Howdy! And welcome to the 52nd edition of the Mad Cowboy Newsletter. We're back with a new article by Howard published recently on- and offline, and news that the contracts are signed: the Mad Cowboy Documentary will be shown on PBS this coming Fall (details when available).
In this issue you'll find two great Kale recipes from "No More Bull!", a buncha articles related to Mad Cow Disease, 100 nutritional facts about vegetables, legumes, and fruits, as well as reference to the world's oldest person: a vegetarian! (read about her in the "Quick Bytes" section). Reading further, you'll learn that the Mediterranean Diet appears to help prevent Altzheimer's disease, there are Vegan Firefighters in Austin, Texas, that the great movie "Earthlings" is now available online, and what unrecognized tiny critters contribution to our economy is $57 billion.
Moving along, there's info about animals looking forward in time, personalized Dolphins, the world's first "Cow Cam," how your diet can be more effective at fighting global warming than reducing your driving, a Vegan Blog award-winner of note, and that a veg'n diet promotes weight loss and lower cholesterol than other diets. Don't miss the extra large number of articles about diet and nutrition in our "Quick Bytes" section this issue.
... and, as always, a tip of the hat to our new subscribers. Y'all can read past issues of the newsletter at:
Here's wishing everyone a great transition from Spring to Summer... get those tomatoes planted!
[personal vegan blog: http://www.soulveggie.com]
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
00: Quote(s) from Howard
01: Howard's Article in "Common Ground"
02: Pix of Howard by Friends
03: The Vegan Mind-Bender Contest Winner/Challenge!
04: Two Great Kale Recipes from "No More Bull!"
05: Mad Cow Info Round-up
06: Omega-3 Hype, 100 Nutri-Facts, USvsUK, Med. Diet/Alz.
07: S'Long Sodas, Organic Hospitals, Vegan Firefighters/Blog Win
08: Mootube, Cowboy Eye Doc, Your Diary Cow, Bow Wow Online
09: Earthlings Online, 6-Legs=$57B, Ape Foresight, Dolphin Names
10: Vegan: Planet Diet, $2.8B Market, Low Wt./Cholesterol
11: Upcoming Events of Note
12: Howard Schedule
13: Quick Bytes
14: Closing Thought(s)
*00: Quote(s) from Howard
"Folks, there's nothing "extreme" about eating a diet that can satisfy you fully, fortify your cells with nutrition, and help you lose weight if you need to. Becoming a vegan is far easier than you may think. But whether or not you become a vegan, making plant foods the basis of your diet is absolutely critical.
When you've finished shopping, look at your cart; if it's full of packages of processed food, each with dozens of ingredients, you've done your job wrong. If it's full of color, of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, peas, and lentils, you've done your job right. If you card has too many boxes in it, and not enough color, then turn around, put some of those boxes back, and load up on real foods --- fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts seeds, and legumes. If many or all of those items are organic, you've done a service to your health, to the farmers who are careful stewards of the land, and to the land itself."
--- Howard Lyman, pg. 54: "No More Bull!"
*01: Howard's Article in "Common Ground"
[Howard's just published an article, "Mad Cow and Bird Flu Exposed" in the current issue of "Common Ground." Here's some excerpts with a link below to the neat cover and full article.
"...The media never talks about the role that factory farms play in avian flu, and most consumers think the answer lies in some miracle drug, just waiting for final approval from our world-class health care system. I shudder to think of the disaster just over the horizon that will make a tsunami look like child's play.
It is not what we know that causes problems; the problem is the untruths that dominate headlines and news reports. It is time to cut through the bull about mad cow and the bird flu so we can alter our direction on the road, rather than being forced to drive off a cliff.
Both mad cow disease and the avian flu H5N1 are directly amplified by factory-farming practices. To feed cows, which are herbivores, a diet of cooked animal flesh is asking for a big problem. When we cram thousands of poultry into crowded pens with weakened immune systems, and feed them antibiotics at a level only high enough to see them through to slaughter, we are providing the perfect environment for viruses to mutate. So, today, we are skirting the edge of another pandemic...
...Mad cow disease and the bird flu are direct results of the industry's current practices..."
*02: Pix of Howard by Friends
[Ice Sculpture for "Vegetarian Awakenings Conference:"
[Howard, Chef Ken Bergeron, & Chef Eric Tucker:
[Portland: Howard doing his thing:
[Portland: Howard, Carol, Maggie, & Rick:
*03: The Vegan Mind-Bender Contest Winner/Challenge!
LAST WEEK'S MAD COWBOY VEGAN MIND-BENDER:
"The citizens of which of these countries drink the most bottled water per person (in 2004)?"
(a) Italy (b) Mexico (c) United Arab Emirates (d) Belgium (e) USA
Congratulations to Michael Bell, of Plymuth, MI for correctly guessing "(a) Italy" and winning the luck of the draw. Enjoy your VegNews subscription, pardner!
[Here's where the answer is:
THIS WEEK'S VEGAN MIND-BENDER:
"What percentage of total fossil fuel usage by the US in 2002 was for the production of food?"
(a) 7% (b) 17% (c) 27% (d) 37% (e) 47%?
Please e-mail guesses to: webmaster@... with the word "contest" in your subject line by NLT June 15th, 2006.
[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]
*04: Two Great Kale Recipes from "No More Bull!"
(yield: 4 servings)
1 cup water
1/2 cup apple juice (or water)
4 cups chopped Swiss Chard or kale
2 cups soy milk or rice milk
1/4 leek (or 1 onion), sliced
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon arrowroot (or cornstarch)
4 potatoes, sliced
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 cup sliced onion (optional)
"Heat the water and apple juice in a non-stick pan, and steam-fry the chard until soft. Puree the greens in a food processor until smooth, then return to the pan.
In a blender, puree the soy milk or rice milk, leek, thyme, and arrowroot. Add the greens and heat on low until a thick gravy is formed.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Layer the potatoes, mushrooms, and onion in a casserole dish. Pour the gravy over the layered potatoes and mushrooms. Coiver and bake for 60 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
FROM: "The Health Promoting Cookbook," edited by Dr. Alan Goldhamer (and pg. 125 in "NO MORE BULL!" by Howard Lyman).
[Editor's note: you could also use a variety of cooked chopped veggies in place of mushrooms, and/or kale]
BRAISED COLLARDS OR KALE
(yield: 3 cups)
"Collard greens and kale are rich sources of calcium and beta-carotene as well as other minerals and vitamins. One of the tastiest (and easiest) ways to prepare them is with a bit of soy sauce and plenty of garlic. Try to purchase young tender greens, as these have the best flavor and texture."
1 bunch collard greens or kale (6 to 8 cuts chopped)
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup water
Wash greens, remove stems, then chop leaves into 1/2-inch wide strips.
Combine olive oil, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, and water in a large pot or skillet. Cook over high heat about 30 seconds. Reduce heat to medium-high, add chopped greens, and toss to mix. Cover and cook, stirring often, until greens are tender, about 5 minutes."
FROM: "Healthy Eating for Life for Children," Jennifer Raymond, with Amy Lanou, Ph.D., PCRM, (and pages 231-232 in "NO MORE BULL!" by Howard Lyman).
[Editor's note: works well without vinegar, too. Great with a wok.... and check out the nutrition articles on potatoes and kale in "Quick Bytes" below]
*05: Mad Cow Info Round-up
HONG KONG SUSPENDS BEEF IMPORTS FROM SWIFT ASSOCIATED PRESS: (03/12/06):
"Hong Kong has suspended imports from a U.S. beef processing company after discovering its products contained bones prohibited under regulations aimed at protecting against mad cow disease, the government said. Hong Kong partially lifted a two-year ban U.S. beef imports in December, imposed after mad cow disease was detected in a cow in Washington state. Only boneless beef from cattle less than 30 months old - and without the animal's brain, spinal cord or other parts considered high risk for mad cow disease - are allowed into the territory. The government said Swift's products violated a pact between Hong Kong and the U.S. "The decision was made following discovery of beef imports with bones from that plant during inspections," the statement said. "We will contact the relevant authorities for more information concerning the beef imports in question."
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US CONFIRMS 3RD CASE OF MAD COW IN 27 MONTHS: (03/14/06): "A beef cow from a herd in Alabama has tested positive for mad cow disease, US officials said on Monday, confirming the third case of the disease in 27 months. The USDA said the 10-year-old animal, which had tested "inconclusive" for mad cow disease during the weekend, showed a positive result when subjected to a more advanced test. The latest discovery came at a time when US officials were trying to convince Japan to reopen its market to US beef after a shipment of veal violated meat export rules by containing spinal material. Japan suspended beef trade on Jan. 20. South Korea said earlier on Monday it could cancel a planned opening of its market in April to US beef if a new US case was found. Seoul has banned US beef since the first US case in December 2003.
"We have sufficient safegaurds" to assure US beef is safe to eat, Clifford [Agriculture Department Chief Veterinarian] said. He said USDA hoped "this would not affect" trade."
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US TO SCALE BACK MAD COW TESTING: (03/14/06): "Despite the confirmation of a third case of mad cow disease, the government intends to scale back testing for the brain-wasting disorder blamed for the deaths of more than 150 people in Europe. The testing program detected an infected cow in Alabama last week, and further analysis confirmed Monday that the animal had mad cow disease. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns pointed out testing is not a food safety measure. Rather, itâs a way to find out the prevalence of the disease.
"This would be a tenth of a percent of all animals slaughtered," Jean Halloran, director of food policy initiatives at Consumers Union, said Tuesday. "This starts to be so small that in our opinion, it approaches a policy of donât look, donât find." Since June 2004, the department has tested 652,697 cows for the disease. The nation has about 95 million cattle."
INVESTIGATORS WILL DIG UP INFECTED COW: (03/15/06): "The Alabama cow infected with mad cow disease will be exhumed so investigators can get a better idea of its age, the government said Wednesday. Investigators are also trying to determine where the cow came from. The infected animal had spent less than a year on the Alabama farm, which has not been identified. The cow's age is important because of safeguards the U.S. created nearly nine years ago to prevent the disease from spreading. If the cow was more than 9 years old, it could have been exposed to contaminated feed circulating before the feed ban took effect."
US ATE 777 MAD COWS?: (03/15/06): "Last 8 years: Estimated total cattle slaughtered About 200 million (25 million per year) Estimated total cattle tested for Mad Cow About 773,000, Mad Cows Confirmed: 3, Mad Cow Rate: 0.00039%. Estimated total mad cows slaughtered (eaten?) 777 in 8 years (780 minus the three detected). Testing rate before 1st Mad Cow detected (about 55 per day) about 0.06% of cattle slaughtered 6-18 years to detect next Mad Cow. "Enhanced" testing rate in effect now (about 1000 per day) about 1.11% of cattle slaughtered: 4-12 months to detect next Mad Cow. Proposed "scaled back" testing rate (about 110 per day) about 0.12% of cattle slaughtered: 3-9 years to detect next Mad Cow."
ANALYSIS: WHAT THAT MAD COW MEANS: (03/15/06): "The U.S. Department of Agriculture was quick to assure the public earlier this week that the third case of mad cow disease did not pose a risk to them, but what federal officials have not acknowledged is that this latest case indicates the deadly disease has been circulating in U.S. herds for at least a decade. The second case, which was detected last year in a Texas cow and which USDA officials were reluctant to verify, was approximately 12 years old.
"The fact the Texas cow showed up fairly clearly implied the existence of other undetected cases," Dr. Paul Brown, former medical director of the National Institutes of Health's Laboratory for Central Nervous System Studies and an expert on mad cow-like diseases, told United Press International. "The question was, 'How many?' and we still can't answer that." "Everything they did on the Texas cow makes everything they did before 2005 suspect," Brown said.
USDA documents released last year showed more than 1,000 violations of the regulations requiring the removal of brains and spinal cords in at least 35 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, with some plants being cited repeatedly for infractions. In addition, a violation of similar regulations that apply to beef exported to Japan is the reason why Japan closed its borders to U.S. beef in January six weeks after reopening them."
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JAPAN CONFIRMS FIRST MAD COW CASE IN CATTLE RAISED FOR BEEF: (03/17/06): "Officials in Japan have confirmed the country's first case of mad cow disease in cattle raised to provide meat, an official of the Health Ministry said Friday. A 14-year-old cow in the southern prefecture of Nagasaki was confirmed to have been infected with the disease, said the official, who declined to be named citing ministry policy. Japan had previously confirmed 23 cases of the disease, but they all involved cattle bred to produce milk. People can get a variant form of the disease by eating contaminated meat products, but milk poses no known risk."
HIDDEN CJD IS NEW THREAT TO THOUSANDS: (03/27/06): "1000s of people in Britain may be infected with variant CJD, the human equivalent of mad cow disease, without knowing it, research suggests. Experiments have confirmed that it is possible for a much wider group of people than had been assumed to be infected with the incurable brain condition. The presence in the population of undetected carriers of the infection has serious implications for the safety of the blood supply, and it increases the risk of passing on vCJD to others through infected surgical instruments. It could make it much harder to eliminate the human infection, even though cattle no longer carry it. Potentially it could linger for generations, or for ever. The team behind the research suggested that their finding represented a " significant public health issue" . Independent experts said that the work highlighted the need for a national autopsy programme for people who died of causes other than vCJD, to determine the extent of latent infection among those with no symptoms. "
US REFUSAL TO LET MEATPACKER TEST COWS SPURS LAWSUIT: (03/22/06): "A Kansas meatpacker has sparked an industry fight by proposing testing all the company's cattle for mad cow disease. Creekstone Farms Premium Beef wants to look for the disease in every animal it processes. The Agriculture Department has said no. Creekstone says it intends to sue the department. The department and larger meat companies oppose comprehensive testing, saying it cannot assure food safety. Testing rarely detects the disease in younger animals, the source of most meat. The U.S. has been testing around 1 percent of the 35 million head of cattle slaughtered each year, although officials have been planning to scale back that level of testing."
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TEN COMMANDMENTS JUDGE NOW CHALLENGES MAD COW TRACKING SYSTEM: (03/28/06): "Former Chief Justice Roy Moore, whose fight to put a Ten Commandments monument in the state courthouse led to his ouster, is challenging state and federal officials on another issue - tracking livestock to deter mad cow disease. Moore opposes such tracking, saying it represents unprecedented government intrusion into the right to own animals. He says an identification system - first for cattle and then for all types of livestock - is "more identifiable with communism than free enterprise.""
"We ought to have mad people," Moore said.
JUDGE DENIES FULL HEARING ON MAD COW LAWSUIT, SAYS HANDS 'TIED': (04/06/06): "A federal judge has denied a cattlemen group's request for a hearing on its lawsuit challenging Canadian cattle and beef imports over mad cow disease concerns. U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull said his "hands are tied" by an appeals court ruling. Cebull's order, dated Wednesday, halts the challenge mounted early last year by R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America to keep Canadian cattle and beef out of this country. R-CALF claimed such trade would pose a risk to U.S. consumers and the cattle industry because of mad cow disease cases in Canada. The president of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association, Hugh Lynch-Staunton, called the decision "great news."
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CHINA LIFTS BAN ON BEEF FROM U.S.: (04/12/06): "China agreed Tuesday to lift a ban on sales of U.S. beef and promised to crack down on pirated computer software. The announcement capped a two-day meeting of the high-level U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade and appeared aimed at paving the way for the arrival in the USA next week of Chinese President Hu Jintao. A beef industry representative said the decision would return American steaks to a market that was worth $30 million before the December 2003 ban was imposed over fears of so-called mad cow disease. "We see this as one of our fastest-growing markets with tremendous potential," said Greg Doud, chief economist for the National Cattleman's Beef Association in Washington, D.C."
INSPECTORS DISCOVER POTENTIAL MAD COW CASE AT B.C. DAIRY FARM: (04/13/06): "A six-year-old dairy cow in British Columbia could have Canada's latest case of mad cow disease. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is conducting tests to confirm whether it is the country's fifth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE. If tests confirm the animal has BSE, it won't have an impact on Canada's beef industry, the agency stressed. ''This case, if positive, has no bearing on the safety of Canadian beef,'' it said. ''Canada has a suite of internationally recognized safeguards that work together to provide high levels of human and animal health protection.''"
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CANADA CONFIRMS NEW CASE OF MAD COW DISEASE: (04/16/06): "Canada's Food Inspection Agency said it has confirmed a new case of mad cow disease in the province of British Columbia. The latest case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) surfaced in a six-year-old dairy cow in the Fraser Valley on the Pacific coast during a national surveillance program. But Canada officials said beef for human consumption remained safe because the BSE-infected parts of cattle do not enter the food chain. It was the fifth case of mad cow detected in Canada since 2003 and the second this year."
SUSPECTED MAD COW DISEASE IN JAPAN, 20 MONTH OLD HOLSTEIN: (04/17/06): "Japanese authorities say they have found a suspected case of Mad Cow Disease (BSE) in Fukushima Prefecture, north-east Japan. The animal was a 20-months-old Holstein. If confirmed, it will be the youngest head of cattle to test positive in Japan. This new development could have an effect on beef imports from North America. At the end of last year Japan started importing beef from the USA as long as the animal was no older than 20 months. Following a shipment of US veal containing body parts that might carry BSE, an import ban was imposed again. There have been three confirmed cases of BSE in Japan this year."
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MAD-COW FIREWALL HAS GAPS, CONSUMER GROUPS SAY: (04/17/06): "One of the main safeguards against mad cow disease, a ban on using cattle parts in cattle feed, is ineffective or is not enforced strictly, two U.S. consumer groups said on Monday in light of a new case of the fatal bovine ailment in Canada. Both groups urged more stringent rules on the ingredients allowed in livestock feed and stronger enforcement of the existing feed ban. "The feed ban is not a firewall," said Michael Hansen of Consumers Union. Canada's three most recent cases of mad cow disease involved cattle born after U.S. and Canadian rules against using cattle parts in feed were announced in 1997. [The two consumer groups]... also called on the Food and Drug Administration to ban the use of chicken litter, table scraps and cattle blood in livestock feed."
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CANADA'S MAD COW CASE PUTS PRESSURE ON USDA: (04/20/06): "This week's news about a case of mad cow disease in Canada, the eighth confirmed incident in North America, has led to calls for a ban on imports of Canadian cattle and a permanent ban on sick or injured cattle ("downer" cows) being allowed to enter the human food chain. It also raises questions about the US Department of Agriculture's testing and tracking procedures, as well as its controversial prohibition on private testing. The USDA argues that under current law it has the sole authority to issue the test kits for mad cow disease. Meanwhile, some farmers worry that the USDA's National Animal Identification System, set to begin next year and become fully operational by 2009, will hurt families with small farms, homesteaders, and even pet owners."
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MAD COW MADNESS: USDA STANDS IN THE WAY OF BROADER TESTING: (04/26/06): "If a hospital wanted to advertise that it upholds sanitary standards higher than any required by the government, no one would object. A used-car dealer who decided to offer only vehicles with the best crash-test scores would be free to do so. But after a meatpacker announced plans to establish the strictest program around to protect consumers from mad cow disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture replied: fat chance.
Eating meat from animals afflicted with the illness can cause irreversible, fatal damage to the brain. Last month, a cow in Alabama was found to be infected, the third confirmed case in this country. Canada, which has similar regulations to prevent the disease, has had five. You would think those cases would indicate the need for more testing of cattle to keep contaminated beef off our tables. In fact, the USDA, which now tests only 1 percent of all slaughtered cows, is planning to cut back on that effort. Crazier yet, it also intends to keep anyone else from conducting more tests. The government's attempts to justify its diktat are almost comically inept. The USDA scoffs at testing cattle younger than 30 months, insisting that the disease usually shows up only in older animals. It claims the rules on the use of animal remains as cattle feed are all the protection consumers need."
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MADRID YOUNGSTER THOUGHT TO HAVE DIED FROM MAD COW DISEASE: (04/27/06): "A Madrid youngster, Javier Monge, has died, according to his parents from Creutzfeldt-Jakob, the human form of Mad Cow disease. An autopsy is now being carried out to confirm the cause of death, but the results of the test will not be known for a month. Javier Monge lived in the U.K. for more than a year at the end of the 90's and his parents say they think that is when he developed the disease."
US AGRICULTURE CHIEF BELIEVES SEVERAL MAD COW CASES EXIST, UNDETECTED: (04/28/06): "There are probably a few undetected cases of mad cow disease in the United States, but the total - estimated at four to seven - is "extraordinarily low," Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns says. The calculation comes from new testing data released Friday. Testing is likely to be scaled back after a panel of independent scientists reviews the figures, Johanns said. "The data shows the prevalence of BSE in the United States is extraordinarily low," Johanns told reporters on a conference call. "In other words, we have an extremely healthy herd of cattle in our country." Johanns said there is little justification for keeping up the higher testing levels, which rose to about 1,000 samples daily, from about 55 samples daily, after mad cow turned up in the United States. Johanns pointed out the testing is not supposed to protect food from mad cow disease; testing is supposed to show how prevalent the disease is.
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US GIVES UP ON MAD COW SEARCH: (04/28/06): "The government has given up trying to track the origins of an Alabama cow infected with mad cow disease. The trail went cold after seven weeks of investigation of more than three dozen farms, the Agriculture Department said in a report issued quietly late Tuesday. Meantime, in a separate investigation, the U.S. is tracing 15 cattle imported from Canada that ate the same feed as an infected cow discovered last month in British Columbia. So far, the government has found one cow and intends to kill and test it, the Agriculture Department said.
Authorities also couldn't find records that would confirm the cow's age. Experts checked the Alabama cow's teeth and determined she was 10 or older, but that is an approximation that grows less reliable after a cow is five or six years old. The cow's age is important because it indicates she could have been infected before steps were taken to safeguard cattle feed."
US SAYS ITS MAD COW RATE LESS THAN ONE IN 1 MILLION: (04/28/06): "Mad cow disease in the United States hits fewer than one in 1 million adult cattle, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said on Friday, unveiling an analysis of the U.S. testing program aimed at reassuring trading partners. "We're dealing with an incredibly low prevalence in the United States and science tells us that prevalence is likely to decline," he said. The U.S. Agriculture Department estimated that between four and seven cattle in the United States have the disease and said the total should drop as the prevalence level falls. James Hodges, president of the American Meat Institute, said: "This is very good news for the U.S. beef industry. Clearly our multiple firewalls can work to protect our herds and the public health.""
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US CAN'T FIND BIRTHPLACE OF LATEST MAD COW: (05/03/06): "Federal officials say they cannot find the birthplace of the latest U.S. case of mad cow disease but see little risk the birth herd is harboring more cattle infected with the fatal, brain-wasting malady. "Experience worldwide has shown that it is highly unusual to find (mad cow) in more than one animal in a herd or in an affected animal's offspring," said John Clifford, U.S. Agriculture Department chief veterinarian, in announcing the investigation was closed. The latest case, reported on March 13, was a red-coated crossbreed beef cow in Alabama that was purchased less than a year before it fell ill. It was hard to track, Clifford said, because it was more than 10 years old and carried no tattoos, ear tags or branding marks."
EU LIFTS BAN ON BRITISH BEEF: (05/02/06): "Industry officials and farmers say British beef producers may face a tough battle in winning back customers when a decade-old export ban is lifted Wednesday. The ban was imposed in 1996 because of mad cow disease. The European Union has agreed to lift it because the group's veterinarians have concluded that Britain has met requirements to contain the spread of the disease."
CANADA ENDS SEARCH FOR CATTLE IN MAD COW CASE: (05/08/06): "The search for cattle connected by birth or sources of feed with Canada's latest mad cow case has ended and all tests so far have been negative, officials said on Monday. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said it has tested 12 cattle potentially exposed to the same feed as a six-year-old dairy cow found with the disease last month in British Columbia, and 11 more will be tested shortly. The 23 cattle were among 146 identified as "feed cohorts" or as offspring of the affected cow, and CFIA said in a statement that "the investigation of animals of interest has been concluded." Of the 146 cattle, 74 were already dead, 15 had been exported to the United States and 34 were deemed untraceable due to a lack of information.
"Thirty-four untraceable animals out of 146 is not an unusual rate for investigations of this type," CFIA said in a press release. The Holstein cow discovered last month was Canada's fifth native-born case of the brain-wasting bovine spongiform encephalopathy disease, but the animal did not enter the human food chain."
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JAPAN CONFIRMS 26TH MAD COW DISEASE CASE: (05/13/06): "Japan has confirmed its 26th case of mad cow disease, this one in a 5-year-old Holstein in the country's north, the Agriculture Ministry said Saturday. Meat inspectors in the northern state of Hokkaido found Thursday that a dairy cow tested positive for the disease, the ministry said in a statement."
AUSTRIA HAS CONFIRMED IT HAD FOUND A FOURTH CASE OF MAD COW DISEASE: (05/14/06): "Austria has confirmed it had found a fourth case of mad cow disease, this time in the northern province of Upper Austria, Health Minister Maria Rauch-Kallat said. But she emphasised "there is no danger for Austrian consumers." "This case proves once again that the Austrian BSE-monitoring programme is working flawlessly to identify infected animals with certainty," Rauch-Kallat said Saturday. "The brilliant collaboration with the Upper Austrian authorities also contributed in eliminating all risk," she added. Austria has regularly tested cattle for BSE since early 2001, in accordance with EU regulation, and more than 200,000 tests are conducted every year in the whole country."
IS MAD COW MAKING ITS WAY INTO OUR BEEF?: (05/17/06): "Japanese officials have confirmed that their Ministry of Agriculture has identified that nation's 28th case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), better known as mad cow disease. And it should be a wake up call for U.S. consumers as well as our leaders in Washington. Now, for those of us in the U.S. concerned about the spread of mad cow disease and its human variant, this may not seem like such a big deal. After all, the United States doesn't import much beef from Japan.
But that's not the reason for us not to be worried. In fact, the reason we don't need to be worried is because Japan's national policy is for every cow to be tested â which explains how the government has found 28 cases to this point, and probably will find more. Here the government tests about one percent of the cattle population. And, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has gone on record as saying that, based on its studies and surveillance, it believes that there are, at maximum, a total of between four and seven BSE cases in the U.S., and that a reduction in surveillance seems entirely appropriate. We would disagree. Japan tests every cow, and has so far found 28 cases of BSE. The U.S. tests one percent of its cattle, and we have fewer than 10 cases. The math just doesn't add up."
SIX FACE REMOTE RISK OF RARE BRAIN DISEASE: (05/19/06): "A patient at Littleton Adventist Hospital died of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in March, raising a very remote risk that six other patients who had surgeries using the same instruments could contract the rare and fatal neurological disease. "It's an extraordinarily low risk," hospital CEO David Crane said Thursday, equating the chances of developing the disease from contact with the same surgical instruments as akin to "getting hit by lightning five times in the same day."
The sporadic version of CJD, which the woman at LAH had, cannot be contracted or spread by the eating of contaminated beef or deer meat, the hospital's chief medical officer, Dr. Lawrence Wood, said. About 15 percent of people with CJD have the variant form, which can be contracted by eating beef or venison from a diseased cow or deer. Those people tend to be younger than those who get the classical or sporadic CJD, many of whom also have Alzheimer's disease."
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POOR COW? VCJD MAY GO ON TO BE SELF-SUSTAINING: (05/19/06): "Tens of millions more Britons are at risk of contracting the human form of mad cow disease than originally thought, raising fears over the safety of blood products and surgery. Scientists had believed that only 40 per cent of the population with a specific gene type were susceptible to vCJD, the human form of the cattle disease BSE. But they recently discovered that the disease can lie dormant for decades in other people.
The evidence could mean that rather than dying out, as had been hoped, vCJD may go on to be self-sustaining. "The question is why we have not seen any patients with this VV genotype in the past ten years. One possibility is that the incubation periods are very, very long and so they may occur at a later date. "The worst-case scenario is that these individuals could infect other people through blood donation or surgery and we could get into a situation where vCJD is self-sustaining.""
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*06: Omega-3 Hype, 100 Nutri-Facts, USvsUK, Med. Diet/Alz.
THE IMPLODED OMEGA-3 HYPE: (03/28/06): After decades of nutritionists and government officials strongly urging consumers to eat oily fish containing Omega-3 fats or take one of the best-selling fatty acids pills, there is now serious doubt about the scientific value of these recommendations. British scientists, who conducted a study measuring the effect of Omega-3 fatty acids on heart attack, death, cancer, and stroke, have thrown the purported health benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids into question. The research stated: "When data on long chain Omega-3 fats were analyzed...total mortality and cardiovascular events were not reduced." ...a safe way forward is to cover the need for Omega-3 through natural means. Suitable foods without any negative side effects are wild fruit, berries, leafy vegetables, flaxseed, rapeseed, hempseed and walnuts and nut oils."
European Vegetarian Union Renato Pichler President www.european-vegetarian.org
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100+ NUTRITION FACTS ABOUT 25 WELL-KNOWN FOODS: (2006): "Some foods naturally contain disease-fighting, health promoting properties, while others contain elements that may hinder your health goals. Find out information that may surprise you with these helpful food facts."
[Nice, useful list broken down by veggie/fruit with links at:
AMERICANS LESS HEALTHY THAN THE BRITISH: (05/02/06): "An extensive new study comparing the health of middle-aged, white residents of both countries finds that "we get sicker, sooner," according to American co-researcher James Smith, a senior economist at Rand Corp. The gap between the two countries is significant, despite the fact that people in the US... spend more than double on health care than the British -- $5,274 per capita vs. $2,164, respectively.
Using well-respected national survey data on the health and lifestyles of more than 6,400 Americans and 9,300 English people aged 40 to 70, the researchers found that U.S. citizens aged 55 to 64 are twice as likely as their peers in England to be diabetic (12.5 percent of Americans surveyed vs. 6.1 percent of British)... and at nearly double the risk for cancer (9.5 percent vs. 5.5 percent). Americans also had higher rates for heart attack, stroke and lung disease when compared to the British. The findings appear in the May 3 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association."
[Howard has noted in personal conversation that around 25% of the population of England is vegetarian... is there a connection?]
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MEDITERRANEAN DIET SHOWN TO CUT RISK OF ALZHEIMER'S BY 40%: (04/18/06): "One of the largest studies of the impact of food and drink on mental decline has found that eating a Mediterranean diet cuts the risk of Alzheimer's disease by up to 40 per cent. The diet... is known to protect against heart disease and high blood pressure but this is the first time it has been shown to prevent Alzheimer's disease. Researchers monitored 2,258 healthy, elderly people in New York who were part of a research project into ageing. Their medical and neurological history was assessed, they had standard physical and neurological tests and their cognitive function was measured every 18 months.
After four years, 262 of the participants were diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, more than one in ten of the total. Records of their diets during the study period showed that those who adhered most closely to the Mediterranean diet, eating lots of fruits, vegetables, pulses, some fish and alcohol with little dairy food and meat had the lowest risk of Alzheimer's, down by 39 to 40 per cent. Professor Clive Ballard, research director, said: "This study supports the idea that eating a combined diet of plenty of fruit, vegetables and fish might help to prevent dementia."
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*07: S'Long Sodas, Organic Hospitals, Vegan Firefighters/Blog Win
SO LONG, SODA: NATIONWIDE DEAL TO HALT SOFT DRINK SALES TO SCHOOLS: (05/03/06): "The nation's major soda makers have agreed to stop selling soda for vending machines at elementary and middle schools and to sell only diet soda and healthier drinks to high schools... " That's great news," says Irvin Scott, principal of McCaskey East High School. " To me, it's a sign of big business understanding their effect on children and the growth of children both physically and educationally." It's all part of local, state and national efforts to curb the growing obesity problem."
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HOSPITAL GROUP SIGN $200 MILLION CONTRACT FOR ORGANIC FOODS: (04/20/06): "More than 2,000 hospitals in the U.S. now have access to natural and organic foods, thanks to a deal announced today between MedAssets, a leading group purchasing organization for the health care industry, and United Natural Food Incorporated (UNFI), the largest publicly traded wholesale distributor to the natural and organic foods industry. The deal, which is the first contract between a major health care buyer and organic food distributor, reflects the growing demand in the health care industry for healthy food options. MedAssets purchased more than $200 million worth of food and supplies for 2,400 hospitals in the U.S. in 2005."
For more information: see http://www.noharm.org/us/food/issue
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FIREFIGHTERS GONE VEGAN? EVEN AUSTIN IS IMPRESSED: (05/26/06): "The five firefighters of Team C at Firehouse 2 â Rip Esselstyn [his father wrote the foreward to Howard's "No More Bull!"], James Rae, Matt Moore, Derick Zwerneman and Scott Walters â now eat vegan, taking turns whipping up plant-based fare like meatless and cheeseless pizza, pasta primavera and spinach enchiladas. It did not happen because they shared a love of sprouts. A routine cholesterol test left Specialist Rae, 37, shaken. The American Heart Association ranks anyone with a level of 240 or more high risk; Specialist Rae's hit 344.
The team's nutrition guru came to his aid. Firefighter Esselstyn, 43, a professional triathlete for a decade before joining the department in 1997, was living proof that meat was not necessary for hard work and endurance. He became a vegetarian in 1986 and a vegan in 2002. He persuaded the group to rally around Specialist Rae and start cooking vegan dishes. Firefighter Esselstyn knew through his father's work that a strict vegan diet would help. His father, Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., had been a general surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic and still conducts research there. Dr. Esselstyn's 12-year trial with patients with what looked like terminal heart disease showed that a very-low-fat, plant-based diet with cholesterol-lowering medicine could bring striking improvement."
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VEGANLUNCHBOX WINS "BEST FOOD WEBLOG AWARD:" (05/06): "...A wonderful blog from a vegan activist Mom who takes pictures of the lunches she makes for her son, and publishes his "ratings" of each:
There are millions of blogs, thousands of nominees....
[Bloggie Award Winners:
*08: Mootube, Cowboy Eye Doc, Your Diary Cow, Bow Wow Online
OWN YOUR OWN DAIRY COW!: "Imagine the freedom. Imagine the feeling. Imagine the taste. Imagine the possibilities of owning your own dairy cow in the privacy of your own home, apartment or office. Imagine never having to buy another gallon of milk from the local grocery store. Fresh milk in your home, apartment or office..."
COW CAMS ROAM ON MOOTUBE: "The folks at PBS have wired three cows with live cameras and they're streaming the video on MooTube.com, a new site designed to promote the upcoming series, Texas Ranch House. "Along with activities like chomping grass, flicking flies, mooing and hanging out at the watering hole, the cow-cams capture such fun-loving antics as stealing snacks from the human production crew to roaming the fields in search of the best siesta spot." PRESS RELEASE [edited] -- " In the 500-plus-channel-world, we believe this is a âbullish' alternative, especially for those who enjoy grazing," said a PBS executive. " Plus, it's a great way to extend the PBS brand to even greener pastures."
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ONLINE RADIO STATION FOR DOGS: (05/02/06): "The world's first internet radio station for dogs has been launched in Thailand. DogRadioThailand.com features barking DJs playing vocal and instrumental music around the clock, reports the Bangkok Post. Owner Anupan Boonchuen believes listening to music has an effect on canine behaviour. "At my grooming school we found that when we turned on music the dogs' mood improved. They were more obedient and let us trim their hair easily." Mr Boonchuen added: "One of the main qualifications is that he or she must be good at barking because dogs are our listeners, the DJs may have to make different sounds, such as whining or barking, to match the mood of music they play.
"And they must be able to communicate with the dogs, even if they can't see them."
*09: Earthlings Online, 6-Legs=$57B, Ape Foresight, Dolphin Names
EARTHLINGS VIDEO ONLINE: (05/06): "EARTHLINGS is a feature length documentary about humanity's absolute dependence on animals (for pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and scientific research) but also illustrates our complete disrespect for these so-called "non-human providers." The film is narrated by Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix (GLADIATOR) and features music by the critically acclaimed platinum artist Moby."
[Earthlings Writer Interview (mp3):
6-LEGGED WORKERS CONTRIBUTION? $57 BILLION IN SERVICES: (04/12/06): "Insects are obviously an important part of the U.S. ecology, but new research suggests they're also a vital part of the U.S. economy -- to the tune of $57 billion a year. "We're trying to turn these creatures into something people can relate to and understand how they contribute to our lives," said Mace Vaughn, an entomologist who co-wrote a new study on the economic impact of insects. The research was completed for the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation -- a nonprofit environmental group where Vaughn works as conservation director. The researchers studied four "services" native insects provide: pest control, pollination, wildlife nutrition and, of course, dung burial -- for their article in the April issue of the journal Bioscience. They concluded that native insects annually provide more than $4.5 billion in pest control, pollinate $3 billion in crops and save ranchers more than $380 million by cleaning up grazing lands."
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SOME APES, BIRDS CAN THINK AHEAD, STUDIES SHOW: (05/19/06): "Apes that remember to carry the right tools to retrieve treats and scrub jays that hide food a second time when they think a rival is watching prove animals can think ahead -- a trait once believed to be uniquely human, scientists have found. Two carefully planned sets of experiments to be published on Friday in the journal Science show intelligent birds and great apes can plan into the future in a way that transcends simple food caching, as squirrels, foxes and other animals do.
"Planning for future needs is not uniquely human," Thomas Suddendorf of the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, wrote in a commentary."
DOLPHINS âKNOW EACH OTHER'S NAMES': (05/07/06): Dolphins may be closer to humans than previously realised, with new research showing they communicate by whistling out their own " names" . The evidence suggests dolphins share the human ability to recognise themselves and other members of the same species as individuals with separate identities. The research, on wild bottlenose dolphins, will lead to a reassessment of their intelligence and social complexity, raising moral questions over how they should be treated. He said: " Each animal develops an individually distinctive signature whistle in the first few months of its life, which appears to be used in individual recognition."
Dolphins may, however, be just the first of many species where individuals are found to have their own names. Other researchers have already found evidence for highly developed language skills in parrots, crows and primates. Even some rodent species may have developed a rudimentary language. Con Slobodchikoff of Northern Arizona University recently found that prairie dogs, a large rodent found in the western United States, shared a language of at least 100 words."
*10: Vegan: Planet Diet, $2.8B Market, Low Wt./Cholesterol
STUDY SHOWS VEGAN DIETS HEALTHIER FOR PLANET, PEOPLE THAN MEAT DIETS: (04/13/06): "The food that people eat is just as important as what kind of cars they drive when it comes to creating the greenhouse-gas emissions that many scientists have linked to global warming, according to a report accepted for publication in the journal Earth Interactions. Both the burning of fossil fuels during food production and non-carbon dioxide emissions associated with livestock and animal waste contribute to the problem, the University of Chicago's Gidon Eshel and Pamela Martin wrote in the report. The average American diet requires the production of an extra ton and a half of carbon dioxide-equivalent, in the form of actual carbon dioxide as well as methane and other greenhouse gases compared to a strictly vegetarian diet, according to Eshel and Martin. The vegetarian diet turned out to be the most energy-efficient, followed by poultry and the average American diet. Fish and red meat virtually tied as the least efficient.
"We're starting to investigate whether you can downscale food production and be efficient that way," Martin said.
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VEGANISM CREATES $2.8B MARKET: (05/12/06): "No longer considered a "hippie fad," the vegan lifestyle is translating into business opportunities for some local entrepreneurs, resulting in part from a growing $50 billion a year natural-products industry. "People think vegans are grungy, granola eaters," said Ana Terrazas, who has been a vegan for 25 years. "But it is becoming more mainstream, and businesses are thinking about that." ... according to the Vegetarian Resource Group, based in Baltimore, Md. There are more than 1.7 million vegans, in the United States, according to a 2000 poll conducted by the group.
The market for foods replacing meat and other animal products is estimated at $2.8 billion, according to Mintel International Group Ltd., a research consumer company. "It would behoove a company to introduce new vegan products, because they would be able to reach the widest market," said Cunningham [VRG], who added that vegan products have potential to carry over to mainstream consumers. Success for such products, however, depends on marketing, Cunningham said. But because vegan products are such a niche business, vegans usually spread the word quickly, he said.
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REJECTING MEAT 'KEEPS WEIGHT LOW': (03/14/06): "Meat-eaters who switch to a vegetarian diet gain slightly less weight than those who do not make major changes to their diets, a study suggests. Scientists for Cancer Research UK compared the weight gains of 22,000 meat eaters, fish eaters, vegetarians and vegans over a five-year period. On average people gained two kilos but those who had switched to a diet with less animal foods gained a little less. Those switching to a vegan diet showed slightly smaller weight gains. Professor Tim Key said it had been known for some time that vegetarians and vegans tended to be slimmer than meat-eaters but they had never been followed over a number of years...""
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VEGGIE, LOW-FAT DIET LOWERS CHOLESTEROL MORE-STUDY: (05/03/06): "A low-fat diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans has twice the cholesterol-lowering power of a conventional low-fat diet -- even when the two diets have the same amount of calories and fat, researchers said on Monday. Writing in the Annals of Internal Medicine, they said the study suggests that low-fat diets may often fail to lower cholesterol because they contain the wrong nutrients. Gardner [of Stanford University, who led the study] and colleagues tested 120 adults aged 30 to 65. The conventional diet lowered LDL cholesterol by, on average, 4.6 percent. The plant-based diet lowered LDL by more than twice as much, by 9.4 percent, the researchers reported. "Include more whole grains and vegetables and beans and colors -- not iceberg lettuce, but red bell peppers and carrots and broccoli and red cabbage and the really colorful foods," [Gardner] said in a statement."
*11: Upcoming Events of Note
SUMMERFEST 2006: the 32nd annual conference is July 5-9, 2006 in Johnstown, PA. Health and nutrition, lifestyle issues, cooking, recipes, exercise and fitness, animal rights, compassionate living, Earth stewardship, and even more! Hundreds of attendees, from beginners to seasoned vegetarians â all ages. Great natural-food vegan meals prepared under the direction of an "International Gold Medal Winning" chef, Ken Bergeron.
ANIMAL RIGHTS 2006: World's largest & oldest animal rights conference, 100 sessions, including workshops, raps, reports, 90 speakers from all sectors of animal protection, Reports on Katrina, whales defense, & SHAC trial, Newcomers Orientation Networking, Receptions, 80 videos, 90 free exhibits, Awards Banquet.
TAKING ACTION FOR ANIMALS 2006, a leading event for the animal protection movement is on Sept. 2-5 in Wash. DC. The Conference is designed to motivate, skill and inspire activists nationwide. This year: renowned speakers from the animal protection movement and beyond who will share their knowledge and a vision for the future of the movement, keynote sessions and training sessions designed to ensure the development of practical skills for seasoned activists and those new to the animal protection movement, a Lobby Day on Capitol Hill, exhibitions, social events and opportunities for networking.
*12: Howard's Schedule
MAY 23: Winnipeg,Canada > dbayomi@...
MAY 24: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada > Jackie 306.586.0402
MAY 25: Calgary, Canada > valfitch@...
MAY 26: Edmonton, Canada > voa@...
MAY 31: Kelowna, Canada > tracs@...
JUN 2-4: Vancouver, Canada > Animal Voices Film Festival - MacMillan Planetarium - losken@...
JUN 5: Abbottsford, Canada
JUN 7: Courtney, BC > RawRose@...
JUN 8: Duncan, BC Canada > mrooke@...
JUN 10: Victoria, BC > Canada trevor@...
JUL 5-9: Johnston, PA > Summerfest
AUG: AUG 3 - 20th: Africa
SEP 16: Sequim, WA > carylturner@...
SEP 30: SF, CA SFVS > dixiemahy@...
*13: Quick Bytes
["Group Honours Canada's Capital for Great âGreen' Eating:"
["McDonald's Faces Protests Over Farm Wages:"
["New organic dining option a first for U.S. campuses:"
["The Green Guide Names America's Top 10 Green Hospitals:"
["PETA protests chicken abuse at KFC:"
["Paul McCartney Speaks Out Against Animal Testing:"
["Animal rights activists win flier fight:"
["Organic herbicide made for veggie patch:"
["O.C.'s farmers go organic:"
["Factory farming a threat to health, warns campaign group:"
["Sneaking Veggies Into Your Daily Diet:"
["Flawed studies on breast cancer and dietary fat:"
["Ginseng linked to better breast cancer survival:"
["Low carb diet health risk fears:"
["Too Few Car Seats For America's Obese Kids:"
["Will a "detox cleanse" really leave a body cleaner and more energized?:"
["American fast-food items fattier than other nations':"
["Low-cal diet 'long-life benefits':"
["Eat Beans Weigh Less :"
["Recipe for a ripe old age: fruit and veg, exercise, no smoking:"
["Take a personal inventory and see how you can help:"
["Saving the Planet With Plan B 2.0:"
["US Dollars as barrels of crude oil:"
["Idea of simple life takes hold:"
["Snowmelt occurring earlier in N. America:"
["An interview with Richard Louv about the need to get kids out into nature:"
["Philadelphia Discovers It Pays to Recycle Trash:"
["Britain now 'eating the planet':"
["China Using Artificial Rain to Clear Dust:"
[VegNews Monthly Newsletter:
["Organic Consumers: Read, Blog & Meet-up!:"
[FARMUSA's MeatOut Monday Newsletter:
[PCRM Membership News and Info:
Send e-mail to: membership@...
[The Mad Cowboy Newsletter Editor's Vegan Blog:
[Vegetarians In Paradise Newsletter:
[International Vegetarian Union Newsletter:
["In a Vegetarian Kitchen: (Nava Atlas):"
[A delightful, chatty list/group: Feralvegetarians:"
["The FatFreeVegan Blog:"
["The Vegan Lunch Box Blog (PETA & Bloggy Award-winning:"
[Bryanna Clark Grogan's NEW Blog:
["VegCom | veg'n community... veg and vegan forums:"
["Organic Consumers Read, Blog and Meet-up --- Forum:"
["International Organization for Animal Protection:"
["Raw Vegan Blog and Podcasts:"
["Study: Tofu, oatmeal lower cholesterol:"
["Produce protects against arthritis:"
["Garlic's health benefits have been known for centuries:"
["Fighting cancer from the cabbage patch:"
["Super foods: avocado:"
["Carrots for healthy living:"
["Rooting for potatoes:"
["Spicy food could combat cancer:"
["No Benefit of Omega-3s:"
["Fresh lemon grass fields in Israel become mecca for cancer patients:"
["Tasty, nutritious kale makes a sandwich dinner's main course:"
["Med schools failing on nutrition teaching:"
[Over 10,000 veg'n recipe links:
["Over 1,000 International (regional) Vegetarian Recipes:"
[PCRM Recipe Archives:
["Chicken-Free Recipes & Products:"
[Almost 2,000 searchable fat-free veg'n recipes:
[Awardwinning searchable veg'n recipe database:
[Constantly wonderful site of vegan recipes:
["A logical progression:"
["Missouri senator says MAP test prep pushes vegetarianism:"
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