On my morning walks I've been seeing tiny lizards, truly tiny
and very fast as they dart across the trail. I don't know if
they're babies or a different species from the usual lizards, but
either way, they're captivating. They do push ups like their larger
counterparts, and their minuscule feet are adorable. I wish you
wonderful surprises during August.
Monday, August 2 through Sunday, August 8
Farmed Animal Conference E-Summit
Join Animal Place for an educational, free, on-line event aimed
to help us make positive changes for animals, the planet, and our
bodies. Moby, Miyoko, Gwenna Hunter, Christopher Sebastian, and
many more well respected leaders will be speaking and inspiring us
to make changes and help others move toward a vegan lifestyle.
Learn more and register to join at facesummit.org
Tuesday, August 3, 1:00 PM
The Rotten Truth (on Zoom)
Comedy that Focuses on the Impacts of Industrialized Animal
The Factory Farming Awareness Coalition (FFACoalition.org) is
launching a series of short comedy routines to bring attention to
how our food choices affect our world. They are hoping for our
feedback after the launch of the series on Tuesday, August 3 at 1
PM. Learn more and sign up at https://tinyurl.com/2zfx865a
Hold the date: Sunday, September 26
Sonoma County VegFest
Compassionate Living is once again sponsoring the Sonoma County
Veg Fest at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building (opposite the
fairgrounds), so it will be outdoors. Consider a donation to help
this tireless organization in a year where contributions lagged and
upcoming expenses are looming. Buy tickets ($10) for the VegFest at
Berkeley to Serve Vegan Food at Public Events
The city of Berkeley voted to reduce its spending on
animal based products by half by 2024 and will soon be offering
vegan meals at public events, senior centers, jails and other city
buildings. Learn more at https://apnews.com/article/lifestyle-environment-and-nature-berkeley-8609b2d013a50d3524a0153a595482a1
Jane Goodall Still Has Hope
In a recent interview in the New York Times, Jane Goodall
explains why she still has hope for our future. I admire her
optimism, even as I sometimes struggle to share it.
Water, Drought,and California Crops
Jill Cowan wrote an interesting piece for the NY Times about the
California drought and the choices that farmers are having to make.
And while she includes the common argument that almonds use a lot of
water, she also offers this counter argument from the director of
public policy at the Water Policy Center: "While almonds do use a
large amount of water per acre of crop, she said, it’s similar to
other tree crops and less than rice, irrigated pasture or alfalfa,
which is essentially cow food."
Animal Outlook published an insightful article about how dairy,
meat and egg companies market their products to imply that they are
kind to animals. There is also a one minute video well worth
Dr. Bronners to Offer Vegan Chocolate
I discovered Dr. Bronner's soap as a college freshman and still use
it. Back then it was only available as a liquid soap, but now I
prefer the bars, as they are not packaged in plastic.
This year that company is launching chocolate bars. I'll be eager
to learn if they meet the Food Empowerment Project's Chocolate List
criteria for chocolate that does not use cocoa from regions that use
child and or slave labor. I hope they will be ethically produced.
See if your favorite chocolate is at https://foodispower.org/chocolate-list/
Vegan Chicken Nuggets
Impossible Foods is bringing vegan chicken nuggets to
restaurants in the fall. I won't be first in line to try them, but
am glad that others might switch to these from animal based
New York City Mayoral Candidate is an Avid Vegan
Eric Adams won the democratic primary in New York City, and it's
likely that he will be the next mayor. Thanks of Michael H. for
sharing this article.
Milk from Potatoes in Europe
It seems that every few months there's a new non-dairy milk on
the shelves. Here's the latest:
New Film about Farmer Who Transforms Pig Farm to Sanctuary
I have not seen this film, but this interview with the farmer
and filmmaker makes me want to.
In Germany, An Unusual Farm and Growing Trend
I found this uplifting.
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