Meatless Monday is a Natural for the 1.4 Million 8-18 year-old Americans Who Are Vegetarian or Vegan

I smiled upon reading the quote from the Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG) that "Vegetarianism is definitely a more mainstream choice than ever before." This came in response to a poll taken earlier this year:

Bill Clinton Named PETA's Person of the Year

Is it because he eschews fur? Or campaigns against dog fighting? No, the reason PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has named the former president their Person of the Year for 2010 is because of his new plant-based diet. After a quadruple bypass six years ago (that's all four heart chambers with severe blockage) and surgery to implant two coronary stents earlier this year, Bill Clinton-obviously motivated by healthy concerns- now mostly eats and promotes a vegan diet.

Participation in Meatless Monday Can Help Fight Antibiotic Resistance and CAFOs

It's Monday again and time to start another healthy week! Going meatless today is a great way to accomplish that as more bad news for meat surfaces. You may have caught wind of the big health news recently as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported for the first time the amount of antibiotics that were injected into or fed to U.S. animals destined for slaughter: 29 million pounds in the year 2009. That's 70% of the antibiotics used in the U.S. that year.

Good News for Cow Milk

Milk lovers rejoice! U.S. and Dutch researchers found that drinking three glasses of milk per day may lead to an 18 percent decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. Yes, you read that right – "decreased."

How can that be when we hear so much about saturated animal fat leading to clogged arteries? As you may know, cardiovascular disease (read: "heart and blood vessels"), is one of the top killers in developed nations, so any nutritional contributions to its decrease are heartily welcomed (pun intended).

Go Meatless and Choose Carotenoid-Rich Fruits and Veggies This Monday

Eat more veggies and live longer. Now a new study demonstrates this fact. The Archives of Internal Medicine reported "that people with high blood levels of the antioxidant alpha-carotene — found in a variety of vegetables — were less likely to die during a 14-year longitudinal study, compared with people with low levels of the carotenoid."

GMOs Debated on Dr. Oz 12-7-10

Whether you've been following the debate on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our food supply, or you're new to the topic, this Tuesday's Dr. Oz Show is one you won't want to miss. Showing in Hawaii on KITV 4 at 10 a.m. on December 7th, the first fifteen minutes will showcase GMO safety vanguard Jeffrey Smith of the Institute for Responsible Technology discussing the health dangers of genetically modified foods, Dr. Michael Hansen, a scientist from Consumers Union who has been an avid critic of GMOs for two decades, and Dr.

Senate Passes Food Safety Bill with Manager's Amendment

Just in, the Food Safety Modernization Act, SB 510, was passed by the Senate this morning along with the critical Manager's Amendment which protects small farms.

The bill marks the most sweeping overhaul of food safety regulations in nearly a century. It will require improved planning and record-keeping by food producers and processors and will allow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make mandatory recalls of contaminated food. The bill exempts small farms from the regulation.