Articles written by Alexandra Chang

Factory Farm Diseases
In its most recent report, the International Livestock Research Institute found that a boom in meat production encourages epidemics. New diseases appear approximately every...
Vegan Mexican Food Around the Country
Mexican vegan cuisine is on the rise. Take a look at two veg-only restaurants and a cookbook sure to wow with authentic flavors.
Chocolate Activism
As Valentine’s Day approaches, activist groups including Green America and Avaaz are protesting cacao that is cultivated with abusive labor practices. Green America has...
Atlantic Takes on Foodies
The Atlantic’s March 2011 issue features a book review of food writing, including Best Food Writing, edited by Holly Hughes and Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain. Titled...
Rebel Gardeners
The Articultores, a group of artists, are planting thousands of vegetable seeds in neglected parks and lots throughout Buenos Aires. Translated as ‘Arty Farmers’, the group...
Veggie Van in NY
With its absence of grocery stores, East Harlem is considered a food desert. Soon, however, a refrigerated van stocked with affordable produce will roam the streets...
Protection for Veal Calves
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has tentatively approved rules to protect downed veal calves, those unable to stand, from slaughter abuse, in response to a petition...
Lyfe Restaurant to Launch
Two former McDonald’s executives are starting a fast-casual chain, called Lyfe (an acronym for Love Your Food Everyday) Kitchen, focused on serving healthy food options. The company...
H&M Eco-Friendly Clothes
H&M has announced its new sustainable clothing collection, called Conscious Collection, made from environmentally adapted and greener materials such as Tencel, recycled polyester...
Pinnacle Print Launch
The creator and author of The Discerning Brute—a fashion, food, and etiquette source for vegans—Joshua Katcher presents two limited edition Pinnacle magazines...
Collapse Kills Hens
More than 85,000 egg-laying hens were killed when their chicken coop collapsed due to heavy snow. The hens belonged to Kofkoff Egg Farm, located in Bozrah...
Heart-Shaped Foods Perfect for Valentine’s Day
Turn your vegan meals and treats into messages of love with heart-shaped foods.
Mad Cow Test
British researchers have developed a new blood test that can screen for the abnormal prion protein that is associated with mad cow disease, officially called Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.
Food Assistance Obesity
Food assistance programs may be doing more harm than good in cities where food is expensive, say researchers at George Washington University and Rice University. A recent...
EPA Improves Water Laws
Between 5 and 17 million Americans are exposed to perchlorate, a toxic rocket-fuel ingredient linked to thyroid problems, especially in pregnant women...
Spinach Fuels Muscles
Popeye’s secret weapon is not iron, but the nitrates found in spinach, say Swedish researchers from the Karolinska Institute. They found that eating 300 grams...
Distraction Boosts Overeating
Distracted eating fosters overconsumption, a recent study at the University of Bristol, England, found. In a lunch experiment, half of the participants were asked to eat...
Lab-Grown Meat
Animal-free meat is on its way to solving the global food crisis, say scientists at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Vladimir Mironov has been working on growing...
Guidelines Up Fruits and Veg
The latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans released yesterday addresses the nation’s obesity rate and urges Americans to eat less food, specifically soda, pizza, desserts...
Cook Broccoli Right
Broccoli has been known to have potent anti-cancer qualities, but a new study shows that when overcooked, it no longer retains its health-promoting enzymes. University of...
Big Firms Increase Food
Major business leaders working with USAID announced a plan to increase food production by 20 percent, cut greenhouse gas emission by 20 percent, and reduce rural poverty...
Massachusetts Curbing Cruelty
A new bill, introduced by Rep. Jason M. Lewis and Minority Whip Sen. Robert L. Hedlund, would require that veal crates for calves, battery cages for egg-laying hens, and gestation...
Junk Food Depression
A new preventative medicine study shows that a diet high in saturated and trans-fat increases the risk of depression. Researchers at University Las Palmas in Spain studied...
First Fur-Free City Plans
Activist group Fur Free WeHo and city council candidate John D‘Amico are working on a campaign to ban the sale of fur products in West Hollywood, Calif. Organizers say...
Taco Bell Gets Sued
According to Beasley Allen, an Alabama law firm, Taco Bell‘s beef filling does not meet the U.S. Department of Agricultures (USDA) definition of the word. The USDA requires...
Recommended Meat Tax
In one of the largest studies of its kind, UK‘s Foresight think-tank published the most recent “Global Food and Farming Futures” study. With contributions from more than...
Factory Farming Protest
On Saturday, January 22, 2011, the second day of the International Green Week food and agriculture fair, more than 22,000 people demonstrated against factory farming...
Vegans on Cupcake Wars
After Chloe Coscarelli won season one of Cupcake Wars, vegan bakers are back on season two, represented by Washington, DC-based shop Sticky Fingers Bakery and Los Angeles‘...
USDA Bio-based Label
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched a new, voluntary product label for bio-based commercial and industrial products such as cleaners, constructions products...
Increase Your Vegan Reach With Social Media
Navigate social media and expand your vegan reach with tweets, posts, podcasts, likes, and follows.
New Vegan Etsy Shop
Our Hen House has opened its brand new shop on Etsy, which currently sells jewelry and knit accessories made by supporters of the nonprofit. “The arts are such an important...
Walmart Promotes Health
Yesterday, Walmart announced a five-year plan to reduce unhealthy salts, trans fats, and sugar in its Great Value brand packaged foods. The company will also lower prices on fresh...
Cruel Fish Slaughter
As a result of an undercover investigation, Mercy for Animals (MFA) has released a new video that provides a glimpse into “Catfish Corner,” a fish slaughtering facility. The video...
Farm Animal Initiative
Washingtonians for Humane Farms, backed by The Humane Society of the United States, is working to place a new measure to prohibit crammed living spaces for...
Industrial Farmville
With more than 53 million active users, Facebook‘s Farmville game may be a metaphor for the death of small, family farming, says The Atlantic writer David Thier. In order to earn coins...
Kris Carr Good Morning America
To kick off her Crazy Sexy Diet book tour, Kris Carr—author, wellness coach, and motivational speaker—will appear on Good Morning America on Tuesday, January 18th.
How Mushrooms Keep You Healthy
This superfood fights off viruses, keeps your immunity up, and adds an extra layer of flavor to any meal.
Arrests Over Tainted Milk
In the latest crackdown to root out melamine-tainted dairy, Chinese authorities arrested 96 people found producing and selling dairy products with tainted milk powder...
Barilla Goes Cage-Free
The world’s largest pasta making company, Chicago-based Barilla, is the first in its industry to join the cage-free movement. Barilla is committed to using cage-free...
Huge Hamburger Meat Recall
The USDA recalled more than 200,000 pounds of frozen beef that was sent to California and Oregon prisons when institution inspectors complained of discoloration and off-odor...
Pigs Buried Alive
In response to South Korea‘s worst outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), the government has ordered the killing of more than one million pigs—plus hundreds of thousands...
Fairmont Offers Vegan Meals
For those with special diets, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts has made dining while traveling easier than ever with its new “Lifestyle Cuisine Plus ” menus. Developed locally...
Taiwan Dog Eating Protest
After prosecutors chose not to indict five people who killed and ate two dogs, the Life Caring and Animal Rescue Organization Taiwan (LCO) mobilized hundreds of people...
Meat is Never OK
Yesterday, The Atlantic published an article by James McWilliams on why eating meat, even when it is sustainably farmed, is not OK. The history professor explains...
Vanity Fair Goes Veg
When Kathy Freston, “impossibly glamorous” author of Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World (coming out next month), had lunch with a Vanity Fair reporter...
Beastie Boy Beats Cancer
After adopting a vegan diet post-surgery, Adam Yaunch, also known as MCA of the Beastie Boys, has announced he is now cancer-free. Yaunch was diagnosed with salivary...
Airports Boost Veg Options
Traveling meat-free has never been easier. In a recent report, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine found that 82 percent of the most popular US airport...
Soy Stops Prostate Cancer
Soy could be the solution to cure and prevent prostate cancer (PCa). Genistein, a natural substance found in soy, inhibits prostate cancer cells from metastasizing...
UK Health Food Vouchers
Britain’s Department of Health is offering approximately $390 million in food vouchers as a part of its Change4Life campaign, a program that encourages...
Americans Think They’re Healthy
A recent Consumer Reports survey reveals that 89.7 percent of Americans believe they eat a “somewhat,” “very,” or “extremely” healthy diet. Yet of the 1,234 surveyed...

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