July 25, 2020

10 VEGAN Companies to Support

These brands sell ONLY vegan products. They are worth supporting just for that reason. However, they also make superior and trustworthy products.

Vio-life is 100% vegan. They offer a wide variety of cheese products. They can be found in the United States and in Europe; with their main office located in Greece. They offer Harmless food for those who care about the life of animals and the planet. Clean food; free of preservatives and GMO's. Healthy food; free of allergens. They have acquired many certifications and awards.

Sjaak's - All of Sjaak's chocolates are vegan; chocolate bars, gift boxes, and holiday treats. They have "melk" chocolate bars to replace milk chocolate. The sugar they use is non-bone char sourced. They are also organic and fair-trade. Truly ethical and incredibly delicious. They're based in California, U.S.A.

Sheese is an award-winning, superior 100% vegan line of cheese made by Bute Island Foods, in Scotland. They offer a wide assortment of tasty vegan cheese. Sheese products are stocked in many retailers throughout Europe, and also in Canada, New Zealand, Asia, and South Africa. With over 30 years experience, they have made it easy for people to go dairy-free.

Field Roast offers very tasty plant-based meats, such as sausages, breakfast sausages, burgers, holiday celebration roast, deli slices, etc. and also CHAO cheese slices and products. Field Roast uses whole-food ingredients to craft their artisanal quality products. Their meat alternatives are NOT gluten-free. They are GMO-free. They're all plant-based. They are not totally organic. They are easy to find at major grocery stores.

Made-Good offers granola minis and bars, crispy squares, and baked mini cookies. They are seriously healthy. I'm addicted!  They're all certified vegan. They are made in a dedicated nut-free facility and are allergen-free. These sustainable, organic snacks are perfect to send with your child to school, as they contain a vegetable extract blend. They're an ethical business.

Miyoko's Creamery is "compassioncentric". Their business is based on compassion for all living beings. Their mission is "phenomenally vegan"; to craft dairy products that everyone loves, that are kinder, greener, and tastier than ever before. They're based in wine country, California. They offer cheese wheels, vegan butter, vegan mozz, vegan cream cheese, and vegan roadhouse. These healthy and delicious products can be found at major suppliers like Walmart, Publix Grocery Stores, and Target.

Follow Your Heart are the makers of the #1 vegan mayonnaise: Vegenaise. It's the best! In addition, they offer other dairy alternatives like shredded and sliced cheese, salad dressings, breakfast VeganEgg and Yogurt. They are leaders in making plant-based foods that are delicious and better for you. Earth Island is the facility where they produce 'Follow Your Heart' products, and is sustainable and zero waste. They can easily be found all over the U.S., in many European countries, as well as many other countries worldwide, and under the 'Earth Island' label in Canada.

V-Dog is vegan-owned and operated. They make animal products without animal products! They offer a quality kibble, mini kibble, breathbones, and wiggle biscuits. Plant-powered pooches, like vegan humans, leave behind a much smaller environmental "paw-print". V-dog is committed to loving, snuggling, and protecting all animals, not just "pets". When pups adopt a plant-based diet, they're taking a stance against animal cruelty. V-Dog is easily found in U.S. stores and online, and in a growing amount of countries worldwide.

Angelic Bakehouse offer nutritious and delicious whole grain, sprouted bread products. Their products are all vegan (though the crackers, which I've never seen, say 'cane sugar' and I'm not sure if it's bone-char-free sugar). They are also Non-GMO, allergen and nut-free, kosher, and they only use ingredients you can pronounce. They use red wheat berries, quinoa, oat groats, rye berries, barley, amaranth and millet. After sprouting them to increase nutrients, they press them into dough for more flavor. You can buy them online or at a retail store. I purchase them from Costco.

So Delicious are the makers of the finest vegan ice creams and frozen desserts, yogurt, ice cream sandwiches, ice cream novelties, CocoWhip frozen topping, beverages, creamers, shreds, etc. They are easily found at major grocery stores, Walmart, etc. They offer coconut base, or cashew, or soymilk in some. I recommend the cashew ice cream. They buy UTZ certified cocoa, which means the cocoa is sourced from farmers who comply with sustainability standards of the UTZ program; see UTZ.org. All products they make are certified-vegan. They have some certified organic products, and use a lot of organic ingredients, as well as Non-GMO and kosher.

June 6, 2020

I've Never Seen Anything Like It ~ Black Lives Matter Protests

It's 2020. In all my 62 years on Earth, I've never seen anything like the global pandemic Covid-19. On top of that and truly breathtaking, I've never seen so many people, all around the world, unite in protest (during this pandemic when we should be social distancing) for "Black Lives Matter" demonstrations. The last straw was the murder of George Floyd by a police officer who did not change his 'knee-on-neck' position, when Mr. Floyd cried out "I can't breathe" for nearly 9 minutes; ... until he died. People of color have unfairly lost their lives to police brutality before, many times. The United States judicial system and law enforcement is polluted with racism. The police who kill civilians generally don't get convicted. However, this horrific scene was caught on camera. The world saw it with their own eyes. Protests arose across cities in the United States. The world stood together on this important issue. We witnessed protests erupting in Denmark, New Zealand, Argentina, Ireland, Ghana, Gambia, Kenya, South Africa, Israel, Canada, Nigeria, Iran, Jamaica, Guam, Latvia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Belgium, Armenia, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Mexico, Qatar, United Kingdom, Australia, France, Poland, India, Norway, South Korea, Pakistan, Lithuania, Italy, Greece, Iceland, the Netherlands, Japan, Syria, Columbia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Puerto Rico, Slovenia, Spain, Virgin Islands, Hawaii, etc. Like I said, I've never seen anything like it! I'm against all injustice, systemic racism, and police-brutality. I stand against "white supremacy". I also stand against "human supremacy" over other species. My life's stance is nonviolence, with all my heart and actions. I will always stand with the unfairly oppressed.

Partake of some of the poignant protest signs, and large crowds, from coast to coast, and the world over:

I'm drafting legislation to reform laws that govern police misconduct, require police to report use of force data, create a national police misconduct registry, ban racial and religious profiling, and end choke-holds and no-knock warrants. Our outrage must lead to real change. ~~ The peaceful protesters in the streets right now are showing, once again, that the power of the people is greater than the people in power. ~
Senator Cory Booker

I am EXCELLENCE and GREATNESS. Look not upon the color of my skin but the content of my character. ~ Torre Washington; vegan bodybuilder

To me, veganism is a way of living that rejects animal use in all its different forms. ~ Brenda Sanders; Executive Director of Better Health, Better Life, a public health organization in Baltimore, MD.

“All social inequities are linked. Comprehensive systemic change will happen only if we are aware of these connections and work to bring an end to all inequalities—not just our favorites or the ones that most directly affect our part of the universe. No one is on the sidelines; by our actions or inaction, by our caring or our indifference, we are either part of the problem or part of the solution.” 
Dr. Amie Breeze Harper, Sistah Vegan - senior research analyst/strategist for Critical Diversity Solutions

P.S. Police brutality is a serious issue in the U.S. and it is not only towards people of color. Check out this horrific behavior of police that has seriously harmed a 75 year old "peace activist" in Buffalo.