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Trawling for prey at more than a thousand feet under the surface, scalloped hammerhead sharks rely on a special oil in their livers to survive the crushing pressures of the deep.
Shark liver oil, or squalene, is a fatty substance that provides vital buoyancy for this critically endangered species and many others. But it’s also used by humans as a boosting agent in vaccines, called an adjuvant, that improves the immune system and makes vaccines more effective.
As the world’s pharmaceutical companies scramble to create a vaccine for COVID-19, at least five of the 202 vaccine candidates rely on squalene sourced from wild-caught sharks.
One candidate is a vaccine developed in Australia by University of Queensland, in partnership with the Australian biopharmaceutical company CSL and its subsidiary Seqirus. The as yet unnamed vaccine contains the squalene adjuvant MF59, which is sourced from a variety of shark species. It entered human clinical trials earlier this year and, if successful, will result in an initial production of 51 million doses.
Tens of millions of sharks are caught and traded internationally each year—both legally and illegally—the majority for their meat and fins but roughly three million or more for their squalene. It takes the livers of between 2,500 and 3,000 sharks to extract about a ton of squalene.
Conservationists fear that increased demand for squalene for vaccines, among other uses, could further imperil shark species, a third of which are vulnerable to extinction.
“This is an unsustainable demand to place on a finite natural resource like sharks,” says Stefanie Brendl, founder and executive director of Shark Allies, a California-based conservation non-profit.
Only about one percent of squalene ends up in vaccines, and most goes into cosmetics such as sunscreen, skin creams, and moisturisers. Even so, as the global population booms, the need for vaccines will only increase in coming years, Brendl notes, adding that some medical experts suggest that people will require multiple doses of vaccines against COVID-19.
“We’re not saying that vaccine trials should stop, but if we keep viewing sharks as an easy solution and don’t consider the alternatives that exist, then we’ll just continue to use [squalene] as a template for vaccines,” Brendl says.
In light of declining shark populations, some biotech companies are looking for other sources of squalene. Plants such as sugarcane, olives, amaranth seeds, and rice bran, for instance, all contain the substance. While plant-based alternatives are being tested in studies and clinical trials, regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have yet to approve them as part of a final vaccine product.
Brendl says the onus is on pharmaceutical companies to begin developing viable alternatives to shark squalene to present to regulators. She points out that Novavax, an American vaccine-development company, is already using an alternative squalene adjuvant, Matrix-M, in clinical trials for its experimental COVID-19 vaccine. Matrix-M is made from the bark of the soapbark tree, which is abundant in Chile.
Though the company has deemed the soapbark adjuvant as safe, it has not yet been evaluated as part of a final product submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
However, the Infectious Disease Research Institute found that pharmaceutical-grade squalene produced by the American biotechnology company Amyris met, and in some cases exceeded, the safety and purity profiles of shark-based squalene, according to Chris Paddon, Amyris’s lead scientist.
Amyris is banking on sugarcane as a solution to shark-based squalene, he says. In southeastern Brazil, the company is growing thousands of acres of the bamboo-like sugarcane to be processed into squalene. Just 24 acres of sugarcane could, in theory, produce enough squalene to support one billion COVID-19 vaccines.
Because growers can control the way sugarcane is grown and harvested, it’s possible to ensure the quality of the squalene, Paddon says. “When you use animal products, there are impurities that come with them because of the environment they’re raised in and the places where they’re processed.” Furthermore, Paddon says, growing sugarcane is also cheaper than catching sharks and removing their livers.
Sign this Shark Allies petition demanding that the US/FDA (Food and Drug Administration of the United States of America), the UK/MHRA (The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency of the United Kingdom), the EU/EMA (The European Medicines Agency), the National Medical Products Administration of China, and all vaccine producing companies use non-animal squalene in all vaccines.
COVID-19 brought tourism to a halt in Thailand and put tourist elephants in danger of a fate worse than death! Many elephants and their handlers (mahouts) were forced to walk back to their villages but, at the camps on the route home, there was no food or work. It was heartbreaking to see and even harder to imagine that these gentle elephants would probably be forced back to work in the illegal logging industry once they reached the villages. While elephant rides involve tremendous cruelty, being forced into the logging trade is a ring even lower in the hellish inferno of animal abuse.
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Facing such urgency, Thailand’s elephant lovers put on their thinking caps, scrambling to come up with a way to keep these innocent elephants from being sold into the unimaginably harsh logging trade. The new non-profit Gentle Giants was born, in partnership with Save Elephant Foundation whose founder, Lek Saengduean Chailert, is a world-renowned conservationist and elephant expert.
On May 3rd, 2020, after walking for 3 days, a herd of 11 elephants reached their village. The tribe welcomed their elephants with open arms and so much love. For many of the elephants, like 7-month-old Lanna, it was their first time in the village. For others, like Mae Jaa who is the eldest elephant of the group, it was returning to a home she had left long ago.
The rescue group started with 11 elephants. In three short months, it was 38. They are trying to bring another 20 elephants in so they won’t be sold to the logging industry. There are hundreds of elephants in need. Many are being sold into the illegal logging business and to Chinese businesses. We must make sure that, when the tourism borders open, none of these elephants are sent to the circus or to beg on the streets. Gentle Giants is creating a beautiful ripple effect; a chain of love. They are not only helping the elephants, but their caretakers, the villages, local farmers, farm pickers, truck drivers, contractors, supply stores, etc.
For just $4 dollars a month, or 50.00 dollars a year, you can sponsor Baby Lanna or any other of the gentle giants. By sponsoring these gentle giants, you are supporting them to remain home and out of the tourist and/or logging industry. Your sponsorship will give these gentle giants the opportunity to stay within the forest roaming free among their own. Each elephant has their own story and personality. Your sponsorship will go towards food, care, medical treatment and their mahout’s wages.
Your sponsorship will include a Sponsorship Certificate, a photo of your sponsored elephant and a Gentle Giants personalized sponsorship badge, which you may use as your social media profile picture. Your sponsorship will keep these Gentle Giants in the forest and their natural habitat. They will be able to enjoy their lives as elephants; roaming free with their herd, their family. Their days of long hours walking under the scorching heat with tourists on their backs will have been left behind. Now, no chains will clank around their feet. You are saving these beautiful Gentle Giants and helping the community coexist and thrive with them. It also makes a great gift!
“What’s a vegan storybook? you may ask. Well, basically, it’s like any other storybook except the central characters – the heroes – are vegan. How many times have you had your enjoyment of a good story spoilt when the heroes – the people you liked, the people you were rooting for – ate meat or went fishing or bought a leather jacket? When these things happen in children’s stories they send a message – they tell the child that it’s okay to do these things. The good guys do it so it must be okay. It’s normal.” Violet & Miranda, Violet’s Vegan Comics, United Kingdom
CATEGORY: ANIMAL RIGHTS/WELFARE
Violet’s Vegan Comics awarded 3rd place prize in the Share Your Veganism: 2020 Photo Essay Contest.
The Violet’s Vegan Comics website is full of fun, colourful, exciting and funny stories about vegan children and superheroes like Reflecto Girl, who have battles to…
“I believe that we can change the world with just a meal: It’s our daily routines where we create sense, and it’s our everyday life’s where all the magic happens. If we smell a mushroom’s earthy flavor or carefully watch our rice pudding simmering slowly on the stove, we might feel inspired to take care of ourselves and of nature, and maybe even to make better choices.” Claudia Hirschberger, Food With A View, Berlin Germany
Mindful Cooking with Claudia Hirschberger, 2nd place prize winner in the Share Your Veganism: 2020 Photo Essay Contest.
Apart from philosophy and psychology, mindful cooking, as explained by Claudia Hirschberger, has much to do with the cycle of nature and seasons that we are a part of. From wild herbs and edible blossoms in spring to late berries and nuts in autumn, the treasures of urban greens are Claudia’s way to connect…
“I am also a passionate vegan and animal rights advocate so my photography reflects on that a lot. I just love animals and my hopes is that by bringing some of their moments we can regain a love for animals and connect with them once again. The only way to shoot an animal is with your camera.” Nikki Anniehs, Pals Illuminated Photography, Burlington, Ontario
A 2014 article published in the BBC’s Ethics Guide, mentions that there is much disagreement as to whether non-human animals have rights, and what is meant by animal rights. The article also mentions that there is much less disagreement about the consequences of accepting that animals have rights.
Accepting the doctrine of animal rights means that human beings must not do…
Megan went to the library to borrow a book she’d been waiting for, and thought it was going to be just an ordinary Saturday. Little did she know that on her way home she would meet someone who would change her life forever.
Flos is a Summum Esse – that is, she’s a visitor from the planet Summum: a supreme aquatic being. Being telepathic she knows right away that she can trust Megan and when she asks for her help it is the beginning of a devoted friendship.
This is the first five episodes of their adventures together.
They are very clever; they are very determined; they are very compassionate. They are eco-warriors like no other.
Megan & Flos: Beginnings is a bright, colourful, imaginative, old-fashioned children’s adventure comic, complete with puzzle page and facts about our solar system and Flos’s. Suitable for readers aged 8 and up.
You might remember that back in August, Plant Based Health Professionals worked on the World Plant Milk Day Campaign and did an interview with the Times newspaper calling for a replacement of free school milk with fruit and vegetables or plant milk. Unbeknown to them, this prompted a letter to RT Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, from Dr Hilary Jones (TV doctor) on behalf of The School & Nursery Milk Alliance. Who even knew about this organisation?!
‘We are a coalition of organisations from the early years, education, health and dairy sectors who are committed to promoting the benefits to children’s physical and dental health and wellbeing that arise from drinking milk in learning environments’.
The following is Dr Shireen Kassam’s response to that letter.
Dear Dr Jones, I am disappointed to learn that you continue to promote cow’s milk consumption in children and the free school milk programme. You state that milk has ‘unrivalled nutritional content’. In my view, the nutritional content of milk is only unrivalled if you are a baby cow. There is no requirement for milk consumption beyond weaning, as evidenced by the fact that 70% of the global population have lactose malabsorption, which can manifest as intolerance. Europeans have indeed adapted to digesting dairy beyond weaning but even then, up to 30% are not able to digest the main sugar lactose. For those with lactose intolerance, consuming dairy can be distressing, leading to abdominal pain, diarrhoea and nausea. The school milk programme excludes and discriminates against those with lactose intolerance, often children from ethnic minorities in the UK.
With this is mind, Health Canada has removed dairy from its most recent food guide. The healthiest hydration for children and adults is in fact water. You however state various health benefits of dairy consumption for children, such as boosting energy, aiding concentration and maintaining a healthy weight but there is no such conclusive evidence. In fact, a review paper from earlier this year summarising the current evidence for milk consumption in one of the world’s most highly respected medical journals concluded that milk was not required for optimal health in children or adults. The authors conclude that there is no convincing evidence that milk consumption promotes a healthy weight, improves bone health or reduces the risk of any chronic illness. In fact, they highlight that milk consumption has the potential for harm, including an increased risk of eczema, asthma, acne, prostate and endometrial cancers.
You claim that dairy consumption helps maintain a healthy weight in children, yet a randomised study found no benefit of dairy consumption for reducing body fat or weight. You also state that omitting dairy from the diet could lead to malnutrition, including Kwashiorkor — a form of protein malnutrition — especially when consuming a rice-based vegan diet. Yet, when meeting calorie requirements, scientific studies have shown that a healthy plant-based diet provides more protein than is required for any age group.
Neither I nor Plant-Based Health Professionals UK are recommending a rice-based vegan diet in place of free school milk. The study you cite raising concerns about the use of plant milks leading to malnutrition was conducted in children aged 4 to 14 months, when breast milk is considered the optimal source of calories and nutrients, and these data cannot be extrapolated to school-aged children. Studies have shown that the growth, health and nutritional status of vegetarian and vegan children are within normal range and comparable with non-vegetarian children. It is widely accepted that nutrients found in milk, including calcium, can be obtained from whole plant sources and fortified plant milks if preferred. Fortified soya milk, the most appropriate alternative to cow’s milk, has similar quantities of protein and calcium as cow’s milk, with benefits for heart health and breast cancer reduction. The absorption of calcium from many green vegetables is also greater than that from cow’s dairy. This information is supported and endorsed by major dietetic associations around the world including most recently the BDA in the UK.
I agree wholeheartedly with you that our children need access to high-quality nutrient rich food. The foods most associated with health promotion in children and adults are fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans. Yet only 18% of children in the UK eat five portions of fruits and vegetables a day. We should be promoting the consumption of these foods in schools, which are inclusive of all communities and supported by strong scientific evidence. It is time we put children’s health before the vested interests of the dairy industry.
Dr Shireen Kassam,
Founder and Director of Plant-Based Health Professionals UK
It probably won’t surprise you to learn that the mainstream media were not interested in Dr Kassam’s response to Dr Jones’ letter so she has published it online here and on social media and hopes we will all share widely.
Roll up roll up! It’s time for the annual Bridlington Vegan Festival!
Normally it’s held at Bridlington Spa – oh don’t you wish you were there right now? 😀 – but this year, for obvious reasons, it’s going to be online so that means that even if you can’t get to Bridlington on Sunday, you don’t have to miss out 😀
What’s on at the 2020 Bridlington Vegan Online Festival I hear you ask? Well, if you pop over here you’ll find out that there’s going to be posts from and/or links to: * delicious vegan food providers * businesses providing vegan, ethical, eco-friendly products and holistic therapies * Information and advice about following a vegan lifestyle * Local and national groups campaigning to help people, animals and the environment.
But that’s not all 😀
You can also enjoy: Inspirational speakers, Music from Tess Fletcher, Barbara Helen and His Witch
There will be instagram posts to enjoy from 9am onwards. There’s going to be sing-alongs, and yoga [via zoom and in real life on the beach!] There’s a children’s drama workshop and lots of other things for children to join in with. There’s even a juggler!
So come on down (to your settee) and enjoy this happy event 😀
Wibbolywub is a Bibbolybob from planet Bobbolybib. He’s come to Earth for the day to find out about the different types of Earthlings and to make as many new friends as he can. You could help him count them.
This delightful early learning book introduces the numbers zero to ten and reveals some very interesting facts about Earthlings. It does so in the context of a lovely story of friendship between an alien being and the ten different animals he meets.
Colourfully illustrated with watercolour paintings, this vegan picture book is suitable for reading to pre-schoolers and for older children to read alone.
Format: Paperback 63 pages, colour interior, dimensions: 7.44 x 9.68 in / 189 x 246 mm, vegan children’s book suitable for reading with pre-school children and for older children to read alone.
£4.50in UK. Prices may vary depending on where it’s printed.
Everyone is excited because it’s Grandpa Wollemi’s birthday but Cedro is a little worried. Kauri and Myrtle have spent days making special presents for Grandpa but Cedro isn’t very good at arts and crafts so he doesn’t have anything to give.
Luckily he realises just in time that he can make Grandpa a birthday cake. This story explains how he does it. A happy vegan picture book, colourfully illustrated in naïve style, with simple vegan cake recipe included. Suitable for reading with little ones.
Format: Paperback 53 pages, colour interior, dimensions: Square (8.5 x 8.5 in / 216 x 216 mm), vegan children’s book suitable for reading with children aged four and up.
£4.00 in UK. Prices may vary depending on where it’s printed.
Ships worldwide from international printer lulu.com
Renée Gale is a vegan activist and superhero. Sort of. When she was eleven years old her grandmother gave her the Dounto, a mystical mirror, (pronounced doon-toe). Its name comes from the rule that you should do unto others as you would have them do unto you. If the Dounto is held in front of someone who is doing something horrible to someone else, their misdeeds are reflected back. Whatever they are doing, happens to them.
With the Dounto, Renée is Reflecto Girl. In episode 7, on her way to reflect an unpleasant billionaire, Reflecto Girl accidentally reflects three other people on the same train. This exciting vegan comic, in the style of 1970s children’s comics, tells the very different stories of what happens to each of them.
Plus there’s a delicious vegan cake recipe at the end 😀
Format: Paperback 41 pages, colour interior, dimensions: 8.5 x 11…
Venus Acton is a champion swimmer who likes nothing more than wild swimming in the ocean. After being hit by sonic vibrations from an underwater explosion, she developed the ability to hear and understand marine animals. She uses that ability to rescue those who call for her help.
In episode 5, Venus and friends suspect that their local public aquarium is not all it pretends to be and decide to investigate. What they discover is worse than they could have imagined and they know they just have to do something. But what? What can they possibly do to help? Well, it’s amazing what four intelligent, compassionate and highly motivated people can achieve when they put their minds to it. Especially when one of them can hear the animals’ desperate cries for help.
Venus Aqueous: Prison Break – her most exciting adventure so far. And there’s a crossword puzzle at the…
Patty Panda is hungry but doesn’t know what to eat. Luckily she meets lots of different animals who are happy to share their food with her, but still she has trouble finding something that suits her.
This delightful rhyming story, written and illustrated completely in collage by Lavender Laine, teaches children that we are all different and what’s good for one is not necessarily good for someone else.
It might also inspire children to make art out of old odds and ends (such as left over yarn and buttons, paper cut from old magazines, fabric off-cuts, and food packaging etc) as Laine has done here, encouraging recycling and resourcefulness.
Format: Paperback 34 pages, colour interior, dimensions: 8.5 x 11 in / 216 x 279 mm, vegan children’s book suitable for reading with pre-school children and for older children to read alone.
The Little Chicken Book of Fairy Tales contains four new stories in the classic fairy tale style. There’s one about a princess whose need to be popular makes her a little too eager to please and she has to find out the hard way that it’s not always a good idea to give the people what they want, – there’s a wizard in that one!
Then there’s the king whose three sons have to compete to win the throne by solving a crisis. There’s no wizard in that one. Then there’s the one with a world protected by witches, and the last one has a boy who makes a lot of wishes – there’s no wizard in that one either but there is a bit of magic! 😀
Vegan fairy tales! What fun! 😀
Actually these are only subliminally vegan so while this lovely book will definitely be enjoyed by…
The Andersons were once an ordinary family. Mr Anderson was a postman, Mrs Anderson grew fruit and vegetables in their garden, Denzel the dog had a comfortable bed and enjoyed two walks a day, and the children, Casey and Brietta, went to school. But, after Mr Anderson broke the law to protect some innocent birds, they had to leave town in a hurry and now live a nomadic life in an old red bus.
We join them three months later, living the dream in Old Red and completely unaware that they’re about to cross paths with an angry ghost.
The English Family Anderson is a colourful comic suitable for readers aged 8 and up. There’s also two puzzle pages and a colouring page.
Format: Paperback 39 pages, colour interior, dimensions: 8.5 x 11 in / 216 x 279 mm, vegan children’s book suitable for ages 8 to 108.
Renee Gale inherited the Dounto, (pronounced doon-toe) an ancient mystical mirror, from her grandmother when she was eleven years old. When held in front of someone doing something horrible, the Dounto reflects their misdeeds. Whatever they are doing to someone else, happens to them. With the Dounto Renee is Reflecto Girl.
In episode 5, Sidekick, a nice day out turns ugly when Reflecto Girl has to intervene in unpleasant goings on at a public formal garden.
In episode 6, Harsh But Fair, Reflecto Girl and her new sidekick go up against a government man who makes the mistake of underestimating her, with devastating consequences.
Daring, exciting, and a little bit supernatural, the Reflecto Girl stories are told in the style of 1970s children’s comics, complete with a puzzle at the end of each story.
Format: Paperback 35 pages, colour interior, dimensions: 8.5 x 11 in / 216…
Renee Gale was an ordinary girl when she inherited something from her grandma: an ancient Celtic mystical mirror – the Dounto (pronounced doon-toe). It had been passed down through the female line of her family for centuries. The Dounto has the power to reflect people’s misdeeds back onto them. So if Renee holds it in front of someone, whatever they are doing or about to do to someone else will happen to them. With the Dounto Renee is Reflecto Girl, saving all sorts of animals from all sorts of dangers by giving their abusers a taste of their own medicine.
These first four stories tell how it all began for Reflecto Girl. She is just finding her feet. This is only the beginning.
Also, there’s a fact file of interesting information about sea animals, a wordsearch puzzle, a colouring page and a paper doll to cut out.
In a playful imitation of the old Penguin Classics, we bring you the first Little Chicken classic! Drawn untidily and off-centre in crayon, this book cover is the perfect wrapping for stories about Luke 😀
This edition contains all the stories from the first two Luke Walker books but it is written in ordinary Times New Roman instead of the handwritten font used in the others. For this reason it has less pages and costs less to print. Complete with hand-drawn illustrations.
For the uninitiated, Luke Walker is an eight year old boy with a mind of his own. Growing up in a meat-eating family, he’s noticed that life often isn’t fair for animals and that his parents’ and teachers’ justifications for this don’t make sense. Wanting to right wrongs, he becomes a self-styled vegan outlaw who will not play by the rules if the rules mean being unkind. He…
Luke Walker started sticking up for animals when he was 8 and told his parents he wasn’t going to eat meat any more. From that point on he trusted no one and questioned everything. He became a self-styled outlaw who spoke out and took action when animals needed his help, regardless of the trouble he got into.
Now, in the third book of the series, he’s 11 and at secondary school. He’s still the same brave outspoken animal defender but he’s not alone. Three friends have joined him and together they are the Secret Society of animal stick up for-ers.
As always, Luke’s rebellious antics will amuse and inspire. Whenever you’re faced with an animal-related dilemma, think to yourself – what would Luke do? Chapters 17 to 24 of the Luke Walker: animal stick up for-er series of vegan short stories by Violet Plum. Printed in hand-written font.
The second book in the Luke Walker: animal stick up for-er series continues where the first left off, with chapters nine to sixteen.
Luke is a year older but just as outspoken and brave – perhaps even braver. He sticks up for cows and sheep and fish and everyone else who can’t stick up for themselves. His adventures are exciting, funny and sometimes outrageous! Luke Walker – a vegan Just William for the twenty first century.
Written in hand-written font and including black and white illustrations by Miranda Lemon.
Format: Paperback 244 pages, black and white interior, dimensions: 6 x 9 in / 152 x 229 mm, vegan children’s book of short stories, suitable for ages 8 to 108.
£5.50 in UK. Prices may vary depending on where it’s printed.
Ships worldwide from international printer lulu.com
Luke Walker is an eight year old boy with a mind of his own. He’s noticed that life often isn’t fair for animals and that his parents’ and teachers’ justifications for this don’t make sense. Wanting to right wrongs, he becomes a self-styled outlaw who will not play by the rules if the rules mean being unkind. He knows he’s right but he also knows that, in order to do the right thing, he sometimes needs to be sneaky.
These first eight chapters of Luke Walker’s adventures sticking up for animals are funny, inspiring, and very entertaining. Great mischief, great adventures, great fun! Luke Walker is a vegan Just William for the twenty-first century. This book is the first in the Luke Walker series.
Format:Paperback 150 pages, black and white interior, dimensions: 6 x 9 in / 152 x 229 mm, vegan children’s book of short stories, suitable for…
Suspicious ciphertexts discovered by state investigators. Assumed to be the correspondence of a hostile rebel gang. Those in charge fear an attempt to overthrow the government. M is tasked with tracking down the rebels, discovering their plans and bringing them to justice before they destroy civilization.
This is the classified document, complete with uncovered ciphertexts and suspect profiles, which details the investigation’s progress. The Rebel Gang and the Number Ciphers: a funny, intriguing and sometimes badly-spelled code-cracking journey of discovery.
This conspiracy theory is fiction and any resemblance to real people or events is probably coincidental 😉
Format: Paperback 70 pages, colour interior, dimensions: A5 (5.83 x 8.27 in / 148 x 210 mm), vegan graphic novel, suitable for ages 8 and up.
£4.00in UK. Prices may vary depending on where it’s printed.
Ships worldwide from international printer lulu.com
What would happen if the animals got organised? What if the persecutors got what was coming to them? What if the natural world fought back? This, in a nutshell, is what Maddicts is about. Well, it’s part of what Maddicts is about, but we don’t want to give too much away.
Maddicts is a dark satirical thriller; a graphic novel set in 2027.
You’ll dread 2027.
Recommended for readers over 12 years.
Format: Paperback 98 pages, black and white interior, dimensions: A5 (5.83 x 8.27 in / 148 x 210 mm), vegan graphic novel, suitable for ages 12 to over 21.
£3.00in UK. Prices may vary depending on where it’s printed.
Ships worldwide from international printer lulu.com
Comments from the web:
“Superb story, great. Very funny and interesting. How cool!! Really enjoyed this 😀” – rick203
We are delighted to be supporting World Plant Milk Day. It is today, August 22nd.
World Plant Milk Day is an international day that celebrates plant-based alternatives to dairy milk. Founded by Robbie Lockie, Co-founder of Plant Based News, in 2017 and established as a partnership with ProVeg in 2018, the campaign has attracted the attention of millions of people around the world and helped accelerate the transition from dairy milk to the rich variety of plant-based alternatives. In 2020, Switch4Good joined to reach more people and further the idea that ‘The Future Is Dairy-Free’.
We have been working with Eden Green PR to get the message out to media and the wider public that dairy is not necessary in the diet, can cause adverse health effects, is destructive to the environment and is incredibly cruel to the animals. Its continued promotion by Government excludes communities of colour who are more likely to to be lactose intolerant. We have had coverage in the Mirror on Sunday and Plant Based News.
You will have read the incredibly misleading stories in the media funded by the dairy industry who are trying to promote cow’s milk as more environmentally friendly than soya milk. This is of course utter nonsense and based on flawed science. Plant Based News have published an excellent rebuttal.
Please support this excellent initiative by sharing the campaign and the 7 day dairy free challenge on social media, with friends, family and colleagues and let’s get dairy off the plate.
The future is dairy free!
Thanks so much Shireen for this brilliant message. We’d like to add that it’s worth bearing in mind that vegans don’t have to eat soya anyway. We hardly ever do. Miranda and I have completely given up any kind of milk (milk is for babies). We drink water. We drink fruit smoothies. That’s it. We get our protein from green leafies and beans and peas and lentils. And we love those Linda McCartney pea protein sausages! 😀 And vegetable burgers made out of actual vegetables! 😀 So even when the whole world is vegan, there’s no need to worry about increased demand for soya products 😀
You know how frustrating it is when you’re doing your best to avoid plastic but even the glass bottle of organic vegetable oil has a plastic insert, plastic lid and sometimes even a plastic neck-sleeve? Well, after spending half an hour trying to cut off this evil neck sleeve the other day I decided, I’m putting my foot down! I am not buying bottles like this ever again! “But what about cake?” argued my alter ego, “how will you make cake without vegetable oil?”
This is how:
All you need is
four very ripe bananas,
a mug and a half of self-raising flour,
and half a mug of sugar.
The sugar is plastic-free too if you get it from a zero-waste filling station or buy Silver Spoon British Sugar (made from home grown sugar beet) which is always wrapped in paper.
First mash the bananas with a fork
Then preheat the oven to 160° C
Then add half a mug of sugar to the bananas and mix well. This will magically make the bananas very runny.
When the sugar and bananas are thoroughly combined, add one and a half mugs full of self raising flour and mix well.
(NB there’s a lot of mixture in that bowl because I doubled the ingredients to make two cakes)
Now you should have a thick, moist cake mixture, ready to put in the tin.
(If You Care parchment paper is unbleached and totally chlorine-free (TCF) greaseproof paper which can be found at most good health food shops)
Line a loaf tin with some eco-friendly greaseproof paper and fill it with your cake mixture.
Put it in the middle of the oven and bake for one and a quarter hours (75 minutes). Carefully remove and insert a sharp knife to test. If the knife comes out clean, it’s done, if it has wet mixture on it, put the cake back in the oven for a few more minutes.
When it’s ready, take it out of the tin and cool it on a wire rack.
Use a serrated knife to cut it as it’ll be crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.
Absolutely scrumptious 😀
No plastic required 😉
Source: I got this recipe years ago from a brilliant homemade book called Grime and Nourishment, (NB this book is not suitable for children).
It’s easy to feel hopeless with the state of the world as it is. Every year it gets hotter, animal suffering increases, and the powers that be do nothing to address it. In fact they continue to subsidise it.
But then something comes along to really lift your spirits.
Refarm’d is a new plant-based drink subscription service, sourced lovingly from ex-dairy farmers.
WE HAVE THIS CRAZY IDEA
We want to turn all dairy farms into animal sanctuaries and we need you to convince these farmers to join the movement.
We work with farmers to transition from milk production to focus on producing plant based drinks and convert their farmland into an animal sanctuary.
We believe that by uniting together with farmers and providing them with the tools they need to move away from the dairy trade, we’re offering a viable new opportunity for their businesses to be part of the growing plant based movement.
We will assist the ex-dairy farms to sustainably and locally source the ingredients to produce plant based drinks on their farms. The farmers’ land will be converted into an animal sanctuary for their cattle that are no longer being used for dairy farming.
Show your interest (no payment, no commitment) in buying fresh plant-based drinks from them and let us do the rest!
As much as the animal agriculture is terrible on multiple aspects, – [the animal suffering, the environmental destruction, the damage to human health] – we cannot forget the farmers in these industries as well.
We believe the big majority of farmers are good people, that do care for their animals, but have just grown in an environment that normalizes animal exploitation so it has become a part of their identity, making it hard to take a step back and make changes.
The industry is in danger and most big companies have noticed it and adapt to the new market in order to survive. Small companies, family businesses however are the ones suffering the most. Lack of money, lack of time and lack of information make it hard on them to go in the right direction. The pressure, the insecurity as well as the very low buying prices (often selling for less than production costs) make for very uncomfortable living conditions.
We want to include helping the farmers in our mission to create the future of farming.
Farms are actually ideal places to become an animal sanctuary. They already have the land, the animals and the people that care for them [they wouldn’t be short of volunteers – I’d love to help look after the cows!]. No need to move animals, they can stay as a herd, nor to use more resources like land to create a new sanctuary.
Farmers joining our program have to give up any form of animal exploitation totally and to fully transition to an animal sanctuary.
Animals are put under legal protection and farmers under contract. Regular inspections and veterinary checks are performed to make sure of the animals’ well being.
The sanctuary is not working with donations. Instead, a part of the plant-based drinks price is dedicated to sustain these animals.
So what Refarm’d need is enough people to tell them they’re interested so that they can go to the farmers and say – look, if you convert to plant-milk production, we’ve got the market ready and waiting for you. It’s scary for farmers to take the plunge, they need to know they can make a living from plant milk.
They need us to tell them “If you make it, we will buy.”
So go on, get over to Refarm’d and tell them you’re interested (there’s a button to click if you scroll down the homepage). Then you fill in a short questionnaire. It asks you what country and town you live in, and how much milk you would want to buy per week, and whether you would want it delivered, or whether you’d pick it up from the farm. Added bonus: it comes in refillable glass bottles! NB VERY IMPORTANT: when filling in the questionnaire you have to click NEXT and it takes you to what looks like a blank page, but it isn’t blank. You have to scroll up to find a couple more questions including name and email address and you can leave a comment or ask a question. Make sure you finish it otherwise they won’t be able to get back to you 😀
Brussels – European Union policy makers are being urged to help farmers transition away from animal agriculture and towards plant-crop farming in order to capitalise on the growing trend in plant-based eating. Speaking at an event this week at the European Parliament organised by Humane Society International/Europe, farmers, ecologists and academics agreed there is an urgent need for the EU to support transition farming to help farmers adapt and seize the economic opportunity of consumer diets shifting away from meat, dairy and eggs.
A major report from the Rise Foundation recently warned that Europe’s meat and dairy production must be halved by 2050 in recognition of its significant contribution to environmental degradation such as greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity loss. The EU currently raises 9 billion farm animals for food each year – with more than 360 million of these animals spending all or part of their lives in intensive cage systems – and globally the figure is an estimated 82 billion animals.
Oxford University’s Dr Marco Springmann, and Harvard University’s Dr Helen Harwatt were joined at the Brussels symposium event by ecologist and rewilding expert Alan Watson Featherstone, and Swedish farmer Adam Arnesson who is transitioning his pig farm to grow oats for a plant-milk company. Policy makers were also treated to Europe’s first public screening of BAFTA 2019 award winning short film 73 Cowsabout British cattle farmers Jay and Katja Wilde who sent their herd to a sanctuary and switched to crop cultivation instead.
Alexandra Clark, HSI/Europe’s food policy consultant, said
“European consumers are more aware than ever of the animal welfare and environmental impacts of meat, dairy and egg production. The current level of animal production is simply unsustainable, and the continued growth of plant-based alternatives is inevitable. This presents Europe’s farmers with an exciting opportunity to meet this changing demand by transitioning away from industrial animal agriculture to plant-crop production. With the current reform of the EU’s agricultural policy, MEPs have a clear chance to assist farmers in those transition efforts by shifting subsidies away from propping up industrial animal production, and instead supporting farmers switch to fruit, vegetables, fungi, grains and leguminous crops that are growing in demand from an increasingly plant-based public.”
The EU is currently reforming its Common Agricultural Policy, with a crucial vote planned in the Agriculture Committee in early April. Dr Helen Harwatt from Harvard University believes this is a major opportunity for EU policymakers to take leadership in animal to plant protein agricultural shifts.
Dr Harwatt said:
“Repurposing portions of agricultural land to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere will be crucial for limiting warming to 1.5°C. In turn, restoring this land to its natural habitat opens the door for reintroducing animal species, which would help toward tackling the wildlife crisis. Animal to plant protein shifts are essential and policy makers must ensure that policies and support are put in place to help farmers make this transition”
Swedish farmer Adam Arnesson has shifted his farm production from solely animal-based to the cultivation of multiple crops for human consumption including oats for oat milk production. In doing so he has doubled the number of people his output feeds annually and halved the climate impact per calorie.
Farmers Jay and Katja Wilde, who star in Alex Lockwood’s 73 Cows short film, were keen for MEPs to understand that the pressure and fear for the future that many animal farmers feel, could be alleviated if support existed to help them ‘plant for the planet’.
Speaking at the EU Parliament screening of 73 Cows, Jay Wilde said:
“We are thrilled that our film has come to the European Parliament where we hope it inspires politicians to vote for a better future for both farmers and animals. Giving our cows to a sanctuary to live out their years in a safe haven was the best decision of our lives, it became the only decision when sending them to the abattoir was no longer something I could live with. But it’s been a very scary journey too because you’re stepping into the unknown. This shift in farming isn’t just a personal choice, its necessary to protect the environment, so if there was financial and practical support to help farmers like me plant for the planet, it would make life so much easier.”
Spanish MEP Florent Marcellesi said
“We need to leave behind our unsustainable farming model and animal-based diets. Instead, we should turn as soon as possible to ecologic plant-based ones and build a farming model which is sustainable, healthy and respectful to animal welfare.”
Italian MEP Eleonora Evi said
“Climate change is here, it’s already happening. For our sake but also for the sake of every other species on this planet, we need to take action to mitigate its effects by adopting an ‘all hands on deck’ approach. This means opening up the dialogue to different stakeholders. The agriculture sector has one of the highest levels of emissions, and therefore must become part of the solution. The transition to sustainable production methods and re-naturalization of agricultural areas must inevitably be considered.”
Finnish MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen said
“If everyone would shift their diets towards plant-based, it would be beneficial for public health, animal welfare, biodiversity and climate.”
Up to 20 percent (€ 32.6 billion) of the EU’s entire annual budget is spent on animal agriculture (including feed)
Around 71 percent of EU farmland is used to grow animal feed
According to Euromonitor, in 2017 plant-based milks represented 12 percent of the global fluid milk market, and dairy alternatives are predicted to grow to a market value of €19bn by 2022
Europe is currently the largest market for meat substitutes, having a 39 percent global market share and, with an eight percent annual growth rate, they are predicted to reach a global net worth of €4.2bn by 2020
A 2017 report by Rabobank suggests that alternative proteins could represent a third of total EU protein demand growth in the next five years
The EAT-Lancet Commission found that a transformation to healthy diets from sustainable food systems is necessary to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement
The EAT-Lancet Commission also found that transformation to healthy diets by 2050 will require substantial dietary shifts, including a greater than 50 percent reduction in global consumption of foods such as red meat and sugar, and a greater than 100 percent increase in consumption of healthy foods, such as nuts, fruits, vegetables, and legumes
Humane Society International’s Forward Food program is one of the largest plant-based culinary training programs globally. Aimed at encouraging universities, caterers, and other institutions to provide more vegan options, Forward Food helps to facilitate diet shifts at scale. HSI believes that by making animal-free food options tastier, more satisfying and widely available, more and more people will opt for meat-free meals which is good news for animals, people and the planet.
It is chocolatey deliciousness at its most exquisite. It’s vegan, organic and fair trade: pure guilt-free indulgence.
You should be able to find them at a health food store near you but if you can’t, pop over to the VeganKind Supermarket to mail-order them 😀
As well as the whole hazelnut vegan mylk chocolate bar (pictured), Vego make a dark chocolate nuts and berries bar, a white chocolate bar, a chocolate spread, and chocolate nougat pralines. It’s all absolutely heavenly and, the best part – the company is totally vegan owned and vegan run. So you know when you spend money on Vego, it’ll only be used for good things 😀
So go on – do as Reflecto Girl does: have a Vego! 😀
Purify your body head to toe Your thoughts inna your mind and slowly make Jah rhythm flow Nature is the keeper of your body and your soul Even all of that you’ll never truly own
Brothers sisters watch out what you put in your body If you are what you eat then think about what you must be If you still feed yourself upon their industry They sell the whole world illusion of fertility Robbing humans, animals and plants of their dignity To feed the masses but to feed their greed specially They breed the hybrid and manipulate Jah very seeds Agro-chemistry is like a war technology They destroyed all over the Earth the soil microbiology To bring about a new kind of captivity Control the food and you control the whole of humanity
Look into infinity, humble before a Tree And Purify…
Bring a healing to a nation Give them the seed for plantation Sovereignty resides in the heart of the land And what you a go do with the strength inna your hands
The seeds they took away and wiped away all diversity Testing their madness in the soils of so-called third world countries To force the people in labor and poverty Dis a what ya call a modern day slavery Referenced mostly hybrids in them legal catalog
Made all ancient seeds illegal like any drug So you must buy their machines and their chemicals And produce all the food according to their laws.
My dad, who suffers from heart disease, was told to “eat more meat” by his GP as a response to his iron deficiency! And when he went into hospital last year for stent operations there was not a single vegan option on the Coronary Care Unit menu. I complained to the hospital but they ignored me. This is madness! Support and share Plant Based Health Professionals‘ campaign to get meat off hospital menus: Give Bacon The Boot!
A group of British doctors has backed a call for the end of factory farming to prevent future pandemics like COVID-19.
Dr Gemma Newman from the non-profit Plant-Based Health Professionals is leading a plea for the public to give up eating meat as part of the ’No Meat May’ campaign. A record number of people are taking part this year with 33,000 sign-ups compared to 10,000 in 2019. Of those who have signed up this year, a survey carried out by the campaign found that 38 per cent did so because of concerns surrounding the meat industry and diseases like Covid-19.
Hannah Bradshaw, one of the 23,000 new participants, says these concerns were certainly a part of her decision to give a plant-based diet a go.
”There is more information about the meat industry causing diseases than ever before,” she said, “and stronger links between the impacts on our health compared to a meat-free diet.”
The campaign has seen a big increase in sign-ups this year.
WHAT’S THE PROBLEM WITH MEAT?
Zoonotic diseases, like Covid-19, are those that can spread between animals and humans. Worldwide they have been the cause of many historic outbreaks including H1N1 and Ebola. There is little evidence, however, to suggest that eating less meat directly reduces the occurrence of deadly disease outbreaks.
The most important factor, according to the UN Environment Program, is instead an increased amount of close contact between humans and animals like pigs, bats or birds which allows pathogens to jump between species. In 2016 it identified increasing encroachment of animal agriculture into natural ecosystems as a driving factor of zoonotic diseases warning that the “livestock revolution” could lead to a potential disaster.
“Some politicians and commentators blame China for Covid-19, but they do not mention that all of the recent major disease outbreaks have been caused by tampering with animals and their habitats,” says Dr Newman, “our chicken salad or pepperoni pizza could be the next big health risk.”
“Industrial-scale factory farms are like a ticking time bomb”, she adds, “and shifting our diets away from meat [and all animal products] could help move towards a safer future”.
IMPROVING OUR OVERALL HEALTH
Consultant Haematologist and Director of Plant-Based Health Professionals UK, Doctor Shireen Kassam also believes there is an urgent need to reduce our meat consumption for both human and planetary health.
“More than 90 per cent of the meat we consume is produced in industrial scale factory farms, which provide the perfect conditions for the generation of novel infections with epidemic and pandemic potential.”
“Factory farming also requires the widespread use of antibiotics,” she adds, “which has contributed to a dramatic rise in the number of antibiotic-resistant infections affecting humans.”
“We have now entered an era where it is not uncommon for doctors to find themselves treating patients with bacterial infections for which there are no effective antibiotics.”
Dr Kassam explains that it is also a matter of overall public health. “We have known for decades that a healthy plant-based diet, which minimises or eliminates meat [and animal products], is associated with some of the lowest rates of chronic disease and a longer and healthier life.”
In 2011, EcoHealth Alliance, a non-profit organisation that works to protect people from emerging infectious diseases such as COVID-19, released the results of a survey showing that fewer than one in five respondents knew that most pandemics originate in animals. The COVID-19 outbreak, for instance, is believed to have originated in a Chinese “wet market” that sold sea animals, live birds, and exotic animals for human consumption.
Much like swine flu, bird flu, and SARS (which was also caused by a coronavirus linked to a Chinese wet market), COVID-19 spread from animals to humans, starting with those who worked in or frequented the market. Scientists suspect that they contracted the virus by eating or touching an animal who was infected.
This is yet another reason why we should all be vegan.
It’s bad enough that the consumption of meat and other animal-based foods contributes to heart disease, diabetes and cancer…
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I popped over to Raystede’s cafe page yesterday and it looked different. I held my breath. Did I dare hope?
I scrolled down past a photo of delicious-looking cake to the Specials Board (above).
Yes! The beef pie was gone. It was all vegan!
But my joy was fleeting. The changes were only superficial. The paragraphs beneath the photos were the same as before and a click to view the full menu revealed their “extensive” vegan options among the almost three times as extensive meat, dairy, egg or fish options.
Maybe we should be pleased that they’re at least trying to look vegan. Is that a step in the right direction? Perhaps they’d be open to meeting us half way and making a few edits to their menu that would at least make it more honest. Hmm, well, I know they’re very busy so I’ve done it for them: