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Meaning of a plant-based diet

Do you know what a plant-based diet means? Have you wondered if the way you eat is plant based? Does it mean you don’t consume any animal products at all?

Understanding the difference between, plant-based, vegan, vegetarian, and other ways of eating can be challenging, but ultimately it doesn’t matter what you call it — or what it should be called — it matters how you feel and how your choices impact others and the world around you.

Here at the Food Revolution Network, we want to reach a variety of people wherever they are on their health journey. That’s why we don’t take a hard-core approach.

Cage-free future in the US

By Wayne Pacelle • Originally posted on The Humane Society blog

On August 19, I announced that The HSUS, the Massachusetts SPCA, the Animal Rescue League of Boston, the ASPCA, Zoo New England, and a number of other prominent organizations have launched a ballot initiative in the Bay State to stop extreme confinement of laying hens, breeding sows, and veal calves, and to ensure that any shell eggs or whole, uncooked cuts of pork or veal sold in the state do not come from extreme confinement either. It’s part of our move to end the era of extreme confinement and to advance a vision for agriculture that is more humane and sustainable, with a basic standard being observed that animals raised for food at least be able to lie down, stand up, turn around, and freely extend their limbs. In short, the future of animal agriculture is a cage-free one.

I’m very confident about our prospects of succeeding for three primary reasons.

Turkey bacon

Once again, a widely distributed meat product is being recalled. Kraft Heinz Foods announced it is recalling approximately 2,068,467 pounds of turkey bacon products that may be “adulterated” because they may spoil before the “Best When Used By” date.

The explanation seems a little disingenuous to those of us who cover meat production since meat is usually “adulterated” to keep it from spoiling, like in the following well-established practices.

(Editor’s note: According to the Federal Meat Inspection Act, meat is considered “adulterated” if  “… it bears or contains any poisonous or deleterious substance which may render it injurious to health …” The word “deleterious” means to cause harm or damage.)