Shark Fin Soup, A Barbaric Practice

We regularly, and rightfully, hear about the plights of common farm animals abused in factory farming practices, be it pigs, ducks, or cows. Less frequently do we hear about the suffering of aquatic animals harmed in the foreign and domestic seafood trade, especially the devastating impacts on the environment and the creatures it slaughters. In… Read more »

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Getting Essential Fatty Acids Without Fish

Fish do not yelp nor do they cry.  But they do feel pain. This is often overlooked when discussing animal welfare, however fish have a nervous system which allows them to sense and react to painful stimuli. The ways in which they are treated by humans do not reflect this knowledge. Humans continue to catch… Read more »

Being a Vegan Teen

Hi, I’m Savannah. I’m known as the vegan at my school. People also think of me as the martial artist, kiwi bird, and philosopher, but my veganism is the title people more frequently discuss. Veganism also seems to get more varied reactions from people. When I tell my peers I do judo, sometimes they ask… Read more »

Plant-Based Business: The Vegetable Hunter and Kristin Messner-Baker

The Vegetable Hunter is a “revolutionary Plant-Based Cafe and Boutique Brewery showcasing vegan comfort food, creative vegetable driven quick dishes, magical elixirs, and small batch beer made with unique and fresh ingredients. Located on Restaurant Row in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in a comfortable and eclectic atmosphere.”  Kristin Messner-Baker is the owner and creator of The Vegetable… Read more »

Eating Vegan in Iceland

I recently heard a fellow vegan say that it was difficult to eat vegan in Iceland if you go outside of its capital, Reykjavík. I am here to tell you that this is not true! A few months ago, I took a road trip around the western and southern coasts of Iceland, and let me… Read more »

Veganuary 2020 Tips

First of all, we are half way through Veganuary! If you made it this far, congratulations! You should be very proud of yourself. If you are just going vegan for Veganuary, beginning your vegan diet for your New Year’s resolution, or you are just a new vegan who’s struggling to stay vegan, this is for… Read more »

Growing Up with the Farm Show

I grew up in a small town called Newville (pop. 1,000) smack in the middle of Pennsylvania agriculture country. The moment you leave the town limits—no matter which direction you’re driving—you find yourself surrounded by the hills, pastures, and silos of one of the state’s largest industries. It may not seem like much from afar—verdant… Read more »

Why I Skipped Thanksgiving

I decided not to visit my family for Thanksgiving (or Christmas) this year. Ever since I started my transition to a vegan diet, almost 4 years ago, I have been struggling with backlash from family, friends, associates, doctors, nurses, babysitters, register clerks, librarians, random people at the park…. When I decided to go vegan, I… Read more »

Vegan in the Dominican Republic

“Soy vegana.” I learned that phrase prior to my trip to the all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic in June of 2018. I got confused looks from staff members and they incorrectly tried to correct me by saying, “Aaahhhh. Vegetariana” Sigh…. “No, soy vegana. No come huevos, leche, carne, pollo, pescado, o mantequilla.” Knowing that… Read more »