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Veganism and the Environment 
Submitted by Vincenzo Desroches

Howard Lyman the American organic farmer and animal welfare activist from Great Falls, Montana said: To consider yourself an environmentalist and still eat meat is like saying you're a philanthropist who doesn't give to charity... more

Building A Vegan Community
by Robert Cheeke, Vegan Bodybuilder, July 1st, 2006

For many of us, adopting a vegan diet is the best decision we've ever made. We all seem to share the same postive results from an important dietary and lifestyle change to veganism. We tend to feel more at peace with ourselves and our environment, experience an increase in energy and vitality, and we thrive with rejuvenated health... more
Why Care About Animal Suffering?
by Robert Cheeke, Vegan Bodybulder, April 5th, 2006

This is the week that the circus comes to town. Typically, I write a letter or editorial to inform people about the miserable lives that circus animals lead and about the cruelty inflicted on them. This year, I'm going to take it a step further and discuss why we should even care... more
Male and Vegan
by Robert Cheeke, Vegan Bodybuilder, April 4th, 2006

Traditionally there has been a pretty big association with eating meat and masculinity; making a man! I reckon this can be seen in Homer's book 'The Odyssey', big meat based meals and plenty of animal sacrifice... more
The History of Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness
by Robert Cheeke, Vegan Bodybuilder, November 29th, 2005

Growing up I was always playing sports and was a pretty gifted athlete. I was fairly small but had a huge interest in Pro Wrestling. I always wanted to be bigger and stronger.

In 1995 I became a vegetarian and in 1996 became vegan, as a result to my older sister Tanya's influence.

In 2000 I started taking weight lifting seriously and competed in the 2000 Body-for-LIFE challenge.

In 2001 I was inspired to take up competetive bodybuilding by my childhood friend Jordan Baskerville... more
Presenting Veganism
by Robert Cheeke, Vegan Bodybuilder, April 11th, 2005

This is an article that I specificially wrote for www.organicathlete.org to be included in their monthly newsletter, but I wanted to include it here too.

I hope that you will find it very helpful and it will enhance your ability to speak to others about your vegan lifestyle... more
Why Vegans Were Right All Along
January 13th, 2005

Published on Tuesday, December 24, 2002 by the Guardian/UK
Why Vegans Were Right All Along
Famine can only be avoided if the rich give up meat, fish and dairy

by George Monbiot

The Christians stole the winter solstice from the pagans, and capitalism stole it from the Christians. But one feature of the celebrations has remained unchanged: the consumption of vast quantities of meat. The practice used to make sense. Livestock slaughtered in the autumn, before the grass ran out, would be about to decay, and fat-starved people would have to survive a further three months. Today we face the opposite problem: we spend the next three months trying to work it off... more
Return to Paradise - by Don Weaver
January 5th, 2005

Life is good! This seems to be the normal and natural awareness for those of us fortunate enough to understand and to live out the principles of Natural Hygiene, although when we spend too much time amongst man-made “civilization” we can sometimes lose touch with the truth of goodness. Luckily for me, I just spent 3 weeks at Fruition, my friends Stephan and Dorli Reeve’s 11-acre Paradise and Orchard of Eden on the lush green and moist slopes of Haleakala volcano on Maui. My spiritual and body connection to “Life is good” has been strongly regenerated, for which I give thanks to my friends and fruitful Mother Nature!... more
Another Description of Veganism
October 19th, 2004

The following is an exerpt from Vegan Vittles written by Joanne Stepaniak, M.S.Ed.

Simply stated, veganism is the conviction and practice of compassionate living. Although this way of life has been followed by a number of individuals and groups throughout history, it wasn't until 1944, when the first Vegan Society was formed in England, that the term vegan (pronounced VEE-gan) was coined to differentiate vegans from vegetarians. This was the beginning of the vegan movement... more
Vegan Recipes
by Robert Cheeke, Vegan Bodybuilder, February 28th, 2004

Mushroom and Tomato Stuffed Peppers
Molasses and Beans Hot Pot
Miso Soup
Marinated Broiled Tofu Strips
Easy Cinnamon Baked Squash
Baked Potato or Turnip Fries
Beautiful Banana Bread
Vegan Pizza
Super Vegan Burgers
Teriyaki Vegetable Rice
Greek Spaghetti
Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burger

Mushroom and Tomato Stuffed Peppers
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(Serves 6-12)

1 cup brown rice or millet
1-2 Tbsp. natural oil
2 small or medium onions, chopped
½ lb. (225g) mushrooms, sliced
1 tsp. each sea salt and parsley
1 tsp. each basil, oregano, sea kelp and paprika... more
Who is Vegan?
by Robert Cheeke, Vegan Bodybuilder, February 28th, 2004

Vegan (ve-gan) 1. One who chooses a diet and a life-style free of consuming animal products, and of supporting business that exploits animals. 2. adj. Containing no ingredient derived from the animal kingdom... more
Why I became Vegan
by Robert Cheeke, Vegan Bodybuilder, February 28th, 2004

Growing up in Oregon, I lived on a farm and had many farm animals as pets. I always had a love and appreciation for animals and from an early age, I was concerned about their well-being. However, it wasn't until Dec. 8, 1995 that I decided to give up consuming meat. My older sister, Tanya, was organizing Animal Rights Week at my high school. I decided out of respect for her (a vegan since the age of 15) that I would become a vegetarian for the week. I attended lectures, listened to speakers, read literature about animal cruelty and watched videos about factory farms and animal testing, and that week of becoming vegetarian has lasted for the past seven years... more
Fast Facts..."Food" Animals
by Robert Cheeke, Vegan Bodybuilder, February 28th, 2004

General Food animals slaughtered, North America

1999: more than 10 billion Animals killed for food worldwide, 1998: 43.2 billion

Proportion of all antibiotics that are used in animal agriculture: 40%... more

Fast Facts from the
Adventist Morality and Health Studies

by Robert Cheeke, Vegan Bodybuilder, February 28th, 2004

Compared with the general population
Fatal heart attacks suffered by vegan Adventist men: less than 20%
Fatal heart attacks suffered by lacto-ovo vegetarians: about 40%

Compared with non-beef eaters
Fatal heart attacks in men who ate beef at least 3 times a week: 60-70% more
Fatal heart attacks in women who ate beef at least 3 times a week: 30% more

Compared with those who became vegetarian after age 50
Risk of fatal heart disease among men who became vegetarian before age 20: about 50%
Risk of fatal heart disease among men who became vegetarian before age 30: about 30%... more
Fast Facts... Food Choices
by Robert Cheeke, Vegan Bodybuilder, February 28th, 2004

Meatless Meals
Vegetarian meals served, 1999, United Airlines: 491,300
Vegan Meals served, 1999, United Airlines: 192,250
Households (U.S.) eating four or more meatless dinners per week, 1994: Over 20%
Males (U.S.) who always order a dish without meat, fish, or fowl, 1999: 5%
Females (U.S.) who always order a dish without meat, fish, or fowl, 1999: 6%
U.K. population (of about 57 million) that is vegetarian: 5%
U.S. adults who don't eat meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, honey (vegans): 0.9%

Changing Food Patterns
Decrease in per capita consumption of veal calves 1970-1998 (U.S., retail weight): 67%... more