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They eat food they find in bins and are driven by conscience, not financial need. Meet the freegans.

There's no such thing as a free lunch, so the saying goes, but freegans beg to differ.

They only eat food they can scavenge for free from supermarket dustbins. Most is only just past its sell-by date, some is still within it but the packaging has been damaged.

The freegan philosophy of "ethical eating" is a reaction against a wasteful society and a way of highlighting how supermarkets dump tonnes of food every year that is still edible.


They argue capitalism and mass production exploit workers, animals and the environment. For the most extreme proponents, freeganism - the name combines free and vegan - is a total boycott of the economic system.

The "urban foragers" do not like to reveal the exact location in which they operate so as not to alert store managers to their after-hours work. In America they call it "dumpster diving" and when the shops shut, that's what they do.

Freegans Paul and Bob operate in a suburb of Manchester and have a network of bins that provided rich pickings.


For them it is a lifestyle choice. They have money and could buy food if they wanted, but as a protest against supermarket waste they choose to live a freegan life.

"There's so much waste it's just unbelievable," says Bob. "While that continues I can't see my freegan lifestyle changing."

On a night out with them, the pair delve deep into their first bin of the night to see what they can salvage. It's a good start - yoghurts, a cauliflower, eggs, mushrooms and some ready meals.

Raiding a second bin they discover it's full of bread, loaf after loaf and many of them still in date. But the haul is nothing compared to their best-ever bin raid a few months ago.

Barbed wire

"We got 75 bottles of beer, 100 frozen chickens and all sorts of things like that," says Paul.

"We found so much food we went out and bought ourselves a big deep freeze and filled it with chickens, meat and all that."

To get from bin raid to bin raid they use a converted post office van. It's where they store all their food and also where they now live - a mobile home in the truest sense.

Not every raid delivers. One major supermarket chain has secured its bins behind fencing and barbed wire, an effective way of keeping the freegans out.


Each item raided from a bin is washed and the packing wiped over with disinfectant. Then it's opened up and cooked even if its past its sell by date. Seafood is banned if not in date but they'll give everything else a try and are rarely ill.

Many supermarkets now give their leftover food to charity and while waste has been cut, a lot of food is still thrown out. So what do they think of freegans?

"As a responsible fresh grocery retailer we cannot condone this behaviour," says a spokesman for Somerfield. "We have reduced our wastage levels by improved processes and by giving our stores the opportunity to markdown products earlier to ensure that they are sold within their use by dates."

But it's not just supermarkets who are to blame. Figures from the Waste Resources Action Programme - which works with businesses and consumers to cut waste - claim households in Britain are among the most wasteful in the world.

Each year 6.7 million tonnes of food is thrown out. Half is perfectly edible and in a lifetime its estimated that each of us wastes up to £24,000 worth of food.

It's figures like these that are the reason Paul and Bob live life the freegan way.


Here is a selection of your comments.

We were doing this 20 years ago. A major Supermarket chain used to dump food in palladins on the day that the expiry date expired. I remember one summers afternoon sitting in the garden of my North London squat eating chocolate eclairs and fresh strawberries. I was looking forward to my evening meal of fillet steak. Unfortunately, now I have appearences to keep up so I have to pay for my self-indulgence
Nick, Hackney


A superb idea. I'm tempted to dive for cans of mushrooms myself. A friend of mine worked for a supermarket and was fired for eating a sandwich that was destined for the dumpster!
James, Berkhamsted, UK


I can't afford to throw good food away, but I wouldn't even if I was rich. It is so easy to cook up raw food into a stew, pie or curry and have it a day or two later. Raw or cooked food can be put in the freezer so easily. Just wrap it well. Only rule there is never refreeze without cooking in between. Of course the easiest thing is don't buy too much in the first place. I do feel that someone who throws out a significant proportion of what they buy has got to be too stupid to run a household. People who do that are mad and ultimately selfish. There is only so much food in the world - while I don't recommend posting packets of mash to Drafur - you could always buy less and give the money to charity? Retailers should have to distribute any edible waste. Only disposing of fully out of date stuff.
Sandy, Derby, UK


Freegans are such hypocrits. You can afford to buy the food yet choose not to, so it's thrown out, then you scrub through a bin for it. You may as well be stealing it from the shop. You're causing the waste by not buying the food in the first place. Sounds like a poor excuse for being tight fisted to me, not a protest against supermarkets.
Kirsty, Leeds


Years ago I was very skint and had to eat like this to survive. I don't agree with the waste and think that homeless charities could be given more by the supermarkets earlier so the food is still edible. Also marking the food down by more than the odd 20p would encourage people to buy the nearly out of date food in the store so it doesn't end up in the bin. The supermarkets were aware that some people were scavenging from the bins when I was doing it and would purposely pour bleach or washing powder on the food to render it inedible. I hope that they feel ashamed.
Naomi, Bristol


Scroungers. Why don't they go in to the store and look for the reduced items that will end up in the bin and BUY IT! Strewth everybody wants something for nothing. I bet if this lot hurt themselves whilst getting the food they'll sue the supermarkets!
Ed, Cardiff


Good for you! I think this is a fair way for showing that so much food is thrown out, but hasn't gone off - I have only just taught my other half that 'Best before' doesn't mean that at the stroke of midnight the food will instantly go 'off' but that it may taste better before this date. Our society is such a 'throw away' society and needs to find out that there are other ways to recycle and save the planet, such as this (not wasting good food).
Shazbhatt, Sheffield, UK


Good luck to Paul, Bob and others who follow this trend. I'm not sure Ild do it myself, but I think they are certainly proving a point that far too much good food is wasted. The only point I would like to disagree on is the term 'freegan' which has apparently been made up from the words free and vegan. As Bob and Paul will eat meat and other animal products they have foraged for, they are not vegans.
2PennyWorth, Dudley


Why would anyone not condone Freeganism? If the food is going to waste, and the Supermarkets have not arranged for it to go to a good cause - something which i understand M&S does - then, in my opinion, it's up for grabs! If Somerfield doesn't like their bins being raided, then they should get rid of unnecessary packaging, and donate left over food to charity.
Hazel, edinburgh


Buying and using a huge deep-freeze big enough for 100 chickens when you don't really need to isn't particularly environmentally sound.
Rachael, Cambridge


I know everyone is looking for the best way to express themselves but I prefer food from grocery stores than from neighbourhoods bins.
Tom Sikorski, Bradford, West Yorkshire


You can justify it all you like. You can sugar coat it. But it's EATING FROM A BIN.
Matthew MacGregor, Inverness, Scotland


I used to work in the foodhall of a department store and every night when we closed they would get all the loaves of very expensive fresh bread, all the cream cakes, buns and pastries and shove them all into bin bags ready for the bin. When I once asked if we could have any to take home, I was told 'of course, at full price'. It used to really bother me that as I left work there was always homeless people outside the store - why the company couldn't - and still don't - donate this food to charity I don't know. It is such a waste!
Liz, Manchester





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Aug 19, 2007
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Organic Skin Care Company to Launch Luxurious Gift Sets

Organic skin care company Raw Gaia announces the launch of three luxurious gift sets from its distinctive range of living skin care products. The gift sets will be available for purchase from September 10th, in time for the Christmas shopping season.

Raw Gaia is quickly becoming a very popular organic skin care brand. Using only organic, vegan, and as much as possible, fairtrade ingredients, products are hand-made through a special low temperature process in order to retain all the life energy, antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and EFAs in the ingredients.

As a result, Raw Gaia’s skin care products are unusually pure and have wonderful moisturising and healing qualities.

The gifts sets to be launched are:

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This complete skin care set will give your face and body the living nourishment it truly deserves. Containing some of Raw Gaia’s best selling products, this is a real pampering treat for yourself and as a gift for your loved ones! (RRP: £48)


• For Her Daughters Living Moisturiser. A beautiful feminine cream with revitalising rosehip, evening primrose and palmarosa. 60 ml jar

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• Wildcrafted & Fairly Traded Shea Butter. Rich in vitamins A, E & F, it is a fantastic moisturiser for the body and makes the skin feel wonderfully smooth. 90g jar.

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A great starter pack to experience the benefits and sensual nourishment of Raw Gaia’s living skin care range. It includes Raw Gaia’s new Detox Living Massage Bar, which is great for drawing out toxins and beautifying the skin as well as the Sweet Orange Living Lip Balm, which helps to nourish and heal chapped lips. (RRP £29)


• For Her Daughters Living Moisturiser. A beautiful feminine cream with revitalising rosehip, evening primrose and palmarosa. 60 ml jar

• Floral Face Toner. An uplifting and refreshing spray that helps to tonify, balance and revitalise all types of skin. With rose otto, neroli, palmarosa, chamomile and melissa. 100 ml bottle

• Detox Living Massage Bar: A lovely massage bar that helps to break up and draw out toxins that lie just below the skin’s surface while at the same time, softening and beautifying the skin. With cacao butter and detoxifying essential oils.

• Sweet Orange Living Lip Balm. A soothing vegan lip balm with zesty orange essential oil. It helps to nourish and heal dry and chapped lips as well as promote the growth of new skin cells. 10 ml tin

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The vast majority of baby skin care products contain chemicals, parabens, heated oils, etc. and lack any living qualities. This gift set will allow parents to give their babies of one of the most pure and nourishing skin care available anywhere. Includes the For Her Babies Living Cream, created for very sensitive skin and ideal for conditions such eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. (RRP £27)


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Further information about these gift sets can be found at: (Please note that gift sets will be available for purchase from September 10th onwards)

Notes for editors:

Raw Gaia is currently the only company in the world producing a full range of living skin care products. These are hand-made using only organic, vegan and unheated ingredients, free of any chemicals, through a low temperature process. This offers two advantages over traditional high-temperature methods: it ensures that all the natural nutrients beneficial to skin are retained and avoids the creation of toxic compounds.

For information about Raw Gaia please visit Company information, product details and previous releases can be found at Raw Gaia’s new press centre at

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Posted: Aug 19, 2007 10:18pm
Jul 12, 2007
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Farmer paints case for vegan lifestyle

Robert Farmer

Robert Farmer’s “Lunch Hour” pro-vegan paintings are on display at Hall Street Gallery through July 6.

By Ally Hughes
Published: Friday, June 29, 2007

A few years ago, Robert Farmer’s family made — in his opinion — a change for the better. They became vegetarians out of medical necessity, but he took an additional step to a complete vegan diet and lifestyle because of his sense of moral responsibility. Vegans don’t consume any animals or animal byproducts, such as milk, cheese or honey.

His ideology has also become the ethos for “Fodder,” the thesis exhibition for his Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Farmer’s work will be on display at Hall Street Gallery, 211 Hall St., through July 6.

Farmer’s paintings graphically illustrate his concerns about speciesism and hypocrisy in omnivorous diets. He questions why people care for some animals and consume others, implicating the animal farming and harvesting community in the United States of barbaric acts for profit — against human and animal welfare.

A few of his pieces, such as the large-scale “Because All Meat,” are inspired by publications by the controversial animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. While doing his ongoing research, Farmer saw a video that showed cats and dogs being farmed for human needs.

“There was nothing really out of the ordinary going on here except that they were potentially people’s pets,” said Farmer. “I was thinking — why not? If you are going to eat meat, why not eat all meat? The argument is that [pigs, chickens, fish, etc.] are intelligent creatures. Pigs have been proven [to have equal] cognitive abilities to that of a 3-year-old child, so accordingly that should put them above dogs. Should we only eat stupid animals? To me, it seems that if one should eat meat, one should eat all meat — one is as viable as the other.”

He also said that animals have the same human capacity as humans to understand and feel; thus, eating these sentient beings is unconscionable.

“The animals we kill every day for our food and clothing are living creatures that share with us the same capacity to feel love, joy, misery, fear and pain,” Farmer explained in his artist statement. “Animals raised on factory farms know only desperation and sorrow before their short, agonized existences are ended. We know that it happens, but turn an indifferent eye in favor of convenience.”

While Farmer said a vegan diet provides a multitude of heath benefits, some practical aspects are accessibility, cost and preparation. On average, vegans have to put more consideration into their diets and how they balance nutrition than other people, he said.

“We do our shopping at Brighter Day, and it doesn’t come out to be that much more [expensive] than it was before we became vegans,” he explained. “But you do have to think about what you eat and look at labels to read the ingredients.”

Farmer, a skilled and articulate painter who indeed makes an impact with his work, noted that whether people subscribe to his philosophy or act against it, veganism is an individual choice, and he isn’t out to hit anyone over the head with his message.

Ultimately, he chooses to express his way of life through the medium he prefers.

Farmer intentionally treats his characters with cartoonist likeability as a way of lightening the atmosphere surrounding his message. The paintings and drawings, which are for the most part large-scale, have an atmosphere fraught with meaning and personal symbolism.

“I don’t think of myself as controversial; these are just my views and my lifestyle,” he said. “Once I became a vegan, I had a pointed view where I thought I could add to the collective conversation and stand behind my beliefs.”
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Posted: Jul 12, 2007 10:00am
Jun 13, 2007
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By BLAISE SCHWEITZER , Freeman staff

Cancer can be deadly and scary, but it doesn't always lead to death and need not rob a person of his or her sexuality.

Just ask "Crazy Sexy Cancer" survivor/filmmaker Kris Carr of Bearsville, the creator and star of a documentary and soon-to-be-published self-help book of the same name. "Crazy Sexy Cancer" makes a local debut with its first regional screening June 29 as part of the pre-season Woodstock Film Festival.

"People say to me, what's so sexy about cancer? What I tell them is: 'Women who have it, we're living, vibrant, crazy, sexy, struggling, normal women."

Over the last four years, while fighting relentlessly negative diagnoses of cancer that had infiltrated her liver and lungs, Carr has given up acting to become a documentary filmmaker, fallen in love, learned how to fly via trapeze, married, moved into a new home in Woodstock and created a sort of multimedia cancer-fighting franchise.

What started as a life-saving gambit turned into joyful exploration.

"In the midst of the desperation, I was starting to have fun," Carr said in the documentary.

Interviewed in the Bearsville home she shares with husband/filmmaker Brian Fasset, Carr, who is now 35, laughed at a pop-quiz on how to spell her disease.

Fifteen letters into spelling out the sub-category of her cancer, it was helpful for her to have Fasset at her side. Caught up on whether it was epithelioid hemangioendothelioma, or epithelioid hemengioendothelioma, Fassett spoke up and said "hemAn."

A vascular cancer, the disease has infiltrated Carr's lungs and liver, creating 24 tumors. While the tumors triggered by the disease are normally slow growing, the prognosis is almost always extremely dark.


Although there are some tears (and comically foul language) the film itself is mostly upbeat and full of life-embracing moments. Carr said she gained strength and perspective from other women who fought cancer with creativity and verve by specifically seeking them out.

"I couldn't help but wonder how other cancer chicks dealt with this," she said.

Some embraced the baldness that came with their treatments, others put on wigs and hats that said "FXXX Cancer."

She had a sense of humor about many of the new age treatments that were offered to complement what her Western doctors were suggesting. Sometimes she shook her head and laughed at the crystals or resonating healing tones waved in her direction, but she tried many of the methods anyway.

At the other end of the spectrum, she wondered at a cluster of smokers hanging out at a major cancer hospital.

"Helloooooo people!" she said, knocking her knuckle on her head.

She also tried the macrobiotic kale-burdock-daikon-whole-grain-steamed-bread diet. Macrobiotic diets are supposed to benefit from ingredients that digest well together.

To a point.

At a buffet that a cluster of vegetarians was oohing over, Carr waggled her eyebrows and said: "A plateful of gas!"

In her quest for health, Carr also internalized much wheatgrass juice (and not a few wheatgrass enemas.)

She also went through a raw phase, eating only uncooked ingredients, but that got old after a point. "I don't think I can put another raw thing into my stomach," she said when wavering.

By now, she has found a happy medium between all the dietary and exercise extremes.

She is still a vegan (no dairy or meat) and has hung on to the wheatgrass juice habit, squeezing and juicing clumps of the green shoots regularly.

During the interview, Fasset said they had just completed a flat of wheatgrass, and had had a breakfast including many vegetables juiced together.

When considering the cause of her cancer, she delved into possible environmental and attitudinal sources. Her spiritual exploration considered everything from what her personal guru Bhagavan Das had to say: "Stinkin' thinking is the problem," to whether she had karmically brought on the disease through inconsiderate behavior, the consumption of alcohol or the inhalation of illicit drugs.

Carr, who was starring in Budweiser Superbowl commercials the same year she was diagnosed, lived a rollicking lifestyle before settling down. From this point forward, she sees herself as more of a filmmaker and author. She described the soon-to-be published companion book to her film, which is also named "Crazy Sexy Cancer," to be "A girlfriends' guide to cancer."

To be sure their projects do no harm, Carr and Fasset said they are conscious not to put out a prescription for how every cancer patient should deal with their disease. Each case is unique and the science is nowhere near certain on most treatments, Fasset said.

Nonetheless, Fasset said he has been amazed by how viewers come away from screenings of the film feeling as if it validates whatever perspectives they come from, he said. "People hear what they want to hear, on both sides."

For his part, participating in most of Carr's regime has Fasset, who is 41, feeling less creaky. "I never get colds anymore," he said.

Beyond Carr and Fasset, there are plenty of local people and scenes in the film. One scene is filmed from the apex of Overlook Mountain (where the pair had their first date). Carr hunts for cancer-fighting books at Golden Notebook and shops for cancer-fighting vegetables at Sunfrost Farms, both in Woodstock.

The film leaves off with Carr getting a positive checkup at the doctor's office. Her cancer tumors seemed to have stopped in mid-development, according to the scans, and she becomes more optimistic than ever.

"I actually created a term myself, because most people really need to hear the word remission otherwise they can't take another breath. I call it progression-free remission," she said in the interview. "I talked to my doctor and he said, 'That's pretty smart.' It basically means it's just hanging out. It's like a light switch that's been turned off."

Carr's message goes beyond fighting cancer, she said. "I think anybody who has experienced any sort of adversity will be inspired by our attitude and how we head-butt it. That's the broader message of the film."

For more information about the film and book, visit


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Jun 13, 2007
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'I'm glad they'll have each other for this next step'

Brother and sister who share rare genetic condition to share alternative health-care treatment experience

Originally published — 7:23 p.m., June 8, 2007
Updated — 10:50 p.m., June 8, 2007

Editors note: Recent Gulf Coast High School graduate Gregory Lang has battled cancer since he was 3 years old. In February, doctors said Greg had about six months to live. Greg, his sister, Kaitlyn, and their late father, Gregory Weber Sr., suffer from a rare genetic condition, Li- Fraumeni syndrome, causing recurring cancer. The Naples Daily News is following his continuing story.

Gregory and Kaitlyn Lang are trading their childhoods for a chance at adulthood.

They will say farewell to typical teenage fare. Goodbye burgers, tacos and pizza. No more ice cream, cake or cookies.

The pair plans to forgo all temptation — meat, dairy, bread — for the rest of their lives.

Starting Sunday, they will go cold turkey — without the turkey.

Greg, 18, will make the trip to Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach out of necessity, to prolong his life with cancer past doctors’ grim prognosis.

His sister, 16-year-old Kaitlyn, who battled leukemia as a child, will adopt Hippocrates’ raw vegan eating program in hopes of never needing to fight again.

They share a common goal: to make their lives of strenuous sacrifice as long as possible. And for the next three weeks, they’ll share a room, a schedule and, maybe, some inspiration.

"This is a huge step for me, as a mom, because I’ve never left either one of their sides," Ann Lang said. "But I keep focusing on the end result, and I’m so proud of them.

"They need to do this for themselves. My holding their hands can’t help them anymore."

Greg’s necessity

The alternative health-care center is nutritional boot camp. For three weeks, Kaitlyn and Greg will learn to dismiss their teenage cravings through a rigorous schedule of seminars, food preparation courses, workouts and meditation periods.

If the program is successful, Greg’s cancer could be reduced to a manageable state, increasing his life expectancy by months, years, or even decades.

If it’s not, Greg said, nothing, not even hope, will be lost.

"It won’t be a waste of time," Greg explained, his smooth, baby face stony with determination. "If it doesn’t work, for some reason, I’ll know I tried my best with that option, and I’ll have to try something else."

"That’s my baby," Ann said, beaming. "Always optimistic."

After receiving a terminal diagnosis in February, Greg sprung to action, weeding through dozens of options as stories of possible solutions poured in from generous strangers.

As the fatigue and back pain grew, from expanding cancer spots on his pelvis, femur and spine, Greg continued to balk at the idea of more chemotherapy. Previous chemotherapy treatments made Greg sick, and did little to improve his outlook.

The addition of chemotherapy chemicals to Greg’s already fragile body could destroy his immune system, rather than repair it.

"Chemo didn’t work the first time, and doing it now would be the same," he said. "Chemo is a poison. It doesn’t just kill the bad stuff, it kills the good stuff, too."

Greg weighed his options, and settled on the somewhat obscure Hippocrates program, which he learned about when a stranger sent information to Greg’s Gulf Coast High School principal.

"It just makes the most sense," he said. "It can’t hurt me at all. It can only help."

By weeding out all preservatives from his diet, doctors at Hippocrates hope to cleanse Greg’s body, boosting his immune system as he battles his disease. Adding an exercise routine will increase Greg’s energy levels, and hopefully his waning appetite.

"My goal is to help improve my situation," he explained. "I want to have some more time, as much time as possible, and improve the quality of that time.

"I don’t think it’s going to be difficult to make the change, because I know it’s how it has to be."

Kaitlyn’s choice

As her brother watched, Kaitlyn spent this week gorging herself on taboo foods: meatloaf, Chick-Fil-A, pasta.

"It’s so funny to see their two different personalities," Ann laughed. "Greg wants to stop eating those things now, because he figures, ‘Why bother?’ and Kaitlyn wants all she can get."

"I just want to keep going with it," Kaitlyn reasoned. "I never want to eat meat again, so I’m getting all I can now."

Unlike Greg, Kaitlyn had a difficult time deciding whether she would visit Hippocrates and adopt the fruit and veggie life plan.

Kaitlyn suffers from the same genetic condition as her brother, Li-Fraumeni syndrome, turning the possibility of recurring cancer almost into a certainty. Because she is currently healthy, it may be more of a challenge for Kaitlyn to stay motivated.

"Mine’s a self-choice. He kind of has to do it," she said, motioning to Greg. "It’ll be tough, but I really want this, so I guess that will be my inspiration."

By choosing the responsibility of maintaining the stringent plan, the Gulf Coast 10th-grader is sacrificing her youth sooner than her brother, who graduated last month.

During her bout with leukemia at age 8, Kaitlyn put on extra weight, from the steroids she was forced to take. Dropping the few unwanted pounds will be the icing on the cake she can no longer eat.

"It’ll be hard, because I don’t want to give up eating the things my friends eat," she said. "I’ve worked so hard to get to where I am, fighting cancer, and I want to finish what I’ve started."

Lifestyle overhaul

The Hippocrates plan can’t be called a "diet." It’s a far cry from the popular Atkins or South Beach diets.

Adoption of the vegan eating regiment is nothing short of a lifestyle overhaul.

"You can’t go back," Kaitlyn said. "If you were to start eating meat or preservatives again right away, you would get sick."

"It’s going to be life-changing, like having a baby," Ann explained, as her children, and Greg’s 16-year-old girlfriend, Brianna Hanson, laughed at the analogy.

"Well, it is!" she cried out, hushing them. "It’s going to be completely different from everything you’ve ever known."

Ann, the kids’ adopted father, Tim Lang, and Brianna admitted they will be forced to make some big changes in compliance with Greg and Kaitlyn’s new lifestyle.

"I don’t think I’ll have a choice," Brianna giggled. "It’s going to be hard for (Greg and Kaitlyn), but it’s going to be really good for them."

"I think I’m going to learn from the kids," Ann seconded. "In time, we’ll ease into it, just like any other change."

Though they’ll be shirking their teenage eating habits, Greg and Kaitlyn won’t leave their childhoods completely behind. The twosome have already conspired to rig their wireless laptop computers so they can watch television while they are away.

"I think this will be a great re-bonding for them, without any outside clutter," Ann said, rolling her eyes as the restless teens battled for room on the family’s leather couch.

"They’ve gone through so much together in their lives. I’m glad they’ll have each other for this next step."

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Posted: Jun 13, 2007 12:26am
Feb 17, 2007
Name: Michael Williams
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Vicious Vegan' enters the ring

Unusual UA student chronicles new boxing ambition on YouTube

Michael Williams is an Arizona student who mixes up his workout routine by getting punched in the mouth - and he thinks you should, too.

Nearly 100 days since the 32-year-old junior majoring in psychology and political science began training for his first exhibition boxing match Feb. 17, Williams has become a true convert.

"I didn't do any sports in high school. I wasn't particularly macho," said Williams, who will be fighting against fellow first-time boxer Troy Beaman. "I do have a strong competitive spirit, and I bet anybody who gets good grades might consider boxing because they probably have that competitive spirit."

Williams isn't being modest. The 143-pound welterweight, who transferred from Wisconsin last fall, is decidedly un-macho. This boxer is soft-spoken and pale, and he can cite anecdotes from Henry David Thoreau in casual conversation.

If you think the sport is for meatheads, think again - Williams has been a vegan for 10 years, a fact he plays up in his series of "Vicious Vegan" YouTube documentaries that chronicle his training at Boxing Inc., 1240 N. Stone Ave.

"It's sort of 'local yokel thinks he can do his first fight' - the ups and downs of that," Williams said.

Junior Esmeralda Famutimi, his friend, camerawoman and "associate coach," was initially skeptical about the project, even though she had encouraged Williams to begin his boxing.

"I thought, 'Uh-oh, another YouTube addict. I know enough of those people already,'" she said.

Uh-oh indeed. In Williams' first episode, the Vicious Vegan catalogs his grocery list and shows off a pantry stocked with soy products to the strains of "Gonna Fly Now," the theme song to "Rocky."

Said Williams' personal trainer, Charles Caraway: "When I first met Michael, I thought, 'This guy doesn't want to box.' He's a little raily, you know what I'm saying."

A thin build and YouTube shenanigans aside, when this self-proclaimed "vegetarian nobody" stepped into the ring Saturday for sparring practice, his coach could see that he'd come a long way from the Internet wannabe of episode one.

"Michael's a strong kid, and he's got a lot of heart," Caraway said. "The first couple times he got in there he got his ass handed to him. But he kept coming back, and that means he likes it."

Now Williams packs a real punch, and the Vicious Vegan has learned a few tricks,as well.

"Today, he has a jab, and he's not as jumpy as when he used to be beginning," Caraway said. "He used to telegraph his total intent. You gotta be deceptive: 'Here we are, looking at each other dead in the eye, and I'm still going to hit you in the mouth.'"

Still, there is room for improvement.

Williams took a few body shots from his sparring partner and during a break ruminated on what he needs to do better.

"First round was a wake-up call, pointing out my mistakes. That's not surprising," he said before getting back into the ring, his "laboratory," for more "experiments."

"Relax, you gotta relax! Pump that jab!" Caraway yelled at his apprentice from ringside. Every now and then, he shared a few observations on Williams and on the sport of boxing.

"When he came in here, he didn't look like that. Look at his form and his posture. He's got balance. He's got his hands up," Caraway said. "He looks like he knows how to box."

For Caraway, who has been boxing since he was 7 years old, the sport isn't just about punching someone in the guts; for many people, it is a path to physical fitness.

At Boxing Inc., a customer never has to take a punch to enjoy the sport of boxing. Most of the members never even step into a ring.

Instead, the gym's 42 classes each week focus on the boxing regimen as a means to physical fitness.

"Many people want to try boxing to stay in shape. They're tired of the treadmill, they want something different," Caraway said. "There's no unwarranted contact. … It's not like we throw you into the ring like a piece of meat."

For Williams, the idea of something different was exactly what drew him to boxing. Involved in weight training for a year, his routines were starting to get old.

But the most important thing about his journey from a wiry guy who had never boxed to a viable contender was the idea of stepping up to a challenge.

Williams said he wants to continue his traning when he studies abroad in Montreal next semester.

"It takes confronting a lot of internal fears or struggles to (box). That's a great exercise," he said. "Think about going back to your school work and doing a few math problems. That's child's play. The paper isn't going to punch you."
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Jan 28, 2007
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In September last year a calf managed to escape from a “cattle” market in the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, in Spain. After that he lived as a runaway for more than 3 months and a half! Sadly, the calf was discovered and captured in December, in a neighbouring village. Local animal organisations and members of the public have asked that his life be spared, although the odds are that he will be given back to his “owner” who will most likely kill him.

This news article is certainly similar to the cases of the runaway human slaves, and shows that nonhuman animals certainly value their life and, when they are able to, fight for it.

Nonhumans values their life in that they enjoy the things they do even if they cannot reflect upon themselves in terms of a lifespan or realise that they value what they’re doing. Some opponents can point out that we have no idea of what initially inspired the calf to move away from the market. However, although it's very unlikely he realised his impending doom we can surely argue he was moving from something he didn’t like or he was moving to something he liked.

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Dec 23, 2006
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Demi Moore Goes Full Throttle For Raw Rejuvenation! How is it that 44 year old Demi Moore makes a Hollywood comeback with a roll in which she bares almost all in a bikini next to 20-something actresses and looks just as good, if not better! Complaints have been circulating that Demi stole the show from the "stars" of the much-hyped Charlie's Angels sequel "Full Throttle". Demi's secret? The raw food diet! Although the diet has been criticized by the medical and scientific community as nonsense, recent studies have brought to light that all heated and most processed foods do indeed contain carcinogens, a brand of toxins that are often cancer-causing in tests on mice and rats. What exactly IS the raw vegan diet? It is a diet that consists of unheated and unprocessed fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds....everything preferably organic and as fresh as possible. Raw Food F.A.Q. Q: What is the raw vegan diet good for? A: its not just that the diet doesn't contain toxins, but it is also extremely nutrient dense. In heated foods almost all of the nutrients are destroyed or damaged. So when you eat an all-raw diet you are getting 1000's of times more nutrients than you would otherwise get! This very natural diet is what we'd all be eating if we weren't in "civilization" anway! So it makes a person seem supernaturally young, beautiful, fit, healthy, glowing, vital and energetic - as in the case of Demi Moore. But you have to realize that this is our natural state. Demi should be the norm for a 40-year young woman. We're now just comparing her to a society that is radically un-natural and unhealthy, where we eat about 90-100% cooked and processed (denatured) foods. Q: Is this scientifically proven? A: New scientific studies show that we should be living until at least 160 years of age. But we've been caught in this cooked food trap for many thousands of years since humankind first discovered the ease of hunting meat compared with growing things. And we lived on meat and it helped us survive in cold climates. And we learned that if we heated up foods it made the foods last longer which helped us survive the winters in cold climates. But the reason the foods lasted longer is because we killed them. We cooked them and this killed the enzymes in them. Enzymes make the food ripen and enzymes make the food decay and go back to the earth after its season is passed. So cooking the food took that death out of it. However it also took the life out of it. So we got used to eating food with no life-force. But in today's society we are really fortunate because we are able to get fresh organic foods all year round! So there really is no longer any need to eat these dead denatured foods! Except that we are addicted to them. Toxins are highly addictive (toxins are what drugs, alcohol and cigarettes all have in common), and all of these heated and processed foods are full of toxins! (Just search for "toxins in heated food" on the website and you will get back over 120 FDA articles in your search results!) Q: Don't you get bored on the raw vegan diet? A: There are 100s of different kinds of fruits and veggies. If you combine only two or three at each meal, then you can literally eat a different combination of foods at each meal for the rest of your life! Then your taste buds become very sensitive. And then you don't need to eat as much, so your body really uses all the food you eat, so you actually get hungry between meals - which is the best spice! Nothing tastes as good as simple food when you are truly hungry! I'd like to see restaurants add a "frescada" section to their menus, the way they now have "vegetarian" sections. I think Frescada sounds much nicer than Raw. But even now you can always have a salad or fruit salad and many restaurants also serve fruit smoothies. You do have to eat a balanced diet. Our food groups are vegetables, nuts/seeds, and fruits. You should have approximately equal amounts of these in your diet. If you have your kids on the diet as I do, you have to make sure they eat a lot of bulk. A lot of fruits and veggies. And a lot of nutmilks from sprouted almonds and sunflower seeds. A variety of fruits and veggies. There's a wealth of information available online. If you decide to do this diet is it important to study it. I think of it as an extreme diet. There are extreme benefits such as a body that isn't subject to any of the common causes of death today, and longevity. But as with an extreme sport, you have to be prepared and trained, because there are potential dangers. Q: What are the risks involved? A: This is brand new territory. I mean, its been done since Pythagoras (who made his students do a raw food diet for a month before he would teach them so that their minds would be clear!). But now for the first time the diet is becoming of interest to the mainstream of society. And nobody wants to spend any money to study it properly. So its like you have to take a leap of faith. Its for people willing to think for themselves and act on their own findings and studies. Some of the pitfalls are eating too many unsoaked nuts and dried fruit (hard on teeth), cutting out one of the three raw-vegan food groups completely for long periods of time, and worrying too much about whether you are getting enough nutrition. Of course you are! You are getting thousands of times more than you ever did before. But people can make you worry yourself sick. They just don't understand. Q: Where can people find more information about this diet online? A: We have a resources page where we list and link to every important raw vegan resourse we can find, including 1000's of free recipes, articles, online raw food stores where you can buy equipment and produce, raw food journals, books, events, retreats, raw food restaurants, online support forums, and consultants and practitioners at . Q: Why are people so passionate about this? A: The raw food diet has benefited people losing weight, preventing cancer, and overcoming depression, acne, candida and chronic fatigue. I have seen it help so many people. And beyond all this, I think it is the only diet that will sustain the growing population of this planet! If everyone adopted a raw-vegan diet it would be beneficial in so many ways, cutting down on pollution, preventing deforestation, helping people to become more peaceful, making our countryside more beautiful, and solving our crime, healthcare and social security dilemmas. It will naturally be a very slow process, but I think that ultimately this will be the diet that helps us bring this planet to a state of light and life. The human body is the best picture of the human soul. Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) Austrian philosopher
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Posted: Dec 23, 2006 12:15pm
Dec 4, 2006
Name: an anonymous deer
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a deer!

Time has come for a change
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Nov 16, 2006
Name: an unnamed cow
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By Jessica Marszalek,

A COW has gone for a four-hour swim in the surf in a bizarre bovine spectacle before drowning off Queensland's coast.

The two-year-old Brahman-cross escaped from a nearby paddock during a muster at Elliott Heads, near Bundaberg, on Sunday and travelled 2km to where it was spotted by beachgoers paddling 300m out to sea.

Owner Neville Atkinson said when police phoned him to report his missing cow had been sighted swimming in the ocean it was the strangest thing he had ever heard.

"She jumped through the fence and raced down towards the ocean and that was the last they (the drovers) saw of her," Mr Atkinson said.

"We searched all along the ocean front ... well, we didn't look in the water, we didn't expect her to be in the water.

"She was probably a bit upset from the morning chase but why she went in the water I'll never know."

A crowd of more than 100 were drawn to the beach as word spread about the body surfing cow, which swam for three hours, coming to shore twice before returning to the waves.

Mr Atkinson and a friend eventually took a tinnie out to try to rescue the cow which was paddling in water around 7m deep but could not bring her to land.

She eventually drowned from swallowing water.

University of Queensland school of animal studies lecturer John Gaughan said it was the first time in 20 years he had heard of such strange behaviour.

Dr Gaughan, who researches cattle heat stress, said cows were good swimmers and often waded out into dams.

But he said to swim in the ocean for that long was bizarre.

"If it was very hot it might have been just trying to cool off but it's unusual behaviour to actually go out and start swimming around the ocean," he said.

"It is unusual, I've never seen anything like that."

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