What's News:

Recent news and research of interest to vegetarians and vegans. Links with an * will take you off-site.

UN tells the world to go meat and dairy-free for earth's sake

A newly released report from the United Nations says that a global shift to vegetarian eating is needed if we are to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Read the recent article in The Guardian*. Download* the full report.

Livestock and Climate Change: what if the key actors in climate change are...cows, pigs, and chickens?- Nov 2009

Article by World Bank researchers claims that 51% of climate change gases are atributable to animal industries. Download* this detailed article, published in World Watch magazine, for free.

Vegetarians Less Likely to Develop Cancer - 1/7/2009

Vegetarians are 12 per cent less likely to develop cancer than meat eaters, according to new research published in the British Journal of Cancer, and have a 45 per cent less chance of developing cancers of the blood, including leukaemia. more...*

Dietary Fat, Especially From Red Meat, Dairy, Linked to Pancreatic Cancer - 29/6/2009

New research from the US that studied the diet and health outcomes of over half a million people suggests that high consumption of dietary fat, especially from red meat and dairy food, is linked to an increased risk of pancreatic cancer. more...*

Sweden Promotes Climate-Friendly Food Choices - 23/6/09

Guidelines for climate-friendly food choices developed by the Swedish authorities recommend citizens to reduce their meat consumption as a way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions more...*

Belgian City Plans 'Veggie' Days - BBC 12/5/09

The Belgian city of Ghent is about to become the first in the world to go
vegetarian at least once a week. more...*

A Dieitian's Advice for Preventing Swine Flu - Seattle Examiner 28/4/09

Many of my fellow dietitians have jumped into the swine flu discussion with assurances that it is safe to eat pork. Swine flu, they say, is not transmitted through ham, bacon and other meats from pigs.

But, of course, it’s the production of these foods that gave us swine flu in the first place. more...*

'Good' Bone Health News for Vegetarians - The Age 17/4/09

Vegetarians have been delivered some "very good news" in an Australian study of a group of strict vegan Buddhist nuns.

Bone density among the 105 nuns, who live in temples and monasteries across Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City, was found to be the same as non-vegetarian women matched in every physical respect. more...*

Environment Turning Middle-Class Vegan - Farm Online 3/10/08

That the late, great Barry White was vegan might come as a surprise to meat-lovers who equate veganism with malnourished, pasty physiques.

Given the abundance of meat alternatives, vegans can have robust physiques just like the amply proportioned crooner did. Or they can be wafer-thin if they follow Skinny Bitch, the best-selling weight-loss bible that advocates a vegan diet. more...*

Veggie Diet Stops Enviornment Being Put at Steak - Courier Mail 30/9/08

In today's environmentally conscious world, we recycle, eschew plastic bags, drive hybrid cars (or ride bikes) and carbon neutralise our businesses. But there's one environmental issue that many of us continue to ignore.

According to vegetarians and vegans, the production and consumption of meat is causing a huge strain on the environment. more...*

Meat 'Ups Prostate Cancer Risk' - BBC News 7/8/08

Eating meat and dairy products may increase the risk of prostate cancer, research suggests.

Such a diet raises levels of a hormone called Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1) which promotes cell growth. A University of Oxford team examined the results of 12 studies, featuring a total of nearly 9,000 men. more...*

Winner of Stockholm Water Prize Urges Vegetarianism - AAP 18/8/2008

The winner of the Stockholm Water Prize criticized the growing use of biofuels Monday and urged people to eat less meat to help cut the amount of water used in food production. more...

McCartney urges vegetarianism to fight climate ills - ABC 21/4/2008

Former Beatle Paul McCartney is urging the world to go vegetarian in a bid to fight global warming and is surprised more green groups do not promote it. more...*


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