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These Celebs Have Your Vegan Thanksgiving Covered
We know which celebrities are making the kind choice to help turkeys by not eating them this Thanksgiving. So now, we're looking at what will be on their plates, with a rundown of some of our favorite celebrity-inspired vegan recipes, just in time for the holidays.
Warning: We strongly advise against reading the following on an empty stomach!
Portobello Wellington From Moby's Little Pine Restaurant
Searching for the perfect vegan main course to turn your guests off eating slaughtered turkeys for good? Look no further than this mouthwatering Portobello Wellington with red wine gravy. It's the brainchild of Laura Louise "Lou" Oates, the executive chef at Moby's popular Los Angeles–based vegan restaurant, Little Pine, "Wellingtons are a dish that I remember sharing during my childhood growing up in England," she told Vogue. "I have recreated it here showcasing some of my favorite fall vegetables to be enjoyed with lashings of red wine gravy and numerous sides."
Alicia Silverstone Loves This Pumpkin–Red Lentil Soup
Known for her own line of vegan cookbooks, actor and animal rights advocate Alicia Silverstone isn't shy about promoting other delicious vegan recipes. She recently shared this hearty, velvety soup by plant-based blogger Oh, Holy Basil just in time for the holidays. With its pumpkin base and a dash of nutmeg, it's a perfect starter for your Thanksgiving spread.
Chef Chloe's Tangy Pomegranate Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Luckily, Brussels sprouts are having a bit of a renaissance and showing up on menus everywhere. This recipe is from one of our favorite vegan celebrity chefs, Chloe Coscarelli, and it combines the tang of pomegranate juice with maple syrup, which adds a hint of sweetness to this healthy veggie dish.
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Sweet potatoes are one of those Thanksgiving staples that are very easy to make vegan—which is great because they're so healthy and delicious. Animal rights crusader Jane Velez-Mitchell recently shared this Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potato recipe from vegan chef Leslie Durso, which can make for a hearty main course or a tasty side dish.
Mayim Bialik's Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies
In addition to being a longtime vegan and PETA campaign star and starring in a certain TV show called The Big Bang Theory, Mayim Bialik is also an accomplished cookbook author. We can't wait to try this delicious version of a traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe with pumpkin to add some flare to a vegan Thanksgiving feast.
Every year in the U.S., roughly
85 million turkeys are slaughtered and eaten for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter alone. And that's just about a third of the 240 million turkeys who are raised for food all year round. Going vegan can help save animals' lives—365 days of the year.
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Last week, the Peruvian Palm Oil Producers' Association (JUNPALMA) promised to enter into an agreement for sustainable and deforestation-free palm oil production. The promise was secured by the U.S. based National Wildlife Federation (NWF) in collaboration with the local government, growers and the independent conservation organization Sociedad Peruana de Ecodesarrollo.
The rallying cry to build it again and to build it better than before is inspiring after a natural disaster, but it may not be the best course of action, according to new research published in the journal Science.
"Faced with global warming, rising sea levels, and the climate-related extremes they intensify, the question is no longer whether some communities will retreat—moving people and assets out of harm's way—but why, where, when, and how they will retreat," the study begins.
The researchers suggest that it is time to rethink retreat, which is often seen as a last resort and a sign of weakness. Instead, it should be seen as the smart option and an opportunity to build new communities.
"We propose a reconceptualization of retreat as a suite of adaptation options that are both strategic and managed," the paper states. "Strategy integrates retreat into long-term development goals and identifies why retreat should occur and, in doing so, influences where and when."
The billions of dollars spent to rebuild the Jersey Shore and to create dunes to protect from future storms after Superstorm Sandy in 2012 may be a waste if sea level rise inundates the entire coastline.
"There's a definite rhetoric of, 'We're going to build it back better. We're going to win. We're going to beat this. Something technological is going to come and it's going to save us,'" said A.R. Siders, an assistant professor with the disaster research center at the University of Delaware and lead author of the paper, to the New York Times. "It's like, let's step back and think for a minute. You're in a fight with the ocean. You're fighting to hold the ocean in place. Maybe that's not the battle we want to pick."
Rethinking retreat could make it a strategic, efficient, and equitable way to adapt to the climate crisis, the study says.
Dr. Siders pointed out that it has happened before. She noted that in the 1970s, the small town of Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin moved itself out of the flood plain after one too many floods. The community found and reoriented the business district to take advantage of highway traffic and powered it entirely with solar energy, as the New York Times reported.
That's an important lesson now that rising sea levels pose a catastrophic risk around the world. Nearly 75 percent of the world's cities are along shorelines. In the U.S. alone coastline communities make up nearly 40 percent of the population— more than 123 million people, which is why Siders and her research team are so forthright about the urgency and the complexities of their findings, according to Harvard Magazine.
Some of those complexities include, coordinating moves across city, state or even international lines; cultural and social considerations like the importance of burial grounds or ancestral lands; reparations for losses or damage to historic practices; long-term social and psychological consequences; financial incentives that often contradict environmental imperatives; and the critical importance of managing retreat in a way that protects vulnerable and poor populations and that doesn't exacerbate past injustices, as Harvard Magazine reported.
If communities could practice strategic retreats, the study says, doing so would not only reduce the need for people to choose among bad options, but also improve their circumstances.
"It's a lot to think about," said Siders to Harvard Magazine. "And there are going to be hard choices. It will hurt—I mean, we have to get from here to some new future state, and that transition is going to be hard.…But the longer we put off making these decisions, the worse it will get, and the harder the decisions will become."
To help the transition, the paper recommends improved access to climate-hazard maps so communities can make informed choices about risk. And, the maps need to be improved and updated regularly, the paper said as the New York Times reported.
"It's not that everywhere should retreat," said Dr. Siders to the New York Times. "It's that retreat should be an option. It should be a real viable option on the table that some places will need to use."
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