VEGAN Resources


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This page is dedicated to VEGAN Resources for those that want to go Vegan or do some vegan activism!


Definition of Veganism: 
(from TheVeganSociety.com)

Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.

*Plant Based Diet is a diet devoid of animal products, otherwise known as a vegan diet but I like to note that simply because someone says they are on a vegan diet does not make them a vegan. Veganism takes it a step further.
Vegans try not to use animals for anything to the point where it puts their very own survival at risk. In some societies, especially here in the US, the foods we eat, clothes, and even the beauty and cleaning products we use can be pretty easy to swap out to avoid animals products and animal cruelty if you can read ingredients and do your homework on products and brands. Your life-saving medication may not be. That's what it means when it says "as far as is possible and practicable".




There are three main reasons to go vegan.

Animals

Animals are sentient beings which means they are able to perceive or feel things. Farming practices are inherently cruel because they kill animals who exhibit fear and fight death and do not want to die at a small fraction of their natural life span.


Health

We don't need to consume animal products to be healthy and many studies have shown better health outcomes for illness and disease for those on plant based diets.


Environment

Animal products are not sustainable and require too many natural resources and create too much pollution to support the global population.



Resources to Switch to a Plant Based Diet (Free)


1. Rework the Meal Plan on Your Own (how we did it):

I personally cut meat, eggs, and cheese out of my diet and tried all the substitution foods like black bean burgers, seitan, tofu, Gardein brand, Tofurky, Field Roast, Follow Your Heart, Chao etc. and eating more of the foods we ate that were naturally vegan like fruit, vegetables, rice, pasta.

Here's a really basic meal plan that we did when we lived in Japan where we didn't really have access to a lot of the frozen, premade, prepackaged vegan food and my family really transitioned into veganism.

Our Vegan Japan Meal Plan is a really simple family meal plan without much of the processed vegan food you can find in the US.

This Veganuary label guide is a good thing to check out because a lot of ingredients go by a different name or are hidden.




Vegan22 or Challenge22 is a FREE 22 Day Vegan Challenge anyone can do. They provide a mentor, recipes, and support from clinical dieticians so you can try it out, save the animals, the planet, and yourself! This is a volunteer based support network, no credit card or payment required.



The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has a free 21 Day Kickstart program to "help you take control of your health with a plant based diet".


Visit our 
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and our Pinterest Account for all our favorite vegan recipes.



FREE Resources for KIDS that want to Go Vegan:







Animal Rights Resources and Information

1. At least half of all animals are taken from their mothers and killed when they are infants! Male chicks - ALL killed as newborns. Females bred to be super-producers lay eggs painfully and rapidly until it kills them or their broken, pecked bodies get slaughtered for cheap meat.

Calves - almost all males including many females die as infants. Mothers have several births taken and often go to slaughter during a final pregnancy. Babies are ripped from her body and sold for meat.

Pigs - up to half of infants die or are killed on factory farms. To compensate, moms are bred and confined to super-produce until they themselves are slaughtered or thrown in the trash.





Animal Agriculture Laws and Regulations

I think that part of understanding what his happening with animals on farms is to see what the regulations say:


Certified Humane Label

Even the most humane standards for dairy cows do not allow the baby to grow up with the mom:

This is the Certified Humane regulations for dairy farming:

FW 16: Weaning a. Calves must not be weaned before five weeks of age. Nutritional weaning (ceasing to feed milk or milk replacer) must be accomplished gradually by either diluting the milk with water or reducing the milk volume over a period of at least 5 days. b. Removal of calves from individual pens into social groups should not coincide with weaning. Both of these practices are stressful to the animals and should be carried out separately.

In other words, on a humane farm, calves only have to be left with their moms for 5 weeks.
Left to wean naturally, it may take up to two years!

From the USDA - you can see even an organic farm animal has plenty of synthetic pharmaceuticals and substances allowed in treating illnesses, disease, and health issues:
National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances




Animals must be killed to get meat and many are killed as by-products like nearly ALL male chicks in egg farming are killedAlmost ALL male dairy cows are killed at just a few years old.


ALL animals suffer some sort of physical, sexual, and/or mental abuse at various points throughout their lives.





The animals don't want to die and they suffer even in a "humane" operation.











Films to Watch:


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Websites that discuss veganism, animal agriculture, the environment:

Truth or Drought
explains why animal agriculture is so bad for the environment.

Cowspiracy.com





Articles, Studies, and Essays:

Eating Someone - Farmed animals have personalities, smarts, even a sense of agency. Why then do we saddle them with lives of utter despair? and essay in Aeon by Lori Marino - neuroscientist and an expert in animal behaviour and intelligence. 

It is no coincidence that the places with the longest living people also mostly have plant based diets https://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/2013-03-29-where-people-live-the-longest/






Resources for HEALTH related vegan information:

1. Position of the American Dietetic Association: vegetarian diets (also including vegan)

It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes ...The results of an evidence-based review showed that a vegetarian diet is associated with a lower risk of death from ischemic heart disease. Vegetarians also appear to have lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and lower rates of hypertension and type 2 diabetes than nonvegetarians. Furthermore, vegetarians tend to have a lower body mass index and lower overall cancer rates. Features of a vegetarian diet that may reduce risk of chronic disease include lower intakes of saturated fat and cholesterol and higher intakes of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, soy products, fiber, and phytochemicals. 
From US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health - The National Center for Biotechnology Informationhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19562864/



2. The Physicians Committee of Responsible Medicine finds plant-based diets an ethical and effective through scientific research.

Their research has concluded that plant based diets are ideal to prevent and reverse some of these major diseases and health issues. This organization is made up of over 12,000 physicians and led by president Neal D. Barnard, M.D.
Heart Disease
People who eat a plant-based diet have a lower risk of dying from heart disease when compared to non-vegetarians. Plant-based diets have been proven to prevent and reverse heart disease, improve cholesterol, and lower blood pressure.
Diabetes
Plant-based diets prevent, manage, and reverse type 2 diabetes. Plant-based diets lower body weight, improve insulin function, and increase beta-cells’ ability to regulate blood sugar, which helps reverse symptoms associated with type 2 diabetes.
Weight Loss
Plant-based diets lead to weight loss, even without exercise or calorie counting. Replacing high-fat foods with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes naturally reduces calorie intake.
Cancer
Avoiding animal products and high-fat foods and eating plant-based foods can lower the risk of developing certain types of cancer.
Brain Health
Saturated fat and trans fat—found in dairy products, meat, and fried foods—can increase the risk for Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive conditions. A plant-based diet avoids these foods and is rich in antioxidants, folate, and vitamin E, which may offer a protective effect.




More Information on Veganism:
Basics of Veganism on JusticForAnimals.org has lots of information from cited sources.



More Interesting Facts and Links:


In  1960 we killed 1.8 billion animals for food in the US.
In the 2015 we slaughtered 9.2 billion animals. 

Since the start of THIS century we have been averaging around 9 billion animals killed each year for food. That means if you were born a millennial, you were born into a time where things had already spun out of control with the animal agriculture industry. - Numbers from The Humane Society

That is a MASSIVE jump from 1.8 billion animals to 9 billion animals killed per year.

Those animals killed for food are not the only ones being kept against their will. Billions of cows and pigs are repeatedly impregnated in order to reproduce or for lactation (cow's milk) and that is their only purpose in their short lives before they too are slaughtered or left to die.

How is the planet keeping up with all these farmed animals? It's NOT! It is eating the planet alive!


1. Tons of soy and grains are all grown to feed animals, much of it in deforested areas

TONS and TONS of food that we could easily create delicious plant based food to feed the entire world ten times over, goes to raise these animals instead.

Vast animal-feed crops to satisfy our meat needs are destroying planet The Guardian 10/5/2017


2. Our water is polluted by feces, and pesticide run-off, and used in massive amounts to keep these animals watered and fed in increasingly arid environments.

Protecting Ourselves from Pig Diseases - North Carolina Healthy Hogs Seminar:
https://projects.ncsu.edu/project/swine_extension/healthyhogs/book1999/morrow.htm

Duke University Study: N.C. Residents Living Near Large Hog Farms Have Elevated Disease, Death Risks

3. Much of our air pollution is coming from factory farming 

Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Animal Agriculture - HSUS
Greenhouse Gas Emissions - Causes & Sources Live Science

4. More deforestation throughout the Amazon and all over the entire world is caused by soy farms and animal grazing. 

The forests we have left are losing the ability to clean the air. Oxygen is depleted from the ocean. All of the species will die if the earth becomes a dead zone.





Extinctions are currently happening 1000 to 10,000 times faster than the expected and natural rate of deaths.

These counters are found on The World Counts show the gravity of our climate crisis.


Most of the worlds forests are cut for grazing and to grow feed for animals.


Average World temperature right now:


Time left until the end of "seafood"


Time left until the end of oil:


Tons of melted ice this year:



Tons of antibiotics used for livestock this year:




We are also trying to avoid palm oil because it is pushing Orangutans to extinction.

Here is a partial list of other names for palm oil-derived ingredients:

PKO – Palm Kernel Oil
PKO fractionations: Palm Kernel Stearin (PKs); Palm Kernel Olein (PKOo)
PHPKO – Partially hydrogenated Palm Oil
FP(K)O – Fractionated Palm Oil
OPKO – Organic Palm Kernel Oil
Palmitate – Vitamin A or Asorbyl Palmitate (NOTE: Vitamin A Palmitate is a very common ingredient in breakfast cereals and we have confirmed 100% of the samples we’ve investigated to be derived from palm oil)
Palmate
Sodium Laureth Sulphate (Can also be from coconut)
Sodium Lauryl Sulphates (can also be from ricinus oil)
Sodium dodecyl Sulphate (SDS or NaDS)
Elaeis Guineensis
Glyceryl Stearate
Stearic Acid
Chemicals which contain palm oil
Steareth -2
Steareth -20
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate
Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate (coconut and/or palm)
Hydrated palm glycerides
Sodium isostearoyl lactylaye (derived from vegetable stearic acid)
Cetyl palmitate and octyl palmitate (names with palmitate at the end are usually derived from palm oil, but as in the case of Vitamin A Palmitate, very rarely a company will use a different vegetable oil)
*Disclaimer: Through research we’ve found that Vitamin A Palmitate can be derived from any combination of vegetable oil such as olive, coconut, canola and/or palm oil. Though in all the cases we’ve documented, companies use palm oil to make derivatives like Vitamin A Palmitate, it can be tricky to know for sure.


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