I Only Eat Grassfed Bison

September 12, 2011

Years of study has led us to the following rule: Whether it’s a feather hair extension or grass-fed bison you’re buying, whenever and wherever animals are exchanged for money, you can bet it’s dirty business. Switching from factory-farmed meat to grass-fed bison, for example, doesn’t eliminate environmental degradation, water and energy waste, water-deprived truck rides to the butcher, slaughter, or lowlife politics. Switching meats often just changes the set of problems.



For example: 
•Many bison ranches are adjacent to natural parks where wild bison and wild elk roam. When wild animals carrying brucellosis (an infectious bacteria transmittable to humans and other animals) cross park boundaries during their winter migratory routes, they can infect ranched herds—the common consequences being that the rancher must kill his entire stable. So in the interest of cattle farmers, the state of Montana, under, for example, the Interagency Bison Management Plan, drives back its wild bison herds using helicopters, hazing, slaughter, and penning. In 2004 at Yellowstone National Park, 264 wild bison were rounded up and slaughtered in order to protect 180 cows grazing on land nearby. Another 198 were rather corralled until the following season, but for lack of space in the pen, 57 were killed without even testing for brucellosis. In 2008, 1,616 bison were driven from park borders and slaughtered.

•North America used to be home to 50 million bison. Now, the last free-roaming, genetically pure herd—descendents of 23 wild bison that survived mass slaughter— exist in Yellowstone National Park, numbering 3,000. Wildlife advocates have been working to restore Yellowstone’s bison populations for relocation onto protected areas nationwide, but ranch lobbyists around the country stand in the way. Because of ranchers’ fear of brucellosis spreading to their cattle, wild bison may never be allowed to repopulate public land again, especially because the competition against livestock owners for cheap grazing land is fierce.

•Even if your grass-fed bison is “organic” today, it still may have been genetically modified and bred in the past. Being that the only pure herd exists in Montana, the many ranched bison across America are not as natural as a consumer might hope, but rather mixed with cattle genes.

So think about it: Are organic grassfed bison farmers the people you want to be giving your money to? What side of politics do you want to be on?



  

Sources: LA Times1, LA Times2, and Save the Buffalo Campaign.
Photos from: Photos from www.buffalofieldcampaign.org

Why Vegan?

August 30, 2011

1. ANIMALS:
Whether animals are "free-range" organic or raised on a factory farm, there's no such thing as humane slaughter. Even most small, local farms must "process" their animals at USDA slaughterhouses in the end. Check this short overview of standard practices in the pork, poultry, dairy, beef, and seafood industries. If you eat meat and dairy, you've had this in your belly:



2. FOOD & HEALTH:
We know that on a plant-based diet, Diabetes is being reversed (1) and people are living healthfully into their 100s (2); we know that an average MD gets less than 20 hours of nutritional training (3, 4), that Big Pharma literally has hires cheerleaders to rep their meds (5) and provides their loyal doctors with trips to Hawaii (6, 7); we know that the masses fighting for healthcare plans—eating the way they do, will continue to be sick unless they aim for health instead. We're over getting played. We now have access to the most innovative information and the best foods and natural medicines on Earth...and it turns out, the keys to health and longevity are simple.



3. POLITICS: What we eat is linked to every major political issue there is: world hunger, environment and climate change, energy, water waste, civil and labor rights, healthcare, oppression, wildlife and endangered species, and more. By going vegan, you push and pull your support of these issues more directly and more often than you can at the voting booth. Put your money where you mouth is and use the most powerful political tool we have to influence change.

4. ENVIRONMENT: The U.N. reported in 2006 that animal agriculture causes more pollution than all forms of transportation combined. Both eating and wearing animals is dirty business, directly contributing to global land degradation, climate change and air pollution, water waste and contamination, and loss of biodiversity. This is not the trail we wish to leave behind.

5. CONSCIOUSNESS: If we hear one more animal-eating yogi utter "Loka samasta sukhino bhavantu" (May all beings everywhere be happy and free); if we are solicited by one more Greenpeace street-volunteer who still eats fish; if we're invited to one more hot-dog barbeque in celebration of Juneteenth...you get the picture.

I'd Go Vegan, BUT...

August 24, 2011



Were you considering going vegan but you think all your veg friends look like they’re dying? Or did you try going vegan yourself, but you ended up wilted and weak?

If that's a "hell to the yes," we totally understand. While most vegans we know are thriving and glowing with health, vegan-eating doesn't necessarily denote healthy eating. We mean, almost anything is better than a diet of dead, leukemia-stricken flesh and pus milk—but to be optimally healthy, you have to be eating non-processed whole foods, superfoods, and lots of greens. The more raw, mineralized, nutrient-rich foods you have in your daily repertoire, the better you’ll feel—and the more likely you are to stay vegan.

If your vegan friends are not lookin’ so hot, most likely, they are living on processed concoctions of faux meats, soy cheese, rancid oils, breads, potato chips, and pasta… that’s a whole lot of dead food—fried, boiled, baked, and burned—to feed their screaming yeast. And your vegetarian friends, they’re piling dairy on top of all that! You just can’t sustain a healthy immune system on that garbage.

Granted, even if you’re eating all the right things while you transition, one still might have ups and downs on the journey. Often, these health hiccups are evidence of the “Herxheimer effect” —essentially, cleansing reactions. Clearing out the havoc that meat and dairy causes in the body is a real thing and can take time. These are not reasons to start eating meat and dairy again, but to look further into feeding your body right, especially while you cleanse.

So, if you’re feeling uncertain about going vegan because of our soy-guzzling brothers and sisters (we still love them for the cause), look a little further to the beaming and bright-eyed vegans who know what’s up. We even have vegan athletes on our side now who look like superheroes and have one thing in common—they eat a lot of fresh, raw foods: triathalon champion Brendan Brazier, MMA fighters Jon Fitch, Nick Diaz, and Mac Danzig, figure competitor Claudia Cuellar, and b-boy icons—Mr. Wiggles and Flowmaster, not to mention a host of other modelesque, in-shape vegans who rep our culture raw.

It's a new era. Those invested in health and physicality are redefining the means and methods to strength, endurance, recovery, and longevity—not to mention quality of life. So don’t hesitate. Get prepared to do it right.

 

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