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Every regular filmgoer is familiar with the disclaimer at the end of film credits that states “no animals were harmed in the making of this film.” This message is given with the approval of the American Humane Association, which has oversight over the treatment of animals in films, but what took place to give an outside group oversight over a private industry? Today we talk about that history, which includes a horse being pushed off of a 75-foot high cliff.

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Although this is called a “stew,” it is thick enough to be served as a side dish or first course (prima). Also spelled Ciambotta, this is a traditional dish hailing from southern Italy, it’s comfort food at its finest—and simplest.


1 tablespoon oil or water, for sautéing

1 large yellow onion, chopped

3 medium carrots, peeled and diced

2 stalks of celery, diced

3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped

1 medium globe eggplant, chopped into 1-inch pieces

½ cup (120 ml) water or vegetable broth

1 (28-ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes

2 large yellow potatoes, peeled and chopped

2 red bell peppers, seeded and diced

2 medium zucchini or any summer squash, unpeeled and diced

2 bay leaves, fresh or dried

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried parsley

1 teaspoon dried tarragon

1 teaspoon salt

Freshly ground pepper

½ cup (10 to 12 leaves) chopped...



There are a lot of opinions and theories about whether it’s better to eat more cooked veggies or more raw veggies -- or about whether it's more beneficial to eat 100% raw fruits and veggies and avoid cooked foods altogether. In today's episode I hope to settle this once and for all.

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Periscope is an amazing platform that enables me to produce LIVE BROADCASTS that you can watch online or on your smart phone and even participate by typing your comments that I can read and answer WHILE I'M BROADCASTING.

When you watch on the web, you can watch but can't comment. When you download the app on your iPhone or Android, you can watch from anywhere AND comment, so download it and follow me @JoyfulVegan today!

You can join me every single day, watch my tips and inspiration for living compassionately and healthfully, and ask me your questions directly in the live broadcast that I answer for you in real-time.

BUT KEEP IN MIND: Within a 24-hour period, you can watch the...


In today's episode, I review a Hungarian film called White God by director Kornél Mundruczó. The film won the Un Certain Regard award at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, and the main canine actor received their prestigious Palm Dog Award. This film is at once a revenge film, a science fiction film, a horror film, a political film, a coming of age film, and a film steeped in stark realism. But most importantly, for me, for you, and for the animals, it is an animal rights film. Take a listen, and be sure to watch the film. NO ANIMALS WERE HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS PODCAST.


I had the pleasure and thrill I've seeing this film in the theater during its limited theatrical release. I have since seen it twice more after downloading the digital version from its official website.

It's so exciting to be able to share the film with you now that it is available for purchase (via DVD or download). As many of my readers and listeners know, I believe that art and film have the power and ability to transform the viewer in unanticipated way, and this film does so on many levels.

I first heard about this film through a review on Criterion's website, and I jumped at the chance to see it in the theatre -- still my favorite way to see films. I'm so looking forward to sharing my review of it in the next Food for Thought podcast, this Sunday September 6th, 2015.

So, be sure to get a copy of the movie, subscribe to the podcast to hear my review, and get ready for an engrossing, powerful, and...


If you're committed to recycling, reducing, and reusing, then it's time to commit to REFILLING!

If you live in the United States, where we have the safest drinking water on the planet, then it's time to REFILL! If you care about the animals, the ocean, the's time to make a change.

Disposable plastic water bottles are wreaking havoc on the environment with no benefits to humans -- other than feeding our desire for convenience.

OIL USE: About 17 million barrels of oil are used in producing bottled water each year.

WATER WASTE: About three liters of water are used to package one liter of bottled water. This does not include the fuel used to transport the product to market.

LANDFILLS: About one in five disposable water bottles are recycled, which means about 80 percent of the disposable single-use bottles used in the U.S. wind up in landfills.

HIGH COST: If you strive to consume the recommended eight glasses of water per day, it costs about 50 cents per year for tap...


When you tell people you’re vegan, often the question that follows is: “Are you vegan for health or ethics?” and depending on your answer, people may respond differently. Also, it’s become very popular to distinguish between “plant-based” and “vegan” to the degree that some people avoid calling themselves “vegan” to avoid being stereotyped and others call vegans “plant-based” as a way to insult you if you’re not living up to their vegan standards. Here’s my point of view.

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