Does avoiding meat in pregnancy cause substance abuse in adolescents?

It’s World Vegetarian Month and there have been lots of stories about the benefits of adopting a plant-based diet. That said, there are occasionally news articles that give us pause and have the potential to make us question our decision to cut out animal products. In one study, researchers claim to have found a link…

Animal-based research and a plant-based diet – the links.

Guest blogger Helen Marston is Chief Executive Officer of Humane Research Australia (HRA). She has been with HRA since the start of 2005, and prior to that worked for Animals Australia and produced a TV program about animal welfare and rights issues. Founded in 1979, HRA is an Australian not for profit organisation that challenges…

Why I choose to be plant-powered

Guest blogger Aaron Brunet won Masterchef NZ in 2013 with his creative and wholesome approach to food. He writes a plant-based food column in the NZ Herald Bite magazine and is excited about the future of super-healthy food. As a plant-powered guy, Aaron is one of the new breed of passionate foodies who have embraced…

New Zealand’s dirty dairy – response to a farmer

In his opinion piece (“Who is the greater polluter, cows or people; NZ Herald, 27 January 2017”) Malcolm Lumsden tried to argue that people cause more damage than cows. Not only did the article use too much poetic licence, facts about the negative impact of animal farming on the environment were also hard to find….

Live export: close-up with a bad trade

My work week started pretty normally on Monday 30 January. I expected it to be a busy week. We knew a livestock vessel, the Awassi Express, was due in Napier to take 5300 cows to China for the dairy industry. (We now know only 4500 were loaded, but not why it was 800 fewer than…

Helping Quinn and helping end rodeo

Guest blogger Carolyn Press-McKenzie is the founder and CEO of HUHA (Helping You Help Animals), New Zealand’s leading ‘no kill’ shelter. HUHA actively works every day to find homes and foster care for a multitude of homeless, abandoned, seized and abused animals. Quinn is just one of thousands of animals that have suffered in a…

The pointless killing of Marius the giraffe

It seemed like most of the world was distraught at the pointless death of a young giraffe at a Copenhagen Zoo last Sunday. Marius, less than two years old and healthy, was deemed surplus to the zoos requirements. Despite several offers of a new home, zoo director Bengt Holst defended the decision to kill him,…

Rural-urban worlds apart

[As printed in the Taranaki Daily Times, 16 August] In his story on the growing rural urban divide, Matt Rilkoff explored just one side of the story (Rural-urban worlds apart, Taranaki Daily Times, 16 August). While it is true that urban populations are now out of touch with where their food comes from, he missed…

Deathly playgrounds – brutal lessons

School is back in full swing. The news abounds in stories about rural schools and their annual fundraisers – it’s sobering reading. This week the Taranaki Daily News announces ‘Monster pigs, pimped up possums all for a good cause’ at Uruti School. Last week the Bay of Plenty Times published an article promoting Te Ranga…