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

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

How Low-Fat Foods Actually Make You Fat

By Melissa Kravitz In the second edition of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Dietary Goals for the United States , published in 1977, Americans were advised to limit their intake of fats, replacing their regular fat sources (meat, butter) with complex carbohydrates and manufactured substitutes (margarine). And just as low-fat, fat-free and “lite” products began cluttering grocery shelves with their fat-less

I May Be Facing Felony Charges, But the Real Radicals Are Running the Fossil Fuel Companies

By Emily Johnston I’ve been thinking a lot about risk lately—what we’re willing to risk and why. I was one of five activists who turned off the major tar sands pipelines coming into the U.S. on Oct. 11, 2016. As a result, I’m risking prison time, ostensibly for property damage (we cut a few chains to access the valves), but really for being disobedient to business as usual. It’s also possible they’ll file a restitution suit, for temporarily disrupting a pipeline that’s highly profitable for some, at the expense of all

Trevor Noah: Maybe This Time the White People Could Move

By Alexandra Rosenmann Daily Show host Trevor Noah has an announcement on behalf of the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters at the Standing Rock Reservation. “Native Americans were super friendly,” Noah began the segment. “They’re like, ‘Hey, I’m not actually Indian, but I don’t want to embarrass him in front

5 Easy Ways You Can Save on Your Water Bill from AlterNet

Reblogged from Alternet, “5 Easy Ways You Can Save Hundreds on Your Water Bill Each Year.” Water is quickly becoming rare and expensive in much of the U.S., so try to get the most out of every drop. Photo Credit: Lipskiy / Shutterstock April 28, 2014  | When it comes to conserving water, it’s amazing how small adjustments to your lifestyle can have a big impact. Water rates have surged across the nation in the past 15 years as