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!!!
Sixth Tone has an in-depth interview with Zhang Si, CEO and co-founder of Veg Planet, an online platform for China’s rising number of vegans and vegetarians, on the challenges she faces promoting vegetarianism, veganism and animal rights in her home country:
In early 2013, WeChat launched its public account feature, and I created an account called Veg Planet, hoping to inspire people to change their stereotyped impressions of vegans. I translated a lot of vegan-related English articles, recipes, and information about environmental impact and animal welfare. The platform equipped vegans who face resistance from their family or colleagues with this information, and also provided products to meet their needs.
The platform attracts more people to consider a vegetarian diet and then begin to enjoy it. At the very beginning, 80 percent of our followers were vegetarians, and now 30 percent of our 300,000 readers are nonvegetarians who are considering giving it a try.
Lots of respect and support going out to Zhang and her team for their hard work! You can feel the positive impact she’s having and I believe this is the start of some major social changes in China!
PETA provides a long list of animal-derived ingredients for everyone to try and memorize (or at least bookmark for future reference!)
As most vegans know, animal cruelty is deliberately hidden behind bizarre names, such as:
From whale intestines. Used as a fixative in making perfumes and as a flavoring in foods and beverages. Alternatives: synthetic or vegetable fixatives.
An amino acid found in urine and horsehair. Used as a nutritional supplement and in emollients.
Protein from the ground-up horns, hooves, feathers, quills, and hair of various animals. In hair rinses, shampoos, permanent wave solutions.
Enzyme from the stomachs and tongue glands of calves, kids, and lambs. Used in cheesemaking and in digestive aids.
As PETA explains:
Keep in mind that this list is not all-inclusive. There are thousands of technical and patented names for ingredient variations. Many ingredients known by one name can be of animal, vegetable, or synthetic origin. However, don’t let all this overwhelm you—this list is a resource and is here to help!
For vegans, and the vegan-curious, based in or near Exteter, England, let me introduce you to EFFA:
Exeter Friends For Animals (EFFA) initiates campaigns locally and acts in support of national organisations, holding street collections and information stalls on issues such as factory farming, vivisection, live exports, fur farming, etc.
We also offer help and guidance to people seeking to go vegan, and organise a varied calendar of social events in Exeter and beyond.
EFFA is dedicated to peaceful protest and consists of a wide diversity of people and talents.
Starting March 19th, EFFA are holding the event ‘Go Vegan in 2017’, with multiple events throughout the area:
Visit the EFFA offical website or find them on Facebook for more information.
Cutesy Stuff has details on a recent dog food recall that has claimed at least one life. Here’s the kicker:
An Illinois-based maker of dog and cat food is voluntarily recalling one of its products that may have been contaminated with pentobarbital, a drug commonly used to put animals to sleep.
The recall involves 12-ounce cans of Evanger’s Hunk of Beef products with lot numbers that start with 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, and 1816E13HB, and have an expiration date of June 2020.
Pentobarbital is also one of the main ingredients in the Lethal Injection cocktail used to execute people on death row!
Pentobarbital has a few medical uses in humans, but is often used by veterinarians to anesthetize or euthanize animals. It has also been used in physician-assisted suicide in Oregon and in Europe.
We’ve all heard horror stories like this before simply because pet food is all the crap left over at industrial ‘farms’ minced up and sold as ‘had-picked’ or ‘organic’ pet food.
The FDA has an excellent resource to keep up with pet food recalls in the USA.
If YOU wouldn’t eat it, then why the hell would you feed it to your companion animal? Many experts recommend cooking for your pet as you would for yourself.
Additionally, if you’re already vegan, or thinking about it, please consider the health benefits of a vegan diet for you pet.Here are some resources to get you started:
CNN: Vegan diet for dogs: A question of thriving vs. surviving
PETA: Vegetarian Cats and Dogs
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!