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Feb 16, 2014

In recognition of the environmental benefits of a plant-based diet, the Sierra  Club  is  pleased  to announce a week  long  vegan “volunteer  vacation”  in  Yosemite National Park, California this July 6–13.

Participants  will  assist  park  staff  with  a variety  of   work   projects to  improve  this  iconic destination.  Meals will feature tasty, healthful, and nourishing vegan recipes.  There will be plenty of down time to explore and to savor the fresh air, intelligent conversation, and majestic scenery.

Why: Switching from the standard American diet to a plant-based vegan diet has been found to reduce greenhouse gas emission more than switching from a standard American car to a hybrid.  This trip offers curious newcomers the chance to try a plant-based diet that provides abundant energy while satisfying the taste buds.

Who’s Invited: Anyone looking to "give back" to this special park in the company of other outdoors enthusiasts.

More Information:  View  photos and the full  trip brochure or contact trip leader Robert Groff at rw_groff@hotmail.com

 Part of  the largest  grassroots  environmental organization in  the country,  Sierra  Club  Outings  provides  environmentally  friendly  outdoor  adventures—from Tahoe to Tibet—for people of all ages, abilities, and interests. Learn about our program, read trip brochures, or sign up for trips at outings.sierraclub.org/national.

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Posted: Feb 16, 2014 7:18pm
Mar 30, 2013
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Being a vegetarian greatly reduces the harm that your diet causes to animals but does not go far enough to eliminate the harm that is still be caused to your body by the animal protiens in dairy products. Eliminating all animals products from your diet has been found to actually turn off the growth of cancer cells. You can hear more about this in the movie Forks Over Knives which can be viewed in it's entirety free on Hulu:

http://www.hulu.com/watch/279734

Why do vegans have such lower cancer risk? This is fascinating stuff: An elegant series of experiments was performed in which people were placed on different diets and their blood was then dripped on human cancer cells growing in a petri dish to see whose diet kicked more cancer butt. Women placed on plant-based diets for just two weeks, for example, were found to suppress the growth of three different types of breast cancer (see images of the cancer clearance). The same blood coursing through these womens' bodies gained the power to significantly slow down and stop breast cancer cell growth thanks to just two weeks of eating a healthy plant-based diet! (Two weeks! Imagine what's going on in your body after a year!) Similar results were found for men against prostate cancer (as well as against prostate enlargement).

How may a simple dietary change make one's bloodstream so inhospitable to cancer in just a matter of days? The dramatic improvement in cancer defenses after two weeks of eating healthier is thought to be due to changes in the level of a cancer-promoting growth hormone in the body called IGF-1. Animal protein intake increases the levels of IGF-1 in our body, but within two weeks of switching to a plant-based diet, IGF-1 levels in the bloodstream drop sufficiently to help slow the growth of cancer cells.

How plant-based do we need to eat? Studies comparing levels of IGF-1 in meat-eaters vs. vegetarians vs. vegans suggest that we should lean toward eliminating animal products from our diets altogether. This is supported by the new study in which the thousands of American vegans studied not only had lower rates of obesity, diabetes, and hypertension, but significantly lower cancer risk as well.

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Posted: Mar 30, 2013 5:51pm
Mar 30, 2013

When we think of dairy products, the most poignant symbol behind them should be this breaking of a family bond. We’ll know that we’ve moved beyond our collective denial when this truth is present in our minds and replaces the shallow experience of our taste buds. The latter is that infantile, caricature-like side of our brain talking, the one scripted by a lifetime of marketing, manipulating us into believing the lie that cows are happy and their milk makes us strong.

And ultimately the higher faculties of our brain that foster our respect for that bond will conquer the mundane and mechanical cravings that imprison our taste buds. The moral reasoning that makes us uniquely human is our call to action to protect those more vulnerable than us and leave them unharmed. The process begins by looking closely at how we fill our plates.

Take the time to open your eyes to the truth:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUnwj6T3I0A&feature=player_embedded

http://freefromharm.org/animal-cruelty-investigation/breaking-the-mother-calf-bond-the-untold-story-of-milk/

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Posted: Mar 30, 2013 5:20pm
Mar 30, 2013

Sometimes the news is bad and hard to read but we cannot allow ourselves to turn away from learning the truth. Only knowledge of the truth can lead to actions to reverse course and improve the future. Please read this article and become aware:

Goodbye Fish and Shellfish? Meet the Biggest Threat to Our Oceans

As emissions continue to rise, the world's oceans are becoming corrosive, threatening shellfish, corals and the entire ocean food web. 

http://www.alternet.org/water/155567/goodbye_fish_and_shellfish_meet_the_biggest_threat_to_our_oceans/?page=entire  

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Posted: Mar 30, 2013 9:26am

 

 
 
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