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The Conscious Crusader Issue #3 -- Your newsletter for healthy, cruelty-free, and sustainable living
June 13, 2011
Welcome to the 3rd edition of the Conscious Crusader!
It's June and summer is finally here! As nature has fully awakened it’s time for lighter, fresher meals and more eco-conscious living
This month we have these great tips, stories, and recipes for you:
Welcome to the Conscious Crusader's June Edition
Summer in Las Vegas can be unbearably hot as early as May, but so far we've been lucky with our brisk winds and surprising low temps in the 70s and 80s. That may be a welcome effect for now, but overall it's alarming, as we see odd and severe weather patterns everywhere around us.
Just recall the devastating floods in Louisiana that had such a high toll on life, while the state next door, Texas, was battling the fiercest wildfires they have seen in years. While tornados are not new to Alabama, they were excessively more violent this year. And Germany, my home country that hasn't seen a tornado in its history, is now threatened by this weather phenomenon too.
Yes the climate change is for real and measures to reverse the damage we do to our planet are not optional - they are a question of survival for every living being. If you have the resolve to make an impactful difference, you can do VERY much - by selecting the right from the wrong of the many choices that life offers you every day.
Someone recently asked me how it would help the environment if he eats less meat, since that meat is already dead and cooked in front of him anyway, whether he eats it or not? I told him that he can make an enormous difference, even if he starts to eat less meat at first, like skipping meat one day a week. To illustrate that I gave him some comparisons:
There are many more surprising facts on how your food choices impact the environment: Going Green with Food
Vegans in Vegas here in May was a blast and I met many fascinating people during this 3-day conference, like the amazing Jim Morris, a vegan bodybuilding star who looks better at age 75 than most men I know in their twenties! Watch out for an interview that I am planning with Jim soon!
I also met Dr. Richard Oppenlander, who has researched the impact of our food choices on the environment since the 70s. He recently released a new environmental must-read: Comfortably Unaware - Global Depletion and Food Responsibility. Dr. Oppenlander is one of the most inspirational people I met, and his message is important and hugely compelling. Stay tuned for my interview with him that I will release in this newsletter.
Latest Green Living Trends - Indulge and Preserve all at once!
If you are a wine lover like me you will like this new green trend: wine corks can be reused too! A program called ReCork, sponsored by Portuguese corkmaker Amorim, collects old wine corks from all over the world and remakes them into flooring tiles, building insulation, and more.
While you can also create beautiful artwork with your gathered corks, these guys recycle and reuse them on a grand scale - they have already collected 16 million corks and put them back to useful work. So tell all your wine-drinking friends to start collecting! Here is more info.
Green beer? Yes and not only on St Patrick's day! A few US breweries make beer drinking easier on the planet with their admirable sustainability practices.
Here are our picks for "greener beer"
Organic beer means that the barley, hops, malted grains used for fermentation are grown organically without chemical fertilizers and pesticides, which pollute our water, air, and soil. Organic beers are often also vegan, which means they don’t use animal byproducts for clarifying the beer.
Here are some great US breweries that create organic beers: Alameda Brewing Co, Ambacht Brewing, American Brewing Co, Beetje Brewery, Bison Organic Beers, Porches Brewing Co, Deschutes Brewery, Eel River Brewing Co, Dogfish, Fish Tale Organic Ales, Fort George Brewery, Mate Veza, New Belgium, Pike Brewing Co, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery, and many more.
Choose a sustainable and cruelty-free sunscreen
Many chemicals are used in making commercial sunscreen, and while these are often bad for your own health, they don't help the planet either. You can opt for a sunscreen that is sustainable and cruelty-free, which means it has not been tested on animals because it does not use any chemicals that pose toxicity risks. Here are some great choices to explore:
Green Events & Vegan Events Calendar – June / July 2011We compiled the most complete list of Green Events and Vegan Events in the US, so check here and find the best event in your city or near you in June and July 2011.
Featured recommended product of the month: Comfortably Unaware - the new environmental must-read
I was lucky to meet Dr. Oppenlander during our Vegans in Vegas conference in May. His presentation was excellent, honest, and hard-hitting with facts that everyone should know:
our food choices are responsible for the fast growing global depletion of all our natural resources like land, water, air/atmosphere, food supply, energy reserves, biodiversity, and our own health.
Health News of the Month: The skinny on latest GMO foods - now monster milk?
After Franken-salmon we now have gene-manipulated alfalfa sprouts, and more monstrosities are already on the way. Since our so-called oversight agencies for food safety are fully in the hands of agricultural biotechnology monopolist Monsanto, it came as no surprise that the latest artificial mutation in food was imposed on a non-suspecting public in record time.
In 2010 we were introduced to genetically modified salmon when AquaBounty Technologies applied for fish spawned from genetically engineered salmon eggs to be allowed as food. These super salmons grow in half the time and all year round through combined growth genes from three fish breeds. It makes this salmon the first genetically modified organism (GMO) available for human consumption. While the creator company claims that most of these salmons will be infertile and chances for cross-breeding with wild fish are minimal, even the FDA itself has doubts.
Also, endangered Wild Atlantic Salmon is one of the fish used for the gene combo, and serious salmon breeding could further damage our freshwater, while yet again, creating a monopoly for just one company. While this new food mutation inches closer to approval, at least a few states enact bills to require labels - but not bans - for the product, which is the absolute minimum, because it will allow consumers to nip it in the butt - as they did successfully before with GMO potatoes in 2006-2008.
Now we have GMO alfalfa The latest Monsanto GMO attack is the alfalfa sprout, planted on 20 millions acres in the US to first and foremost feed dairy cattle. The White House announced in January 2011 that they authorize unrestricted commercial utilization of genetically modified alfalfa, after a fierce debate where Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack famously stood up for protecting organic farms, by mandating restricted growth of the franken-alfalfa to protect organic farmers from biotech contamination. He failed, as the government yet again bent over to let profit interests rule the day.
While Vilsack claims that he will continue his fight for a choice of farmers, I predict that his chances are slim, as Monsanto is determined to broaden their already overreaching monopoly into other areas, an easy chore with the US government being a willful puppet in their hands. This means we will likely see organic alfalfa farms disappear, as cross-contamination from nearby GMO farms is likely, which means the end to their organic claim.
And what's up with the news about monster milk? The latest news comes from cow's milk again, which has now been genetically "improved" with human genes to make cow's milk more digestible to lactose intolerant consumers, which are a whopping 75% of the worldwide population.
In China, where the GMO experiment took place to make cow's milk more like human mother's milk, the population is almost 90% lactose intolerant. So clearly, the dairy industry that has penetrated this former dairy-shunning country is eager to pull out all stops to sell their products in this huge new growth market.
It is only a question of time when the "humanized cow's milk" may hit other markets, and given their history of approval for ridiculously hazardous foods in the past, one can only assume that the USDA and FDA will not hesitate long to serve up human breast milk-like dairy products once they get a chance. Did you need another reason for avoiding dairy products? Here it is!
Read more on altered foods
Hot New Recipe on Belsandia.comRaw Carrot Fennel Salad with Mint and Black Basil Seeds
This salad is raw, flavorful, juicy, crunchy, tangy, and everything else it should be! It's an easy, fast summer salad that can be prepared in 15 minutes. The carrots have a lot of fiber, so this salad is also a great filler for a light lunch along with a yummy vegan sandwich wrap.
Combine the carrots, mint, green onions, and fennel in a large bowl. In a jar, combine lemon juice, oil, salts, pepper, basil seeds; cover and shake. Pour over salad and toss gently.
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