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Making daily vegan choices saves so much water for the planet that you could “leave your shower on 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and still not waste as much water as someone consuming an animal-based diet.”

"Vegan choices only require a fraction of the land and far fewer resources [than eating meat]…In just one year, a vegan saves a full acre of trees.”

"…Making vegan choices is one of the most powerful things you can do as an individual to help save the planet." 

"One of the top contributors to global climate change is raising animals for food…Raising animals for human consumption contributes to global warming more than all the planes, cars and trucks on the planet combined…”

"To produce just one pound of meat requires almost 2,500 gallons of water.”

"Industrial fishing has caused a global decline in fish population to near extinction in most part of the ocean.” 

"The number one killers in the US, cancer and heart disease, are linked to consuming animal products. Vegan choices work to make these diseases a rarity." 

"In the US alone, every year we kill over 10 billion farmed animals and over 17 billion sea animals." 

"Vegan choices support a world where all [hungry] may be fed."

"The equation is simple…the fewer animal products we consume, the more people we can feed." 

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"When a man has pity on all living creatures then only is he noble." - Buddha Siddhartha Gautama, Indian founder of Buddhism Religion and Philosophy

Horse, cow, goat, dog, pig, cat, bunny, sheep…pet or not, Love all animals equally <3

[Bella and I, an adoptable horse at Beech Brook Farm]

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Interesting excerpt from local Connecticut author Mark Matthew Braunsteins’s book Radical Vegetarianism - a very informative book for those looking to learn more on cutting dairy or going veg: http://amzn.to/PMnDV9

Cow’s milk has three times as much ca

lcium as human milk, intended to grow and support the huge growth spurt a baby calf’s bones; baby cow’s bones grow first, while a human baby’s brain grows first. 

What’s your reason to avoid dairy?
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Combat your friends&#8217; &#8220;I&#8217;d be a vegetarian if I could afford it&#8221; nonsense! Spread the word - eating yummy fruits and veggies saves animals, the environment, your health&#8230;AND money :)
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Combat your friends’ “I’d be a vegetarian if I could afford it” nonsense! Spread the word - eating yummy fruits and veggies saves animals, the environment, your health…AND money :)

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The world we live in is so interconnected.  If you’re going to stand up “against gay marriage,” make sure you’re in tune with the tons of pro gay companies you are actually supporting along the way.

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Green Hill Lab Beagles: Rescued and Adopted

^ A recent article I wrote for ArcaNatura about the 30 beagles seized by animal activists from a vivisection testing and breeding facility in Northern Italy.

Now these puppies, adults and pregnant mothers will not have to live their lives never knowing what it feels like to sleep on a soft blanket, play with a fellow dog, smell and feel grass or lay in a warm lap. Not to mention a life free of animal testing torture. Activists are now pushing to free all 2,500 remaining dogs at Green Hill. 

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"Please, please, please ask me where I get my protein!"

I don’t even need to ask you all “do you get the protein question often” …we all do. This article is actually about embracing the fact that most of us have been taught false facts incorrectly passed down through generations and society, and that people are innately curious about a diet without meat (gasp!). It’s important to not segregate yourself in a vegan bubble and to always share and help others interested, even if it’s a question you’ve heard a hundred times before about protein, B12, iron or calcium.

No, the person asking you where you are getting your vital nutrients is not a nutritionist. But most likely, neither are you. An answer I always lean towards is the “variety” response. No matter what diet you follow, in order to get the most nutrients, you must eat a VARIED diet full of different colors (aka vegetables). Colors always signify natural nutrients in nature. Know some quick facts like: 

- Kale’s calcium absorbs into your body more efficiently than the calcium from dairy milk 

-Eating plants is the most direct way to get nutrients. When eating meat, you are eating the plants through the animal, rather than going directly to the source. 

-B12 originates from bacteria, not animal products. (Learn more)

-Our teeth and intestines are designed to eat plants because of their shape (compare your teeth to a wolves!) and our intestines are much longer than a carnivore’s so meat sits, rots and pollutes our bodies as it “digests.” 

[Learn more here on Vegan Myths Busted” on OGP]

Be confident, do research, know your facts, share compassionately with others. You never know who you may influence. 

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Veganism Supported by EVOLUTION

Finally people are starting to realize how we should look at our most recent ancestors, apes and monkeys, instead of cavemen for guidance on a diet that makes sense for the modern human body. 

What to primates eat? SURPRISE: Plants…NOT meat! (yay!) Rob Dunn explains how our “gut” is, in fact, designed for eating nutritious plant matter:

"…I should start by explaining what the “gut” is and does; I use the term too loosely. What I really mean is the alimentary canal and all of its gurgling bells and whistles. This canal is the most important and least lovely one on Earth. It takes you from the mouth through the body all the way down to the anus. But while most canals take the shortest course between two points, the one inside you takes the longest. The longer the canal, the more area over which digestion can occur. Food enters the canal through the mouth, where it is chewed and slimed with saliva. It then hits the stomach, where much of the digestion of proteins occurs. Next, it is on down to the small intestine where simple sugars are absorbed. If you have just eaten a twinkie, the process essentially ends there. Everything worth consuming has been absorbed. But if you have eaten broccoli or an artichoke things are just beginning. It is in the large intestine, where harder to break down carbohydrates (such as cellulose, the most common plant compound on Earth) are torn asunder before whatever has your body and your microbes have been unable to digest (or have produced) is excreted. This system evolved so as to provide us with as many calories as possible (long to our benefit) and, also, as many of the necessary but hard to produce nutrients. The alimentary canal is, evolutionarily speaking, a masterwork1…”

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"Mooove Over, Milk" - this photo shows the nutritional benefits of alternative milks that the dairy industury so stealthily hides from us while pushing commercials about milk mustaches and "happy" cows that are actually tortorously impregnated their whole lives and have their babies taken from them immediately after birth, only to ultimately be turned into cheap ground beef when they’re no longer "good" for making milk. 

What’s your favorite type of non-dairy milk? I love rice milk and have been meaning to delve more into hemp and hazelnut. I think by “love” what I really mean is that love how much it doesn’t hurt cows. The taste is ok :) Soy milk is delicious, but definitely make sure it’s non-gmo certified.  Most soya in the US is genetically modified (yuck). There are so many great tasting alternatives out there that are SO worth trying. 

What’s a life worth to you? Go veg; for your body, animals and the earth. 

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"Veganism and the Environment" infographic. 

-Animals raised for food create 89,000 lbs of excrement per second. This leads to massive amounts of groundwater pollution.

-It takes 2,400 gallons of water to create only 1lb of meat vs. 25 gallons of water for 1lb of wheat

-You save more water by not eating 1lb of meat than not taking a shower for 6 months 

-Raising animals takes up 30% of the earth’s land mass

-70% of grain and cereals grown in the US are fed to farmed animals

-16 lbs of grain are required to produce only 1 lb of meat

-1 calorie from animal protein requires 11 times as much fossil fuel as one calorie of plant protein

[facts above via infographic by spencer belkofer]

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