As an animal rights advocate or environmentalist, it can be very easy to feel like your work isn’t making an impact – but if you listen to this interview, you will see how our collective effort has already started to cause ripple effects and push our morality forward.
I was hoping it would be a lot sooner. Frankly, I don’t believe most people have any morality at all. At best they care a bit about their children and their current partner, but no one else, let alone members of other species. But I still think other factors might have the same effect.
Malnourished, sanctimonious, hemp-clad, sandal-wearing, bearded, animal-cuddling, lentil-munching hippies. This has been the image of vegans for a long time, but a new generation is challenging the stereotypes. How has social media taken such a maligned movement and helped make 2017 the year veganism went mainstream?
Note all the negative words they use to describe us vegans. Very revealing. Maybe being ‘mainstream’ isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. As if it’s wrong to love animals or eat lentils. And malnourished? I wish all those critics knew how much effort I’ve spent on losing weight. Then they’d see that many vegans are just as overweight as ‘ordinary’ people. I must say that this article offends me in many ways, even if it’s great that more people are going vegan. As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing wrong with caring.
Look at those malnourished legs. 😉 And if you like, check out that awful railway station in the background. Or my cute new handbag. 🙂
One of the largest studies of vegetarians and vegans, The European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) Oxford study, follows the health, diets and lifestyle of thousands of participants over decades. In the results published in 2003, comparing over 33,000 meat-eaters, 18,000 vegetarians and 2,500 vegans, vegans had the highest intake of iron, followed by vegetarians with meat-eaters coming last (Davey et al., 2003). And the results from the next phase of the study published last year showed again that vegans had the highest intake of iron among all diet groups (Sobiecki et al., 2016).
”It is a chilling revelation that the seed policy was authored by an ex-Monsanto employee,” said Blessings Chinsinga, Chancellor College professor, when I told him this news. Indeed. It is difficult to imagine a more egregious conflict of interest than allowing a seed company executive to write a government policy that threatens to outlaw farmers’ saving and exchanging of seeds in order to open new markets for his company.
It’s so hard I’m having trouble signing petitions about animal abuse. The images hurt me so much I feel I’m getting scarred for life. And even so it’s far worse for the animals suffering out there. Another thing – it’s very hard to know that most people don’t care at all. None of this bothers them in the least. It’s makes you lose your will to live.
By the way, I’m still having trouble accessing Care2 in Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari. I had to use another browser (Seamonkey) to read this article. Does anyone else have this problem?
Food forests are an essential part of most permaculture designs, and even for spaces as small as the typical suburban lawn, there is the potential to put into motion an abundance of free food for the years to come.
Vitamin B12, also called “cobalamin,” is one of the eight water-soluble vitamins that play a key role in the metabolism of every cell in the human body, and is especially important in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system, and the formation of red blood cells.