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Social Media: The Greatest Tool In An Animal Advocate's Arsenal

vegan fast food chain is expanding globally. Beyond Meat is going public. Massive demand for vegan food is revolutionizing supermarkets. Who do you have to thank for this massive shift in public sentiment and behavior? Yourself.

Social media has shifted the landscape in this new technological era of constant connection. On Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, in a blink-of-an-eye you're exposed to content from an array of sources posted anywhere around the globe. This incredible connection to the rapidly changing world has never been so streamlined. The results? Ideas about plant-based food, knowledge about factory farming, and encouraging messages from individuals and organizations about how to change the world are being exchanged at a rate like we've never seen before.

Each week, literally hundreds of millions of people around the globe are exposed to content that they never otherwise would see if not for social media. Because people like you are...

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This Series Will Take Your Social Media Game To The Next Level #ForTheAnimals

Imagine yourself as an egg-laying hen trapped on a modern factory farm. Confined to a cage so compact that you can't even spread your wings. Sharing a small cage with five, six, or even seven other birds, you have no more space than the size of an average sheet of paper to live your life in. Filth surrounds you while you're engulfed in burning ammonia fumes and a neverending stench. 

After months of producing eggs, once you're no longer at your peak of contributing economically, your only remaining value to the industry is the bruised meat on your bones. You've never seen daylight until this day that you're plucked from your cage, tossed onto a truck, and transported to the slaughterhouse.

This was your life. A life of absolute neglect, apathy, and anonymity. You don't even have a number, let alone a name. For decades, centuries, millennia, you had no one to speak up for you. 

That is, until now. Now, they have you.

You may be wondering: "Well, what can I do?" The...

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Can Vegans Drink Beer?

vegan questions Nov 06, 2018

Beer is most commonly made from barley malt, water, hops and yeast, which means it’s usually vegan. Unfortunately, some beer brewers add finings that are not vegan as part of their brewing process, and this means that some beers are not suitable for those trying to live a cruelty-free lifestyle. 

There are several ingredients you should look out for in beers if you’re avoiding animal products. You should also pay careful attention to the wine and cider you drink, as these can contain non-vegan ingredients, too. 

You're most likely to find isinglass, gelatin, glycerin or casein in non-vegan beers and other alcoholic beverages, but some wines, ciders and beers can also contain milk, eggs and honey. Since vegans seek to exclude products that use or exploit animals within their ingredients or production, this would mean that any alcohol containing those ingredients is not vegan.

Why is beer not vegan?

Some beer is not vegan because bewers add finings to their...

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Plant-Based Diet Nutrition And Health Ultimate Guide

plant based nutrition Oct 29, 2018

Introduction: Danielle Belardo MD

What if I told you that something you do every day, probably three times a day (or more), affects every cell and every organ system in your body?  

Would you give this activity more thought?

The 'activity' I am referring to is more than just an activity, it is what sustains us, builds and repairs cells, and fuels us. It's eating.

Nutrition

We know that nutrition is linked to many disease processes, and some of the frequently cited organs affected are your heart (my favorite) and gastrointestinal tract.

But what if I told you that eating more plants, and less animal products, could help every single cell, tissue and organ in your body, from your spine to your eyes?

As a cardiology fellow who is passionate about plant-based nutrition and preventative medicine, I have sought out multiple physicians through social media to share evidence based nutrition with.  

Eat more plants

I have connected with physicians all over the globe, spanning from...

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Is It Safe To Feed Your House Cat A Vegan Diet?

vegan questions Oct 24, 2018

Vegan cats cause a lot of controversy. In fact, putting any omnivorous or carnivorous animal on a vegan diet incenses vegans and non-vegans alike.

There are many who'll argue that carnivorous animals, such as cats, should never be given a vegan diet.

The most common reasons for this opinion include a belief that cats cannot get what they need from a vegan diet, and the opinion that animals cannot decide for themselves to go vegan, and therefore the should not be forced into it.

Can cats be vegan?

Yes, multiple experts - including Professor Andrew Knight - say cats can survive on plant-based cat foods, as long as their human companion is taking extra care to make sure that they're getting the nutrients they need. You can buy fortified vegan cat food online and in some pet shop

It is really important that you do not try and feed your cat vegetables in the form of human food. Whilst dogs can be fed a carefully planned vegan diet through proper research, there are...

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How To Get B12 In A Vegan Diet

vegan questions Oct 04, 2018

Vitamin B12 helps to keep nerve and blood cells healthy. The consequences of not getting enough are extremely serious. People who do not get enough B12 can suffer from weakness, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, pale skin, diarrhea, hair loss, and mental conditions.

In severe cases of deficiency, a lack of vitamin B12 can cause death. Most vegans get enough B12 to survive, but are sometimes borderline deficient. In order to maintain optimal health, it is really important that you make sure you're getting enough.

Humans get vitamin B12 from the food that they eat. Whether you are veganvegetarian or an omnivore, it's extremely important that you monitor your vitamin B12 intake and take supplements if you aren't getting enough. It is estimated that approximately one third of the general population does not achieve the recommended daily dose of vitamin B12.

What is B12?

Vitamin B12 is a water soluble vitamin also known as cobalamin. It is involved...

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Is Palm Oil Vegan?

vegan questions Oct 04, 2018

Palm oil is a vegetable and is technically vegan in its raw form. It is derived from palm fruit, which grows on African oil palm trees. In principle, palm oil is vegan, but many vegans choose to avoid the oil, because they argue that extraction of palm oil exploits animals and causes them pain and suffering, something vegans avoid.

Palm oil is damaging the environment. Huge areas of the rainforest are destroyed to make way for plantations that produce palm oil, and several species of animals are threatened with extinction as a direct result of its production.

Palm oil is a common ingredient in lots of products most vegans and non-vegans eat everyday.

What foods contain palm oil?

You’ll find palm oil in bread, biscuits, sweets, crips, margarine, vegan cheese, ice-cream, instant foods and chocolate.

It is a versatile vegetable oil and can be used to create multiple textures, so it can be difficult to avoid. If you eat processed foods, whether you are vegan or...

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How To Make Your Own Zero Waste Vegan Moisturizer

zero waste Sep 23, 2018

It's not as difficult as you may think to make your own whipped facial moisturizer.

Method

In a bowl over simmering water (double boiler):

1. Add 115g of shea butter

2. 2 teaspoons of rosehip seed oil

3. 2 teaspoons of jojoba oil

4. 2 teaspoons of sweet almond oil

5. Stir until completely melted.

After it has cooled down, refrigerate until it is solid and opaque, and proceed to whip for 1 minute, or until it is white and creamy.

Place in a clean glass jar.

Rosehip oil will help regenerate your skin, jojoba oil will hydrate, and sweet almond oil will dislodge any dirt and debris from your skin. However the beneficial qualities of these oils are almost endless.

How to use?

Apply a small amount on your face with clean hands. Heating it up in your fingers before you apply will help to blend the moisturiser into your face.

Don’t forget to like and share this video to spread the zero waste love.

Tag us @zerowasteclub and @plantbasednews on Instagram to be...

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How To Make A Zero Waste Cleaning Kit: Multi-Purpose, Disinfectant, & Glass Sprays

zero waste Sep 23, 2018

Here's how to make a DIY cleaning kit with 5 simple and non-toxic ingredients.  

To make multi-purpose spray

1. Mix 2 cups of water

2. 2 tbsp of castile soap

3. 5 drops each of tea tree and lemon essential oil

4. Give it a mix

5. Pour into a glass spray bottle, or a old cleaning spray bottle that you can upcycle.

This spray is non-toxic and can be used all around your house.

To make disinfectant vinegar spray

1. Mix 1 and a half cups of white distilled vinegar

2. Half a cup of water

3. 5 drops each of lemon and lavender essential oil

This can be made purely with vinegar, but if you don't like the smell, add more water.

Use this on harder to clean areas like drains, sinks and around the bathroom. Avoid use on granite, stone, marble, iron or wooden surfaces.

Use on harder to clean areas like the bathroom, avoiding the surfaces outlined above.

To make glass and mirror cleaner

1. Mix equal parts of distilled water and white distilled vinegar

2. Spray onto your surface and...

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Make Zero Waste Vegan Dog Treats From Almond Pulp

zero waste Sep 23, 2018

Did you know the longest living dog recorded was vegan? This seems like a good reason to feed your companion animal some tasty plant-based treats to us.

We regularly make almond milk - this recipe handily uses the waste (almond pulp) that's generated when making milk.

So let's get started.

Method

1. Preheat your oven to 180 celcius (356 F)

2. In a bowl add a ¼ cup of coconut oil

3. Add ¼ cup of peanut butter, and a mashed banana. Then combine

4. Add 1 cup of blended oats

5. 1 -2 cups of almond pulp depending on how much you have left over

6. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda

7. 1 grated carrot and stir until completely combined

8. Lightly flour a baking tray, and begin to make balls of batter with two spoons.

9. Lightly flatten them and place in the oven for 40 minutes, turning once in the middle, or until they are crispy and golden brown  

10. Break into your desired size of treat, and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

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