Butter Is Not Better: Saturated Fat Is a Danger to Health

In 2014, Time Magazine featured a cover photo with a curled pat of butter and the headline, “Eat Butter. Scientist label fat the enemy. Why they were wrong.” First of all, anytime science is called into question I am highly skeptical. Science just doesn’t work that way. One researcher’s findings cannot cancel out the evidence … More Butter Is Not Better: Saturated Fat Is a Danger to Health

Misguided Guidelines: Putting Corporate Profits Over Public Health

A mother looking for the healthiest way to feed her growing child turns to the USDA Dietary Guidelines. She will be told that she needs to feed her child two to three servings of dairy every day, and to ensure that her little one gets plenty of “protein” with each meal. Because the mother believes … More Misguided Guidelines: Putting Corporate Profits Over Public Health

Not Eggs-actly Safe: Salmonella Threat Is Just the Beginning

It is no longer fresh news that 206 million eggs have been recalled due to a recent Salmonella outbreak. The news came as no surprise, anyway. We all know that eggs carry a high risk of this nasty disease. Eggs do, after all, emerge from a chicken’s cloaca which is the same opening that the … More Not Eggs-actly Safe: Salmonella Threat Is Just the Beginning

Killing For A Living: The Traumatic Effects of Slaughterhouse Work on Home and Community

Socrates famously said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Perhaps the greater part of that is because we cannot live mindlessly without inflicting great harm. Most recently, I have become mindful of the that my consumption of meat has had on my fellow humans. I’ve learned that meat is one of the primary industries … More Killing For A Living: The Traumatic Effects of Slaughterhouse Work on Home and Community

The Brutal Business of Slaughter: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder As a Hidden Cost of Meat

I have always been an animal lover. Yet, for most of my life, I have also been a meat eater. While some people can live with this contradiction, I often felt the stress of my ethical dilemma. Yet, for most of my life I was able to compartmentalize those concerns. I have even been hypocritical … More The Brutal Business of Slaughter: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder As a Hidden Cost of Meat

Overlooked and Overgrazed: the Ecological Collapse of Our Federal Lands

Invasive species are everywhere—Kudzu, Asian Long-horned beetles, Snakehead fish, and so on. In Western Washington, where I live, it’s English ivy. Birds feed on the berries, and then spread the seeds far and wide through our Douglas fir forests. The vines grow in insidious sinuous coils up into the trunk and out along the branches … More Overlooked and Overgrazed: the Ecological Collapse of Our Federal Lands

Dead Zones: How Animal Agriculture Is Killing Our Waterways

When we think about conserving our rivers, streams and lakes, we don’t usually think of livestock as a major issue. Surely the reason that our waterways are polluted has to do with industrial waste, and not animal waste. But the truth is that our appetite for meat is the leading cause of damage to our … More Dead Zones: How Animal Agriculture Is Killing Our Waterways

A Savior in Soy: Environmental Impact of Soy Versus Meat

Soy has been implicated (along with beef, palm oil and the extraction of wood) as one of the four major drivers of deforestation worldwide. That may be a little disheartening to those of us who substitute soy products for meat and dairy in our diet in order to reduce our environmental impact. Do we have … More A Savior in Soy: Environmental Impact of Soy Versus Meat