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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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New Resources for Vegan Dogs and Cats

New Resources for Vegan Dogs and Cats

Gentle World volunteers frequently receive inquiries from vegans looking for reliable information about feeding a healthy, nutritious plant-based diet to their companion animals.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Could You Kill An Animal?

Could You Kill An Animal?

When people actively participate in slaughter, they must numb themselves to the horrific nature of killing.

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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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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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100 Dogs on a Vegan Diet

100 Dogs on a Vegan Diet

By genus, dogs are classified as carnivorous, but metabolically, they are actually omnivorous. This means that their nutritional requirements can be adequately met with a plant-based diet.

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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 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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10 Things Everyone Should Know About Free-Range Turkeys

10 Things Everyone Should Know About Free-Range Turkeys

Many people don’t realize that animals raised as 'free-range' suffer much of the same torment as those in standard operations.

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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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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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Occupy Humanity

As we, the people, occupy cities and institutions all over the world to protest injustice, it may be a good time to ask ourselves if we are in any way perpetrating the very injustices we are opposing.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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A Beginner’s Guide to Vegan Advocacy

Given the burgeoning opportunities, advocates can pick and choose what methods and media suit their talents, personalities, preferences, and geographic locations.

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Eating to Get Well: Foods that Heal

Eating to Get Well: Foods that Heal

A little while ago, we had the opportunity to host a food preparation workshop tailored to a cancer patient seeking help to turn her diagnosis around...

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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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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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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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Seven Delicious Vegan Cookie Recipes

Seven Delicious Vegan Cookie Recipes

Although our diet is based around organic whole foods, anyone who knows us will attest to the fact that we are somewhat obsessed with sweet treats and baked goods.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Part of a Larger Picture

May 21, 2014 ethics
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A letter from one of our readers… “I had always felt like non-human rights were intrinsically tied up with the fight for human rights and everything else. As a feminist I am often appalled at how blatantly exploitative and degrading this world has become for anything feminine in nature. With your eye-opening look into the […]

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25+ Vegan Sources of Calcium

May 10, 2014 health & nutrition
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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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Animals Are Mothers Too

May 1, 2014 ethics
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“All Dairy operations, including Organic, exist solely by doing to millions of defenseless females the worst thing anyone can do to a mother.” ~ Milk Comes from a Grieving Mother, Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary Every year in the month of May, the arrival of Mother’s Day marks an occasion to reflect on not only the love of […]

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3 Keys to Creating Healthy Vegan Meals

May 1, 2014 food & recipes
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Many new vegans are curious about the health benefits of a plant-based diet and how to go about planning meals that will not only fulfill their nutritional needs, but may also improve their current level of health. Unfortunately, if you start searching around the Internet willy-nilly for information about how to create such a plant-based […]

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Mariolana: Life Lessons from a Goat

April 30, 2014 ethics
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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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Midway Film

April 13, 2014 ethics
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This morning I opened my e-mail inbox to discover a headline I simply couldn’t ignore: People Should Know About This Awful Thing We Do. In light of all the awful things I already know we do, I just wasn’t sure that I would be able to handle learning about yet another. But I clicked anyway. […]

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Veganic Gardening and Farming Resources

April 7, 2014 veganic gardening
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As the Veganic (Vegan Organic or Stockfree Organic) movement continues to grow, many online resources have become available for new and experienced gardeners and farmers who are interested in these sustainable and ethical growing methods. Although Gentle World has a growing wealth of information for beginning veganic gardeners, there are also three main sites that […]

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Gentle World Powers Up with Outback!

April 3, 2014 Gentle World
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Gentle World wishes to say a special thank you to OutBack Power, for their generous assistance toward  upgrades to the solar power system in our New Zealand educational center. “OutBack Power Technologies is a leading designer and manufacturer of reliable power electronics for renewable energy applications including solar, wind, micro-hydro, and battery based energy systems… OutBack’s customers […]

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Why James Cameron Says You Should Be Vegan

March 29, 2014 the environment
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Yes, you… That is, if you consider yourself to be an environmentalist. Cameron, who was honored at a National Geographic Anniversary Gala last June, took the opportunity to inspire others by explaining his recent decision to stop using animal products. “We’re always talking about the action items… What are we asking people to do? What are […]

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Permission to Kill

March 21, 2014 ethics
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A letter from one of our readers and friends: Georgie Fong   I gave up fishing when I was eight years old. My brother and I would go with our grandfather down to the fisherman’s wharf in San Francisco to go fishing. I felt it was good time with grandpa, until one day the fish I […]

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