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  • "High protein diet linked to spiked cancer risk akin to smoking 20 cigarettes a day: U.S. study"

    09/01/2014 4:30:03 AM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 115 replies
    National Post ^ | Mar. 5, 2014 | Sarah Knapton
    Eating too much protein could be as dangerous as smoking for middle-aged people, a study has found. Research which tracked thousands of adults for nearly 20 years found that those who eat a diet rich in animal protein are four times more likely to die of cancer than someone with a low-protein diet. The risk is nearly as high as the danger of developing cancer from smoking 20 cigarettes each day. Previous studies have shown a link between cancer and red meat, but it is the first time research has measured the risk of death associated with regularly eating too...
  • Doctors Petition White House to Bar Obama, Biden from Eating Junk Food in Public

    04/23/2014 12:05:18 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 37 replies
    pcrm ^ | May 8.2012 | No Attribution
    Doctors Petition White House to Bar Obama, Biden from Eating Junk Food in Public Photos of President Eating Hot Dogs, Burgers Send Unhealthy Message Amid Obesity Crisis WASHINGTON—A physicians nonprofit wants President Barack Obama to stop chowing down on hot dogs in front of news cameras. In a petition being filed on May 10, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine asks the White House to issue an executive order banning staged photo opportunities that show the president, the first family, the vice president, and members of the president’s cabinet eating unhealthy foods—including processed meats—that can cause cancer and obesity.
  • Mammoth meals helped early tribes thrive

    04/17/2006 7:13:44 PM PDT · by george76 · 49 replies · 1,199+ views
    The Times ^ | April 18, 2006 | Mark Henderson
    REGULAR meals of mammoth meat helped some early human tribes to expand more quickly than their largely vegetarian contemporaries, according to a genetic study. Human populations in east Asia about 30,000 years ago developed at dramatically different rates, following a pattern that appears to reflect the availability of mammoths and other large game. In the part of the region covering what is now northern China, Mongolia and southern Siberia, vast plains teemed with mammals such as mammoths, mastodons and woolly rhinoceroses and the number of early human beings grew between 34,000 and 20,000 years ago. Further south, where the terrain...
  • Federal dietary guidelines bring new nanny-state concerns

    04/14/2014 9:24:08 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 11, 2014 | Doug McKelway
    New federal dietary guidelines are due to come out next year, and critics say early drafts suggest they may represent a new nanny-state intrusion – calling for Internet-based "weigh-ins" and government text messages to overweight people meant to help them shed the pounds. Critics also fear the guidelines, which are subject to revision every five years, may go well beyond nutrition to address the planet’s health, too. At a March 14 meeting of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, committee member Miriam Nelson of Tufts University said: "The question that we're spending the most time on right now is really, what...
  • Meat and cheese may be as bad as smoking

    03/06/2014 10:17:38 AM PST · by EveningStar · 92 replies
    USC ^ | March 4, 2014 | Suzanne Wu
    That chicken wing you're eating could be as deadly as a cigarette. In a new study that tracked a large sample of adults for nearly two decades, researchers have found that eating a diet rich in animal proteins during middle age makes you four times more likely to die of cancer than someone with a low-protein diet -- a mortality risk factor comparable to smoking. "There's a misconception that because we all eat, understanding nutrition is simple. But the question is not whether a certain diet allows you to do well for three days, but can it help you survive...
  • Stop Eating Meat and Cheese

    04/02/2014 11:59:15 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 109 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 04-01-2014 | Fredrik Hedenus
    <p>To avoid dangerous climate change and limit global warming to below 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit above the level of preindustrial times – a target endorsed by the international community and the United States – global greenhouse gas emissions need to be reduced by 80 to 90 percent by the second half of this century. But even eliminating all carbon dioxide emissions from the energy and transportation sectors may not be enough to reach that target because greenhouse gases from food and agriculture, mainly nitrous oxide from agricultural soils and methane from livestock, will be too large.</p>
  • Red Robin Ad Mocks Vegetarians With 'Teen Phase' Joke. Guess Who's Not Laughing?

    06/18/2013 3:00:14 PM PDT · by grundle · 67 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | June 18, 2013 | Beth Greenfield
    Are vegetarians humorless? It’s the question being asked this week after a Red Robin television ad offended herbivores by touting its 24 types of burgers and then noting, with an implied eye roll and mock whisper, “We even have a Gardenburger—just in case your teenage daughter is going through a phase.” More on Shine: Mountain Dew Under Fire For 'Most Racist Commercial in History' The commercial, part of a new campaign ad series, aired for about a week before being rotated out, as was planned from the start. But it prompted outrage among activists and on social media outlets, with...
  • Vegetarians are Evil

    04/01/2014 10:32:59 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 18 replies
    vegetariansareevil.com ^ | vegetariansareevil.com
    Found this website that is interesting: Vegetarians are Evil; Vegan & Vegetarian Killers The following is a list of vegetarians who were also killers: Pol Pot, Vegan despot and mass murderer Out of a population of approximately 8 million, Pol Pot's regime exterminated one quarter, or almost 2 million people. Charles Manson - Vegan Animal Rights Activist Manson was an environmentalist and animal rights activist concerned about damage to the environment and pollution. Volkert van der Graaf, vegan killer Volkert was also a member of a group called the "Furious Potatoes" (De Ziedende Bintjes), a group that carries out illegal,...
  • Sarah Palin's book sparks attack on vegetarian critic

    12/27/2009 11:06:05 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies · 1,652+ views
    The Los Angeles Times' Top of the Ticket ^ | December 27, 2009 | Johanna Neuman
    --snip-- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has never made any bones, if you will, about her culinary preferences. She's a carnivore, a hunter and proud of both. So it's not really a surprise that her book, "Going Rogue," published today, extols the virtues of eating meat. "If any vegans came over for dinner, I could whip them up a salad, then explain my philosophy on being a carnivore," she wrote. "If God had not intended for us to eat animals, how come He made them out of meat?” But the former Republican vice presidential candidate did not stop there. “I...
  • (SICK) 'Vegetarians Make Better Lovers' (PETA's Gay Make-Out Tour)

    06/22/2007 3:00:05 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 55 replies · 1,588+ views
    From PETA Press Release ^ | June 22, 2007 | PETA
    'Vegetarians Make Better Lovers,' Says Sexy Couple For Immediate Release: June 22, 2007 Contact: Mike Brazell 757-622-7382 Atlanta -- Wearing nothing but boxer shorts during a display of passion that's bound to raise a few eyebrows and turn lots of heads, PETA's Mike Brazell and his partner, Jonathan Frank, will passionately make out in a bed set up outside the main entrance to the Peachtree Center Mall. While the not-so-discreet couple is getting it on beneath a banner that reads, "Vegetarians Make Better Lovers," PETA members will hand out leaflets and vegetarian starter kits to gaping passersby. Brazell and Frank...
  • The Myth of the ‘Ethical Vegan’

    10/23/2011 6:42:18 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 71 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 10/23/2011 | Ward Clark
    Veganism dates back to 1944, when British Vegan Society co-founder Donald Watson coined the term to mean “non-dairy vegetarian.” The Society expanded the definition in 1951 to state that “man should live without exploiting animals.” Vegans eschew animal products in food, clothing, household products, or for any other reason. There are a variety of reasons why people “go vegan.” Some simply don’t like the taste of meat. Some claim veganism is “green,” and that a vegan lifestyle minimizes impact on the environment. In 1997, a survey revealed three percent of the people in the U.S. claimed that they had not...
  • No meat at ‘Noah’ party

    03/29/2014 3:58:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The New York Post's Page Six ^ | March 28, 2014 | Richard Johnson
  • Meat, Dairy diet not tied to global warming

    03/22/2010 3:37:33 PM PDT · by lakeprincess · 17 replies · 372+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 23, 2010 | Jennifer Harper
    Forget all that indecorous talk of animal flatulence, cow burps, vegetarianism and global warming. Welcome to Cowgate. Lower consumption of meat and dairy products will not have a major impact in combating global warming — despite persistent claims that link such diets to more greenhouse gases. So says a report presented Monday before the American Chemical Society. It is the bovine version of Climategate, complete with faulty science and noisy activists with big agendas.
  • Study: Vegetarians Less Healthy, Lower Quality Of Life Than Meat-Eaters

    04/02/2014 6:27:08 AM PDT · by shove_it · 72 replies
    CBSLocalAtlanta ^ | 1 Apr 2014
    ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) – Vegetarians may have a lower BMI and drink alcohol sparingly, but vegetarian diets are tied to generally poorer health, poorer quality of life and a higher need for health care than their meat-eating counterparts. A new study from the Medical University of Graz in Austria finds that vegetarians are more physically active, drink less alcohol and smoke less tobacco than those who consume meat in their diets. Vegetarians also have a higher socioeconomic status and a lower body mass index. But the vegetarian diet — characterized by a low consumption of saturated fats and cholesterol that...
  • Passing gas 101: What your flatulence patterns mean for your health

    04/01/2014 10:52:40 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 95 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | April 01, 2014 | By Loren Grush
    Passing gas: Everybody does it – and no one wants to admit it. This embarrassing habit may seem foul, but breaking wind is simply an unavoidable byproduct of our daily digestion. In fact, the average individual can pass gas anywhere from 13 to 21 times a day. But your gaseous patterns can actually speak volumes about your health, especially in regards to your eating habits, and they may even serve as an indication of larger digestive health issues. “People who produce excessive amounts of gas and particularly foul smelling gas – if you’re eating a super high fiber diet, that...
  • Whole Foods: America’s Temple of Pseudoscience

    02/24/2014 7:41:56 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 02/24/2014 | Michael Schulson
    Americans get riled up about creationists and climate change deniers, but lap up the quasi-religious snake oil at Whole Foods. It’s all pseudoscience—so why are some kinds of pseudoscience more equal than others? If you want to write about spiritually-motivated pseudoscience in America, you head to the Creation Museum in Kentucky. It’s like a Law of Journalism. The museum has inspired hundreds of book chapters and articles (some of them, admittedly, mine) since it opened up in 2007. The place is like media magnet. And our nation’s liberal, coastal journalists are so many piles of iron fillings. But you don’t...
  • The future of high-tech meat substitutes

    01/27/2014 2:42:45 PM PST · by workerbee · 33 replies
    Fox ^ | 1/27/14 | Hannah Sentenac
    Today's average American hamburger comes from a cow – but it may not be long before it comes straight from a lab in Silicon Valley. A growing number of companies are using high tech to create meat and animal product replacements that look like the real thing – but are made with anything but. And their target market isn’t vegans -- it’s true blue carnivores. ***SNIP**** The process itself is high tech. “We’re taking proteins and running them through a heating, cooling and pressure process that realigns them so that they substantially mimic the fiber structure that you find in...
  • Norwegian army placed on strict vegetarian diet

    11/21/2013 4:30:11 AM PST · by Renfield · 46 replies
    Oslo — The Norwegian military said Tuesday it plans to put its troops on a vegetarian diet once a week in a bid to fight a new kind of enemy -- climate change. The army said its new meatless Mondays are meant to cut its consumption of ecologically unfriendly foods whose production contributes heavily to global warming. "It's a step to protect our climate. The idea is to serve food that's respectful of the environment," spokesman Eystein Kvarving told AFP. The diet has already been introduced at one of Norway's main bases and will soon be rolled out to all...
  • One Baby Boomer health risk no one talks about

    11/11/2013 11:13:28 AM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 67 replies
    EmaxHealth ^ | 2013-11-10 | Kathleen Blanchard
    Baby Boomers might not be aware of the harm to their health that could come from high levels of copper and iron in the blood stream. Of course, that's because you haven't seen any public health messages and probably haven't been warned by your doctor that you could be ingesting either of the two from unknown sources that can put you at risk for a variety of common health problems that we shrug off as inevitable with aging. Iron is necessary to carry oxygen throughout the body. Copper helps our body use iron, protects our nerve cells and is important...
  • If You Know How a Cow Feels, Will You Eat Less Meat?

    07/12/2013 7:29:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 112 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 07/11/2013 | By Anne C. Mulkern and ClimateWire
    STANFORD, Calif. -- Inside a lab on the Stanford University campus here, students experienced what it might feel like to be a cow. They donned a virtual reality helmet and walked on hands and feet while in a virtual mirror they saw themselves as bovine. As the animal was jabbed with an electrical prod, a lab worker poked a volunteer's side with a sticklike device. The ground shook to simulate the prod's vibrations. The cow at the end was led toward a slaughterhouse. Participants then recorded what they ate for the next week. The study sought to uncover whether temporarily...
  • From Pets To Plates: Why More People Are Eating Guinea Pigs

    04/21/2013 3:30:01 PM PDT · by grundle · 91 replies
    NPR ^ | April 2, 2013 | Alastair Bland
    Matt Miller, an Idaho-based science writer with The Nature Conservancy, says rodents and other small livestock represent a low-impact meat alternative to carbon-costly beef. Miller, who is writing a book about the ecological benefits of eating unconventional meats, visited Colombia several years ago. At the time, he says, conservation groups were expressing concern about local ranchers clearing forest to provide pasture for their cattle — activity that was causing erosion and water pollution. "They were encouraging people to switch from cattle to guinea pigs," Miller says. "Guinea pigs don't require the land that cattle do. They can be kept in...
  • 'Green Mile' actor Michael Clarke Duncan dead at 54

    09/03/2012 8:59:05 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 30 replies
    <p>Michael Clarke Duncan, the hulking, prolific character actor whose dozens of films included an Oscar-nominated performance as a death row inmate in "The Green Mile" and such other box office hits as "Armageddon," "Planet of the Apes" and "Kung Fu Panda," is dead at age 54.</p>
  • Vegan is Love Strikes Controversy with Strong Message Aimed at Kids

    05/13/2012 1:06:56 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    A new children’s book is taking some heat for its controversial message aimed at kids, which says that eating vegan is the loving thing to do. The book is called “Vegan is Love: Having Heart and Taking Action,” and its author and illustrator, Ruby Roth – a young, enthusiastic vegan activist – hopes to teach young readers not only about veganism as a diet choice, but also as a moral choice. Roth explains that Vegan is Love expands upon the message of her popular first book “That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals,” in which she describes how our daily diet...
  • WHY VEGETARIANS SHOULD EAT BACON

    06/27/2011 11:53:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    ManoftheHouse ^ | Josh Katzowitz
    Anthony Bourdain stalked around the stage, sipping every once in a while from his beer bottle and describing why he couldn’t respect the vegetarian lifestyle. Hey, he said, I don’t care what you do in the privacy of your own home. But when you travel the world, it’s not right--in fact, it’s an insult!--to forgo eating the delicacies of the country you’re visiting. If you’re in Spain, he said, you eat ham. If you’re in Argentina, you eat beef. If you’re in Vietnam, you eat, um, the local cuisine. His opinion is pretty much what you'd expect from a guy...
  • Tricknologist: The Gandhi I Never Knew

    05/24/2011 6:16:51 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 17 replies
    Weekend Libertarian ^ | May 25, 2011 | B.P. Terpstra
    Gandhi. Leftists have embraced him as their Jesus figure. Gore is an admirer. They can keep him. He was the vegetarian Neville Chamberlain of his day. From Andrew Roberts in The Wall Street Journal: Joseph Lelyveld has written a generally admiring book about Mohandas Gandhi, the man credited with leading India to independence from Britain in 1947. Yet “Great Soul” also obligingly gives readers more than enough information to discern that he was a sexual weirdo, a political incompetent and a fanatical faddist—one who was often downright cruel to those around him. Gandhi was therefore the archetypal 20th-century progressive -intellectual,...
  • George Orwell: You Anti-Green Writer, You

    05/17/2011 3:53:56 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 3 replies
    Weekend Libertarian ^ | May 18, 2011 | B.P. Terpstra
    From Orwell’s A Clergyman’s Daughter (h/t Hitchens): Nowadays, a clergyman who wants to keep his congregation has only two courses open to him. Either it must be Anglo-Catholicism pure and simple – or rather, pure and not simple; or he must be daringly modern and broad-minded and preach comforting sermons providing there is no Hell and all good religions are the same. Incidentally, Jesus would agree. While poking fun at effeminate religious types in robes, he would also have little time for dumb men absolutely opposed to absolutes (a contradiction in terms). But I digress. In his book review for...
  • A suggestion to the military to slim down its potential ranks: go vegetarian

    10/20/2010 7:29:01 PM PDT · by thecodont · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | October 19, 2010 | Jeannine Stein / Los Angeles Times
    Obesity affects many aspects of our society, and the military is no exception. But the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has a solution to slimming down potential recruits: promote vegetarianism. The committee recently wrote a letter to Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, offering free copies of its "Vegetarian Starter Kit." The group supports "compassionate and effective medical practice, research and health promotion," according to its website, and is against animal research and testing. A news release included part of the letter from the group's nutrition education director Susan Levin: "It is not too late for...
  • Pam Anderson PETA permit nixed by Montreal

    07/15/2010 10:35:52 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 28 replies · 1+ views
    The Canadian Press ^ | July 15, 2010
    Pamela Anderson's risqué advertisement promoting vegetarianism has proven just a tad too sexy — even for the famously sultry City of Montreal. The former Baywatch star, an outspoken animal-rights activist, has been denied a permit to hold an event launching her newest animal-rights campaign. In the advertisement, Anderson's bikini-clad body is covered in marks that mimic a butcher's diagram — with parts of her flesh marked up with words like "breast," "round," and "rump." The caption reads: "All animals have the same parts. Have a heart — Go vegetarian." In a statement, Anderson called the move surprisingly puritanical for a...
  • Farmers Panic About a ‘Cow Tax’ [greenhouse gas regulation......]

    12/01/2008 11:21:21 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 54 replies · 5,459+ views
    Farmers Panic About a ‘Cow Tax’ By Kate Galbraith Should their greenhouse gases be taxed? (Photo: Steve Ruark for The New York Times) The comment period for the Environmental Protection Agency’s exploration of greenhouse gas regulation ended last Friday, with farmers lobbying furiously against the notion of a “cow tax” on methane, a potent greenhouse gas emitted by livestock. The New York Farm Bureau issued a statement last week (PDF) saying it feared that a tax could reach $175 per cow, $87.50 per head of beef cattle and upward of $20 for each hog. Such a tax would represent a...
  • Going veggie can slash your carbon footprint: study (Possible Watermelon Alert)

    08/26/2008 10:28:38 PM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 13 replies · 190+ views
    AFP (by way of Yahoo News) ^ | Tue Aug 26 | AFP
    BERLIN (AFP) - Giving up meat could drastically reduce your carbon footprint, with meat-eaters' diets responsible for almost twice the emissions of those of vegetarians, a German study said on Tuesday. A diet with meat is responsible for producing in a year the same amount of greenhouse gases as driving a mid-sized car 4,758 kilometres (2,956 miles), the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IOeW) said.
  • Going veggie can slash your carbon footprint: study (Possible Enviro Wacko ALert)

    08/26/2008 10:25:36 PM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 6 replies · 323+ views
    AFP (by way of Yahoo News) ^ | Tue Aug 26 | AFP
    BERLIN (AFP) - Giving up meat could drastically reduce your carbon footprint, with meat-eaters' diets responsible for almost twice the emissions of those of vegetarians, a German study said on Tuesday. A diet with meat is responsible for producing in a year the same amount of greenhouse gases as driving a mid-sized car 4,758 kilometres (2,956 miles), the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IOeW) said. But the food a vegetarian consumes in 12 months is responsible for generating the same emissions as driving 2,427 kilometres, the IOeW said in a study commissioned by independent consumer protection group Foodwatch. The calculations...
  • Eat a Big Mac: Buy a Carbon Credit?

    07/17/2008 3:39:15 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 12 replies · 74+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | July 17, 2008 | P.J. Gladnick
    Will we be forced to buy carbon credits from Al Gore in order to assuage our guilt over eating Big Macs or other types of hamburgers? Perhaps. As we saw recently in NewsBusters, there is a theory out there that Bovine "Burps" contribute significantly to causing global warming due to the release of methane by cows during their "burping" process. And now environmental whackos want us to cut back or eliminate our consumption of hamburgers in order to keep bovine methane from destroying our planet. Here are some excerpts from the July 16 article by Jim Motavalli in the San Antonio Current expounding...
  • Trying to Connect the Dinner Plate to Climate Change

    08/28/2007 9:53:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 79 replies · 2,285+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 29, 2007 | CLAUDIA H. DEUTSCH
    EVER since “An Inconvenient Truth,” Al Gore has been the darling of environmentalists, but that movie hardly endeared him to the animal rights folks. According to them, the most inconvenient truth of all is that raising animals for meat contributes more to global warming than all the sport utility vehicles combined. The biggest animal rights groups do not always overlap in their missions, but now they have coalesced around a message that eating meat is worse for the environment than driving. They and smaller groups have started advertising campaigns that try to equate vegetarianism with curbing greenhouse gases. Some backlash...
  • Death by Veganism

    05/21/2007 1:12:09 AM PDT · by neverdem · 108 replies · 4,075+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 21, 2007 | NINA PLANCK
    WHEN Crown Shakur died of starvation, he was 6 weeks old and weighed 3.5 pounds. His vegan parents, who fed him mainly soy milk and apple juice, were convicted in Atlanta recently of murder, involuntary manslaughter and cruelty. This particular calamity — at least the third such conviction of vegan parents in four years — may be largely due to ignorance. But it should prompt frank discussion about nutrition. I was once a vegan. But well before I became pregnant, I concluded that a vegan pregnancy was irresponsible. You cannot create and nourish a robust baby merely on foods from...
  • Vegans face life for death of infant

    05/04/2007 12:08:37 PM PDT · by JZelle · 46 replies · 1,654+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 5-4-07 | UPI
    ATLANTA, May 4 (UPI) -- A sentencing hearing is scheduled in Atlanta next week for a vegan couple convicted of killing their newborn baby by not providing him with proper nutrition. In the first verdict of its kind in Georgia, a Fulton County jury found vegans Lamont Thomas, 31, and Jade The infant, who was born in a bathtub at the couple's apartment, weighed only 3 1/2 pounds when he was dead on arrival at Piedmont Hospital in April 2004. Doctors said the infant was so emaciated you could count his bones through his skin. Prosecutors charged the infant's death...
  • Humans' beef with livestock: a warmer planet

    02/19/2007 8:14:31 PM PST · by bjc · 37 replies · 637+ views
    Headline reads: Humans' beef with livestock: a warmer planet American meat eaters are responsible for 1.5 more tons of carbon dioxide per person than vegetarians every year.
  • Vegan diet reverses diabetes symptoms, study finds

    07/28/2006 4:30:14 AM PDT · by grundle · 53 replies · 2,339+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | July 27, 2006 | Maggie Fox
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - People who ate a low-fat vegan diet, cutting out all meat and dairy, lowered their blood sugar more and lost more weight than people on a standard American Diabetes Association diet, researchers said on Thursday. They lowered their cholesterol more and ended up with better kidney function, according to the report published in Diabetes Care, a journal published by the American Diabetes Association. Participants said the vegan diet was easier to follow than most because they did not measure portions or count calories. Three of the vegan dieters dropped out of the study, compared to eight on...
  • The Making of a Vegetarian: A Dinosaur Is Caught in the Act

    05/05/2005 3:47:48 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies · 1,342+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 5, 2005 | JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
    Gaston Design Dr. James I. Kirkland with a full-size cast of Falcarius utahensis, a dinosaur switching from meat to plants. Without government nutrition guidelines, a doctor's advice or some primeval diet fad, entire species of dinosaurs sometimes forsook their predatory, meat-eating lifestyle and evolved into grazing vegetarians. Scientists now think they have found rare evidence of a species undergoing just such a dietary transition 125 million years ago. Paleontologists in Utah announced yesterday that they had discovered a new species of dinosaurs in an intermediate stage between carnivore and herbivore, on the way to becoming a committed vegetarian. They...
  • Animal Pain and Human Pleasure

    03/22/2005 12:18:42 PM PST · by RightReason · 12 replies · 470+ views
    Right Reason ^ | March 20, 2005 | Max Goss
    Vegetarianism is sometimes justified on utilitarian grounds. One common argument goes something like this: Since humans and animals have a morally significant similarity, namely, the capacity for pleasure and pain, and since they have no morally significant difference, there is no justification for automatically allowing the interests of humans to trump those of animals. Rather, humans must balance their interests against those of animals in deciding how they ought to treat them. But eating meat provides only a trivial pleasure to humans compared to the pain suffered by the animals eaten. Therefore, humans should not eat animals. Discussion often centers...
  • "evolution is continuity"

    09/21/2004 5:37:12 PM PDT · by beavus · 49 replies · 870+ views
    The New Zealand Herald ^ | 9/21/04 | SIMON COLLINS
    An evolutionary expert who says meat-eating made us human has been awarded New Zealand's top science prize, the Rutherford Medal. Professor David Penny, a Massey University biologist, raised vegetarian hackles when he wrote in Nature this year that "an increased proportion of meat in the diet of early humans was important for an increase in brain size". "Apes were mostly vegetarian," he said yesterday. When the early ancestors of humans ventured out of the trees a few hundred thousand years ago and started stalking wild animals, they took in new chemical compounds which enabled brain growth. "The brain is a...
  • Guru Stocks U.N.: Ex-Cultists (celibate vegetarian guru has infiltrated UN HQ with his followers)

    07/19/2004 9:51:59 AM PDT · by dead · 4 replies · 632+ views
    NY Post ^ | July 19, 2004 | Alex Ginsberg
    A Queens guru who's been accused of seducing women despite his vow of chastity has stacked U.N. headquarters with scores of followers in a bid to promote himself as an advocate for world peace, according to ex-cult members. As many as 60 U.N. clerical workers and mid-level managers are devotees of Sri Chinmoy, 73, a spiritual leader espousing a philosophy of vegetarianism, celibacy, meditation and extreme athletics, ex-members said. The guru, whose actual name is Chinmoy Kumar Ghose, presides over a worldwide spiritual empire from his home in Jamaica Estates. In recent years, the self-avowed chaste holy man has been...
  • Neeed help refuting PETA

    11/29/2003 7:08:01 AM PST · by Sir_Humphrey · 85 replies · 565+ views
    Any help would be greatly appreciated. (Private response is fine too) Aagin I call upon the wisdom of my fellow freepers. My daughter is being indoctrinated by her 7th grade teacher who is spouting the PETA line about how the world would be a better place if everbody was vegan. I want her to intelligently refute this a__hole but I want her armed with evidence. Please point me to the apporpriate sources so I can, in turn, direct her. As usual, thanks for your help.
  • Disney joins forces with pro-fish activists [PETA] *PICS

    10/09/2003 10:58:56 AM PDT · by yonif · 48 replies · 971+ views
    Ananova ^ | 9th October 2003
    Pro-fish activists have won permission from Disney to adapt a film poster for Finding Nemo to help promote vegetarianism to youngsters. Pressure group Peta says it is using the cartoon characters on leaflets, along with a two-metre tall fish, to persuade children not to eat fish. The film features a shark who attends a support group for vegetarians which uses the Peta slogan prominently. A spokesman for Peta (People of the Ethical Treatment of Animals) said: "We were delighted to see our tag-line 'Fish are friends not food' in the Finding Nemo movie. "The slogan is even being used on...
  • Vegetarian Advocate: A New York Ban on Meat Consumption in the Workplace [Hidden Agenda Warning]

    07/06/2003 11:28:59 AM PDT · by mvpel · 58 replies · 753+ views
    SATYA Magazine ^ | May 2003 | Jack Rosenberger
          Vegetarian Advocate: A New York Ban on Meat Consumption in the Workplace By Jack Rosenberger What are the odds that New York will ban meat consumption in restaurants, bars and workplaces within the next 25 years? None, right? Maybe not. Twenty-five years ago the idea that New York would ban smoking in restaurants, bars and workplaces was laughable. (In fact, one legislator's response to the legislator who proposed the statewide ban back then, well, was to blow smoke in his face.) Yet, earlier this year New York passed a strict ban on smoking in nearly every...
  • Clergy: Veggie Jesus Ad Is Sacrilegious

    04/18/2003 1:56:18 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 52 replies · 322+ views
    AP - My Yahoo ^ | April 18, 2003 | Associated Press
    PENSACOLA, Fla. - Christian and Jewish clergy say a billboard that promotes vegetarianism by claiming "Jesus was the prince of peas" is historically inaccurate and sacrilegious. The billboard includes a picture of Jesus with an orange slice in place of a halo and was erected by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, to coincide with Passover and Easter. PETA's Bruce Friedrich said the campaign is meant to provoke the thought that if people are eating meat, they are promoting cruelty to animals. "The way that animals are treated on factory farms and slaughterhouses is egregiously cruel and...
  • I was a vegetarian - but now I'm a happy meat-eater

    02/18/2003 2:19:47 AM PST · by MadIvan · 77 replies · 1,393+ views
    The Irish Independent ^ | February 18, 2003 | Louis Williams
    I was brought up vegetarian, and remained that way until relatively recently, when a visit to Paris inspired me to move over to the carnivorous side of the culinary divide. And since then, I've been catching up I've tried pretty much everything from hamburgers to snails to steak tartare. I've found that while chicken and turkey leave my taste buds cold, nothing can beat a medium rare fillet steak, preferably washed down with a glass of red. My life as a vegetarian started when my parents took a trip to Amsterdam. I would have been about six at the time,...
  • Nutty Liberalisms: The Common Link

    01/14/2003 4:55:23 PM PST · by AnalogReigns · 57 replies · 329+ views
    self | 1/14/03 | Ralph W. Davis
    Vegetarianism, Anti-Capitalism, Pacifism, Anti-death-penalty-ism, Nudism, the Sexual Revolution and Liberalism: The Common Link The anti-capitalism/world bank protests of recent years, and the current protests against the looming war with Saddam's Iraq, along with various other '60s era sentiments controlling many in our generation all over the world, have brought up the question: What do these freaks all have in common? A straight-forward answer is this: All reject the classic theological principal, held by traditional Christians of various denominations the world over, of original sin. America's founding fathers, while not all churchmen--or committed Christians (though with a lot fewer (if any...
  • Sniper suspect claims he's getting sick eating jail's meatless loaf (Cry-Baby Murderer Alert)

    12/18/2002 3:55:16 PM PST · by Jacob Kell · 36 replies · 333+ views
    NOLA.com ^ | 12/18/02 | MATTHEW BARAKAT
    <p>FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) -- Sniper suspect and vegetarian John Lee Malvo says he is getting sick from eating the jail's meatless loaf, which is usually served to inmates for disciplinary reasons.</p> <p>For the past two weeks, the Fairfax County jail has been serving the 17-year-old Malvo "the loaf," a hodgepodge of flour, raisins, carrots, potatoes and other ingredients baked into brown cakes.</p>
  • Sleeping With the Enemy

    12/17/2002 3:29:20 PM PST · by hsmomx3 · 9 replies · 148+ views
    VegSource ^ | 12/11/02 | by Jeff Nelson
    LOS ANGELES -- Many people know that McDonald's was successfully sued in a class action by a group of vegetarians. The vegetarian plaintiffs alleged the burger chain concealed the presence of beef product in what McDonald's had represented as being meat-free French fries. As part of the settlement, McDonald's made a public apology and agreed to pay $10 million to various groups representing the class, including $6 million to "vegetarian organizations." What most vegetarians don't know is that the settlement is more offensive than McDonald's original deception of its vegetarian customers -- because McDonald's is attempting to steer millions of...
  • A Critique of Vegetarianism in the 21st Century (long)

    11/12/2002 8:37:33 PM PST · by purple haze · 12 replies · 440+ views
    The New York Times Magazine ^ | November 10, 2002 | Michael Pollan
    The first time I opened Peter Singer's "Animal Liberation" I was dining alone at the Palm, trying to enjoy a rib-eye steak cooked medium rare. If this sounds like a good recipe for cognitive dissonance (if not indegestions), that was sort of the idea. Preposterous as it might seem, to supporters of animal rights, what I was doing was tantamount to reading "Uncle Tom's Cabin" on a plantation in the Deep South in 1852.... link to article