bet you didn’t know ellen and portia eat vegan. now ellen has a new vegan pet food. to be fair, I have no pets and am not really all that interested in falling into the vast abyss that is The Ethics of Pet Care. It is my understanding that dogs are biologically designed to eat both meats and plants (and can, I believe, go either way), while cats are biologically designed to eat meats only (though obviously cat foods contain products other than meats). It is also my understanding that the real concerns with pet food are not necessarily factory farming but rather the quality of the meat we currently feed to pets (think animals found dead on the side of the road).
if you’re interested in cutting back a bit on consumption, here’s a list of things that are ok to buy used (hint: not undies).
one of the soundest arguments for adopting vegetarianism (or adapting your current diet to be more veg/local/seasonal friendly) is the significant effects of factory farming and shipping of foods on the environment. if that argument appeals to you, you may want to check out this little global warming map, which details the record-breaking temperatures of March 2012. Obviously this map doesn’t directly connect the effects of eating a steak to damage to the environment, but it’s all interrelated.
a list of the country’s most and least walkable cities and neighborhoods. see where your city stands.
finally, an article about the abuse of science, the use of herbal remedies, and the importance of doing your research before blindly following the crowd.