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Don’t Have a Cow

Happy Day after Halloween!  I hope everyone is happy with their treats…I’m currently enjoying a nice sugar high, so I need to write this week’s newsletter before I crawl under my desk for a nap.  Yesterday I was flipping through the December issue of Runner’s World and found a good article named "Don’t Have a Cow."  It is attached in this email.  It’s short and worth a read.  The article focuses on non-meat proteins and discusses the need for protein for active people.  It stresses that there are other ways to consume protein without eating animals and how to balance meat and non-meat protein sources. It should provide some inspiration for your weekly-veg-day.  As a side note, this tends to be one of the common misconceptions about vegetarianism; that vegetarians do not eat enough protein.  This is simply not true.  Overall, Americans eat far more protein than their body can use and too much can spell trouble for the kidneys.   Like any diet, proper well balanced whole foods are essential for good health…Vegetarian or otherwise.  Lentil Tacos *shameless plug for this weeks recipe* are a great way to get non-meat protein without overdoing it.  The recipe is included in the attachment, let me know what you think!

This week’s issues will focus on animal well-being.  Although there are no pictures, it is a bit graphic.  To find markets in your area that sell humanely raised animals (that are not treated this way), check out this link http://www.eatwellguide.org/.  Be sure to check "all" on the left hand column to get a bunch of locations. 

We’re just over half way through the football season and I’d like some feedback?  What do you think about these newsletters?  What topics would you like to see highlighted?  Etc?

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Don’t Have a Cow

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- Research conducted by USDA Agricultural Research Service immunologist Susan Eicher and neuroscientist Heng-wei Cheng indicates that behavioral and physiological signs suggest that the practice of tail docking causes animals to suffer from chronic pain.

- On factory farms, piglets are often born to sows confined in individual stalls. Research indicates that piglets born in these conditions have lower growth rates and higher stress after weaning than piglets from group-housed sows.

- According to research conducted by the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, high levels of stress can make animals more likely to catch and spread diseases, and may reduce the quality of their meat.

- Due to genetic manipulation, 90% of broiler chickens have trouble walking.

- Industry spokespeople estimate that as many as 20% of breeding sows die prematurely from exhaustion and stress due to impacts of restrictive confinement and accelerated breeding schedules on factory farms.

- Ammonia and other gases from manure irritate animals’ lungs, to the point where over 80% of US pigs have pneumonia upon slaughter.

- Each full-grown chicken in a factory farm has as little as six-tenths of a square foot of space. Because of crowding, they often become aggressive and sometimes eat each other. This has lead to the painful practice of debeaking the birds.

- Hogs become aggressive in tight spaces and often bite each other’s tails, which has caused many farmers to cut the tails off.

- Concrete or slatted floors allow for easy removal of manure, but because they are unnatural surfaces for pigs, the animals often suffer skeletal deformities.

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