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My Vegan Journey

By Glen Merzer
January 15, 2015
File under: Climate Change, Environmental Impact, Vegan

Glen Merzer, vegan author

I began thinking about becoming vegetarian when I was 16. Two of my mother’s brothers died as a result of  heart attacks – one in his fifties and the other in his forties.

Most of my father’s male relatives died in their fifties and my grandparents were dead before I was born.

So the first day of summer vacation before my senior year of high school, I decided to take the plunge. I got up in the morning and had an English muffin with jam for breakfast. The phone rang; it was my buddy Dave.

I said, “Congratulate me, Dave, I’ve become a vegetarian.”  He said, “Hey, that’s great, since when?”  I said, “Well, you know … since breakfast.”  He laughed at me.  Which may be a good thing because it’s now been 41 years of eating animal-free meals since that English muffin. …read more of My Vegan Journey here

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Festive Vegan Holiday Roast

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
December 7, 2013
File under: Entertaining, Environmental Impact, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Wiley T Day Meatless Thanksgiving

Photo: Wiley T. Day

Lighten up with this healthy, delicious and satisfying Holiday Roast!

Holidays bring family and friends together to celebrate traditions and spread good cheer with lots of socializing planned around food.  It is during this season that we can reflect about what is truly important. Certainly we can all agree that paying attention to our health and the health of the planet should be at the top of the list.

Festive Holiday Roast is really delicious, easy and fun!  You will be amazed to learn how easy it is to turn five pounds of tofu into a really tasty meal with 12 generous servings. Tofu?  Yes…and you wouldn’t know it.  Half the preparation is done in advance. …read more of Festive Vegan Holiday Roast here

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Should Jews Be Vegan?

By Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D
May 15, 2013
File under: Agriculture, Environmental Impact, Health Concerns, Vegan


There is a widely accepted aspect of modern life that contradicts many Jewish teachings and harms people, communities, and the planet – the mass production and widespread consumption of meat.

Here is how the production and consumption of meat and other animal products conflict with six fundamental Jewish teachings:

1. While Judaism mandates that people should be very careful about preserving their health and their lives, numerous scientific studies have linked animal-based diets directly to heart disease, stroke, many forms of cancer and other chronic degenerative diseases. …read more of Should Jews Be Vegan? here

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Imagining a Vegan World

By Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D
May 6, 2013
File under: Environmental Impact, Health Concerns, Vegan


“Some see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not.” Robert Kennedy

Yes, why not? Why not a vegetarian world, or even better, why not a vegan world? What would a vegan world be like?

It would be a world with far healthier people. Numerous studies show that a plant-based diet can sharply reduce the risk factors for heart disease, various types of cancer, stroke and other chronic degenerative diseases.

Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and others have shown that a well-planned vegetarian diet, along with other positive lifestyle changes, can reverse severe heart-related problems.

It would be a far more humane world. We could eliminate the abuse of 10 billion animals in the US and 65 billion worldwide raised for slaughter every year. Animals would no longer be bred and genetically programmed to produce far more flesh, milk and eggs than is natural. …read more of Imagining a Vegan World here

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Natural Gas Drilling May Pose Human Health Hazards

By Vincent Pedre M.D.
July 22, 2011
File under: Environmental Impact, Health Concerns, Pollution


Ask anyone and they will tell you that living without the energy that powers our modern lifestyle with its lights, refrigeration, computers and air conditioners is not an option.

But we can’t live without water, either. A year ago, I wrote about the possible threat natural gas drilling poses to our drinking water, however, this is only part of the story. …read more of Natural Gas Drilling May Pose Human Health Hazards here

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