Tuesday, January 30, 2007
UK Government Recommends Vegan Diet!
Britain may need to ration animal products such as meat, chicken and dairy products such as milk and cheese if climate change runs out of control, suggests environment minister Ben Bradshaw (quoted in the London Metro)
Mr Bradshaw pointed out that livestock based food production did just as much damage as private transport and housing.
He spoke out as a new government website advised shoppers to help the planet by avoiding meat and cheese.
The www.direct.gov.uk/greenerfood website makes clear that eating beef, lamb, chicken and dairy products contributes to global warming because of the energy and land needed to rear animals. Sheep and cows also emit harmful methane gas.
See more of the UK Govt's advice on eating Vegan - Greener Food - Here
This news is welcomed by publishers of The RAVE Diet a sustainable diet for health and also the organisers of The International Vegan Festival in Bristol hoping to convert 20,000 people to a healthy and sustainable vegan diet this summer.
See also Back to Rationing for Britain on This is London - Evening Standard
Monday, January 29, 2007
The Mouth revolution has started - a UK Mouth-monstration, mouth-march and mass mouth rally are expected at The International Vegan Festival in Bristol this Summer as big mouths everywhere call for an end to the unnecessary suffering and waste of the earth's natural resources
A mouthalutionary mouthpiece for mouthalution said today "we are sick to the back teeth of being ignored - now mouthalutionaries from all over the world are speaking as one mouth for a bigger voice and we will bite back. Some say we have bitten off more than we can chew - but I say this - behind every big corporation there is a mouth, we have mouths everywhere, we will bite them on the beaches, we will never surrender, whatever the costs may be."
In response to an Article in The Daily Mail The Food Doctor says "Dump Dairy"
'Although a good source of calcium, which is important in maintaining bone health post menopause, diary products also contain the growth hormones fed to cows, maximizing milk production. Their effects do not stop at cows however, with humans affected through the production of Insulin Like Growth Factor One, which encourages rapid cell growth in the human body, normally a controlled procedure. The outcome of rapid cell division is an increased risk of gene mutation, which plays a role in the development of cancer, and acceleration of a tumour that may already be present. Reducing your overall dairy intake lessens your exposure to growth hormones. Aim for variety, opting for rice, soya and oat choices, and include dark green leafy vegetables and beetroot'
The Daily Mail said...
Women can halve their risk of breast cancer by eating a diet rich in wholemeal bread and wholegrain cereal, researchers have claimed. They said that dietary fibre - particularly cereal fibre - can help protect against the killer disease in younger women. It gave no protection, however, to those who have gone through the menopause. The Leeds University study suggested that women should eat at least 30 grams of fibre a day - the Government's recommended intake. Fibre can be found in everything from bran flakes to broccoli.
Professor Janet Cade, who conducted the study, said: "Previous research hasn't shown a convincing link between increased dietary fibre and a lower risk of breast cancer. "But earlier studies didn't draw any distinction between pre- and post-menopausal women." Her team, which was funded by the World Cancer Research Fund, came up with three possible causes for the link. It said high fibre foods are rich in vitamins, zinc and other nutrients which have protective anti- oxidant properties. Fibre can also 'smooth' out the peaks and troughs of insulin levels in the body and high levels are a possible cause of cancer. Finally, dietary fibre reduces levels of the hormone oestrogen, which has been linked to breast cancer. This would explain why a diet rich in fibre helps younger women who have higher levels of the hormone.
The Leeds researchers tracked the eating habits and health records of more than 35,000 women over seven years. Of the group, 257 were premenopausal and developed breast cancer during the study. These had lower intakes of dietary fibre compared with the cancer-free women. There was no significant difference in diet among the 350 post-menopausal women who developed the disease and those who did not. The study, published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, was welcomed by Cancer Research UK, Information officer Ed Yong said: "The study further highlights the importance of eating a healthy diet for reducing the risk of cancer." Breast cancer kills more than 13,000 women a year in the UK.
Interview with Fast Food Nation author - Eric Schlosser
what I would say is: open your eyes. Don't lead a life that's unexamined. Realise that how you spend your money has a ripple effect. If you eat or shop in a certain place, that's like a vote - a vote for what they're doing. You're supporting that business. So be conscious and informed and give your money to the people who are doing things the right way. Open your eyes. Mine are wide open.' As he tells me this, Schlosser has the benign look of one who leads a good life, or has eaten a good lunch, or perhaps both - since in his eyes at least, they amount to pretty much the same thing.
· Fast Food Nation is released in the UK on 24 March
Fast Food Nation - The Book
Fast Food Nation - The Film
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
BBC NEWS | Talk about Newsnight | Not on the label
Justin Rowlatt goes Vegan to reduce his Ecological footprint He says "I’m spending a month as vegan to see how cutting animal products out of my diet will affect my environmental footprint. It is surpisingly difficult to avoid animals; you'd be amazed how many foods contain animal products in some form or other."
Let's prove to him how easy and healthy it can be aswell as more environmentally friendly - send your practical solutions, ideas and favourite recipes to him at the BBC Newsnight Website
For people who wish to explore the solutions that veganism has to offer there's probably no better place than the Vegan Festival in Bristol this summer. Be there or be unaware !
Monday, January 22, 2007
What are you doing on the 9th and 10th June 2007 ? - going to Bristol for the weekend? With live bands , an ethical fashion show, Hemp Expo, Speakers from around the world, vegan cooking and non cooking ( raw food )demonstrations, health and fitness zone, nearly 200 exhibitors, 007 awards, dance tent, floating bar, more vegan food than you can shake a stick at and all the major Vegan Charities this event in June will be one you better not miss.
It's shaping up to be a total orgy of vegan-ness - the likes of which that have never been seen before - invite your friends (especially the non vegan ones) bring your family, tell the world.
Yaoh the organisers are gearing up to welcome 20,000 people over the weekend which is about 10 times the number that usually visit The London Vegan Festival that inspired the first Bristol Vegan Fayre 4 years ago.
See more about the Vegan Festival at Bristol Vegan Fayre
For travel arrangements contact Vegetarian Travel Agents Green Earth Travel
Saturday, January 20, 2007
At last there is hope for humanity and thus perhaps the spread of logical veganism. Jade Goody has been evicted from Channel 4's Big Brother and from a host of organisations that supported her rise to fame.
How on earth did Jade Goody become a celebrity, what on earth possessed the companies that endorsed her, what was wrong with the public that cruelly voted for her and allowed her to deludedly think she had talent??
At last the public seems to have come to it's senses - now hope for the future of the planet has been restored and we hope logic will prevail. This includes the realisation that Veganism is a practical solution to many of our current health and environmental problems. TBW
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Dr. Barnard's program is based on a major study he conducted in conjunction with George Washington University and University of Toronto that was funded by the National Institutes of Health.
The study, recently published in Diabetes Care, a journal of the ADA, also shows that the low-fat vegan diet is easier for study participants to follow- and stick with-than the ADA diet. Additionally, the vegan diet controls cholesterol better and results in faster weight loss even though it places no limits on calories or portion sizes and doesn't require exercise.
While Dr. Barnard's program recommends against white bread, sugar, and other foods that can cause blood-sugar spikes, the diet allows unlimited quantities of 'good' carbs, such as rye bread, pumpernickel, sweet potatoes, rice, and, pasta. Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes is the first book to prove that nutrition is more powerful than oral medications in the treatment of diabetes. "
Thursday, January 11, 2007