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Turkeys have been so manipulated by farmers to produce the best Thanksgiving dinner meat that they can no longer mate naturally. Photo Credit: Andrea Goh via Flickr

Turkeys Raped By Technology For Thanksgiving

(THANKSGIVING/TURKEYS/ANIMAL CRUELTY) With Thanksgiving fast approaching, it is necessary we re-evaluate our traditions. Each Butterball Turkey purchased for the dining room table condones cruel procedures that have forever destroyed the natural abilities of these once wild animals. In order to create the meatiest birds, farmers breed for a large breasted turkey. As a result of this […]

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Elana’s Meat-Free Monday: Pumpkin Spice Latte

(MEATLESS MONDAYS/VEGAN RECIPES) Vegans want to enjoy pumpkin spice lattes, too! The drink’s demand is clearly apparent given the recent petition to Starbucks asking for a dairy-free option, so I figured this would be a good time to share my own recipe for pumpkin spice syrup. This recipe packs in more pumpkin than most vegan […]

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No Such Thing As Better Beef

(FACTORY FARMING) Eating completely sustainable meat doesn’t seem possible. Factory farming is undoubtedly destroying the environment, slaughtering unprecedented amounts of animals, and putting humans at risk of deadly diseases like E. coli and salmonella. However, sustainable farms have their own set of problems. Is this alternative better for the animals? Or is sustainable meat just […]

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The Truth Behind “Humane” Food

(HUMANE EATING/ANIMAL WELFARE) What does Certified Humane really mean? Organic? Free range? What’s the difference between these and how do they affect us? We’ve compiled the ultimate list with all of the answers to what humane labeling really means and the animals behind the labels. — Global Animal

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Elana’s Meat-Free Monday: Italian Ciabatta Sandwich

(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RECIPES) This saucy sandwich is filled with vegetables but also includes fake sausage to make a hearty meal. Tofurky brand “Italian sausage” is browned and simmered in tomato sauce. Ciabatta is a delicious Italian bread that is perfect for this sandwich because it is light and airy with a crisp crust. And make sure […]

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<p>Rennet, a common ingredient in cheese, comes from the stomach of calves and is a byproduct of the veal industry. Look for vegetarian versions listed as "microbial rennet" or "vegetable rennet." Photo Credit: Cargill</p>

What’s In Your Food? Hidden Animal Products (GALLERY)

(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN) We all know processed foods can contain questionable ingredients. Most of us have difficulty reading through labels on packages because it seems like a foreign language. But if you are vegan or vegetarian, it may be even worse than you thought. Check out this gallery of hidden animal products to see where your food […]

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Elana’s Meat-Free Monday: Cuban Picadillo

(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RECIPES) This recipe is based on Cuban style picadillo, a ground beef based dish. There are many delicious brands of vegan soy crumbles that can replace the beef and you won’t even notice the difference! This recipe uses Trader Joe’s Beef-less Ground Beef. Traditional Cuban picadillo includes raisins, however they can be easily omitted […]

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Elana’s Meat-Free Monday: Coconut Curry Tofu Steaks

(VEGAN/VEGETARIAN RECIPE) Tofu is a versatile meat replacement that can absorb any flavor, including this sweet and spicy coconut curry. Black rice is packed with nutrition and has a nutty flavor that goes well with coconut. Kale is also rich in vitamins, including calcium, a nutritional concern for vegans who forego the dairy. Pan frying […]

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Mark Bittman On Animal Equality: The Ones We Forget

(VEGAN/ANIMAL WELFARE) Culinary journalist and healthy living guru, Mark Bittman, shares his problem with our bias towards companion animals. Bittman has authored a number of cooking and lifestyle books, including VB6: Eat Vegan 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health…for Good, which can be found on Amazon. If you’re looking for more of Bittman’s insight […]

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The fast-food chain Burger King now offers veggie burgers for a meatless alternative to their usual fare./Photo credit: Lisa Singer

The Well-Intentioned Eater: Having It Your Way

(MEATLESS/VEGETARIAN) In my quest to eat healthier and more compassionately I did something that might surprise you. I went to Burger King. I know many of the fast-food chains are now trying to appeal to vegetarians and vegans by offering meat-free options on their menus, but I never actually thought I’d take them up on […]

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Thomas Gafaro and Vini Chitharanjan, both 8-year-old third graders at P.S. 244 in Flushing, say they like the school's vegetarian lunch offerings, such as the veggie quesadillas. Photo credit: NY Daily News, Aaron Showalter

Students Vegging Out In School

(VEGETARIAN/GREEN) Just say no! To sloppy joes and chicken nuggets, that is! This is what students in Queens,New York are doing since their school decided the carnivorous options their city provided weren’t healthy enough. Public School 244 in Flushing is now serving vegetarian-only foods like roasted tofu and braised black beans, and the kids are […]

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<p>Farmers markets are a healthy and sometimes even more economical alternative to the grocery store./Photo credit: Lisa Singer</p>

The Well-Intentioned Eater: My Farmers Market Adventure

(GREEN/COMPASSIONATE LIVING) This week I ventured into the world of farmers markets. It’s not that I’ve never been to one before, but it was usually someone else’s idea and I probably didn’t leave with much. This time I had a mission: to buy all of the vegetables and fruits I’d need for the week. I […]

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Wednesday’s Well-Intentioned Eater

(GREEN/COMPASSIONATE LIVING) One inquisitive omnivore’s journey towards healthier and more compassionate eating… I have to start off by saying I’m a meat eater. To be honest, I never thought much about it. I grew up with an Irish mom who was a meat and potatoes kind of cook. We had a very predictable menu—usually beef and […]

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