Tuesday, October 31, 2006

SiberNews - Study: vegan diets healthier for planet, people than meat diets

SiberNews - Study: vegan diets healthier for planet, people than meat diets

The food that people eat is just as important as what kind of cars they drive when it comes to creating the greenhouse-gas emissions that many scientists have linked to global warming, according to a report accepted for publication in the April issue of the journal Earth Interactions.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Govt Accused of radical Extremism on Environment

UK Government radical Extremists say UK Vegans

"Salvation for the planet lies in hemp not hype" says leading UK Vegan Tony Bishop-Weston

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"Instead of madcap taxes the Government should do more to tackle the mad CAP (common agricultural policy) subsidies for the meat and dairy industry and invest in sustainable alternatives for food and energy such as hemp" says Bishop-Weston.

"Things will only change if the sustainable alternatives are more easily available and the price of things contributing to the destruction of our health and planet are left to reflect the true cost of production." he adds.

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World Vegan Day
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World Vegan Day London Event
on World Vegan Day 1st November Understanding VEGAN : Climate Change & Environment at

VENUE: YMCA Indian Student Hostel, Mahatma Gandhi, Conference Hall, 41 Fitzroy Square, central London - Tubes: Warren Street, Portland Street, Regents Park & Euston Square

Vegan Food Saves Environment

Vegans Sales of Vegan & Free From Foods saves Environment

Vegan companies such as Plamil tend to have a broader outlook on business ethics, it's not just a focus on health foods, they look at ethics and environmental issues too.

vegan foods chosen to save environment

Plamil have been given consistently high marks for their products by Ethical Consumer magazine, source the bulk of their ingredients from worker co-operatives where possible and are converting their chocolate factory over to using more sustainable 100% renewable energy -- possibly a world first for confectionery manufacturing.

"The market for Free-From foods has increased dramatically over recent years but local independent retailers are now beginning to take advantage and catch this emerging market" says MD AdrianLing.

" We have wide range dairy free and egg free products to fill the gaps on the local retailers' shelves and help them take full advantage of a growing market for environmentally friendly health foods"

World Vegan Day is November 1st

Thursday, October 19, 2006

World Vegan Day 2006

World Vegan Day is almost upon us. On November the 1st 2006 people from around the world - from Canada to Australia will be celebrating Veganism's 62nd Birthday.

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Contact your local health food store and organise free World Vegan Day tastings of delicious vegan food, contact local pubs and restaurants and see if they'll put on a special World Vegan Day dish , contact your local school and see if they'll let you give a talk about making a difference to people, animals and the environment, contact your local papers or local radio and see if they will feature a vegan chocolate cake recipe a free World Vegan Day giveaway of vegan products or a discussion about veganism. You could also arrange a display in your local library or leisure centre of health club for World Vegan Day

Contact your local vegetarian & Vegan group to find out what they are up to and offer your help.

Above all, even if it's just getting a few friends around for a vegan chocolate fondue and a few bottles of German Beer to toast the founder of Veganism Donald Watson Please have fun and celebrate the lifestyle that benefits people, animals and the environment!

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World Vegan Day

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New guides from The Vegan Society are available and free to download

Veganism and the Environment - Free Booklet

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Why Vegan? - Free Booklet

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Teens 'smoke to have small babies' - Yahoo! News UK

Teens 'smoke to have small babies' - Yahoo! News UK

London Nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston said "This is ridiculous - young mothers are pointlessly endangering not only their baby's long term health but also their own. The baby's head is likely to be around the same size despite the smaller body and it's the head that's most difficult to get out. In addition smoking is really bad for the skin so the likelihood of horrendous stretch marks is far greater"

Pregnant teenagers are deliberately smoking in the hope of having smaller babies so giving birth is easier, it has been reported.

Public health minister Caroline Flint spoke at a Labour Party conference fringe meeting about teenagers' attempts to reduce their labour pains, the Nursing Standard magazine reported.

Smoking can lead to low birthweight babies, meaning some teenagers smoke throughout pregnancy, the magazine said.

The Department of Health said Ms Flint had heard about the issue anecdotally from health professionals and young women she has met.

Ms Flint said: "It is important that we understand what stops young women making healthy choices so we can provide the right answers to their concerns.

"In this case, childbirth is no less painful if your baby is low weight. So smoking is not the answer, pain relief is."

Studies have shown that women who smoke during pregnancy are three times more likely to have a low birthweight baby. Smoking can also cause other problems, such as respiratory illness.

Women who smoke are less likely to carry their babies to full term and there is a 26% increased risk that they will miscarry or experience stillbirth.

Babies of smoking mothers are also an average of 200g (7oz) lighter at birth.

Royal College of Midwives (RCM) midwife Gail Johnson said there was no evidence that having a smaller baby reduced pain in labour. She said: "It is vital that the risks associated with smoking are highlighted and that women are then supported to make changes to their lifestyle but the RCM is very clear that there is no evidence that the size of the baby relates to the amount of pain the woman may experience."

Story by PA Press Association