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43 Year Vegans

43 Year Vegans

We didn't know that there was a word "vegan" at the time. There were no health food stores, no tofu, and no animal rights movement that we knew of.

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It Must Have Been Lovely

It Must Have Been Lovely

In October of 1970, as an anthem for the very first Earth Day, American singer-songwriter Tom Paxton wrote a haunting song painting a picture of the planet as it might one day be... devoid of the wonders of the natural world.

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3 Reasons Not to Eat Honey

3 Reasons Not to Eat Honey

To make one pound of honey, a colony must visit over two million flowers, flying over 55,000 miles, at up to 15 miles per hour to do so.

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Let Your Conscience Be Your God

Let Your Conscience Be Your God

Of all the gods who have ruled the minds and hearts of human beings since they first appeared on this earth, none has, thus far, been able to lift humanity above the mean, selfish, violent, cruel part of its nature

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A Newer Age

The vegan evolution will inspire a heightened spiritual awareness, purify the body, and make possible personal and planetary healing unprecedented in human history.

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Waking Up: Vegetarian to Vegan

Waking Up: Vegetarian to Vegan

As I look back over the last 26 years of my life, I wonder how it took me so long to live my life the way I’ve always wanted to: with love, kindness and honesty.

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Don’t Tell Me What To Do

Don’t Tell Me What To Do

I don’t have any problem with your way of life. I respect your point of view. You are entitled to your opinion, and I am entitled to mine.

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The Colored Entrance

The Colored Entrance

Jazz singer Billie Holiday was one of the greatest female vocalists of her time. In 1948, Holiday sang to a sold-out crowd in Carnegie Hall. The venue broke its own record, with 2,700 tickets sold in advance.

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Burying the Past

Burying the Past

Let us bury the past in recognition that we will not and cannot own, sell or give away another animal’s body parts, which were never ours to use in the first place.

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The Last Fish

When I was a child, I was taught that killing fish was supposed to be relaxing. It was a time to bond with family and friends; a game, or rather a sport, called “fishing”.

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Why I Love Vegans

Why I Love Vegans

I love vegans, first and foremost, for their heightened sense of justice and compassion, in choosing to avoid, as far as possible, products and businesses that exploit anyone's body, in any way, for any reason.

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Good Nutrition for Healthy Vegan Dogs

Good Nutrition for Healthy Vegan Dogs

Many people are surprised to learn that not only can vegan dogs enjoy vibrant health, but their physical condition can actually improve as a result of eliminating animal foods.

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Why?

Why?

Every human being is a complex, multi-layered conglomeration of genes, experiences, interests, opinions, beliefs, talents, skills, and rules for living that are uniquely different from all others.

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Mariolana: Life Lessons from a Goat

Mariolana: Life Lessons from a Goat

Along my journey to veganism, I have been moved by number of animal teachers… One of the dearest of these friends was a goat named Mariolana.

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Another Chance

When we advocate for the widespread adoption of vegan values, we speak for the entire population of humanity’s victims, including once-glorious landscapes that have been preyed upon rather than protected.

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An Irrefutable Truth

An Irrefutable Truth

"What a boost to my self-esteem to discover that I knew something that was absolutely right; something that no one, no matter their station in life, could convince me was wrong."

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Beginner’s Guide to Veganic Gardening

Beginner's Guide to Veganic Gardening

Just as vegans avoid animal products in the rest of our lives, we also avoid them in the garden, as many fertilizers come from industries of exploitation.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Traveling as a Vegan

As you travel to new places as a vegan, a bit of planning and forethought can help you overcome the small inconveniences you may encounter.

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If We Were They

If We Were They

Of the more than seven billion people who are alive on this earth as I write, not one, as far as any of us knows, asked to be born.

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Could Veganism End World Hunger?

Could Veganism End World Hunger?

It is estimated that a staggering 925 million humans around the world are suffering from the effects of hunger (mostly in the poor and underdeveloped countries of Asia and Africa), and out of that original number, 870 million are affected with malnutrition.

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8 Tips for Going Vegan on a Budget

8 Tips for Going Vegan on a Budget

One of the myths about the vegan lifestyle is that it’s too expensive for the average or low-income family. Perhaps this is because many people relate the term ‘vegan’ or a plant-based diet to pre-packed vegan foods.

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10 Things You Should Know About Animal Testing

10 Things You Should Know About Animal Testing

The term "animal vivisection" refers to the practice of using live animals as involuntary test subjects in experiments performed by scientists and researchers.

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Bruno: A New Perspective on Happy Cows

This is not the story of a factory farm; it is the story of a beautiful farm with free range animals who seemed to be happy.

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What's Wrong with Backyard Eggs?

As we look more closely at the reality of the backyard chicken trend, it becomes increasingly clear that it is the same commodification of animals, packaged in niche marketing to appeal to the modern “conscious consumer”.

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Legal Slavery in the 21st Century

Legal Slavery in the 21st Century

Widespread veganism is the only way to achieve animal rights, and to end the legal slavery that is the foundation of industrial animal exploitation.

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Is It Possible to REALLY Be Vegan?

Is It Possible to REALLY Be Vegan?

Of course it's true that there is no way to completely eliminate the harm that one does just by being alive on this planet. It is an unfortunate fact that our society operates in such a way as to make it impossible...

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Vegan: Easier Than You Think

Vegan: Easier Than You Think

Living as a vegan, especially for those of us in the developed world, is much, much easier than it is commonly perceived to be.

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Is Your Alcohol Vegan?

Many people, vegan or not, are surprised to discover that there is a plethora of animal-based products that can be found in alcoholic beverages.

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No Innocent Bystanders

No Innocent Bystanders

Every year in New York City, thousands gather for a widely publicized event called “Meatopia,” which is described as “a Texas-sized two day weekend of meat, mirth, and the celebration of animals and the way great chefs prepare them.”

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The Birds of the Down Industry

The Birds of the Down Industry

Down is designed to help keep waterfowl warm, but it is now commonly used and promoted as a "natural" stuffing for warm clothing and bedding for humans instead.

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Kicking the Cheese Habit

Kicking the Cheese Habit

“But I could never give up cheese…” Have you ever found yourself speaking these words, or just thinking them inside your own mind? If so, you’re not alone.

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Keeping Animal Bones Out of Sugar

Sugar seems vegan at a glance; it comes from a plant after all. But when the natural sugars from the plant are refined in a factory, they are often filtered through bone char.

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10 Simple Tips for the New Vegan

10 Simple Tips for the New Vegan

Despite the concerns many people have about vegan living being complicated and foreign, it's actually a lot more simple and familiar than most would think.

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The Vegan Evolution

The vegan ideal represents nothing less than the next evolutionary step for humankind. This quantum leap may seem far-fetched from the position we are in today, but it is within this very change that we will ultimately find our hope for the world of tomorrow.

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Do Our Bodies Require Animal Products?

Do Our Bodies Require Animal Products?

As our awareness continues to grow about the detrimental effects of animal foods on the human body, it has become evident that eating a plant foods diet is beneficial not only for non-human animals and the planet, but for human health as well.

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Freedom’s New Frontier: A Guide to Animal Rights

Shifting away from the common belief that other animals are renewable resources will lead to a new perception that recognizes animals as the conscious, feeling, innocent individuals they are.

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The Power of Ahimsa

Prescribed by sages throughout history as the most effective way to temper the bestial nature in man, taking the vow of Ahimsa means resolving to refrain from causing any harm to any living creature.

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What's Wrong with Wool?

Wool often tends to be overlooked by animal advocates because its cultivation does not necessitate the death of the animal. However, the cultivation of wool is far from the pastoral idyll one might imagine.

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The Importance of Being Vegan

The Importance of Being Vegan

Veganism is not a fringe philosophy – it is a moral baseline that is consistent with beliefs that most of us already hold.

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Veganism Defined (written by Leslie Cross, 1951)

Veganism Defined (written by Leslie Cross, 1951)

"The object of the Society shall be to end the exploitation of animals by man" and "The word veganism shall mean the doctrine that man should live without exploiting animals."

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Finding the Right Vegan Cheese

Finding the Right Vegan Cheese

Okay, so you’ve decided to ditch dairy. Good for you! Now what do you do about that pesky little problem called cheese? If you’re like many people, giving up cheese can be a daunting thought...

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The Yogic Path

The Yogic Path

One rarely avoids animal products to aspire to sainthood, but it may be true that saintliness is impossible to discuss without first cleansing the body and mind of needless suffering of sentient beings.

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25+ Vegan Sources of Calcium

25+ Vegan Sources of Calcium

Calcium is an essential nutrient in our diet. But as you can see, not all calcium is equal. Did you know that although animal milks have calcium in them, they also leach calcium from the bones?

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Should You Be Eating Eggs?

Should You Be Eating Eggs?

Despite the prevalence of the modern myth that family or backyard farming is an ethical alternative to large-scale, industrial, factory farms, the reality is far from how it is portrayed.

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Be Fair, Be Vegan

November 27, 2016 ethics
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Throughout the month of August, in the middle of Times Square, directly above the Good Morning America studios, and just a few blocks from the New York Times, a billboard was visible overhead that few could pretend not to notice. Amongst a barrage of self-promotion by corporate interests seeking personal gain, for four full weeks, one message of hope stood proud and powerful in its uncompromising […]

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Lessons from the Garden

November 24, 2016 Gentle World
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I’ve found the garden to be a place of reciprocity. As I nurture it, it nurtures me. As my plants grow, I grow simultaneously. As my garden flourishes, I flourish. At least, this has been my experience as a novice gardener. I’ve learned much more than how to grow plants… I feel like I’ve been […]

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Gentle World Plant-Based Healing Seminar

November 20, 2016 Gentle World
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On October 23rd, Island-based cardiologist Lawrence Derbes spoke at the Gentle World educational center in North Kohala, bringing his message of plant-based healing to dozens of inspired attendees. After 23 years of practicing cardiology, Dr. Derbes abandoned his practice of performing cardiac catheterizations and other interventional procedures in 2013, in favor of practicing strictly preventive care, with an emphasis […]

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Which Will We Choose?

July 7, 2016 ethics
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We human beings are a complex, multi-faceted species. The consciousness that motivates us is a dichotomy in which a battle rages between the violent, angry, unreasonable, selfish, jealous, greedy, cruel part of our nature and the gentle, compassionate, kind, reasonable, just, empathetic, generous part. Whichever part we choose to nurture is revealed, moment to moment, in our […]

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No Going Back

July 7, 2016 ethics
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Lyra Alves, Belgium (Brazilian living in Belgium for 15 years) I was brought up in a very carnivorous environment in Brazil. My father strictly made sure my brother and I ate all kinds of foods. I remember my brother crying, looking at his food on the table, saying that the chicken on his plate was […]

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A Feeling of Home

May 8, 2016 ethics
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We hear the words ‘unconditional love’ quite often, but we seldom experience it, except in the kind of love we receive from dogs. Have you ever had a dog inquire about your level of education, or your place of employment? They have no interest in your political or religious affiliations, or what your sexual orientation […]

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Inspiration from a Vegan Nurse

May 8, 2016 ethics
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I’m a vegan nurse and I am also 65 years of age. Becoming vegan at 50 makes me a very late starter. I am vegan for ethical reasons, recognising that animals are beautiful, thinking, feeling creatures just like us. I am also a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. As an ex-farmer, I have done many years penance and grieving for the animals I used and abused.

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(UPDATED) Body Butter So Pure You Could Eat It!

May 6, 2016 vegan companies
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“We believe you should feed your skin the most pure and nutritional ingredients on the planet. That’s why we created Butter.” – Kelly Winterhalter, Founder   Update: Our friends at Ellovi have recently added new ‘flavors’ to their line: Key Lime and Chocolate Mint! Mmmmm… Ellovi is a vegan-owned and operated company “born to disrupt a […]

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Reborn

April 6, 2016 ethics
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Ramilyn P. Delposo, Philippines … There was a time when a girl, with her family, grew chickens. She trapped one or two to sell for money or dinner. She wove coconut leaves and made them into chicken nests. Some of the eggs were for breakfast – boiled or scrambled. The rest were kept for meat […]

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A Vegan Manifesto

April 3, 2016 ethics
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In four years as a vegan, I’m still grappling with the fact that I have yet to have a single authentic conversation with a non-vegan on the issue of using animals for food. Those who choose veganism often filter their true feelings, and here’s why: Vegans tend to be ridiculed by society. It’s clear in […]

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Dearest Gentle World Family…

April 3, 2016 Gentle World
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~ a letter from Tessa Martens   Today, it has been one month since I was part of your lovely community and worked in the garden. I felt so calm and at peace in Gentle World and everything felt good. I realized there, in that beautiful spot, with the tastiest fresh spring water and lovely warm sun, that […]

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Rebel With a Cause

March 4, 2016 ethics
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It started 46 years ago, when I was 12 years of age. My older brother pointed out to me that the ‘tongue’ on my plate was  the tongue of a cow, and that meat, in general, was actually a dead animal. I took my first step into rebelling against society and rejected the practice of eating animals. There […]

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