The Health Benefits of “Greening Your Life”

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Earth-friendly living is increasingly popular and many people are doing what they can to “green” their lives. And certainly, daily actions like recycling everything we can, composting kitchen scraps, and bringing our own cloth bags when shopping make a huge difference, especially when each of us do our part. Read the rest of this entry »

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5 Keys to a Healthy Vegetarian Family

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5 Keys to a Healthy Vegetarian Family

Are you transitioning towards more meat-free family meals? If so, you might agree that no matter how well informed one is, the vegetarian family experience is a continual journey. The more you learn about making it work for everyone, the smoother your path will be. These tips can help: Read the rest of this entry »

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20 Fabulous Reasons to Go Vegetarian

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“The best prescription is knowledge.”– C. Everett Koop, 13th Surgeon General of the United States

20 Fabulous Reasons to Go Vegetarian
By now you probably know that plant-based eating can improve your health, as well as benefiting animals and the earth. Need a few more reasons to swap that fast food burger for a tasty black bean patty? Here you go: Read the rest of this entry »

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How Can Going Vegetarian Help the Planet?

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“Pass up one hamburger, and you’ll save as much water as you conserve by taking 40 showers with a low-flow nozzle.” – Ed Ayres, World Watch Institute

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Would you consider a plant-based diet, at least part time? People that do are often motivated by health, weight loss goals, and/or concern for animals. But there’s another reason so powerful that it’s been the subject of numerous books and documentaries. You guessed it: environmental benefits! Without a doubt, going vegetarian is one of the most effective actions you can take to ease the strain on our fragile planet. Here’s how: Read the rest of this entry »

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How to Make Easy, Delicious Plant-Based Meals

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If you’re ready to scale back on meat─whether it’s because you realize it’s not sustainable at current rates of consumption, you’re interested in improved health, love animals, or simply wish to trim a few pounds─a wonderful new approach to food awaits you. So, what are plant-based meals, and how can you create them with ease? Great question! The good news is that vegetarian eating can be healthy, tasty, inexpensive, satisfying─and beautifully simple. Read the rest of this entry »

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Health Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

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“Eating an abundance of vegetables, fruits and other plant foods may protect against heart disease, stroke, diabetes, hypertension and birth defects.” – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

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Why are so many Americans going vegetarian these days? One factor might be the large body of evidence presented in recent years on the health benefits of meat-free eating. According to the National Academy of Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society─and at least 20 other health-related organizations in the U.S. and abroad─a produce-rich, low-fat, high-fiber diet offers the greatest disease prevention across the board. Here’s how: Read the rest of this entry »

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How Can Going Vegetarian Save You Money?

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How Can Going Vegetarian Save You Money?

Some people go vegetarian out of compassion for animals, while others are motivated by the fact that eating low on the food chain is better for the environment. Many of us also seek the impressive health benefits of a plant-based diet. And guess what else? It’s cheaper! Without a doubt, a smart vegetarian approach can help keep your wallet─rather than your waistline or arteries─plump. These pointers can help: Read the rest of this entry »

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What’s the Difference Between a Vegetarian and a Vegan?

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What’s the Difference Between a Vegetarian and a Vegan?

The more you learn about being a vegetarian, the more you realize that it’s anything but one size fits all. While all true vegetarian diets exclude meat, some variations include animal products, like eggs and dairy. The vegan diet, by contrast, excludes all animal products including meat, fish, fowl, eggs, dairy─even honey. Many vegans also refuse to use animal products in any form, including silk, leather, wool, suede, etc. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Brief History of Vegetarianism

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Did you know that Pythagoras, Aristotle, Socrates, Plato, and Plutarch were all vegetarians? As were Confucius, Buddha, Gandhi, Leonardo da Vinci, and a host of other impressive figures over the centuries. Clearly, this dietary choice has a long and rich history─which is a great starting place as we learn more about all things vegetarian through the month of March.

History of Vegetarianism
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What’s the Difference Between Fair Trade and Free Trade?

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“Fair Trade makes globalization and ‘free trade’ work for the poor.” ~ TransFair USA, 2005 Shareholder Report

What's the Difference Between Fair Trade and Free Trade?

As we learn more about the concept of fair trade, there may be some potential confusion between the terms fair trade and free trade. While these are two separate business approaches, free trade and fair trade do share some common goals. Both emphasize, for example, the need to assist producers and workers in obtaining access to the global market. Read the rest of this entry »

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