Earth Day 2014: Activists Encourage the Public to Evaluate the Impact Their Food Choices have on the Planet

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Vegan Earth Day 2014 was one of our best yet! More than 154 activists from all over North America distributed our new brochures at local events to encourage people to make the environment-diet connection. While most people leafleted, others gave out food samples or held pay-per-view events. Volunteers in 40 states and 3 Canadian provinces participated in Vegan Earth Day this year, distributing nearly 15,000 of our brochures to the public.

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“Local” Meat Does Not Equal Sustainable

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A report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service reveals that local slaughterhouses are not a sustainable option, despite the public’s notion that local meat may be an answer to factory farms.

The study looked at the number and types of slaughter facilities available in the United States, and found that although demand for “local meat” has doubled over the last decade, the small-scale characteristics of local operations are not necessarily viable.

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