Author Archives: Tanya Sitton

High Protein Diet Risky as Smoking, Study Finds

March 5th, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

Calling all Atkins, Paleo, and standard American diet eaters -- listen up! 'More animal protein' does not mean 'more health and happiness.' According to a study published Tuesday in Cell Metabolism, people who consume lots of animal protein in their middle years should instead expect it to mean 'more cancer, diabetes, and premature mortality.'


What the Flax? Why You Need This Superseed, and What to Do With It

March 3rd, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

As America grapples with its obesity epidemic and other diet-driven health problems, interest in healthy plant-based eating continues to rise. Whether you're transitioning to a vegan diet and looking for those heart-healthy omega-3's, or just hoping to optimize nutritional bang-for-the-buck at mealtimes, embrace the mighty flax seed -- here's how!


Top News from the Food Front: Childhood Obesity, Idaho Ag-Gag, & Monsanto’s (cough) ‘Sustainability’

March 1st, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

This week's food news is maddening, if you don't happen be a sociopath who loves animal cruelty; but on the bright side, if you adore ag-gag laws and think accountability, food safety, and the First Amendment are all for the (antibiotic-resistant-disease-ridden) birds, then you're in for a treat! Monsanto offers up some rather obnoxious distractions to this ag-gag foolishness -- unfortunately for human kidneys, Monarch butterflies, and pretty much that whole 'environment' thingie. But before diving in to all those noxious Big Ag news fumes, let's talk about progress: yes, some exists! For all the good, bad and ugly in the food world, get your news fix here!


Ag-gag Ugliness Gains Ground in Idaho: Bill Clears House, Awaits Gov. Signature

February 27th, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

After undercover reporters revealed animal cruelty at an Idaho dairy facility, guilty parties moved quickly to address the problem: almost immediately animal agriculture interests in that state introduced a bill to criminalize any reporting of such abuse. Idaho's ag-gag bill passed the Senate earlier this month, then yesterday cleared the House. Now it only awaits a swipe of the governor's pen to ensure that criminal prosecution focuses where it belongs: on people who tell you where your food comes from, and what's done in your name to get it onto your plate


Top News from the Food Front: Ag-Gag Alert, GMNo, & Food-Package Poison

February 22nd, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

Idaho strides boldly towards hideousness, with its latest bill aimed at criminalizing animal-ag whistleblowers. Food stamp use rises among a population where it absolutely should not, and a new report indicts the 'substantial equivalence' assessment that boosted GMOs to grocery-shelf sovereignty. Meanwhile poison seeps into your food from its packaging, and grocery manufacturers try to dupe you with deceptive labeling -- okay, technically that last thing isn't (strictly speaking) 'news.' But the food news world has been hopping this week: don't miss the good stuff, read on!


Vegetarian Victory: History of Vegetarianism Radio Project is a GO!

February 18th, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

Last month we told you about Ian McDonald's grand vision: a popular history of vegetarianism through the ages, told through a free and easily accessible BBC-quality radio program. The only catch? Big plans need big funding. But in breaking news, this detail is no longer problematic: as of yesterday, crowd-funding for Vegetarianism: The Story So Far - A Radio History achieved success! So if you're vegan, vegetarian, or veg-curious -- or just a fan of both history and food -- watch this space. The world's first comprehensive vegetarian history radio project is officially underway!


Top News from the Food Front: Water Woes, Meat Recall Mayhem, & Powerful Plants

February 15th, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

Don't drink the water, and don't eat the beef. Don't go to Chick-fil-A, but DO give 'em a high-five for their recent move against antibiotic resistance. New research links food prices to diabetes risk for low-income consumers, Idaho strives towards ag-gag ugliness, and farmers sue each other over genetic contamination. Meanwhile, genies with name-tags reading 'GMO awareness' and 'plant-based health' escape irretrievably from bottles. Read all about it: get your weekly food news fix here!


Top News from the Food Front: 10 Stories Savvy Foodies Need to See!

February 1st, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

Should a man lose his home for the crime of growing food? Are Monsanto shareholders joining the GMO labeling fight? Just how comfortable are we with kids going hungry? Is Walmart the real victim of recent food stamp cuts? Have we, in fact, lost our minds as a society? Read on, for answers to some of these questions and mounting evidence regarding others. Get your weekly food news update here!


Know Your Roots, Be the Change: Vegetarian History Project Launches!

January 30th, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton

The Vegan Option's Ian McDonald just launched a Kickstarter project to fund his most ambitious project yet: The Story So Far: Vegetarianism -- A Radio History. I had a chance to interview Ian recently, and am now completely excited about this brand-new radio project! It offers a something the veg movement has never before had: a complete, accessible, and cohesive picture of our historical roots. Yes, please!



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