All posts tagged: meat

I Just Can’t… Be Vegan Anymore for Poppy & Seed

When I had just begun my journey in the natural health world I had my first “I just can’t” moment when urine therapy hit the scene. Yes, that’s right folks, drinking one’s own pee for health! When I used to think about veganism I’d think of the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding where the main actress’ fiancé is asked if he eats meat. Aunt Voula hears him say he’s vegetarian so she offers to make him lamb instead. If you asked me ten years ago if I’d ever become a vegan, I’d have laughed and said, “I’m Italian, I just can’t be vegan.” But then, during an ethical, spiritual exploration, I did. Well, temporarily at least. I was asked to review activist and author, Sonia Faruqi’s, Project Animal Farm. Her provocative story working undercover on factory farms throughout the world literally made my heart hurt. The atrocious treatment to animals reported in her book was beyond inhumane. I considered the ethical meats I consumed humane, but her first-person account was raw and eye-opening. For about six months after my …

Sonia Faruqi’s Project Animal Farm: An Uncensored Look At Factory Farm Cruelty

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. – The Dalai Lama While we are no strangers to discussing the very real issues plaguing our modern food system at Garden Eats, today’s post is raw and hopefully emotional for most of you. We’re hoping that Sonia’s book is a game changer for people who eat meat everywhere and even for those who don’t. Please share your thoughts with us in the comments after reading. Project Animal Farm Sonia Faruqi takes her readers on a “journey into the secret world of farming to tell the truths about our food” in her debut book, Project Animal Farm. Unlike most food documentaries that concentrate on regional issues, Sonia traveled the world to create what would become an unknowing reveal of the cross-cultural, ethical atrocities taking place in the farming world near and far. I haven’t met Sonia, yet from her narrative, she sounds sweet, modest, thankful and genuinely aghast from what she learned about the …

Odd Bits Reviewed: How To Cook The Rest Of The Animal

Some people like meat. Some people don’t. Some people think Garden Eats is a vegetarian or vegan website. We promote both, but greater than that, we hope to inspire ethical eating overall. Whether we are meat eaters or not, we know many of you are. And, with that being said, we are happy to review chef and popular author, Jennifer McLagan’s, Odd Bits: How To Cook The Rest Of The Animal. When Magnus Mumby and I first became acquainted several years ago, he prepared delicious recipes for us that called for “every last part.” That is, the skins, leaves, roots, legs, necks and hearts of the ingredients being used. Magnus commented on how surprised he was at how many Americans throw away “perfectly flavorful and nutritious elements of food.” I agreed about how much nonsensical food waste we produce here in the states. Growing up Italian, my grandmothers prepared pig hocks, pig ears and tripe- these were considered family delicacies (and my father’s favorite dishes). Cooking with these parts was practical and economical.. and last …