Happy holidays!

Merry Christmas! Lo, Saturnalia! Happy Yule/Litha/solstice/day off work! I hope you all enjoy a happy vegan feasting during this break.

And if you are not yet vegan, then now's the time to go vegan as a gift to other animals, to your health, & to the environment! And if you don't do gifts at giftmas at all, even non-consumerist gifts of non-violence*, then it makes for a good new year's resolution as well!

Peace on earth & liberation for all beings.

"As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields" - Leo Tolstoy

*the gift that keeps on giving! For every day of every year.

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Overconsumption, overpopulation, having children

The question "when will I have children?" was never as important to me as "will I have children?" and - perhaps more importantly - "should I have children?"

These are some of my thoughts on the matter...

Should I?

The question of should relates to the ethics involved in bringing another person into the world, and the argument against that is usually the fallacy that overpopulation of the human race is a major destructive force, which is simply not the case. Yes, humans can be destructive, but it's not a population problem. A person living in the developed world (or "first world") on average consumes 32 times as many resources as someone living in underdeveloped "third world" nations. Not only that, the idea of "food shortage" is a problem, as it is an issue of food distribution and rising costs and competition rather than a true shortage. The planet certainly has a food crisis, but not a food shortage.

Here's

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environment, events

Australian vegans: 4th October gathering!

environment, events

Calling all veg Aussies: a national event is coming up!

Love Earth Gathering What is the Love Earth gathering? Concerned citizens are calling on your help to save our planet from the impending catastrophes of climate change. We believe that the policy makers of our time are going to great lengths to avoid the one solution that is easy and affordable and will have a dramatic and powerful effect in reducing global warming. A worldwide adoption of a Vegetarian/Vegan diet. If all people in Australia could adopt a vegetarian/vegan diet we could reduce green house gas emissions by one third.
  • 31% of total greenhouse gases in Australia are caused by animal industries – from A Balancing Act (2005), a report by CSIRO and The University of Sydney.
  • It is a simple inexpensive solution that will buy us more time to wean our civilization off fossil fuels. Yet the policy makers are afraid to suggest this idea for fear of
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    environment, media

    Tiny vegan footprints

    environment, media

    A quick, to-the-point article turned up on MSN Singapore News recently about the environmental benefits of veg diets.

    Going veggie can slash your carbon footprint: study Giving up meat could drastically reduce your carbon footprint, with meat-eaters' diets responsible for almost twice the emissions of those of vegetarians, a German study said on Tuesday. A diet with meat is responsible for producing in a year the same amount of greenhouse gases as driving a mid-sized car 4,758 kilometres (2,956 miles), the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IOeW) said. But the food a vegetarian consumes in 12 months is responsible for generating the same emissions as driving 2,427 kilometres, the IOeW said in a study commissioned by independent consumer protection group Foodwatch. The calculations are based on emissions of greenhouse gases, including methane produced by the animals themselves, as well as emissions from food production including manufacturing feed and fertiliser and the use of farmland. Going vegan --
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    An ethical wardrobe: it's so hot right now

    The UK media, from what I've seen, seems to be reasonably vegan-friendly. From pro-animal rights articles to health, they aren't quite so afraid as certain other western nations of throwing the v-word around. coughAustraliacough coughUnitedStatescoughcough*

    The Guardian has been doing a series called The Ethical Wardrobe in their Life & Style section that's worth checking out. Recent articles include info about leather and silk.

    Don't hide from the truth Many ethical consumers excuse their leather purchases on the grounds that skins are simply a byproduct of the meat industry. The reality is not so simple, as Kate Carter reveals

    & More on vegan-friendly weddings!

    A whiter-than-white wedding Wedding dressing can include a catalogue of ethical no-nos, from low-paid seamstresses to tortured silkworms - not to mention the sheer waste involved. Kate Carter explains how to keep a clear conscience on your big day

    Thanks to Andrew Bartlett for pointing this out in his recent blog

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    Psychological blind spots

    People "prefer" the meat version of foods, even if... it tastes, looks, and feels exactly the darn same.

    "An ingenious study just published in the Journal of Consumer Research has provided a striking demonstration that taste perceptions and product preferences are strongly influenced by our personal values - to the point where people who believe in the importance of social authority perceived a sausage roll labelled as vegetarian as far inferior to a 'meat' version, even though they ate the same sausage roll on both occasions. The same result appeared whether the participants actually ate meat or vegetarian sausage rolls, and the participants couldn't reliably distinguish the two in any condition."

    Anti-veg prejudice is fascinating... if a little bit sad, given all the unnecessary animal suffering, environmental degradation, and health problems that result from people's alleged "preferences."

    Read the whole article here!

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