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Central Pennsylvania Veg Fests postponed to 2021

  VAVA will host two Veg Fests in Central Pennsylvania!  Because of COVID 19 the Veg Fests have been postponed to 2021; check back later for dates as the situation becomes more clear in 2021.        1. Lewistown PA Veg Fest        2. State College PA Veg Fest  Both events will […]

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We all need to be eating vegan diets in order to stop climate change

Among the solutions to the climate change crisis, switching to a plant-based diet is an essential one. Since animal agriculture is one of the major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, we cannot stop climate change without very widespread rejection of animal agriculture around the world. Yes, we need systemic, institutional and policy changes to tackle […]

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Definitive Guide to Being Vegan

Healthline has a guide to being vegan on their site.  The guide explains veganism, the impact of animal products on our bodies and the planet, the inhumanity of animal products, basics for a vegan diet and the challenges that come with it. The guide has been medically reviewed for accuracy. It’s a great place to […]

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Growing Ahimsa Veganically

A guest post by Kelle Kersten, a friend and a compassionate person who is very knowledgeable about growing good food and causing the least harm to others in the process. In 2005 my husband and I set out to create Ahimsa Village, a vegan community and sustainable living education center, in the mountains of central […]

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As we sow, we reap

Have you noticed – We feed animals on farms so much grain and unnatural food that they become obese and unhealthy, and then we find that so many people in our society are obese and unhealthy. We take baby animals from their mothers and destroy their families and communities, and we find our families breaking […]

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Beef industry supporters call the environment an extraneous factor

In an Associated Press article by Mary Clare Jalonick (published in The Corning (NY) Leader on 1/3/15 ) “Beef gets downplayed in new dietary guidelines,” we are warned that we will “be told not only what foods are better for your own health, but also for the environment”…. and that means a push “for people […]

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Veganism is an essential first step towards social justice

  Veganism is much more than a dietary choice: it’s a philosophy. In fact, it’s more than a philosophy: it’s an ethical stance, and it’s just the basic first step we need to take before we can see justice among both human and non-human animals. A fascinating new book that makes this clear is Circles of Compassion: Essays […]

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George Eisman’s blog: 1 – Eat for good health

George Eisman’s Blog 8/22/14 – Number 1 I have spent my career giving talks about nutrition and the vegan diet: how being vegan, or moving in that direction, helps lower cancer risk, prevents animal suffering, benefits the environment, and helps alleviate food shortages. A few months ago, it was discovered that I had lung cancer […]

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“Towards Ending Violence” — by Rich Kellman

Our society is permeated by violence. So many of the forms of violence that we see every day – injustice, poverty, crime, pollution of the environment, racism, even consumerism – are beyond our control as individuals. However, what is within our control is our own daily eating and buying habits. When we make nonviolent choices […]

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Happy birthday, Albert Schweitzer

Today is Albert Schweitzer’s birthday (1875).  He was a doctor, theologian, musician, philosopher, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize (1952), a great humanitarian… and, at least at some points in his life, a vegetarian. He built a hospital in Gabon, Africa, and worked there for many years. Schweitzer believed that all forms of life, not only […]

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