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Vegan is Love

Groundbreaking New Children’s Book ‘Vegan Is Love’ Teaches The Benefits Of Veganism For People, Animals And The Planet

By Mel Fabrikant    Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 06:42 PM EDT

First book to explain a vegan lifestyle for kids provokes controversy on whether veganism is appropriate for children
Today’s highly anticipated release of Vegan Is Love: Having Heart and Taking Action (North Atlantic Books) has already created controversy, as parents, nutritionists, and psychologists opine about whether its core message of changing the way we eat and live is appropriate or even healthy for children. From national television to major newspapers and mommy blogs, author-illustrator Ruby Roth is confronting critics who say the book is too disturbing for impressionable children.

“I’m thrilled that Vegan Is Love is inciting a public discussion,” said Roth, “It’s high time we engage youth in topics previously reserved for adults – democracy, supply and demand, and engaging ourselves in the public realm. Fast food companies don’t think your kids are too young to be marketed to, agribusiness uses the word ‘sustainable’ to talk about GMOs, and marine parks and zoos want kids to believe they are conservationists. If you don’t educate your children, someone else will.”

In Vegan Is Love, Roth teaches a new generation of young readers about choices and the personal agency of people – big and small – in creating a more sustainable, peaceful, and compassionate world. With the same gentle candor of her first book, That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals (North Atlantic Books, 2009), and kid-friendly illustrations, Vegan Is Love explores complex themes of animal cruelty, big agriculture, world hunger, and environmental degradation.

“Roth’s work brings children a new viewpoint on animals that we desperately need in today’s world,” said The Cove’s Richard O’Barry, marine mammal specialist and director of “Her message is a great way to get children personally involved in making moral choices that are best for the animals.”

Vegan Is Love is the first complete guide to the vegan philosophy and lifestyle for children. It addresses the daily opportunities children have to protect animals, the environment, and people around the world. From the clothes we wear, to the products we buy, to the food we eat and the entertainment we choose, Roth shows young readers the far-reaching ethical and environmental rewards of vegan choices. It includes a back-of-the-book list of actions and resources to empower kids to be the change they wish to see in the world.

“Ruby Roth’s fabulous new book teaches children how veganism leads to personal and planetary health and happiness,” said Kris Carr, New York Times best-selling author, motivational speaker, and wellness coach. “Share your respect and compassion for our animal friends by reading Vegan Is Love to a little one you adore.”

About Ruby Roth
Ruby Roth is a Los Angeles-based activist, artist, writer, and former teacher whose children’s books have received international attention for their sensitive yet frank advocacy of a vegan diet and lifestyle. She has degrees in art and American Studies, and for nearly a decade has researched and spoken publicly on animal agriculture, health, nutrition, and the benefits of a vegan diet. Her first book That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals, published in 2009 by North Atlantic Books, has been praised by celebrities, leading activists and parents, as well as attacked by the likes of agribusiness executives.

For more information and an embeddable book trailer video, please see

Vegan Is Love: Having Heart and Taking Action
Written and illustrated by Ruby Roth
Reading level: Ages 6 and up; Grade Level 2 and up
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books; 1 edition (April 24, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1583943544
ISBN-13: 978-1583943540

‘Vegan Is Love’: Children’s Book By Ruby Roth Causes Controversy

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 04/20/2012 7:05 pm Updated: 04/20/2012 7:11 pm


Vegan Is Love

A children’s book that will be released next week is stirring up controversy among parents. It’s called “Vegan is Love,” and according to the publisher, is a young readers’ introduction “to veganism as a lifestyle of compassion and action.” The details, however, including images of animals behind bars in crowded cages and graphic passages about animal testing are being called unsuitable for children –- the book is intended for kids as young as 6-years-old.

The pro-vegan message of the book isn’t in dispute. While there is debate about whether an animal-product-free diet from birth is appropriate, nutritionists (and activists including Alicia Silverstone) agree that a vegan regimen can be healthy for little kids as long as their meals include enough supplemental nutrients and proteins. That said, the tone and wording in “Vegan Is Love” has experts concerned.

Child psychologist Jennifer Hart Steen told Matt Lauer on the “Today” show this morning that, “there’s so much fear presented in the book and if you would just give it to a child as a children’s book they don’t understand it. So now they’re just going to be afraid.”

Nicole German, a registered dietitian wrote on her blog that “Vegan is Love” might scare impressionable children into becoming vegan and “without proper guidance, that child could become malnourished.”

The author, Ruby Roth, is raising her 7-year-old stepdaughter, Akira, whose favorite food is kale, to be vegan. Roth told “Today” that it is not her intention to instill fear. “If it’s too scary to talk about, the reality of where those pieces of meat come from, then it’s certainly too scary to eat,” she said. Instead, the book is supposed to encourage “compassion and action,” Roth told ABC.

The book promotes a no meat, no diary diet, but also suggests that kids should boycott the zoo, the circus and aquariums because “animals belong to this earth just as we do.” Hart Steen worries that the title, “Vegan is Love” can send a message to kids that, if you don’t follow this lifestyle, you don’t get to feel love or “you’re clearly creating hate or bad feelings.”

Dr. David Katz, HuffPost blogger and director of the Yale Prevention Center supports Roth’s efforts and told ABC that childhood might be “the best time to create awareness and change behavior accordingly.”

The illustrations are eye-opening and topics mature, but Katz says that, “the torture and maltreatment of animals are real.” So, what’s worse? “Telling kids about what’s going on? Or raising them in a world where it is going on and keeping them in the dark about it so they become complicit to it?”



Vegetarian Butcher Shop Chain Grows in the Netherlands as Meat Demand Drops

by Jennifer Mishler September 19, 2011
Categories: Eats, Lifestyle, Vegan.
Photo: The Vegetarian Butcher/De Vegetarische Slager

As the citizens of the Netherlands look for meat alternatives, a very different chain of butcher shops is looking to meet that demand.

The Vegetarian Butcher is a butcher shop, but you won’t find any meat there. The stores offer a wide selection of “faux meats.” According to VegNews, the chain now includes 30 stores which offer “chicken, bacon, gyros, sausage” among other vegetarian and vegan products. Founder Niko Koffeman says the company is looking to provide alternatives to meat from animals but also food that is more sustainable. “Animal cruelty is one reason, but also a growing concern for sustainability,” Koffeman says. “After all, meat production is highly inefficient.”

According to Radio Netherlands Worldwide, 75% of people in the Netherlands no longer eat meat daily, which may account for the reason The Vegetarian Butcher has grown so rapidly. The first store opened in October 2010, and less than one year later, 30 stores are in business. Koffeman says that he believes 80% of their customers are vegetarians or vegans, but he hopes to attract customers who are still looking to reduce their consumption of meat or eliminate it. He just might do it…”The display counter of these shops is a visual challenge because the fake meat products look so much like the real thing that just a glance at it makes many a carnivorous stomach grumble.”

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About Jennifer Mishler

Jennifer is an animal advocate and activist. She is a volunteer coordinator with The Girls Gone Green, a nonprofit organization advocating for animals rights, veganism, and environmentalism. She is also an Onshore Volunteer with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and a volunteer with CJ Acres Animal Rescue Farm, a nonprofit that rescues and rehabilitates farm animals. Along with writing for Ecorazzi, she writes about veganism and animal rights on her blog, A Dog’s Eye View. She lives in Jacksonville, FL with her husband and their three animal friends. Follow Jennifer on Twitter: @jennygonevegan

Milk Comes From a Grieving Mother

Every Year, 9 Million Mothers
Are Forced to Endure The Worst Loss

All females used for milk are torn from their babies shortly after birth.
Some try to fight off the attackers, some try to shield their babies with their own bodies, some chase frantically after the transport, some cry pitifully, some withdraw in silent despair. Some go trustingly with their keepers only to return to an empty stall.

They all beg for their babies in language that requires no translation:
They bellow, they cry, they moan. Many continue to call for days and nights on end. Some stop eating and drinking. They search feverishly. Many refuse to give up and will return to the empty spot again and again. Some withdraw in silent grief. They all remember to their last breath the face, the scent, the voice, the gait of every baby they carried for nine months, soundered to, birthed with difficulty, bathed, loved, and never got to know, nurture, protect, and watch live.

After repeated cycles of forced impregnations, painful births, relentless milkings, and crushing bereavements, their spirit gives, their bodies wither, their milk dries up. At the age when, in nature, a female cow would barely enter adulthood, the life of a dairy cow is over. When her milk “production” declines, she and her other “spent” herd mates are trucked off to slaughter. Some are pregnant. All are still lactating. As they are shoved towards death, they drip milk onto the killing floor.

All Dairy operations, including Organic, exist solely by doing to millions of defenseless females
the worst thing anyone can do to a mother.
Dairy consumers support this practice with their purchases.

You can stop it!

From Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative: 

Economically, it is not possible for farmers to keep retired cows on the farm…. Organically raised cows will stay a part of the herd for an average of 6-8 years verses conventionally raised cows who only average 4 years….” (PPS: this means that organically raised cows have two more years of emotional and physical suffering and two more of their newborn babies stolen from them and murdered for Veal).

We require that the packing plants (another word for slaughterhouse) get certified before we will do business. This means that our animals must be processed (brutally slaughtered) separately with clean equipment. This also means that they cannot use chemicals or pesticides in the plant.”
Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative
Consumer Relations

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What’s it really like to be a vegan?

What’s it really like to be a vegan?

Lifestyle draws skepticism, interest

By Raylea Barrow

Entertainment Writer

Published: Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Updated: Thursday, April 5, 2012 00:04

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Nutrition sophomore Katie Moses creates Zucchini Crostini on Tuesday consisting of fresh ingredients atop ciabotta bread slices.Click here to purchase Reveille photos.

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Making an impact on the environment starts with tofurkey.

Nutrition and dietetics sophomore Katie Moses has been a vegan for three years, and after doing much research on the current food system, she says a vegan diet is the healthiest choice.

Being a vegan is about removing all animal products from one’s diet. This includes any form of meat, dairy and eggs. Some vegans will also refrain from consuming honey or any food products with dairy-based additives like whey.

Moses said being a vegan is not generally challenging, but she is always mindful of the ingredients in processed food that may include additives.

“You do have to get a broader knowledge base,” Moses said. “You do have to learn to be friendly with waiters, too. Most restaurants cook things in a lot of butter.”

Moses said the response to her transition to veganism is mainly curiosity, and sometimes people make fun of her.

“The funniest [response] I’ve had was [from] my granny. She was just like, ‘Oh, OK,’ and made me crawfish au gratin without the cheese,” Moses said.

Moses also said most of the teasing has come from guys. Mass communication junior Rebecca Stewart also leads a vegan lifestyle, and she said the preconceived notion that more women tend to be vegan than men might have to do with gender roles.

“It’s an old gender stereotype that is more so perpetuated in the South,” Stewart said. “I know several vegan guys. Needing meat to feel manly is squashed.”

Stewart said going vegan is the laziest thing she can do to help the most people, as well as animals and the environment. She has seen different responses to her decision to abstain from meat.

“All the time I get people acting like doctors, and I get lectured,” Stewart said. “I don’t really pay attention. People act like you’re a unicorn … like you’re super special. It’s almost flattering, like they’re impressed with your self-control.”

If Stewart is not shopping for ingredients at the Farmer’s Market, Whole Foods or Fresh Pickin’s Market, she goes out to eat at Chelsea’s Cafe or India’s.

“Chelsea’s has a few vegan meals,” Stewart said. “It’s a really eclectic crowd. If you’re feeling adventurous and fancy, India’s has a whole vegetarian menu.”

Vegans have to be careful to make sure they receive the necessary nutrients for their diet, especially in the way of protein intake. Depending on activity levels, the recommended protein the body needs is 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight, according to Jamie Mascari, University coordinator of sports nutrition.

Mascari said a vegan diet is fine as long as research has been done and supplements are used. Mascari advises that someone thinking about becoming a vegan should meet with a dietitian as he or she transitions to the new lifestyle.

“You are limited to some food, and you might end up having to reach out to processed foods,” Mascari said. “Some of these foods they go to might be higher in fat. The good side is more fruits and veggies are in their diet.”

Transitioning to veganism after eating meat for years was a challenge for Emily Pfezter, mass communication graduate student.

Pfetzer became a vegan for political and environmental reasons in response to becoming more aware of the food system.

She began making her transition in January 2011, and many friends felt she would not stick with it.

“I used to enjoy eating a lot of meat and dairy,” Pfetzer said. “It’s almost like people are waiting for you to screw up even though you are trying to make sound decisions every day. I did have jambalaya at the Spanish Town parade, and I did regret it.”

Pfetzer said vegan food is not boring or tasteless, and the idea that vegans eat leaves or tofu is old-fashioned. Pfetzer said she gets her cooking recipes from and the book “Viva Vegan,” written by Terry Hope Romero.

“We’re not infallible as humans,” Pfetzer said. “You can only do the best you can do.”



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