Why the fuck am I vegan? – The downside they don’t tell you about.

This just says it all…


People don’t tell you about the downside. They talk about the incredible health benefits, and the reduction of risk for heart disease and cancers. They talk about how it supports the planet because animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, species extinction, habitat loss, ocean dead zones and greenhouse gas emissions. They tell you about how you’re no longer contributing to the horrific torture, mutilation and misery in the everyday lives of innocent animals and the horror they endure in the slaughterhouse.

Granted. There’s no denying that.

So then being vegan must be awesome… right?!

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I talk about Greenpeace Africa on Cape Town TV’s ‘Ek Se Live’ show

Wednesday 5th August I joined the Ek Sê Live team on their daily show for the Cape Town Television community station and spoke about Greenpeace Africa. It was filmed live. I appeared relatively comfortable, considering that it was my first time. Always room for improvement, of course. I look forward to my next opportunity.

UN Says Veganism Can Save the World From Destruction

Veggie burgers may soon rule the land.

Can a vegan diet save the world? According to a new report from the UN, the answer is “yes.”The Guardian writes that “a global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty, and the worst impacts of climate change.” The report notes that the Western preference for meat- and dairy-heavy diets is “unsustainable,” especially as the population is expected to grow to 9.1 billion by 2050.

The report adds that “animal products cause more damage than [producing] construction minerals such as sand or cement, plastics or metals.” Plus, livestock raised for meat consumes a large portion of the world’s crops and a lot of freshwater. Currently, agriculture, “particularly meat and dairy products,” account for 70 percent of the world’s freshwater consumption. It also accounts for 39 percent of the globe’s total land use and 19 percent of its greenhouse gas emissions.

Importantly, as the population grows, the impact from agriculture will substantially grow as well, thanks to the the increasing consumption of animal products. The report notes that “unlike fossil fuels, it is difficult to look for alternatives.” The only option is to cut down on the number of animal products consumed.

The UN isn’t the only one advocating a more plant-focused diet. A couple from the United Kingdomare working hard to make “Veganuary” a global movement. The duo are trying to convince people to eat less animal products by going vegan for the month of January. According to a press release, 50 percent of last year’s participants said that they “intended to remain vegan for good.” Perhaps the UN just found a new partner in their global mission?

Originally on eater.com

Tiger Brands greenwashing?

ImageThis is a record of my investigation into what appears to be typical “green-washing” advertising practices by Tiger Brands in South Africa.

Bio Classic fabric conditioner

Bio Classic fabric conditioner

Following this is a record of our correspondence so far. I will update accordingly:

From: Dylan Barsby [mailto:dylanbarsby@gmail.com
Sent: 20 May 2014 01:35 PM
To: Consumer Services
Subject: Enquiry about your product

Hello there,

I was in Pick n Pay in Gardens Centre, Cape Town yesterday and I looked at the label information on your “Bio Classic fabric conditioner” bags. I noticed it mentions “environmentally friendly” on the packaging, but offers absolutely no further information on how it might qualify for that status.

The South African Advertising Standards Authority states, among others, that “advertisements containing general statements such as “environmentally friendly”, “ozone friendly” or “green” or graphics or symbols designed to convey a similar environmental message, will not be permitted unless qualified by a description of the benefit conferred, for example: “ozone friendly -free from CFCs” “


Please explain to me how this product is “environmentally friendly” if, indeed, it is?

Kind regards,
Dylan John Barsby
+27 (0)73 220 5305

Desmond Govender replied on 24th May:

Good Day Mr. Barsby;

We are in receipt of your e-mail and thank you for taking the time to contact us.

Please receive confirmation that our formulation includes an ingredient which is biodregadable hence useage thereof does not impact negatively on waste water treatment plants.

We can assure you that we value consumer related feedback and have circulated your response to our Technical and Marketing Divisions as well.

Kind Regards
Desmond Govender

My response Sunday 25th May…

Thanks for your response Desmond.
You’ve confirmed for me that your labelling is quite clearly in violation of ASA guidelines and I will be bringing this to their attention.1) The description “environmentally friendly” is not qualified on your packaging, as it should be.

2) The fact that ONE ingredient in your formula is biodegradable does not make your ENTIRE product “environmentally friendly”. This is blatant green-washing which is a destructive, irresponsible and despicable practice.

I refer you once again to ASA’s guidelines: http://goo.gl/wuQbS1

I urge you to pay specific attention to points: 2.1; 2.3 & 2.4.

This article is also relevant http://goo.gl/j73Mdn

Tiger Brands’ actions come down to nothing more than Profit over People and Planet.



I have reported this to ASA via two channels and will report on their response.


Greenwashing – How to be a conscientious consumer in South Africa

7416783d5e67a11b55af760d3b9ea183_LLINK: Greenwashing – How do we use this concept for good?

One of my favourite articles on how advertisers trick us into thinking that a supplier is making efforts towards environmental responsibility. Once you read this, you’ll realise just how many lies surround us. This will help you figure out who and what to check and avoid.

I intend to share any future correspondence with suppliers regarding misleading product labelling. My first will be about some questions I asked Tiger Brands about their so-called “environmentally friendly” Bio Classic fabric conditioner.

Also click here to see the South African Advertising Standards Authority’s guidelines on Advertising containing environmental claims