Seed: The Untold Story is an absolutely fantastic documentary detailing the significant loss of biodiversity at the hands of human ‘progress’ and capitalistic greed, and the people who are trying to create ‘backups’ of natures bounty by the way of seed banks:
Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.
SEED is Executive Produced by Academy Award Winning Actress Marisa Tomei, Marc Turtletaub (Little Miss Sunshine) and Phil Fairclough (Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams).
“Seed is not just the source of life. It is the very foundation of our being.”
– Vandana Shiva
And here is the full documentary:
On a side note: as any vegan knows, you find animal products in all manner of unbelievable places. Well, now we know that animal DNA is used on GMO crops!!!
EVE are a fantastic Canadian company specializing in vegan bags and ship to Canada and the USA:
We set out to design high-quality, contemporary products that were unique and made to fit into our modern lifestyles. At the same time, we wanted to create a company that had a positive impact on both the environment and economy. From sourcing our materials to practicing business, sustainable actions were at the core of what we wanted to do.
Our entire lineup is ethically handmade in Portugal and PETA Vegan Approved. Our premium cork fabric makes our products ultra-lightweight and durable, while maintaining a feeling just like leather. In addition, our unique material is waterproof, easy to clean and antibacterial.
Christy Robinson is a talented Dallas-based jewelry artist who specializes in vegan and animal-positive products:
I am a native Texan and currently reside in Dallas where I work as a full time studio jewelry artist. I have worked with two local contemporary jewelers and have taken jewelry intensives at The Craft Guild of Dallas in casting and etching techniques.
My work features jewelry designs that often deal with human, animal, and environmental issues. Inspired by meditation,metaphysical practices, yoga, astrology, animal rights, human rights,feminism and the environment. I use earth friendly recycled metals such as aluminum, sterling silver, PMC (precious metal clay),copper, Lab-Grown stones and ethically sourced beads and fair trade findings.
You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest!
Style On Vega has a great list of vegan clothing stores around the world (and online of course!)
MotherJones reports on a new superbug strain which is resistant to all antibiotics and may be coming to a city near you, courtesy of industrial farming!
Too often, though, media reports about antibiotic resistance neglect to mention a key driver: modern meat production. The unraveling of antibiotics as a tool to fight infections is intimately related to the way we have raised animals for decades, dosing them with antibiotics to make animals gain weight faster and avoid infections despite in tight, unsanitary conditions. Overuse in human medicine also drives the problem, but nearly 80 percent of the antibiotics used in the United States flow into livestock farms.
Remember: you reap what you sow.
Wikipedia has a fascinating article on how the monstrous Nazi party implemented some of the most advanced animal and environmental protection laws in the world, most of which are still in effect in modern-day Germany:
Germany was the first nation to ban vivisection. A law imposing total ban on vivisection was enacted on August 16, 1933, by Hermann Göring as the prime minister of Prussia. He announced an end to the “unbearable torture and suffering in animal experiments” and said that those who “still think they can continue to treat animals as inanimate property” will be sent to concentration camps.
Contrast that with the insane damage the Nazi’s did to Europe’s people, wildlife and environment, and you wonder where the disconnect was. Not to mention the fact that WW2 was the primary reason industrial farms started in the first place!
Dislaimer: we hate Nazi’s. Nazi Punks Fuck Off!
‘Animals in the Third Reich’ by Boria Sax.
Munchies, the food-oriented section of VICE, asks ‘Should Meat Come with Cancer Warning Labels?’
“In recent years, scientific research has led to the conclusion that processed meat and poultry increases the risk of colorectal cancer, which is the second‐leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, and [is] expected to account for 49,190 deaths in 2016,” the petition reads.
Meat is the new cigarettes. Go Vegan!