Hey guys! March 20 was Meatout. I refrained from eating meat. Best holiday ever.
Starbucks opened their first juicebar this week! Evolution Fresh is set to be a big, bad juice chain -- with plenty of vegan options! Sounds good to me. Grist is worried it's going close the door on small juice businesses. On the other hand, Starbucks is the largest buyer of Certified Fair Trade coffee in North America, openly supports gay marriage, and supposedly treats employees very well. On the other other hand, they can't spell "vegetables."
Hold the mother-loving phone: L.A. has a 24-hour cupcake ATM that dispenses vegan red velvet cupcakes! World, you do me so right.
Speaking of eerily realistic vegan products, NPR's The Salt blog celebrated Meatout by freaking out over the many new and improved faux meats on the market. Apparently, 110 new meat substitute products were introduced in 2010 and 2011. Yowza!
The 2012 commercial seal hunt in Canada is now underway, so it's time to boycott Canadian seafood! I boycott Canadian seafood all the time. The Humane Society is calling this year's quota of 400,000 "reckless." Meanwhile, the global market for the seal trade is dying fast, and seal hunt lobbyists are asking for more government subsidies to stockpile dead seals. Maybe this will turn out like our corn situation, and Canadian coke will totally be sweetened with baby seal pelts! You really can taste the difference.
Here's my favorite bit from the week: The New York Times has issued an essay contest! The charge: "Tell us why it's ethical to eat meat." Hilarious! Really, though, I'm so curious to see what the winning entry will say! Of course they've collected a panel of white male omnivores to judge the contest, because that's how you spell "ethics."
The governor of Utah signed an ag-gag bill into law. WTF. I hope people puke into his hotdog meat because now he'll never know. But I'll know. Oh, I'll know.