Category: Veganism

  • Counterfeit Food – The Horse in the Cow

    Counterfeit Food – The Horse in the Cow

    DNA sampling of 27 commercially available meat products had horse DNA in them. One product had a third of horse meat in it.

  • Veganuary 2022 – It’s Growing

    Veganuary 2022 – It’s Growing

    Veganism is about not consuming any animal products. To the uninitiated this does seem quite daunting at first, but it’ quite easy to do. Usually people don’t know where to start, what to do, what to eat, and how to proceed. That’s where Veganuary comes in.

  • World Day for Laboratory Animals

    World Day for Laboratory Animals

    As a guy cosmetics are something that I don’t really concern myself with too much, but a Vegan I’ve slowly come to realize the the horrors that underlie the industry. These horrors are unnecessary, unwarranted and very destructive.

  • Vegan for Earth Day

    Vegan for Earth Day

    When I think Earth Day, what comes to mind is people spending the day enjoying the world. I envision people spending time in the forests, swimming in the oceans, climbing in the mountains and simple enjoying what nature has to offer.

  • Get Ready for Veganuary

    Get Ready for Veganuary

    The idea behind the Veganuary campaign is that people pledge to stick to a Vegan diet for the month of January.

  • International Day of Animal Rights…more Important than you Realize

    International Day of Animal Rights…more Important than you Realize

    International Day of Animal Rights – by definition we ourselves are animals. Looking at it through this perspective we have a deeper connection to our animal brethren on this planet.

  • Top Five Must Read Books about Veganism

    Top Five Must Read Books about Veganism

    I am constantly amazed by the incredible perspectives the vegan philosophy encompasses, and perhaps the best way to get this insight is to read books about the subject.

  • World Wildlife Conservation Day

    World Wildlife Conservation Day

    The craziness of 2020 has put World Wildlife Conservation Day into perspective for me. Until this year it was a day I never really paid attention to. Now I’m starting to realize that wildlife needs more than just our attention. After all, the scientific consensus says that it was an abused pangolin that carried the original form of COVID-19 – and look how that turned out for us.

  • Exactly how Smart are Plants?

    Exactly how Smart are Plants?

    Having been a Vegan for a while now, I’ve come to see plants in a different light. I think they’re incredible and my wonder of these amazing forms of life only keeps growing.

  • Vegans should own Bitcoin

    Vegans should own Bitcoin

    Vegan and Bitcoin are two words that you’ll never find in the same sentence. Even though these ideas seem quiet disparate I reckon there’s quite a bit of overlap.

  • Veganism and Shaolin

    Veganism and Shaolin

    Ten minutes into “The Shaolin Temple” Jet Li is contemplating the ethics killing a worm to feed to an injured sick bird. His master sets him right teaching that it’s never right to take a life. I was left pondering quite a bit over that scene.

  • Workers still being killed in Meatpacking plants

    Workers still being killed in Meatpacking plants

    Still to this date we’re seeing numerous cases and COVID-19 deaths in the food system, but it’s horrendously bad in the meatpacking sector. Its so bad that it leads the pack by orders of magnitude.

  • Cronometer – Tracking my Vegan Nutrition

    Cronometer – Tracking my Vegan Nutrition

    When you first go vegan, the power, speed and performance you unlock is incredible. You automatically become lean, you hit your BMI targets and you’re physical more capable.

  • The Black Plague Returns – Do we really Need another Pandemic?

    The Black Plague Returns – Do we really Need another Pandemic?

    The Black Plague also known as the Black Death has killed more people than any other pandemic in the history of the world.

  • The Science behind why Vegans are Happy

    The Science behind why Vegans are Happy

    If you’ve been Vegan for a fair amount of time, you will find that you’re more chilled. You will find that you’re more calm and your mind is settled.

  • Breakfast is the Simplest Meal to Veganize

    Breakfast is the Simplest Meal to Veganize

    It’s pretty clear that more people are intrigued by Veganism. It’s obvious why; you save your health, you save the animals, you save the planet and it prevents pandemics. The advert writes itself!

  • Support Workers and the #BoycottMeat Movement

    Support Workers and the #BoycottMeat Movement

    News reports around the world highlight that we are failing to get the COVID-19 pandemic under control. In fact, things are getting worse.

  • Anarchism – The Best Form of Democracy?

    Anarchism – The Best Form of Democracy?

    I see the term Anarchism popping up more and more lately. But what does Anarchism mean? What’s it all about?

  • Guys should do Yoga.

    Guys should do Yoga.

    It makes sense for us guys to do Yoga. The foundational benefits it’s provides are profound and significantly enables other physical activities. Beyond that the benefits it provides to our state of mind and immune system are incredibly useful.

  • World Meat Free Week 15-21 June 2020

    World Meat Free Week 15-21 June 2020

    Our meat free options for meals are increasing in leaps and bounds. Everywhere you look there are alternative meat products. Even the most ravenous carnivore would be satiated by the delicious wonderful tastes and aromas of a meat free dish.

  • Massive Growth of Veganism is because of One Rule

    Massive Growth of Veganism is because of One Rule

    I am perpetually startled at the massive growth of Veganism. What once was a fledgling idea has now spread to all corners of the world and is now in the public consciousness. It’s no longer dismissed, but instead taken quite seriously.

  • The BDS Movement and Veganism

    The BDS Movement and Veganism

    As I continue my Vegan journey, I learn more about the nuances of it. I learn about deeper definitions of the term, I learn about the philosophy a behind it and I in particular I learn about how it’s connected to other ideas.

  • Is your Money Vegan?

    Is your Money Vegan?

    You eat vegan food, you wear vegan clothing, your household is vegan, but have you considered if your money is vegan??

  • Your Taxes down the Drain – Dairy Farmers Dump Milk

    Your Taxes down the Drain – Dairy Farmers Dump Milk

    We all remember seeing those terrible photos of dairy farmers dumping milk down the drain. The first thing that many people said is “why don’t the dairy farmers just give the milk away”. We couldn’t understand why during crisis farmers would let food go to waste. As it turns out there’s a number of reasons. […]

  • Protect Our Workers

    Protect Our Workers

    A good few weeks ago we started getting reports that workers in slaughterhouses and meat plants were getting rapidly sick with COVID-19. Many operations all across the United States by companies like Tyson, Smithfield, JBS and Cargill began experiencing massive upticks in the amount of workers that were getting sick.

  • Be the Cause, not the Effect

    Be the Cause, not the Effect

    I was chatting to a friend recently, and he is always talking about things he is doing to improve himself. Sometimes what he mentions sounds totally weird, but many times what he mentions is totally Brilliant.

  • No Meat May starts Today

    No Meat May starts Today

    It is the absolute perfect time to start trying out a Plant Based Whole Foods lifestyle. It has never been easier. No Meat May, just as the name says is all about people refraining from eating any animal based products for the month of May.

  • The Best and Only way to get your Protein

    The Best and Only way to get your Protein

    In this post, I’ll give an example of what I eat in a typical day with the associated protein intake. The current RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance) for protein ranges from country to country, but 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight is typical for many countries, including the US and Canada.

  • Arthur C Clarke knew the future would be Vegetarian

    Arthur C Clarke knew the future would be Vegetarian

    Arthur C Clarke is a renowned scientist who is familiar to every nerd and film buff. As a nerd you know him because of his stunning contributions to science that informs everything from radar to global communications. As a film buff you know him because he wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey, the greatest film ever made. However, this post is going to delve into his written novels and in particular 3001: The Final Odyssey and the profound insight it gave me.

  • Three Generations of HipHop and Veganism

    Three Generations of HipHop and Veganism

    It is so inspiring to see three generations of HipHop Legends sitting down to discuss Veganism. I never would have considered seeing it in my life, and yet there it is. More than that, I was really surprised that it was Youtube that brought this to my attention, and I’m quite happy about it. For the full video, check it out below.

  • Earn Crypto-Currency and Donate it to Vegan Causes

    Earn Crypto-Currency and Donate it to Vegan Causes

    Luckily there does seem to be something you can do to aid your Veganism whilst we’ve have all this downtime : Earn Crypto-Currency and Give it Away to Vegan Causes and Businesses.

  • My Bitcoin dropped 40 percent in value because of meat!

    My Bitcoin dropped 40 percent in value because of meat!

    The past few weeks have been rough. The COVID-19 virus has been spreading surprisingly quickly, financial markets are in turmoil, stocks have tumbled, governments are taking drastic action and crypto currencies took a beating. We’re getting whacked from all sides.

  • How to maintain your Optimism

    How to maintain your Optimism

    There are so many things happening in the world right now that are scary and downright frightening. The uncertainty weighs heavily all around us. In times like these its more important than ever to be able to have a positive outlook. It becomes so critical to be able to control your mindset and focus on the best possible outcomes. However that is easier said than done. Hence I wanted to talk about how to maintain a positive outlook.

  • Elon Musks’ Grand Plan

    Elon Musks’ Grand Plan

    Elon Musk has interests in a myriad of stunning ventures. Everything from electric vehicles to artificial intelligence. With this vast array of successful businesses, you’ve got to ask yourself; what’s it all for? where’s it headed? and are these ventures all interconnected? Everything from electric vehicles to artificial intelligence. With this vast array of successful businesses, you’ve got to ask yourself; what’s it all for? where’s it headed? and are these ventures all interconnected?

  • Will Epidemics drive an increase in Veganism?

    Will Epidemics drive an increase in Veganism?

    The very last reported case of Listeriosis in South Africa happened not too far from my farm. Even though that happened in 2018, it’s something that is still fresh in my mind. If you don’t know, Listeriosis is a mild to deadly bacterial infection you can acquire when consuming meat and milk. Over two hundred people died from eating Listeriosis contaminated meat here in South Africa. Many of those were kids.

  • How to give a Toast that you’re Proud of

    How to give a Toast that you’re Proud of

    Whenever I watch a movie and I see a Toast being made for an occasion, it always seems so bland. It seems uninspired and lazy. Even in real life I don’t believe I have never witnessed a Toast that has been compelling…other than at Toastmasters. After all, this makes sense. It’s right there in the name. We are the Masters of the Toast! We have been at it for 95 years so it would follow that we would know a thing or about it.

  • How one Generation can help another

    How one Generation can help another

    A few weeks back I bumped into an old retired gentleman in a cafe. He was South African Indian like myself and we got to chatting. I really like chatting to older folks because they have interesting insights about the world and how they lived their lives.

  • 3 Foods to Boost your Vegan Athleticism

    3 Foods to Boost your Vegan Athleticism

    When I went Vegan I very quickly noticed a surge in speed, power, performance and endurance. Having always been a contrarian, rather than go to the gym, I saw this a reason to never go the gym. After all I was getting gains for free! I’m lean forever and I never need to workout; Sold!

  • Why the World will be Vegan-ish

    Why the World will be Vegan-ish

    There are a lot of arguments for going Vegan. Off the top of my head I can think of five; climate change, animal welfare, enhanced health, addressing income inequality and spirituality. But there is another reason that doesn’t get touted enough. I believe that this reason hands down dictates that the world will be Vegan-ish. There is no doubt that this reason will in actuality be the driving force that turns the world Vegan-ish. The reason is quite an unexpected one : Economies of Scale!

  • ParkRuns and Plant Powered

    ParkRuns and Plant Powered

    I hate running! Or at least I used to hate it. All I recall about running is pain inflicted upon the body and mind. My sole thought after my first 5km run was : “Now I know why people invented cars!” However this opinion of my mine has radically changed over the past few months. I now appreciate running as something quite rewarding. I now see why people like it so much. Let me tell you what happened.

  • The BDS Movement and South Africa

    The BDS Movement and South Africa

    Freedom day, the 27th of April 1994 is a significant date in South African history. This is the year that South Africa become a free democratic nation. After enduring three decades of the Apartheid regime people were free to live their lives, and all were allowed to vote in free and fair elections. The struggle heroes of the time were applauded for having played an important role in bringing about change to the country.

  • I Started off 2020 Right – This is what I did

    I Started off 2020 Right – This is what I did

    Usually when a new year rolls around I’m still in bed recovering from the festivities. Starting off a new year with a dull headache and reflexively hitting that snooze button doesn’t bode well for all of my best intentioned plans for the year. However, not only is this a new year but a new decade, and I wanted to start things off right. This is what I did.

  • Always Keep Going

    Always Keep Going

    I learned a long time ago, that life is not a bed of roses. Many times it seems as though everything is against you. But all those bad thoughts, you’ve got to put out of your mind, and just keep going. And if you keep at it, sooner or later things are going to come your way. Sooner or later you will get want you want. Sooner or later you’re going to break down that door of hardship and get to the other side to success.

  • Veganism, Training and the 80-20

    Veganism, Training and the 80-20

    As a kid, I always wanted to be big. Arnold big! So going to the gym was a given and it’s wonderful when you see those size results coming. However, somehow I got the notion that if you’re working hard in the gym, then you can eat whatever you want. I abused this notion wholesale. I would eat every kind of fast food and work it off just as fast. After a long while I found out, this approach really doesn’t work!

  • The Simplest Way to go Vegan

    The Simplest Way to go Vegan

    You’ve watched “The Game Changers” or “Cowspiracy”, or you’ve just read the latest IPCC report on Climate Change or maybe you’ve even been intrigued by some Vegan friends. And now you want to give this Vegan thing a go. But where do you start, and how do you start in a meaningful way so that you know you’ll see results?

  • Greening the Planet

    Greening the Planet

    Seven years ago I was very fortunate to partake in a local version of a broader global initiative called the FoodisFree project. I joined a meetup group that was trying launch one of these community gardens in the area. It was so cool to engage with a diverse set of like minded people who wanted to produce something of value.

  • BIC Art Master Competition : Africa 2019

    BIC Art Master Competition : Africa 2019

    At the beginning of this month I was really pleased to see a post about an art competition in my Instagram feed. The competition was by BIC to produce some artwork about Africa. This really piqued my interest on so many levels. Competitions are cool because they give you the opportunity to push yourself a little harder and inevitably you always end up with artwork that is better than usual.

  • V-gang : Exploring Sci-fi, Veganism and Ethics

    V-gang : Exploring Sci-fi, Veganism and Ethics

    I’ve just released my very first brand spanking new Comic Book called V-gang. I’m thrilled to have completed a long ambition of mine to combine my artistic skill and thoughts about some very important matters concerning us all today. I’ve currently released the book on Amazon https://amzn.to/2P2HJ6r. Soon it will be available in paper format.

  • Digital Portrait Drawing of Mya

    Digital Portrait Drawing of Mya

    When old techniques reach their limits, then new techniques must be tried. This current drawing technique based on the Russian Soft Bruch technique has many benefits and the results are showing.

  • The Culture Trap and How to Escape it

    The Culture Trap and How to Escape it

    Its quite astonishing to realize that modern day culture has supplanted many valuable aspects of older cultures. This has been so effective, that GenXers and Millennials find these valuable aspects of the older cultures to be outlandish. This is the culture trap, and we need to escape it.

  • The 15 Hour Work Week

    The 15 Hour Work Week

    The economist Joseph Keynes posited a hundred years that we would all only need to work fifteen hours per week by the year 2030. I believe we can get there, however through a different mechanism than he thought of.

  • How Veganism solves Social Inequality

    How Veganism solves Social Inequality

    Using Maslows Hierarchy of needs as a starting point, we see how we can use Veganism to reduce food costs which is one of the major household costs. Reducing these food costs, its the biggest step towards financial stability and then social equality.

  • Bitcoin : leveling the play field between novice and expert

    Bitcoin : leveling the play field between novice and expert

    Cryptocurrencies in particular are still so new, that many people from professional investors to novices have the same knowledge; they’re now on the same level playing field. It’s a great equalizer and that means for once the quest for wealth is really about survival of the fittest.

  • Bodhgayashanthi Sanctuary Mural

    Bodhgayashanthi Sanctuary Mural

    I had a fantastic opportunity to paint a mural at the Bodhgayashanthi Sanctuary in Midrand. This mural turned out exceptional well. I am quite proud. This is case of all the values aligning and resulting a thing of beauty coming into existence.

  • My Second Portrait Drawing of Natalie Portman

    My Second Portrait Drawing of Natalie Portman

    The 214th drawing that I’ve posted on Instagram shows some really big improvements in my artistic skill. My ability has grown in areas of likeness, proportions and speed. The consistent practice has definitely paid off and I’m looking to do whole lot more.

  • How Veganism Saves you Money

    How Veganism Saves you Money

    Veganism saves you money in many ways. This article discusses three of the ways. Namely that food is cheaper, healthcare costs are reduced as well as limiting your spending choices. This is a massive benefit of going Vegan and a welcome one.