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WATCH: ‘Making the Connection’- The Benefits Of A Plant Based Diet

Making the Connection Benefits Plant Based Diet vegan society

Watch Making the Connection, a short film by The Vegan Society, so you won’t have to wonder about the benefits of a plant based diet. Vegetarians and vegans, you still might learn a thing or two and everyone please share this if you find it informative!

Making the Connection from ENVIRONMENT FILMS on Vimeo.

Description: “This 30 minute film explores an exciting lifestyle which combines delicious, healthy food with tackling many of the ethical and global challenges facing us today and into the future. It is divided into 8 chapters and features a dietician, an MP, chefs, farmers, an elite athlete, environmental groups and the wonderful Benjamin Zephaniah. It explains how becoming vegan is good for your health, good for the environment, good for the animals and can help to feed a growing world population. Will you make the connection and become part of the solution?”

Would you ever go vegan? Why or why not?

Haitian Peasants March Against Monsanto and Haitian President

Photo Credit: Monsanto

Long live native seeds”

Down with Monsanto. Down with GMO and hybrid seeds.”

Those were the chants of the peasants who protested against genetically modified seed “donator” Monsanto. Their one harvest seeds would spell disaster for the still ailing nation, plunging the farmers into a kind of “green slavery” and destroying the nations ability to feed itself. On June 4th, World Environment Day, Haitian farmers, national and international peasant groups came together to burn the toxic donation and voice their opposition to the Haitian president, Rene Preval. Continue reading

Haitian Farmers Vow To Burn Monsanto Hybrid Seeds Pt 2

Photo Credit: Monsanto

On June 4th Haitian farmers will burn genetically modified seeds donated by Monsanto. Find out why in Part 1 of this piece HERE.

According to truthout.org [4] hybrid corn seeds have been donated by Monsanto to Haiti that were treated with the fungicide Maxim XO and the calypso tomato seeds were treated with Thiram, a chemical so highly toxic agricultural workers must wear protective clothing when handling plants treated with it. Continue reading

Organic Label Guide

You may have seen the USDA organic seal on produce, on signs above produce or the packaging of other products in supermarkets and wondered “What does that even mean?”

Above is a guide the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Organic Program has provided so you know exactly what those seals are supposed to mean when you see them.

According to ams.usda.gov:

On multi-ingredient products, the seal is usually placed on the front of the package (principal display panel); however, it may be placed anywhere on the package.

When you see this seal, you know the product is at least 95% organic.

The seal may be printed in green and brown (as shown), in black and white, or outlined in black on a transparent background.

Do you look for the USDA organic label? Does it mean anything to you?

Do You Believe In Organic Food?

You may have seen this USDA organic seal on produce or the packaging of other products in supermarkets and wondered “What does that even mean? Isn’t that just the same stuff I was buying before only it’s over priced now?” Or maybe you’ve been buying organic cause you heard it’s good for you without really know what organic food is supposed to be.

Do you believe in organic food? Got questions about it? Maybe this is a good place to start. The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Organic Program defines organic food as:

Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations.

Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones.

Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; or ionizing radiation.

Before a product can be labeled “organic,” a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards.

Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.

What do you think of this definition? Do you think because this is what the government says that it’s all alleged?