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Farm Animal Rights Movement
March 21, 2011

Serving Size 1 cup (Recipe makes ~12 servings)

Amount Per Serving
Calories 227
From Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g
Saturated Fat 1.5g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 19mg
Total Carbohydrate 25g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 2g
Protein 5g

Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 10%
Calcium .6%
Iron 2%

* % Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Avocado Pesto Pasta

This amazing dish is easy to make and has simple ingredients. The avocados create a deliciously rich and creamy sauce. While its fat content appears to be high, the source is from healthy monounsaturated fats, which are actually beneficial for cholesterol levels. For added nutrition, use whole wheat pasta and toss in steamed broccoli, asparagus, or spinach.


1 lb. dried linguini
1 bunch basil leaves (about 2½ ounces)
½ cup pine nuts
2 ripe avocados, pitted & peeled
2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice (about ½ of a lemon)
3 cloves garlic
½ cup olive oil
salt (to taste)
freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
¼ cup chopped sun dried tomatoes (optional)


  1. In a large pot, bring water to a boil; add pasta and cook to package directions.
  2. While pasta cooks, in a food processor, blend basil, pine nuts, avocados, lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil; season with salt and pepper.
  3. Drain pasta; in a large serving bowl, toss pesto with hot, freshly cooked pasta and garnish each serving with a basil leaf; for an extra touch of color and flavor, top pasta with sun dried tomatoes.

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Chow Down DVD

Chow Down is a film that will change your perspective on how to manage heart disease. Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn of the Cleveland Clinic is the director of one of the longest-running studies showing that a plant-based diet can reverse even late stage heart disease. The documentary highlights Charles, a 45 year-old devoted husband and father of two, who is shocked to learn not only that he has cardiovascular disease but that the blockages in his heart are so severe that his surgeon refuses to operate. With the help of Dr. Esselstyn, Charles switches to a plant-based diet, revealing dramatic results.

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Meat, Dairy, and Cancer

A new study led by researchers of the United States National Cancer Institute reveals that high intake of meat and dairy products increases the risk of cancer. Researchers examined blood samples of more than 22,000 men, revealing that high levels of serum retinol, which is high in meat and dairy foods, were associated with increased risk of prostate cancer. Data showed that the increase in the risk of developing prostate cancer in those with the highest quintile of retinol was 31 percent higher than that in those with the lowest quintile.

Retinol is a vitamin A found in animal-based foods such as meat and dairy foods. Another type of vitamin A is carotenoids which are found in plant-based foods. Numerous studies have revealed that eating lots of fruits and vegetables has been associated with lower risk of prostate cancer.

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Meatout Success!

On March 20th, and throughout the entire month of March, caring people in all 50 U.S. states and two dozen other countries celebrated Meatout by educating their communities about the benefits of a plant-based diet.

This year's Meatout goal was to reach 20,000 people with vegan food, but we’ve more than succeeded with volunteers distributing 28,000 delicious vegan food samples!

In addition to the exciting Meatout events, a Meatout TV Ad, and more, the internet was abuzz throughout Meatout Day! Dozens of bloggers participated with awesome blog posts offering personal stories, resources, Top 10 lists, book reviews, recipes, and interviews.

Check out the Meatout 2011 Blogger’s Page to read the many amazing blogs, such as The Fruit Pursuit’s story about what you get back from living vegan, the Vegan Splendor blog about beating cancer, Jill of Ark’s path to veganism, the FARM Blog, and more.

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