Many of you are familiar with Niman Ranch, based in Bolinas, California. It’s a name that has been associated with humane, organic and sustainable farming. Many of you may object to the idea that meat could ever be considered a meal with a conscience, but for those who refuse to give it up, Niman Ranch provided some solace.
The Natural Products Expo (West) is taking place next weekend, March 5-8, in Anaheim, California. For those of you who work or associate in any way with the natural products industry, this is a fabulous place to network and to find out what’s new and happening in the market this year.
Soy Happy is proud to promote Lightlife Foods as one of our Affiliate manufacturers. During the past several years, we have helped to introduce Lightlife’s veggie dogs to Major League Baseball stadiums. Last season, they were offered by the Giants, Phillies, Dodgers, Mets and Padres.
“From our beginnings to now, our mission remains the same. We’re in this business because we care about the food that people eat and the earth on which we live, and we go to great lengths to ensure that our customers get the very best.”
(Photo by George Nikitin for the Los Angeles Times.)
If you have not tried MaggieMudd’s Mudslinger’s Free Style dairy free ice cream, you’ve been missing out. Those of us in the San Francisco Bay Area have been salivating over this delicious frozen dessert for years. If you live in the L.A. area, you’ve only had the opportunity to purchase their fare at Whole Foods. That might change! Yesterday, Soy Happy received a query from MaggieMudd’s founder, Michael Juarez, asking for our suggestions on possible L.A. neighborhoods where they might open a shop. We thought it’d be fun to take it directly to supporters in the area and get their feedback. They said, “good idea!”
In Monday’s Huffington Post, Hillary Rettig shared a personal story about donating her kidney to a fellow vegan. Check out “My Big Fat Vegan Kidney Donation.” It’s very inspiring.
For all you Californians, here’s some news I received from 9th District, California State Senator, Loni Hancock, whom I am proud to call my representative. She has joined Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez in announcing the newly revamped Senate Committee on Food and Agriculture. This committee is expanding its jurisdiction beyond issues of food production and will now look more broadly at issues related to sustainability and safety, as well as animal welfare reforms.
They created a website for the California Senate Committee on Food and Agriculture, to provide information on the change and to encourage public input. You can vote on which issue matters most to you and stay informed and active on policy discussions. Check it out!
This month, Audubon Magazine features an article by Mike Tidwell entitled, “The Low Carbon Diet.” It’s a fantastic essay on the connection between dietary choices and global warming.
Tidwell begins, “Full disclosure: I love to eat meat. I was born in Memphis, the barbecue capital of the Milky Way Galaxy. I worship slow-cooked, hickory-smoked pig meat served on a bun with extra sauce and coleslaw spooned on top.” He continues, “Even the cruelty of factory farming doesn’t temper my desire, I’ll admit. Like most Americans, I can somehow keep at bay all thoughts of what happened to the meat prior to the plate. So why in the world am I a dedicated vegetarian?…The answer is simple: I have an 11-year-old son whose future-like yours and mine- is rapidly unraveling due to global warming.”
Thank you to Karen Dawn and the fabulous DawnWatch for raising awareness to this article.
A recent Associated Press article, “First US count finds 1 in 200 kids are vegetarian,” written by medical writer Mike Stobbes, caught my attention. The statistics cited in the title come from a government study, but “other surveys suggest the rate could be four to six times that among older teens who have more control over what they eat than young children do.”
There’s a reason why the Healthy School Lunch Resolution was passed by a large majority of California’s legislature in 2003. They recognized that school lunches needed to accommodate students with a proclivity for vegetarian diets. Implementation? Well, that’s another story for another time. (Click on the link for some wonderful organizations that are focused on this issue.)
The rise in demand for vegetarian fare is notable among older teens and college students. College dining options have changed considerably over the past five years, in order to reflect that demand. This is what I emphasize to concession managers when I encourage them to add vegetarian options to their menus.
Anyway. The AP article does a good job of highlighting the increase in vegetarian teens, profiling a few individiduals as examples. Check it out.
Congratulations to the Philadelphia Phillies on their 2008 World Series championship!