In a detailed piece posted by The Washington Post regarding research originally published by the National Center for Health Statistics, it is made evident that the life expectancy in the United States is on the decline for the first time in two decades. It is a fundamentally powerful article because it speaks to every individual in the USA and the innate desire we all have to live – and not just live, but live in a fashion that is healthy, productive, and satisfying.
Sundrop Farm, a $200 million infrastructure located in a South Australian desert, is the first of its kind. The creators had a revolutionary - almost difficult to believe - idea of growing vegetables using sun and seawater. In doing so, they avoid the use of any added chemicals, pesticides, fossil fuels, groundwater, and even soil. The solar powered farm utilizes desalination to remove the salt content from the water - producing fresh water that is then used to irrigate the 180,000 tomato plants inside the greenhouse. It is a marvel of technical advancement.
With the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio fast approaching, it is interesting to hear all of the news stories about the state of this Brazilian seaside city and its ability (or possible inability) to properly house such a large sporting event. From ethical concerns pertaining to personal safety in the city to health concerns to all the hubbub surrounding whether or not Russian Olympians will be allowed to participate due to a doping scandal, it really puts a dent on the Olympics this year, which should really be a time for people of the world to come together to participate, and more likely, if your like me, just observe some of the top athletic competitors around the world together in one central location.
We have received a lot of great feedback on our article 100 Vegan Celebrities to Inspire Your Plant-Based Journey! The main intention of this piece was to showcase a diverse mix of celebrity figures that adopted a vegan diet, and who were doing something good with their position of fame. However, It has been brought to my attention through social media and Reddit that a few of the people on the list are no longer vegan. It is quite a shame to hear this given the amount of time and energy spent creating this piece of written content. I thought it would be a useful thing, then, to look into some of the specific celebrities noted as not being vegan celebrities anymore and examine why this confusion is apparently pervasive around the internet. I hope we can have an honest discourse on these former vegan celebrities!
Former President of the United States Bill Clinton is a critical starting point when it comes to examining these ex-vegan celebs. Afterall, his position of power is difficult to come by, and to have had him speak positively regarding a vegan diet for many years may have been quite impactful on many lives. Unfortunately, there appears to be much dishonesty in many vegan media outlets regarding Bill Clinton's status as a vegan. Whether this is intentional or unintentional, it is difficult to judge, as I myself know how difficult finding the real facts online can be.
Prostate cancer accounts for about 25% of cancer cases among men. While relative to some forms of cancer it is far more treatable, with a 95% - 100% survival rate in the current day-and-age, it still remains a condition that can be painful, difficult to cope with, and expensive when you consider the medical attention required. Modern science is beginning to investigate how a plant-based diet can be used to prevent and protect against prostate cancer. This, no doubt, serves as an important piece of evidence to add to our backpacks of knowledge: if eating a plant-based, whole foods, vegan diet can literally protect us from cancer, what can't it do?
Dr. Greger, the creator of NutritionFacts and plant-based diet advocate, did an IAMA on Reddit in 2015. While this may be "last years news," it is still chalk-full of useful information. For those who are not aware, Reddit has a forum called IAMA that allows any user on the website to ask questions to all types of people ranging from celebrities to politicians to doctors, scientists, athletes, and more! Dr. Greger's responses to some of the questions put forth by his online audience are too hard to just ignore, so I felt compelled to throw a few together for you to easily digest here.
The full IAMA is available on Reddit, and be sure to check out our review of Dr. Greger's infamous book How Not to Die.
The 2015 US Dietary Guidelines have been determined to be the result of lobbying and lies.
It's not hard to imagine this being the truth, given how big business tends to have a big say in policies in the United States. There is a significant impact of our society when the government cannot take a truly objective stance, especially in regards to things that directly impact our daily lives. The food we eat is one of the most significant things we can discuss, so when we talk about it, we should be sure to eliminate as much bias as possible.
In 2015, the Plant-Smart Living team had the opportunity to visit SeaWorld San Diego. It was an experience met with much trepidation and confusion. In some ways, it was a rather emotional visit as images of the documentary Blackfish resonated heavily in our minds and hearts. The picture painted in the film was very bleak, but seeing the amusement park up close and personal brought additional perspective.
Regardless of opinion, I think we can all be happy in knowing that SeaWorld has chosen the high road. If we have to have such a large national (and international) debate about the welfare of killer whales, or orcas, kept in captivity; I am happy to see that humanity has taken a step forward towards airing on the side of caution.
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