Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Years Resolution 2012: Go Vegan!

For your new year's resolution 2012, Resolve to go vegan! For people, for health, for animals, for the planet!
  • save 100 animals per year
  • lose weight and improve cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • reduce your risk for chronic diseases
  • reduce demand for water, energy, crops, and arable land (this helps feed the world)
  • reduce air and water pollution from animal factories
  • find spiritual peace through non-violence
Question: "What do vegans think would happen to animals if everyone went vegan? Do you think people will keep cows, pigs and chickens as pets?"

First of all, I don't expect that everyone will go vegan for several hundred years, or until we have a sufficiently advanced society that everyone is satisfied with the flavors and nutritional content of cruelty-free foods. In the short run, every single person who reduces their meat intake, goes vegetarian or vegan can prevent a massive amount of suffering. For example, every egg represents a hen suffering for 24 hours in a typical battery cage egg factory.

If -many- people went vegan though, massive amounts of farm and ranch lands could be freed up for humans and wildlife. After all, humans are animals, too. Domesticated animals would see their populations massively reduced, and that's fine with me. I don't think cows and chickens and pigs really need to have their populations in the billions as they are now. I think the true winners would be humans and wildlife.

There is a growing shortfall in the amount of arable land required to feed the human population. I think it's simply irresponsible to continue to dedicate all our land and water to growing corn for pigs, cows, and chickens. It's simply wasteful when human beings are going hungry. And I don't buy the argument that the human population is the problem!

Finally, we're wasting all our health care money, technology, skills, and time on heart disease and obesity, when we can simply prevent most of it by eating right + getting exercise (e.g. growing veggies in the back yard)!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Boulder Benign Blog: Recipes for a greener, healthier, kinder Thanksgiv...

Recipes for a greener, healthier, kinder Thanksgiving: Of course you still want a delicious, festive Thanksgiving meal! I hope the following recipes and photos will show you that Thanksgiving can be a satisfying, healthy feast of scrumptious variety, all without the need for an actual Turkey. Give it a try!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Can't believe it's vegan? Queso Fundido Dip

Vegan Queso Fundido Dip

One taste of this indulgent vegan queso fundido dip and you'll be saying "I can't believe this is vegan!" This recipe is mostly fat free except for the optional olive oil & daiya garnish! Plus zero cruelty, zero cholesterol, and zero worries. Enjoy!

Vegan Queso Fundido Dip

Preparation (15 mins)
  1. Heat olive oil in a small skillet (4in to 6in)
  2. Mince garlic and saute briefly
  3. Add Gimme Lean sausage
  4. Chop sausage into bites with a spatula
  5. Spread sausage into a layer on the bottom
  6. Squirt with Bragg's or soy sauce and saute 5 mins
  7. Carefully spoon or pour Nacho Mom's Vegan Queso on top. Do NOT stir it! This makes a tasty layered dip.
  8. Place a lid on the skillet, lower heat, simmer 5 mins to bubbly hot
  9. Optional: Garnish with Daiya Cheddar Style Shreds
  10. Replace lid, melt the Daiya partially
  11. Serve as a dip, on a hot plate with chips

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Stop farm subsidies for Junk Food

Stop farm subsidies for Junk Food

It's well known that many farm subsidies just make Junk Food cheaper, adding to our nation's obesity epidemic.

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group on Sep 21, 2011, released "Apples to Twinkies," a review of agricultural subsidies showing that since 1995, ~$16.9 Billion in taxpayer money went toward supplementing the country's most common food additives: corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, corn starch and soy oils.

In addition, much of the corn, wheat, and soy crops receiving these subsidies become animal feed for other farmers, or go toward ethanol producers, who receive their own subsidies. This creates an unfair market distortion, allowing certain industries to double-dip into these subsidies.

Stop subsidizing junk foods & making America's health care problems worse!
Sign the Petition

Friday, September 30, 2011

Vegg On the Rock: Why Have We Declared War on Farm Animals?

Vegg On the Rock: Why Have We Declared War on Farm Animals?: I've finished reading Alicia Silverstone's The Kind Diet , and let me tell you, this girl is anything but clueless. She has this incredib...

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Veracious Vegan: VG Burgers, Boulder

The Veracious Vegan: VG Burgers, Boulder: On my last day in Boulder, I was seeking a low-key lunch so my friend, Corey suggested we go to VG Burgers , a 100% vegan fast food restaurant...