This is a question I get asked all the time and one of the main things that comes up as a "criticism" of veganism. Yeah, but if veganism is so great, why are you trying to copy all OUR foods? Or how about: Yeah, but if veganism is so sustainable, what about all these new … Continue reading Should we be promoting meat substitutes?
This is part 3 in my series asking What is the most sustainable diet? If you're interested, check out Part 1 and Part 2 in the series. To sum up the first two parts in this series: Talking about sustainability is COMPLICATED. There are a lot of different definitions of what is included in sustainability. Sustainability measurements often use … Continue reading What is the most sustainable diet?: Part 3
In part 1 of my exploration of the question: What is the most sustainable diet? I address the recent hype that a vegan diet is 'not as sustainable' as other diets. In the modern world, everyone seems to want a simple answer to every question, no matter how complex. That's probably why a recent study has been promoted as proof that am … Continue reading What IS the most sustainable diet?: Part 1
If you are at all interested in (a) your health or (b) not dying any time soon, this video is a must. Dr. Michael Greger, of Nutritionfacts.org, has done an incredible talk on the top causes of death and how diet can prevent and even cure almost all of these. Using a wide array of … Continue reading Dr Michael Greger: On Death and Plants
While a day doesn't seem to go by without someone mentioning the continuing increase in meat consumption, it's not that simple. In fact, while food consumption growth is, indeed, outpacing overall population growth, meat consumption is actually decreasing. Yes, certain types of meat (mainly poultry) continue to be eaten at rates higher than population growth in 'developing' countries, … Continue reading Meeting demands for less meat
One of my favorite comics by vegan sidekick is a simple one. There are four frames. The first shows a person sitting on a couch while another person cuts a pig’s throat in front of him. “Stop it,” the person on the couch says, “that’s horrible.” In the second frame, the butcher is in the man’s backyard … Continue reading At What Distance Do You Stop Caring?
I've decided I need to stop snacking so much. There are times when I surprise myself with my seeming lack of willpower. I'm feeling bored at work and suddenly I find myself opening the cupboards to find a cheeky snack. No matter how much I intellectualize my snacking struggle, the fact remains: it's a bad habit. And breaking … Continue reading Going cold turkey: breaking the habit
The greater the threat, the greater the gap in knowledge, the more urgent and more impossible is the decision. Just where ARE the animals we are eating? Sure, I see a handful of sheep or cows while riding the train through the British countryside, but these represent a minuscule proportion of the 100 billion animals … Continue reading Eating Animals: A Risky Business
The claim has been made again and again that intensified animal agriculture has enabled better access to sufficient and nutritious diets for people around the world. There is simply no proof that this is true and, in reality, research shows that the global expansion of meat production has contributed to global poverty and hunger. Even though … Continue reading Meat and Poverty
It may come as a surprise to most people that the European Union (EU) has been openly discussing the potential benefits of reducing animal food consumption for nearly two decades. In fact, in 1998 they described reducing consumption as ‘arguably‘ the best way to address the environmental problems caused by animal food production . As they … Continue reading Something Needs to Change