VEGETARIAN/VEGAN ACTION NEWSLETTER,
February 17, 2021.
Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace, Justice, and Ecology
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NONVIOLENCE, ANTI-WAR, AND VEGETARIANISM: DON’T KILL 8-29-20
One of our nation’s oldest anti-war organizations is the WAR RESISTERS LEAGUE based in NYC. For many years it published a peace calendar. For 2003 the theme was Nourishing the Nonviolent Revolution: Zestful Vegetarian Recipes; the recipes were contributed by WRL members; and it was edited by Ruth Benn, a long-time leader of WRL. Recently I made its excellent chili—with celery, onion, mushrooms, sweet pepper, garlic, cashews, raisins, tomatoes, kidney beans, and beer! and more. And made some healthy muffins to accompany. Dick
Jamie Oliver. Ultimate Veg.
Vegetarian cooking for all occasions—a few meat-free days a week, living a vegetarian lifestyle, or just wanting to try some new combinations.
AGAINST THE INEQUITIES IN THE INDUSTRIAL FOOD SYSTEM
THE MEAT INDUSTRY, RACISM, REGENERATIVE AGRI, AND GRASSROOTS RISING, PETA
It’s impossible to put out a “newsletter” this week without acknowledging what’s going on in the streets in so many cities across this country—and how those actions are tied to the systemic and institutionalized social, environmental and economic injustice that runs throughout our society.
So we share this video of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who sums it up this way:
“The way we end this [violence], and the way we move through this, is by establishing justice. That is the ultimate way of creating peace and prosperity.”
Words spoken like a genuine leader—and perhaps future president?
AOC also this week called out the hypocrisy of corporations, including fast-food king, McDonald’s, rejecting what she called “bland statements” of support for Black Lives Matter.
As reported in Common Dreams, AOC “called out a number of companies which publicly expressed support for the protests in the past week but sell products that aid racial discrimination, tolerate racism on their platforms, and fail to support black families and businesses.”
The Common Dreams article also included sage advice from Judd Legum, editor of Popular Information:
"If you want to understand a corporation's values, ignore its tweets, and pay attention to its FEC filings.”
As the COVID-19 crisis has laid bare, injustice runs rampant through the U.S. food system—and nowhere has that injustice been more evident than in the industrial “Big Meat” industry, where thousands of slaughterhouse workers, forced to return to work, are now infected with the virus.
Ricardo Salvador, senior scientist and director of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, lays out how injustice and exploitation runs through our food and farming system in this recent article (and podcast). From farmers who aren’t paid a fair price, to slaughterhouse workers forced to work in unsafe conditions, to farmworkers who are “politically invisible,” what you have is:
“. . . the top of this pyramid . . . which is essentially the highly concentrated agribusiness sector, attempting to exploit the moment to cut as many costs as possible . . .”
Whether we’re talking food system or any other “system” in this country, injustice ultimately leads to “unrest.”
As AOC says in her instagram video: “True peace is a just society.”
And as she tweeted last week,“This moment calls for transformation.”
Watch Rep. Ocasio-Cortez on peace and justice
Read 'Yes, I Will Name Names': AOC Leads Charge Against Empty Corporate Claims of #BlackLivesMatter’
Read 'Our Food System Is Very Much Modeled on Plantation Economics’
MILLIONS AGAINST MONSANTO
Got Glyphosate? Organic Consumers Association. Organic Bytes (8-13-20.
Want to protect your immune system? Get glyphosate out of your body.
The best way to reduce your exposure to glyphosate? Switch to an organic diet.
A study published this week in the journal Environmental Research supports previous research showing that an organic diet is an effective way to reduce the burden of glyphosate in your body.
AGAINST PROCESSED FOOD AND THE INDUSTRIAL FOOD SYSTEM
'Food Fix': How to Save Our Health, Our Economy, Our Communities and Our Planet—One Bite at a Time
Organic Consumers Association
ORGANIC CONSUMERS ASSOCIATION, 7-4-20
Industrial agriculture, with its toxic chemicals, monocultures, drugs and deforestation, is destroying the natural resources needed to sustain life on earth.
Will we reverse this trend, before it’s too late?
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Growing millions of acres of GMO monoculture crops, doused with cancer-causing and soil-destroying chemicals is not natural.
Cramming billions of farm animals into filthy barns and cages, pumping them full of growth hormones and antibiotics, is not natural.
Feeding the masses with over-processed, contaminant-filled junk food is not natural.
We can change how we produce food and nourish not only ourselves, but the resources we depend on for health and life . . . but only if we muster the courage and the political will to stand up to powerful corporations that profit from a degenerative food system.
As writer and naturalist Edward Abbey warned:
“A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.”
As long as we are able, we will fight back against the corrupt corporations and their beholden politicians who view nature as nothing more than a commodity to be exploited for profit.
Farro is an extremely
nutritious grain. It's an excellent source of protein, fiber and nutrients like
magnesium, zinc and some B vitamins. It's a much healthier alternative
to white rice or other refined grains. One-fourth cup (47
grams) of organic, whole grain emmer farro contains (1, 2 ):Jan 28, 2017
5 Benefits of Farro, A Healthy and Nutritious Ancient Grain - Healthline
Escarole (pronounced "ES-ka-roll") is a leafy green vegetable and member of the chicory family along with frisée, endive, and Belgian endive. Like other chicories, it is popular in Italian cuisine and can be served either raw or cooked.
Joe Yonan. (The Washington Post.) ”The Edible Seed Is Making a Comeback, Buoyed by Plant-based Cooking.” NADG (3-18-20), 1E. BEANS!
Deena Shanker (Bloomberg News (WPNS). “Fake-meat Firm Cuts Prices to Compete.” NADG (1-10-2021). Higher price is apparently the main hurdle to plant-based meat alternatives, but prices are descending.
GUIDE TO PLANT-BASED” MEAT “
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NOW A FEATURE DOCUMENTARY FILM NARRATED BY NATALIE PORTMAN
To reduce risk of pandemics for ourselves, our
gaze needs to turn to the health of animals.
From the bestselling author of the essential new 2019 book on animal agriculture and climate crisis: We are the Weather
Discover Jonathan Safran Foer's eye-opening and life-changing account of the meat we eat
'Should be compulsory reading. A genuine masterwork. Read this book. It will change you' Time Out
Eating Animals is the most original and urgent book on the subject of food written this century. It will change the way you think, and change the way you eat. For good.
Whether you're flirting with veganuary, trying
to cut back on animal consumption, or a lifelong meat-eater, you need to read
'Shocking, incandescent, brilliant' The Times
'Everyone who eats flesh should read this book' Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
'Universally compelling. Jonathan Safran Foer's book changed me' Natalie Portman
'Gripping [and] original. A brilliant synthesis of argument, science and storytelling. One of the finest books ever written on the subject of eating animals' Times Literary Supplement
'If you eat meat and fish, you should read this book. Even if you don't, you should. It might bring the beginning of a change of heart about all living things' Joanna Lumley
VIDEO OF THE WEEK 8-13-20
Global Meat Machine
If you eat meat, you need to read this article.
Investigative journalist Andrew Wasley spent more than 15 years, traveling to far corners of the world, to uncover the story of how the production of cheap meat harms animals, the ecosystem and human health.
Wasley’s investigation is global, comprehensive and shocking. And chock full of reasons to #BoycottBigMeat.
This is investigative journalism at its best. And it doesn’t come without risks. As Wasley writes:
“In Brazil, one undercover investigator, examining the impacts of the export-led cattle industry, was outed in a chilling advert placed in a local newspaper and had to quickly flee the region. His safety—and that of colleagues—was judged to be under threat."
Wasley’s story is so compelling, we invited him to do an interview with us—you can watch it here.
Noam Chomsky, Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal (2020). “Industrial meat production, even aside from ethical considerations, should not be tolerated because of its substantial contribution to global warming. We have to find ways to shift to plant-based diets derived from sustainable agricultural practices….” (86).
Can the Green New Deal help end factory farming? Join the discussion!
Oct 7, 2020, 11:51 AM (1 day ago)
www.organicconsumers.org › grassroots-risingIn his new book, Grassroots Rising: A Call to Action on Climate, Farming, Food, and a Green New Deal by Ronnie Cummings lays out plan for doing just that.
The Playbook We Need. Organic Consumers Assoc. Organic Bytes (6-5-20)
“Regenerative agriculture is going to be a key phrase in the decades ahead—and this book will get you in on the ground floor, so to speak. Not much could be more important!”— Bill McKibben, author of “Falter”
When Ronnie started this book, COVID-19 wasn’t on his mind.
But during this unprecedented global crisis, Grassroots Rising is the playbook we all need.
We’re guessing most of you—except those of you who are the pandemic frontline heroes providing essential services—probably have more time to read, or listen, to books right now.
And you’re probably in dire need of any message that offers hope—and concrete action steps for creating a better world.
Ronnie’s new book, your “good news” instruction manual for fixing our broken food and farming system and our broken climate, is now available on audible.com. You can also order the paperback online.
Fortunately, we’re planning an online book tour. Stay tuned for details!
In the meantime, stay healthy, stay sane and above all, stay engaged.
Listen up! ‘Grassroots Rising’ now available on audible.com
Listen (free) to the first 17 minutes of Ronnie's book
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Sailesh Rao is the Founder and Executive Director of Climate Healers, a non-profit dedicated towards healing the Earth’s climate. A systems specialist with a Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA, conferred in 1986, Sailesh worked on the Internet communications infrastructure for twenty years after graduation. In 2006, he switched careers and became deeply immersed, full-time, in the spiritual and environmental crises affecting humanity. He is the author of the 2011 book, Carbon Dharma: The Occupation of Butterflies and the 2016 book, Carbon Yoga: The Vegan Metamorphosis. He is the Co-Executive Producer of the trilogy of documentaries, The Human Experiment (2013), Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014) and What The Health (2017), which explore the systemic causes of human and environmental ill health and of the forthcoming documentary, The Compassion Project.
Sailesh Rao has over three decades of professional experience and is the Founder and Executive Director of Climate Healers, a non-profit dedicated towards healing the Earth's climate. A systems specialist with a Ph. ... Rao worked on the internet communications infrastructure for twenty years after graduation.
END VEGETARIAN ACTION, February 17, 2021