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Delight for a wildlife fan

A rare treat — a fabulous Giant Stag Beetle (Lucanus elaphus). My fingertips for scale. Incredible!!! Saw this one at a city greenway last week. The huge jaws are only on males, they fight for females just like male elk,

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Conflicting USDA advice : Yes or no to cheese?

Dairy cow. Photo: Sally Kneidel A couple of years ago, one of my co-workers brought a Pizza Hut pizza into our workplace for lunch. I remember it because I was surprised at how much cheese was on the pizza. Way

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Posted in Dairy, Farming, Food, Food, Going Green (co-authored with Sadie Kneidel), Health, Livestock, Sustainable Living, Veggie Revolution (co-authored with Sadie Kneidel) Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

Review of “The Cove,” an A+ documentary of Japan’s dolphin slaughter

Ric O’Barry, star of “The Cove” Crazy I heard Bruce Springsteen say once that the people we remember are the people who care enough to be crazy.  I thought about that when I saw the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove.”  It’s

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Posted in Animal welfare / animal rights, Cancer, Film review, Food, Going Green (co-authored with Sadie Kneidel), Going Green: A Wise Consumer's Guide to a Shrinking Planet, Health, Health effects of eating meat, Japan, Marine mammals, Southeast Asia, Wildlife, Wildlife survival Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

New studies: Cancer linked to milk consumption

My mom was a meat, eggs, and milk gal.  To her way of thinking, animal protein was the key to good health.  Breakfast was bacon, eggs, and milk, period.  If my brothers and I were running late for school with

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Posted in Agriculture, Animal welfare / animal rights, Cancer, Climate change, Dairy, Deforestation, Environmental pollution, Food, Food, Health, Livestock, Sustainable choices for your home, Veggie Revolution (co-authored with Sadie Kneidel) Tagged with: , , , , , ,

Review of new food film: “What’s on YOUR Plate?”

This post now on Google News and on the syndicated BasilandSpice.com Two young girls lead the way I was asked to review the new DVD, “What’s on YOUR Plate? The Film about Kids and Food Politics”. The stars of the

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Posted in Agriculture, Climate change, Farming, Film review, Food, Gardening, Going Green (co-authored with Sadie Kneidel), Health, Health effects of eating meat, High fat foods, Livestock, Organic, Veggie Revolution (co-authored with Sadie Kneidel) Tagged with: , , , ,

Trees deaths have doubled due to climate change

Climate change is killing our trees.  This is an unfortunate irony, because we rely on living trees to remove and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Dead trees do the opposite – their decomposition releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

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Posted in Climate change, Environmental footprint, Going Green (co-authored with Sadie Kneidel), Livestock, Sustainable choices for your home, Sustainable Living, Wildlife habitat Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,

Irvine, CA, schools go solar: most comprehensive solar school plan in U.S.

This post now appearing on Google News and on www.basilandspice.com. We’re making progress! The southern California city of Irvine is taking a giant leap for “green” energy that should help other cities follow suit. All 21 schools in the Irvine

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Junk food as addictive as drugs, says new neurological study

Tis the season to eat pecan pies, Christmas cookies, cheese sticks, and other festive goodies. Right? Just for a month or so. Then we’ll all go on diets!  Diet books’ highest sales are right after the holidays. I’ve already gained

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Undercover visit to a turkey insemination factory

Readers, I like to publish this riveting article by animal-rights activist Jim Mason every Thanksgiving. It’s in honor of the millions of turkeys that will be consumed during the coming week.  After reading it, you may decide to eat something

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Posted in Classroom Critters and The Scientific Method, Food, Health, Sustainable choices for your home, Sustainable Living, Veggie Revolution (co-authored with Sadie Kneidel), Wildlife Tagged with: , , ,

A review of Jonathan Safran Foer’s book: Eating Animals

A book review by Sally Kneidel, PhD http://sallykneidel.com As a biologist and co-author of two books about the meat industry, I was asked by Jonathan Safran Foer’s publicist to review Foer’s new non-fiction book Eating Animals. I confess I didn’t

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These days, I blog mostly about nature and wildlife. Even the tiniest creatures make me happy! You'll also find here lots of posts about plant-based foods, health, and ecotourism. Ecotourism can support local people who make a living through sustainable use of wildlife, habitat, and natural resources.

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Our other blog, Veggie Revolution, focuses more on food than this one does, especially the environmental, health and humane aspects of our food choices. That blog was started in 2005 and continues today, while the blog you're reading now began in 2009. Some of the newer posts are on both blogs, but Veggie Rev has at least 260 more posts than this blog, including Sadie's travels to Morocco. In the sidebar of Veggie Rev, you'll see links to each year that can take you back to all the posts for a particular year.

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