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Berry Muffins (wheat-free, vegan)

Perhaps you have an easy Sunday, or perhaps you’re having a formal afternoon tea party. In either case, some muffins are a great idea.  Often we find muffins are too bland, or too dense, and when you go into veganizing or wheat-free options the moisture and bready texture seems to suffer along with it.  We have you covered- sweet, moist, tart, doesn’t fall apart… but isn’t like biting into a sponge.  Please note: SPELT flour is used, making them wheat free (debatable) but NOT gluten free.  Feel free to substitute your favourite GF flour mix, but you may want to add in some hearty flours like a coconut to give you some stronger textures.

Preheat to 325 degrees, and set aside 3/4 cup of frozen berries (we use a mix of raspberries and blueberries, but any will do at about that size). See that picture? That’s why frozen, reduce the hollow space around the berries, while keeping them moist and full of flavor. Save some money, get peak season (ie better nutrition), and they’ll keep until you need ’em.

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Emissions: Cars vs Cattle?

Conversations about air pollution, carbon footprints, greenhouse gases usually focus on cars/transportation and the nebulous concept of “industry” calling to mind post-industrial brick smoke towers pumping black smoke into the sky for some factory that is as monolithic and ominous at it is cartoonish and NOT the biggest contributor to toxic air pollution.

Several studies on the sources and causes of emissions have been done, like this 2006 study and many responses by agriculture and commentaries have monitored small changes, talking about industry practice reform, such as the independent.

Detractors argue that the 3.5% decrease to observable methane emissions over 8 years is PROOF that the agricultural industry simply needs reforms to correct the issue…ignoring the fact that at 14.5% (whether we agree with this figures or not) still makes livestock the #2 ABOVE transportation, and behind the nebulous “industry”.  methane-vs-co2-graphic-new Continue reading Emissions: Cars vs Cattle?

DXE- Disruption for the Cause

A public place, a restaurant, a grocery store.  These are all places where people gather, and they are also places where decisions get made.  Some of these decisions can effect the rest of someone’s life, and to people working for Animal Rights this fact is very true.

On Saturday January 30th, a group of people self-organized with DXE- Direct Action Everywhere  did several “disruptions” in Washington, DC in order to encourage people to question the choices in what they eat, what they buy, and in general to attempt to break down the denial we all have about what goes into our choices: the human, environmental, and animal costs of consumer goods and our lifestyles.

Using song, calling out facts, and signs, all over the world activists disrupt the daily “ignore what we don’t see” patterns we all fall into, and encourage a deeper investigation to these issues.

Calling out: “Their Bodies,” or “Their eggs” or “Their children” and the response “Not ours”

Calling out: “They have families,” or “They feel pain” and the response “Just like us”

Powerful stuff.  DXE has organized activist efforts all over, connect with them, link above, to find out how you too can get involved raising awareness and advocating for animals who can’t speak up for themselves.

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Food IQ

One of the biggest obstacles towards a healthy lifestyle (not to mention an ethical one!) is sifting through all the misinformation.  We grow up with one set of food traditions, and encounter a million different messages: low-fat, low-cost, low-carb, brain food, organic etc etc.  Many people describe being told contradictory messaging from one group or era and some conclude “well everything will kill you, so just eat what tastes good”

What if what tastes good, also looked good, was good for you, and didn’t break your bank?

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