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“We may be slow, but we’re not stupid.” Right?

hopeful mess

“The only answer can be denial,” argues Paul Gilding, the veteran Australian environmentalist-entrepreneur, who described this moment in a new book called “The Great Disruption: Why the Climate Crisis Will Bring On the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New World.” Read More »

Bananas: A slippery slope

Hand silhouette behind banana leaf

You know that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you're grocery shopping and something seems too good to be true? Like a mango for less than a dollar, or a handful of kiwis for less than your bus fare? There's a reason for that. It is too good to be true. Read More »

Sympathy for the devil? Coconut Bliss & Dairy

Corporate Devil

Coconut Bliss, a vegan ice cream producer, recently acknowledged being owned by a dairy company. Of course, this opens a can of worms all too familiar to vegans: how do we ensure our purchases match our ethics? Read More »

Walmart: the new leader in health food?

Grocery store freezers

A few days ago the corporate giant that is Walmart announced a new initiative to try and improve the health of the nation. Given that they pull in billions every year in sales, and have the majority of North America covered in concrete and everyday low prices, it seems such a move just might be the kick in the butt the population needs to change their diet, right? Read More »

With my mind on my money, and a wallet as my mind?


With holiday spending behind us, it seems the new proverbial wallets designed by folks at the MIT Media Lab might come in handy. Designed to make online spending physically tangible, they shake, constrict and expand due to your habits. Read More »

It’s a small world (with lots of options)

With the new issue being completely digital the whole world has opened up in terms of who can be involved. In fact, I'm hoping I will be able to showcase what veganism looks like in as many places as possible. Read More »

Mall of the living dead

So, I hate shopping malls. Actually, let me rephrase that, I hate large places that involve people being consumers. I stopped giving gifts around the holidays a few years ago, and I’ve felt better every year. Not being sucked into the midnight madness sales or the hot new toy every year around this time is […]


Although not immediately connected to veganism or food, I think there is something of interest in this article for all of us. Cult of less: Living out of a hard drive – BBC News The idea of simplifying one’s life was touched on in the last issue of T.O.F.U. by Amanda Rogers when she spoke […]

Larsen’s cuts Berwick, Nova Scotia pork jobs

Wait, so first we kill far more pigs than normal because of a Swine Flu scare, and now we're going to start trucking the little guys from Nova Scotia to Ontario because the plant in NS could not "source" enough living animals to continue running, but Larsen has contracts to honour? Read More »