Tag Archives: Cow’s Milk

Out with the Old

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope each of you have had a safe and enjoyable holiday so far.  Like last year, it was another snow-less Christmas here in Toronto, that is until Monday night when we got our first snowstorm of the season.  Too bad it was three days too late to have a white Christmas but at least the lack of snow on Christmas Day meant safer travelling for everyone.

Over the holidays, I re-watched a great lecture given by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, the author of several books including, The 30-Day Vegan Challenge.  A renowned speaker as well, Patrick-Goudreau approaches her teaching as a “how-to” for many people.  As she explains in her lecture called The Rise of the Excuse-itarian, there’s a lot of information on why people are vegan but her mission is to help people do the how – to guide people into making the transition from eating meat and dairy to plants and, “to do it joyfully, healthfully, and to do it confidently.”   Continue reading

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The Lies We’re Sold

I’ve always been fascinated by marketing and advertising.  As a kid I can remember looking at the subway ads as I rode the train with my mom and being mesmerized by them.  I would study them intently and try to figure out what the ads were for.  My dad worked in advertising for years and I’m sure that also added to my interest.  It wasn’t until high school when I took a Marketing class one year that a great teacher by the name of Mr. Roth really opened my eyes up to how marketing worked and encouraged his students to critically think about what companies were actually selling through their jingles, logos and products. There were lessons from Mr. Roth’s class I still think of today when I see ads, studying and dismantling their message in my head.

I still find marketing interesting although 95% of it just pisses me off now, in particular the kind with laughing cartoon animals promoting their dead selves as product. But even the most obnoxious ads for a restaurant’s rib or seafood fest still do not enrage me as quickly or as ferociously as a health organization endorsing animal products to prevent disease and promote public health when that organization’s major corporate partner is the very industry that sells said product.  It bothers me is when it is also happens to be an assful of lies. Continue reading

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Scientific Reductionism: The Incomplete Truth

This week in the news, I read the following headline:

“Children Who Drink Non-Cow’s Milk Are Twice as Likely To Have Low Vitamin D.”

I read the article a few times and I have thoughts.  But first, allow me to clarify: I am not a scientist.  I am not a doctor.  Hell, I didn’t even go to University.  I am a layperson, a civilian, an average Joe Public. Am I biased against the meat and dairy industry and more favourable towards a vegan lifestyle? Absolutely.  But not for no reason.  I have been on both sides of that fence and I can tell you, I found there to be a lot more truth and reason on the plant-based side.  It was a no-brainer once I compared the two. Continue reading

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We’re Not Being Told the Truth About: Dairy

Dairy – and more specifically cheese – was once the reason I thought I could never be vegan.  Yet dairy (and by extension cheese) was ultimately what made me become one.  When I watched “Vegucated” and saw a newborn calf being dragged away from their mother so her milk could be used for human consumption, that was it for me. No cheese will ever be worth that sacrifice.

I became a vegan for one reason: to spare the lives of animals. And if that remained the only reason, it would still be enough.  But since last year, when I innocently started on this path in what was just supposed to be a six-week trial run, I have discovered many more reasons to remain one.  The title of a Fleetwood Mac song springs to mind in regards to that: Never Going Back Again. Continue reading

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