The Rise of Veganism


Veganism has grown to 2.5% of the U.S. Population, up from 1% in 2009 the number of Vegans has more than doubled in 3 years. While Veganism is on the rise, the percentage of meat consumed by Americans is definitely falling for mainly health concerns as well as animal rights. The reality is that the consumption of beef has been declining for the past 20 years. Chicken has dropped sharply in the past five years, pork has shown a slow, steady downturn over the past five years. Americans still consume 1/6 of the total meat consumed worldwide. Even though americans are less than 1/20th of the total population. The average american eats about 1/2 a pound of meat per day and Americans consumed 12.2% less meat in 2012 than in 2007

 Americans Vegans in 2013
 1 million, 79% female 21% male

Vegetarians in 2013
7.3 million. 59% female, 41% male

 What does the vegan say? 
42.01% became vegan after seeing a film, education video or movie
45% transitioned to a vegan diet gradually
52% had been vegan less than 10 years
35% have a non-vegan spouse or domestic partner
69% becam vegan on behalf of animals
45% describe themselves as spirituual but not religious
61% are politically liberal
38% do not have and do not want children

 Celebrity Vegans
Al Gore Rosio ODonell
Ellen Degeneres
Alec Baldwin
Bill Clinton

 Vegan Films
 Food, INC
Forks Over Knives
Super Size Me

The History and Science of Running Barefoot

Have you ever thought about what it would be like to run with no shoes on? The human foot has naturally evolved to traverse the rough terrains of our planet. Surprisingly, shoes are a relatively new invention taking into consideration how long humans have been around! 

More and more people are taking up bare running. This infographic from shows what you need to know about running barefoot.

Going Green: The Most Cost-Effective Way to Live

It's a well known fact that it is essential for humanity to to develop and practice environmentally sustainable habits for the survival of our beautiful planet. Here are some easy changes you can make to go green!

Infographic Key Takeaways

Turn it down

Lowering your thermostat by just 1 degree saves between $44-$73 a year on your power bill

Bright Idea
Switching from incandescent to CFL bulbs can save $180-$300 a year

More is better

One 100-Watt incandescent bulb produces the same amount of light as two 60-watt bulbs, but uses 20% less energy

Another View of Clean Energy

Keep your bulbs clean. Dirt can asorb as much as 50% of the light

It's about Control

A programmable thermostat can save about $150 a year is set back 8 degrees in the winter for an 8- hour span during the day when no one is home and 10 hours at night

Recharge the planet

although the initial cost for rechargeable batteries is almost double that of alkaline (When you include the charger) the break even point is less than to years, after which the ownership cost for rechargables is less than 25 cents a year

Snooze don't loose

Turning the sleep functionality on your computer and monitor brings your PC's energy consumption down to about $20 per year.

Slow Down!

Each 5MPH you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $.30 per gallon for gas.

13 Awesome Vegan Friendly Cities

The vegan lifestyle has been rapidly taking over America! Here is a list of some of the most vegan friendly cities:

Ann Arbor, MI
Ann arbor is a very progressive city. Even places that don't have vegan offerings are willing to bend their menus to make a vegan diner happy. Servers are aware ofwhat is in the dishes they are serving and are able to let people know what is vegan, gluten free, soy free or nut free. It is a safe place to eat.

Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis is among the cities with the most per capita natural foods stores! They have a 100% vegan store called Ethique Noveau, where purchases benefit the animal rights coalition. Finally, the presence of compassionate action for animals, one of the most reputable and effective animal rights organizations in the country, makes Minneapolis great for vegans!

Seattle, WA
The home of Field Roast & Mighty-O Donuts! Seattle's been vegan since before you knew what vegan was, and they've got it all-- A vegan grocery store that is a non-profit where all proceeds go to a pig sanctuary: Sidecar For Pigs Peace. A vegan shoe store that also sells vegan chocolate: The Chocolate Shoebox. Plug great vegan places to eat from classy to dive!

Asheville, NC
Despite its small size, this city has a number of vegan offerings. There are wonderful vegan restaurants downtown such as laughing Seed and the majority of the restaurants downtown are very vegan friendly.

New York, NY
This foodie city is a great place for vegans. There's a very diverse population which means plenty of options. A strong vegan community means there is lots of awareness even at non-vegan restaurants. Don't forget to check out the east Village!

Salt Lake City, UT
Many vegan restaurants and amazing markets that provide a vegan friendly shopping experience. Two amazing all vegan bakery's! It's easy to be vegan in SLC because of the beautiful surroundings and active lifestyle. Most people in the city are very accepting of a vegan lifestyle and many restaurants accommodate or offer a vegan menu if they are not solely vegan. It's awesome!

Denton, TX
Denton is home to America's first all-vegan college dining hall at university of North Texas! Plus, numerous local eateries with vegan menus including Seven Mile Cafe and Greenhouse. Great vegan community with organizations like Denton Juice Co and Denton Vegan Co-op with a vocal presence at local community events and festivals. Plus, there's even a vegan convenience store.

Portland, OR
You can't go too far without finding a restaurant or shop, food cart, or grocery store that in some way (or all the way caters to the vegan lifestyle). There's even a vegan mini-mall with a  bakery, grocery store, tattoo parlor and a clothing store which are all vegan.

Worcester, MA
Worcester is wicked cool. They've got a giant annual VegFest. Thousands of veg dining guides and plenty of vegan restaurants and clubs.

Denver, CO
Denver is a vegan up-and-comer! It's home to a very active vegan and vegetarian community that is making amazing changes in the local area for vegan lifestyle development, including a totally vegan market.

San Francisco, CA
You can hardly walk down the street without bumping into either a totally vegan restaurant! Plus, San Francisco's got a great online vegan community and offline as well.

Think your City should make it to this list? Let us know why in the comments!

Veggie Cooking Cheat Sheet

Source Foodista

Cooking "uncharted" vegetables can be daunting for anyone trying to incorporate more veggies into their diets.We receive different recommendations from everyone on the best methods to cook vegetables. All vegetables are unique in their molecular composition, making it is important to have best practices and give tender care when cooking each variety. Remember, some veggies you should probably not boil :)

 Trying new kinds of vegetable dishes is healthy and fun. Reference this cheat sheet to optimize the way you cook vegetables and get the perfect flavor and consistence every time!

Have a better method for cooking any of these vegetables? Let us know in the comments.
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