheese” and “vegan cream sauce” are two phrases that strike terror in the hearts of most omnivores I know. They understand how tofu and tempeh and beans can sorta-kinda stand in for their familiar protein sources. When I talk about making vegan cream sauces, however, it’s all too often that I’m greeted with something akin to “Why do you bother?” After all, vegan cheese and vegan cream sauces could never be as smooth, as satisfying, as familiar and as heart-warming as the “real thing,” right?

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Where Budding Magnates Experiment With Recipes

WHEN Innocenzo and Michele Visceglia stopped making their pasta sauce at the Rutgers Food Innovation Center here in late August, it was the end of an era — but not the kind of era would-be food entrepreneurs might feel reluctant to bid adieu. Every Wednesday since early this year, when the Visceglias first began using the compoundlike center’s equipment and space, they rose at dawn and traveled 45 minutes to get here from their home in Williamstown, near Glassboro. By 7:30 a.m., they were suited up in the center’s regulation white smocks, rubber boots and hairnets. Around 3:30 or 4 p.m., they emerged, exhausted and splattered in the day’s yield of 600 quarts of tomato sauce.

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PETA Scientists Get Noticed in Montreal

That’s because PETA has a squadron of scientists who meet with government regulators, serve on expert working groups, put pressure on international corporations, publish in scientific journals, and make presentations at international scientific conferences like the one that took place in August in Montréal.

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Dogs Saved From Lab Celebrate Labor Day

Last Labor Day weekend, Buddy and Copper were among the dogs sitting in barren, filthy cages at animal testing hellhole Professional Laboratory and Research Services, Inc. (PLRS). But this Labor Day weekend, the two friends are rolling in the grass, playing with other dogs, and being loved and petted at Kindness Ranch.

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Abuse, Death at Ferret Factory

Personnel with the USDA have inspected Triple F Farms, Inc., a massive ferret-breeding factory farm near Sayre, Pennsylvania, based on evidence that PETA recently presented to the agency following a nearly four-month-long undercover investigation that blew the lid off sickening abuse and neglect of thousands of ferrets there. Bradford County District Attorney Dan Barrett’s office reviewed a complaint filed by PETA and has now begun an investigation of Triple F.

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Is Meat Healthy?

Go to http://www.healthyeatingstartshere.com/vegetarians-and-vegans/is-meat-healthy I usually try to stick to the positive side of things and pump up the greatness of plant foods, but I think it’s important to talk about the negatives too, and answer the question – is meat healthy? What do you think? Is meat healthy? Let me know below. And check out http://www.healthyeatingstartshere.com/awesome for ‘5 Free Videos On How To Get More Energy And Just All-Around Feel Wonderful’.

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Ritz-Carleton Star Lounge with Victoria Moran

Linda Long meets Victoria Moran, author of The Love Powered Diet for a delicious lunch created by Eric Gilchrist. Mezze Platter with warm, grilled pita bread, Butternut Squash Soup with Sautéed Chanterelles and Ginger Soy Meringue, and a Winter Vegetable Cassoulet in Episode 2 Ritz-Carlton Star Lounge, NYC: Get the Butternut Squash Soup with Sautéed Chanterelles recipe here: http://veganhotspot.com/recipe.html

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What Does It Mean to Patent Life?

When Haitian farmers began burning seed donations from biotech giant Monsanto after the country’s 2010 earthquake, director Jeremy Seifert went in search of answers for the farmers’ perplexing decision. What he learned compelled him to make a film to shed light on the scary facts of seed manipulation and the patenting of life.

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Getting Kids to Care About Farming

Our friends at Perennial Plate visited Janus Food Works, an amazing youth farming program on Sauvie Island, north of Portland, where a new generation of eaters gets their hands dirty learning how to grow their own food.

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New York Students Gain Right to Know for Dissection Choice Policy

This school year, middle- and high-school students throughout New York will be reminded of their legal right to choose when it comes to animal dissection. An amendment to the Education law, signed in August 2010 by former Gov. Paterson and which takes effect this year, requires schools to notify students and parents of the right of students to abstain from animal dissection and to abstain from witnessing the dissection of animals without being penalized.

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8 Steps to Start an Organic Garden in Your Backyard

Unfortunately, the recent popularity of the organic food raised the prices significantly, but if you still want to eat healthy and reduce the consuming of pesticides, starting an Organic Garden in your backyard is a great option. Here are eight basic steps to start it.

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NY seeks stop to wild hogs, may ban captive hunts

Wildlife officials in New York may ban captive boar hunts as they try to curb a growing feral hog population before it gets as bad as it is in Southern states, where roaming droves have devastated crops and wildlife habitat with their rooting, wallowing and voracious foraging.

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Sunday Punnies #17

For years, fans have been sending me cartoon ideas. The vast majority of them are puns, and to be honest (which I always am with you, my beloved blog reader) most of them are pretty awful. But every now and then I get a pretty good, original pun. So a couple of years ago (or 6 months, or a decade, I have a terrible sense of time) I decided to start this series, “Bizarro’s Sunday Punnies,” which are my cartoon interpretations on the pun ideas of readers.

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Erect Bum House

A reader from New Zealand wrote to me and asked me to post her favorite comic of mine from years ago. I think this cartoon may have been published in Scandinavia at some point so maybe she saw it there or in a past episode of this blog. Not sure. So here it is, in all its glory. She didn’t say why this is her favorite; perhaps this is a common pick-up line in the land of the kiwi.

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6 Tips For Eating Raw While Traveling

Just because you’re not in your own kitchen doesn’t mean that you need to abandon your healthy raw lifestyle. With a little easy planning, you can continue to live an eco-friendly lifestyle that saves animals, the planet, and keeps your health in tip-top shape. Here are some tips and tricks.

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Top Vegan Nutrition Myths Busted (by Experts!)

Gloria Steinem summed up one of the challenges of life very well, when she said, “The first problem for all of us, men and women, is not to learn, but to unlearn.” This quote rings especially true when it comes to what we choose to eat. Our food choices are influenced by a range of factors that make it almost impossible to entertain change. Growing up, I was told that I needed to consume dairy for calcium, eat meat to get strong and fish to get smart. Imagining food without animal products on my plate seemed almost unimaginable.

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Recipe: Super-Thick Strawberry Shake

How about a healthy vegan thick shake, bursting with the freshest, juiciest summer strawberries? The following strawberry thick shake is way better than any shake to ever come out of those infamous golden arches.

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Hallucinogenic foods

Hallucinogenic foods. Some apparently innocuous and surprisingly common ingredients can have strange side effects.

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Slave Labor in Tomatoland

If you live in the United States and you eat fresh tomatoes in the wintertime, you’ve almost certainly tasted a tomato that was picked by a slave.

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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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