Andy Bellatti on Soy vs. Dairy Risk

Newly-minted Registered Dietitian Andy Bellatti wrote the following guest blog entry. I love Andy’s work, and I follow him on Twitter and subscribe to his blog. Critics of soy often vilify its estrogen content. At the ridiculous end of the spectrum, some mainstream men’s fitness magazines consider it a “feminizing” food, while—at the more evidence-based […]

Vegan For Life "the Definitive Vegan Nutrition Book"

A new review by Mark Robison perfectly sums up the appeal of Jack and Ginny’s Vegan for Life: I can’t rave enough about Jack Norris and Virginia Messina’s new book “Vegan for Life.” It displaces “Becoming Vegan” as the definitive vegan nutrition book. And when I say “vegan nutrition book,” that might sound boring but […]

BBQ Seitan Quesadillas with Pineapple Salsa

My idea of a quesadilla couldn’t be simpler: a sprouted wheat tortilla, some Daiya pepperjack cheese, some tomato sauce or hot sauce, and maybe some sliced olives. Nuke it, then fold it into quarters. This has my version beat by a mile but it’s a lot more complicated. Recipe here. Uploaded by: Cheftanya,

Summer Vegan Books

Ten appealing titles that have come out in the past month or two: Vegan for Life: Everything You Need to Know to Be Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet Sinfully Vegan: More than 160 Decadent Desserts to Satisfy Every Sweet Tooth Hearty Vegan Meals for Monster Appetites: Lip-Smacking, Belly-Filling, Home-Style Recipes Guaranteed to Keep […]

Vegans and Birth Control Pills

Why do people who plainly don’t know fuck all about nutrition feel the need to blog about it? Once again, Ginny empties out another barrel of hogwash. Turns out there’s no reason to think that birth control pills can produce B12 deficiency in vegans. Ginny and Jack shouldn’t have to do this sort of work, […]

McWilliams on Conscientious Omnivorism

The Atlantic’s James McWilliams argues that conscientious omnivorism isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and that a kinder, gentler meat industry just can’t scale. It’s a point I’ve made many times (beginning five years ago in Meat Market): that alternative meat producers are under the same cost-cutting competitive pressures as factory farmers. And these […]

Dairy and PMS

The dairy industry is now running ads claiming that milk eliminates PMS symptoms. Perhaps pus has magical properties. Anyway, as is often the case with dairy industry health claims, there’s no good science backing this up. Those dicks will say anything. (Via Simon.) Link.

Gary Smith on Beef Industry Cruelty

Dr. Gary Smith, one of the top beef industry academics, asserts that: Numerous bloggers express concern about what they perceive as frequent and widespread abuse, as well as cruel and inhumane treatment, of farm animals. Such actions do occur and have been documented but they are neither frequent nor widespread in the beef industry. Smith […] Bestseller Updated List

I just updated the bestselling books list to cover purchases by readers from June 1st through yesterday: 1. 99¢ Vegan Guide 2. Vegan for Life 3. Forks Over Knives 4. Quick-Fix Vegetarian 5. The 30-Minute Vegan 6. The China Study 7. Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease 8. Appetite for Reduction 9. Happy Herbivore […]

Egg Industry Agrees to Ban Battery Cages in America

I’ve been writing about factory farming for more than fifteen years, and in all likelihood today marks the single biggest step forward for farmed animal welfare in American history. Egg-laying hens—by my reckoning the most abused of all farmed animals—are at long last on the brink of being granted a measure of protection, as the […]