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Vegetarian Dinner – Thanksgiving is almost here!

Vegetarians at a family Thanksgiving dinner are used to getting the look, the exasperated sigh, and the classic, “I think these mashed potatoes are meat-free… oh wait, it’s made with chicken stock.” On a day that emphasizes indulgence to the point of a bellyache, those who choose to avoid meat are often the odd ones out. But instead of complaining, they slap a smile on their faces and fill up on not-so-satisfying green bean casserole, dinner roles, and pumpkin pie.

Vegetarian Dinner – Thanksgiving is almost here!

The classic chicken pot pie goes vegetarian and seasonal in this spotlight-stealing dish. Instead of meat, roasted pumpkin, carrots, celery, and kale take center stage. White kidney beans give the dish some protein too. Make the crust a tiny bit healthier by opting for whole-wheat flour and going easy on the Parmesan cheese.

This tasty risotto uses olive oil and vegetable broth to achieve a rich consistency. With an entire butternut squash, this baked dish is an easy way to get your veggies on Thanksgiving Day. Skip the grated Parmesan to make this meal totally vegan.

Eating a burger on Thanksgiving—sacrilege or genius? We say the latter. This all-veggie patty is made from black beans, bell peppers, onions, and spices with some of your favorite Thanksgiving sides on top. It’s just like a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, only on a bun.

Vegetarian Burger

Vegetarian Burger

This beautiful, healthy tart will definitely upstage the turkey on your Thanksgiving table. Sweet potatoes, onions, garlic, Swiss chard, and feta cheese hit their stride when tucked into a whole-wheat and teff crust (if teff isn’t in your pantry, just use regular flour).

Whether you’re looking for a alternative to turkey or want to have a variety of vegetable side dishes, these recipes are all perfect for the holiday season. From a winter-vegetable shepherd’s pie to luscious pumpkin lasagna, here are delicious vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes.

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Animals in Entertainment

Many Aquariums around the world and marine mammal parks like many in North America are part of a billion dollar industry built on the pain s and suffering of many animals.

Orcas, dolphins  and many other live in large, complex social groups and swim vast distances every day in the open ocean. In captivity, these animals can only swim in endless circles in tanks that are the equivalent of bathtubs, and they are denied the opportunity to engage in almost any natural behavior. They are forced to perform meaningless tricks and often torn away from family members when they’re shuffled between parks. Most die far short of their natural life spans.

Fact sheet from mediapeta Dolphins

The first SeaWorld park opened in 1964 in San Diego, followed by one in Aurora, Ohio, in 1970; in Orlando, Florida, in 1973; and in San Antonio in 1988. The Ohio location was closed in 2000.
During this time, SeaWorld acquired many marine mammals—some wild-caught, some acquisitions from other facilities, and others as a result of captive breeding.
All three current SeaWorld locations have failed to meet minimum federal standards for the care of animals used in exhibition as established in the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has cited SeaWorld for failing to dispose of expired medications and surgical materials; repeatedly failing to provide drain covers, resulting in the death of a sea lion; failing to handle a sea lion expeditiously (the animal died from overheating while being loaded onto a transport trailer); failing to have sufficient barriers between animals and the public; failing to handle animals properly, resulting in injuries to the public; failing to provide sufficient shelter for protection from cold weather; failing to provide
animals with sufficient space; failing to maintain exhibits and other areas that animals may have contact with; and failing to take required water samples and conduct required water testing. Park visitors have been bitten by dolphins during interactive sessions, and a number of employees have been seriously injured while performing with orcas in the water in front of audiences. A senior trainer at the Orlando location was killed by an orca in front of a crowd in 2010.
Many of the dolphins and whales who have died at SeaWorld’s parks were younger than the average age of their wild counterparts at death.

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Why should we eat this type of food?

Most Americans do agree that the animals we raise for food should deserve to live life without cruelty and abuse, Most farm animals raise in the US suffer in conditions that most consumers would not accept if they could see them. Our meat and most derivatives of the animals like butter, milk, etc come from large industrial farms where efficiency trumps welfare and animal are paying the price.

Why should we eat this type of food?

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Even  though I understand that we need to feed millions of people, I do feel strongly that we can’t be this insanely irresponsible to our industrial farm animals, the more stress these animals get the worst it gets to us the product, cows release cortisol hormone while under extreme stress condition, the hormone gets passed to the people that eat it, so my questions is – Are we eating or taking all these cortisol hormones also?

Of course we are!

Bad for Animals, Bad for Us

Animals are not the only ones suffering because of these unnatural, inhumane conditions. Human health, the environment and farmers are being hurt by the intensive farming systems employed on factory farms.

Laws

 

While most Americans expect our laws to protect farm animals, the reality falls far short. Animals raised for food are among the least-protected class of animals in our nation.

Federal Law

Although there are no federal laws protecting animals on farms, two federal laws cover farm animals during transport and slaughter. Tragically, these two laws exempt all poultry species, which make up 95% of land animals killed for food.

  • Transport: The 28-Hour Law requires animals transported across state lines for slaughter— by means other than water or air—to be unloaded every 28 hours for rest, food and water. This law is weakened by loopholes, lack of enforcement and low fines.
  • Slaughter: The Humane Methods of Livestock Slaughter Act requires that livestock be quickly rendered insensible to pain before being slaughtered. In addition to excluding poultry, the law exempts certain forms of religious slaughter, such as Kosher and Halal.

State Law

Because federal law fails to protect most farm animals, state laws are these animals’ last defense. The majority of U.S. states expressly exempt farm animals, or certain standard farming practices, from their anti-cruelty provisions, making it nearly impossible to provide even meager protections. While in common industry use, these exempt farming practices are often shockingly cruel. Although a few states include farm animals in at least some of their anti-cruelty laws, such laws are rarely enforced in favor of farm animals.

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  • Ag-Gag: Over the past few years, “ag-gag,” or anti-whistleblower bills, have been appearing in state legislatures across the country. While crafted to appear reasonable, these measures are designed to prevent the exposure of troubling practices at agricultural facilities. Instead of making it illegal to abuse animals, these laws make it illegal to document and report abuse.
    Learn where your state stands on ag-gag.
  • Confinement Bans: On the bright side, an increasing number of states are banning certain extreme methods of confinement, such as battery cages for hens and gestation crates for pigs.
    Learn where your state stands on confinement.
  • Right to Farm: Rather than reform destructive practices, corporate agribusiness is responding by pushing “Right to Farm” (RTF) laws that greatly limit the ability of states to regulate conditions on farms, including the cruel confinement of farm animals.
    Learn more about Right to Farm laws.

 

 

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Tips Your Backyard Garden 

Garden – Install raised beds Easy to take care of, they’re a key to success because they’re filled with loose, well-amended soil. We used cedar planks left over from old deck remodel.

Go with greens Baby greens grow and produce fast ― just one month after planting. When harvesting, leave inch-tall stubs and you’ll get two or more rounds. Seeds to go for: California Spicy Salad mix and baby mesclun.

Try unusual varieties Shop seed catalogs for new varieties. Among Willi’s discoveries are ‘Nero di Toscana’ kale ― “I slice the deep green, rumpled leaves into ribbons, sauté them, and add to whole-grain salads”; ‘Chioggia’ beet, a classic Italian heirloom; and ‘Santo’ cilantro, a variety that’s bolt-resistant.

Problem-solver Proper spacing. “I planted my crops a little too close together that first year,” Willi says; the tomatoes got late blight. “Now I give them the space they need.”  How to plant a veggie garden – Kathleen Brenzel

Double up To keep your cupboard full, try underplanting. Willi tucks salad greensbeneath pepper plants and edges her beds with flat-leaf parsley.

The city farmer shows how to garden in pots

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City Garden

You might say that I’m an accidental gardener. While clearing 4-foot-tall weeds from a small yard behind his San Francisco apartment, the multimedia specialist discovered a 5- by 12-foot concrete pad. Water drainage systems – Learn more

While some might have torn out the pad and used the space to grow flowers or, with proper neglect, even more weeds, Wiener had a different idea: to harvest veggies fresher than those offered by his CSA (community-supported agriculture) membership. So he planted seedlings of veggies and herbs in pots ― a mobile solution for a city dweller.

Feed The Soil – Insert 

“Feed the soil” is like a mantra for organic gardeners, and with good reason. In conventional chemical agriculture, crop plants are indeed “fed” directly using synthetic fertilizers.

When taken to extremes, this kind of chemical force-feeding can gradually impoverish the soil. And turn it from a rich entity teeming with microorganisms insects and other life forms, into an inert growing medium that exists mainly to anchor the plants’ roots, and that provides little or no nutrition in its own right.

Although various fertilizers and mineral nutrients (agricultural lime, rock phosphate, greensand, etc.) should be added periodically to the organic garden, by far the most useful substance for building and maintaining a healthy, well-balanced soil is organic matter.You can add organic matter to your soil many different ways, such as compost, shredded leaves, animal manures or cover crops.

Healthy Soil

Soil is composed of weathered rock and organic matter, water and air. But the hidden “magic” in a healthy soil is the organisms—small animals, worms, insects and microbes—that flourish when the other soil elements are in balance.

Minerals. Roughly half of the soil in your garden consists of small bits of weathered rock that has gradually been broken down by the forces of wind, rain, freezing and thawing and other chemical and biological processes.

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Drainage Systems For Agricultural Use

Education can help drainage practitioners and stakeholders (farmers, contractors, consultants, agency staff, local decision makers) understand how they can accomplish the dual objectives of agricultural production while minimizing unwanted environmental effects. Other sectors of society are in need of education about water management alternatives for agriculture and how these alternatives affect society at large.

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Goals

  • Provide research-based drainage and water management education to various target audiences and regions to enhance decision making abilities.
  • Increase profit and sustainability of agriculture through sound water management.Drainage system
  • Improve understanding and awareness of environmental impacts of water management practices.

Install sturdy trench drains in animal barns and equipment buildings to prevent messes inside where wet animals or tractors are housed.  Mud from the equipment and animal waste build up quickly, leading to frequent hose-downs of the floor.  Trench drain is a standard design requirement for these buildings and ideal for controlling your waste water.

Cast iron or ductile iron grating withstand the heavy loads of tractors and hoofed animals.  For the most rugged trench drain applications, consider using cast iron frames to help increase the load capability of your drain.

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