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Farm Animal Rights Movement

July 23, 2012

Corn Avocado Salad

Makes 8 half-cup servings.

Amount Per Serving

Calories 92

From fat 36


% Daily Value*

Total Fat 4g


Saturated Fat 0.6g


Trans Fat 0g

Cholesterol 0mg


Sodium 156mg


Total Carbohydrate 14g


Dietary Fiber 3.4g


Sugars 2g

Protein 2.5g

Vitamin A 4%

Vitamin C 13%

Calcium 1.8%

Iron 4%

* % Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Fresh Corn & Avocado Salad

What a great time of year!  Fresh produce is rolling in from gardens and fields.  Roadside stands and farmers’ markets are ripe with inspiration. If the summer heat has been testing your resolve or the power outages in your neighborhood are stifling your creativity in the kitchen, this recipe will help you focus on the bright side.  It’s raw, it’s cooling, and it’s filled with garden goodness.

3 ears fresh sweet corn, cleaned (or 3 cups frozen, thawed)
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1 small avocado, diced
juice of 1/2 lime
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
freshly ground pepper, to taste


  1. Husk, clean, and cut corn from the cob.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. May serve immediately or allow to marinate.
    Note: Serve as a side, with tortilla chips, or as a taco topping.
    Even better the next day!

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Thank you “greeneyedlady” at for this colorful recipe and photo.

Primal Strips

VegenaisePrimal Strips from Primal Spirit Foods are a delicious meat-alternative snack. The smooth textured “jerky” strips are made from seitan, soy, or shiitake mushrooms and come in a wide variety of flavors. Primal Spirit Foods prides itself on being socially conscious stating, “We have purposefully chosen the manufacturing and sale of meat-alternative foods… as an expression of our desire to act more harmoniously with the environment and our fellow living beings.”

Thank you to Primal Spirit Foods for donating products to this year’s Animal Rights 2012 National Conference.

For nutritional and product information, visit

Washington DC Nom-Nom!

All the news that’s fit to eat -- the Washington Post's Going Out Guide asked its readers to reveal Washington DC’s greatest meat-free culinary delights. The resultant photo essay will definitely whet your appetite.

Readers can feast their eyes on sumptuous menu items including a sweet and peppery tempeh sandwich (pictured) from Busboys and Poets, whiskey-infused seitan wings from Smoke and Barrel, caramelized tofu with lemongrass from Four Sisters, and crispy eggplant pizza from Pete’s Apizza.  For dessert, how about Cupcake Wars' first-place winning carrot cupcakes from Sweet Lobby or the “adults only” fudgy brownies courtesy of Sticky Fingers' perfected blend of three different kinds of chocolate?

Get hungry for more by browsing through the mouth-watering photos. For those of you not in the DC area, explore the photos for vicarious pleasure or to get new recipe ideas. For those of you who live in the area or are planning an upcoming visit (like to the Animal Rights 2012 Conference), make up your “gotta go there” dining out list.

Explore the Washington Post's Dining Out Guide photo essay here.

Pig Farmer Chooses Compassion

Lo Hung-hsein transformed a once-lucrative pig farm which had been in his family for generations into a sanctuary for pigs.  While holding a piglet who was about to be butchered and looking into her eyes, Lo suddenly saw a living, feeling being wanting desperately to live.  In a recent article in the Taipei Times, Lo recalls, "[The piglet] looked me right in the eyes... as if saying: ‘How could you do this to me?’... It was then that I resolved to convert to vegetarianism and cut off cooperation with any butcheries.”

Lo now dedicates his life to sowing seeds of compassion. Even though he has to work multiple jobs to keep his pig friends well-fed and happy, he still makes time to volunteer at local schools and give free speeches in his community. Lo starts each morning at 4am driving to area vegetarian restaurants collecting leftovers for his pig companions. On the side of his truck he’s painted “Animals are our friends, not our food.” 

Lo Hung-hsein found that his values of justice and compassion were more important than profit and long-held traditions.  He says that despite all the criticism he received for his decision to stand up for animals rather than profit from and harm them, he will continue to live his values -- even if it leaves him penniless.

Each of us can adopt new traditions of compassion. Be true to yourself and kind to the animals.

This story was reported in the Taipei Times.

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