If you thought there was anything romantic about environmental activism or indigenous rights, think twice. Socialist ideas about nature - such as keeping water a public good - can get you facing charges of sabotage by a leftist government. In the land of the Incas, if you protect the pachamama [“Mother World”], you might just be a “terrorist”.
It’s becoming tricky to identify “terrorists”, at least in Ecuador. They are not members of criminal organisations, they don’t spread fear or target civilians, nor have a politically motivated agenda. According to President Correa, “terrorists” are those opposing Ecuador’s development. So today’s “terrorism” might just look like indigenous peoples peacefully taking over the streets, with their ancestral knowledge and values, to demand environmental and social rights.
In Ecuador, “terrorists” are indigenous peoples from the Amazon and the Andean highlands fighting to preserve access to water in their communities. Old penal codes written in times of dictatorship are being revived by leftist presidents to repress indigenous activists. As “terrorists”, they are labelled as enemies of the state, and arrested - by the very president that claimed leftist credentials and staged his inauguration in overtly ethnic style.
When the Continental Summit of Indigenous Peoples and Nationalities of Abya Yala gathered delegations from the entire hemisphere in Ecuador last month, the focus was on the criminalisation of environmental protest…
What happens to the 250 million male chicks born to hens in the U.S. egg industry each year?
Along with defective and slow-hatching female chicks, they are trashed as soon as they hatch. Upon breaking out of their shells, instead of being sheltered by a mother’s wings, the newborns are ground up alive, electrocuted, or thrown into trashcans where they slowly suffocate on top of one another, peeping to death while a human foot stomps them down to make more room for more chicks. Because the male chicken of the egg industry cannot lay eggs, and has not been genetically manipulated for profitable meat production, he is of no use to the egg industry. Destruction of unwanted male chicks is a worldwide practice.
After PCRM’s recent body-shaming tactics, I wouldn’t be surprised if many omnivores were rightfully terrified of the plant-strong medical community. Who wants to consider making a lifestyle change when they will be derided and treated inhumanely in the process? I wouldn’t blame anyone who…
From the Center for Resilient Cities website:
“Alice’s Garden, an urban agricultural project located in Johnsons Park, is a two-acre community garden located on a parcel of land that was once part of abolitionist Samuel Brown’s farm, the first farmer to provide safe passage to Caroline Quarlls, an escaped slave from St. Louis. The events at Brown’s farm led historically to the birth of the Underground Railroad in Wisconsin, establishing Johnsons Park an area of great significance in Milwaukee.
“Before thousands of houses were torn down between 1969 and 1972 for a proposed freeway project, there was a culturally rich African-American community in the Johnsons Park area. However, after the Park West Freeway plans were halted, the land remained abandoned and untouched. In the late 1980s Alice’s Garden was created by Milwaukee County Extension to create a community gardening space for city residents.”
Attention vegans, locavores, food justice activists, etc. Please read about Ellyn Satter’s Hierarchy of Food Needs. Internalize it. Be mindful of the privilege you espouse when you judge others for their choices.
Baked Sundried Tomato Risotto With Grilled Veggies and Balsamic Reduction
“There is no room for a halfway approach. Heavy economic penalties should be imposed on all producers and consumers of animal products, as well as nations that continue the practice,” warns Dr.Oppenlander.
Take the chance to learn what everyone should have been taught a long time ago, to reveal the facts that have been distorted or completely twisted.
Everyone deserves to know the truth about what is really going on in the world. Some may choose to ignore this right. But the more of us who take the truth upon ourselves as a responsibility, the sooner the precious Earth will begin healing.
Make me a vegan diet plan for 2 weeks. And if I like it, I’ll actually try it.
But it’s not so simple. See, I’m poor. And by poor, I mean, your meal plan can’t cost me more than $30 for 2 weeks (and I mean not a cent more).
And I live in the northeast by the great lakes. This means that…
Synopsis from the Vegucated website:
Vegucated is a feature-length documentary that follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks. There’s Brian, the bacon-loving bachelor who eats out all the time, Ellen, the single mom who prefers comedy to cooking, and Tesla, the college student who avoids vegetables and bans beans. They have no idea that so much more than steak is at stake and that the fate of the world may fall on their plates. Lured with true tales of weight lost and health regained, they begin to uncover hidden sides of animal agriculture and soon start to wonder whether solutions offered in films like Food, Inc. go far enough. Before long, they find themselves risking everything to expose an industry they supported just weeks before.
But can their conviction carry them when times get tough? What about on family vacations fraught with skeptical step-dads, carnivorous cousins, and breakfast buffets?
Part sociological experiment, part science class, and part adventure story, Vegucated showcases the rapid and at times comedic evolution of three people who share one journey and ultimately discover their own paths in creating a kinder, cleaner, greener world, one bite at a time.
for more info: www.getvegucated.com
In October (2011) we were lucky enough to be able to interview lauren Ornelas of Food Empowerment Project. During this interview lauren discusses environmental racism, the mistreatment of produce farmers, heart wrenching chocolate slavery in Africa and more! If you have the time, we would love for you to check it out. After watching, we hope you read up on these subjects and share with your friends and family. Food is power, knowledge is power.
Baked Tofu (Tofu Lin) - Cooking with The Vegan Zombie (by ZombieGate)
Here’s a page from the site of a wonderful, vegan charity called A Well-Fed World. (If that strikes you as strange- a charity aimed at alleviating hunger which uses only plant products- think of the efficiency of plant food vs. animal food and of the ethical considerations concerning animals.) I’m very glad to see that someone has outlined the issues inherent in promoting animal rearing in impoverished areas. The practice needs to stop.
Also, I think I’d like to do a vegan bake sale for this group…
Some more vegan-friendly food justice groups:
I resign from any kind of arguing on the basis of veganism after that, fuck you all.
But who needs science when you can cave into societal norms that are reinforced by profiting industries?
Bubble and Squeak Cakes