Newborn Cow Was So Scared The Day He Was Rescued

Newborn Cow Was So Scared The Day He Was Rescued

The newborn calf was terrified when he arrived at the sanctuary. You could tell by his eyes - they were wide and white. "He was so scared and disorientated without his mom," Deborah Pearce, founder of Where Pigs Fly Farm Sanctuary, told The Dodo. The calf - named Valentine - was born on a dairy farm in New South Wales, Australia. As a male calf, Valentine was considered a "waste product," because he could not produce milk. The farmer ripped him away from his mom when he was just a few hours old, so he could use the mother's milk for human consumption, and not "waste" the milk on the calf. 

A neighbor had witnessed Valentine's birth, and his removal from his mother. She alerted Pearce, asking her to rescue Valentine. If Valentine wasn't rescued, the calf would be sent to slaughter, which is a standard practice in the dairy industry for male calves...

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8 Things Vegans And Meat Eaters Can Totally Agree On

8 Things Vegans And Meat Eaters Can Totally Agree On

STEPHEN COMMENT:   I’ve chosen Joe Loria’s Mercy for Animals post as the featured article in Issue 10.

I agree with all 8 of these.

Take a look. How many do you agree with?

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We may think we see the world differently, but here are eight things we can definitely all agree on.

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Pasture-raised Eggs: Healthy And Humane

Pasture-raised Eggs: Healthy And Humane

STEPHEN COMMENT:  If you are going to buy eggs, source your eggs. Know where they come from.

Pasture-raised eggs taste much better. You can tell just by seeing the richer color of the yolks. They are fresher. They contain more vitamins and nutrients than factory-farmed eggs. They are the product of happy chickens, who have normal – not artificially accelerated -  laying cycles, living healthy lives and thus, do not require antibiotic dosing to keep them disease free.

You will pay a bit more for these eggs, but the benefits are more than worth it. Your purchase is also supporting smaller scale family farmers, their families and by extension, their communities.

The theme of Issue 10 is, in these dark times, protecting yourself and your loved ones by living healthy, living well and staying strong. 

Stay strong and take a stand: fight cruelty and injustice by the simple, powerful act of not spending your consumer dollars on food that is the product of animal cruelty and suffering. Do not contribute to ongoing and future animal suffering by supporting the companies responsible for it.

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Newly released studies by Mother Earth News cite pasture-raised eggs as the most humane and healthy option for egg consumers.

Now that 2017 is upon us, many people are making resolutions to eat healthier and, according to recent studies, few foods have as many health benefits as eggs. 

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Pretty Much Nobody In The U.S. Leads A Healthy Lifestyle

Pretty Much Nobody In The U.S. Leads A Healthy Lifestyle

STEPHEN COMMENT:   Over 88,000 people have signed this petition directed to the U.S. Senate. Help correct Big Ag's exploitation of its contract farmers. Please add your signature.

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ARTICLE:   Only 2.7 percent of U.S. adults hit the four key metrics of living a healthy lifestyle — abstaining from smoking, eating well, exercising and maintaining a healthy body fat percentage — according to a disheartening new study.

The study’s lifestyle benchmarks for health weren’t particularly high. Being smoke-free, exercising moderately and eating USDA recommended foods don’t seem like particularly difficult marks to hit. So why do so many Americans fall short of living healthy lives? ...

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4 Consumer Trends Driving The Rapid Rise Of Sustainable Plant-Based Foods In America

4 Consumer Trends Driving The Rapid Rise Of Sustainable Plant-Based Foods In America

STEPHEN COMMENT:  When you purchase factory farmed meat or diary products, you

  • are supporting this industry’s horrific unconscionable animal cruelty
  • are consuming food that can put you and your loved ones health at risk
  • are sustaining an industry that is, by far, the most environmentally damaging on this planet

Realize your power as a consumer. Use it. Do not purchase factory farmed products.

That being stated - now what are these 4 trends? Are you curious? Read on…

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There was a time (as recently as five years ago) when shopping for packaged foods that were made entirely of plant-based ingredients meant scouring the aisles of health food stores. The product choices were few and far between, and the products themselves were created to cater to a specific segment of the population, namely people who ate a vegan or vegetarian diet. If you visit any grocery store today – from Whole Foods to Target – it won’t take long for you to realize that those days are long gone. Welcome to the new world where plants are going beyond the produce section and vegan/plant-based foods are dominating grocery store aisles, refrigerated and frozen food sections of the biggest retailers nationwide.

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Here's How We Can End Factory Farming And Save The Planet!

Here's How We Can End Factory Farming And Save The Planet!

STEPHEN COMMENT:  Watch this short entertaining animated video. It echos Maryn McKenna’s premise in her article appearing in Issue 6, Resolutions For 2015: Buy the Change You Want to See in the World, that the food you purchase “supports—or discourages” the changes you want to see.

If you purchase factory farmed meat or diary products, you

·      are supporting this industry’s horrific unconscionable animal cruelty

·      are consuming food that can put your health at risk 

·      are sustaining and enabling an industry that is, by far, the most environmentally damaging, and climate damaging industry on this planet

Realize your power as a consumer. Use it. Do not purchase factory farmed products. Don’t.

Do share this enjoyable video with your friends.

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When doing your food shopping, make kind choices. Avoid factory farmed products, buy fewer animal products, or even go meat-free.

This is the most effective way you can end animal abuse. Factory farming is the only way to meet the current demand for these animals products. A demand that would never have occurred had consumers known how animals were treated. If you refuse to buy factory farmed products, the businesses which provide them will quickly get the message that there is no future in cruelty. The choices you make at the supermarket can ensure a kinder world for these animals.

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Why I'm An Animal Rights Activist When There Is So Much Human Suffering In The World

Why I'm An Animal Rights Activist When There Is So Much Human Suffering In The World

STEPHEN COMMENT:  Before I was an animal rights activist, I was a budding human rights activist. While in law school, I helped victims of domestic violence obtain personal protection orders. I studied human rights and refugee law, participated in an asylum clinic, spent all my summer legal internships working with refugee organizations and focused primarily on helping women who were victims of gender-based persecution and violence such as honor crimes, forced genital mutilation, sex-trafficking, and rape. 

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It is hard to measure pain. Usually with humans we just ask them how much pain they feel and they tell us. But when they can't tell us, we look for external signs of pain such as trying to get away from the source of pain, vocalizing (yelling, crying), grimacing or shaking to name a few. Nonhuman animals demonstrate all of these same signs. If we can bear not to look away, it is plain to see that the egg laying hens crammed into battery cages, or the sows confined to gestation creates so small that can't turn around, or the dairy cows being dragged to slaughter because they are too lame to walk all suffer tremendously.

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Resolutions For 2015: Buy The Change You Want To See In The World

Resolutions For 2015: Buy The Change You Want To See In The World

STEPHEN COMMENT:  It’s so simple it’s brilliant. Realize, as Maryn McKenna does, that your “choices affect the food system.” That “What I eat supports—or discourages—the changes I want to see.”

If you purchase factory farmed meat or diary products, you

·      are supporting this industry’s horrific unconscionable animal cruelty 

·      are consuming food that can put your health at risk 

·      are sustaining and enabling an industry that is, by far, the most environmentally damaging industry on this planet. 

You, and those you feed and care for, each only have one body in this life. 

All of us have just this one planet. As President Obama has said, “There is no Plan B.” Do not purchase factory farmed products. Do not. Don’t.

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You know how this goes. Today is the day that you put into practice all those resolutions that have been percolating in your head since you ate that third piece of pie on Christmas Day.

In 2015, you’ll cut out sugar. You’ll enough with the alcohol. You’ll sacrifice sleep, so you can get to the gym. You’ll stop buying junk, stop detouring through the drive-through, stop reading Pinterest because it just makes you want to eat. You’ll do better, by doing less.

I have a different idea.

Like everyone else perched on the cusp of a new year, I fret about how my choices affect my well-being (and, let’s be honest, my dress size too). But as someone researching food policy, I worry as well over how my choices affect the food system: how what I eat supports—or discourages—the changes I want to see.

So instead of phrasing my resolutions as denial, this year I’m framing them as actions I can take on behalf of my health and the food shed’s health as well. And because the biggest way I interact with the food system is to spend money to purchase its products, I’m choosing five categories of foods to buy that I believe can make a difference, and that I want to see thrive.

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10 Ways to Support the Next Generation of Farmers

10 Ways to Support the Next Generation of Farmers

STEPHEN COMMENT:  At faCE, we have a vision:  500,000 new sustainable family farmers.

That’s 500,000 new jobs over the next 10 years. At least that many if not more. A return to the days of the 1930’s – 1960’s, to profitable small sustainable farms – farmed in a modern way. Throughout this site are examples of success stories, with links and information on how that’s being accomplished, as well as shout-outs to organizations like Farm Aid dedicated to advocating “fair farm policies and grassroots organizing campaigns designed to defend and bolster family farm-centered agriculture.”

Here are things you can do right now to help support sustainable farms and farmers. Source your own healthy organic foods…

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Over the last 30 years, the average age of farmers has steadily increased, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that half of all current farmers are likely to retire in the next decade, leaving a large gap for the next generation to fill. Fortunately, a new wave of food pioneers, mostly from non-farming backgrounds, is turning to careers in agriculture. This career path comes with its fair share of hurdles. According to Lindsay Lusher Shute, executive director and co-founder of the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC), “Capital and land top most young farmers’ lists” as their biggest challenges. Here are 10 ways to help the next generation of farmers nourish future consumers:

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Consumer Group Calls on McDonald's to Stop Purchase of Meat Raised With Antibiotics

Consumer Group Calls on McDonald's to Stop Purchase of Meat Raised With Antibiotics

CHICAGO - The state consumer group Illinois PIRG launched a national campaign Jan. 22 asking McDonald's to stop the purchase of meat raised with antibiotics.

As one of the largest purchasers of beef, pork and chicken in the United States, such a commitment from McDonald's would help tackle the growing public health crisis of antibiotic resistance.

"People are becoming increasingly aware of the growing public health crisis surrounding antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the role that factory farms play in overusing antibiotics," said Dev Gowda, campaign coordinator of Illinois PIRG's Stop Antibiotics Overuse Campaign.

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The Incredible Ways Skipping Meat Can Change the World

The Incredible Ways Skipping Meat Can Change the World

STEPHEN COMMENT:   Wow...  "Producing half a pound of beef uses 1,200 gallons of water. Nearly half of the water used in the United States goes toward raising livestock—an untenable amount, considering the severe droughts we’re experiencing."

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