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Voices and Visions

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Looking into how animals, especially elephants, in the temples in Chennai are being treated, B. Akshaya, a student at Grove School, participating in the Kindness Kids program, found that even when the animals are considered sacred, they are not necessarily being well cared for. Her awareness of the needs of the animals enabled her to notice discomfort they were feeling that many of the worshippers simply were not aware of.

Another student in the Kindness Kids program, R. Santhanalakshmi, took photos of conditions in a goshala, where cows are kept, and found that it was clean and very well managed.

Rishab Dasgupta, at the age of nine, after accompanying his father to a chicken stall, declared that he “didn’t want to eat meat anymore.” Though he is so far the only one in his family to become a vegetarian, his father was very proud of his son’s decision and very…

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Until Every Cage

I worked at a Chinese restaurant when I was in high school and I loved helping make the crab rangoons, but I haven’t made them since. I had a craving for this today and was trying to figure out what to use for the ‘crab’ part of the rangoon. Tempeh, maybe? Then it hit me: JACKFRUIT! Jackfruit is a sweet fruit, is dense in nutrients and is absolutely delicious (and cheap!).

vegan-crab-rangoon

Ingredients:

20 oz. can of young green jackfruit, in brine or water
2 cups vegetable broth
1, 8 oz. tub of Tofutti brand non-hydrogenated cream cheese (softened at room temperature for about an hour before using)
1 scallion, thinly sliced
2 tsp toasted sesame oil
square vegan wonton wrappers
canola or grapeseed oil

to serve
prepared Thai chili sauce

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Science on the Land

Some amaranths (pigweeds, Amaranthus spp.) are useful for people to eat or to feed to animals. The grain amaranths had a long history of being people’s staple food in parts of the Andes until Spain colonised there. After that, these crops were driven almost completely from cultivation.

Brian Clark Howard at the National Geographic tells us how amaranth could be the new quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa).

Could an amaranth comeback happen? With enough investment and political will, perhaps it could happen. Here’s a book about breeding better amaranth.

Would an amaranth comeback be a good thing? Only if the people who grow the crop reaped its benefits. Sam Eaton at The World says poor people could be glad of amaranth.

As my fellow blogger Noah Zerbe at Global Food Politics explains, some say that the International Year of Quinoa backfired. If there’s an amaranth…

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Exposing the Big Game

http://www.salon.com/2014/03/21/its_not_just_cows_the_meat_industry_could_be_driving_wildlife_extinct/?source=newsletter
by Lindsay Abrams

Ok, so you don’t feel bad about cows having to die in order for you to enjoy a hamburger. That’s fine — most people feel the same way. But what about the grizzly bears? Or the wolves? Or the 175 other species threatened by extinction? Would you keep eating that burger if you found out it was endangering all of those animals, too?

Well, would you?

A new campaign from the Center for Biological Diversity is presenting a broader perspective on the environmental damage wrought by the livestock industry. NPR has the scoop:

The conservation group says that some populations of grizzly bears and wolves have already been driven extinct by the livestock industry, and an additional 175 threatened or endangered species, like the prairie dog, could be next. Most of this drama is playing out on federal lands, where the needs of wildlife conflict with…

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news from (and about) the trees

This week, “The NOT-SO-SECRET GARDENER.” Author-activist, botanist and medical biochemist Diana Beresford-Kroeger champions rare and endangered trees.

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and, the President’s new budget proposal promises to make catastrophic forest fires “natural disasters,” making 1 billion in U.S. government funds available for firefighting efforts.

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