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    Howdy! Welcome to the 47th Edition of the Mad Cowboy Newsletter. To honor Earth Day, we ve a special link in this issue for an amazing collection of online
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      Howdy! Welcome to the 47th Edition of the Mad Cowboy Newsletter.

      To honor Earth Day, we've a special link in this issue for an amazing
      collection of online resources for sustainable and organic gardening.
      Further down, after the craziness in "Mad Cow Info Round-up" there's a
      disturbing new and major study about how we are using up our planet's
      resources, how oil prices are wrecking havoc on U.S. agriculture, about
      several States banding together to challenge the EPA, and wonderful news
      about the first State to pass a major green law governing all public
      buildings.

      Reading on, you'll learn about citrus liminoids and your health, more good
      news about beans, fruits, and veggies versus different cancers, and
      scientific proof that happiness and spirituality is good for your health.
      There's also a peek at behind the scenes at PETA, information about a new
      book about "Dangerous Groceries," links for "MyPyramid:" the US gov't's
      latest attempt to balance nutrition advice with corporate greed, a detailed
      and seminal study of Pet Food (with useful resource information),
      controversy over feral cat hunting, and activist success using billboards
      to raise public awareness of puppy mills.

      As always, a nod of the hat to our new subscribers. Y'all can read past
      issues of the newsletter at:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Mad_Cowboy/

      ...and don't miss some of the articles about tips for reducing the cost of
      organic food, organic farming opportunities world-wide, essential foods,
      networking, recipes, and more, in this issue's "Quick Bytes" section.

      Best wishes to everyone for a renewing Earth Day.... and get those "Earth
      Gardens" started!

      Mark


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      TABLE OF CONTENTS:

      00: Quotes of Note
      01: Sustainable/Organic Gardening Resources Online
      02: The Vegan Mind-Bender Contest Winner/Challenge!
      03: Mad Cow Info Round-up
      04: Earth Used-Up?, Oil=Ag Havoc, States vs. EPA, Green Law
      05: Great Liminoids!, Beans/Fruit/Veggies & Halving Cancers
      06: Fake Behind, Huge Horns, Coffee Truth, Happy is Best
      07: A Peek@PETA, Grocery Danger, Veg Baseball, MyPyramid
      08: Cat & Internet Hunts, Pet Food Report, Puppy Mill BillBoards
      09: Upcoming Events
      10: Howard's Schedule
      11: Quick Bytes
      12: Closing Thought(s)


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      *00: Quotes of Note
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      "Ask the question: who produced my food? What did they use on it? What's
      it doing to me, the environment, and the animals? I want you to think
      about this: is it right... is it right that we should end up with more
      cancer? Should it be right that we end up with less topsoil? Is it right
      that we end up with fewer trees? When? When are we as the American People
      going to stand up and say: "enough is enough." When in God's World are we
      going to wake up to the fact that we are absolutely destroying the planet?"

      -- Howard (shown speaking in 1994, on "Mad Cowboy: The Documentary" DVD)

      [Phone, snail mail, and online orders for the Interactive DVD (volume
      discounts are available):
      http://www.madcowboy.com/02_VVFprods.002.html


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      *01: Sustainable/Organic Gardening Resources Online
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      ENN SPECIAL REPORT: SUSTAINABLE GARDENING: (04/2005): "More and more
      people these days seem to be recognizing the multitude of reasons to plan
      and maintain an ecological landscape. Reducing pollution, conserving
      resources, and creating wildlife habitat are just a few of the end benefits
      to taking a sustainable approach to gardening. Ecological landscaping
      practices can be implemented in many ways and to a variety of degrees by
      the home gardener. As you gear up for spring, consider how you might make
      your garden more Earth-friendly."

      [An incredible, and comprehensive compendium of online Articles, Radio
      Programs, Web Sites, Books, Magazines & Journals, Television & Video,
      Blogs, Organization related to Sustainable & Organic Gardening, for the
      professional and amateur:
      http://www.enn.com/today.html?id=7454


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      *02: The Vegan Mind-Bender Contest Winner/Challenge!
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      LAST WEEK'S MAD COWBOY VEGAN MIND-BENDER:
      "What country is the world's largest exporter of chickens, orange juice,
      sugar, and tobacco?"

      (a) United States (B) China (C) Brazil (D) Chile (E) Mexico

      Congratulations to Douglas Muir, of Houston, Texas, for correctly guessing
      "Brazil" and winning the luck of the draw. Enjoy your VegNews
      subscription, pardner!

      ["Sometime in the next 10 years Brazil will probably pass the U.S. as the
      world's largest agricultural producer. Brazil is now the world's largest
      exporter of chickens, orange juice, sugar, coffee, and tobacco. .. while we
      bear record trade deficits, Brazil boasts a $30 billion trade surplus (NYT,
      Dec. 12, 2004)."
      http://www.organicconsumers.org/Politics/bottom031405.cfm


      THIS WEEK'S VEGAN MIND-BENDER:
      "Based on data through 2002 from the U.S. gov't, "high cholesterol" ranks
      which, among the top five "diseases growing the quickest" in the United
      States?" (1), (2), (3), (4), or (5)

      Please e-mail guesses to: webmaster@... with the word "contest"
      in your subject line by NLT May 15th, 2005.

      [Many thanks to Joe Connelly, Editor, VegNews, who has offered a FREE
      one-year subscription to a winner chosen at random those submitting the
      correct answer to each MC Newsletter's Contest. Our thanks to Joe, and you
      can learn more about VegNews at:

      http://www.vegnews.com or e-mail: editor@... or call 1.415.665.6397]


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      *03: Mad Cow Info Round-up
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      MAD COW IMPORT STANDARD OK'D: (03/30/05): "Canada, the United States and
      Mexico have agreed to a single North American import standard related to
      mad cow disease, Federal Agriculture Minister Andy Mitchell said yesterday.
      The recently negotiated standard reflects guidelines laid out by the World
      Organization for Animal Health. It says that, as long as the materials
      most likely to cause mad cow disease are being removed from the animal at
      slaughter, and as long as animals are not being imported from herds where
      the disease has been found, then it should be safe for animals to move
      across borders. The U.S. was scheduled to open its border to young
      Canadian cattle earlier this month, but an injunction in a Montana court
      prevented that from happening.

      [From:
      http://www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/WinnipegSun/Business/2005/03/30/976322-sun.html


      JAPAN: FOOD SAFETY APPROVES RELAXED DOMESTIC MAD COW TESTING: (03/31/05):
      "Japan's Food Safety Commission said it approved the easing of blanket
      testing of domestic cattle for mad cow disease, bringing the country one
      step closer to resuming beef imports from the U.S. The commission said the
      easing of the testing to exclude cattle younger than 21 months won't raise
      the risk of beef infected with mad cow reaching consumers, according to a
      statement distributed during a meeting of the committee today. The
      commission approval was one of the moves by Japan's food regulators that's
      necessary before the country will resume imports of beef from the U.S.
      Japan banned imports of the meat from the U.S. in December 2003 after the
      discovery of an animal infected by mad cow disease. The business had been
      worth about $1.7 billion. Even so, it may be weeks before the ban is
      lifted. The commission will receive public feedback on its decision until
      April 27, it said in its statement."

      [Very edited from:
      http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000101&sid=aKU1iEuwKHGo&refer=japan


      MCDONALD'S IN JAPAN UNVEILS NEW STRATEGY: (03/31/05): "McDonald's is
      adding a vegetarian bagel sandwich to its menu in Japan and signing on a
      figure-skating star to promote its healthier message as the U.S. fast-food
      chain continues its turnaround after years of losses... the burger chain
      will invest 22.7 billion yen ($211 million) in remodeling 500 stores this
      year as part of its strategy to improve customer service and its image.
      The Japanese partnership with the U.S. chain, which operates about 3,700
      burger stores, ran into trouble in recent years after a mad-cow scare,
      which began in 2001 and drove Japanese away from beef, although McDonald's
      uses only Australian beef unaffected by the brain-wasting disease."

      [Edited from:
      http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/sns-ap-japan-mcdonalds,1,6567680.story?co
      ll=chi-business-hed&ctrack=1&cset=true


      CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE FOUND IN ONE NEW YORK DEER: (04/01/05): "The first
      case of chronic wasting disease outside the U.S. Midwest or Rocky Mountain
      region was confirmed in a white-tailed deer in New York State, the state's
      agriculture department said on Thursday. Chronic wasting disease, which is
      not believed to harm humans, is a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy,
      part of a family of central nervous system diseases that include scrapie
      and mad cow disease. The disease has been found in Colorado, Illinois,
      Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota,
      Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

      The U.S. Centers for Disease Control advises consumers to avoid eating
      venison from any deer that might be infected with the disease as a safety
      precaution. However, New York State Health Commissioner Antonia Novello
      said there were no cases of humans falling ill from eating suspect deer
      meat. "We feel very comfortable saying there would be no public health risk
      to consuming venison," she said."

      [Edited from:
      http://www.enn.com/today.html?id=7454


      SECOND CASE OF CWD CONFIRMED: (04/02/05): "Chronic wasting disease was
      discovered in a second captive deer in central New York, days after the
      deadly malady was first detected in the state, agricultural officials said
      Saturday. Both white-tailed deer had been part of captive herds in Oneida
      County, east of Syracuse. The second positive case was discovered in a
      small herd that had taken in animals from the herd that yielded the initial
      confirmed case earlier this week, according to the state Department of
      Agriculture and Markets. New York agricultural officials said Saturday
      they were trying to determine the source of the disease in both animals,
      but stressed it should not be considered a public health threat. "This is
      an animal health issue first and foremost. There's no link to disease in
      humans," said state agricultural spokeswoman Jessica Chittenden. "We're
      doing everything we can to control this." Scientists don't know how the
      disease is transmitted among animals. Symptoms of the disease include
      weight loss, stumbling, tremors, lack of coordination and listlessness.

      [Very edited from:
      http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newyork/ny-bc-ny--deerdisease0402apr02,0,
      1608756.story?coll=ny-region-apnewyork


      CWD INFECTED MEAT SERVED AT BANQUET : (04/06/05): "... meat from one of
      the two deer with chronic waste disease was recently served at the Verona
      Fire Department's sportsman's banquet. The Oneida County Health Department
      says the herd owner who donated the meat to the Fire Department didn't know
      the deer had the disease. And there's no cause for alarm. Health officials
      want people to know the disease hasn't been found to affect humans. But
      they still want to hear from people who may have eaten venison at the
      banquet... the disease typically does not affect humans, [although]
      researchers don't know how the disease transfers from species to species
      and whether or not it could potentially be transferred to humans through an
      animal other than a deer.

      [Edited from:
      http://news10now.com/content/top_stories/default.asp?ArID=40063


      FRANCE HAS TWO MORE HUMAN MAD COW CASES: (04/04/05): "Two new cases of
      human mad cow disease were detected in France, raising the total number of
      cases in that country to 11, health officials said. The country's
      Institut de Veille Sanitaire said in a statement the two patients were not
      known to be blood donors. The agency did not offer further details about
      the status or identity of the two new vCJD cases. Of the 11 cases reported
      in France, eight of the patients have died and three are still alive. A
      recent report in the journal Veterinary Research estimated more than
      300,000 cows infected with mad cow disease went undetected in France
      between 1980 to 2000.

      [Very edited from:
      http://www.sciencedaily.com/upi/index.php?feed=Science&article=UPI-1-20050405-12
      222300-bc-france-madcow.xml


      SENATE [Montana] PASSES MEAT LABELING LEGISLATION: (04/07/05): "The Senate
      on Wednesday passed Gov. Brian Schweitzer's proposal to require
      country-of-origin placards on meat products sold in Montana. House Bill
      406, which passed on a 40-10 vote, would require stores to make clear the
      country in which meats are produced. If the country is uncertain, stores
      would be required post a placard that says, "country of origin unknown."
      The House passed the bill last month 63-37. Supporters of HB406 believe it
      will put a premium on American meat products.

      Opponents have argued that Montana cattle butchered or fattened in other
      states might not qualify for the local label and could be unfairly passed
      over by consumers. Some opponents also said the bill might be detrimental
      to small retailers who will be required to generate placards and pay fines
      if they don't meet the requirements. President Bush approved a federal
      country-of-origin labeling law, or COOL, in 2002, but the implementation
      date has been postponed a number of times. COOL will require retailers to
      notify customers of the country of origin for beef, lamb, pork, fish and
      perishable goods."

      [Edited from:
      http://www.greatfallstribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050407/NEWS05/5040
      70331/1002/NEWS01


      TAIWAN BUYS U.S. BEEF, EASES MAD COW BAN: (04/07/05): "Taiwan will begin
      allowing some American beef imports beginning April 16, easing a ban
      imposed after discovery of the first U.S. case of mad cow disease in
      December 2003, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Thursday. Taiwan,
      one of the largest markets for U.S. beef before the ban, will allow imports
      of U.S. boneless beef from animals slaughtered under 30 months of age, USDA
      said. Taiwan imported 19,225 tonnes of American beef in 2003, amounting to
      sales worth $76.5 million."

      [Very edited from:
      http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=politicsNews&storyID=8118602


      U.S. DENIES HIDING MAD-COW CASES: (04/07/05): "The U.S. Agriculture
      Department said Thursday there's "no way" it would hide cases of mad-cow
      disease because that would hurt the beef industry. A former department
      veterinarian, Dr. Lester Friedlander, said this week on a speaking tour in
      Edmonton that U.S. officials found new cases of the disease and chose not
      to reveal them. "That's just not the case," spokesman Ed Loyd said, adding
      officials expected to discover more cases but haven't yet. There's no way
      we'd benefit by being anything less than completely transparent. It would
      jeopardize the markets we're trying to open," said Loyd.

      Friedlander, who's been invited to speak to Parliament's agriculture
      committee next week, couldn't be reached for comment Thursday. He told the
      Edmonton Journal newspaper Wednesday it's not credible the United States
      has found just one case out of 120 million cattle. Friedlander, a USDA
      veterinarian from 1985 to 1995 and chief inspector at the largest hamburger
      plant in the U.S., said he was fired for speaking out about safety issues.
      He said former colleagues have told him about new cases of mad cow, or
      bovine spongiform encephalopathy but they're near retirement age and risk
      losing their pensions if they speak out."

      [Very edited from:
      http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2005/04/07/987009-cp.html


      JAPAN: 17TH CASE OF MAD COW DISEASE CONFIRMED: (04/08/05): "A
      four-and-a-half year-old Holstein cow has been diagnosed as the 17th case
      of mad cow disease in Japan, the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
      Ministry said Friday. "The cow had been kept in Otofuke, Hokkaido. It was
      born in September 2000, the year before feeding cows with meat-and-bone
      meals was banned due to fear of infection with bovine spongiform
      encephalopathy, ministry officials said."

      [From:
      http://www.japantoday.com/e/?content=news&cat=1&id=333494


      MEAT INDUSTRY WANTS TO KILL COUNTRY-OF-ORIGIN LABEL RULE: (04/07/05):
      "Meat packers and other agribusinesses have formed a new lobbying coalition
      to block the U.S. Department of Agriculture from requiring meat to be
      packaged with a country-of-origin label. The group - the Meat Promotion
      Coalition - has hired a lobbying firm that specializes in agricultural
      issues to make the case on Capitol Hill that country-of-origin labeling is
      too costly to implement. Critics already succeeded in delaying the
      implementation of the labeling rule - which would enable consumers to see
      whether their meat was 100 percent homegrown - by attaching an amendment to
      an omnibus appropriations measure in 2003."

      [Very edited from the long and interesting article at:
      http://thehill.com/thehill/export/TheHill/News/TheExecutive/040705.html


      USDA DENIES ALLEGATIONS OF MORE MAD COW CASES: (04/13/05): "The U.S.
      Agriculture Department on Wednesday denied allegations from two former
      employees that faulty animal testing procedures may have kept officials
      from finding more cases of mad cow disease in the United States. The
      accusations come at a sensitive time for the Bush administration as it
      tries to reopen the U.S. border to imports of Canadian cattle and resume
      American beef exports to Japan. Former USDA veterinarians Lester
      Friedlander and Masuo Doi have been quoted separately in recent days by
      Canadian news outlets saying that the United States may have more cases of
      mad cow disease. Doi, a former veterinarian for the USDA's Food Safety and
      Inspection Service, alleged the department did not properly analyze two
      suspected cases of mad cow disease in 1997, according to a report aired on
      Tuesday by Canada's CBC Television. The CBC report said the incident
      occurred in Oriskany Falls, New York, and quoted Doi as saying that
      important brain samples from one animal went missing."

      [Very edited from:
      http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=healthNews&storyID=8172200


      CANADIAN RANCHERS SUING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: (04/15/05): "A coalition
      of Canadian ranchers is suing the federal government for its "grossly
      negligent" role in handling the crisis over mad cow disease that has left
      the Canadian beef industry in shambles for close to two years. The suit
      holds the government and a multinational feed company responsible for more
      than C$7 billion in damages. "The loss of billions of dollars by the
      Canadian cattle industry was the result of gross incompetence and
      negligence on the part of the Canadian government," said a statement from
      the group, which filed the suit on Monday. The coalition represents farmers
      in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec."

      [Very edited from the long and comprehensive worthwhile read at:
      http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/apr2005/2005-04-15-06.asp


      BUSH ADMINISTRATION MAY EASE 'DOWNER CATTLE' BAN: (04/15/05): "The Bush
      administration said on Friday it may allow some injured cattle to be
      slaughtered for human food, easing a regulation that the Agriculture
      Department adopted 15 months ago after the nation's first case of mad cow
      disease. Consumer groups said they oppose any changes in regulations aimed
      at keeping the deadly disease out of the food supply. The USDA prohibited
      all so-called downer cattle - those too sick or injured to walk - from
      being slaughtered for human food soon after a Washington state dairy cow
      was diagnosed with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in December 2003.
      The ban was part of a package of tighter USDA regulations to prevent mad
      cow disease, whose symptoms can include an inability to walk. About
      195,000 cattle are downers out of more than 30 million slaughtered
      annually, according to industry estimates."

      [Edited from:
      http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory?id=673756


      EXPERTS: NO MAD COW IN SECOND 1997 ANIMAL : (04/15/05): "A cow with
      obvious signs of a brain disease appeared in a slaughterhouse in upstate
      New York in August 1997, generating concerns about mad cow disease because
      it initially tested positive for the deadly disorder. Recent media reports
      have suggested there were procedural problems with testing the cow and that
      it might have been possible the animal was infected with the mad cow
      pathogen -- also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy or BSE. USDA
      officials have denied assertions the cow was not properly tested and
      pointed out the testing records show the cows were tested multiple times
      and found to be negative.

      The initial test turned out to be invalid, however, and the U.S. Department
      of Agriculture tested the animal multiple times, finding nothing to
      indicate the cow was infected with BSE and ultimately ruling it negative, a
      two-year investigation by United Press International has revealed. "We
      didn't distrust the USDA lab on the first case ... but by this time we
      did," said Doi, who worked for USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service
      for nearly 30 years before retiring in December. "That's why we took our
      own sample." Doi said new information discovered about the May case by UPI
      persuaded him that the cow was negative for BSE. He still wonders what type
      of disorder afflicted the August cow, but said it did not appear to be BSE.
      In response to recent media accounts that have implied he was suggesting
      mad cow cases have been covered up by the USDA, Doi said, "I don't think
      you have enough to say that BSE is being covered up in the United States."

      [Very edited from:
      http://www.sciencedaily.com/upi/index.php?feed=Science&article=UPI-1-20050415-18
      493700-bc-us-madcow-2ndcase.xml


      U.S. VET CLAIMS HE WAS MISQUOTED ON MAD COW COVER-UP: (04/18/05): "Lester
      Friedlander, a USDA veterinarian who retired in 1995 recently cited as
      saying he would take a lie detector test regarding assertions of a mad cow
      cover-up says he was misquoted, Good Morning Ontario reported. Friedlander
      told United Press International when he mentioned his willingness to take a
      lie detector test he was referring to his assertion that a USDA official
      had told him in 1991 not to say anything if he ever did find a case of mad
      cow disease in U.S. herds. Friedlander was quoted widely that he would take
      a lie detector test regarding his statement that other USDA inspectors had
      told him of cows that had been tested at private labs and come back
      positive for the deadly disease."

      [Edited from:
      http://www.hpj.com/dtnnewstable.cfm?type=story&sid=14054


      JAPAN REPORTS 2 NEW POSSIBLE CASES OF MAD COW DISEASE: (04/19/05): "Two
      cows in northern Japan have tested positive for mad cow disease in
      preliminary exams, and samples were being sent Tuesday to a laboratory to
      confirm what would be the country's 18th and 19th cases of the fatal,
      brain-wasting disease. Preliminary tests on the cows - an 18-year-old beef
      cattle and a 10-year-old Holstein - turned up positive late Monday at a
      dairy health centre in Miyagi, local official Yoshiyuki Konno said."
      [Edited from:
      http://www.canada.com/health/story.html?id=1b037fa8-f0d7-48ed-8ca6-74fc32a487eb


      FRANCE TO BOOST TESTS FOR MAD COW DISEASE IN GOATS: (04/20/05): "France
      will step up testing goats for possible mad cow infection after an animal
      health agency found that more such cases may be uncovered, but no date has
      been set so far, the farm ministry said on Tuesday. The first case of a
      disease close to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), that ravaged
      European cattle herds and killed at least 100 people, was found in a French
      goat in January, prompting fears of a new crisis in the meat sector... [The
      animal health agency] AFSSA also noted there was more risk for consumers to
      eat infected milk or dairy products from a infected goat than from an
      infected bovine. The EU is home to some 11.6 million goats with the
      largest herds in France, Greece and Spain, primarily reared for dairy such
      as milk, yogurt and cheese with little meat consumed."

      [Very edited from:
      http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/30449/story.htm


      DUTCH REPORT FIRST HUMAN CASE OF 'MAD COW' DISEASE: (04/21/05): "The
      Netherlands has discovered its first case of Creutzfeld-Jakobs, the human
      form of "mad cow disease," the government said on Wednesday. The interior
      ministry said in a statement a patient at a hospital in the central town of
      Utrecht had been diagnosed with the disease and said it had informed
      European authorities."

      [From:
      http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=healthNews&storyID=8253464


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      *04: Earth Used-Up?, Oil=Ag Havoc, States vs. EPA, Green Law
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      TWO-THIRDS OF WORLD'S RESOURCES 'USED UP': (03/30/05): "The human race is
      living beyond its means. A report backed by 1,360 scientists from 95
      countries - some of them world leaders in their fields - today warns that
      the almost two-thirds of the natural machinery that supports life on Earth
      is being degraded by human pressure. The study contains what its authors
      call "a stark warning" for the entire world. The wetlands, forests,
      savannahs, estuaries, coastal fisheries and other habitats that recycle
      air, water and nutrients for all living creatures are being irretrievably
      damaged. In effect, one species is now a hazard to the other 10 million or
      so on the planet, and to itself. Article continues "Human activity is
      putting such a strain on the natural functions of Earth that the ability of
      the planet's ecosystems to sustain future generations can no longer be
      taken for granted," it says.

      ... the scientists warn. "In many cases, it is literally a matter of living
      on borrowed time. By using up supplies of fresh groundwater faster than
      they can be recharged, for example, we are depleting assets at the expense
      of our children." A growing proportion of the world lives in cities,
      exploiting advanced technology. But nature, the scientists warn, is not
      something to be enjoyed at the weekend. Conservation of natural spaces is
      not just a luxury. "These are dangerous illusions that ignore the vast
      benefits of nature to the lives of 6 billion people on the planet. We may
      have distanced ourselves from nature, but we rely completely on the
      services it delivers."

      [Very edited from:
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1447863,00.html

      [For the Report, Summaries, etc.:
      http://www.millenniumassessment.org

      [See also: "A productive, but taxed, Earth:"
      http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0331/p11s02-sten.htm


      RISING ENERGY COSTS IMPACTING U.S. AGRICULTURE: (04/07/05): "The U.S.
      Department of Agriculture estimates farmers this year will pay $8.2 billion
      for petroleum, up 21% from two years ago. Adding in the cost of fertilizers
      and pesticides, which are derived from petroleum and natural gas products,
      and electricity, farmers are expected to pay more for energy-related items
      for the third consecutive year. "It's going to really wreak havoc within
      agriculture," says Troy Bredenkamp, director of congressional relations at
      the American Farm Bureau Federation. He notes that unlike in the past few
      years when agriculture prices were rising, prices farmers receive for their
      goods are expected to fall this year, giving them little opportunity to
      recover the added costs. The USDA forecasts crop-production income will
      drop more than 15% in 2005 after rising more than ten percent last year.
      Livestock income is also expected to fall this year after jumping in 2004.

      "We see really no silver bullet," Bredenkamp says. "It's going to be a
      tough growing season."

      [Edited from:
      http://www.organicconsumers.org/OFGU/energy040705.cfm


      STATES SEEK EPA ACTION ON SMOG, GREENHOUSE GAS: (04/09/05): ""We can't
      even tell what the weather's going to be two weeks from now, but these
      models tell us what the climate is going to be like 100 years from now,"
      said Judge A. Raymond Randolph, whose questioning appeared to favor the
      EPA's position. A coalition of 12 states and several cities asked a federal
      appeals court Friday to make the Environmental Protection Agency reconsider
      its decision not to regulate heat-trapping greenhouse gases as air
      pollutants. The case has big potential implications for numerous federal
      and state programs under the Clean Air Act, as well as for the auto
      industry. Along with other forms of transportation, motor vehicles account
      for about a third of all U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions --
      the chief gas scientists blame for global warming. In August 2003, the....
      agency said it lacked authority from Congress to regulate greenhouse gases,
      based on a legal opinion from the agency's top lawyer -- who had reversed
      the Clinton-era legal opinion the gases should be regulated under the Clean
      Air Act. Two months later, states and several cities formally challenged
      that decision. In the courtroom Friday, they argued that the EPA never
      adequately justified its decision."

      [Very edited from:
      http://www.sci-tech-today.com/story.xhtml?story_id=097005FRJH6L


      'GREEN' LAW AIMS AT PUBLIC BUILDINGS: (04/09/05): "Washington became the
      first state in the country Friday to enact a law requiring public buildings
      to be constructed with standards encouraging energy conservation and
      recycling. Such standards eventually could reduce public agencies' energy
      costs by 25 percent. Better design and ventilation also are predicted to
      reduce school and workplace sicknesses because of artificial ventilation
      and raise test scores among students. Gov. Christine Gregoire signed the
      historic bill into law at Washington Middle School in Olympia, which will
      be among the first buildings in the state to incorporate the "green"
      standards. There are 72 such environmentally friendly projects in various
      stages of construction across Washington, state officials said Friday. The
      new law applies to most buildings owned by the state, state agencies and
      public school districts, as well as major projects that receive state
      capital funds."

      [Edited from the neat article describing many more benefits of the law at:
      http://www.theolympian.com/home/news/20050409/southsound/122219.shtml


      ************************************************
      *05: Great Liminoids!, Beans/Fruit/Veggies & Halving Cancers
      ************************************************
      HALF OF CANCER DEATHS PREVENTABLE: (03/31/05):"More than 60 percent of all
      cancer deaths could be prevented if Americans stopped smoking, exercised
      more, ate healthier food and got recommended cancer screenings, the
      American Cancer Society reported on Thursday. And Americans could
      realistically cut the death rate in half, the report says. This year 1.368
      million Americans will learn they have cancer and 563,700 will die of it.
      "The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2005, more than 168,140
      cancer deaths will be caused by tobacco use alone," the organization said
      in a statement. "In addition, scientists estimate that approximately
      one-third (190,090) of the 570,280 cancer deaths expected to occur in 2005
      will be related to poor nutrition, physical inactivity, overweight, obesity
      and other lifestyle factors." That totals 358,230 or 62 percent of all
      cancer deaths."

      [Very edited from:
      http://www.cnn.com/2005/HEALTH/conditions/03/31/cancer.prevention.reut/index.htm
      l


      CITRUS FRUITS AND LIMONOIDS: (02/2005): "...did you know that America's
      favorite fruit also provides healthful natural compounds called limonoids?
      In laboratory tests with.... human cells, citrus limonoids have been shown
      to help fight cancers of the mouth, skin, lung, breast, stomach, and colon.
      Now, ARS scientists in northern California... have uncovered new details
      about these compounds. Their research has demonstrated that our bodies can
      readily access a limonoid called limonin, and all its health-imparting
      properties, each time we bite into a citrus slice or drink a glass of
      orange juice, for instance. This is the first time this bioavailability has
      been shown in humans."

      ...published in the February 2005 issue of Agricultural Research magazine

      [Very edited from:
      http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/AR/archive/feb05/citrus0205.htm


      FRUIT, VEGGIES TIED TO LOWER PANCREATIC CANCER RISK: (04/01/05): "New
      research from Canada suggests that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables may
      help prevent pancreatic cancer, a particularly deadly type of tumor. The
      findings, based on a comparison of 585 pancreatic cancer patients and about
      4,779 adults without the disease, suggest that the risk of the cancer
      declines as fruit and vegetable intake increases. Among cancers, pancreatic
      tumors have one of the most dismal survival rates, with less than 5 percent
      of patients still alive 5 years after diagnosis. The poor prognosis is in
      large part due to the fact that the disease is rarely caught early. Because
      of this, uncovering the modifiable risk factors for the disease is vital,
      according to Dr. Parviz Ghadirian of the University of Montreal, one of the
      authors of the new study. The findings add to a growing body of evidence
      on the role of diet in pancreatic cancer risk. Some research has tied
      higher consumption of fruits, vegetables and fiber to a lower risk of the
      disease, while other studies have suggested that diets heavy in saturated
      fat, salted meats or dairy products may raise the risk."

      SOURCE: International Journal of Cancer, May 1, 2005.

      [Edited from:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ivu-veg-news/message/7850

      [See also: "Drinking Milk May Raise Parkinson's Risk in Men:"
      http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=healthNews&storyID=8106970


      BEANS MAY CUT RISK OF BREAST CANCER: (04/11/05): "Eating beans or lentils
      at least twice a week may reduce a woman's risk of developing breast
      cancer, according to research designed to investigate the benefits of the
      plant compounds flavonols,writes Dominique Patton. Reporting in the 20
      April issue of the International Journal of Cancer (vol 114, issue 4, pp
      628-33), researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston
      said that while they found no overall association between intake of
      flavonols and risk of breast cancer,"there was an inverse association with
      intake of beans or lentils that merits further evaluation". The US
      researchers analyzed data from 90,630 women who participated in the Nurses
      Health Study II, selecting women who were aged between 26 and 46 years old
      when the study began in 1991."

      [Edited from:
      http://www.foodnavigator.com/news/ng.asp?n=59314&m=1fne415&c=rxvmwvsefsimsxv


      ************************************************
      *06: Fake Behind, Huge Horns, Coffee Truth, Happy is Best
      ************************************************
      HAPPINESS IS THE BEST MEDICINE: (04/18/05): "What is the mechanism that
      helps happy people live longer? Marmot and colleagues, including health
      psychologist Andrew Steptoe, studied the emotions and health of more than
      200 middle-aged Londoners in their daily lives. They found that people who
      reported that they were pretty much happy every day were verifiably
      healthier. Happiness is associated with reduced neuroendocrine,
      inflammatory and cardiovascular activity. Their work is published this week
      in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. It's all
      good news for comedians. Laughter is good for you -- it's practically
      official. Last month researchers at the University of Maryland School of
      Medicine in Baltimore showed that laughter is linked to the healthy
      function of blood vessels. Marmot concurred. "Our research shows that
      psychological processes have profound biological effects," he said.
      "Spirituality can be one example of how the brain, acting through its
      connections with the neuroendocrine system, can have important effects."

      [Very very edited from:
      http://www.wired.com/news/medtech/0,1286,67243,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_5


      FINALLY, A BOVINE RECTAL PALPATION SIMULATOR: (04/04/05): "Those
      interested in learning how to perform a bovine rectal simulation but are
      scared to death of cows can now use this simulator developed at the Glasgow
      Interactive Systems Group and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in the UK.
      When using the simulator, the student palpates virtual objects representing
      the bovine reproductive tract, receiving feedback from a PHANToM haptic
      device (inside a fibreglass model of a cow), while the teacher follows the
      student's actions on the monitor and gives instruction."

      [From:
      http://www.boingboing.net/2005/04/04/finally_a_bovine_rec.html


      THE WATUSI COW: "Watusi are medium-sized animals, with long, large-diameter
      horns, they attract attention wherever they appear. These regal animals can
      easily trace their ancestry back more than 6,000 years and have often been
      referred to as "cattle of kings." Horns are long and symmetrical, with a
      base large and proportional to horn length. Lyre and circular shapes are
      preferable to flat."

      [Check out the pix at:
      http://cattle-today.com/Watusi.htm


      THE TRUTH ABOUT GREEN COFFEE:
      http://www.grist.org/comments/ha/2005/04/11/becker-coffee/index.html?source=dail
      y


      ************************************************
      *07: A Peek@PETA, Grocery Danger, Veg Baseball, MyPyramid
      ************************************************
      A PEEK INSIDE THE PETA BUILDING: (03/27/05): "So how weird are things
      inside the national headquarters of the People for the Ethical Treatment of
      Animals on Front Street west of downtown Norfolk? Not as strange as you
      might think. The animal rights organization, which employs nearly 300
      people worldwide, looks a lot like any other cubicle cavern in many ways.
      It has what some might call a traditional organizational structure: a
      president, five vice presidents and a general counsel to help keep it out
      of trouble.

      PETA has a distinct and non-negotiable philosophy that drives its mission:
      "Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on or use for
      entertainment." To some workers, it is that factor that provides the
      passion, energy and commitment that pumps through the veins of the
      organization, and makes it a unique place to earn a living. The creative
      product may be wild, but there's an aura of peace at the Front Street
      office, accented by tinkling fountains and flourishing plant life. A
      strong will and a sense of humor is also a must, perhaps a no-brainer when
      the organization's chief executive has a flying pig hanging over her desk."

      [Very edited from the well-balanced and interesting article at:
      http://home.hamptonroads.com/stories/story.cfm?story=84143&ran=196910


      GROCERY WARNING: THE BOOK: (04/19/05): "If you go to your favorite
      corner drugstore, you'll find two types of things for sale: 1) processed
      foods and beverages that cause disease, and 2) prescription drugs that
      treat the symptoms of those diseases. It's a brilliant racket: buy the
      stuff at the front of the store and get diseased, then you become a
      customer for the drugs sold at the back of the store. That's called
      "customer retention" in marketing-speak. The floor plan of these drug
      stores even encourages this codependent cycle: the pharmacy is hidden away
      in the back of the store, forcing customers to walk through aisles loaded
      with high-impulse junk food items like soft drinks, chocolate bars and
      snack chips. This is no coincidence: store designers know exactly how to
      boost impulse sales by forcing customers to navigate through shelves that
      are intentionally stocked with the most high-profit (and low-nutrition)
      items available. To turn the tables on the food lobbyists, and in an
      effort to educate the public about the details of which grocery ingredients
      to avoid, I've written a book on the subject called "Grocery Warning."
      You'll find details on this book at TruthPublishing.com

      [Very edited from a long and well-written essay at:
      http://www.newstarget.com/006760.html


      TOP 10 VEG-FRIENDLY BASEBALL PARKS+: (04/2005):
      http://www.goveg.com/feat/ballpark/index.asp

      [A ranking of the "Top 10" Veg-Friendly Baseball Parks. If your Park isn't
      on the list, there's a link provided to help you send them a polite note of
      concern:

      [Fom:
      http://www.goveg.com/feat/ballpark/index.asp


      "MYPYRAMID" -- THE NEW FOOD GUIDANCE SYSTEM: (04/19/05): "Agriculture
      Secretary Mike Johanns today unveiled MyPyramid, a new symbol and
      interactive food guidance system. "Steps to a Healthier You," MyPyramid's
      central message, supports President Bush's HealthierUS initiative which is
      designed to help Americans live longer, better and healthier lives.
      MyPyramid, which replaces the Food Guide Pyramid introduced in 1992, is
      part of an overall food guidance system that emphasizes the need for a more
      individualized approach to improving diet and lifestyle. MyPyramid
      incorporates recommendations from the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for
      Americans, which was released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
      and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in January."

      [Edited from:
      http://www.hpj.com/dtnnewstable.cfm?type=story&sid=14067

      [Note: the Pyramid, et. al., was part of a multi-million effort contracted
      to a PR agency. Source: New York Times, April 10, 2005, and cited by (with
      NYT link):
      http://www.prwatch.org/spin/2005/4

      [For the actual Fed sites check out:
      http://www.mypyramid.gov
      http://www.healthierus.gov/dietaryguidelines


      ************************************************
      *08: Cat & Internet Hunts, Pet Food Report, Puppy Mill BillBoards
      ************************************************
      INTERNET HUNTING BAN RECEIVES QUICK ACTION: (04/09/05): "...the Senate
      Committee on Environment and Land Use... [sent] the issue of banning
      hunting via the Internet to the Oregon Senate floor for a vote with a
      resounding recommendation for passage. Jerod Broadfoot, representing the
      Oregon Chapter of Safari Club International, an organization that is
      pushing for similar legislation by states nationwide, put it best: "(Senate
      Bill) 389 addresses a problem created by an individual in Texas who decided
      to hook a rifle up to a computer and then broadcast that over the Internet
      so an individual anywhere in the world could log onto his Internet site,
      pay some money, and then either target practice with some live ammunition
      or shoot animals on his ranch," Broadfoot said. "We immediately took a
      position of opposition to this practice because it does not meet our
      standard for ethical and fair-chase techniques." ... [a] San Antonio
      company owned by John Lockwood, Live-Shot.com, already has held one
      remote-controlled hunt, with plans for a second, with a disabled Indiana
      "hunter" shooting a non-native deer on a Texas ranch via the Internet."

      [Edited from:
      http://statesmanjournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050409/OUTDOORS/5040903
      23/1034


      WIS. BACKS LEGALIZED HUNTING OF WILD CAT: (04/12/05): "Wisconsin residents
      support a plan to legalize wild cat hunting, according to voting results
      released Tuesday. At meetings across the state Monday night, residents in
      72 counties were asked whether free-roaming cats should be listed as an
      unprotected species. If so listed, the cats - including any domestic cat
      that isn't under the owner's direct control or any cat without a collar -
      could be hunted. A total of 6,830 voted yes and 5,201 voted no, according
      to results released by the Department of Natural Resources. The prospect
      of feral cat hunting has more hurdles to clear - and faces the considerable
      opposition of a number of national animal rights groups. The Humane Society
      of the United States called the proposal cruel and archaic.

      South Dakota and Minnesota both allow wild cats to be shot. Some estimates
      indicate 2 million wild cats roam Wisconsin."

      [Very edited from:
      http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/0405/220400.html

      [Wisconsin Cat-Action Team:
      http://www.dontshootthecat.com

      [See also:"Wild cats needed, say feral backers:"
      http://www.al.com/news/huntsvilletimes/index.ssf?/base/news/111372933042020.xml


      ANIMAL RESCUE PLANS 3 MORE BILLBOARDS: (04/19/05): "The animal rescue
      organization that outted Lancaster County's many puppy mills is at it
      again. And it may be working. Main Line Rescue, a Philadelphia area
      shelter for ailing dogs and cats, used donations in February to buy a
      year's worth of billboard space along the Pennsylvania Turnpike to alert
      tourists headed to Lancaster County that bucolic countryside is not always
      what it appears - if you're a dog. The shelter received so many donations
      since the first billboard went up, it could afford a second.

      The billboards are a soft sock to the gut. They show no grisly photos of
      suffering dogs and cats, but Smith has said they're more effective without
      them. The billboards show a carload of tourist revelers under the cozy
      greeting: "Welcome to Scenic Lancaster County." On the panel's other side
      comes the sting: "Home to hundreds of puppy mills. Learn more about PA's
      notorious puppy mills. Visit these web sites: MainLineRescue.com;
      stoppuppymills.org." Smith said Main Line Rescue got a flood of response
      after the first billboard went up and the national media ran stories. "We
      received literally thousands of letters and e-mails that are supportive,"
      Smith said. "We haven't received one negative comment from anyone. In fact,
      people sent us enough money to put up another billboard. And the people in
      Lancaster County seem more outraged than anyone." "

      [Very edited from the "must read" for AR activists at:
      http://www.lancasteronline.com/pages/news/local/4/13625


      REPORT: WHAT'S REALLY IN PET FOOD: (04/2005): "Plump whole chickens,
      choice cuts of beef, fresh grains, and all the wholesome nutrition your dog
      or cat will ever need. These are the images pet food manufacturers
      promulgate through the media and advertising. This is what the $11 billion
      per year U.S. pet food industry wants consumers to believe they are buying
      when they purchase their products.

      This report explores the differences between what consumers think they are
      buying and what they are actually getting. What most consumers don't know
      is that the pet food industry is an extension of the human food and
      agriculture industries. Pet food provides a market for slaughterhouse
      offal, grains considered "unfit for human consumption," and similar waste
      products to be turned into profit. This waste includes intestines, udders,
      esophagi, and possibly diseased and cancerous animal parts."

      [Note: this is an amazing, incredibly detailed and comprehensive report,
      well-referenced, with information on what you can do and where to go. A
      most authoriative study and one that will continue to be updated by API:

      [Very very very very very edited from:
      http://www.api4animals.org/79.htm


      ************************************************
      *09: Upcoming Events
      ************************************************
      June 29-July 3: Johnstown, PA > NAVS (North American Vegetarian Society)
      SummerFest 2005: A Five-Day Experience Packed With: cutting-edge
      educational sessions on, health and nutrition, lifestyle issues, cooking
      and recipes, animal rights and compassionate living earth stewardship, and
      exercise and fitness. Hundreds of attendees - all ages, social gatherings
      for everyone: singles, couples and families. Great natural-food vegan meals
      prepared under the direction of "gold medal winning" chef.

      [For more details:
      http://vegetariansummerfest.org/index.html


      July 7-11: Los Angeles, CA > AR2005
      AR2005 Registration Discount Ends on May 15: The conference will be held
      on July 7-11 at the superb Westin LAX Hotel in Los Angeles. Special
      features include fabulous accommodation rates with free dog beds,
      cruelty-free personal care products, discounted vegan meals, discounted
      parking, free airport shuttle, and use of the hotel's magnificent Grand
      Ballroom and Video Theater, with exhibits in one hall.

      More than a thousand people representing 80 groups are expected. Key
      speakers signed up thus far include Lorri Bauston, Michael Budkie, Theo
      Capaldo, Lawrence Carter-Long, Karen Davis, Karen Dawn, Michael Greger,
      Tippi Hedren, Alex Hershaft, Steve Hindi, Kevin Jonas, Pattrice Jones,
      Elliot Katz, Greg Lawson, Howard Lyman, Michael Mountain, Lauren Ornelas,
      Ava Park, Martin Rowe, Jerry Vlasak, Paul Watson, Persia White.

      [For more details on the conference and registration:
      http://www.AR2005.org/register.htm


      ************************************************
      *10: Howard's Schedule
      ************************************************
      April 23: Salt Lake City, Utah > jasonh@...

      May 5: Seattle, Washington > Seattle Lake Union Park > 6:30 PM-11:30 PM >
      806 Terry Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98019 > jilabraham@...

      May 21: Dells, WI > National Nutritional Food Association > karib@...

      May 29: Ft. Washington, MD > CHIP graduation> ai325@...

      June 29-July 3: Johnstown, PA > NAVS (North American Vegetarian Society)

      July 7-11: Los Angeles, CA > AR2005

      (For more information and a tenative list of a major cross-country tour by
      Howard in the Fall:
      http://www.madcowboy.com/01_SchedCA.000.html


      ************************************************
      *11: Quick Bytes
      ************************************************
      AGRICULTURE:
      ["Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms:"
      http://www.wwoofusa.org/what.html

      ["Demand for Organic Grains on Rise :"
      http://www.enn.com/biz.html?id=442

      ["17 Tips For Buying Organic Food On The Cheap:"
      http://www.bankrate.com/brm/news/cheap/20040901a2.asp

      ["Monsanto Keeps Up Attack on Seed Saving Farmers:"
      http://www.organicconsumers.org/monsanto/seedsaving031405.cfm

      ["Chinese Farmers Riot Over Crop Poisoning:"
      http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-1565554,00.html


      ANIMAL ISSUES:
      [For animal issues news, check the always topical and current:
      http://www.animalconcerns.org


      DIET/HEALTH:
      ["The Nutrients You're Missing: 7 Essentials:"
      http://www.prevention.com/article/0,5778,s1-3-91-276-5062-1-P,00.html

      ["The Movement Toward Uncooked Food Appears To Be Here To Stay:"
      http://www.sptimes.com/2005/04/06/Taste/The_raw_and_the_hooked.shtml

      ["U.S. Child Obesity Dragging Down Overall Gains:"
      http://reuters.myway.com/article/20050330/2005-03-30T161320Z_01_N30164868_RTRIDS
      T_0_NEWS-HEALTH-CHILDREN-DC.html

      ["Finnish Study Shows Mercury In Fish Increases Heart Disease Risks And
      Reduces Omega-3 Benefit:"
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ivu-veg-news/message/7890

      ["The Most Expensive Diseases:"
      http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7515716/

      ["Processed Meats Linked to Pancreatic Cancer:"
      http://www.forbes.com/lifestyle/health/feeds/hscout/2005/04/20/hscout525258.html


      ENVIRONMENT:
      ["Pollution Costs Dominate Energy Bill Debate:"
      http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=reutersEdge&storyID=8065152

      ["Nuclear Power Still a Deadly Proposition:"
      http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0817-03.htm

      ["Human, animal cells, heavy contributor to air pollution: study:"
      http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/2243.html


      NETWORKING:
      [VegNews Monthly Newsletter:
      http://www.vegnews.com

      [FARMUSA's MeatOut Monday Newsletter:
      http://meatoutmondays.org

      [PCRM Membership News and Info:
      Send e-mail to: membership@...

      [Vegetarians In Paradise Newsletter:
      http://www.vegparadise.com

      [International Vegetarian Union Newsletter:
      http://www.ivu.org/news/index.html


      RECIPES:
      [Over 10,000 veg'n recipe links:
      http://www.madcowboy.com/02_VegRecipes.html

      ["PCRM Recipe Archives:
      http://www.pcrm.org/health/recipes/recipe_archive.html

      ["Veg'n Italian Recipes:"
      http://virtualitalia.com/recipes/vegetarian.shtml

      ["The New Carbs: Flavor-packed whole grain recipes banish fat, boost health.:"
      http://www.prevention.com/article/0,5778,s1-3-82-301-5059-1-P,00.html


      VEGAN:
      ["Steven the Vegan - cooking video:"
      http://www.oldeenglish.org/steven.html


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      *12: Closing Thought(s)
      ************************************************
      "Except for us, the life of the planet conducts itself as though it were an
      immense, coherent body of connected life, an intricate system, an organism.
      Our deepest folly is the notion that we are in charge of the place, that we
      own it and can somehow run it. We are a living part of Earth's life, owned
      and operated by the Earth, probably specialized for functions on its behalf
      that we have not yet glimpsed."

      --- Lewis Thomas
      (as quoted on pg. 532, in "This Sacred Earth, Roger S. Gottlieb, ed.")


      "Luck is the least of it. I think of the Earth as a living organism. The
      rocks, the air, the oceans, and all life are an inseparable system that
      functions to keep the planet livable. In fact, I now believe that life can
      exist only on a planetary scale. Can't have a planet with sparse life any
      more than you can have half a cat."

      --- James Locklock
      (as quoted by Lawrence E. Joseph, "GAIA: The Growth of an Idea," p. 3.)


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