VeganMoFo, Day 22: The New Four Food Groups (A Tutorial)

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

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So the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine – PCRM for short – has introduced their own version of the USDA’s Food Guide Pyramid, called The New Four Food Groups. (Actually, they created the guide way back in 1991 – when vegetarianism was just a niggling feeling worming its way up through the depths of my conflicted brain – but that’s neither here nor there. I just happened to discover the guide today, and that’s what counts. Particularly since I’m running low both on time and VeganMoFo post ideas!)

Naturally, PCRM’s reconstruction of the USDA’s food pyramid eliminates all animal-based products, instead focusing on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes:

Many of us grew up with the USDA’s old Basic Four food groups, first introduced in 1956. The passage of time has seen an increase in our knowledge about the importance of fiber, the health risks of cholesterol and fats, and the disease-preventive power of many nutrients found exclusively in plant-based foods. We also have discovered that the plant kingdom provides excellent sources of the nutrients once only associated with meat and dairy products—namely, protein and calcium.

The USDA revised its recommendations with the Food Guide Pyramid, a plan that reduced the prominence of animal products and vegetable fats. But because regular consumption of such foods—even in lower quantities—poses serious health risks, PCRM developed the New Four Food Groups in 1991. This no-cholesterol, low-fat plan supplies all of an average adult’s daily nutritional requirements, including substantial amounts of fiber.

Specifically, PCRM recommends that you eat the following, along with “a good source of vitamin B12, such as fortified cereals or vitamin supplements”:

Fruit: 3 or more servings a day

Fruits are rich in fiber, vitamin C, and beta-carotene. Be sure to include at least one serving each day of fruits that are high in vitamin C—citrus fruits, melons, and strawberries are all good choices. Choose whole fruit over fruit juices, which do not contain very much fiber.

Serving size: 1 medium piece of fruit • 1/2 cup cooked fruit • 4 ounces juice

Vegetables: 4 or more servings a day

Vegetables are packed with nutrients; they provide vitamin C, beta-carotene, riboflavin, iron, calcium, fiber, and other nutrients. Dark green leafy vegetables such as broccoli, collards, kale, mustard and turnip greens, chicory, or cabbage are especially good sources of these important nutrients. Dark yellow and orange vegetables such as carrots, winter squash, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin provide extra beta-carotene. Include generous portions of a variety of vegetables in your diet.

Serving size: 1 cup raw vegetables • 1/2 cup cooked vegetables

Legumes: 2 or more servings a day

Legumes, which is another name for beans, peas, and lentils, are all good sources of fiber, protein, iron, calcium, zinc, and B vitamins. This group also includes chickpeas, baked and refried beans, soymilk, tempeh, and texturized vegetable protein.

Serving size: cup cooked beans • 4 ounces tofu or tempeh • 8 ounces soymilk

Whole Grains: 5 or more servings a day

This group includes bread, rice, tortillas, pasta, hot or cold cereal, corn, millet, barley, and bulgur wheat. Build each of your meals around a hearty grain dish—grains are rich in fiber and other complex carbohydrates, as well as protein, B vitamins, and zinc.

Serving size: 1/2 cup rice or other grain • 1 ounce dry cereal • 1 slice bread

Apropos last week’s discussion of how one can obtain adequate amounts of protein on a low-budget, cruelty-free diet, note that the only “faux” “meat” or dairy item PCRM mentions by name is soy milk: no Fakin’ Bacon, no Daiya cheese, no Purely Decadent ice cream. Instead, many of the foods touted by PCRM are relatively inexpensive: pasta, cereal, millet, chickpeas, beans, broccoli and melon. You can even grow items from two of the four groups in your own backyard and eat them raw! While not exactly free, it’s hard to get any less expensive than homegrown.

PCRM also produces a weekly webcast devoted to the dietary and health aspects of veganism. The most recent three episodes examine “The New Four Food Groups” in greater detail; so far, fruit, vegetables and grains have received their due, with an episode devoted to legumes forthcoming. I’ve embedded each after the jump.

Now go forth and veganize, my frugal grasshoppers!

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Are Fast-Food Companies Marketing to Your Child at School?

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Photo via equality – and is part of an excellent set on Flickr demonstrating how children are socialized into speciesism: Speciesist infancy / Infancia especista .

Are Fast-Food Companies Marketing to Your Child at School?

The Cancer Project wants to know:

Are fast-food companies using your child’s time in school as another opportunity to market unhealthy foods? If so, we want to hear about it.

A 2005 review by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies concluded that food marketing influences children’s food preferences, consumption, and health. In 2006, they concluded that food marketing was a contributor to childhood obesity in the United States. One in three children is currently overweight, one in seven is obese. These rates have doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the last 20 years. An overweight 4-year-old is 20 percent more likely to become an obese adult—an overweight teen, 80 percent—increasing chances of obesity-related diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and some forms of cancer.

The food and beverage industry in the United States views children as a major market force. Some companies even use in-school marketing to reach this vulnerable “target market.” The Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program, for example, rewards student readers with a free Personal Pan Pizza. Several years ago, community outrage ended a program in which McDonald’s gave students in one Florida school district Happy Meals in exchange for good grades or good attendance.

If you are aware of this type of marketing program in your child’s school, please send details to me at info [at] cancerproject.org. Thank you for your help!

Best regards,

Krista L. Haynes, R.D., L.D.
Staff Dietitian

P.S. If possible, please send samples to:

Krista L. Haynes, R.D., L.D.
Staff Dietitian
The Cancer Project
5100 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Ste. 400
Washington, DC 20016

This is yet another example of intersections; in this case, the megatheocorporatocracy selectively targets a captive, vulnerable audience – i.e., schoolchildren – in order to brainwash them into consuming – nay, craving – cheap, unhealthy and addictive foods. “Foods” which, not-so-coincidentally, usually incorporate the dismembered body parts and/or secretions of previously living animals. Oftentimes, underfunded schools are forced to submit and allow these death paddlers on campus – against their better judgment – with a bribe of some sort. Because simply donating the funds to a school in need would just be…charitable. Blecht.

Consequently, children suffer, animals suffer, society suffers – and the megatheocorporatocracy profits, hand over fist.

Thus, while the Cancer Project probably isn’t acting with the well-being of non-human animals in mind, this is still a cause we should get behind. So parents (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, concerned friends, etc.), keep an eye out for fast food marketing geared towards your yung’uns, and send your examples to the Cancer Project.

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Liberation BC & PCRM: Vegan Diet Doesn’t Cause Birth Defects

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Sigh. Almost two years after “vegan” parents Lamont Thomas and Jade Sanders were convicted of involuntary manslaughter for starving their son, Crown Shakur, to death (hence Nina Planck’s oh-so-clever – and, not to mention, compassionate – “Death by Veganism” column title), non-vegans *still* refer to this case as proof that vegan diets are inherently unhealthy and unsuitable for infants and children. (And, in more extreme cases, that vegan diets constitute child abuse and warrant state intervention.) Even though, as I explain at over at Bitch, these “death by veganism” cases could be more accurately described as “death by starvation.” With proper knowledge and planning, vegan diets are actually healthier than diets which involve animals and animal by-products. For infants, breast milk and soy formula – rather than the soy milk and apple juice Crown Shakur received – are part of a healthy vegan diet.

Anyhow, cue the latest bit of anti-vegan scare-mongering: “Vegan diet tied to birth defects,” which PCRM and Liberation BC critique below. Please consider contacting the newspapers that ran the story, and politely correct their shoddy science “reporting.”

Mary Martin at Animal Person also offers an interesting deconstruction of PCRM’s press release from a radical vegan perspective. I’m embarassed to say that I didn’t pick up on PCRM’s odd choice of wording at first!

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From: Liberation BC
Date: Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 4:10 PM
Subject: Vegan Diet Doesn’t Cause Birth Defects

Liberation BC has had a few people write to us asking about an article in several newspapers, “Vegan diet tied to birth defects”, so we thought we’d send out an Action Alert with a little more information.

The article claims that a study shows that “…vegans and women who eat little or no meat, fish, eggs, milk or cheese are at the highest risk, as well as women with stomach or intestinal problems…that keep them from absorbing enough B12.”

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has issued a press release in response, stating that what the article doesn’t mention is that “…the study is based on analysis of stored blood samples originally collected during pregnancy from three groups of Irish women between 1983 and 1990. It’s not clear if any of the women were vegan, but the study clearly states that this population was deliberately chosen because vitamin supplementation and food fortification were rare at that time. The women lived in a region of traditionally high neural tube defects prevalence, suggesting a moderately high genetic predisposition.” (Doctors endorse vegan and vegetarian diets for healthy pregnancies, 2 Mar 2009)

Of course, it is absolutely true that everyone needs to get B12. It is the only vitamin or mineral that one cannot get on a totally vegan diet. An incredibly small amount of it is necessary–less than 10 micrograms a day–and yet it is so important that without it, we can become very ill indeed. Fortunately, however, it is also a very easy vitamin to get.

It is also worth noting that the experts wholly endorse a vegan diet. The Dieticians of Canada and the American Dietetic Association have stated that:

“Well-planned vegan diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy and lactation. Appropriately planned vegan diets satisfy nutrient needs of infants, children, and adolescents and promote normal growth.”

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another year over

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

Even though the song title is Happy Xmas (War Is Over), I’ve always fancied this more of an ode to the New Year – to starting over, blank slates, opportunities renewed. “Another year over, and a new one just begun.”

So here’s to another year of peace, love, compassion and activism.

PCRM - 2008 New Year Card

And many, many thanks to all of you who have stopped by and (hopefully) taken action on behalf of the animals in 2008!

(Video via Cara @ The Curvature; incidentally, and even though it’s not at all related to animal advocacy, you should totally go check out her “Yoko Ono: A Feminist Analysis” series. Part Two is here, along with links back to previous posts.)

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…and have a compassionate Christmas, too!

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

PCRM eCard [cropped]

Because I highly doubt that Jesus would approve of factory farming. Just sayin’.

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PCRM: Update: Senate Passes Farm Bill

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

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From: PCRM Legislative Coordinator Kyle Ash
Date: Dec 19, 2007 9:00 AM
Subject: Update: Senate Passes Farm Bill

The Senate passed its version of the Farm Bill on Friday, Dec. 14–and thanks to all of your phone calls and e-mails, a remarkable number of senators found the courage to ignore special interests and vote yes on the FRESH Amendment. The FRESH Amendment, which was introduced by Sens. Lugar and Lautenberg, represented our best chance to reduce subsidies for cruel factory farms and unhealthy foods. Unfortunately, the amendment failed by a vote of 37 to 58. But the vote was much closer than people anticipated, and it reflects an important change on Capitol Hill: Public health and children’s nutrition are finally becoming a priority.

Find out how your senators voted on the FRESH Amendment. If you would like to contact your senators about how they voted, click here.

More than ever before, the media, celebrities, politicians, and the public are talking about how the American crisis of obesity and chronic disease is fueled by the federal food policies that continue to surround Americans with high-fat, sugary products. Reforming the Farm Bill is an uphill battle, and PCRM will continue working to improve federal food policy.

The Farm Bill debate is not completely over until it passes the president’s desk in 2008. And in 2009, the Child Nutrition Act will be reauthorized. Please stay tuned for more updates about how you can help. You can also visit our Web site for the latest information on our efforts on Capitol Hill.

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PCRM: Save Animals at Medical College of Wisconsin

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

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From: PCRM Research Program Coordinator Ryan Merkley – rmerkley [at] pcrm.org
Date: Dec 13, 2007 10:45 AM
Subject: Save Animals at Medical College of Wisconsin

Animals are still in danger at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). As you may remember, about 60 dogs were killed in a physiology lab at MCW in February 2007. Despite efforts by PCRM members, concerned citizens, and a coalition of animal protection organizations led by the Wisconsin Humane Society, MCW is scheduled to hold another round of unnecessary animal labs in February 2008. The school will use pigs instead of dogs for the first-year physiology course in February. With the lab just a few months away, we urgently need your help to save these animals.

Here’s what we need you to do today:

* Please call the Department of Physiology chairman Allen Cowley Jr., Ph.D., at 414-456-8277 and ask him to cancel the pig lab and implement humane alternatives. It is extremely important that your phone call is polite.

* Send an automatic e-mail to MCW president and CEO T. Michael Bolger, chairman Cowley, and director of MCW’s pig lab Jean-Francois Liard, M.D., Ph.D., and politely ask them to end the school’s live animal lab program.

* Forward this e-mail to all of your friends and family in Wisconsin and ask them to take action, too.

* Visit http://www.savemcwanimals.org/ for the most up-to-date information about our campaign to end MCW’s pig lab and how you can help.

Over the past year, three medical schools have ended their live animal physiology labs. In fact, only 10 out of 126 medical schools in the United States still offer live animal courses. Learn more about live animal labs.

It’s clear that MCW has felt enormous public pressure to change—and now we have to keep that pressure on. Thank you so much for taking action to help save these pigs and reform physiology education at MCW. Please feel free to contact me at rmerkley@pcrm.org if you have any questions.

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PCRM: The Farm Bill: What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You

Friday, October 5th, 2007

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From: PCRM Legislative Coordinator Kyle Ash – kash [at] pcrm.org
Date: Sep 28, 2007 10:40 AM
Subject: The Farm Bill: What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You

Ever wonder why cheeseburgers are so cheap? Or why school cafeterias still serve more meatloaf and hot dogs than fruits and vegetables? The answer may surprise you.

The Farm Bill, America’s primary federal food policy, keeps high-fat, cholesterol-laden pork, beef, cheese, and other unhealthy animal products cheap and widely available. That’s why I hope you’ll take action today to help spread the word about PCRM’s new hard-hitting Farm Bill commercial.

The Farm Bill doled out more than $70 billion in food subsidy payments from 1995 to 2005, and more than three-quarters of that money went to producers of meat, sugar, oil, dairy, alcohol, and feed crops used in meat production. Fruit and vegetable farmers received less than 1 percent of government subsidies. To make matters worse, the federal government purchases Farm Bill surplus foods like cheese, milk, pork, and beef for distribution to food assistance programs—including the National School Lunch Program.

As you may know from my previous e-mails, the House of Representatives made only minor changes to the subsidy system when it passed its version of the bill in July. Now that the Senate Agriculture Committee is expected to begin marking up its version of the Farm Bill in October, PCRM and other groups are calling for sweeping changes. PCRM has been calling attention to the problem with a new television ad about the Farm Bill, which directs people to StopChildhoodObesityNow.org. Our ad has been covered by The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, MSNBC.com, and many other media outlets. As the bill comes before the Senate over the next month, I’ll need your help to send a strong message about reform.

http://www.youtube.com/user/PCRM

Here’s how you can help:

1. Watch PCRM’s new Farm Bill ad on YouTube. Make sure to share it with your friends!
2. Forward this e-mail to your friends and family and let them know why they should care about the Farm Bill, too.
3. Call and e-mail your senators. Urge them to make healthy changes to the Farm Bill.

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easyVegan Link Sanctuary, 09-06-07

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

Action Alerts

European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE): Help Us Stop Primate Experiments. For Good.
We currently have a real opportunity to get a ban on all primate experiments across Europe – but we need your help.

The Foundation for Taxpayer & Consumer Rights (FTCR) / OilWatchdog: Stick It to Big Oil
Send a free fax to your U.S. Senator by clicking here, and ask him or her to support McCaskill’s “Fair Fuel” bill, S. 1997!

Four Paws: Join us in a protest against the ruthless dog mafia in Europe
FOUR PAWS wants to thwart the unscrupulous trade in puppies. Take part! Support our protest and sign our online petition.

In Defense of Animals (IDA): Get Tina and Jewel Out of the Circus
Urge USDA to send suffering elephants to a sanctuary now

In Defense of Animals (IDA): Ask Prosecutor to seek maximum sentencing for animal hoarders
Over 100 Animals Removed from Animal Hoarders’ Home; Supplies needed to care for 68 surviving dogs and cats

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 08-08-07

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

Action Alerts

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): TELL CONGRESS: DON’T FAIL FREEDOM
Stand with the ACLU and demand that Congress live up to its promise to protect and defend the Constitution, starting with immediate fixes to the outrageous FISA legislation that made warrantless NSA spying on Americans legal.

DawnWatch: NPR commentary on dog fighting and canned hunting 8/8/07
“National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, Wednesday, August 8, 2007, aired a piece by commentator Frank Deford on dog fighting and on various forms of hunting”

DawnWatch: Wall St Journal front page on pig castration 7/6/07
“These Little Pigs Get Special Care From Norwegians But Meat People Squeal, And a Lot of Other Folks Are Holding Their Noses”

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF): Pull Congress Back Into the Wiretapping Fight to Restore Your Rights
Tell your representatives to repeal this legislation and restore your rights now.

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): Urge Congress to clean up our beaches
Your senators and representatives have the opportunity to help clean up contaminated beaches and to make sure sources of beach pollution are identified and addressed.

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 7-25-07

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

Action Alerts

Best Friends Animal Society: Selling Bunnies Is Selling Out

Corporate Accountability International: National Day of Action Today! Will Pepsi “Move the Mountain”?

Defenders of Wildlife: Take Action for Wildlife Conservation on Farm and Ranch Lands

Environmental Defense: Take Action for Tougher Air Pollution Standards

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): Protect the Western Arctic Reserve

Campaign Updates, Press Releases, etc.

Help Get Justice for Bob! (Bob the Tortoise, that is; page last updated 7/19/07)

Bob the Tortoise on MySpace

Newsletters

The Bill of Rights Defense Committee (BORDC): Dissent Is Patriotic: July 2007, Vol. 6, No. 6

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC): BioGems News: July 2007

The Ocean Conservancy: eNewsletter: July 2007

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) Event: Diabetes Video Support Group Weekly Session

The Sierra Club: Club Currents: Volume VI, #74: July 24, 2007

Vegan Outreach: E-Newsletter, July 25, 2007

VegCooking.com: Recipe of the Week (Thai Vegetarian Chicken With Snow Peas)

Petitions

Stop using animals in the circus!

Stop Zoos from killing Tigers for collectors

Support Family Farms, NOT Mega-Farms

Environmental Demands

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easyVegan Link Dump Sanctuary, 7-24-07

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

Action Alerts

Center for Biological Diversity: Oppose Aerial Herbicide Spraying on Public Lands

The Center for Food Safety: House to Vote on Farm Bill – Take Action Today!

DawnWatch: CNN’s Paula Zahn to cover dogfighting, Thursday 7/26/07

DawnWatch: Dan Mathews “Committed” summer tour — July-August 2007

DawnWatch tip: NBC Nightly news on calls for bullfighting bans 7/23/07

DawnWatch: Extraordinary coverage and commentary from NPR’s Scott Simon, Weekend Edition Saturday, 7/21/07

DawnWatch: Newsday piece on runaway steer and vegetarianism 7/22/07

Defenders of Wildlife: We Can End Aerial Gunning of Wolves: Sign the Petition Today!

Earthjustice: Adopt the Sky

Earthjustice: Restore Balance on Our Public Lands!

Environmental Defense: Tell Congress to Support Conservation Friendly Farming

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM): The “Fairness in Farm and Food Policy” amendment to the 2007 Farm Bill

Campaign Updates, Press Releases, etc.

The Animal Welfare Institute: “Barbaric, Barbaric, Barbaric!” / Vick Dog Fighting Charges Symptomatic of a Larger Problem

Carnivals

Carnival of the Green #87 (July 23 @ Hippy Shopper)

Newsletters

Earthjustice e-Brief: July 2007

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW): Animal Update Online: July 2007

Sierra Club Insider: July 24, 2007

Petitions

Felony indictment for dog fighting in Georgia

Please help stop brutal murders of dogs in Chernihiv!

The animal welfare in Romania – Street cleansing with poison – Braila 2007

Stop Animal Cruelty Now!

SAY NO TO JAPANESE SCHOOLCHILDREN VIEWING WHALES BEING BUTCHERED

I am not a nugget!

Fight Against Asthma by Adopting the Sky!

Pledge to Live a One Planet Life!

Tim Horton’s – Making the Cups Recyclable!!!

Is God Green?

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w00t! Section 123, 86ed! (with an alert from PCRM)

Thursday, July 12th, 2007

Just got the following email from PCRM and am unexpectedly excited about this unexpectedly unexpected news. I thought Section 123 would go the way of AETA for sure. Hey, I’ll take good news wherever I can find it…

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From: PCRM Legislative Coordinator Kyle Ash – kash [at] pcrm.org
Date: Jul 12, 2007 12:30 PM
Subject: Legislative Success: Section 123 Removed from Farm Bill

I am writing to share some exciting news: Section 123 has been removed from the Farm Bill! This would not have happened without your help, and we appreciate the efforts of everyone who voiced their concerns about section 123 by calling and e-mailing Congress.

As you may remember, if section 123 had become law it would have weakened food safety and animal welfare policies by invalidating hundreds of state and local laws that provide greater protections than federal laws. Efforts to challenge the way the meat and dairy industries sell, market, and label their products would have been significantly thwarted.

While the success with section 123 is significant, our efforts to improve the Farm Bill continue—and we still need your help. Many of you have already contacted your representative about HR 2720, or FARM 21, a new bill that would be beneficial for farmers wanting to produce healthy foods and for Americans wanting to eat a healthful diet. FARM 21’s subsidy reforms would also free up money for nutrition programs that would enhance every American’s ability to eat a healthy diet. Learn more about HR 2720 and how to contact your representative today.

Thank you so much for your help with section 123. We hope to share more Farm Bill successes with you in the future. Stay tuned for more updates about the Farm Bill and other legislative activities that affect the health of Americans. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at kash [at] pcrm.org.

Best regards,

Kyle Ash
PCRM Legislative Coordinator

* Click here to read more about the 2007 Farm Bill

* Click here to read the text of the 2007 Farm Bill

* Contact your rep. about HR 2720

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Kinship Circle: LETTER/ Farm Bill Undoes Cruelty Laws, State By State

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

UPDATE, 7/2/07:

See also: Plot to Cut Protections Must be Stopped!, from the Society for Animal Protective Legislation and Ask Your Representative to Cosponsor the “Healthy Farm Bill” Today, from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).

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UPDATE, 6/21/07:

See also: Don’t Let Congress Eliminate Food Safety and Animal Welfare Laws, from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). This is in addition to their 6/4/07 alert, PCRM: Ask Congress to Support Healthy Changes to the Farm Bill.

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UPDATE, 6/19/07:

See also: Tell the House Agriculture Committee Not to Allow Language Preempting State’s Rights in Farm Bill from the Center for Food Safety. If you decide to use the sample letter provided by the Center for Food Safety, be sure to add some language reflecting concern for animal welfare laws as well as those regarding food safety and states’ rights.

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From: Kinship Circle – info [at] kinshipcircle.org
Date: Jun 14, 2007 10:46 AM
Subject: LETTER/ Farm Bill Undoes Cruelty Laws, State By State

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6/14/07: Farm Bill Undoes Cruelty Laws, State By State
KINSHIP CIRCLE ACTION CAMPAIGN
http://www.KinshipCircle.org

SOURCE OF INFORMATION:

Farm Bill Strips Communities of Power to Make Local Laws!
LINK: http://www.farmsanctuary.org/campaign/fed_section123.htm

Don’t Let Congress Undo State and Local Animal Laws
LINK: http://www.humanesociety [at] hsus.org

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PCRM: Ask Congress to Support Healthy Changes to the Farm Bill

Monday, June 4th, 2007

UPDATE, 6/11/07:

See also: Urge Congress to Combat Obesity and Support Nutrition Programs!, from Trust for America’s Health.

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From: PCRM Legislative Coordinator Kyle Ash – kash [at] pcrm.org
Date: Jun 4, 2007 10:30 AM
Subject: Ask Congress to Support Healthy Changes to the Farm Bill

Congress is revising the Farm Bill, which will directly affect the health of all Americans—and we need your help to implement federal policy changes that will support healthy foods.

The Farm Bill helps determine what foods are available in schools, nutrition programs, and the entire food economy. There is a direct link between America’s growing rates of chronic disease and our access to cheap and unhealthy food products that are high in fat and cholesterol. That’s why we must encourage Congress to support healthy foods and stop heavily subsidizing animal agriculture.

Here’s how you can help:

* Call your representative and senators today and ask them to reduce or eliminate subsidies for meat, dairy, and feed crops through the Farm Bill. Phone calls are an extremely effective way to communicate with Congress. After you’ve made your calls, send a follow-up e-mail.

* If you belong to an organization that works on health and nutrition issues or cutting health care costs, please let that organization know that you want agricultural policy to be high on its agenda.

* Consider e-mailing a special group of members of Congress who may be instrumental in supporting healthy changes to the Farm Bill. Learn more about this group and send them an e-mail.

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PCRM: PCRM Online, May 2007

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

The May ’07 issue of PCRM Online is now available online; you can view the entire newsletter online here.

Current action alerts include the following:

Duke University Ends Live Pig Lab in Medical School Curriculum

Last month, PCRM learned that Duke University School of Medicine has joined the nearly 90 percent of U.S. medical schools that have completely eliminated live animals from their undergraduate medical education curricula. The school’s live pig lab was replaced with modern non-animal teaching methods.

What you can do ->

PCRM Billboards Educate March of Dimes Walkers

Participants at March of Dimes WalkAmerica events have one goal in mind: raising money to help babies through effective medical research. PCRM’s goal in placing mobile billboards at many WalkAmerica events was to educate those participants that much of that money goes toward funding ineffective and cruel animal research.

What you can do ->

PCRM Seeks Nominees for the Golden Carrot Awards

While the healthfulness of school lunches is slowly improving, many children get by on a diet of chicken nuggets, French fries, and cheese pizza during the school day. However, some students are lucky enough to dine on fresh vegetables, hearty bean soups, veggie burgers and other low-fat vegetarian fare. To recognize food service professionals who go the extra mile to keep kids healthy, PCRM is seeking nominees for its fourth annual Golden Carrot Awards.

Read more ->

An archive of past alerts is available for browsing here.

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PCRM: Duke University Ends Live Animal Lab

Monday, April 16th, 2007

Via the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine:

Duke University Ends Live Animal Lab

We have wonderful news from North Carolina: I am happy to report that Duke University School of Medicine recently confirmed that it has stopped using live pigs in its third-year surgery course. This means that only 13 medical schools (of 125) continue to use live animals in medical student courses. PCRM physicians worked hard to explain the educational and ethical advantages of non-animal alternatives to the school, and Duke deserves praise for this wise and compassionate decision.

But we still need your help. Five medical schools continue to use live animals in surgery courses. Please send a polite e-mail to these schools and ask them to follow Duke’s lead and stop using live animals to teach surgery. You can send an e-mail or write to the five medical schools that use live animals for surgery courses at the addresses below:

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PCRM: Art of Compassion Gala, April 14, 2007

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

Via the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine:

PCRM Prepares for the Art of Compassion Gala 2007

The stars are aligned for the Art of Compassion gala on April 14. Master of Ceremonies Alec Baldwin will be joined by House star Lisa Edelstein, Marilu Henner, and Moby to host a black-tie reception and gourmet dinner for PCRM members and friends.

The Art of Compassion will take place at the historic Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. The evening will feature a live performance by international music sensation Shani Rigsbee, a gourmet vegan meal featuring dishes from Sublime restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and the Millennium restaurant in San Francisco, and silent and live auctions. Items in the auction include scrubs signed by Henry Heimlich, M.D., Meryl Streep, and Noah Wyle, a one-week stay at Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colo., and a personalized portrait by artist Peter Max.

Three prestigious awards will also be presented during the evening: the Benjamin Spock Award for Compassion in Medicine, the Henry J. Heimlich Award for Innovative Medicine, and the Art of Compassion Award.

Several activities are also planned for the day of the gala: Marilu Henner and Chef Sualua Tupolo will present a Food for Life cooking class and tasting, professional Ironman triathlete Brendan Brazier and body-builder Kenneth Williams will lead a fitness training session, and The George Washington University Medical Center will join PCRM to present a continuing medical education seminar, Nutrition in Clinical Practice, for health care professionals.

Tickets for the gala are still available. We hope that you can join us for a fun evening!

For more information about the Art of Compassion gala, visit http://www.pcrm.org/gala2007.

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PCRM: Call Congress Now About the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

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From: PCRM Legislative Coordinator Kyle Ash – kash [at] pcrm.org
Date: Mar 20, 2007 11:30 AM
Subject: Urgent: Call Congress Now About the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act

Please call your representative and senators today and urge them to attend a briefing on the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA). If you recall, this bill passed last November and was signed into law in December.

The briefing will discuss issues of free speech and how the AETA now sets the stage for the criminalization of peaceful forms of advocacy undertaken by citizens and organizations seeking change. The briefing is organized by the Equal Justice Alliance and the Office of Rep. Tom Lantos of California. Speaking will be Heidi Boghosian, executive director of the National Lawyers Guild; Odette Wilkens, executive director of Equal Justice Alliance; Will Potter, freelance journalist; and possibly Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio. The briefing will take place on Wednesday, March 21, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in room 2255 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Please, call your representative and senators today. Then, send a follow-up e-mail.

Forward this e-mail to your family and friends. Thank you, again, for urging your representative and senators to attend this important meeting. Feel free to contact me at kash [at] pcrm.org if you have any questions

Best regards,

Kyle Ash
Legislative Coordinator
kash [at] pcrm.org

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PCRM: AMSA Encourages Non-Animal Alternatives

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

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From: PCRM President Dr. Neal Barnard – rmerkley [at] pcrm.org
Date: Mar 13, 2007 1:06 PM
Subject: Good News: American Medical Student Association Encourages Non-Animal Alternatives

I am thrilled to announce that the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) has taken a major step toward modernizing medical education by passing a resolution encouraging the replacement of live animal laboratories with non-animal alternatives in undergraduate medical education. Now we need your help to bring this resolution to the attention of the 14 remaining schools that still use live animals.

AMSA amended its official position regarding alternatives to animal laboratories from a statement that the organization “urges that alternative educational materials, such as films, videotapes and computer simulations be provided for students who do not choose to attend these classes and labs (1986),” to “AMSA strongly encourages the replacement of animal laboratories with non-animal alternatives in undergraduate medical education.”

The resolution also states that AMSA condemns the use of household pets from pounds, shelters, or Class B random source dealers. This replaces a position taken by AMSA in 1986, in which the group endorses pound seizure.

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