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  • ISKCON Contributes to Rise of Vegetarianism in Brazil, The World’s Largest Exporter of Beef

    ISKCON devotees have distributed prasadam – sanctified vegetarian food offered to God – with a view to shifting consciousness for the past 46 years in Brazil. Today, there are a number of successful restaurants run by Hare Krishna devotees across Brazil.

  • MEPs slam Brussels over ‘beefatarian’ campaign to promote meat

    Lawmakers say the EU-funded initiative to promote meat-eating undermines Green Deal goals to cut emissions.

  • New Govardhana, Australia Opens Third Govinda’s Restaurant

    Altogether, the Kingscliff location is the eighth Hare Krishna restaurant between New Govardhana and the Gold Coast, demonstrating the Australian appetite for prasadam. 

  • The End of Meat Is Here

    Our hand has been reaching for the doorknob for the last few years. Covid-19 has kicked open the door.

  • Divya's Kitchen Named as One of the 50 Best Restaurants for Vegetarians in America

    These scrumptious spots are located across 15 states and Washington, D.C., and offer a range of cuisine from American to Indian to Mediterranean.

  • Paramahamster: Hot Dog Eater

    Our "Paramahamster" comic strip follows an enthusiastic devotee as he navigates a 9 - 5 work day in the corporate world. Please check back weekly for new episodes!

  • Paramahamster: Vegetarian Struggle - Part Two

    Our "Paramahamster" comic strip follows an enthusiastic devotee as he navigates a 9 - 5 work day in the corporate world. Please check back weekly for new episodes!

  • Paramahamster: Vegetarian Struggle - Part One

    Our "Paramahamster" comic strip follows an enthusiastic devotee as he navigates a 9 - 5 work day in the corporate world. Please check back weekly for new episodes!

  • New Restaurant “OmNom” Aims to Popularize Authentic Bhakti-Yoga

    The catchily-named new restaurant “OmNom,” set to open in Islington, London in January 2019, aims to promote conscious eating, kirtan as meditation, and authentic bhakti-yoga.

  • Former Citi Bank CEO Philip Wollen on Animal Rights

    Philip Wollen's incredible speech on one of the most important social justice issues.

  • More Doctors Are Warning Patients to Eat Less Meat

    And more major medical groups are endorsing a diet heavier in plants.

  • Discord in Angela Merkel's Government After Environment Ministry Bans Meat at Official Functions

    A row has broken out in Angela Merkel’s government after the environment minister banned meat at official functions. Barbara Hendricks claims eating meat is damaging to the environment.

  • Houston Govinda’s to Receive Grand Opening in March

    The new Govinda’s restaurant at the ISKCON temple complex in Houston, Texas is set to receive a grand opening on March 11th, just before Gaura Purnima, with local TV channels, newspapers and radio stations to get a free meal and tour. Govinda’s already had its “soft opening” back in July 2016, launching with no fanfare or advertising. But according to manager Shyamasundara Das it’s been a success from day one, often packing out the large 130-person capacity space, and drawing a 4.6 rating from 121 reviews on Yelp and a 4.7 rating from 71 Google reviews. 

  • Why I Became a Vegetarian - Inspiration for 2017

    While distributing the famous cookbook, The Higher Taste, book distributor devotees met many people who have become meat-free or seriously considering it. They were surprised to see some of the individuals who made the conscious choice, including a 4 year old girl who decided to be vegetarian on her own. Also a teacher now implements cruelty-free diets in her classroom. Other people included an ex-marine, nurse, musician, and college students. They all got a Higher Taste.  A video by WestCoastMonk.

  • ‘Less Meat Less Heat’ Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger

    Animal agriculture accounts for an estimated 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and emissions from this fast-growing sector are largely unregulated.

  • China's Plan to Cut Meat Consumption by 50% Cheered by Climate Campaigners

    The Chinese government has outlined a plan to reduce its citizens’ meat consumption by 50%, in a move that climate campaigners hope will provide major heft in the effort to avoid runaway global warming.

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron Filming: "Less Meat, Less Heat"

    Chinese health officials are urging the nation’s 1.3 billion citizens to cut their meat consumption in half to prevent heart disease, diabetes and other diet-related illnesses. Director James Cameron and movie star/former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger think that's a great idea, and are starring in a series of PSAs to spread the word in the U.S.

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger Urges People to Stop Eating Meat

    The Terminator star urges people to seek alternative sources of protein and avoid eating meat in order to save the planet.

  • Giving Up Beef Will Reduce Carbon Footprint More than Cars, Says Expert

    Study shows red meat dwarfs others for environmental impact, using 28 times more land and 11 times water for pork or chicken.

  • ‘The Year’s Best Burger’ Is Vegan

    New York City’s East Village got a lot tastier when Superiority Burger moved in. Its famous vegan sandwich is so mind-blowing that it challenges the very definition of the word “burger.”

  • Amy's Kitchen Is Opening An All Vegetarian Drive-Thru

    The restaurant will offer meat-free burgers, burritos, macaroni and cheese, pizza, salad, as well as milkshakes and vegan non-dairy shakes.

  • 400 Million Fewer Animals Were Killed for Food Last Year Because People Are Eating Less Meat

    Where there’s less consensus, however, is how to affect change.

  • US Celebrity TV Host Ellen Degeneres Talks About Going Vegan

    Ellen talks about going vegan. February 2, 2010.

  • Here’s Why James Cameron Went Vegan & Started An Organic Food Store

    The director of Titanic and Avatar is establishing a new organic food store in New Zealand.

  • Paul McCartney Congratulates Food for Life Global

    Paul McCartney endorsing the fabulous work of Food for Life Global volunteers all over the world for their dedicated work over the last 40 years.

  • UN Urges Global Move to Meat and Dairy-free Diet

    Lesser consumption of animal products is necessary to save the world from the worst impacts of climate change, UN report says.

  • Prasadarians Facebook Page Inspires Thousands

    “Prasadarians” is a prime example of just how powerful Facebook can be when used in the right way. Started by Mexican devotee Mahattama Dasi in 2012 when she was in remission from cancer and looking for a service she could do from home, it immediately exploded into a hugely popular group of 7,000 members, all sharing beautiful photos of food offerings (prasadam) to their Deities, along with recipes and stories.

  • 16 Million People in the US are Now Vegan or Vegetarian!

    In 2009, a tiny one percent of the US population reported eating vegetarian or vegan. The rates have skyrocketed over the last five years.  

  • The Ancient Cuisine of Manipur

    This four-minute interview makes you privy to one of the most ancient, colourful, and delightful culinary traditions of India. Bang in the heat of action, you're up against the flames without a burn. A video by Vasudeva Das.

  • The World's First Vegetarian City

    After monks went on a hunger strike to push for a citywide ban on animal slaughter, the local government declared Palitana a meat-free zone. But the city's Muslims are not happy.

  • Generations Grew Up on Krishna Lunch at the University of Florida

    Krishna Lunch has been served at the University of Florida for 40 years. There is now students graduatinfg from this school who would not have eaten there at least once. ISKCON now partners with the University to upgrade the campus Plaza where the food distribution has been taking place for decades. 

  • 11 Famous Vegetarians In History

    The Greek scholar, Pythagoras lived over 2,500 years ago and ate a fleshless diet, called the "Pythagorean diet" until the word vegetarian became popular in the late 1800s.

  • Non-vegetarians Healthier Than Vegetarians?

    So claims a recent study. However, examining and cross-checking their references there is a great reason for skepticism.

  • The Secrets of Food Marketing

    Think you aren't being fooled by advertising tricks? Take a look at this so-called expert revealing food marketing's secret weapon.

  • The Return of a Cult Classic—Hare Krishnas are Back

    Nearly 50 years after Srila Prabhupada journeyed from India to America to bring the new teachings of Krishna to a generation of Western burnouts, Hare Krishnas have moved out of the airports, into the streets, and into the cubicle right next to yours.

  • China's Vegetarian Population Touches 50 Million: Report

    Motivated by wildlife protection and Buddha's teachings, more than 50 million Chinese defied deep-rooted tradition of meat eating and turned vegetarians.

  • Gary Yourofsky's Powerful Speech on Animal Rights

    Gary Yourofsky is a non-compromizing and charismatic advocate for animal rights. This video is his inspirational speech held at Georgia Tech in summer of 2010. 

  • What India Can Teach The Rest Of The World About Living Well

    India has been described by some traditional texts as Sa Prathama Sanskrati Vishvavara, the first and supreme culture in the world.

  • Humans are Biologically Herbivores

    Through years of searching for a side-by-side comparison of various eating types, I discovered an article entitled, “Humans are Biologically Herbivorous”.

  • New York School Goes All-vegetarian
    Asked which school meals were their favorites, students at a public school in the New York borough of Queens don't say chicken fingers or meatballs. Instead, they name rice and kidney beans, black bean quesadillas or tofu with Chinese noodles.
  • Queens Public School Becomes First In City To Go Vegetarian
    No one has to tell students at a Queens (New York, USA) elementary school to eat their vegetables. P.S. 244 in Flushing is now the first public school in the city with an all-vegetarian menu.
  • Prime Minister of Australia Accepts Meat-free Challenge!
    Imagine: You're in year 12, and you find out that the Prime Minister is coming to your school. Not only that, you'll get the chance to speak with her! What do you say to her? Passionate young South Australian, and Animals Australia Unleashed member, Leah knew just what to do — be a voice for the animals.
  • Vegetarianism in the Bible
    When I first began to study the bible, the people told me that it was wrong for me to be a vegetarian. I have found a common attack by Christians, and even Muslims on vegetarianism goes along the lines of "God said we could eat meat. Are you trying to say you are more merciful than God?" The answer to that question is "surely not", God should be the most merciful being.
  • Under Starters Orders – And They’re Off (the Menu)
    The 5 million or so vegetarians residing in the UK must be feeling relieved at their dietary choice given the grotesque, unprecedented, bizarre and unacceptable horse meat controversy that shows no sign of abating in Europe.
  • Vegetarian Roots: The Extraordinary Tale of William Cowherd
    The Beefsteak chapel hardly sounds like a place where vegetarians would be welcome, but more than 200 years ago, this tiny chapel in Salford was the British birthplace of the meat-free diet.
  • "Take Animals Off The Menu!" - Former Citibank Vice-president For Animal Rights

    Philip Wollen OAM (born 1950) is an Australian philanthropist. He is a former vice-president of Citibank and was also a general manager at Citicorp. Wollen became a vegetarian following his departure from Citibank and is a prominent member of the Animal Rights movement. He conducts intervention programs to rescue abused animals and funds outreach programs that promote animal welfare and abstinence. At age 34, Australian Business Magazine named him in the top 40 headhunted executives in Australia. In 2005 he received the Medal of the Order of Australia and in 2007 he won the Australian of the Year (Victoria) award.

  • The Hidden Costs of a Big Mac

    There’s more to a Big Mac than meets the eye -- besides killing innocent cows. The following video takes a look at the real cost of a Big Mac burger, from the health factors to economic contributions.

  • Vegetarianism for Low Carbon Life - Akhanadhi Das on the BBC
    Akhandadhi Das said that Hinduism's focus on the symbiotic relationship between mankind and the cow could be taken on by all people as a way of reducing carbon emissions caused by intensive beef farming. He was one of several religious representatives who attended the Faith in the Environment conference hosted by BBC Wales, UK, in November 2009.
  • Vegetarians Live Longer – Confirms Study
    According to a recent study, vegetarians or vegans especially men have found to have a longer lifespan than those who gorge upon meat.
  • McDonald's to Open Its First-ever Vegetarian-only Restaurant

    A 2006 poll found that about 40 percent of Indians do not eat meat, and McDonald's is eager to tap that 500-million-strong market.

  • Children with Healthier Diets Are Smarter, Research Proves

    Most parents want to do whatever they can to ensure they give their children every advantage and opportunity to succeed in life. According to new research, that also includes making sure they have a healthy diet. Vegetarians had a higher childhood IQ score than non-vegetarians, said Britain's Metro newspaper.

  • Don’t Pass the Bacon

    A new study published by Harvard researchers provides “clear evidence that regular consumption of red meat, especially processed meat [such as bacon or hot dogs], contributes substantially to premature death.

  • Many Drugs 'Non-vegetarian And Need Better Labelling'
    People who choose not to eat animal products may be unaware that common medicines could contain them, a study suggests. Many tablets and liquid medicines use gelatin, derived from animal bones or skin.
  • The Difference between a Kitten and a Pig
    Thirty-eight years ago I became a vegetarian. In all this time I have not eaten any dead animals, and I’ve avoided any food ingredients derived from animal body parts. No cows, sheep, pigs; no fish, no chicken – and, specially here in London, no jellied eels. Are you impressed?
  • New Ads In The Toronto Subway On Being Vegetarian
    Thousands of Torontonians take the TTC daily to go to school, work and back home. The TTC Subway carts are full of different ads, but recent ads by an independent group called Be Veg have been catching the attention of Subway goers.
  • Christian Ethical Vegetarianism: A Modest Proposal
    Do Christians have moral obligations to animate creation? Many say no, citing the mandate to "have dominion" over all living things (Genesis 1:28) as reason enough to dismiss notions of animal welfare as a religious obligation.
  • Victory For The Vegetables
    An increasing number of accomplished chefs around the world are serving exciting meat-free menus. The vegetable has risen across the globe from a beige member of the chorus line to the ranks of a full-fledged restaurant star.
  • Book Review: Food for the Soul - Vegetarianism and Yoga Traditions by Steven Rosen
    For those who are meat-eating Yogis, wanting an easy way out, this book is to be avoided at all costs. If, however, you are either a vegetarian or someone who is sitting on the fence -- a sincere meat eater who is ready to give up eating meat for his or her practice of Yoga -- this book will offer much direction, knowledge, and food for thought.
  • More Weight On Less Meat
    Today the Environmental Working Group (EWG) released “Meat Eater’s Guide to Climate Change and Health,” a comprehensive report that suggests what’s become a common refrain here and elsewhere: we all need to eat fewer animal products – not just meat, but dairy as well.
  • Vegetarian Hindus Can Sue Indian Restaurant Over Serving Meat
    An appeals court has cleared the way for a group of vegetarian Hindus to sue an Indian restaurant in New Jersey after it mistakenly served them meat.
  • New True Food Shoppers’ Guide Mobile Application to Avoiding GMOs

    There is a new True Food Shopper’s Guide to avoiding genetically engineered (GE) foods. It is free, available to download, or as a mobile application for iPhone and Android.

  • Hare Krishnas Popularize Indian Vegetarian Cuisine in Houston
    The Houston Hare Krishna Temple’s vegetarian food booth, named “Art of India” by the Bayou City Art Festival organizers, was featured this spring at the prestigious, bi-annual festival held at Memorial Park on March 25-27. Festival-goers purchased 4800 samosas, 140 lbs of curried rice, 17 buckets of vegan BBQ “Tandoori” tofu, and 1325 glasses of mango lassis at the booth.
  • Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others
    It’s time to take a look at the line between “pet” and “animal.” When the ASPCA sends an agent to the home of a Brooklyn family to arrest one of its members for allegedly killing a hamster, something is wrong. That “something” is this: we protect “companion animals” like hamsters while largely ignoring what amounts to the torture of chickens and cows and pigs.
  • Inside the Ashram: Cooking With The Bhakti Center In The East Village
    The Bhakti Center of New York City is in East Village, within a three block radius of a funeral home, a nail salon, a cemetery, three gay bars, and a Jewish deli. Dave is preparing food for Columbia University’s Bhakti Club, which meets for a cooking class every Tuesday night.
  • An Apple A Day Really Does Keep The Doctor Away

    One might be quick to dismiss the age-old saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away," as a mere attempt to get children to eat their fruits and vegetables, but what if this simple fruit really can prevent that trip to the doctor's office?

  • Vegetarians Barred From Adopting
    A vegetarian couple on the Greek island of Crete have been barred from adopting a child because of doubts about their diet, a local social welfare official said.
  • Doctors' Group Sues USDA Over Vegetarian Alternative to Food Pyramid

    A nonprofit doctors' organization is suing two federal agencies for ignoring a vegetarian alternative to the traditional food pyramid — despite skyrocketing obesity and diabetes rates.

  • Vegan Compassion Is in The Bag
    Inder Bedi has often told the story of how he built a handbag empire on compassion. The 37-year-old founder of Matt & Nat vegan accessories was asked at age 18 by a Hare Krishna priest to go vegetarian for 30 days: "And it changed my whole life," he says.
  • The New Bill Clinton: Fit, Lean And … Vegan?
    Thanks to Clinton’s popularity and public presence, he may serve as a powerful rallying point for widespread awareness of the benefits of whole foods.
  • Warts and All
    Amongst the things the animal flesh industry would prefer you didn’t know about are viral infections contracted by workers in the meat industry.
  • Vegetarian Festival Attracts Thousands
    With dozens of vendors anxious to share vegetarian food and recipes, facilitate pet adoptions and promote vegetables in lieu of meat, Charlottesville’s Lee Park became a paradise for vegetarians on Saturday.
  • Eating Well: Giving Up Meat for a Better World

    Jonathan Safran Foer used to love his grandmother's chicken and carrots. But after his son was born, the bestselling American author decided to give up meat. Like German author Karen Duve, who is also writing a book about eating ethically, Foer is trying to make the world a better place.

  • New York Professionals Learn to Cook up a Veggie Storm

    For the busy New York City professional, it’s difficult to imagine finding the time to cook, never mind whipping up a healthy and delicious vegetarian meal. But recently many have found that a balanced meat-free, home-cooked diet may not be so far out of their grasp.

  • Paul McCartney Concert Goes From Vegetarian to Krishnatarian
    It is well known that Paul McCartney’s” Up and Coming Tour” was declared 100% vegetarian, and meat-free meals are being served to his musicians and crew. What only a few people know is that the Miami stop of the tour went from vegetarian to Krishnatarian.
  • Veg and the City: My Beef With Locavores
    I know the world isn't going vegetarian overnight. Our numbers are growing, certainly, but the global demand for meat is greater than it's ever been. Amid all this, I was happy to see a substantial group of small farmers take a stand for better farming, including more humane methods of animal husbandry than the factory-farming norm.
  • Veggie Project Expands To Fight Childhood Obesity

    Sergio Escafuller hopes to change the way people think about fruit and veggies. He’s landed his first job at The Veggie Project, which brings farmers’ markets to communities that tend to have the lowest concentrations of grocery stores and poor produce selection.

  • Choosing Healthy Foods Now Called A Mental Disorder

    In its never-ending attempt to fabricate "mental disorders" out of every human activity, the psychiatric industry is now pushing the most ridiculous disease they've invented yet: Healthy eating disorder.

  • Strawberries Stimulate Metabolism and Suppress Appetite

    June is the month for road-side stands, farmer's market deliciousness, and red berry gathering in gardens across the world. Strawberries can increase a hormone that stimulates metabolism, suppresses appetite, and controls blood sugar after starchy meals while inhibiting inflammation.

  • Tastes Like Chicken: The Quest for Fake Meat

    The desire to eat meat has posed an ethical question ever since humans achieved reliable crop production: Do we really need to kill animals to live?

  • UN Urges Global Move To Meat And Dairy-Free Diet
    Lesser consumption of animal products is necessary to save the world from the worst impacts of climate change, UN report says.
  • Why Organic Palm Sugar Is The Next Big Thing In Natural Sweeteners

    The search for healthy, natural sweeteners sometimes seems to involve a whirlwind of information. Today, stevia is now widely accepted as a safe, natural sweetener. That doesn't make it super popular, however: Many people complain about the aftertaste of stevia, and it doesn't melt or cook like sugar does. So the search goes on.

  • Specialty Shop Fills A Need
    Gainesville, FL, USA: Jerry MacDougall already knows his client's food preferences, four months after he opened Harvest Health and Whole Foods on Main Street in Alachua. “You came to get some wings, didn't you,” MacDougall said last week to Mukunda Das, a vegetarian who frequents the store. And by “wings” MacDougall means a vegetarian product made with faux meat, because everything sold in the specialty store at 14521 Main St. caters to a vegetarian or vegan clientele, or those trying to minimize meat consumption.
  • Inconvenient Beef: Go Vegetarian, Gore
    "If Al Gore really cared about the environment, he would give up meat." This was the major beef of animal rights advocate People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) about the former US vice president and environmental advocate, during their protest near the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, where Gore delivered a talk Tuesday.
  • Food for Meditation in Ohio
    The student club "Bhakti" is fast becoming the best source of free vegetarian food on the campus of Columbia University in New York.
  • Cooking Up Spiritual Life in America's Heartland
    The vegan cooking workshops held weekly at Ohio State University emphasize the art of cooking as well as the vegetarian lifestyle.
  • No Beef at Mega Sports Event in New Delhi
    India has said that at the Commonwealth Games to be held in New Delhi in October, where athletes from 71 nations are scheduled to participate, no beef will be served.
  • Meatless Mondays Comes to Hopkins' Cafeteria
    Starting today, Johns Hopkins Hospital's Wellness Corner in its main cafeteria will go meatless on Mondays, encouraging, staff, patients and visitors to load up on healthy fruits, grains and veggies.
  • Karnataka Bans Cow Slaughter
    The Karnataka Assembly passed the Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Bill, 2010 on Friday, Mar 19, making cow slaughter a punishable and a non-bailable offense.
  • Billionaires Declare Meat War on Australian Building Site
    The Western Australian construction union has hit out at a ban on building workers eating ham sandwiches and meat pies at the building site of a $70 million mega-mansion.
  • Michigan Governor's 'Meatout Day' Angers Farmers
    Some Michigan agriculture organizations have a beef with Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm over her proclamation encouraging residents to not eat meat for a day.
  • 25th Anniversary of Meatout Urges "Eat For Life!"
    The world's largest and oldest annual grassroots diet education campaign is looking to get people involved.
  • Al-Qaeda Militant Says No to Vegetarian Food
    The Muslim prisoner demands that he be served meat.
  • Safety of Beef Processing Method Is Questioned
    Eight years ago, federal officials were struggling to remove potentially deadly E. coli from hamburgers when an entrepreneurial company from South Dakota came up with a novel idea: injecting beef with ammonia.
  • Vegetarian is the New Prius
    President Herbert Hoover promised "a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage." With warnings about global warming reaching feverish levels, many are having second thoughts about all those cars. It seems they should instead be worrying about the chickens.
  • Growing Grain for Feed Humanity's Greatest Evil
    Hundreds of millions of people are going hungry every day all over the world because much of the arable land now is being used to grow feed grain for animals rather than food grain for people.
  • Meat the Truth
    The 7 billion livestock animals in the United States consume five times as much grain as is consumed directly by the entire American population. Each year an estimated 41 million tons of plant protein is fed to U.S. livestock to produce an estimated 7 million tons of animal protein for human consumption. About 26 million tons of the livestock feed comes from grains and 15 million tons from forage crops. For every kilogram of high-quality animal protein produced, livestock are fed nearly 6kg of plant protein.
  • Dublin City Council Goes Vegetarian
    I got a phone call from the Mayor’s office a couple of weeks ago expressing how eager she was to partake of some more prasadam and how even more eager she was to introduce her fellow 51 councillors to that prasadam experience! It was also mentioned that this would be an historic event, as never in the history of Dublin City Council has the cuisine been totally vegetarian, a Council that dates back to 1840, 80 odd years before independence from the UK.
  • Vegetarian Menu in American Hospitals
    Hospitals are catching on to the fact that meat is not good for the environment, their budget, their patients’ health, or even the animals!
  • Conspiracy for Murder
    According to Manu, the great author of civic codes and religious principles, even the killer of an animal is to be considered a murderer because animal food is never meant for the civilized man.
  • Health Care Reform and the “V” Word

    Kudos to Michael Pollan. His September 9, 2009 Op-Ed contribution to the New York Times, Big Food vs. Big Insurances, raises unspoken, yet hard to ignore, issues in the US Health Care Reform debate.

  • Celebrate World Vegetarian Day October 1st
    WASHINGTON: National Vegetarian Month is kicked off on October 1st by World Vegetarian Day. In response, The Humane Society of the United States—the nation's largest animal welfare organization—is encouraging consumers to try delicious meat alternatives that are not derived from the routine abuses billions of farm animals endure.
  • Belgian Town Goes Veggie to Lose Weight and Save Planet
    On the bouncy play platform outside Ghent's 15th century slaughterhouse, the banana was thumping the beefsteak. The two boys battled in the drizzle yesterday, the one in the fruity yellow costume serving up another veggie victory over his rival in bloody scarlet. The parent onlookers laughed and munched another soya fritter.
  • Salem Vegan Society to Donate Vegan Turkey for Thanksgiving

    Salem, Massachusetts, USA - Salem and North Shore residents may be heading into summer and looking forward to some much-anticipated beach weather, but Salem Vegan Society’s director has his sights set on Thanksgiving 2009. SVS Founder/Director Marc Delaney, now in the process of preparing for the fourth annual Salem Vegan Food Drive to benefit the Salem Mission this June, has just received a special vegan product donation from Vegan Food Drive corporate sponsor Turtle Island Foods, the makers of the vegan turkey-alternative product, Tofurky.

  • Belgian City Plans Weekly 'Veggie' Day
    The Belgian city of Ghent is about to become the first in the world to go vegetarian at least once a week. Starting this week there will be a regular weekly meatless day, in which civil servants and elected councilors will opt for vegetarian meals. Ghent means to recognize the impact of livestock on the environment.
  • Paying a Price for Loving Red Meat

    There was a time when red meat was a luxury for ordinary Americans, or was at least something special: cooking a roast for Sunday dinner, ordering a steak at a restaurant. Not anymore. Meat consumption has more than doubled in the United States in the last 50 years. Now a new study of more than 500,000 Americans has provided the best evidence yet that our affinity for red meat has exacted a hefty price on our health and limited our longevity.

  • Finding Ways to Support Cow Protection
    A report by the European Environment Agency reveals that for the first time in human history more people are living in towns and cities than in rural areas. Europe is one of the most urbanised regions, with around 75% of its population living in urban areas. This phenomenon is being mirrored around the world.
  • Vegetarians' Bone Density Identical to Non-Vegetarians

    Vegetarians have been delivered some "very good news" in an Australian study of a group of strict vegan Buddhist nuns. Bone density among the 105 nuns, who live in temples and monasteries across Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City, was found to be the same as non-vegetarian women matched in every physical respect.

  • Large Study Shows Vegetarians 'Get Fewer Cancers'
    Eating red meat increases the chances of dying prematurely, according to the first large study to examine whether regularly eating beef or pork increases mortality. The study of more than 500,000 middle-aged and elderly Americans found that those who consumed about four ounces of red meat a day (the equivalent of about a small hamburger) were more than 30 percent more likely to die during the 10 years they were followed, mostly from heart disease and cancer. Sausage, cold cuts and other processed meats also increased the risk.
  • It’s Organic, but Does That Mean It’s Safer?

    MOST of the chicken, fruit and vegetables in Ellen Devlin-Sample’s kitchen are organic. She thinks those foods taste better than their conventional counterparts. And she hopes they are healthier for her children. Lately, though, she is not so sure.

  • People of Faith Make Dietary Choices Part of Their Spirituality

    A variety of religions hold that our food choices impact our spiritual well-being. Some base their dietary prescriptions on sacred texts. Others pay special attention to social concerns like world hunger. All encourage followers to honor food and to consume it with reverence and moderation. Denise Backstrom, a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Tupelo, also a chef and practitioner of Yoga, said mindful eating can be understood in a number of ways.

  • What Do You Cook When Your Teenager Turns Vegetarian?

    No one knows how many Australian teenagers turn to their parents one day and announce that- like Lisa from The Simpsons they're now vegetarian. But the guess is that it's no rare event - especially among girls. But in the US they've crunched some numbers and, based on interviews with 9000 parents, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that around one in 200 American teenagers has taken a pledge to veg.

  • US Count Finds 1 in 200 Kids Are Vegetarian
    Sam Silverman is co-captain of his high school football team — a safety accustomed to bruising collisions. But that's nothing compared with the abuse he gets for being a vegetarian. "I get a lot of flak for it in the locker room," said the 16-year-old junior at Westborough High School in Massachusetts.
  • Food Needs 'Fundamental Rethink'
    A sustainable global food system in the 21st Century needs to be built on a series of "new fundamentals", according to a leading food expert. Tim Lang warned that the current system, designed in the 1940s, was showing "structural failures", such as "astronomic" environmental costs.
  • A Thanksgiving Recipe For a Family Fight
    To bring the tofu, or not bring the tofu? It's a question that Genevieve Hartman has been rolling over in her mind for some time now. The 28-year-old vegetarian will be spending Thanksgiving at her boyfriend's professor's house in New York City.
  • UN Says Eat Less Meat to Curb Global Warming

    People should have one meat-free day a week if they want to make a personal and effective sacrifice that would help tackle climate change, the world's leading authority on global warming has told The Observer. Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which last year earned a joint share of the Nobel Peace Prize, said that people should then go on to reduce their meat consumption even further.

  • Heather Mills Gets Grilling as She Donates $1m of Vegan Food

    Heather Mills, a champion of vegetarianism, brought her healthy diet to the streets of New York on Saturday when she hosted a meat-free barbeque for some of the city's poorest families. Now a resident of the city, Heather picked up the tongs and got cooking the soy burgers, sausages, hot dogs and chicken pieces she had donated to create a vegan feast for 1,000 families living in the Bronx.

  • Superfood or Monster From the Deep?
    OFF the coast of Peru swim billions of sardines and anchovies: oily, smelly little fish, rich in nutritious omega-3 fatty acids. Their spot on the food chain is low; many will be caught, ground up, and fed as fishmeal to bigger animals. But a few have a more exalted destiny: to be transported, purified and served at North American breakfast tables in the form of Tropicana Healthy Heart orange juice and Wonder Headstart bread.
  • Growing Numbers Say Diet Must Reflect the Divine

    When Marilyn Lorenz of Alma, Mich., talks about living out her Catholic faith in daily life, she starts by describing what's inside her refrigerator. The produce is grown on nearby farms, and the milk is organic and hormone-free. Meat comes from a local farmer who lets his animals graze freely and doesn't use antibiotics.

  • Healthy Breakfast Can Lead to a Sicker Planet

    What you have for breakfast could have twice the impact on the environment as driving to work, according to a study published in New Scientist magazine. Ecotrust ecological economist Astrid Scholz, who calculates food production carbon emissions using "equivalence CO2 emissions", says a bowl of cereal with milk has emitted as much greenhouse gas to get to your table as a 6km drive in an SUV would produce.

  • A Farm Boy Reflects on Animal Cruelty

    In a world in which animal rights are gaining ground, barbecue season should make me feel guilty. My hunch is that in a century or two, our descendants will look back on our factory farms with uncomprehending revulsion. But in the meantime, I love a good burger.

  • Thousands Protest in Seoul against US Beef Imports

    South Korean police have used a water cannon to disperse thousands of people in the capital Seoul protesting against the resumption of US beef imports. The protests took place as US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice insisted in Seoul that US beef is safe to eat.

  • Eating Green from the Vedic Perspective

    If you ever watch TV, read a newspaper, or listen to the radio, chances are you'll have heard of the term 'carbon footprint' by now. In our increasingly green conscious society, it's the buzzword of the minute, and refers to the impact human activities have on the environment.

  • Tofu 'May Raise Risk of Dementia'

    Eating high levels of some soy products - including tofu - may raise the risk of memory loss, research suggests. The study focused on 719 elderly Indonesians living in urban and rural regions of Java. The researchers found high tofu consumption - at least once a day - was associated with worse memory, particularly among the over-68s.

  • Renewing Culinary Culture a Conservative Cause

    Alice Waters might not seem like a conservative. A veteran of Berkeley’s Free Speech Movement, who once cooked a $25,000-a-seat fundraising dinner for Bill Clinton, she eagerly compares her campaign for “edible schoolyards”—where children work with instructors to grow, prepare, and eat fresh produce—to John F. Kennedy’s attempt to improve physical fitness through mandatory exercise.

  • A Million Taiwanese Vow to Give Up Eating Meat

    More than one million people in Taiwan have pledged to help cut carbon emissions by being a vegetarian. Taiwan's population is about 23 million, and the one million vegetarians would reduce at least 1.5 million tons of carbon emissions in Taiwan in one year.

  • Processed Meats Dangerous for Human Consumption

    Have you ever wondered why the consumption of processed meats is so strongly linked to cancers of the colon, breast, prostate and pancreas? The evidence continues to mount, as demonstrated by a recent study showing a 67% increase in pancreatic cancer for people consuming moderate amounts of processed meat on a frequent basis.

  • Proud Vegetarians, in Costume, Take to the Streets
    There was a parade on Sunday that brought all manner of people who love flora and defend fauna to the city’s streets. It took place in downtown Manhattan and organizers called it Veggie Pride. The festivities began at noon in the meatpacking district — get it? — and drew about 600 people and at least one vegan dog — Simba, a tofu-fed black Labrador retriever.
  • Finding the Best Way to Cook All Those Vegetables
    By now, most people know they should be eating more vegetables. But are there ways to get more from the vegetables you already eat? A growing body of research shows that when it comes to vegetables, it’s not only how much we eat, but how we prepare them, that influences the amount of phytochemicals, vitamins and other nutrients that enter our body.
  • Indian Animal Rights Activists Preach Veg Diet to Bush
    WASHINGTON: One way to beat the worldwide grain shortage is for meat-eaters to turn vegetarian, and the movement should start with US President George Bush, the Indian affiliate of the animal rights organization PETA has said.
  • Vegetarian is the New Prius
    President Herbert Hoover promised "a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage." With warnings about global warming reaching feverish levels, many are having second thoughts about all those cars. It seems they should instead be worrying about the chickens.
  • Jewish Vegetarians Weigh in Against "Animal-based Agriculture"
    New York - March 6, 2008 -- The Jewish Vegetarians of North America (JVNA) announced today that it strongly commends the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) for initiating a "Scientists and Economists' Call to Action," which urges U.S.-based scientists and economists to sign a letter which calls for "policies that will ensure swift and deep reductions in U.S. emissions of heat-trapping gases."
  • Cattle Have A Beef Too!
    Americans choked on their gherkins last week at the news that authorities had ordered the recall of 65,000 tonnes of beef following the release of an undercover video taken inside a Californian slaughterhouse. That's two quarter-pounders for every person in the United States. In other words, they'd have to go without an entire breakfast.
  • Srila Prabhupada and the Sixth Commandment
    At a recent interreligious conference, I happened to mention that we devotees of Krishna are vegetarian, and in the midst of the discussion, I referred to the Sixth Commandment: "Thou shalt not kill." A prominent Christian scholar, who was part of the discussion, asked what the commandment had to do with vegetarianism.
  • I Love You, but You Love Meat
    SOME relationships run aground on the perilous shoals of money, sex or religion. When Shauna James’s new romance hit the rocks, the culprit was wheat. “I went out with one guy who said I seemed really great but he liked bread too much to date me,” said Ms. James, 41, a writer in Seattle who cannot eat gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.
  • Vegetarian Athletes: At the Top of Their Game
    David Tyree may have been the star of the Super Bowl, helping the New York Giants beat the previously undefeated New England Patriots, but in my eyes, Kansas City Chiefs tight-end Tony Gonzalez is the biggest NFL champion. His team may not have made the Super Bowl, but as The Wall Street Journal recently reported, Gonzalez proved that a football player can be powerful without eating heaping helpings of meat, eggs, and dairy products.
  • Rethinking the Meat-Guzzler
    A sea change in the consumption of a resource that Americans take for granted may be in store — something cheap, plentiful, widely enjoyed and a part of daily life. And it isn’t oil. It’s meat.
  • What Are We Really Eating?
    We live in a world of enticingly packaged, processed foods where nobody really cares what they’re eating, so long as it looks good. As a child, I remember seeing a guest on a TV chat show say that they were allergic to various products, and therefore had to check the ingredients on everything when they went shopping. “Oh my God!” the host exclaimed in horror. “That must be such a pain! I could never do that!”
  • Hare Krishna Cuisine in Gourmet Magazine’s Top 100
    The folks at Saveur, an award-winning international dining magazine, pack their most zealous and fervent recommendations into their popular Saveur 100 issue – an annual list of “favorite restaurants, food, drink, people, places and things.” This year that list included the cuisine of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) – under the heading “A Faith that Nourishes,” the magazine deemed Hare Krishna temple dining halls “one of the best restaurant chains in the world.”
  • Lord Caitanya and Devotees on List of Veggie VIPs
    Cyber Space -- Imagine a dinner party where ISKCON founder-acarya Srila Prabhupada, Jesus Christ, Leonardo Da Vinci, and pop sensation Justin Timberlake break bread together. While we're not certain what the dinner-table conversations would be like, one thing we can be reasonably sure of: the menu, would be 100% vegetarian.
  • ‘Vegetarianism is Not OK’ Say Some Hindus
    There’s been a kerfuffle in the media in the past few days over the entrance policy for the new Hindu school in Harrow. Various parties have submitted statements to newspapers and been interviewed on the radio. The Krishna-Avanti Hindu School is to be built and run with money from central government and, like the name suggests, its a school for Hindu children.
  • Dishes With a Difference
    They've got loose pages, ghee-spattered covers and smidges of turmeric marking favourite recipes. One was published in 1973 but its vintage recipes still outperform many of those found in latter-day lavishly illustrated cookbooks.
  • Airline Fined for Serving Beef to a Hindu Man

    Hindustan Times has reported that Japan Airlines was forced to pay a fine of 50,000 rupees for serving beef to a Hindu man on a flight from Dehli to San Francisco.

  • Meat Consumption: Environment's No.1 Enemy?
    EVER since “An Inconvenient Truth,” Al Gore has been the darling of environmentalists, but that movie hardly endeared him to the animal rights folks. According to them, the most inconvenient truth of all is that raising animals for meat contributes more to global warming than all the sport utility vehicles combined.
  • TV Chef Threatens Kids with Electrocution if They Go Veg
    The TV chef - famed for his tyrannical methods in the kitchen - said it would be his "worst nightmare" if his children turned their backs on eating meat, and joked that he would electrocute them as a punishment.
  • SM Seeks SF for Long Walks and Lots of Leafy Greens

    It's not easy being green. Just ask Eric Brent. A strict vegetarian, Brent, 40, founder of the vegetarian Web site, said he "did a lot of online dating" trying to find the perfect mate. And for him, that perfect mate had to be a vegetarian.

  • FOOD: Vegetarian menus root in beefy Buenos Aires
    The term "cocina vegetariana," or vegetarian cuisine, tends to draw blank stares or outright pity from Argentines on the streets of this city, considered by many the red meat capital of the world. But vegetarians need not write Buenos Aires off as a travel destination. Krishna Veggie Lunch is a lively two-room restaurant that serves vegetarian food all day. It is adorned with icons, shrines, paintings, and murals depicting all faiths. It also has a disco ball hanging from the ceiling and a soundtrack that ranges from OutKast to Bob Dylan to Indian dub.
  • Can You Be An Environmentalist and Still Eat Meat?

    There has never been a better time for environmentalists to become vegetarians. Evidence of the environmental impacts of a meat-based diet is piling up at the same time its health effects are becoming better known. Meanwhile, full-scale industrialized factory farming-which allows diseases to spread quickly as animals are raised in close confinement-has given rise to recent, highly publicized epidemics of meat-borne illnesses. At presstime, the first discovery of mad cow disease in a Tokyo suburb caused beef prices to plummet in Japan and many people to stop eating meat.

  • Vegetarians Protest Eggs in Lunch Program

    Veggies to hold rally on Monday Saturday January 20 2007 12:33 IST BELGAUM: Vegetarians of the city protested against the State Government's move to provide eggs to the students of primary school, here on Thursday.