“Save an animal, exploit a human”: The problem with one-track-minded, holier-than-thou Global North vegans


Eating animals is wrong, vegans say. But so is eating slave-made chocolate, or wearing sweatshop clothing. Guess which one vegans of the Global North care about? Not that one issue is more important than another, but it is more than frustrating when I see vegans (mostly vegans of the global north) say "this is cruelty-free"... Continue Reading →

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Are your sneakers made with sweatshop labor?


Today's post comes from Green America, a U.S.-based non-profit dedicated to creating a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. I wanted to highlight the list they've compiled on the sweatshop labor that makes the shoes you most likely wear: Footwear can be one of the trickiest parts of building a sweatshop-free wardrobe. Hundreds of shoe... Continue Reading →

From Seed to Table[t]: Can Foodie-Tech Startups Change a Neoliberal, Racist, and Capitalist [Food] System? | The Sistah Vegan Project


Dr. Amie “Breeze” Harper, a senior research analyst/strategist for Critical Diversity Solutions (CDS) and intersectional food justice theorist, writes about the gap between tech innovation, venture capital funding, foodie culture, and labor/human rights: Most people who are into mainstream ‘foodie’ culture care more about their food being ‘local’, ‘fresh’, and ‘organic’ than if the food... Continue Reading →

Say No To Palm Oil


Palm oil tends to be in everything these days. Back before exploiting it was this profitable, palm oil used to be demonized as being unhealthy, filled with the "bad fats" people should avoid. Times have changed now that palm oil can be produced cheaply through bulldozing Indonesian and Malaysian rainforests. Read more on why you... Continue Reading →

Food Justice: Because “Food is Power”


Water privatization, overgrazing, pesticides, food security. These are clearly issues of sustainability with regards to our food systems. Yet, the term "sustainability" doesn't quite adequately address related issues of labor rights, food access, and environmental racism that are also part of the path that our food takes to get to our plate. This is where... Continue Reading →

TerraCycle and Eliminating the Idea of Waste


Mainstream conversations about "living green" or being sustainable usually revolve around reducing our footprint on the environment. (The idea that humans need to minimize our presence, as though we're some kind of disease, separate from our environment, is another blog post for another day). I find it problematic because that way of thinking is inherently... Continue Reading →

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