Love, Sex, &… Chocolate: The Food Empowerment Project Shines a Light on The Cacao Trade

Here’s this week’s show!

lauren Ornelas of the Food Empowerment Project joins us today to speak about child labour and slavery in the chocolate trade. Their list of brands which sell vegan chocolate is invaluable when making ethical chocolate purchases.

If you see your favourite brands of chocolate anywhere other than the recommended list, contact those companies and demand better. To urge Clif Bar to reveal where they source their cacao, please sign the petition.

To hear our May 2011 interview with lauren Ornelas check out our archive.

Don’t miss Sistah Vegan’s webinar on March 17, 2013.
What do you mean my vegan chocolate may not be ‘cruelty-free’?”: Critical Race and Decolonial Approaches to Ethical Consumption in the USA


Expand Your Love!

We speak with Farah Nazarali, a Vancouver-based yoga instructor and host of Drishti Point yoga radio/podcast about our free screening of Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home on Thursday, February 14th at 7pm.
Check out the details on Facebook or on Veg Meetup Vancouver. Hope to see you there!

Love, Sex, & Veganism — Part 2

For Part 1, we talked mostly about dating and vegansexuality. On this show we’re all over the map.

First of all, speaking of sexuality, here’s our previous show on the intersection of queer rights and animal rights.

It’s nice to indulge sometimes… At The Vegan Sex Shop six percent of all the profits go to the animal rights or human rights charity of your choice!

And now, to get your blood flowing…

Mango Banana Smoothie
By Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, 30-Day Vegan Challenge

For thousands of years, many different plant foods have been eaten for their “aphrodisiac qualities,” inspired by their alleged physical effects and also by their sensory characteristics (in other words, how they look, sound, smell, taste, or feel.) By definition, all “vegan” foods – that is, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, grains, legumes, mushrooms, herbs, and spices – are all aphrodisiacal, because they increase blood flow. Some aphrodisiacs are considered such because of their texture. Apricots, mangoes, peaches, and tomatoes – also known as “love-apples” – are on the list of sensual foods primarily for their built-in succulence.

This smoothie, with the succulence of mangoes, is a perfect Valentine’s Day refresher. Although fresh (unfrozen) bananas work perfectly fine, using frozen bananas adds a wonderful thickness.

1 or 2 ripe bananas, preferably those that have been peeled, cut into pieces, and frozen
1/2 cup or more frozen mango
1/4 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/2 cup (or more) nondairy milk (soy, rice, almond, oat, hemp, or hazelnut)
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
1/4 cup non-dairy yogurt (optional)

Add all the ingredients to a blender until thoroughly blended. You can make it thinner or thicker depending on your preference. Just vary the juice and milk for the consistency you prefer. Any blender will work, although a high-powered one, such as a Vitamix, creates the smoothest, creamiest consistency.

Yield: One 16-ounce glass

Copyright 2012 Compassionate Cooks, LLC/Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. All Rights Reserved.

Animals In Love

The perfect film to cozy up to.

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Compassionate Melodies

Make Love is the haunting sounds of Mérida Anderson, creator of Vegan Secret Supper!

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