January 7, 2010

Stars Kind to Animals

1 PETA Announces People of the Year

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has named talk show hostess Ellen DeGeneres and fashion guru Tim Gunn as its people of the year for 2009. Ellen hasn't used any animal products since 2008 and makes sure issues of vegetarianism and animal rights are front and center on her show, as when she made vegan pizza with Wolfgang Puck and talked about the evils of factory farming for Thanksgiving. Gunn served as the narrator of a PETA video about the horrors suffered by animals killed for their skin or fur, and he ensures there's no fur in the Liz Claiborne line and no furry challenges on "Project Runway."

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Half of Exports Go to China

2 Soybeans Wrecking Rainforest

Soybeans originally came from China, of course, but these days with the huge population in China, that nation accounts for half of all exports of soybeans worldwide. The United States now grows more soy than it does wheat, but we're not the only country that's big into soy. In fact, if you combine the soy production of the United States, Brazil and Argentina, that's four-fifths of the world's supply of about six million tons a year. Just 10 percent of that is consumed directly by people, while one-fifth is made into soybean oil and the rest is processed into meal eaten by animals. A lot of the new growth in soybean production has been in the Amazon river rainforest, which not only kills off the great ecological diversity there, but also contributes to global warming because deforestation r

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