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The Myth of Harmlessness: The Real Underbelly of the Dairy Industry
The Myth of Harmlessness: The Real Underbelly of the Dairy Industry

I’m going to ask you to try to challenge the preconceptions you have about dairy by putting aside the idyllic image of a content milk cow in a pleasant meadow you may have — as I did — in your mind’s eye. When I researched more on my path to going vegan, I learned that the dairy industry is not quaint, is not heartwarming and it’s certainly not harmless.

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10 Questions for Nicole Sopko
10 Questions, Vegan Rockstar Edition for vegan food entrepreneur and yogi Nicole Sopko.

Nicole Sopko and her partner Dan Staackman run Upton’s Naturals, the seitan, jackfruit and vegan prepared meals company recently profiled in Crain’s Chicago Business, a business that seems to be on fire with success and growth right now. When she’s not doing her Upton’s work as Vice President, and helping to run the Plant Based Foods Association (of which she is a founding member and Secretary of the board), Nicole also runs not one, but two yoga studios and, again, not one, but two restaurants. I just got tired from typing all that out.

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Girl Disappearing

Girl Disappearing

When I was 13, I went on my first real diet. Not coincidentally, when I was 13 and then 14, I might have come close to killing myself. Needless but still important to say, this may be a sensitive subject for anyone whose life has been touched by an eating disorder.

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