Traveling vegan can be difficult at times, but German airline, Condor, part of UK-based Thomas Cook Airline Group, has made it a bit easier. It began offering vegan meals to its passengers on September 1, 2013. It is responding to many requests by its passengers for the new option. Meals can be ordered 48 hours in advance of the flight according to the article. Good job! Bemerkenswert!
Costa Rica, a small tropical country in Central America which is a popular eco-tourism destination, has issued a report that identifies the costs over the last several years associated with changing climates in the region as published in the Tico Times.
The estimated losses from 2005 to 2011 are $1.1 billion with $164 million in damages, including agriculture impairment, road and home damage, and flood control. The key causes of these problems due to the changing climate have been increased precipitation, public sickness, and higher ocean levels. Experts see increases in losses and damages throughout Central and South America as climates continue to change.
Animal agriculture has been acknowledged by the UN as a major contributor to the weakening of the environment which contributes to the pace of climate change. This blog post outlines the toll meat production takes on the planet compared to vegetable and fruit agriculture. If we can lessen our dependence on meat consumption, we may be able to counter changing climates and the problems they create.
"But we are Buddhists, too, and we believe in living in harmony with nature. Animals have the right to live, we like to to see plants happy and insects happy," he said. Source
Bhutan, a small country along the Himalayas between China and India, plans to be the first all organic agricultural nation in the world according to its government officials. It plans to ban pesticides and chemicals used for crop development and rely on natural fertilizers as well as new farming methods to maintain volume and quality of output according to the Guardian.
"Ours is a mountainous terrain. When we use chemicals they don't stay where we use them, they impact the water and plants. We say that we need to consider all the environment. Most of our farm practices are traditional farming, so we are largely organic anyway.
Although it has yet to experience rapid modernization, Bhutan is considered a model of development with "95% of its population receiving clean water and electricity, 80% of the country is still forested, and it is carbon neutral and food secure." Now it has a chance to set a standard for the rest of developed world!
In response to the prevailing perception that China's environmental ministry is ineffective, the government today halted projects of two oil giants, China National Petroleum Corp. and China Petroleum Chemical Corp. Now that China is the world's largest producer of carbon emissions, it's good to see that it's beginning to consider the environment in front of development!
This month, China's top economic planner called for greater efforts in energy-saving and emission reduction, adding assessments of government officials will be partly based on their achievements in the area. Source
A nice 48 minute audio archive from Iowa Public Radio providing several testimonials about the benefits of vegetarian and vegan diets including a dietitian at a hospital who witnessed improvements in patients with extensive heart disease and Type 2 diabetes who switched to plant-based diets!
Also a discussion about getting enough protein from a vegan diet - easy to do!
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All relationships have an end point. Some relationships last for a long time while others end very quickly. I found that after becoming vegan, just as my relationship with meat ended, so did some of my relationships with people. I discovered that friendships will change.
To become vegan is to respect yourself, your body, and your mind. Putting good food in your body is to treat it with high regard. After a while, you expect the same appreciation from the people you know. You may more easily notice respectful behaviors towards you and discern actions or words that disfavor who you are or who you want to be. If you've been lenient towards subtle ridicule in the past from people with whom you have a relationship upon which you place some value, after becoming vegan, the value of that relationship may wane.
When you become vegan, you are caring for yourself, the planet, and animals. Your compassion enlarges for yourself as well as for the greater community and all life. Realizing that some people who you know are dispassionate about the life around us may make you reassess how much longer your relationship with them will continue.
This happened to me. People who I thought added value to my life, seemed less important to me after becoming vegan. I went through a transformation, while many friends stayed the same. It became harder to connect with some of them, and as a result, those relationships ended, just as new ones emerged. Friendships are important, but some will change as you do.
Those three veggies [artichokes, celery, parsley], essentials of the Mediterranean Diet, are loaded with apigenin, an inflammation fighter that kills cancer cells. These foods can boost cancer treatments (some studies show it makes paclitaxel, used to treat certain breast cancers, more effective) or prevent cancer (breast, colon, skin, thyroid and leukemia) in the first place.
According to this article by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Roizen, apigenin is one of the toughest inflammation fighters found in fruit, vegetables, and spices. It can be found in artichokes, celery, parsley, apples cherries, grapes, cilantro, basil, and oregano. So try to get a healthy dose of these ingredients daily which is easy to do with a balanced vegan diet!
If you are visiting LA before the summer ends, here are a few new vegan restaurants to try compiled by LAist.com, including Gracias Madre, a vegan Mexican restaurant on Melrose Avenue!
Avocados are one of my favorite ingredients. I put them in smoothies, salads, sandwiches, and use them as a garnish on a variety of southwest style recipes. I eat them peeled and chopped with a dash of salt and lime juice. They are filling and healthy! This article fromt the Huff Post lists six more reasons why avocados are a wonderful vegan food and more specifically, a delicious fruit, including...
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