The human cost of chocolate

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The human cost of chocolate

Like many (most?) people, I just love chocolate.  That meant when I went vegan several years ago, I had to make some adjustments.  Fortunately, it isn’t all that difficult to find vegan chocolate, since lots of dark chocolate is vegan by default.  (That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t check the ingredients lists, though; some companies put

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A recap of lauren Ornelas’s food justice talk

lauren Ornelas, founder and director of the Food Empowerment Project, was here in Vancouver on Saturday to present a talk on food justice. The Food Empowerment Project is part of the vanguard of an exciting movement looking beyond single issues. This is their mission statement: The Food Empowerment Project seeks to create a more just

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Food Justice talk with lauren Ornelas

lauren Ornelas is one of the most amazing activists I’ve ever met, and we’re bringing her up to Vancouver to speak on May 21st. Here’s the description of the event: lauren Ornelas, Founder and Director of the Food Empowerment Project, will be discussing how we can use our food choices to create a more just

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Vegan MoFo#3: My top 10 of 2009

In honour of the renaissance of David Letterman’s scandalous Late Show, I’m doing a top ten list of favorite dishes I ate in 2009. #10 Vegan seitan Philly sub from Wayward Cafe in Seattle #9 Vegan spaghetti & meatballs from the Bye and Bye in Portland, Or #8 Vegan banana tapioca from Dharma Kitchen in

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Why do I enjoy farmers markets?

I love farmers markets.That’s why I really love it when Liberation BC gets to have a table at a farmers market. The West End Market is the least exciting of the 3 markets we’ve tabled at. Trout Lake is always the best. Kitsilano is nice and small, but people hang around and chat a lot.

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Karmavore: Vegan Shop in BC

Yesterday, we took an exciting trip to New Westminster to visit BC’s new vegan store, Karmavore.  It was their grand opening, and the generous proprietors were offering up all kinds of yummy samples.  We enjoyed an old favourite, Chi Cake,  as well some awesome fair trade dark chocolate, OrganicFair, which is made locally in the

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Oh right, it’s Easter!

I was sitting here wondering what to write about, and I realized that it’s Easter this Sunday. I was raised Christian and Easter was a big deal in our house. We would get up really early to go to the sunrise service (actually at sunrise). We also had easter baskets and painted easter eggs and

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Rosemary chocolate cupcakes

This is a simple variation on the basic chocolate cupcake found in Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. You need to buy this book. This recipe makes about a dozen cupcakes. Ingredients: 1 cup soy milk (or any other non-dairy milk – I used vanilla soy milk) 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 3/4 cup granulated