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Informed Digest: Vegan Privilege, Food Waste, Meat vs Cigs, Dead Microwaves

Keeping up & in the know…

Quartz: The Slow Death of the Microwave

“Americans are getting pickier about what they put in their bodies. And the kind of food that calls for microwave cooking isn’t cutting it.

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Take frozen ready meals, for instance—the sort that Americans have long either been heated up in the oven or, much more conveniently, in the microwave oven. After nearly 60 years of sustained growth, frozen ready meal sales have started to dip. Since 2008, they have either fallen or come in just about flat.”

-Roberto A. Ferdman

TED: The Global Food Waste Scandal

“When we’re talking about food being thrown away, we’re not talking about rotten stuff, we’re not talking about stuff that’s beyond the pale. We’re talking about good, fresh food that is being wasted on a colossal scale.

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What we have to recognize now is that we are reaching the ecological limits that our planet can bear, and when we chop down forests, as we are every day, to grow more and more food, when we extract water from depleting water reserves, when we emit fossil fuel emissions in the quest to grow more and more food, and then we throw away so much of it, we have to think about what we can start saving.”

-Tristram Stuart

Disinformation: Vegan Privilege

“The vegan privilege argument […] asserts that I cannot possibly empathize with a nonhuman animal and choose a healthy, compassionate, environmentally friendly diet and lifestyle without putting myself in a place of privilege because not all human animals can choose what they eat (or if they eat at all).

Which leads me into my second point: the fact that you, as an omnivore, have the choice to eat and ravage anything you would like is privileged. Simply because my lifestyle keeps me from engaging in many free food events on campus does not make me privileged, it makes me selfless. The fact that you eat everything and anything that is in your path without considering for a moment the health and environmental implications of your actions puts you in a very privileged position. One that I, as a vegan, attempt to eliminate through education and personal action.”

-Emily Stoffer

Infographic: Do you eat too much protein?

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Food Revolution Network: Eating Meat & Cheese as Deadly as Smoking?

“In a new study that tracked a large sample of adults for nearly two decades, researchers have found that eating a diet rich in animal proteins during middle age makes you four times more likely to die of cancer than someone with a low-protein diet—a mortality risk factor comparable to smoking.

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Not only is excessive protein consumption linked to a dramatic rise in cancer mortality, but middle-aged people who eat lots of proteins from animal sources—including meat, milk and cheese—are also more susceptible to early death in general, reveals the study.

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The study shows that while high protein intake during middle age is very harmful, it is protective for older adults: those over 65 who ate a moderate- or high-protein diet were less susceptible to disease.”

-Suzanne Wu

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