Say It Ain’t So Susan Sarandon!

Is anyone else as disappointed as I am in the latest round of milk commercials that are airing on TV?

They feature Susan Sarandon (and others) suggesting that you “Pour One More” serving of milk to be healthy.

Up to this point, I have seen Susan Sarandon as a wonderful example of an independent and empowered woman who makes wise decisions. She is brave, controversial and steadfast in her commitment to making the world a better place. So I was really perplexed and pissed off at her choice to participate in this campaign.

Does she really believe that cows milk is good for her and her children?

In an added twist of disgusting tactics, they have her say that kids are more likely to drink milk if they see their Mom drinking it. So it’s not enough that the California Milk Processor Board has been shoving the Got Milk? campaign down our throats for almost the last decade, they are now asking Mothers to up the quantity!

Does anyone see the irony in asking mothers to promote a product that has to be stolen from a mama cow and her babies in order to be consumed by humans?

Before I start ranting endlessly, I want you to see this

or read the info here, here or here.

It will help you understand the TRUTH about milk.

Now I realize that Susan Sarandon doesn’t give a flying leap what I think of her and she will likely never see this post, but my hope is that it will offset some of the misinformation out there and help everyone to understand more about what this campaign and the dairy industry is really about.

Have you seen the commercial? I would love to hear your comments on the blog, Facebook or Twitter.

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Earth Day 2011: Water Wars, Earthships and Nuclear Waste

I spent Earth Day 2011 partaking in the marathon of environmental documentaries on The Sundance Channel.

I made it through 3 movies before becoming completely overwhelmed by the emotions they provoked.

The next time you sit down to watch something, please consider one of the following. You won’t be disappointed.

Blue Gold: World Water Wars

To say I was blown away by this movie is a complete understatement. It clearly shows the path we are on as a human race that will perpetuate wars in the future over water; just as there are wars over oil today. Corporate giants, private investors, and corrupt governments are vying for control of the dwindling supply. Do you want your survival to depend on their decisions? [website]

Garbage Warrior

This is a fun and infuriating rollercoaster ride! Michael Reynolds is quite a character and his fight to introduce sustainable housing is incredibly inspiring. The bureaucracy that he has put up with would have caused most people to give up long ago, but as with most visionaries, he didn’t. He is an extraordinary individual and I fully support his dream of getting us all ‘off the grid’. [website]

Waste: The Nuclear Nightmare
(Déchets, le cauchemar du nucléaire )

I could not find a version of the trailer in English, so here it is in French.

If you thought what is happening in Japan is scary, wait until you see this! This documentary shows what has been going on for years across the planet with regard to nuclear waste and it is astonishing. This is a must-see for anyone wondering about the safety of nuclear energy and the waste it produces.

Have you seen any or all of these documentaries? I would love to hear your comments on the blog, Facebook or Twitter.

Feelin’ a Little Funky? Get Yourself Some B12!

When I became a wannabe vegan, I started hearing and reading a lot about B12 deficiency and how it can be a concern for people who choose not to consume animal products.

To make sure that I didn’t run into any problems, I started doing a bit of research on ways I could get this wonder vitamin into my system so that I didn’t experience any of the deficiency symptoms like lethargy, distraction and crankiness.

The first product I tried was Healthy Habits B12 patches. Each patch contains 1000 mcg of Methylcobalamin B-12 and 400mcg Folic Acid. The first time I used one, I really liked it and noticed a big difference in my mood and overall energy. As I continued to use them, however, each patch worked differently. So sometimes I would feel different right away and other times I wouldn’t feel different at all.  There are 8 patches per pack, so it can be a bit expensive initially if you are trying to build up your B12 levels.

The second product I tried was Pure Vegan B12 Spray. Each spray contains 500 mcg of Methylcobalamin and there are 175 doses in the 1 oz. bottle. Since you are squirting the B12 directly into your mouth, the vitamin is absorbed much more quickly into your system. I love this! If I am feeling a bit funky or tired, all I have to do is spray some in my mouth and in a couple of minutes I feel great. The bonus is that I can easily carry it my bag and share it with anyone else who may need some too. It also lasts a long time which is bit easier on the pocketbook.

Have you tried these or other B12 supplements? I would love to hear your comments on the blog, Facebook or Twitter.

Vegan Shopping: It doesn’t have to be a guessing game

So…

You are in the store and want to make sure you are only buying vegan products. You have lots of info in your brain about which ones to buy or avoid but then you find something on sale that looks promising. You just aren’t sure whether some of the unfamiliar ingredients are vegan. Should you buy it anyway?

More often than not, I opt out. But it is aggravating to miss out on a good deal just because you don’t have the information at hand.

So my search for a solution has begun.

For those of you with iPhones, the search is short and very sweet. The following 3 FREE apps can make your shopping life easier:

Animal-Free
A full-featured guide for common and hidden animal ingredients. The ingredients listed can be viewed by those that are always animal derived and those that are sometimes animal derived. Additionally, it features a list of commonly misunderstood or unfamiliar vegan ingredients that will help aspiring or new vegans. Download here.

Cruelty-Free
The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ Leaping Bunny Program has created this shopping guide that lists over 200 U.S. and Canadian companies that do not test ingredients, formulation, or finished products on animals. You can search and browse companies alphabetically or by categories like cosmetics, personal care, and household products. Download here.

VegScan
VegScan is a community driven tool. When you point your iPhone’s camera at an items barcode, VegScan will read the bar code and let you know if the product is vegetarian or vegan. You can earn points, rank and achievement badges for adding and voting on items that other people have added. Download here.

Have you tried these or any other vegan apps? I would love to hear your comments on the blog, on Facebook or on Twitter.