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      [NEW YORK CITY | JANUARY 2, 2006]

      The First Annual...
      VIVA VEGIE SOCIETY'S
      TOP 15 VEGAN-NEWS
      STORIES OF 2006
      (starting with the most recent)


      Compiled and edited by Pamela Rice
      author, 101 Reasons Why I'm a Vegetarian
      (Lantern Books, 2005)

      In 2006, the meat eaters of the world continued

      - to infect the environment with various poisons
      - to strain natural resources
      - to inflict cruelty on innocent sentient beings
      - to compromise human health.

      Meat eaters are now threatening to end life on planet earth as we
      know it. Meanwhile, they impose their sensibilities on the rest of
      us, seeing it as unfair when we vegans come forth to complain.

      The following stories encapsulate the tyranny of the world's
      omnivores, whether by means of poisoning our vegetables with e. coli
      O157:H7, adding undo hydrocarbons to earth's atmosphere via
      methane-producing livestock, vacuuming the oceans of fish,
      threatening the world economy with bird flu, draining the world's
      aquifers, or hoarding government subsidies to externalize the real
      cost of their addictions.

      Vegans can no longer remain silent in the face of the injustice. We
      stand steadfast in opposition to omnivore habits, and we do so
      without apology. --Ed.



      Table of Contents:

      VivaVegie's Top 15 Vegan-News Stories of 2006

      1. Deadly Bacterium Linked to Livestock Infecting Vegetables
      2. Livestock A Major Threat to the Environment
      3. Vegetarian Diet Chews Up Excess Flab
      4. Clogged Arteries Showing Up in Kids
      5. Veggies Improve Brain Power
      6. World's Fish Supply Running Out, Researchers Warn
      7. Bird Flu Outbreak Courts Cost of $2.66 Trillion
      8. Vegan Diet Reverses Diabetes Symptoms, Study Finds
      9. Where Did That Food Come From? Humane Points of Light
      10. Chicken With Arsenic? Is That O.K.?
      11. Health Benefits of Eating Fish Questioned
      12. Study: Tofu, Oatmeal Lower Cholesterol
      13. Study: Veggie Diets Not Being Recommended
      14. Animal Agriculture, Including the Cultivation of Feed Grains,
      Mining Midwestern Aquifers Dry
      15. USDA Awards $10 Million to Sequence the Swine Genome


      NOTE: Most links allow free access. Some links are free but require
      registration. Other links require registration and are not free. In
      those cases, please contact the VivaVegie Society by replying to this
      E-mail. - Pamela Rice


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      DECEMBER



      Deadly Bacterium Linked to Livestock Infecting Vegetables
      <http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/10/AR2006121000903.html>


      E. coli O157:H7 has been a particular problem. Unlike the usually
      benign E. coli bacteria that live in warm-blooded animals and humans,
      the strain produces toxins that destroy the intestinal lining,
      leading to bloody diarrhea, kidney failure and, sometimes, death. It
      was first blamed for a food-borne-illness outbreak in the early
      1980s, leading some microbiologists to suggest that it arose in
      industrial livestock, which are force-fed grain and pumped with
      antibiotics. ... The strain that caused September's spinach outbreak,
      which killed three and sickened about 200, has been found in cattle
      feces near a California spinach field and in wild pigs that roamed
      through it. ... The source of the Taco Bell outbreak has not been
      found, but the company suspects green onions -- also from California.
      Fresh tomatoes served in restaurants this fall, believed to have made
      nearly 200 people sick, carried another [meat-based] bacterium,
      salmonella.

      Full story
      <http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/10/AR2006121000903.html>,
      Washington Post, Dec. 11, 2006


      Ancillary (A): Deadly E. Coli Outbreak Hits 20 States
      <http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/09/15/D8K5IKUG0.html>

      Produce California's spinach industry is now the financial victim of
      an outbreak it probably did not cause, and meanwhile, thousands of
      acres of other produce are still downstream from these lakes of E.
      coli-ridden cattle manure.

      Full story <http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/09/15/D8K5IKUG0.html>,
      Associated Press, Sept. 15, 2006


      Ancillary (B): Opinion piece
      Full story <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vivavegie/message/464>, The
      New York Times, Sept. 21, 2006




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      NOVEMBER



      Livestock A Major Threat to the Environment
      <http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2006/1000448/index.html>

      Which causes more greenhouse gas emissions, rearing cattle or driving
      cars? Surprise! According to a new report published by the United
      Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the livestock sector
      generates more greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2 equivalent
      -- 18 percent -- than transport. It is also a major source of land
      and water degradation.

      Full story
      <http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2006/1000448/index.html>, Food
      and Agriculture Organization, press release, Nov. 29, 2006



      Vegetarian Diet Chews Up Excess Flab
      <http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/11/14/health/webmd/main2182266.shtml>


      Researchers have found that people who stuck to a vegetarian diet for
      at least one year lost more weight than those on a standard low-fat
      diet. And they shed considerably more excess flab than those who
      didn't stick with the meatless plan. Additionally, levels of LDL
      "bad" cholesterol dropped after six months on the vegetarian diet,
      although they started to rebound when people went back to their
      normal eating habits a year later, says Lora A. Burke, Ph.D.,
      professor of nursing and epidemiology at the University of
      Pittsburgh. If you adhere to the vegetarian diet, "you will lose
      weight and have significant improvements in your heart disease risk
      profile," she tells WebMD.

      Full story
      <http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/11/14/health/webmd/main2182266.shtml>,
      WebMD, Nov. 15, 2006



      Clogged Arteries Showing Up in Kids
      <http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_41193.html>

      Children with heart disease risk factors -- obesity, high blood
      pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol -- already show indications
      of fatty build-up in their arteries that could cause heart attacks
      when they're adults, Canadian researchers report. ... Dr. Sanaz
      Piran, an internal medicine resident at McMaster University in
      Hamilton, Ont., along with her colleagues, reviewed data on 3,630
      children, ages 5 to 18, who took part in 26 studies in Australia,
      Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and the United States. Those
      studies used noninvasive methods to measure arterial blood flow and
      the thickness of artery walls in children with and without heart
      disease risk factors.

      Full story
      <http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_41193.html>,
      HealthDay, Nov. 12, 2006

      [NOTE: Plaque build-up in the arteries is inexorably linked to
      high-saturated-fat meat diets.]



      Veggies Improve Brain Power
      <http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=527922>

      What's put in your mouth could go straight to your head. Another
      reason to eat your veggies: New research suggests that vegetables may
      improve mental health, keeping brains young and sharp. ... It is
      well-known that people who eat more vegetables generally are more
      active and more health-conscious. Embracing good eating habits,
      including consumption of more fresh veggies, can often delay or
      prevent the top three killers in the nation: heart disease, cancer
      and stroke. ... Now we also know that the same foods that are good
      for your heart could also improve brainpower.

      Full story <http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=527922>, The
      Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Nov. 11, 2006



      World's Fish Supply Running Out, Researchers Warn
      <http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/02/AR2006110200913_pf.html>


      An international group of ecologists and economists warned yesterday
      that the world will run out of seafood by 2048 if steep declines in
      marine species continue at current rates, based on a four-year study
      of catch data and the effects of fisheries collapses. The paper,
      published in the journal Science, concludes that overfishing,
      pollution and other environmental factors are wiping out important
      species around the globe, hampering the ocean's ability to produce
      seafood, filter nutrients and resist the spread of disease.

      Full story
      <http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/02/AR2006110200913_pf.html>,
      Washington Post, Nov. 3, 2006




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      SEPTEMBER



      Bird Flu Outbreak Courts Cost of $2.66 Trillion
      <http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,20428195-2,00.html?from=public_rss>


      A severe bird flu pandemic among humans could cost the global economy
      up to $2 trillion, the World Bank said today, sharply raising earlier
      estimates. The comments came as a senior World Health Organization
      official said the threat from the H5N1 avian flu virus was just as
      real today as it was six months ago, even if the headlines were not
      as scary. ... Jim Adams, vice-president for East Asia and the Pacific
      and head of the Bank's avian flu task force, said a severe pandemic
      could cost more than three per cent of the global economy's gross
      national product. ... "We estimate this could cost certainly over $1
      trillion and perhaps as high as $2 trillion in a worst-case scenario.
      So the threat, the economic threat, remains real and substantial," he
      said at the annual IMF-World Bank meetings in Singapore.

      Full story
      <http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,20428195-2,00.html?from=public_rss>,
      Reuters, Sept. 17, 2006



      Ancillary: Bird flu pandemic would spark global downturn--report
      <http://www.redorbit.com/news/international/393523/bird_flu_pandemic_would_spark_global_downturn_report/index.html>


      Full story
      <http://www.redorbit.com/news/international/393523/bird_flu_pandemic_would_spark_global_downturn_report/index.html>,
      Reuters, Sept. 16, 2006


      [NOTE: No strains of influenza (yearly or pandemic forms) would exist
      in a world without animal agriculture.]






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      JULY



      Vegan Diet Reverses Diabetes Symptoms, Study Finds
      <http://www.diabetesincontrol.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=3983>


      People who ate a low-fat vegan diet, cutting out all meat and dairy,
      lowered their blood sugar more and lost more weight than people on a
      standard American Diabetes Association diet, researchers said on
      Thursday. ... They lowered their cholesterol more and ended up with
      better kidney function, according to the report published in Diabetes
      Care, a journal published by the American Diabetes Association.

      Full story
      <http://www.diabetesincontrol.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=3983>,
      Reuters, Jul. 2006




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      JUNE



      Where Did That Food Come From? Humane Points of Light
      <http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/25/weekinreview/25bruni.html>

      This month Whole Foods announced that it would no longer sell live
      lobsters, saying that keeping them in crammed tanks for long periods
      doesn't demonstrate a proper concern for animal welfare. The Chicago
      City Council recently outlawed the sale of foie gras to protest the
      force-feeding of the ducks and geese that yield it. California passed
      a similar law, which doesn't take effect until 2012, and other states
      and cities are considering such measures. ... All of these
      developments dovetail with a heightened awareness in these
      food-obsessed times of what we eat: where it came from, what it was
      fed, how it was penned, how it perished. If the success of best
      sellers like "Fast Food Nation" and "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and
      stores like Whole Foods is any indication, more Americans are
      spending more time mulling the nutritional, environmental and, yes,
      ethical implications of their diets.

      Full story
      <http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/25/weekinreview/25bruni.html>, The
      New York Times, June 25, 2006




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      APRIL



      Chicken With Arsenic? Is That O.K.?
      <http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/05/dining/05well.html?_r=1&oref=slogin>


      ARSENIC may be called the king of poisons, but it is everywhere....
      [I]t is deliberately being added to chicken in this country, with
      many scientists saying it is unnecessary. Until recently there was a
      very high chance that if you ate chicken some arsenic would be
      present because it has been a government-approved additive in poultry
      feed for decades. It is used to kill parasites and to promote growth.
      ... Soils are contaminated with arsenical pesticides from chicken
      manure; chicken litter containing arsenic is fed to other animals ...
      Human exposure to it has been compounded because the consumption of
      chicken has exploded. In 1960, each American ate 28 pounds of chicken
      a year. For 2005, the figure is estimated at about 87 pounds per
      person.

      Full story
      <http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/05/dining/05well.html?_r=1&oref=slogin>,
      The New York Times, Apr. 5, 2006




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      MARCH



      Health Benefits of Eating Fish Questioned
      <http://www.thanhniennews.com/print.php?catid=8&newsid=13870>

      A review of 89 studies published online by the British Medical
      Journal showed no strong evidence that omega-3 fats reduced deaths
      from cardiovascular disease. But Dr Mike Knapton, of the British
      Heart Foundation, said more research is needed before people change
      their eating habits. This systematic review of numerous studies
      concludes that there is no clear evidence either way," he added.
      "Whatever amount of oily fish you consume, the impact on your risk of
      heart disease is negligible compared to the benefits of quitting
      smoking, doing regular exercise and eating a diet low in saturated
      fats," Knapton added.

      Full story
      <http://www.thanhniennews.com/print.php?catid=8&newsid=13870>,
      Reuters, Mar. 24, 2006



      Ancillary <http://health.dailynewscentral.com/content/view/0002079/35/>

      Earlier, Associated Press took on this story
      <http://health.dailynewscentral.com/content/view/0002079/35/>, Jan.
      24, 2006

      [NOTE: Omega-3s are abundant in wild fish; a vegan can eat ground
      flax seeds daily to get the same results.]



      Study: Tofu, Oatmeal Lower Cholesterol
      <http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Cholesterol/wireStory?id=1725688>

      Maybe your doctor should write up a grocery list to help lower your
      cholesterol, suggests a small study that showed a rigid diet seemed
      as effective as cholesterol-lowering pills. ... The study, published
      this month in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, was funded
      in part by almond promoters and a major food company. ... Study
      co-author David Jenkins, Canadian research chair in metabolism and
      nutrition at Toronto, and Dr. Cyril Kendall, also of the University
      of Toronto, studied 55 middle-aged men and women who had high
      cholesterol and were at risk for heart disease.

      Full story
      <http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Cholesterol/wireStory?id=1725688>,
      Associated Press, Mar. 14, 2006




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      FEBRUARY



      Study: Veggie Diets Not Being Recommended
      <http://www.postchronicle.com/news/health/article_2127664.shtml>

      A University of North Carolina scientist says cardiologists fail to
      recommend diets to some heart patients in the mistaken belief
      patients won't comply. A pilot survey of cardiologists revealed most
      [cardiologists] know about the life-saving potential of a low-fat
      vegetarian diet for heart patients, but don't recommend it despite
      studies showing patients transition fairly easily to a low-fat diet
      that contains no animal products. The survey conducted by North
      Carolina researchers suggests most cardiologists recommend standard
      omnivorous low-fat diets that have not proven effective for treating
      or preventing heart disease. "Patients hospitalized with
      life-threatening cardiac conditions should be advised by their doctor
      they could head off another heart attack by switching to a low-fat
      vegetarian diet," said report co-author Amy Joy Lanou, an assistant
      professor of health and wellness at UNC.

      Full story
      <http://www.postchronicle.com/news/health/article_2127664.shtml>,
      United Press International, Feb. 21, 2006



      Animal Agriculture, Including the Cultivation of Feed Grains, Is
      Mining Midwestern Aquifers Dry
      <http://www.economist.com/displaystory.cfm?story_id=E1_VVDTTNG>

      There was a time when clean, sweet water bubbled up from wells in
      Hull. But like other Iowan towns, Hull's shallow aquifers left its
      water supply vulnerable to contamination. Pesticides and fertilizer
      leaked from local farms, raising sulphate levels in the well water
      and wreaking havoc on newcomers' digestive systems. Ten years ago,
      Hull capped its wells and turned to its neighbors for clean water.
      Now a boom in cattle and pig operations has stretched that supply to
      the limits. Without a new source of clean water, the town's future
      prosperity is doubtful. ... Hull may be a harbinger of a drier future
      on the northern Plains. The town is one of many in the area whose
      groundwater has been contaminated by farm chemicals. Hull is one of
      15 towns and five rural water systems ... that have hitched their
      futures to the Lewis and Clark Rural Water System (LCRWS), a big new
      pipeline, which in theory will pump 45 million gallons a day from the
      Missouri river to about 200,000 people thinly spread out across South
      Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. ... But is the answer really to lay new
      pipes? Natural-resource experts point out that cheap subsidized water
      has spurred people (and farmers in particular) to overuse it. Tom
      Power, an economist at the University of Montana, says projects like
      the LCRWS are "nuts. The last thing you want is federal subsidies for
      the consumption of resources, especially given the [water] scarcity
      we face across the West."

      Full story,
      <http://www.economist.com/displaystory.cfm?story_id=E1_VVDTTNG> The
      Economist print edition, Feb. 9, 2006




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      JANUARY



      USDA Awards $10 Million to Sequence the Swine Genome
      <http://www.meatingplace.com/MembersOnly/webNews/details.aspx?item=15401>


      Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced Friday that USDA is
      awarding $10 million to the University of Illinois to obtain a draft
      sequence of the swine genome. ... The two-year project is expected to
      lead to the development of new DNA-based tools to identify and select
      genetically superior pigs that resist disease, yield larger litters
      and produce leaner cuts of meat. ... Additional funding to sequence
      the pig genome was provided by the National Pork Board, Iowa Pork
      Producers Association, Iowa State University, North Carolina Pork
      Council and North Carolina State University.

      Full story,
      <http://www.meatingplace.com/MembersOnly/webNews/details.aspx?item=15401>
      MeatingPlace.com, Jan. 16, 2006

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      Pamela Rice is the head of the VivaVegie Society
      <http://www.vivavegie.org/>, a New York City-based vegetarian
      advocacy organization, and the author of a new book, 101 Reasons Why
      I'm a Vegetarian <http://www.vivavegie.org/101book/>, which is based
      on her popular pamphlet
      <http://www.vivavegie.org/vv101/101reas2003.htm> by the same name.
      She also founded and heads the Vegetarian Center of NYC.


      Contact Pamela Rice <mailto:pamela@...>.
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