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    Vegan For Her, by Ginny ‘The Vegan RD’ Messina & JL Fields (Book Review)

    Do your New Year’s resolutions involve vegan eating? Do you happen to be a person of the lady persuasion? If so, you have only two choices: read this book or cheat yourself! Whether you’re a seasoned long-time plant eater or just stepping onto the vegan path, Vegan for Her offers a wealth of vital information for women interested in going (and staying!) healthfully vegan. More

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    Top News from the Food Front: Chicken Ick, Meat Recall, GMO Rejection, & Vegan Pizza

    This week’s news features not one but two reports indicting the chicken industry, as well as the USDA’s (ahem) ‘regulatory’ oversight of it. GMOs face new and improved regulation in Hawaii, but China kicks our imports to the curb for sub-par GMO-related quality control; meanwhile Whole Foods ditches suppliers over genetically modified ingredients. If you still eat animal meat, beware! Several meat recalls are underway — none of them (so far) involve horse meat, but that could change if horse slaughter’s allowed to resume as planned. A recent study touted health benefits of organic milk over conventionally produced milk; but did you get the full story? Read on, for the week’s top news in food! More

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    Vegan Recipe: Doggie Pill-Pockets!

    Topeka! I have found it! I know I’m not the only veg-head who cringes at the thought of supporting animal agribusiness when my pill-averse pup needs medication. ‘Just put it in a hot dog, or some cheese,’ says the vet. Well I’d really rather not, actually! Since my heathen hound has mastered the art of external peanut butter removal, towards the apparent goal of leaving very clean and slightly dissolved-at-the-edges pills on my floor, I had to find a better way. Try this easy vegan recipe for pill-pockets your canine friend will happily wolf down — with no hot dogs or dairy junk anywhere nearby! More

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    Top News From the Food Front: GMO Battle Brews, Organics Boom, Republicans Scrooge

    What do GMOs, Gilles-Éric Séralini, turkeys, folks who dare to grow their own food, and poor families have in common? They’re all under some serious fire, in this week’s top food news! Meanwhile organic agriculture and Al Gore are doing just fine. Read on, for all the top news from the wide world of food. More

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    Top News from the Food Front: Sugary Cancer, Food Industry Cruelty, Non-GMO Win, and Norway’s Military Vegfest

    This week’s news will make you cry, make you sigh, and make you smile. Some of it may even help you avoid diabetes, cancer, and kidney failure! New health research indicts meat and soft drinks, but encourages healthy eaters to go nuts. Animal factories continually find new ways to turn the stomachs of anyone who glimpses their work — and then they file charges against those who dare to see (and record) it. USDA proposes new anti-poop policies targeting organic farmers; but announces new projects supporting local food in public schools. Hawaii knocks the GMO-regulation ball right out of the park! In other breaking news, I suddenly want to move to Norway. Read on, for all the week’s top food news! More

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    Top News from the Food Front: Righteous Research, Processed Poison, AgriBiz Aggro, and a Vegetarian Ruckus

    This week’s top stories bring some nifty research to the table: meat and diabetes, school lunches and student health, Alzheimer’s and herbs! The FDA tries some more baby steps towards regulating dangerous stuff in our food — what a neat idea! — and processed foods reach a new low, sending children to the emergency room. GMO apples that resist turning brown won’t save the world; but they’re the hot new biotech item, and the USDA seeks public comment about it. Also, cattle ranchers hate Joan Jett — read on to find out why! More

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    Humane Halloween: Find Vegan Halloween Fun Here!

    Looking for creative Halloween treats? Need ideas for navigating a certain candy-centric holiday with your vegan family? Seeking some treats not rife with GMO’d up corn syrup and child slavery? Look no further! Created by Vegan Street’s Marla Rose, Humane Halloween offers a collaborative space where conscious eaters can find and share ideas for celebrating Halloween — vegan style! More

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    Top News From the Food Front: New EDB Series Starts Now!

    Each week brings more food news to our browsers than we can shake a fork at — but our readers are continually hungry for knowledge about what they’re putting on their plates, and in their bodies. Here at EDB we often cover GMO labeling, food marketing, ag-gag legislation, and other current events in depth; but the food news river flows wide and fast. To keep up with that current, read on! More

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    Vegan Pancake Recipe: Banancakes!

    I’ve been on a pancake kick lately: on those rare and wonderful lazy weekend mornings, nothing beats a leisurely midmorning brunch. This pancake recipe makes all of my family’s brunchers happy, especially served alongside fresh hot cocoa (or mimosas, depending on age and work schedule)! More

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    Why Lab Meat Is & Isn’t the Answer

    Last week researchers whisked back the curtain on a hot new invention in the food science world: lab-grown meat. The development of ‘schmeat’ lights a fire under foodies in all camps — carnistic folk or those with animal industry ties argue it’ll never be as ‘good’ as carcass-meat from actual beings; the public reception seems skeptical at best; some animal rights enthusiasts support it as a means to less killing; and some vegans stridently oppose the premise that more meat (however it’s made) could be the answer to any question worth asking. But complex problems rarely lend themselves to simple solutions: there’s more to the issue of lab-made meat than simplistic yes-or-no arguments can adequately address. More

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    Red Meat Even Worse than You Thought? (New Study Says ‘Yep!’)

    A new study published this week reveals yet another way that red meat harms human health. During metabolism, a substance called L-carnitine — found in meat — appears to accelerate atherosclerosis. So yes: cholesterol can clog your arteries, and carcinogens in red meat can cause cancer. But now there’s a whole new reason to say, “Field Roast: it’s what’s for dinner!” More

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    Vegan Recipe: Unchicken Broth

    Comforting soups, hearty Sunday dinners, or tasty sandwich-stuffing salads: none of these require bothering chickens! This broth makes a delicious base for soups, stews, and marinades, but leaves the chickens scratching happily in the barnyard. More

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    Paleo Desserts – Cookbook Review with Easy Chocolate Mousse Recipe

    If you think the Paleo lifestyle is just an excuse to eat bacon-wrapped chicken stuffed in a steak, you haven’t seen Jane Barthelemy’s cookbook, Paleo Desserts, or her blog at Jane’s Healthy Kitchen. Jane Barthelemy bases her recipes on ingredients potentially accessible to people living in the Paleolithic era – and creates 125 vegetarian and vegan dessert recipes. More

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    Burger King Horse-Meat Scandal: Why the Outrage?

    Burger King admitted this week that one of their suppliers has a horse meat problem. To a non-eater of cows, the ‘scandal’ looks bizarre: if you’re okay with eating a cow, why not a horse? The horse meat hubub highlights the elaborate unconscious mental gymnastics so many people routinely perform, in order to justify eating some animals but loving others. The story shines a harsh and unflattering light on our tendency to selectively check our empathy at the kitchen door (or barnyard gate), when it comes to eating animals. More

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    Conscious Eating and the Moderation Trap: Don’t Fall For It!

    We all tell ourselves stories: as humans, it’s our birthright. We create narratives to explain the world, and to find meaning for our lives within it. As an advocate for conscious eating, I hear all kinds of arguments for widely divergent food habits — and find many of the stories we tell ourselves about food to be destructively bizarre. For example, the myth that ‘everything in moderation’ applies to food choices fails ethical consumers, and needs a sound debunking. More

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    Vegan Recipe: Make-You-Sigh Massaged Kale Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts

    Don’t tell the other greens, but kale is my favorite! Packed with iron, calcium, beta carotene, vitamins, potassium, and healthful phytochemicals, it’s also one of the most versatile leafy green veggies around. If you haven’t tried massaged kale yet, well, you’re just cheating yourself! The rubdown removes the sharp ‘cabbage-y’ flavor, and magically transforms kale into the perfect raw salad green. This salad comes together quickly, and packs a nutritional power-punch — while making your taste buds keel over (er, kale over?) from happiness! More

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    Vegan Recipe: Easy Slow-Cooker Veggie Broth

    Trying to whittle down grocery costs? Reduce kitchen waste? Cook with more plant-based whole-food ingredients? This simple recipe provides a tasty, cost effective, and versatile base for sauces, stews, soups, or marinades — with no packaging waste or BPA to yuck your yum! More

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    New Year’s Kitchen Adventures: 40 Days of Green Smoothies (Book Review Plus Recipes!)

    I admit it: I could never quite get the hang of green smoothies. I know they’re supercharged with calcium, iron, potassium, vitamin C, flavonoids, omega-3s, and other good stuff; but unlike their fruitier cousins, I just didn’t like them very much — that is, until now! 40 Days of Green Smoothies offers a solid game plan for working these nutritious powerhouse drinks into your routine, with delicious recipes to make you crave kale! More

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    Vegan Recipe: Yummy Eggless Nog

    Need some nog, to sip between Christmas carols? Prefer cholesterol-free and cruelty-free holiday treats? Try this creamy cocktail for some traditional eggnog deliciousness, vegan-style. Cheers! More

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    Neal Barnard, John McDougall TED Talks: Health Benefits of Plant-Based Diet

    Two recent TED talks deserve atttention from health-conscious foodies. Dr. Neal Bernard and Dr. John McDougall present compelling support for ‘the elephant in the room,’ in modern health care: a low fat, whole-foods vegan diet can prevent and even reverse chronic disease. Watch the videos here — then share them with anyone you know who eats food! More

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    Kid-Friendly Vegan Recipe: Hearty Homestyle Spaghetti

    Sleepovers, play-dates, or newly vegan family habits can pose challenges for cooks with young children. Or maybe you’re not vegan (yet!), but would like to find ways to get more healthy vegetable-based foods into your favorite itty-bitty human. This recipe packs a great nutritional punch without the animal junk, in a tasty noodly kid-friendly package! More

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    Undercover Investigation (Again) Reveals Butterball Cruelty; Turkey-Eating Public Carries Blithely On

    For the second time in less than a year, Mercy for Animals recently caught Butterball engaging in acts of extreme animal cruelty; in related but largely unremarked news, all over America people are working busily to subsidize this very company’s continued egregious behavior. Undercover investigators offer a glimpse of truth, if we choose to see it: our food system is deeply broken, riddled with cruelty, reliant on secrecy, and directly opposed to the values of the people it feeds. More

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    Turkeys, Marketing, and Thanksgiving Tradition Invention

    Many Americans struggle to even imagine celebrating Thanksgiving without a deceased turkey on the table. Most don’t realize that in fact it’s a completely invented ‘tradition,’ woven from thin air about 200 years after the colonial celebration this holiday commemorates. The idea (surprise!) caught on like wildfire among industrial turkey producers; and the rest, as they say, is history. Modern Thanksgiving customs show clearly how we make up our own ‘traditions’ to follow – so why not create new ones, better suited to our own values of compassion and nonviolence? More

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    Vegan Recipe: Sunday Dinner Roast and Roots

    In my kitchen, autumn means roasting! This vegan centerpiece takes some time to prepare — just like Mom’s nonvegan roasts, of days past — but the hearty deliciousness makes it time well spent. Reach for this recipe to impress company at special events, holidays, or dinner parties; or use it as a make-ahead staple for sandwiches, wraps, and stews throughout the week. You’ll also get to enjoy a warm, cozy, delicious-smelling kitchen at no extra charge! More

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    Recipe: Kid-Friendly Chickenless Nuggets

    Sleepovers, play-dates, or newly vegan family habits can pose challenges for cooks with young children to feed. Many children with tastes shaped by a standard American fast-food paradigm may distrust veggie-dogs, pass on hummus, and cringe at the very mention of kale. Fear not! Simply embrace Success Strategy #1 for feeding omni children: make it a nugget, and dip it in ketchup! More

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    Recipe: Chocolate Chip Banana Dropsies

    We’re past autumn equinox, headed for the heart of fall — and that means baking! Reach for this recipe when you want a tasty home-baked vegan treat, from the tasty borderlands between muffins and cookies. Moist and delicious, easy to make, and easy cleanup afterwards: the golden trifecta of recipe goodness! More

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    (Yet Another) New Study: Reduced Meat Consumption Means Less Chronic Disease, Less Pollution

    A Cambridge study published earlier this month once again links consumption of red and processed meat to increased rates of chronic disease, including coronary artery disease, diabetes, and colorectal cancer. Researchers also found that reducing meat consumption offers significant environmental benefits, in terms of reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Pass the kale and lentils, please! More

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    Recipe: Indian Lentil Curry of Great Happiness

    Do you live in a town with inadequate Indian dining options? Or perhaps you crave curry, but in these difficult times shy away from expensive restaurant fare? No problem: this delicious lentil curry will knock your Indian-food-loving socks off, without breaking the bank! More

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    Easy Excellent Bread-Machine Bread

    When it’s too hot to cook, sandwiches rule! This vegan recipe makes delicious, light-and-fluffy bread that’s still sturdy enough to withstand vigorous peanut-butter-spreading. Best of all, it cooks itself while you’re at the pool! More

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    Cookbook Review: Vegan on the Cheap

    I recently added Vegan on the Cheap to my cookbook shelf, and after two weeks it’s already indispensable. If you’re interested in plant-based cooking, delicious meals, low-fuss recipes, and efficient budgeting, it’s highly recommended! More

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    Palm Oil Plantations, Orangutan Extinction, and Vegan Butter Supporting Neither

    Ask any vegan or vegetarian, and they’ll tell you: momentary pleasure makes a poor moral compass. If we are going to commit to conscious eating, and embrace a diet that rejects killing for no better reason than random human whim, we need to pedal that bike all the way into the garage and reconsider our willingness to support the palm oil industry. Palm oil causes tremendous death and destruction, and deserves no place at a compassionate table. More

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