An estimated 30,000 runners took the streets of the nation’s capital last Sunday to run in the 38th annual Marine Corps Marathon (MCM), also known as “The People’s Marathon.” Among the runners was Army Captain Kelly Calway of Manitou Springs, Colorado, who took first place in the women’s race with a time of 2:42:17 — making her the seventh-fastest woman to complete the MCM.
Today, thousands of events are taking place across the US as part of the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s annual Food Day Celebration. The events − ranging from film screenings to cooking demos and much more − aim to draw attention to our country’s urgent need for food policy reform.
Recently, the Economic Times of India ran their own story on the rise of “power vegans”−which has already been noticed here in the U.S.−focusing specifically on what would motivate these business leaders to pursue a plant-based diet.
Pre-vegans might want to read this study before biting into another chicken nugget. Researchers at the University of Mississippi medical center dissected fast food chicken nuggets and found that they contained 50 percent or less chicken muscle tissue, with the rest being a mix of fat, blood vessels, cartilage, nerves, and pieces of bone.
As the number of vegetarian and vegan eateries continues to grow across the United States, so too does the range of cuisine — from fast-food to food trucks to four-star dining. When it comes to gourmet vegan cuisine, a specific niche known as raw vegan is steadily gaining in popularity among vegans and meat-eaters alike.
From Britain’s horsemeat scandal to salmonella or E. Coli outbreaks to debates over GMO labeling, food safety concerns have taken center stage and garnered international headlines this summer. These issues have also shed light on the difference in food safety regulations from country to country. And which products seem to be the most controversial? Meat and dairy.
There has been a lot of news this summer touting the benefits of eating vegan for an athletic edge. Whether it’s ultra runners like Scott Jurek who have been winning races as a dedicated vegan for years or professional NFL players eager to improve their health and their performance, these athletes help build a simple yet powerful narrative: removing animal products from your diet not only improves health but can also give you an athletic boost.
We know that chickens and other factory farmed animals are fed a steady stream of antibiotics to foster faster growth and to mitigate the spread of disease caused by keeping thousands of animals in cramped, filthy conditions. But did you know that on top of all this, after chickens are slaughtered, their carcasses may be dosed in a powerful bath of chemicals?
We all know that trans fats are found in highly-processed, packaged foods, as well as fast-food fare. But did you know that half of Americans’ trans fats intake comes from animal products?