Monday, November 9, 2015


Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace, Justice, and Ecology.

(#4 Feb. 12, 2014; #5 March 12, 2014; #6 April 9, 2014; #7 May 14, 2014; #8, June 11, 2014; #9 July 9, 2014; #10, August 11, 2014; #11 September 10, 2014; #12 October 8, 2014; #13, November 12, 2014; #14, December 10, 2014; #15, January 14, 2015; #16, Feb. 11, 2015; #17, March 11, 2015; #18, April 8, 2015; #19, June 10, 2015; #20, August 12, 2015; #21, September 9, 2015; #22, Oct. 14, 2015).   Thank you Marc.
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Veggie and Vegan Potluck
Wed    - 6:00 pm @ OMNI
A food-friendly monthly event with delicious dishes.  We want to meet you, at a place and time where you can talk with others not only about recipes, nutrition, and health, but about the meat industry monopoly, care for other species, for the environment, and the climate.     Hope to see you!

Wednesday,  NOVEMBER 11 (Armistice DAY), members of OMNI350 and CCL are invited to attend our potluck and enjoy vegetarian cuisine and consider our philosophy, and we are invited to attend their meeting following, which concentrates on the fee-dividend approach to reducing carbon in our atmosphere.   Vegetarian Potluck starts at 6, and CCL at 7.  Make a special sign or announcement if your dish is vegan.   If you wish, provide your recipe, or at least its name and main ingredients. 

See: Animal Cruelty, Animal Friendship, Animal Rights, Climate Change, CO2, Critical Thinking, Direct Violence, Education,  Empathy/Compassion, Ecology, Ethics, Gandhi, Global Warming/Causes, Health, St. Francis, Structural Violence, Torture, Vegan, Vegetarianism, Violence, Wars, Water, for starters.

October World Vegetarian MONTH.    Oct. 16, UN World Food DAY.

Contents Vegetarian Action #23, November, 2015

The Food Industry
Meat Industry Monopoly versus Health, Compassion, and Climate

Nutrition, Health
Senn,  Vegetables and Protein
Vegetables and Protein Google Search
Center for Biological Diversity:  Restaurants
UN World Food Day, World Hunger, and US Food Waste:  Connections with Vegetarianism

Dangers of Meat:  PBS, Frontline, “Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria” (Oct. 22, 2013).

Animal Rights, Protection, Compassion
Veganism Google Search

Global Warming, Climate Change
Change the Unsustainable Food Pyramid

Food and climate change - David Suzuki Foundation


Pork Industry Monopoly Google Search 11-7-15 turned up the following:
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
by A Barkema - ‎Cited by 68 - ‎Related articles
changing shape of the pork industry, the nation's ... way in the US. pork industry are today's discrimi- ..... industry could exercise monopoly power, which.
Food & Water Watch
Nov 2, 2012 - In this report, we examine five case studies of agribusiness concentration: Iowa's hog industry; the milk processing and dairy farming in upstate ...
largest of these agribusinesses are practically monopolies, controlling what ...... What makes the rise of factory farms in the hog industry so noteworthy is that.
Smithfield's style of industrial pork production is now a major source of air pollution .... while it squeezes the farmer until it has a monopoly or farm production.
Yahoo! Finance
Feb 19, 2014 - He defines meat, by the way, as beef, chicken and pork. ... And that's not the only way consumers pay for this "monopolistic situation," says ... › Business › Corporate Responsibility
Sep 11, 2010 - Pork is much the same with 66 percent of all pigs coming from four companies. ... from a host of organizations hurt by a livestock monopoly. ... have such control over the beef and pork industry it means that the decision of a ...
Mar 17, 2014 - ... meat industry monopoly has hurt humans and other animals alike. ... and pork that is produced through a system Tyson pioneered,” as ...
National Family Farm Coalition
market.” Cheap corn and soybeans enable agribusiness to develop monopoly power over ... 4 Companies Control 66% of the Pork Industry. Smithfield, Tyson ...
WORC's other factsheets include: “Monopoly Power in the Beef Industry,” “The Meat Trust,” “Corporate Profiles: The Big Three,” “Monopoly Power in the Pork ...
Mar 3, 2014 - A handful of companies are so powerful they can raise meat prices with a ... when just four companies controlled the market with a shared monopoly. ... the norm in pork production and also allowed companies like Tyson to ...

I have been asked often how we can have enough protein from vegetables.  But many vegetables have lots of protein, as you can see in the following lists.  You can purchase concentrated vegetable protein, such as “Bragg Liquid Aminos,” containing 310 mg of soy protein per serving (1/2 teaspoon), but the company does not recommend it as a meat substitute.    –Dick
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On my weight loss healing journey, my starting place for radically transforming my health was to eat real foods, especially vegetables.
Within a few weeks of eating real foods, especially protein-rich vegetables (in combination with other healthy protocols), I began to have more energy and to feel my excess weight release easily and naturally, even after years of trying. Best of all, I began to feel like myself again.
Here is a list of 10 high-protein vegetables that you can add into your life for more energy and to help create vibrant health naturally.
1. Peas
Not only are peas one of my favorite kitchen additions, but they are an excellent source of protein. Peas can be enjoyed fresh or frozen and have some of the highest protein available of any vegetable. So, next time you are looking for a little protein boost, remember to add in a handful of peas to your meal.
2. Spinach
You might already know spinach as a popular "super food", but now you can eat it knowing that it is also a great source of protein, too. This vegetable is loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and within that deep dark green color is also plenty of protein.
3. Kale
Truly one of the best greens and vegetable choices out there, kale is the definition of a super food. Make it into a salad, add it to soup or casserole, or blend a handful into a green smoothie, knowing that you are getting your protein.
4. Broccoli
As well as protein, broccoli is also high in fiber, antioxidants and minerals. With a broad range of vitamins on offer, you can use cooked or raw broccoli as a main menu item. Eat broccoli in salads, soups, or simply steamed by itself with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
5. Sprouts
There are so many different varieties of fresh sprouts available and the thing I love about them is that they are living until you pick them. (You can't get any fresher than that.) Sprouts make a healthy addition to sandwiches, salads and soups. Try mixing the various kinds of sprouts that are available, as the different varieties are all delicious.
6. Mushrooms
With a firm texture and immune boosting properties, especially the cordycep, reishi and maitake varieties, mushrooms make a tasty, nutritious and filling main meal. I like to cook them under a hot grill with a drizzle of olive oil. When they are almost done, simply top them with a little freshly chopped garlic and parsley and then bake them a little longer (to cook the garlic). Serve them with freshly scrambled organic eggs for a healthy weekend brunch.
7. Brussel Sprouts
This cruciferous vegetable is not only high in protein, but also fiber. I remember as a little girl not being very keen on brussel sprouts. Fortunately, my taste buds have evolved! Try roasting them in a baking tray with a drizzle of oil and a dash of sea salt for a delicious variation.
8. Artichokes
You can eat artichokes in many different ways including blended, steamed or roasted. They are so delicious and filling (thanks to the high protein) that you may very well may make them the main part of your meal, as happened in the ancient Jewish Ghettos in Rome many years ago!
9. Asparagus
Not only are asparagus high in protein, but they also assist your body with detoxification. Asparagus are also high in fiber, which fills you up and leaves you feeling satisfied and satiated after eating.
10. Corn
In addition to its high fiber content, a serving of corn packs a solid protein punch. Best eaten fresh from the cob, you can also get the benefits off-season through frozen or canned kernels.
For more ideas on how to heal your body and life naturally, you can download a free chapter of my book called Losing Weight is a Healing Journey here.

VEGETABLES AND PROTEIN Google Search, Nov. 9, 2015
Below is a list of 27 vegetables ranked by their protein to calorie ratio. For more see the extended list of protein rich vegetables, and the list of vegetables ranked by theirprotein percentage. For more vegetarian sources of protein see the articles on highprotein foods, beans ...
Jun 30, 2015 - Slabs of meat don't have to be the only protein-rich items on your dinner plate. Check out which vegetables provide
the protein boost you're ... [Source not available when I checked.  –D]
Women's Health
Mar 13, 2014 - Vegetables aren't typically known for being a great source of protein, but there are some sneaky ones out there that contain a decent ...[Another source not available.  –D]
Oct 1, 2014 - Within a few weeks of eating real foods, especially protein-rich vegetables (in combination with other healthy protocols), I began to have more ... › Health › ABC News OnCall+ Wellness Center
Aug 12, 2013 - Meat- and dairy-free protein options can help you stay slim and healthy. ... That's not normal, i DO only eat vegetable sources of protein, and I ... › Food and Drink
Jan 9, 2014 - Top Ten High-Protein Vegetables The recommended daily allowance for protein for sedentary people is 0.4 grams for every pound of body ...
Apr 11, 2014 - Living only on raw fruits and raw vegetables may not be sustainable though from a protein perspective.


Demand #GoodFoodNow -- Sign the Petition
Americans spend nearly half their food budgets eating outside the home, making restaurants a powerful force in our food system and dietary choices.
Good food is about more than just taste and environmental impact -- to be truly sustainable restaurants need to serve up dignity and justice, too.
Tell the world's largest restaurant company to commit to good food principles to protect its workers, customers and the environment.

Free Film Screening for World Food Day
Oct. 14, 2015     
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas Office for Sustainabilty is sponsoring the screening of the documentary Just Eat It – A Food Waste Story in observance of World Food Day.
The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Oct. 15, in the Poultry Science Auditorium. It is open to students and the public, free of charge.
World Food Day serves to promote the eradication of hunger around the world.
Steve Boss, director of Sustainability Academic Programs for the Office for Sustainability, said that the purpose of the event is to draw attention to the importance of food in human society.
Just Eat It – A Food Waste Story is about a couple that investigates just how much food is thrown away in America each year. The documentary follows the couple living only on discarded food that they find.
Cassandra Gronendyke, administrative specialist for the Office For Sustainability, said that understanding our food system and food waste is vital to ending hunger.
"With programs like Razorback Food Recovery and the Food Recovery Project in the Law School, the U of A is quickly becoming a leader in the fight against food waste," Gronendyke said. "There has been a high level of interest leading up to the film screening. Students are eager to learn about this problem that they can play such a big role in addressing."
Razorback Food Recovery is also participating in World Food Day by partnering with Chartwells Dining to promote their Clean Plate Project in all of the dining halls Oct. 5-16. The goal of this project is to raise awareness of food waste and encourage diners to reduce their plate waste.
Additionally, Razorback Food Recovery and their sister program Full Circle Pantry will be sharing stories of clients and food assistance agencies in the connections lounge on Wednesday Oct. 15.
For more information contact the Office for Sustainability at
—By Morgan McKay, Agricultural Reporter for the Experiential Learning Lab

Discuss "vegan."  My dictionary:  "A vegetarian who omits all animal products from the diet."    Is this an adequate definition?    Or are VEGANS RADICAL ANIMAL RIGHTS ADVOCATES?   You don’t kill (or exploit or treat cruelly) animals for any reason.  They are part of the NO KILL Movement.

1.  VEGANISM Google Search, November 7, 2015
Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or poultry. Vegans, in addition to being vegetarian, do not use other animal products and by-products such as eggs, dairy products, honey, leather, fur, silk, wool, cosmetics, and soaps derived from animal products.
Distinctions are sometimes made between several categories of veganism. Dietary vegans (or strict vegetarians) refrain from consuming animal products, not only meat but also eggs, dairy products and other animal-derived substances; this is known as a vegan or entirely plant-based diet.
Term coined by‎: ‎Donald Watson, Nove...
Description‎: ‎Elimination of the use of an...
Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or poultry. Vegans, in addition to being vegetarian, do not use other animal products and by-products such as eggs, dairy products, honey, leather, fur, silk, wool, cosmetics, and soaps derived from animal products.
With your support, we will continue to make plant-based diets more accessible to the mainstream and share the compelling ideas behind veganism with ...
Veganism, the natural extension of vegetarianism, is an integral component of a cruelty-free lifestyle. Living vegan provides numerous benefits to animals' lives, ...
In the news
Iowa State Daily - 3 days ago
Veganism, a lifestyle choice many students are beginning to adopt, can help alleviate these ...
Virginia Gazette - 2 days ago
The National - 12 hours ago
Jul 23, 2015 - Conversations of veganism vs. meat eating can become pretty heated so ... If you mean he is not an adherent to the religion of veganism, then ...
A comprehensive guide to going vegan.
"Veganism is a way of living that seeks to exclude, as far as possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing and any ...

VegNewsVegan. Think. Eat. Thrive.™
The premier vegan lifestyle magazine, VegNews serves up the latest in meat-free news, food, travel, politics, and buzz. Named one of the “Best 50 Magazines” by the Chicago Tribune (#18) and the country’s “Best Lifestyle Magazine” in 2008, 2009, and 2010, VegNews is read by more than 225,000 people in 38 countries. In addition to its flagship publication, the vegan media company also produces the award-winning along with a collection of popular e-newsletters, blogs, cookbooks, events, and vacations. Inside every issue of VegNews includes:
·         The latest vegan news
·         Travel features
·         Health coverage
·         Delicious vegan recipes
·         Vegetarian city guides
·         Global events
·         Practical advice and much, much more!
·         History
·         Staff
·         Advisors
·         Policies
·         FAQ


No. 59, Oct. 23, 2015
The Dangers of an Unsustainable Food Pyramid
Government dietary recommendations are rapidly gaining attention in international climate conversations because of the outsized -- and largely unregulated -- impact of our food system, particularly meat production, on the world. Unfortunately, earlier this month the Obama administration announced its plans to leave sustainability off the menu when it releases the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans later this year -- despite the recommendations of its expert panel and support for smarter food guidelines from thousands of Americans, plus a broad coalition of food, environmental and health advocates.

It's no mystery why the administration made this decision. It's been under intense pressure from the meat industry ever since the advisory committee first uttered the word sustainability. Environmental considerations, much like dietary health concerns, aren't good for business if you're trying to maximize the number of livestock on the planet. But there's a lot more at stake in the dietary guidelines than meat-industry profits.

We may not think much about them on a daily basis, but dietary guidelines make a tangible difference in how we handle nutrition education, food in government-run facilities and schools, and federal food programs and benefits, among other things. Perhaps most importantly those guidelines are intended to support the health of Americans -- and when industry profits are put first, our health, environment and food security are put at risk. Check out my latest Huffington Post blog about the dangers of an unsustainable food pyramid.

For the wild,
Stephanie Feldstein
Stephanie Feldstein
Population and Sustainability Director
P.S. Today's world population is: 7,376,383,942. We can still save room for wildlife -- spread the word and read the newsletters on Overpopulation.

Saskia Comess
Student Talks Wildlife Week
Students on more than 150 college campuses across the country joined Wildlife Week, taking part in a week of actions to reduce their meat consumption, host Earth-friendly eating events, and advocate for more sustainable meals around campus. One of those Campus Wild superstars was Saskia Comess, a Center intern and junior at Vassar College. Saskia wrote an article for thePoughkeepsie Journal on how what we eat affects the planet, calling on her fellow students to eat less meat as one of the most important things they can do to protect the environment.
A Wild Energy Future
Our dependence on energy from fossil fuels is at the core of major threats to biodiversity worldwide. The effects of climate change alone are devastating, but the extraction and use of dirty fuels destroys habitat, air quality and water resources. There is a better way: By investing in renewable energy projects that are planned with sustainability in mind, we can create a clean, renewable energy future for people, wildlife and the planet. Check out our new Wild Energy webpage and download our new factsheet on the benefits of wildlife-friendly renewable energy.

Related:  Both global over-population and over-consumption in the developed nations increase CO2/warming.   Stop Wasting Food!
American shoppers are collectively responsible for more wasted food than farmers, grocery stores, or any other part of the food-supply chain. The average family spends a shocking $2,225 every year on food they don't eat. This problem is so massive that if food waste were a country, it would have the third-largest environmental footprint after the United States and China.
Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook (Chronicle Books) aims to change that. Written by NRDC staff scientist Dana Gunders, this essential guide—packed with engaging checklists, creative recipes, practical strategies, and educational infographics—offers easy ways to save food and money.
The good news: Cutting food waste doesn't require significant time and effort. Follow Gunders' genius advice for smarter grocery shopping, ingredient storage, and meal planning. All it takes are a few simple behavior tweaks to take a real bite out of this problem.
Learn More

VEGETARIAN POTLUCK BEGAN IN 2008.  Here is a selection of our programs 2008-2012.
We have watched "Forks Over Knives," “Earthlings,” "The Meatrix," "The Simpsons: Lisa Becomes Vegetarian," and "Eating" and have discussed Diet for a Small Planet, The Ethical Food Manifesto, Worship Your Food, The Ethics of What We Eat, and had presentations from Jacqueline Froelich, Summer of Solutions, Wellness Secrets, Fayetteville Time Bank, Wenqi Clark, and music from Chris Mikkelson, Candy Lee, and Donna Stjerna.

Remember:  VP is part of the world-wide peace, justice, and ecology movement.  For example,

Contents Vegetarian Action #22, October 14, 2015
World Hunger and Food Waste USA

Economics of Meat Industry
Meat Industry Monopoly

Nutrition, Health
Potatoes, Tomatoes, Lettuce Are Not Variety

Animal Rights and Protection
Daniel Imhoff, CAFO, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (a massive, stupendous book available in OMNI’s Library)
Foundation for Deep Ecology
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, ASPCA Action (Fall 2015)

C02, Climate Change

Recent OMNI Topical Newsletters

Few initiatives possess as much potential for affirmative, progressive change in so many ways as vegetarianism.  In addition to nourishment, what other actions do you feel responsible for?    What kind of Vegetarian/Vegan group does the world need and should OMNI provide?

-being of animals and the planet, you are already on your way to being a vegetarian and vegan.


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Dick's Wars and Warming KPSQ Radio Editorials (#1-48)

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