Why Everyone Should Be Angry About Factory Farming ~ Anajali Sareen, Huff-Po

Often times I am asked, why vegan?  This is a tricky question because most people don’t want to know about the dark side of agriculture, especially Big Aggra.  Most people don’t want to hear about the systemic abuse of cows, pigs, chickens and turkeys.  More often than not, if I even hint about this topic, I get the hand followed by, “I don’t want know?”  Not wanting to completely scare people off, I’ll down shift into the health benefits of a vegan diet. It would seem, more people care about the health benefits than the the fact they would be sparing lives that is to say, the lives of animals.

I work in an office and find it incredibly amusing when someone will bring in doughnuts from some artisan  shop located in one of our urban-artsy, slightly left-of-center-neighborhoods and my office mates will throw up their arms in protest complaining about the evils of doughnuts.   Really? Let me get this straight, you’ll eat so-called “organic free-range” egg (when nothing could be further from the truth) from an abused hen.  You’ll eat veal, which is an abused, neglected, male dairy calf (and byproduct of the dairy industry). You will eat hamburger which is ground-up “spent” dairy cows but you won’t eat a doughnut?  I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, “Organic” “Free-Range” “Grass-Fed” DOES NOT MEAN THESE ANIMALS LIVED A HAPPY LIFE BEFORE BEING SENT TO SLAUGHTER! Do your own research. There are many many sources that reveal this labeling is nothing more than that, labeling to dupe you the unsuspecting all trusting consumer into believing the milk you are drinking came from a happy cow, who frolicked in the California sun when in reality, that animal never set foot outside (except for when it was sent to slaughter) and was never allowed to bond or raise her young which is stolen from her so you can pour milk or cream in your coffee, milk on your cereal, eat cheese, yogurt and lastly,  ice cream.

My feeling is simply this: EAT THE DOUGHNUT. You clearly do not care about your health if you’re consuming dairy, organic or otherwise, bacon, eggs, chicken and ground up cows. All of these animals are exploited, and none of them lived a good life before being slaughtered.

People say they don’t want to know or care. Well you know what, you should know and you should care because vegan or not, you’re eating this stuff and you’re feeding it to your kids. If you think the Ag-Gag laws are nothing more than a means to shut up us crazy “terrorist” animal rights activists, think again.  Those laws will prevent ANYONE from looking under the hood. It also means, the inmates will be running the asylum, you know, self-regulating? Do you want the factory farm industry to self-regulate? Really? Fine. Go ahead, turn a deaf ear to the Ag-Gag laws and when and if you, your child or someone closed to you becomes sick from *e-Coli, you’ll have no one to blame but yourself.

If you don’t believe me, check out this article by Anajali Sareen of Huff-Po. Perhaps she can convince why you should care.

Here is an excerpt:

One thing we should all be able to agree upon, however, is that factory farming isn’t good for anyone. Large-scale, industrialized animal agriculture is bad for the animalsbad for us and bad for the environment. It wreaks havoc upon worker wellness and human health and is inefficient from a world hunger perspective.

The animal agriculture industry is attempting to push bills across the nation that would make it harder for citizens to see what takes place inside factory farms. Once we’re no longer able to see inside these farms, it will be that much more difficult to change our broken system.

With our food system the way it currently is, there are many reasons to be angry about industrialized animal agriculture.

If you eating animals with nary a care for how they lived (and died) then clearly you do. not. care. So like I said,  eat the doughnut and don’t forget to chase it with a glass of milk.

Rant over.


-GAL 2013

“Aushwitz begins wherever someone looks at a slaughterhouse and thinks: they’re ONLY animals.”  ~Theodor W. Adorno


*Whole Foods sold fish so toxic in mercury that one customer’s blood levels had to be reported to the Center for Disease Control. (17)  Whole Foods didn’t start identifying potentially mercury-laden fish in its California stores until the government forced them to do so.  Even then, a quarter of Whole Foods stores failed to display proper signage as required by law. (18) 

In 2008, five people had to be hospitalized after eating E.coli-contaminated beef from Whole Foods.  The beef was sold even after it was supposed to have been recalled. (22)  Others were sickened by bad milk from Whole Foods, resulting in “hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical expenses…. One victim, a twenty-eight year old mother, will likely require a kidney transplant.”SOURCE

And yet another reason to go vegan ~ FDA has approved growth hormones for Salmon

Is your salmon going to come with a side of growth hormones?

The federal Food and Drug Administration is on track to approve AquaBounty AquaAdvantave transgentic salmon – the first genetically engineered animal intended as food for humans. This new hybrid salmon will combine DNA from Atlantic salmon, Chinook salmon and the eel-like ocean pout. There’s no proof that eating these genetically engineered salmon is safe. What we do know is the fish will produce enough growth hormones year-round to grow at twice their natural rate.

So which salmon will you be buying in the supermarket – salmon from nature or from a lab? You won’t know!

EWG is fighting for your right to know what you are eating and feeding your family, but we need your help. The FDA is accepting public comments. We need you to take action today and demand that the FDA fully review and label genetically engineered salmon…

Sign the Petition if you want the FDA to label genetically engineered salmon.

Source: Environmental Working Group 


Could we chat about Laundry Detergent?

Have you seen the latest laundry detergent commercials? My particular favorite (Note: sarcasm) is the one with the young couple with triplets who switched to a cheaper laundry detergent, but found themselves using more because their laundry wasn’t coming clean, so they switched back to Tide.  O.M.G.! Give me an [effing] break! Laundry detergent is laundry detergent. Sure, some might contain more water, but they all contain the same principle ingredients, one of which is:P-E-T-R-O-L-E-U-M; yep, good ole Mr. Crude.  Imagine? You’re washing your laundry with a petroleum-based product.  Believe it or not, laundry detergent leaves a residue on your clothes, which in turn weighs down the fabric, causing it to appear dull.  Back in the ‘80s or ‘90s (I cannot recall when) several companies started marketing ceramic disks that claim to clean your laundry without detergent. Turns out, the manufacturers figured out that there were enough detergent residues on your clothes, from previous washings, that you could literally wash your clothes again (even after wearing them) without the use of detergent.

Noodle on that for a bit…

People argue about cutting our dependence on foreign oil and yet are blithely unaware of how many products they use on a day-to-day basis that contains petroleum.  To name a few: laundry detergent, fabric softer, lip gloss, lip balm, baby oil, Vaseline… the list goes on.

I have known people who dump more [pardon my French] shit in their washing machine believing it will make their clothes cleaner and fresher.  If you are pouring anything other than white vinegar and washing soda, well then Sweetie, you are wasting your hard-earned dollars.  Manufacturers of laundry detergents have bamboozled the American public into believing more detergent = cleaner clothes and fabric softener in its array of manufactured *scents* means our clothes smell as clean as they look.  Wrong!   Most people do not even know what clean laundry smells like.  All they smell is the perfume they have dumped on their clothes during the rinse cycle.

Oh I can hear you now: “Ok Girrl-Earth, what should we wash our laundry with if detergent is a no-no.” Non vi preoccupare (don’t worry), I have the answer and it is: Charlie Soap.   http://www.charliesoap.com/ I bought a container of Charlie Soap over a year ago and I’m still dipping into it.  It comes with a measuring scoop so you only need a little bit.  What about fabric softer and dryer sheets, you ask?  Listen! Do me, you and Mother Earth a favor and STOP USING THAT SHIT!!!! In the words of Charlie Soap: “If you want perfume, buy flowers.”

Now, with all that said, there is a process to using Charlie Soap. First you have to remove the detergent residue from your washing machine, and then you will see the results of Charlie Soap. If you have the patience, it is worth it.  My sheets, towels and clothes never looked or smelled better.  Side Note: if you find your towels are a bit stiff, and you find yourself being drawn back to Mr. Fabric Softer, before you do, add a cup of white vinegar to the wash and your towels will turn out fluffy and soft  — and then please step…away…from…the  fabric softener!

And for those of you concerned about he   washing machines, rilassare (relax), Charlie Soap is safe with all he  machines.

And if you are wondering about Method laundry detergent, quite honestly, I have no idea if their detergent is petroleum-based or not. Since I have been using Charlie Soap I highly doubt I will waste $$$ on Method.

Here are the instructions for a first time user of Charlie Soap: http://www.charliesoap.com/images/b2b/fab_sheets/1stime.pdf or see below:

Are you a first time user of Charlie’s Soap for Laundry?


1) Run a large/heavy empty load with two (2) doses of Charlie’s Soap and a few old rags to clear your washing machine of any residue left by other detergents. (I used old towels).  2) Your garments may require several washings before you notice the lasting benefits of using Charlie’s Soap – low suds, softer clothes, clean scent, etc. For a good demo, wash the same load (bath towels, for instance) three (3) consecutive times. This simulates a month’s worth of doing laundry removing most residues.  3) If you have any questions, please call or email us at info@charliesoap.com.

In closing, I know there are a lot of people out there who don’t give a rat’s fuzzy you-know-what about the impact they are having on the planet. Their mindset is, I have the money, so I can afford to buy case-loads of laundry detergent, bottled water, convenience packaged foods for my kids, et-cetera, with nary a care. And there really isn’t anything I (or anyone else) can say or do to convince them otherwise.  But past experience has proven that these very same people are the first to cry out when an injustice happens, asking, “Why didn’t someone do something about this?”  as if they are exempt from the problem, when in fact, they are the problem.   Big corporations slap pretty labels on everything to ease the guilt of consumers.  They make their products *recyclable * which in turn, causes the consumer to think, It’s ok if my family churns through case load after case load of individual bottled water, the bottles can be recycled (whew!).  Or  I do eat meat but it’s grass fed or I only buy organic, free-range eggs.    If you believe these labels, you are buying into the propaganda and quite honestly, it makes me sad.  There is no such thing as *happy meat or eggs* and most convenience food packaging and empty bottles of water are never recycled – they wind up in landfills or the ocean.   The next time you shop at Costco or BJs ask yourself, Do I really need this pre-packaged, individual servings of this product, or can I buy a large container and measure out portions in re-usable containers? As for water? Invest in a Zero water filter/pitcher and non-BPA water bottles and call it a day.  Grazie.

Your’s truly,


© 2012 GiRRL_Earth

Silent Spring – Rachel Carson

I live in Massachusetts, if you do too, then I’m sure you’ve heard the news stories about Malaria and the need for towns to “spray”.  The town I live in, has a “Mosquito Control Project” underway which will involve spraying.  I have to say, I object wholeheartedly to this idea.  I remember back in the 1960s when the towns sprayed DDT and consequently murdered all the birds, as well as other mammals, contaminated ponds, lakes —  essentially the water supply as well as exposed us (adults and children) to a highly toxic poison.

If you’re not familiar with what I am talking about then read Silent Spring by Rachel Carson and circle back.  What happened in the 1960s was, in a word: HORRIFYING! When will the master predator on this Planet we call Mother Earth learn? In case you haven’t noticed, the planet is in crisis and there is only one mammal to blame. Just sayin’…


My town posted the following information (below) about the pesticide being used. Quite frankly, I don’t care how non-toxic they claim this insecticide is, I DO NOT BELIEVE THEM!

 Sumithrin (ANVIL) Fact Sheet


  • What is sumithrin?
  • What are the symptoms of  exposure to sumithrin?
  • What are the long term effects  of sumithrin?
  • How does sumithrin affect  other species?
  • How long does sumithrin last  in the environment?
  • Sumithrin product labels

What Is Sumithrin?

Sumithrin is a type I pyrethroid  insecticide. Pyrethroids are synthetic versions of a natural  insecticide produced by chrysanthemum flowers.

Although pyrethroids are among the  least toxic insecticides, they are nerve poisons. They act upon  the sodium ion channels in nerve cell membranes.

The pesticide containing sumithrin  being used in NY City and its suburbs is called ANVIL (TM). It  is 10% sumithrin, 10% piperonyl butoxide and 80% inert  ingredients. Piperonyl butoxide makes the pesticide more  effective by preventing insects from detoxifying sumithrin.

Manufacturers are not required to  disclose the inert ingredients, although they may be toxic also.

What Are the Symptoms of Exposure  to Sumithrin?

Inhaling pyrethroid insecticides  can cause coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, runny or  stuffy nose, chest pain, or difficulty breathing.

Skin contact can cause a rash,  itching, or blisters.

Piperonyl butoxide can cause skin  and eye irritation. All the health effects of this chemical have  not been fully researched.

What Are the Long Term Effects of  Sumithrin?

Rats fed high doses (1,000  milligrams per kilogram of body weight or mg/kg) of pyrethrins  (natural versions of pyrethroids) showed liver damage. There is  also evidence that pyrethroids can harm the thyroid.

Pyrethroids, including sumithrin,  have been shown in the lab to disrupt the endocrine system by  mimicking the effects of the female sex hormone estrogen. In  men, endocrine disrupters can lower the sperm count, and in  women they can cause the growth of abnormal breast cells.

Piperonyl butoxide has been  classified by the Environmental Protection Agency as a possible  human carcinogen.

How Does Sumithrin Affect Other  Species?

Sumithrin is not very toxic to  mammals, but it is highly toxic to bees and fish.

How Long Does Sumithrin Last in  the Environment?

The half-life of sumithrin in soil  is one day to sixteen weeks, depending on the type of soil.

Sumithrin Product Labels

ANVIL is a brand name of the  sumithrin product. You can learn more about it from the manufacturer’s product label.