When I moved from New York to California, friends predicted that
I would miss the change of seasons. This week I saw the leaves of
the soap plant, reminding me that in late June its delicate,
short-lived flowers will blossom just before dusk. What a delight
it's been to see streams flowing after all that rain! This morning
I had to scrape ice off my car's windshield. Every season has its
treats and its challenges, and I'm happy to show up for whatever
presents itself. I do not miss the changing seasons; I celebrate
them. Happy February!
Share This With Friends Who Eat Fish Thanks to the good people at FishFeel.org for telling me about
this disturbing finding. CBS reported in January that dangerous,
invisible chemicals called PFAS are in virtually all rivers and
lakes in the United States. "Eating one freshwater fish caught in a
river or lake in the United States is the equivalent of drinking a
month's worth of water contaminated with toxic "forever chemicals."
You can read the story at this link, and learn more about the
chemicals (originally manufactured to create non-stick cook wear and
non-stain fabrics) by watching the 11 minute video at the same
link. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pfas-forever-chemicals-one-fish-us-lakes-rivers-month-contaminated-water/I'm usually optimistic by nature, but this information scares
the daylights out of me.
Popularity of Meat-like Plant Based Meats Is Waning Shannon Osaka, writing for the Washington Post, explores why
meat-mimicking plant based meats are not appealing to meat eaters.
She posits that human psychology dislikes artificiality, and that
the products produced to look, feel and taste like animal based
meats are deemed artificial and, thus, shunned. Count me among
those who prefer a bean burger to an Impossible or Beyond burger
(though I admit to liking the plant based fish and chicken
cutlets/nuggets I've tried). https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-solutions/2023/01/19/plant-based-meat-failing/
New Podcast: Vegan Posse Who has time to listen to podcasts? Not me, but apparently,
many people do. A new podcast called Vegan Posse began last month,
and I was a guest on the January 12 episode. Victoria Moran, one of
my favorite vegans, was a guest on January 29. You can listen to
our episodes, or any others, at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/vegan-posse/id1655359381
Chrissy Benson is the creator of Vegan Posse and also the author
of a charming, lighthearted novel called Marrying Myself. The main
character happens to be a vegan, but the story focuses mostly on her
romantic challenges and triumphs. Organizations Doing Great Work
I want to once again give a shout out to some not for profits whose
focus and achievements I admire. None of us can change the world
alone, and these terrific organizations give me great hope that
working together we are moving the needle in the right direction.
Take a moment to check out the followimg:
The Food Empowerment Project (FoodIsPower.org); Factory Farming
Awareness Coalition (FFACoalition.org); A Well Fed World (AWFW.org);
Fish Feel (Fishfeel.org); Compassionate Living
(Compassionate-Living.org); Vegan Outreach (veganoutreach.org);
Carnism (Carnism.org); United Poultry Concerns (upc-online.org).
There are dozens more, but these are some of the ones that don't
usually make national news despite their excellent work.
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