The following links are courtesy of our favorite Queen Bee, Julie
GoEO (Ethical Omnivore) http://www.go-eo.org/GoEO/Welcome.html
“An individual committed to reducing consumption of meat and dairy products and who only consumes these products when they originate from animals fed an antibiotic- and hormone- free diet raised on non-factory farms committed to the most sustainable and humane farming practices.”
GoEO is an organization dedicated to informing people about the Ethical Omnivore movement. The website informs consumers about the production and processing of the meat they consume. GoEO suggest finding local farms and ranchers (who offer grass-finished, pasture raised meat, hormone- and antibiotic-free meat and dairy), going to stores and restaurants who are transparent about their food sources, and going without meat when ethical choices are not available. The GoEO library features movies and books related to the Ethical Omnivore message. You can also Like them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GoEthicalOmnivore
Ethical Omnivore Blog http://ethicalomnivore4me.blogspot.com/
This blog has information for people who want to continue eating meat but want to ensure it was produced ethically. The blog interprets popular labels found on meat products and provides information about how the treatment of livestock affects the nutrients in their meat.
Happy Herbivore http://happyherbivore.com/
Lindsay Nixon’s website offers over 140 vegan recipes. She prides herself on healthy vegan recipes that taste great without the use of processed flour, refined sugars, or oil. She offers tips for people just starting with a plant-based lifestyle including newsletters, meal plans, grocery lists, and a blog. She has published two vegan cookbooks and sells subscriptions to her complete meal plans.
Choose Veg http://www.chooseveg.com/
This website offers information about how animals, the environment, and consumers of animal products are affected by the production and consumption of animal products. Be aware that here are some graphic video clips of animal cruelty which are isolated to certain areas of the site. It offers tips about starting a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle, where to find vegetarian choices you enjoy eating, and finding vegan versions of non-vegan favorites. The website also offers a wide variety of recipes.
Vegetarian Times http://www.vegetariantimes.com/
This website is run by Vegetarian Times magazine. In addition to what they claim to be “the world’s largest collection of vegetarian recipes,” the site offers tips on cooking techniques, making products instead of buying them, and foods that offer specific health benefits. There are additional recipes for people with specific dietary needs (dairy-free, gluten-free, low-calorie, vegan). All recipes include nutrition information and reviews written by other visitors to the site. The website also offers a blog, newsletters, and food-related videos.
The Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG) http://www.vrg.org/
“The Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public on vegetarianism and the interrelated issues of health, nutrition, ecology, ethics, and world hunger. In addition to publishing the Vegetarian Journal, VRG produces and sells cookbooks, other books, pamphlets, and article reprints.”
The Vegetarian Resource Group has a comprehensive website related to pursuing a vegetarian lifestyle. Their resources relate to nutrition, environmental programs, and several publications including the Vegetarian Journal. Their recipes are listed in text format by category (Potato Power, Moove Over Milk, Splendid Squash) which makes it more difficult to search for a specific recipe. Several other features of the website include the Vegetarian Journal’s Guide the Natural Foods Restaurants listed by state, information about raising vegetarian kids, articles about vegetarian athletes, and links to many other websites. VRG also offers a blog and newsletter.
The Happy Cow http://www.happycow.net/
Happy Cow is a free Member Community. Although it contains many embedded advertisements, it offers several unique features. The Happy Cow has a forum in which a variety of topics are discussed. Members of the site have created a list of vegetarian-friendly restaurants and stores all over the world. There is also a Global Vegetarian Travel Guide that highlights vegetarian bed and breakfasts, resorts, and retreats across the globe. If you wish to stay closer to home, Happy Cow offers recipes that are rated by members of the site, a blog, and a newsletter.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) http://features.peta.org/VegetarianStarterKit/index.asp
PETA is well known as the largest animal rights organization in the world. Some people may not realize that PETA provides a Vegetarian/Vegan Starter Kit for people interested in the vegetarian/vegan lifestyle. This portion of the PETA website offers information about animals, free recipes, a vegetarian restaurant guide, and opportunities to support PETA’s mission. Although PETA’s approach is, at times, graphic and explicit, their website provides a variety of resources for ethical eating, cruelty-free fashion, and sustainable ways to care for pets.