V is for Valentine and Vegan
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.
In Finland, Valentine’s Day is called Ystävänpäivä which translates into “friend’s day.”
As the name indicates, this day is more about remembering all your friends, not only your loved ones. In some Latin American countries Valentine’s Day is known as “Día del Amor y la Amistad” (Day of Love and Friendship). Although it is similar to the United States’ version in many ways, it is also common to see people do “acts of appreciation” for their friends. No matter where you are in the world, this day is about celebrating your loved ones and showing them you care.
Well I have some great ideas for you to spoil your loved ones (in a healthy and respectful way to animals and the planet of course!)
Sweets! Duh. This is pretty much the way to everyone’s heart on Valentine’s Day. There has also been some research done on the powerful antioxidant properties in chocolate and it may prove to be better for you than fruit juice! I think this article is our Valentine’s Day gift from Heaven above. Let’s pay no attention to the fact that this study was conducted by The Hershey Centre for Health & Nutrition.
Unfortunately, See’s Candy does not make any vegan chocolate. This REALLY upset me when I found out. It pretty much ruined my day as I LOVE me some See’s. Fortunately, there are some great See’s alternatives out there that are veg and earth friendly! Allison’s Gourmet Bakery has organic vegan fudge, assorted chocolates, brownies, cookies, truffles, and caramels. The website also sells gourmet coffee, cocoa, tea, and tisanes (naturally caffeine-free herbal infusions.) All are organic and made with the finest ingredients. So check ‘em out and go crazy for your loves! You will get lots of brownie points for this one, trust me!
Flowers are obviously another favorite for us ladies. And probably the guys too I mean who made flowers a gender bias plant?
They’re gorgeous by any standard! Unfortunately, most flowers in the U.S. are imported from places far far away like Ecuador and China. This just seems ridiculous since we live in California with the best soil and the best weather where we can pretty much grow ANYTHING!
Ok I’m done ranting.
But seriously, why is it necessary to import flowers from so far when you can buy local which supports your local farmers and economy. This also saves on the massive waste of energy it takes to get those flowers across the world to us. Also, Industrial farmers in many of these countries use large amounts of poisonous pesticides (most are banned in the U.S. because of the high toxicity), exposing the flowers, the workers, and the environment to these gross toxins.
Moral of the story, buy local flowers! Many stores have California grown flowers as well as organic. Farmers Markets also sell flowers that are grown very locally and usually are also pesticide free.
Finally, if you really want to impress your loved one, sponsor a Farm Sanctuary shelter animal in their name! Seriously, if someone did this for me I would be so excited. Right now you can adopt Riley the pig, Stella the duck, or Persia the lamb! Please check out their website for more information on sponsorship as well as the fundamentals of Farm Sanctuaries. Happy Love Day everyone!
Vegan Stat of the Week:
“With genetic manipulation and intensive production technologies, it is common for modern dairy cows to produce 100 pounds of milk a day — ten times more than they would produce naturally. As a result, the cows’ bodies are under constant stress, and they are at risk for numerous health problems.” (Farmsanctuary.org)
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