Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use!  »

It’s Paul Shapiro’s Animal News You Can Use! Yay, Paul! Yay, animals!

A new comprehensive report, “Creating a Sustainable Food Future,” was just released by the World Resources Institute—with support from the UN, the World Bank, and others. One major focus throughout the report is the need to reduce our meat consumption and animal production.

The report notes, “If wealthier countries reduced their meat consumption meaningfully, they could not only improve human health but also greatly reduce the challenge of producing more food with less land conversion, less water consumption, and fewer greenhouse gas emissions.”

And as readers of this weekly email know, Westerners are finally starting to cut down on our meat consumption. In fact, just this week, Miami is getting plaudits for its embrace of Meatless Monday.

And if you want to help advance this trend for a living, my coworker Dr. Michael Greger is hiring for two awesome jobs!

Finally, want to read my colleague Kristie Middleton’s latest interview on gestation crates? Check it out.

Hope you’re having a great holiday season!

P.S. Cartoon of the week: What might it look like when aliens visit our planet?

P.P.S. Video of the week: A bottle-loving dog gets the best holiday gift…


Need a post-Café Gratitude job? Check out the Tree of Life in Arizona  »

Our pal, Vegansaurus raw correspondent Sarah E. Brown, is possibly the nicest person we know. She just wants everyone to be healthy and happy! She rocks the raw vegan lifestyle like a boss, but you know, a totally peaceful and nice boss. To that end, after reading the unhappy news about Café Gratitude closing its eight Northern California locations, she wrote us with the following offer:

The Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center, a raw vegan retreat center located in Patagonia, Ariz., run by Gabriel Cousens, M.D. is currently hiring for volunteer and paid positions in the 100 percent organic, live vegan cafe, in the natural dispensary, videography and I.T. department, veganic garden, and other areas at our center, and would love to extend an invitation for Café Gratitude employees who will lose their jobs due to the closing of all Northern California locations to apply to join our team.

Working at the Tree of Life includes many benefits, including all organic, raw, vegan meals included, access to yoga classes, an InfraRed sauna, pool, hot tubs, daily meditation and regular qi gong, access to our gorgeous scenic facilities and more. Click this link to find out more about opportunities, and for information on how to apply for open positions.

Thanks so much, Sarah! Please don’t steal all the awesome raw vegans away to Patagonia!

This is Vegansaurus raw correspondent Sarah E. Brown’s latest post! Read more by Sarah on Vegansaurus, and visit her personal blog,
Queer Vegan Food.


Run Google’s vegan Slice Café in Mountain View! Then hire me!  »

Are you unemployed? Do you hate your current job? Do you have restaurant experience? Are you good at managing people?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, we might have found the job for you! The Google headquarters in Mountain View is looking for a very special person (you?) to run their vegan cafe, Slice, in the company cafeteria.

It’s a small cafe, with breakfast and lunch.

Breakfast is juices and one big pot of porridge (millet or teff or amaranth, etc).

Lunch is one plated item and several grab’n go items.

This person will oversee daily operations, menu-planning, and staff of 6 people.

And, they want to bring in more raw food.

It looks like this menu definitely needs some livening up! I also can’t help but notice working at Google looks like a attending a regular college campus. So many perks! Plus, there’s a free shuttle from S.F. and the East Bay to and from Mountain View for the employees.

Send your resume to Elizabeth Schindler, or call (408) 230.8255.

P.S. I’m a vegan pastry chef with knowledge of raw foods! Get this job, then hire me to help you. Done and done. Thanks.


Special for veg-friendly omnivores: get a job!  »

The SF Weekly recently laid off its restaurant critic, and is searching for a new one. Want the job? We want you to have it! Obviously, we can’t; that’s why we have Vegansaurus, right? Right. But you, careful, considerate omnivores who for whatever reasons haven’t given up your animal-unfriendly diets yet, certainly could!

I know, it sounds insane, vegans encouraging you to eat meat. Well, we’re not, exactly; what we’re thinking is, we need more mainstream restaurant critics who enjoy vegan food, and understand that you can eat very well without animal products. If you’re going to have to review new dead-cow and dead-fish restaurants, you could try the veg options at those places, or at least note if there are any. I tend to skip the reviews in publications of all sizes, not just because they almost never review vegetarian or vegan restaurants, but because they usually don’t even address the concept of not eating animal products. People like us are left to figure everything out for ourselves, which is ridiculous; if you want to increase your audience (I’d say “sell more papers” but the Weekly is free), broaden your range. Include us. Our demographic spends a lot of money on food; we’re interested in what’s new and delicious, and we love to read good food writing. How about throwing us something other than a bone?

So omnivorous readers, and readers with omnivorous friends, what do you say? An actual writing job has opened up at an actual publication; all you eligible people should apply, already.


Friday link-o-rama: Tomato cocktails, Michael Pollan has a sad, “dangerous” foods & more!   »

Top Chef's Richard Blais, who owns a fancy burger joint in Atlanta that'll likely horrify you with its menu, is looking for partners in a new vegetarian eatery. This follows a monthlong experiment in veganism.

Zooey Deschanel is vegan-ing up Top Chef Masters next week. Yes we talk a lot about Top Chef around here, but if they’re going to put veganism on TV, we’re going to tell you about it.

However, grumparella Michael Pollan thinks “food shows” are detrimental to Our Nation’s cultural heritage—if we’re all watching people mix up soup from cans and pre-cut vegetables, then how will we ever loose our own culinary imaginations? Perhaps a valid point, but then he goes on to criticize first-wave feminism for “thoughtlessly trampl[ing]” the notion that a lady can find satisfaction in her food work “in their rush to get women out of the kitchen,” which is just the most privileged-white-dude thing to say he might as well be crying over the Stars and Bars. Shut up, Michael Pollan.

Oh my god, a job: Santa Rosa needs an operations manager for a “new vegetarian fast-food franchise business.” Go on, “qualified” hopefuls, send an application already. DO IT.

Elle magazine is killing me with its “10 Most Dangerous Foods" list. Smartly, milk and beef are on it, but so are tomatoes, bagged spinach, alfalfa sprouts, cantaloupe, and "nuts" (illustrated with a photo of peanuts!). What these non-animal devil foods share is that they’ve all made people sick with salmonella and/or e. coli contamination; what Elle fails to mention is how produce comes to be contaminated with bacteria that can only come from inside animals.

You can get heirloom tomato cocktails at Range! Including the famous (and vegan!) Sungold Zinger, with Sungold cherry tomatoes, No. 209 gin, lemon, agave syrup, and salt. If you are a tomato-lover, you should probably try this; it sounds like the perfect summery respite from your bland-ola bloody mary.

According to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, after reviewing 50 years’ worth of scientific papers, “there is currently no evidence to support the selection of organically over conventionally produced foods on the basis of nutritional superiority.” The full results were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, but having read what’s available I do not fully understand the conclusion.

Seoul on Wheels, the Korean food truck, returns to the streets in August! The menu has just one definite veg item, though possibly the chap chae, and—I hope and pray—perhaps the kimchee could be veg as well. My first solid food was Korean and I would do terrible things for some vegan Korean that went beyond bibimbap.

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