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STUDY: Plant-based diet after menopause lowers breast cancer risk in women

ALAN MOZES: Women who follow a healthy plant-based diet after menopause appear to face a substantially lower risk for breast cancer, new French research indicates. After tracking more than 65,000 women for two decades, investigators found those who consumed a healthy, primarily plant-based diet saw their risk for developing any type of breast cancer drop by an average of 14%... But the accent is on "healthy." Breast cancer risk fell only among women whose diets included a significant amount of whole grains, fruit, vegetables, nuts, legumes, vegetable oils and tea or coffee -- even if red…

SCALING BACK: Getting consumers to care about fishes

TRENT DAVIDSON: For many people, consuming fishes seems more sustainable and less morally problematic than eating chickens, pigs, cows, and other land animals. As a result, aquaculture—and fish farming specifically—has taken off in recent years. Despite this, there are many welfare issues associated with farming fishes, such as disease, environmental degradation, poor treatment, and the suffering these animals endure. As animal advocates confront these issues, they need to learn how to effectively bring them to consumers’ attention so they can mobilize the public to take action for fishes.…

‘Jokers to the Left, Clowns to the Right’: Germany’s new ridiculous animal welfare label

ANNE-SOPHIE BRANDLIN: New plans for regulations such as a mandatory label documenting how animals were reared are supposed to improve animal welfare. Is that a right step toward more transparency for consumers - or greenwashing? Germany's federal government has come up with a draft bill for new regulations regarding animal welfare. "I want good meat from Germany to be served in the future as well. In order to do so, our farms urgently need a perspective they can rely on," Food and Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir said when introducing his plans. This perspective, he says, includes four…

REGENESIS: Animal agriculture is the new oil, according to George Monbiat’s new book

AARON BASTANI: In the 1990s, decarbonisation was seen as the goal for many environmentalists. Since then the key focus of the green movement has to stop extracting fossil fuels and move to renewable energy. In a new book, one of the worlds foremost environmental campaigners argues that there is a far bigger existential threat to the vertebrate life on earth: Animal Agriculture. SOURCE... DAN SALADINO: In his twelfth book, Regenesis, George Monbiot argues that this chapter in the human story – in which animals play a central role in agricultural systems – must come to an end. In the action…

June 5, 2022: It’s National Animal Rights Day

NARD: National Animal Rights Day (NARD) 12 will be commemorated around the world on Sunday June 5, 2022. Established by the non-profit Our Planet. Theirs Too. in 2011. NARD is an annual day observed in a growing number of countries around the world, on the first Sunday in June, for the purpose of giving a voice to all animals and raising awareness for their rights. It's "Memorial Day" and "Independence Day" for the animals, combined. On this day, special NARD events are held in major cities around the world, to Commemorate the billions of animals who die every year by human hands, Educate …

Mayo Clinic: How plant-based food helps fight cancer

MAYO CLINIC: Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the U.S. But estimates suggest that as many as a third of cases could be prevented with diet and nutrition alone. The recipe? Many experts recommend filling your plate with foods that grow from the ground. Decades of research suggests that the best diet for cancer prevention is all about plants. That means lots of fruits, vegetables and legumes, and little to no meat or other animal products... For many Americans, meals center around the meat. After all the Department of Agriculture reports that 222 pounds of meat are sold per…

Amy Taylor’s ‘MILKED’: An untold story that had to be told

SANDRA KYLE: The dairy exposé MILKED is reeling in the awards while the Dairy Industry remains silent... In this article End Animal Slaughter’s Sandra Kyle talks to its inspirational Director, Kiwi filmmaker Amy Taylor... SK: Why did you make ‘MILKED’? AT: The motivation for making this film came from a growing awareness I had about the dairy industry’s impacts on people, the environment, and on animals. I began looking into the dairy industry more and seeing the damage it does to the environment, as well as the water pollution, one of the most obvious being the huge amount of native…

Roger Yates: Foul-mouthed veganism

ROGER YATES: The march to create a vegan movement that resembles the RSPCA (the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) continues apace – or so it seems to me. Social movement theory warns us that, once social movements grow, their core values may be placed in danger. Is this happening to the vegan social movement? Has it already happened? All I hear now are foul-mouthed vegans using the dread c-word. Cruelty this, cruelty that, cruelty the other. I’m heartily sick of the damn word! This welfarist language is now largely dominant in the vegan movement. On platforms such as…

STUDY: For plant-based proteins, soy is a smart choice

ELAINA HANCOCK: Soy, the versatile protein source that comes from the species of legumes known as soybeans, is becoming a popular alternative to meat and dairy products, and for good reason. Whether you are trying to eat healthier, eat more sustainably, or both, College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources Department of Nutritional Sciences researcher Yangchao Luo and his research group recently published an article in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Research exploring qualities that make soy a versatile and nutritious choice... In comparison to other plant-based proteins, soy…

‘Vegan Friendly’: Vegan advocacy organization opens U.S. branch, launches international ad campaign

ABIGAIL KLEIN LEICHMAN: After 10 years of improving Israelis’ access to plant-based food and raising public awareness about factory farming — and two years after branching out to the United Kingdom — Vegan Friendly is planting its first seeds in the United States. Vegan Friendly is a unique hybrid: a self-sustaining nonprofit with a high-tech R&D department developing innovative platforms for spreading the vegan message through social media, billboards, ad campaigns, B2B campaigns and large events... The first U.S. Vegan Friendly branch is launching in New York City with a team of…