Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A Year in Review: A Few Memorable Moments of 2013

Beyonce Jay Z Vegan Challenge

2013 was a great year for many reasons. From Beyonce and Jay-Z making "vegan" once again cool to the Youtube video of a compassionate little kid that went viral on the web, here I share my favorite moments of 2013.

1. Going Vegan Became Cool... Thanks, B! 
This year, hot shots like Al GoreBill Clinton, and Bill Gates have joined the club of celebrities promoting a vegan lifestyle, while Beyonce and Jay-Z popularized the trend by participating in a 21-day-long vegan challenge.

Beyonce Jay Z Vegan Challenge

2. Fashion Brands Ban Angora Fur
Horrified by the evidence of cruelty in the angora fur industry (see the video that went viral last month*), major retailers including ASOS, Topshop, H&M, Zara, Gap, Calvin Klein, and Tommy Hilfiger joined to ban all products made with angora fur. Retailers H&M and ASOS have even gone so far as to allow their customers to return their angora items for a full refund (read more on racked).
*caution: contains graphic content

Fashion Brands Ban Angora Fur

3. The Cooking Channel Debuts New Vegan Show
Finally! A cooking show that shows us how to make food that not only looks and tastes delicious but is good for our bodies too! Hosted by non other than the "King of Superfoods" himself, Chef Jason Wrobel keeps us inspired in the kitchen with countless creative recipes for a plant-based diet (read more on the Cooking Channel).

Some recipes I've currently got my eye on include: Chocolate Avocado PuddingCauliflower-Lentil Tacos with Fresh Guacamole and Cheesy Cauliflower "Popcorn."

Jason Wrobel How to Live to 100

4. Blackfish Documentary Calls Attention to Cruelty at SeaWorld
One of the hottest films out of Sundance, "Blackfish" traces the history of killer whales in captivity leading up to the 2010 killing of a Sea World trainer. You can download the documentary on iTunes or on the "Blackfish" official website.

Blackfish Documentary

5. Adorable Kid Sums Up Argument for Vegetarianism in a Way Only a Kid Can
Read the article on Huffington Post.

6. Cheerios Goes "Non-GMO"
In response to customer pressure about removing GMO's from cereal sold in the U.S. (Cheerios previously only sold it's non-GMO version in Europe), the Cheerios brand decided to make its "non-GMO" version also available in the U.S. (Read the article in Los Angeles Times.)

Non-GMO Cheerios

7. U.S. School Districts Implement "Meatless Mondays" in Cafeterias
Meatless Mondays make for healthy people and happy cows. (Read more about Meatless Monday).

Meatless Mondays U.S. School Districts

Thanks for joining me on my journey this year. Wishing you a great 2014! 


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