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Smoking and Meat–What a Vegan Said and What I Say

On the series I’ve been working on involving vegetarians and paleos, it has led me on a vegan blog patrol. I find this enjoyable. On one such post, I found the need to respond out of sheer correction but also out of want for looking up more research. I’m a nerd in that way.

The post I found gives twelve reasons why animal products are just as bad as smoking for the human body. I’ll cover some of them, maybe not all of them, but I had to start with #2.  The author is obviously an educated and great woman, but her arguments aren’t very well-structured in a seemingly stereotypical vegan fashion. I have found some very weighted, balanced vegans and I appreciate very much their arguments. Sometimes, however, I feel as if vegan writing is highly emotional in order to supplement the community with motivation for following such a strict and heart-centric diet. Continue reading


Genetically Modified Alfalfa: A Short Play

Another form of unregulated Alfalfa

Monsanto: Yo, USDA, we have this pretty great new technology it’ll feed the world and all that. It’s called alfalfa awesome edition a.k.a. genetically modified alfalfa or “awesome alfalfa.” We’ve had some weiner nerds in the Supreme Court reverse the ban but you’ve got to close the deal, k? Can you approve it, please? That would be great. Sooner would be better–it’s a pretty good sell.
USDA: I don’t know, guys…it doesn’t look that safe. Let me think about it for a little while. I’ll consider it but I don’t know. I’ve got to sit down with you and Big Organics so we can talk it out.
Organic Consumers Association: Yeah, for real. Not at all. Don’t approve it. No way.
USDA: By the way, you’re not invited.
Organic Consumers Association: This is ridic. We are like, best friends!

The talk
Big Organics: Yeah this is probs not a good idea.
Monsanto: Come on, now. Don’t be a wussy liberal socialist and side with those losers.
USDA: I am not a socialist! I am a maverick! Fine. I’m doing this so that we can coexist. This is all about coexistence. Just so that we can coexist.
Big Organics: This sucks but coexistence is cool.
Monsanto: Victory!
USDA: I just wanna be loved. Please love me.

Organic Trade Association: Hey now! That was so not cool. Thanks for standing up for me…NOT!
Big Organics: Chill out, Organic Association. Quit being a wussy liberal socialist. We did what we could. We’re coexisting.

The end?

(c) Ada Vaskys