Don’t Be Fooled by These 5 Misleading Dairy Ads

By Rachel Krantz For most of my life, I genuinely believed the false advertising used to sell dairy . When I learned the truth—that nearly all cows used for dairy are kept inside, locked up, forcibly inseminated, and hooked up to painful milking machines—I was heartbroken. How had I never put two and two together: that for humans to consume cow’s milk, mother cows must have their calves taken? I had been duped by dairy brands , whose misleading ads have never been regulated, despite truth-in-advertising laws. This discrepancy prompted a 2003 lawsuit involving the ” Happy Cows” campaign , but the case was thrown out over a technicality. “The state’s false advertising law

This New Year’s Resolution Makes a Difference to Your Body and the Planet

By Nathan Runkle This year has been nothing short of chaotic. Wildfires and hurricanes have wreaked untold destruction, while society seems increasingly heated and out of control. No matter one’s political affiliation, the mere act of reading the news can induce anxiety and arouse confusion about how one person can actually make a difference. As we draft our New Year’s resolutions––to improve ourselves and our communities––one item we can all add that will indeed make a difference is simply to go vegan . Hear me out. By going vegan, you’ll adopt the diet with the smallest carbon footprint —smaller by more than 50 percent compared to a meat-eater’s diet. That’s

100% Renewable Energy Worldwide Isn’t Just Possible—It’s Also More Cost-Effective

By Lorraine Chow Transitioning the world to 100 percent renewable electricity isn’t just some environmentalist pipe dream—it’s “feasible at every hour throughout the year” and is more cost-effective than the current system, which largely relies on fossil fuels and nuclear energy, a new study claims. The research, compiled by Finland’s Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and the Berlin-based nonprofit Energy Watch Group (EWG), was presented Wednesday at the Global Renewable Energy Solutions Showcase , a stand

12 Reasons Bicycling Will Continue to Soar in Popularity

By Jay Walljasper For too long biking has been viewed skeptically as a white-people thing, a big city thing, an ultra-fit athlete thing, a twenty-something thing, a warm weather thing or an upper-middle-class thing. And above all else, it’s seen as a guy thing. But guess what? The times, they are a-changin’. More than 100 million Americans rode a bike in 2014, and bicycles have out-sold cars most years in the U.S. since 2003. Actually, Latinos bike more

12 Houseplants That Have the Power to Heal

By Reynard Loki A growing body of research proves that simply being around nature can improve human health and happiness. A month-long 2016 study conducted in the UK by the University of Derby and the Wildlife Trusts found that connecting to nature resulted in a ” scientifically significant increase” in health and happiness , the BBC reported. “Nature isn’t a miracle cure for diseases,” said Lucy McRobert, Nature Matters campaigns manager for the Wildlife Trusts . “But by interacting with it, spending time in it, experiencing it and appreciating it we can reap the benefits of feeling happier and healthier as a result.” But you don’t necessarily need to go outdoors to connect

‘Antibiotic Apocalypse’ as Livestock Is Force-Fed 80% of Prescribed Antibiotics Worldwide

By Sophie Linden A recent report from the World Health Organization (WHO) describes the dangers humanity faces from overprescription of critical infection-fighting drugs, which has led to both superbugs and antibiotics’ dwindling efficacy, making humans vulnerable to infections doctors otherwise regarded as benign. While overprescription in humans is a viable issue, recent statements from WHO express heightened concern over the ramifications from their misuse in the meat industry. Stop Using Antibiotics in Healthy Animals to Prevent the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance is the title of WHO’s latest press release, reiterating a message that has been clear for decades. The current culture of force-feeding antibiotics to livestock presents a danger to millions of humans. At present

Top 17 ​Health Problems That Improved in People Who Switched From GMO to Organic Diets

By Jeffrey M. Smith A peer-reviewed article released Tuesday in the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine and conducted by the Institute for Responsible Technology revealed that the health of all of the participants improved after switching to a non-GMO diet or simply reducing the amount of GMO foods they ate. The results, from more than 3,250 people, mostly in the U.S., closely matched reports by physicians around the nation who

Big Food Is Worried About Millennials Avoiding Animal Products

By Nathan Runkle Hundreds of leaders from fast-food chains, marketing agencies and poultry production companies recently gathered in North Carolina for the 2017 Chicken Marketing Summit to play golf and figure out how to make you eat more animals. One session focused on marketing chicken to millennials. Richard Kottmeyer, a senior managing partner at Fork to Farm Advisory Services, explained to the crowd that millennials are “lost” and need to be “inspired and coached.

10 Fashion Brands That Will Keep You and Planet Earth Looking Good

By Mary Mazzoni In 2013, shoppers were reacquainted with the tragic story of their clothing when a massive factory collapse claimed the lives of more than 1,100 Bangladeshi garment workers. The nonprofit Fashion Revolution , formed in response to that disaster, continues to track the apparel industry’s progress on environmental stewardship and human rights. But four years later, big brands are still not doing enough to disclose their efforts to customers, the organization concluded in a recent report . Some former corporate bogeymen like Adidas , Nike and H&M are moving in the right direction, but big labels are playing catch-up compared to newcomers and competitors that were sustainable from the start. Before

How Eating Beans Instead of Beef Will Save You and the Planet

By Susan Levin As the world’s second largest greenhouse gas emitter, the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement drastically curbs international efforts to fight global warming . But concerned Americans don’t have to feel powerless. It turns out that simple choices we make every day—or three times a day—have the power to help protect our planet. Recently, researchers from Loma Linda University released a new study finding that if Americans simply replaced the beef in their diets with beans, the U.S. would immediately reach up to 75 percent of its greenhouse

Naomi Klein: No Is Not Enough

By Celisa Calacal Shocking. Abnormal. Unprecedented. And, in the end, horror. These are just some of the words used to describe the Trump presidency since he took office. And with each passing day in the Trump administration, each new statement, tweet or piece of legislation, many people feel that these Trump-ian antics are unlike anything seen before. But author and award-winning journalist Naomi Klein disagrees: We have seen this before. Speaking to a crowded hall on June 12 at the Cooper Union in New York City, Klein discussed the events contributing to