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articles by: Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

8 Tips for Going Vegan on a Budget

One of the myths about the vegan lifestyle is that it’s too expensive for the average or low-income family. Perhaps this is because many people relate the term ‘vegan’ or a plant-based diet to pre-pac…

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The Best Buckwheat Pancakes You’ve Ever Had! Vegan and Gluten-Free.

I love pancakes. In fact, they are one of my favorite breakfast foods. So when I went vegan and then gluten free I tried a number of store-bought pancake mixes. But none of them gave me that fluffy de…

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3 Essential Oils You’ll Want to Use This Summer

What scents remind you of summer? Perhaps the bright sweet smell of fresh cut grass comes to mind, or the smoky warm scent of a campfire. What about the scent of peppermint? Lavender? Or lemongrass…

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10+ Tasty Uses for Tahini (Besides Hummus)

Tahini has to be my favorite seed butter because it gives any dish or sauce an excellent creamy, nutty and earthy flavor, making it surprisingly delicious in desserts and scrumptious in sautés. If you…

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6 Steps to Perfect Compost

Left with an abundance of yard/garden waste and food scraps? Environmentally minded? In need of some free fertilizer for your lawn, garden or houseplants? Then it’s time to get decaying… or rather com…

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What is Animal-Free Gardening?

In the northern hemisphere a new gardening season is upon us! Right now thoughts of seeds, soil and the potential for fresh fruit and veggies may be dancing through your head. But as you prepare y…

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Vibram’s ‘Barefoot Running’ Shoes: A Fraud?

I'm not going to lie… I have a pair of Vibram FiveFingers shoes sitting in my closet right now. I haven’t worn them enough to make anecdotes for or against their supposed barefoot "benefits." But I w…

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20 Houseplants to Clear Toxins From Your Home

Bringing a bit of nature into your home does more than brighten the atmosphere. Introducing houseplants into various rooms in the house can help reduce the chance of getting seasonal sicknesses (such …

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Taiwan Opens First Vegan Supermarket!

If you happen to find yourself in Taipei, make sure to stop by iVegan, Taiwan's first all vegan supermarket! iVegan opened in Taipei this August.  According to Vegan Taiwan, the supermarket is complet…

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American Apples Banned in Europe!

Few people would debate the fact that apples are considered a health food. Why then has the import of apples from the United States been banned in Europe? Mother Jones' Tom Philpott reports that th…

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about Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

Gentle World is a vegan intentional community and non-profit organization, whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition. For more information about vegan food and other aspects of a vegan lifestyle, visit the Gentle World website and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

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