Why Fast?

Long gone are the days when the benefits of fasting are ascribed to some vague nonsense about “detox” or “cleansing.” The problem with claims of “detoxification,” are that no one can ever identify what toxins are being eliminated. Instead, fasting has evidence-based benefits related to rebooting the immune system, lowering blood sugar, improving insulin sensitivity … Continue reading Why Fast?

The Psychological Toll of the Slaughterhouse

Note: this post contains graphic descriptions of slaughterhouse work. Adam Smith, commenting on the early problems of the Industrial Revolution, famously wondered what happens to a person who spends most of his waking hours making the heads of pins. His thesis was that such dreary, repetitive labor improves productivity, but dulls the mind. I wonder … Continue reading The Psychological Toll of the Slaughterhouse

Honey: a quick outline

Although it seems banal, whether it is justifiable for vegans to consume honey is quite an interesting topic. Evaluating if this is the case requires one to analyze the roles that one plays when it comes to animal agriculture as a consumer or harvester, the stark differences between mass and local production, and the dilemma … Continue reading Honey: a quick outline

Inside the USDA’s ‘Meatless Monday’ Debacle

Ed Murtagh, Sustainable Operations Manager at the USDA, had no idea what was coming one afternoon in late July 2012. He had just emailed to some colleagues a link to the latest “Greening Headquarters Update,” a monthly internal USDA newsletter about what fellow employees can do to reduce their impact on the environment. Soon after, … Continue reading Inside the USDA’s ‘Meatless Monday’ Debacle

Pass the Tea, Hold the Milk

Might a delicious cup of freshly brewed tea provide another reason to avoid dairy? Milk may interfere with the health benefits of tea. I have family that are so stubbornly dependent on milk that they insist on buying a carton to lighten up their coffee every time they come over. If they were tea drinkers, … Continue reading Pass the Tea, Hold the Milk