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Eating meat is worse for the environment than driving to work

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Eating meat is worse for the environment than driving to work

Originally posted on Quartz:

Next time you brag about biking to work instead of driving for the sake of the environment, take a good look inside your lunch box.

According to a new report released by the London-based think tank Chatham House, livestock production accounts for more direct greenhouse gas emissions overall than all trains, ships, planes and road transportation combined. Making up 14.5 % of the global total, the livestock sector is responsible for more emissions than the entire United States, the world’s largest economy.

Although the report doesn’t compare individual actions such as eating a burger vs. driving to work, it does urge greater consumer awareness of the damage that meat-eating does to the environment.

With demand for meat and dairy products increasing rapidly, things could get worse. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization predicts that by 2050 meat consumption could rise by a whopping 76%, with a 65% increase for dairy…

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Vegan Tamales

My husband has been asking me to make some vegan tamales for a while now, but I have never attempted to make them because I was too intimidated….until today.  I found a really easy recipe on the VEGAN MEXICAN FOOD website.  I added a few more ingredients to the filling (cilantro, lime juice, bell peppers, corn, vegan bouillon, and garlic) and I also didn’t use any sherry vinegar, but it still tasted pretty awesome.

You can make many different types of tamales!  You can add vegan cheese, tofu, soyrizo, etc.

Please check out http://www.veganmexicanfood.com/tamales.htm to get the recipe and directions on how to make deliciousl tamales.

Note: for the masa dough, I added some cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika and vegan bouillon for extra flavor.

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Orca hunter turned whale rescuer shares his video

Originally posted on Anderson Cooper 360:

Attendance and profits have plunged again at SeaWorld. The company, which operates 11 theme parks, says its third quarter earnings fell 28 percent from a year ago and they had half-million fewer park visitors. That’s all during what is supposed to be the busy summer months. SeaWorld’s CEO says he is confident they’re addressing the company’s challenges. They are building larger tanks for its killer whales, the first expected to open in San Diego in four years. This comes after CNN aired the documentary “Blackfish” last year. The film raised questions of alleged animal abuse at its parks. SeaWorld Entertainment Group denies the allegations.

CNN’s Ivan Watson got a unique view into how SeaWorld and other parks get their killer whales. For the first time on TV, a former whale hunter is sharing his video.

Watch part 2 of Ivan’s report here:

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Doctor Who Party and Vegan TOMS shoes painted by Hase

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TOMS VEGAN SHOES**Art by HASE** Hase’s contact info: hase10@live.com

My 6 year old daughter is a huge fan of Doctor Who.  And for her birthday, she asked to have a “Doctor Who” party at the local ice-skating rink.  I bought some Doctor Who decorations, made vegan Doctor Who cupcakes, and some dark chocolate Tardises and Daleks.  I also served some vegan hot dogs, hummus, chips, fruits, etc.

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My daughter was so happy and she said that it was “the best party ever”, which made me happy.

One of the birthday presents she got from me were some vegan TOMS shoes which I had sent to my friend, Hase, so he could paint on them.  And this is what he came up with:

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Art by the talented HASE.

My daughter LOVES these shoes.  And, if you would like some customized kicks, send him an email: hase10@live.com.

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Art by Hase. Contact info: hase10@live.com

 

Raw Vegan Pesto Pizza

Raw Vegan Pesto

Raw Vegan Pesto

A few weeks ago, I enjoyed some delicious raw vegan food at this awesome vegan restaurant in Columbia, South Carolina called “THE GOOD LIFE CAFE”  and they served up some amazing raw vegan meals!  We ordered raw stuffed mushrooms, raw pizza, raw cinnamon  rolls, raw noodles, raw parfait, and raw tacos.  After that visit, I have come to the conclusion that The Good Life Cafe is now one of my most favorite restaurants.  Everything was so delicious and flavorful!

The Good Life Cafe

The Good Life Cafe

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The Good Life Cafe

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Raw vegan tacos with salad

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Asian Noodle salad (kelp and squash noodles)

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Raw vegan pizza with fruit salad

 

I have been thinking so much about their food so last night I decided I was going to make some raw vegan pizzas!

 

Pizza crust:

(Click here for pizza crust directions)

Pesto Sauce:

  • 1.5 cups of fresh basil
  • 1/3 cup of nutritional yeast
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup of chopped zucchini
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of pine nuts
  • salt to taste

Directions:  Blend/process all pesto sauce ingredients together and set aside.

 

Raw Parmesan:

  • 1/3 cup of nutritional yeast
  • 1/3 cup of raw cashews
  • salt to taste

Directions: Process together and set aside.

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Raw Parm

Mushroom topping:

  • 7 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons of liquid aminos
  • 3 tablespoons of cold pressed olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 2 large shiitake mushrooms

Directions:

  1. Dust mushrooms off.
  2. Thinly slice mushrooms.
  3. Mix apple cider vinegar, liquid aminos, garlic powder, and olive oil together.
  4. Pour over the sliced mushrooms.
  5. Marinate the mushrooms for 15 minutes.
  6. Dehydrate for about 30 to 45 minutes.

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Okay, now you are ready to build your pizza!

  1. Prepare veggies (slice tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, etc.)
  2. Spread pesto sauce on your crust.
  3. Layer your toppings.
  4. Sprinkle parmesan on top.
  5. Enjoy!

 

Raw Vegan Pesto Pizza

Raw Vegan Pesto Pizza

I really enjoyed this pesto pizza.  I love pesto and it went great with the crust, veggies, and the tangy mushrooms!