Could this be the Vegetarian and Vegan Christmas Number 1? Merry Christmas.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Yvonne Bishop-Weston - Nutrition London - Nutritionists - Twitter- See also Meat The Truth - Sea The Truth
If we just rediverted the £billion subsidies dished out to the Meat , Dairy and Fishing Industries that would do the trick. We should be investing those £Billion subsidies in promoting and supporting products and industries that make a positive, sustainable difference to people's health and the Planet. Supporting industries that make the situation worse is nothing short of either ignorance or political cowardice
That was the year that was! In 2011 we saw President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Russell Brand even bat munching Ozzie Osbourne coming out of the closet to promote vegan diets.
Now even "we can do it any other way" Quorn, who have always maintained that nothing apart from egg could survive their manufacturing process, have now come out with a vegan burger in the USA - Hip Horray!!!!
They promised me Vegan camembert 10 years ago. Then they sold the company and I got diddly squat. Lets hope vegan camembert is back on the Quorn Corp NPD list along with a host of other innovative Dairy Free products such as a healthy essential fat rich, high protein Vegan Ice cream that'll give those salmon munchers at Tofutti a run for their sugar coated money.
Anyway Hoorah! Merry Christmas America! Enjoy your 2012 BBQ season and keep your vegan fingers crossed for us poor supermarket neglected Plantarians here in Blighty.
Friday, November 18, 2011
|Registered Vegan Trademark|
I've met a lot of meat eating people who struggle with the concept of "vegetarian sausage' or 'veggieburger' "Why do you have to call it by it's meat name" they say complain.
Why? Because if we called it "A vegan rehydrated tofu, onion, breadcrumb and spiced mini log" even the vegans would steer clear of it.
Why is baby cow called veal? Why is a cow or pigs thymus, heart, pancreas served up as sweetbreads? - Marketing.
Why do veggie burgers, veggie sausages, vegan ice cream, vegan chocolate, vegan mayo taste like the real thing? because that's what people are used to and they are scared of change.
It sounds obvious but the most important thing is that food is not only good value for money but sounds, looks and tastes delicious. "It doesn’t matter if the “meatloaf” or cake is vegan so long as it tastes amazing, said Harry Balzer, chief industry analyst for The NPD Group, a consumer marketing research firm. Marketing a delicious cake or promoting that your restaurant offers the most diverse flavors will grow a business, not hocking them as vegan"
When the operations director from Cranks Restaurants (Yvonne Bishop) proudly called me to tell me that she had introduced a 'vegan pate sandwich' she was dissapointed with my response. "Please tell me you didn't call it that...........". Talk to me about a wild mushroom , portwine, red onion and thyme pate sandwich but a 'Vegan Pate Sandwich' who'll buy that? It's like an afterthought, a patronising token "oh look we even do something for you people who are always whinging that we don't do anything you can eat!"
It's the same with 'Vegan Wine' - if the best and only thing you can think of to say about your product is that it's vegan then I don't want to buy it. Desperate Aunties may buy a bottle for their eccentric nephew for Christmas dinner......
The best way to use the use the vegan word on products and in marketing is as a mark of purity - To proudly, and quickly identify your product as free from key allergens, avoiding animal welfare issues and cruelty, avoiding ingredients that increase risk of disease and avoiding key ingredients that jeopardise the sustainability of our planet - it's not absolute but a good general aid to secondary buying preferences (after primary concerns of value for money and taste are met)
My father is an ex butcher who still refuses to give up cheap meat and dairy even though he knows it has riddled him with rheumatoid and osteo arthritis and osteoporosis and makes things worse. Even he views it as a mark of quality and excellence if a restaurant has a decent vegan option on the menu, he won't choose it but they go further up in his estimations that are also based on the quality of their napkins.
The Washington Post reveals
When vegan bakery BabyCakes NYC recently opened a satellite shop in downtown Disney World, honesty wasn’t a virtue. The shop’s teal signs touting their dairy- and egg-free treats proved too much for the mostly middle American, indulgent vacationers passing by.
“It was more of a repellant,” said owner Erin McKenna. “People were just walking away.”
Within a few days, the scary ‘v’ word on the sign was made much smaller. And soon, unsuspecting walk-in customers were gushing over agave sweetened vanilla cupcakes with lemon frosting and chocolate whoopie pies, unaware they were made sans eggs, milk and butter.
The easiest way to use vegan as a mark of purity and quality rather than a limiting and defining personification of your product is to use the Vegan Society Vegan trademark. You can get a whole range of products registered for as little as £100 / $150
Because vegan does still have a few negative associations, despite the best efforts of Oprah Winfrey, Bill Clinton and a host of other celebrities and famous sports personalities Foods for Life launched Plantarian and One World Day in January 2011
They use this basic logo used by Plamil foods, the pioneers of Soy milk and dairy free chocolate in the UK
It attempts to convey the idea of a journey to a better place, a pathway to health and sustainability rather than a very tight fitting box to squeeze into.
It's hoped that this will be less intimidating and more appealling to the hoards of people still undermining their health and threatening the sustainability of the planet by using their plates knives and forks as weapons of mass destruction.
30 years of promoting compassion in NSW
Saturday, November 05, 2011
One for your friends who eat animals ?
www.1worldday.org www.tinyurl.com/oneworldday www.one-world-day.org
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Happy One World Day
www.1worldday.org www.tinyurl.com/oneworldday www.one-world-day.org
Veganism in Politics: Chris Williamson, Cathy Jamieson and Kerry McCarthy with questions from Denis Kucinich and Maneka Gandhi « The Vegan Option: blog and internet radio
We profile the handful of people who combine veganism with politics at their country’s national level. I went to the UK Parliament to meet Britain’s three vegan MPs. What was their path to politics? And I took with me questions from their counterparts in the rest of the world.
The British Vegan MPs
Chris Williamson (@ChriswMP on twitter) has an official site at www.chriswilliamson.org, but also find: Chris Williamson on Wikipedia; Chris Williamson at They Work for You ; Chris Williamson on BBC Democracy Live
The American Congressman
The Indian MP
References for science
I referred to studies by the large long-term EPIC-Oxford study, in particular their 2009 paper on cancer incidence. The team have a particular interest in vegetarians and vegans, and I reported their results in my 2008 podcast short at Verdant Reports.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
An list of over a dozen organisations that can help you in your quest for a healthier more sustainable lifestyle!
www.1worldday.org www.tinyurl.com/oneworldday www.one-world-day.org
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
|The Paul McCartney Cookbook Out Now|
Paul McCartney ( and Stella and Mary McCartney) Have launched a new Vegetarian Cookbook in time for One World Day
The vegetarian Cook Book published to raise money for the Meat Free Monday campaign features recipes not just from the McCartney family collections but also from the McCartney's celebrity friends too.
Nicely timed Mr McCartney for One World Day
see also V-Pure
Monday, October 17, 2011
Vegetarian and Vegan Meals Banned in France!
|Nicolas Sarkozy- Nil Point|
If you needed any more proof that President of the Republic of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, is not fit for purpose then here it is. At a time when for health and sustainability reasons it's even more important we adopt a plant based lifestyle the French President has made it effectively illegal to live as a vegetarian in France. It's thought to be a move to counteract Paul McCartney's Meat Free Monday initiative that had French Farmers up in arms.
After a law voted last year by the French Parliament(1), similar decrees will be taken soon regarding all forms of catering from kindergarten to hospital, prisons and retirement homes. Vegetarianism will then have effectively been banned for a large part of the population.
A French government order issued on October 2, 2011(2) has decreed that all meals served in school canteens in France must contain animal products, and that meat and fish will be served at a certain minimum frequency. This implies that by law from now on no vegetarian can eat at any public or private school in France.
The European Vegetarian Union EVU say
The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, which is binding on member states including France, holds that: Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right includes freedom to change religion or belief and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or in private, to manifest religion or belief, in worship, teaching, practice and observance.(4)Footnotes:
The public debate regarding animal rights and the moral status of animals is active in France as in many other countries. Citizens are entitled to choose freely where they stand on these issues, and those who believe that they cannot, in conscience, accept to eat animals must not be discriminated against.
A government cannot settle a philosophical, ethical and political debate by restricting the rights of those who disagree with its own positions. For years, the official policy of the French government has been openly hostile to vegetarianism.(5) The French agriculture minister, Bruno Lemaire, declared in January 2010 that the government's aim in determining its public nutritional policy was to defend the French agricultural model and specifically to counter initiatives such as those of Paul McCartney calling for a reduced consumption of meat.(6)
1. "Law for the modernization of agriculture and fisheries", published on July 27, 2010.
2. Décret n° 2011-1227 du 30 septembre 2011; arrêté du 30 septembre 2011.
3. Position statement of the American Dietetic Association
4. Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, article 10.1
5.An example is the site mangerbouger.fr, where the only nutritional advice given to a teenager contemplating becoming a vegan is "By all means, do not follow that diet!" (www.mangerbouger.fr/pro/IMG/pdf/guide_adolescents-2.pdf, page 11).
Hopefully now the public will take French Veggie Pride a little more seriously as it seems French vegetarians and vegans really are an oppressed and persecuted minority in France.
Sunday, October 02, 2011
|One World Day|
So now is the time, only a month to go unti One World Day , choose a friend and introduce them to delicious, nutritious plant based food on the 1st of November - One World Day. Take some home made soup and carrot cake into work, organise with a local restaurant to have a special Plantarian menu and have a party or if you fancy your chef skills why not have a dinner party in your own home?
The goal is to set as many new people on the first steps on the pathway to a healthier more sustainable lifestyle as possible.
Let us know what you are up to at www.1worldday.org
One World Day - One Day for Life!
One World Day Shop * One World Day Tshirts * T shirts for One World Day
Thursday, September 22, 2011
We hope that Peace Day 21st september 2012 will mean peace and non violence for all life on planet earth
Monday, September 19, 2011
Friday, September 09, 2011
|vegsoc start their own fish fight!|
The Vegetarian Society has launched Fish Free Friday.
Following in the wake of River Cottage cook Hugh Fearnly-Whats-His-Face's Channel 4 TV Fish Fight, and Greta Satchi getting naked and hugging a fish to promote The End of the Line, Sea First Foundations film 'Sea The Truth', their cookbook non-fish-i-licious of fish free fish recipes and Leonardo di Caprio's support for the world's oceans it's nice to see the ball kept in the air and keep chipping away at people's misconceptions or rather 'fishconceptions' according to The Vegetarian Society.
If you haven't watched the Sea The Truth film yet please do so! Now for free - Sea The Truth Movie
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
It seems the world is revolting and finally waking up to the food industry con trick of selling us half food rather than whole food. Celebrity chefs are smelling blood and opting for vegetables. They may look more like cricket umpires than chefs but the are changing the way we think about food.
Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution | Sign the petition | Jamie Oliver (US)
Thursday, August 18, 2011
|Latest Gotmilk poster upsets vegans & feminists|
The Dairy Industry has suggested vegan women and vegetarian women who avoid milk are much more likely to suffer from PMS / PMT than their milk drinking counterparts. The next installment in their rediculous GOT MILK (should be got cancer? got obesity? got osteoporosis? got diabetes? got heart disease? ED) adverts is targetting men suggesting rather than call a marriage guidance counsellor they go out and buy some milk for their wives and girlfriends when they get caught in a "that's not what i meant when I said that what I wanted was that I needed you to understand that what I meant was not what I said I needed or wanted you to do and that you should have understood that!!!!!!!" type of argument.
The campaign was a huge success having riled up vegans, feminists, men, women, chauvenist pigs, Doctors, nutritionists and the media over a period of a number of months.
New York Times:
The Dairy Industtry campaign takes the cheeky tack of addressing itself to the men in women’s lives, on the grounds that women are not the only ones affected by premenstrual syndrome.Vegan Mainstream:
“Are you a man living with PMS?” some of the ads ask.
The approach is underlined by the centerpiece of the campaign, a microsite, or special Web site, that is ostensibly in the voice of a man whose wife or girlfriend is in the throes of PMS: “Everything I do is wrong.”
This new Got Milk? campaign received some extreme backlash from feminists AND animal rights activists for its series of sexist milk ads. The print ads targeted men, suggesting they ask women to drink up their milk when PMS strikes to alleviate “bitchiness,” implicitly indicating that men suffer worse PMS-plights than women. A special accompanying micro-site was an extra slap in the face; men were directed to visit EverthingIDoIsWrong.com.
Slogans like, “I’m sorry I listened to what you said and not what you meant” are displayed on a poster also portraying a sheepish hubby (who is clearly terrified of his wife’s raging hormones) holding out a carton of milk as a peace-offering. In reality, the many hormonal additives found in milk have their own, much worse, health effects
Thursday, August 04, 2011
So are the famines in Africa as the conspiracy theorists would have us believe a consequence of American Oil company interests?
These facts are easily checked I'm sure. We know Messers Bush and Son are the devils of the oil industry, is Obama now the stooge of the drug industry?
Someone had to be bank rolling him.
Somalia had been a colony of Italy and Britain. In 1969, a post-colonial government was formed under president Mohamed Siad Barre; major social programs in health and education were implemented, rural and urban infrastructure was developed in the course of the 1970s, significant social progress including a mass literacy program was achieved.
They control your health, your energy, your communicationFar beneath the surface of the tragic drama of Somalia, four major U.S. oil companies are quietly sitting on a prospective fortune in exclusive concessions to explore and exploit tens of millions of acres of the Somali countryside.According to documents obtained by The LA Times, nearly two-thirds of Somalia was allocated to the American oil giants Conoco, Amoco, Chevron and Phillips in the final years before Somalia’s pro-U.S. President Mohamed Siad Barre was overthrown and the nation plunged into chaos in January, 1991. …Officially, the Administration and the State Department insist that the U.S. military mission in Somalia is strictly humanitarian. Oil industry spokesmen dismissed as “absurd” and “nonsense” allegations by aid experts, veteran East Africa analysts and several prominent Somalis that President Bush [Senior], a former Texas oilman, was moved to act in Somalia, at least in part, by the U.S. corporate oil stake.But corporate and scientific documents disclosed that the American companies are well positioned to pursue Somalia’s most promising potential oil reserves the moment the nation is pacified. And the State Department and U.S. military officials acknowledge that one of those oil companies has done more than simply sit back and hope for peace.Conoco Inc., the only major multinational corporation to maintain a functioning office in Mogadishu throughout the past two years of nationwide anarchy, has been directly involved in the U.S. government’s role in the U.N.-sponsored humanitarian military effort.( The Oil Factor in Somalia : Four American petroleum giants had agreements with the African nation before its civil war began. They could reap big rewards if peace is restored. – Los Angeles Times 1993)
Next step in phamaceutical industry attempts to coerce world governments to ban natural herbs, spices, vitamins, minerals, and natural product supplements from free sale.
This move is likely part of global corporations trying to take control of the worlds food supply and stranglehold control on world health. You can't patent something that occurs naturally in nature so they genetically modify it so they can control who grows it, where it is grown, how it is grown, when it is grown and how much you have to pay for the priviledge of doing so. The same with these natural ingredients such as curcumin in turmeric - they synthetically recreate the active ingredient then they can patent it of course it's then as expensive as drugs rather than the price of something you can buy in a supermarket and can only be bought through their designated agents.
Even new foods may be under threat. Despite being eaten and used by ancient civilisations for thousands of years, foods new to the west such as goji berries, chia seeds, echium oil, algae DHA and EPA oils, blue green algae, chlorella may be banned if the relevant paper work can't be found to prove they have been used without ill effect - Mayan or Inca sales ledger, medical records and consumer reciepts anyone?
The final kick in the teeth is that they plan to force feed these food ingredients to millions of animals in animal testing to establish toxic levels of these food ingredients - as we know from previous animal testing human health catastrophes this is a pointless and cruel, vindictive phamaceutical sport with one interest - commercial - if they can prove a certain animal is allergic or intolerant to a certain high level of a natural food ingredient they can get it banned. If they can find an animal that is tolerant to their synthetic version they can get their version patented, on sale and use the legal system to harrass anyone else selling anything similar.
Everyone who uses natural products for health needs to stand up and be counted!
Thursday, July 28, 2011
"This group's claims are on a collision course with the facts." How ironic, but there's none so blind as those that cannot see!
Great to see the cattlemen's press highlighting the facts and dangers of eating processed meat.
Meanwhile here's the study that led the UK Government to recommend maximum levels of equivilent of a couple of rashers of bacon per day.
A landmark 2005 European study claimed that those who regularly eat more than 5.6oz (160g) of red meat daily increase their risk of contracting bowel cancer by a third. As many as 16,000 people die each year of bowel cancer in Britain, most of whom are diagnosed before they turn 50.Research has shown that red meat significantly increases the risk of bowel cancer. It is the second most common form of cancer and affects 36,500 Britons every year.
The committee, which includes a number of doctors, said those consuming more than 100g of red or processed meats - the equivalent of as little as two thick cut back bacon rashers in one leading supermarket - may need to be told to cut their intake.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
|BBC Qi Where's the word Vegan from ?|
BBC iPlayer - QI XL: Series 7: Green: "Where does the Word Vegan Come from? " Question on QI BBC TV
Stephen Fry goes all green with Jeremy Clarkson, Bill Bailey, Danny Baker and Alan Davies.
According To Donald Watson who first coined the phrase and started the Vegan Society with friends in Nov 1944 he created it from "The beginning and end of vegetarian".
See Interview with Donald Watson
Q: What do you consider the greatest achievement in your life?
A: Achieving what I set out to do: to feel that I was instrumental in starting a great new movement which could not only change the course of things for Humanity and the rest of Creation but alter Man's expectation of surviving for much longer on this planet.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
|Healthy Vegan Diet Cookbook|
22 Experts including registered nutritionists , Doctors and health researchers have voted vegan diets as joint next best diet to tackle diabetes. The criteria was based partly on convenience so we are guessing as a vegan plant strong diet becomes more popular, and vegan plantarian foods become more easily available then we will soon move to number one ??
Nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston says "Not just logic and common sense but also the research is finally stacking up in favour of a Plantarian diet with a higher intake of whole, complete, natural plant foods, fruit and vegetables, with a low GL (Glycaemic load), naturally lower in saturated animal fat that can make dramatic changes to health."
Even Doctors are beginning to work out that changes in diet can be more powerful than drugs, with less side effects and less expensive. Sadly this has led to lobbyists and supporters of the pharmaceutical industry trying to gag nutritionists, ban super-foods, ban supplements, ban natural herbs and even stop experts on the internet from talking about natural plants that have often been used for thousands of years to treat health problems.
See Plantarian and One World Day.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Following the Ban on Marmite in Denmark (Guardian Tues 24 May) there has been a backlash against the Danish Authorities who apparently banned it for having too many vitamins!
There is even now a call for Marmite Lovers to retaliate by boycotting Danish Bacon (hurray!) and Lego!
The Danish Authorities are now claiming that they haven't 'banned' it just used the legislation to get marmite removed from shop shelves in Denmark.
Vegan Pirates of the Carob Bean are calling not only a boycott of Danish products but a symbolic burning of Danish Bacon, Lurpak Butter and Havarti Cheese at Bristol Vegfest this weekend
World Vegan Day - Vegan News
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Of courseDominique Strauss-Kahn was framed . He was getting up the noses of the banks , and thus their employees the government, by calling for more regulation and undermining US banking power by negotiating with China and Russia and threatening to stop the US from doing what the feck they like.
Wakey wakey! This is the banks who bankrupt countries - "whoops we got caught out again!" , they gamble with our money, they lose our money, get bailed out with more of our money, charge us interest on the money we gave them to bail them out, reward themselves with big bonuses for getting away with it, paid by us, then tell us because we have borrowed so much money to bail them out we should tighten our belts and reduce our standard of living because they are not prepared to and someone has to.
No wonder they feel they are above the law, they get away with outrageousness every day, they rarely even pay any taxes having registered themselves in Switzerland to avoid it. It's not like murder, they are just destroying someone's career.
Why don't the Banks and Washington like him?
Here's the theory
Dominique Strauss Kahn, charged with an endless array of sexual crimes, rape, multiple sodomy charges is most likely the victim of one of the most obvious ploys known to man called the “honey trap.” Why was he a target of intelligence operations? The answer is both simple and complex.
Kahn, unknown to most until this week, has been on a crusade to end the financial crimes that are impoverishing, not only the 3rd world, but destroying the standard of living for Americans and Europeans as well. His most recent solution, the use of SDR (Special Drawing Right) bonds would be a step toward a global currency. However, the probable direct cause of his arrest is the fact that SDR bonds can’t be traded on the secondary market or used in wild collaterilization programs such as the Bush era “Ponzi schemes” that allowed Wall Street to create unauthorized money by creating imaginary debt.
That Kahn’s primary backers are Russia and China put a target on his back. China could continue its undervalued currency but hide its massive reserves of foreign currency with the IMF rather than lending it to the US treasury. Kahn had become dangerous.
Much of the $14 trillion in US debt is money Americans have borrowed to replace losses by Wall Street of money that never existed in the first place. You can’t make stuff like this up, unless, of course, you are a Wall Street power elite.
Kahn’s program, which has enjoyed a a generally chilly reception over the past few years, has, with the impending collapse of the US dollar, been gaining momentum, and with this, Khan has become a veritable financial “bin Laden.” In a sense, taking down Kahn is a far bigger victory than the killing, real or imagined, of Osama bin Laden.
See this interview with Dominique Strauss-Kahn with Spiegel and this quote that may be turned to haunt him - "human weakness is stronger than reason" (he was referring to Wall Street's unwillingness to learn lessons from the financial crisis)
"Human society is not a force of nature. The financial crisis was a catastrophic event, but one created by human hand. The lesson we all need to learn is that even a free market economy needs some regulation, otherwise it cannot function. All these ideas about deregulation -- that more deregulation is always better and that the market can solve every problem -- are fine on paper but they do not work in reality. "
Think about it, I don't stay in $3,000 dollar a night hotels but even in the cheap ones I do, if the chambermaid knocks and doesn't get an answer and comes in, the chambermaid says "whoops", apologises and scarpers she doesn't hang about for an eyeful of 60 year old VIP bollocks and a celebrity photo. One of the priveledges of paying $3,000 a night is your privacy is respected, paparazzi are kept off your back, you can ask for a blow job or a line of coke and get one without the press finding out whether you are Russell Brand, Justin Beiber or the MD of the freakin IMF, even if you are 60 - that's the point of $3,000 a night surely, you get whatever the hell you want, any time of day and it's added to your bill as room service - ask any doorman.
Last chance to Vote for your favourite Vegan Things (such as Plantarian One World Day)
or ice cream, or chocolate, or cakes
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
|Justin Bieber doll to be used in mock bull fight?|
Bad Bad BAD idea!
Apparently Glastonbury are organising a bullfight with a champion Portugese bullfighter
With all due respect surely Bullfighting, even with a plastic bull flies in the face of the spirit of Glastonbury - greener, kinder world
Would you get an American soldier from Iraq / Cuba to demonstrate on a plastic doll how he tortured and killed a muslim soldier?
How about inviting executors from various Muslim / African Countries to demonstrate on plastic dolls how they carry out the death penalty on homosexuals?
Will there be paintballing this year too? Pretend to kill your neighbour?
Virtual Seal Clubbing Tent ? Fill toy seals heads with Tomatoes from local farms and club them into ketchup?
Perhaps a mock Fox hunt where the hunt tramples over everyone's tents and the dogs tear apart a toy plastic fox stuffed with pasta in a rich sundried tomato and grilled red pepper sauce????
Or a Zombie set where the audience dress up as zombies and a Justin Bieber doll made out of bread and filled with an organic bloody mary cocktail is tossed into the zombie crowd and devoured on live BBCTV
No animals are actually hurt so where's the harm? - Doh!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Eurogroup for Animals and Sea First Foundation
invite you to the Film Screening of
Sea the Truth
followed by a debate on the Common Fisheries Policy
Tuesday 31 May 2011
from 16:00 to 18:00 hrs
Altiero Spinelli Building, Rue Wiertz, 60 in Brussels
This event is hosted by
Kriton Arsenis MEP (S&D, GR)
and will include presentations by
Dos Winkel Sea First Foundation
Vera Coelho Seas at Risk & OCEAN2012
Vassili Papastavrou International Fund for Animal Welfare
For more information and to register, please contact
Andreas Erler at a.erler@eurogroupforanimals.
or call +32 (0)2 740 0891
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Fuel-Cell Hybrid Taxi Unveiled in London
A new zero - emission eco green version of the iconic London Black Cab taxi the LTI TX4 was unveiled in London. It is eco powered by a hydrogen fuel cell
The vehicle, which is the result of the collaboration between Intelligent Energy, Lotus Engineering, LTI Vehicles and TRW Conekt, is the first step in a plan to turn London’s taxis into a zero emissions vehicles by 2020. A fleet of hydrogen fuel-cell powered black cabs will be on London's roads by 2012.
For the Fuel-Cell Black Cab, Lotus Engineering has packaged the full propulsion system including the fuel cell engine and has designed control systems to optimise performance of both the fuel cells and electric drive systems. TRW Conekt led the safety analysis program, including braking and steering systems, and LTI has provided donor vehicles to assist with the structural modifications to the chassis of the taxis.
London’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Chair of the London Hydrogen Partnership, Kit Malthouse, who unveiled the zero emissions fuel cell hybrid taxi at London’s City Hall, said, "The black cab is a much loved London icon, but it is also a significant source of pollution especially in the centre of the city. This prototype Fuel Cell Black Cab, which emits only water from its tailpipe, is an exciting glimpse of how hydrogen technology could soon play a vital role in cleaning up air quality for urban dwellers.”
The London Metro reveals there are approximately 21,000 black cabs in the UK each emitting around 243g/km of CO2. They calculated that if all the 380,000 visitors to the olympics took a zero emissions cab from Heathrow to the Olympic park they'd save 3 million kg od CO2 from entering the atmosphere.
Yes but here's the thing.............
1) They could take a train
2) They could stop eating meat!
If everyone in the UK abstained from eating meat for one day a week, this would save 13 Mtons CO2 of greenhouse gas emissions *
- This would result in greater carbon savings than taking 5 million cars off the road in the UK (10.4 Mt CO2).
- This would be almost equivalent to replacing one billion light bulbs with low-energy ones.
- This would save the equivalent of almost 36 million return flights from London to Ibiza (36.357.200)
- This would lead to greater carbon savings than taking 5 million cars off the UK roads (all year around). That would be over 17% of all cars in the UK (5.1 million cars or over 10 MtCO2).
Think what could be achieved if everyone was vegan for 2 DAYS a week ! or all week?
Please pledge and get your friends friends to pledge at One World Day
www.1worldday.org www.tinyurl.com/oneworldday www.one-world-day.org * Carbon Savings
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Following the revelations from quarrygirl.com that Vegnews uses non vegan istockphotos to illustrate vegan recipes Vegan cook/author and photographer Tony Bishop-Weston from Foods for Life / Plantarian / One World Day has offered his services to the harangued editors of Vegnews.
"We will match any istockphoto price and recreate and reshoot a vegan plantarian version of a meat based photo for Vegnews. We understand Vegnews editor's predicament and the fact that it is standard industry practice to do this but "standard practice" is killing us slowly with diabetes, heart disease, cancer, stroke, dementia, obesity and inflammation as well as having catastrophic consequences for the planet. There is a public expectation that we DON'T follow standard practice!"
This will be used by those addicted to meat and dairy and paid to promote the nihilistic status quo to suggest vegan food is not as appealing and that is simply not the case if it's done right.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Thursday, April 07, 2011
Still not too late to hook your friends and your friend's friends up with the 21 Day healthy kickstart - previous 3 days messages are linked to from the home page - Today Alex Jamieson
Message from Alex Jamieson
For most new vegans, their metamorphosis means more than just saying so long to hot dogs and ham and cheese sandwiches. Becoming vegan encompasses health concerns, environmentalism, and animal rights. This way of living and being in the world will bring personal, emotional, physical, and global benefits. No one can tell you exactly how these changes will occur in your life, because each individual has a unique set of circumstances to consider. Just remember, every step toward a vegan lifestyle is a positive step for yourself and the greater world around you.
Monday, April 04, 2011
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Friday, April 01, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Does it get reported in the Nationals the Bill Clinton went vegan for heart health? That a Vegan cage fighter wins a world championship? That Oprah Winfrey helps her staff battle obesity and chronic disease with a vegan diet? - No
Quite often the only time we see vegan in a headline is when a baby tragically dies. Another story today highlights the need for parental education, it's one of the most important jobs we ever have in our lives and one that we are often so ill prepared for.
Two strict vegans have gone on trial in France charged with "neglect or food deprivation" after the death of their breastfed 11-month-old daughter who was found to be suffering from vitamin deficiency.These parents thought they were doing the right thing, I'm convinced modern medicinal theory and abuse of anti-biotics causes more harm than good - but anti-biotics are good crisis management and in a crisis they can save lives. A cabbage and mud poultice is unlikely to save anyone's life. But are naivety and stupidity grounds for imprisoning parents for 30 years? Surely the death of their daughter is severe punishment in itself? They were after all acting with the best intentions - they didn't intentionally cause the death of their baby or cause death by selfish actions, a lack of common sense yes but not selfish!
"The couple did not follow the doctor's advice to take the baby to hospital when they went for her nine-month checkup and found she was suffering from bronchitis and was losing weight," he said. Instead they treated her with cabbage poultices, mustard and camphor and washed her with earth and clay instead of giving her baths, the court heard.
If this is a valid route for law then why does the law stand by and not take action with mothers who are not only naive and stupid but selfish as well!
Tempting as it may to make an analogy with mothers who feed their children sweets, crisps and cola for breakfast and KFC fried chicken for tea and risk/cause childhood obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer for their kids.... I am going to resist.
Who then? - Mothers that smoke! Why do we not take action against them? We know smoking kills - there is no doubt of 'if' only when. We are not talking a cabbage and mud poultice here and there, we are talking about a practice that has been scientifically proven to increase the risk of death!
In 2009, 16% of 15-year old girls were regular smokers .
Stats from 2005 show smoking rates are usually higher for mothers in routine or manual jobs: 48% smoked in the year before pregnancy or during and 29% throughout pregnancy compared to mothers in managerial or professional jobs whose equivalent percentages were 19% and 7%. Govt targets are to reduce smoking to 21% !
Over 13 years ago a meta-analysis of data available on cigarette smoking and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome risk was published - its findings released to the British media on March 11, 1998 .
This review of the epidemiological evidence linking maternal smoking and SIDS was based on 39 studies, incorporating a number of major recent studies and including some earlier studies not mentioned in existing reviews. It was conducted by scientific investigators at the Department of Public Health Sciences, St. George's Hospital Medical School, in London, and was completed in April 1997. The authors, H. Ross Anderson and Derek G. Cook, conclude that "maternal smoking doubles the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome." They further conclude that "the relationship is almost certainly causal."
Though it is considered to be one of the most significant known risk factors for SIDS, medical experts in the U.S. stop short of describing the association between cigarette smoke exposure and SIDS as "causal." Case control, population-based studies from several countries have shown that cigarette smoking during pregnancy triples the risk for SIDS. Epidemiologic studies have shown that exposure to cigarette smoke in the environment after birth doubles the risk for SIDS. These studies have led some scientists to believe that cigarette smoking is part of the causal pathway, possibly due to intrauterine hypoxia, although the mechanism is still not clear.
Some recent studies have added to our understanding of the possible physiologic mechanisms underlying the association between smoking and SIDS. Scientists (Kinney et. al.) have documented defects in some SIDS infants in sites of the brainstem involved in arousal, heart and breathing functions, sleep, and body movement control. While we do not yet know exactly how smoking affects a fetus, abnormalities in the developing nervous system have been observed in animals exposed to cigarette smoke in utero.
Components of smoke are also believed to have a negative effect on fetal lung development. Based on epidemiologic investigations, sustained cigarette smoke exposure makes it more difficult for babies who are already vulnerable to breathe. In addition, smoke exposure may disrupt the arousal mechanism in infants, as it is known to do in adult smokers, and may contribute to neonatal death during an hypoxic episode. Moreover, its effect on narrowing blood vessels induces smokers to keep their environments warmer and to use more bedding than non-smokers--two more factors that increase the risk of SIDS.
Studies have also shown that infants who share a bed with smokers may be subjected to higher levels of smoke than other infants because of more and closer contact with the smokers (Mitchell et. al.). Recent attention to the potential relationship between particulate air pollution and SIDS (Woodruff et. al.) has raised scientific speculation regarding possible harmful components of cigarette smoke beyond nicotine.
In Great Britain, where prone sleeping is no longer a major SIDS risk factor due to the success of the "Back To Sleep" public health campaigns, cigarette smoking has emerged as the main risk factor for SIDS. The Confidential Enquiry into Stillbirths and Deaths in Infancy (Fleming, et. al.) found the risk of SIDS to rise with increases in the numbers of smokers in the household, the number of cigarettes smoked a day, and the length of exposure to cigarette smoke. The study concluded that it should be considered "as anti-social to smoke around an infant as it is to drink and drive."
As the body of evidence against infant exposure to cigarette smoke continues to mount, parents are strongly advised not to smoke during pregnancy and the critical first year of development, or allow anyone else to smoke around the baby either.
It is equally important that, since many babies still die of SIDS in smoke-free environments and since the cause(s) of SIDS remain unknown.
Nonetheless - Hypocrisy rooLz!
Monday, March 21, 2011
We were wondering what the meat Industry would say when the Govt finally admitted it's dangerous? Vitamin B12 is needed to stop babies crying - maybe true but we still don't need meat says Yvonne Bishop-Weston!
Friday, March 11, 2011
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
At last! a dairy free milk chocolate vegan chocolate egg for all the people who aren't yet fans of dark chocolate.
We've been on at Plamil for years to sort this out - so glad they've finally sorted it with Moo free.
All the fun of milk chocolate but with out any cows milk dairy hormones , milk sugars and proteins.
Vegan Vegetarian fair Trade - what more do you want?
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Sunday, February 27, 2011
Vegan Zombies at London Fashion Week give healthy vegan eating a bad name!
Goodness knows most people would benefit from a vegan diet and loosing a few pounds and reducing their risks of heart disease, diabetes, stroke. cancer.
But these Vegan Zombie freaks at London Fashion week are giving veganism and fashion a bad name.
Anorexics have long used veganism as an excuse to avoid nutritious food and waste their bodies away, back stage these girls rarely touch the fruit and celery on offer for fear of their malnourished bodies bloating before they get on the catwalk.
If they were interested in health they probably wouldn't then smoke, take cocaine, E, and the other dodgy pills that their fashion industry and model agency pimps hook them into.
|Healthy Vegan Woody Harrelson kills Zombies in Zombieland|
"This irresponsible behaviour by the fashion industry is encouraging a new generation of girls with eating disorders" says Yvonne Bishop-Weston Nutritionist London
The Fashion Industry clearly needs Vegan muscle bound Zombie specialist Woody Harrelson to rid the Fashion Industry of these Zombies. London Fashion Week should never allow these deluded, exploited, obsessive and malnourished models back to walk the catwalk unless it's at a Psychologists and Nutritionists conference on chronic eating disorders.