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    Re: Organic or not?

    One of the problems caused by commercial agriculture is monoculture. It partially explains the existence of disease and large-scale insect infestation - just like overcrowding of people partially...
  2. Re: Animal euthanasia - a responsibility or cruelty?

    Of course we can't ask the animal - but we can't always ask humans, either. In addition, we can't inform the animal of all its options either. So even if we could ask it, it couldn't always make an...
  3. Re: Consumers of nuts: lower body weight and lower prevalence of health risks

    That doesn't seem particularly impressive to me. The nutters were an average of 4.2 pounds lighter? With a difference that small, it seems that almost undoubtedly, there were quite a few nutters who...
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    Poll: Re: What are your favourite vegan protein sources?

    Too many nuts and seeds make me feel ill, also. But I like to consume all kinds, in small amounts. For example I will put walnut pieces from maybe 3 walnuts, into my oatmeal, along with a few pieces...
  5. Thread: B12 in algae

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    Sticky: [bio] Re: B12 in algae

    Korn

    There is also a lot of confusion regarding the organisms that are described as "algae." Cynobacteria are not algae. Saying that cyanobacteria are algae is like saying a seahorse is a horse....
  6. Thread: Edamame?

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    Re: Edamame?

    A number of years ago there I saw edamame from Seapoint farms that was grown in the US. But for the last 5 years or so all of it I've seen comes from China (Republic of China) - where there is a...
  7. Thread: Edamame?

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    Re: Edamame?

    I doubt that a "store brand" is local. I am familiar with many areas of upstate NY. The way to get local is to buy them at local farmers market or roadside farmstands. There is no practical way for...
  8. Thread: Edamame?

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    Re: Edamame?

    Does anyone know where I can find good quality edamame in the US? The only edamame I've seen is poor quality frozen edamame from Taiwan and even more atrocious edamame from the Republic of China....
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    Re: Soy = Breast Pain?

    I was having breast pain and tenderness, only in my R breast, and my doctor said I had very slight gynecomastia which is not at all unusual in men my age (over 55) and it was slightly more so in my R...
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    Soy milk and tofu production ethics

    While I think there is no harm to human health caused by consuming soy products in moderation, including tofu and soy milk, I have serious reservations about buying commercially produced soy milk and...
  11. Re: If A Monkey Made you a Sandwich, would you eat it ?

    The reason that a chicken has "no use" for an unfertilized egg is that it produces an actually sickening (to the mother hen) number of eggs, due to the fact that modern chicken cultivars used by...
  12. Re: Are you a Self Exhausting Microgram-Oriented Vegan?

    brad " I pretty much only eat organic fruits, veggies, sprouts, some seeds, and some nuts and a handful of other things."

    "I just know that the calling of the companies and reading labels is...
  13. Re: Are you a Self Exhausting Microgram-Oriented Vegan?

    brad "And I dont have to spend time with labels or calling companies to find out info anymore. I love it"

    You would still need to research things. For example several products are described as...
  14. Re: Are you a Self Exhausting Microgram-Oriented Vegan?

    For the most part it is not an issue for me because I like to prepare my own foods from scratch. Foods that might contain, say, a few micrograms of carmine or cochineal, as opposed to an alternative...
  15. Re: Diseases linked to proximity to animals, not just eating them

    Yup.
  16. Re: Diseases linked to proximity to animals, not just eating them

    Diseases such as anthrax crossed over from animals to humans 100's or thousands of years before factory farming. Then they decimated human populations, leaving only those humans who were somehow...
  17. Diseases linked to proximity to animals, not just eating them

    Many of our infectious diseases are the result of living in proximity to animals. For example tetanus. The propoganda is that it is caused by organisms that live in the soil. This is true, but it is...
  18. Sticky: Re: Vegans and eggs: here's the short, one-paragraph version!

    "often they are killed after only a couple of years, where their lifespan would otherwise be around 9 years."

    Commercially raised chickens are slaughtered at about 6 weeks old.
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    Re: 10 reasons to go organic (or not)?

    From eating food grown in more than one place, over several years, I learned something that surprised me at first (this was 40 years ago): with many kinds of f's and v's, when you eat them, you can...
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    Re: 10 reasons to go organic (or not)?

    songlife "I also don't like the idea about more manure being used to produce organic."

    Not only is animal excrement used as a manure, but animal bones and animal blood (blood collected at...
  21. Re: Vegan foods that you like to keep in the kitchen on a regular basis

    Staffy "That must take a lot of forward planning soilman."

    I just keep a notepad with me at all times, with one page labeled "Food." When I'm working in the kitchen and see that I am running low...
  22. Re: Vegan foods that you like to keep in the kitchen on a regular basis

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    "Everything else i just wander down to the shop and go get it as i need it."

    I might do that, if the nearest store was less than a mile away. But it's about 15 miles away. I also order...
  23. Re: Vegan foods that you like to keep in the kitchen on a regular basis

    I hadn't realized how huge my list is until I actually started writing it down.
  24. Re: Vegan foods that you like to keep in the kitchen on a regular basis

    fruits and vegetables in season
    cheap white rice
    whole wheat pasta
    semolina couscous
    whole wheat couscous
    quinoa
    rolled oats
    small white beans or navy beans
    barley
    split peas
  25. Re: Jo Stepaniak on selecting foods that best sustain the Earth/animals/ourselve

    Our incisors seem perfectly-adapted to eating apples and peaches, and sweet corn, or immature corn. Our canines, which are only slighly longer than our incisors, help get a grip but are smaller than...
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    Poll: Re: B12 - is there something wrong with nature?

    Yes, there are things about nature that are not good. Other things about it are good.

    B12 is produced by bacteria that live in the small intestine, but b12 absorbed only by the stomach. Simply...
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    Re: Sperm is not protein

    Sperm is indeed high in protein. But semen is not.
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    Poll: Re: What are your favourite vegan protein sources?

    Mine favorite protein source are collards.


    Protein concentration should be measured by weight of protein per weight of unhydrated food item; that is, foods should be compared at the same degeee...
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    Re: 10 reasons to go organic....or not?

    There are good farming methods and bad farming methods, and good farming methods result in vegetables with more micronutrients, different macronutrient profiles, and better flavor, than bad farming...
  30. Thread: Vegan Omega-3

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    Re: Vegan Omega-3

    Pumpkin seeds. And as mentioned before flax seed or flax seed oil, walnuts or walnut oil.
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    Re: Things vegans don't worry about (list)...

    yoggy "Green Cuisine, a vegan restaurant in Victoria, lists the ingredients of every meal item so you know exactly what you're getting..."

    That sounds terrific. That is one restaurant I might go...
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    Re: Things vegans don't worry about (list)...

    "Soilman, so the food, utensils, and cookware are all pareve at a vegan restaurant but you won't go to one unless there is a hechsher?"

    I guess I would have to trust the people if they say they...
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    Re: Things vegans don't worry about (list)...

    "There aren't any kosher restaurants?

    edit: Oh wait, I think I just figured it out on my own. There are kosher restaurants, that do serve some vegan food, but none of them use pareve cookware and...
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    Re: Things vegans don't worry about (list)...

    piper "I can use the same cutting board and knife through all the meal prep for dinner and/or lunch now. No more worrying about having to use one board and knife for veggies and the other for raw...
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    Re: Things vegans don't worry about (list)...

    dreama, while your friend is wrong, and cholesterol is close to entirely absent from any plant-origin material, artificially saturated plant oils, that is, hydrogenated oils such as those found in...
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    Re: Things vegans don't worry about (list)...

    "I think you're assuming that the testosterone level of meat eaters is the normal range. Our bodies will not naturally produce testosterone in amounts that would be harmful. The only concern from...
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    Re: Things vegans don't worry about (list)...

    "Also, vegan men have 13% higher testosterone levels than men who eat meat."

    Is that good? I'm not convinced that it is good, and certainly, having a low testosterone level does not seem to be...
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    Re: Things vegans don't worry about (list)...

    "Personally speaking, I don't have to worry about my stomach troubles! I had an ulcer which almost perforated while I was a veggie, but since I've been vegan (a year in January) I've felt absolutely...
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    Re: Things vegans don't worry about (list)...

    Many diseases transmitted to humans, from animals, can be transmitted by living near the animals; you don't have to eat the animal materials in any noticable quantity. This includes salmonella for...
  40. Thread: Constipated.

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    Re: Things vegans don't worry about (list)...

    One could easily get constipated on a vegan diet.

    A vegan diet could easily include lots of "binding" foods like white pasta, and white bread, and not enough fiber foods, like raw leafy greens,...
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