Vegan news you can use (12/11/11)

by JL Fields on December 11, 2011

Happy Sunday!  Last weekend I was in the middle of my 6 Days of Vegan Cookbook Reviews so I didn’t share a vegan news of the week post.  I’m making up for it this week with a more exhaustive list.

Seventeen percent of Americans stated that they “don’t eat meat, fish, seafood, or poultry at many of my meals (but less than half the time)” and 16% don’t eat these foods at more than half of their meals (but not all the time). Thus, 1/3 (33%) of the country are eating vegetarian meals a significant amount of the time (in addition to vegetarians)! This is certainly good news for companies producing vegetarian foods. No wonder why so many restaurants have added vegetarian options.

From Photo credit: Hannah Kaminsky

  • Are you tofu-challenged?  Nasoya has developed something super-cool:  the All Things Tofu app, which I promptly installed on my iPhone.  The app includes recipes (tomato-braised tofu , strawberry banana smoothie, etc) and videos (how to make a tofu scramble, where to find tofu in the store, how to press tofu, etc).  Convenient and fun!
  • Ellen DeGeneres creating pet food range  I’ve read that dogs can do well on vegan food and it makes sense because they are omnivores. But cats are carnivores.  I have three cats and I feed them animal-based food. It’s a dilemma but I want them to be healthy.  Vegans with animal companions, what do you do?
  • Did you know meat-eating is on the rise in India?  Andhra Dussault offers reasons to become a vegan.

Recently on Stop Chasing Skinny:

On this blog, quite obviously, I had several vegan cookbook reviews.

I also shared my first ever Seitan Tacos

and a review of That’s It. fruit bars.

Now I’m off to enjoy my Sunday.  A holiday party this afternoon, where I’ll be taking a bottle of vegan wine and vegan cookies, and then dinner with my friends from Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. I’ll be telling you more about that, tomorrow!

  • Elizabeth

    Hi JL!  Thanks for another great “news” post.  I like these posts.  By the way, I feed Sneakers (my dog) V-Dog vegan dog food.  I’ve done a lot of research on this and find it’s the best vegan choice.  I read Marion Nestle’s book on animal nutrition (very good resource) and decided that feeding cats a vegan diet is definitely more complicated.  My cat also suffers from IBS (lovely) so I decided to stick with her special-diet, animal-based cat food.  Yes, it’s a dilemma but I think it’s right for my cat.

    • JL

      Thanks for the feedback, Elizabeth! Thank you for sharing your experience with how you feed your dog and cat — I do want to make an ethically sound decision, as well as the right one for my cats’ health.

  • Hi JL! When I first got my kitty I bought the Vegepet supplies but I was mixing with the animal-based dry food so I could wean her off. I noticed she was eating around the VegeKit and only eating the dry food, so I switched to an animal-based wet food. I hate it, and I may try to ease her into VegeKit again soon, but I want to do what’s best for her, of course.

    • JL

      Thanks for chiming in, Kaitlyn.

  • Morning JL, 

    In regards to feeding your animals, I have always used dehydrated raw pet food along with added flax seeds, unheated sea salt and nutritional yeast. This is an amazing combination that does wonders for the animals. The best part is that I work with many vets and once they switch the animals diets to this combination they see a huge change in their health: no more allergies, skin rashes, brighter coats, more energy and the best part… no fleas! It’s amazing what the right diet can do. BTW: a fun tip- if you have cows, feeding them flax seeds will help to reduce their methane gas production. One more easy step to saving the environment 🙂

    • JL

      Does this include cats, Lauren? I have read the cats need a carnivorous diet. Very curious.

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