Thursday, November 26, 2009

love this blog.

just came across this blog full of good music, art, and more.

Le Mono Chrome

beauty without cruelty

Stella McCartney not only creates beautiful garments, but does so without hurting any animals in the process! A truly inspiring designer.

Stella's site

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Friday, September 11, 2009

I heart BUSTER!

Buster is the black dog, Jack is my friends dog.

My family and I adopted my dog, Buster, 5 years ago. Buster is by far the best dog in the whole world, ok maybe i am a little biased, but he is a good dog. When we adopted Buster he was 2yrs old and already house broken, he didn't chew up our stuff, or bark annoyingly all day long. I think adopting is the way to go!
Also MO has more puppy mills than any other state, so chances are if you are buying a full bred dog it probably came from a puppy mill. A lot of the time there will be a middle man between the actual puppy mill and the buyer, these people act as breeders who will sell the dogs to the buyer so the buyer never sees the awful conditions of the puppy mill.
If you do not want to got o the humane society because you are looking for a specific breed, breed rescue could be for you.
Please please please do not support the suffering of animals, next time you are looking to buy a dog visit a local shelter or breed rescue! You can feel good about helping an animal, and also feel good about the money you will save!
Ok, so I wasn't going to add an image of a puppy mill, but I thought it might be necessary to really get my point across. This is one of the mild photos, I can't handle the really horrible ones. If you want to see them just google puppy mills. These dogs are stuck in cages their whole lives forced to breed over and over, and when they are too old or too sick the owners leave them for dead or kill them. Many times the owners of the dogs will get annoyed by the barking and shove a stick down their throats to damage their vocals cords so they can no longer bark. I am not a big Oprah fanatic or anything, but She did a really informative episode on puppy mills, PLEASE watch it!
Oprah special
undercover puppy mill investigation

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Think, then eat!

Please copy paste this youtube link, and watch this trailer!

For a little over a year now I have been a vegetarian. At first I became a vegetarian because I feel a lot of compassion for animals and knew deep down that killing animals for my short term pleasure was wrong. Since last year I have learned so much about what really goes on in the food industry and how corrupt it is. I had absolutely NO idea where my food came from, and what it had been through. I was the ideal American for the food industry, the less we ask questions the better it is for them.
Food Inc. is not a "good" film, it is an informative film that EVERYONE should watch! In one part of the movie they feature a woman who had a 2 year old son that she fed a simple hamburger to. 12 days later her son died, after several autopsies they traced his death back to e coli, which he received from that 1 hamburger. Now this woman, as any mother would be, is outraged by the FDA not regulating our food, because it's not profitable. The FDA, Food and Drug Administration, is supposed to be keeping us safe from harmful food, but like anyone in political positions they only care about their wallets. Countless government representatives have their campaign backed by Monsanto, Con Agra, and others. So basically the food industry is choosing who they want to be in office. That doesn't seem right, does it?
Back to the subject of e coli, e coli comes from poop, so why does our food have e coli? Cows are very likely to have e coli because there is one main beef producer that produces 70% of the countries beef. That 1 main beef producer knows it is more profitable to have 1 main area where his cows are raised. The cows have absolutely no room to move around they are piled on top of each other where they are fed genetically altered corn, because it is easier to produce than their natural diet of grasses. Naturally cows create waste, and just like the cows that waste has no where to go so it piles up until they are standing knee high in their own waste. So now the cows are caked in their waste, but they are full grown and ready to slaughter. When making hamburgers all the cows are ground up in mass quantities, and there could be up to 1,000 cows in just 1 hamburger! GROSS!!!! If just 1 of those cows has e coli, then you are at risk for e coli. This is obviously a problem for the beef producers, because recalling meat is not profitable. Their solution to the problem: mix ammonia in with the meat so it kills the e cloi. Oh great, now we are not getting sick from e coli but rather sick over time from ammonia. Something to think about next time your in the drive-thru.
What really isn't making since is why tomatoes and spinach carry e coli, they don't poop. Eventually all the waste from the cows, and other animals too, must go somewhere. The runoff of this waste often times ends up in our crops, which is how are vegetables are ruined. What a bummer!
This whole e coli thing was a real wake up call to me. The summer after I graduated high school one of my best friends became very ill with e coli, from hamburger. She was so sick, she had to spend 2 months in the ICU. It is a miracle she is alive today, and I am so thankful she is healthy now. Just goes to show this can happen to anyone.

I know this is long, but also important! Thanks for reading, and you can look forward to more tomorrow!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

you are what you eat.

trailer for food inc. PLEASE go see this movie!

also the beautiful truth is really good too. my mom even watched it with me!

cheap food now, will have expensive consequences later!

my parents are finally starting to care a little i think. i went shopping with my dad today and we bought mostly locally grown produce!

Friday, July 31, 2009

cookie owl.

this owl makes me happy just looking at it. i bought it for a friend, but there is no way i can part with such an adorable piece. all this happiness for less then $2 at salvation army.