Historically black colleges and universities are making an effort to increase access to organic foods and preserve the environment. Spelman College is leading the pack as the most environmentally conscious HBCU in the country. Their dorms are LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver-Certified, their dining program is trayless and offers vegan options, and the school abandoned “intercollegiate sports in favor of a campus-wide wellness program.”
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!
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?”
“That is not ‘soul food,’ [it is] destroying souls. A lot of people think a real good, wholesome meal is when you sit back bloated and full and nod off. To me, soul food is food that adds to your spirit, gives you energy, gives you life, and helps you feel vibrant.” -Ishmael Shakur, black American and 6 year vegetarian
Black Americans are trending towards becoming vegetarians and vegans more now. Have you noticed this trend? Surely, you’ve had to notice the health statistics that show alarmingly high rates of heart disease and other food related illnesses in the United States, with Americans of African ancestry in or near the lead among racial groups. According to Toledo Blade it’s not just meatlessness on the rise, more Black folks are also skipping the dairy, fish, eggs, and honey too. Continue reading →
I read the sad news on grist.com this morning. Perhaps the most progressive voice in U.S. Congress, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) lost the Democratic primary for Ohio’s new 9th congressional district on Tuesday. It seems the Republicans have been strategically redistricting to pit Democrats against each other and Kucinich was unable to keep his seat. For that, the target on his back because of his political views, and a few other reasons I’m sure, Kucinich lost his seat. Continue reading →
Photo Credit: “Feeding cotton seeds, in New South Wales” by Cgoodwin
Now that you read 5 Things You Need To Know About Cotton Or You’ll Die Twice what do you do with all the new things you learned? Die twice? Get angry? Hide under the bed? Well, you can’t die twice (I’m sure you’re relieved). Anger is acceptable and appropriate in this situation. Hiding under the bed is not. Some of the suggestions here are personal and can rid or reduce GE cotton in your life and your family’s lives, but that’s not enough. It’s important to help others.
There are many reasons to stop eating or eating less meat that we don’t need to get into right now because all of them are very unsexy. It’s Valentine’s Day and that may or may not mean anything to you but we believe that giving is green and love is a part of environmentalism so here’s a few ways you can create a green Valentine’s (or any) Day.
PBS Food gives a few courses for your meal. If you want to have meat they have a few more romantic recipes for Romance and for those on a Budget.
Here’s something to consider: All the stats show in study after study vegetarians and vegans (non-meat or animal product eaters) tend to be healthier than meat eaters, particularly when it comes to heart health. Continue reading →