Wow I just learned CNN Headline News’ Jane Velez-Mitchell is an animal rights advocate and vegan. I thought I was one of the only broadcasters who shunned meat. I am so happy to learn that she feels the same way about animal rights as I do. Here she is attacking the bastards who run factory farms and the filthy inhumane conditions those poor, smart animals are forced to live in. Gooooo Jane, I’m now going to be a huge fan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmyhItVZCYA
In culinary school we had a whole day dedicated to seaweed and it’s benefits to your health. I have to be honest I am not a fan. The smell induces a gag reflex in my stomach and I actually had to leave class that day and go home because I thought I was going to be sick. I can eat it when it wraps an avocado roll, but that’s about it. If you do like seaweed though good for you. I wish I could stomach it. If I could I would be eating lots of it because it is soooo good for you. Here’s a reminder on why: http://www.examiner.com/x-914-NY-Wellness-Examiner~y2009m5d23-Seaweed-is-a-super-food-nutrition-bonanza-with-anticancer-properties
Here’s a good rundown on keeping your bbq’s safe. There’s good tips whether you are just grilling vegetables or whether there is meat around too. The one thing I disagree with is the author of the article says uses disposable paper towels. To be good to the environment I’m trying to use less disposable towels and napkins and more machine washable cloth ones. Nonetheless there is good info here you can use: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/foodwine/2009252753_zfoo23grillgerms.html
Don’t know much about macrobiotics? This is a great summary of the diet: http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-he-macrobiotic25-2009may25,0,2313416.story
I just got this letter from the Humane Society giving me good news about Wendy’s:
Thanks to You, Wendy’s Starts Using Cage-Free Eggs
Many thousands of you contacted Wendy’s over the past 22 months to ask the company to move away from battery cage confinement of laying hens. The Humane Society of the United States has discussed this issue with Wendy’s for a long time, too. Today, we’re proud to announce that Wendy’s has started to move away from eggs from caged hens.
Thanks to your actions, the company’s modest but meaningful actions will prevent thousands of hens from being crammed into tiny battery cages.
Wendy’s new policy is the latest advancement in the ongoing transition away from cruel cages on factory farms. Just last week, The HSUS celebrated our victory in Maine, where we successfully pushed for legislation making Maine the sixth state to ban gestation crates and veal crates.
There’s More to Do
This milestone wouldn’t be possible without the tens of thousands of you who called or wrote to Wendy’s, donated funds, leafleted outside of Wendy’s restaurants, took action online, and more. Thank you so much for taking action for farm animals — your advocacy makes a difference!
Even with this progress, we need to keep up the momentum. McDonald’s only uses eggs from caged hens in the United States. Call 1-800-244-6227 and ask the company to start using cage-free eggs.
Thank you, as always, for everything you do for animals.
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States
NOTE: I called McDonald’s and the customer service agent basically told me: “We care about the welfare of animals…we have established an animal welfare council…we are participaing in a study about animal welfare.” It was obviously a canned response, but it means us animal rights folks are hopefully making a difference. So you should also call. There was no wait time and the whole thing took me about 3 minutes. DO IT!
The sour move of the day goes to McDonald’s for still not using cage-free eggs. Not that they are ideal, but at least it would be a step in the right direction!!! Why do they need to study it anymore? We know chickens in cages are basically tortured. STOP THE TORTURE!