Animal Agriculture Alliance says it finds discrepancies in Meatless Monday campaign

first_imgAfter weeks of investigation, the Animal Agriculture Alliance claims that the Meatless Monday campaign is misrepresenting the campaign’s enrollment and prevalence among schools, restaurants, hospitals and colleges. Since the inception of the campaign, the Alliance has closely monitored its progress and tried to correct misinformation about the healthfulness of meat consumption and environmental impact of livestock production.In anticipation of the campaign’s 10th anniversary, the Alliance analyzed the overall effects of the campaign and gauged its effectiveness by individually surveying every participant listed on the Meatless Monday website. The Alliance found that the campaign has not been as popular as the movement claimed. Most notably:Out of the 56 K-12th grade schools listed as participating, 64.2 percent no longer or never participated in the programOut of the 155 colleges/universities listed as participating, more than 43.2 percent no longer or never participated in the programOut of the school districts listed as participating, more than 57 percent no longer doThe campaign also counts restaurants and food service providers among its allies, yet, more than 35 percent and 47 percent, respectively, no longer participate in the program.advertisementadvertisement“These results are truly astounding. When we started the project, we didn’t expect nearly as many organizations to not actually be participating in the program,” said Alliance President and CEO Kay Johnson Smith. “The Meatless Monday campaign tries to promote a reduction in meat, milk and egg consumption as trendy, but clearly it hasn’t taking off as strongly as they’d hoped.”Schools, restaurants and food service providers also echoed these sentiments, noting that adoption of the campaign was widely unpopular, led to food waste, and elicited complaints from parents worried about proper nutrition.At Monroe Elementary School in Utah, Lisa Larson told the Alliance that the students “didn’t like the choices they were given,” which apparently included peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and salads. April Young, a registered dietician with the Granite School District in Utah echoed these concerns, noting there was already a vegetarian option available in the local schools.“We made a conscious decision to end the program after participating for a little under two years,” Young said. “As a dietician I plan meals to accommodate students. Many students have their own dietary needs and those should be handled individually — not as part of a large-scale program.”Many of those interviewed by the Alliance maintained that they didn’t understand how they appeared on the campaign’s website in the first place.advertisementMeatless Monday is a campaign that seeks to eliminate meat from Americans’ meals seven days a week, beginning with Mondays. Organized through the Center for a Livable Future at John Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, the campaign, which is funded in large part by wealthy, long-time animal rights activists Sid and Helaine Lerner, pushes an extreme animal rights and environmental agenda by promoting false claims about animal agriculture.“Offering options is always better than alienating consumers by forcing a viewpoint —and diet — upon them,”said Johnson Smith. “At the Alliance we support consumer choice. People don’t like to be forced to do anything. If the Meatless Monday campaign was honest — they would see that their numbers are dwindling and that their extreme viewpoint will ultimately lead to the campaign’s demise.” PD—From Animal Agriculture Alliance news releaselast_img read more

Ghana wins warmup before World Cup opener

first_imgGhana plays the United States next Monday in Natal, Brazil. The Black Stars eliminated the Americans from the World Cup in 2006 and 2010.“We want USA!” Ghana fans chanted in the second half.Forward Abdul Majeed Waris left the game in the fourth minute with a left leg injury and was replaced by Ayew, who scored in the 13th minute when his shot from 15 yards deflected off defender Ki Sung-yueng and past goalkeeper Jung Sung-ryong.Ayew sent a strike into the corner of the net from 23 yards in the 53rd minute, and scored from close range in the 89th off a pass from Albert Adomah.Asamoah Gyan, who scored the goal that clinched Ghana’s win over the Americans four years ago, stole the ball from Kwak Taehwi near midfield, dribbled 20 yards past Kim Young-gwon and scored from 15 yards in the 44th minute.Gyan and his teammates then celebrated with the azonto, a dance from Ghana popular in clubs there. The show of attack was a big improvement for Ghana, which lost its previous two friendlies 1-0 to Montenegro and the Netherlands.The last friendly for the two teams before the World Cup drew a small but enthusiastic crowd of less than 5,000 in NFL team the Miami Dolphins’ 75,000-seat stadium.The crowds will be bigger in Brazil. South Korea’s first game will be against Russia at Cuiaba on June 17.Ghana’s speedy but disciplined defense limited South Korea to a handful of scoring chances. Lee Chung-yong shot barely wide of the goal from 15 yards in the 15th minute, and Kim Bo-kyung sent a shot wide from 12 yards in the 67th minute. Ghana ‘keeper Fatau Dauda knocked away a shot by Son Heung-min in the 40th minute.Andre Ayew of Ghana missed with a scissors kick from close range in the 38th minute.Jordan Ayew and teammate Mohammed Rabiu shook off a head-to-head collision midway through the first half.last_img read more

The transfer of the century: Man City buys Leo Messi from…

first_imgManchester City is ready to accept any conditions to strengthen its squad with Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, the Mirror reported.The English club are of the opinion that joining Messi to his former coach Pep Guardiola could be an extremely important step towards achieving the goals. That is why the “citizens” are ready to untie their purse and pay as much as necessary. This week there were reports that the Argentine has decided to leave Barcelona after the heavy defeat by Bayern with 2: 8 and relegation from the Champions League.The 33-year-old striker is dissatisfied with the club’s management and does not intend to extend his contract, which is until June 2021. Another candidate for Messi is Inter Milan. The Italian club will try to take Messi in 2021, offering him a lucrative contract worth 260 million euros. The current buyout clause for Messi is 701 million euros, but can be reduced given the poor financial condition of Barcelona. No wonder PSG intervened in the bidding for the Argentine.last_img read more

Terry pens five-year Chelsea deal

first_imgChelsea captain John Terry has signed a new five-year contract which is reported to be worth £150,000 per week.The defender was the subject of much transfer speculation in the summer, with claims of a £40m bid from Manchester City for the 28-year-old.A statement on the official Chelsea website stated the club was “delighted” that Terry had signed the new deal.It added that the move reaffirms the England skipper’s desire to end his career at Stamford Bridge.After prolonged rumours suggesting Terry was considering a move to Manchester City this summer, the centre-back eventually ended his silence by pledging his future to the club in July.Terry was wanted by City boss Mark Hughes as a key part of the Manchester club’s recent revolution that has seen them spend in excess of £120m on the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor, Carlos Tevez, Roque Santa Cruz and Gareth Barry. It was reported that City were willing to offer Terry £200,000 a week to sign for them.City subsequently turned their attention to alternative defensive targets.They signed Kolo Toure from Arsenal for £14m on 29 July and Terry’s England colleague Joleon Lescott from Everton for £22m on 25 August.Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti said in his first media conference after taking the reigns at the club that he would not consider selling Terry.It was reported Terry wanted assurances from owner Roman Abramovich that the Londoners were still able to match his own ambitions before committing to the club. So far this season, Terry has played every minute of Chelsea’s 100% start to the season, which has seen them win four straight matches to top the Premier League along with Tottenham.Terry has been with Chelsea since the age of 14 and has won two Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and a Cup Winners Cup in the last 11 years, leading to his nickname of “Mr Chelsea”.He also led Chelsea to the Champions League final against Manchester United in 2008, although his missed penalty in the shoot-out after the teams had fought out a 1-1 extra time draw in Moscow allowed United to lift the European Cup instead.Terry has made 276 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 17 goals and has been capped 54 times by England since his international debut in 2003.Source: BBClast_img read more

Social Media in Africa, Part 3: Democracy

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Mzalendo is an aggregation platform for tracking the actions, activities and communication of Kenya’s Parliament. For people who want to make sure their elected officials are staying on task, it’s invaluable.When Moroccan blogger Mohamed Erraj was jailed for disparaging the government in his online magazine, Hespress, it was through the efforts of other bloggers (like the writers at GlobalVoicesOnline) and people using applications like Twitter that his story made international news. The added pressure of having the whole world paying attention is perhaps what convinced the Moroccan government to let him free where traditionally his actions could have resulted in much harsher punishment.Rethinking AfricaIn conclusion, Africa is producing some very unique and innovative technologies. There’s more to the continent than the things you see on TV – something people, especially in the tech industry, seem to forget. Where most other markets in the world are incredibly saturated, Africa offers the opportunity to start afresh: new ideas and a billion new people to use them. It’s a big place; nearly one billion people and a land mass where the sum is greater than that of China and the United States combined. For social entrepreneurs and investors, the innovation occurring here is a huge sign of progress that could potentially change the continent’s world standing forever. The most exciting aspect for me, however, is the decreased reliance on developmental aid and foreign groups to provide these solutions. The number of African developers who are beginning to create applications that offer solutions for their own communities is increasing and that, more than anything else, will shape the future of Africa.“If Africa is surprising, then you’re not paying enough attention.” Ethan Zuckerman at PICNIC08You can read more articles by Jon Gosier at Appfrica.net.See also:Social Media in Africa, Part 1and Social Media in Africa, Part 2: Mobile Innovations jonathan gosier 1 Traditionally, the greatest power that governments have held over their people has been information. The promise that connectivity brings to Africa is that people are now using that abundance of information for oversight of government and more interaction with administrations. To say that the propagation of internet and mobile connectivity in Africa has been disruptive is an understatement. A number of web and mobile applications are undermining the efforts of dictators and totalitarian governments, allowing them to be more readily be held accountable for their actions. In this post we profile some of them.Democratizing Information Through TechnologyWhen the Ethiopian government instituted an SMS filtering service to censor mobile communication, the developers behind Feedelix responded swiftly. They created their product Feedlix, a java-based client that supports Amharic, Chinese and Hindi characters. The application then uses GPRS, through internet protocols, to mimic SMS and bypass the censoring filter put in place by the government.Sokwanele is a civic action support group campaigning for freedom and democracy in Zimbabwe. Their website includes an ‘election violence map’ that provides detailed information related to localized occurrences of violence related to the election. During the most recent crisis in Zimbabwe, Sokwanele was used to get information out of the country when the government began restricting communication. Tags:#international#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Manchester United’s visit to India on track

first_imgThe ambiguity regarding the fate of the proposed friendly match between Manchester United and Juventus on August 1 has been cleared to an extent after the West Bengal government apprised the All India Football Federation (AIFF) about the developments.”This match will be held only after AIFF’s approval. There was a communication gap (with the AIFF). I have spoken to AIFF secretary Kushal Das. Everything is fine now,” West Bengal sports minister Madan Mitra said in Kolkata on Tuesday.Das also confirmed that he had received a verbal request from Mitra and the AIFF would be forwarding the necessary documents to the international body, FIFA.”I received a call from Mr Mitra today and I told him to send the official documents as soon as possible. There isn’t much time left for the match and we won’t be able to do anything unless they send us the request,” Das told Mail Today.Earlier, AIFF vice-president Subrata Dutta had expressed his doubts regarding the marquee match. He had said the organisers needed to take permission from the AIFF and the sports ministry before organising a match of this magnitude.Without the AIFF and sports ministry’s consent, one cannot organise such a match. It is required to take permission at least two-and-a-half months in advance,” Dutta had said. But Mitra said that it was too good an opportunity to be missed.”We now have to get in touch with (sports minister) Ajay Maken. We don’t want to let go of this golden opportunity. I don’t think we will get to see a match of this magnitude in the next 50 years,” Mitra said.advertisementMitra further said he would discuss the scheduling of the match with United’s global sponsorship director Casper Stylsvig and Juventus’ commercial director Francesco Calvo in a few days.The match is being organised by a sports management firm with headquarters in the UK.”We wanted to organise this in Kolkata, the Mecca of football in India. We approached the state government first. It’s going to be a huge thing, so there will always be hurdles. But we will overcome them,” a top official of the firm said. He added they were hopeful of clinching the deal and both the teams would be coming with their first team players.But the availability of Juventus remains doubtful as their pre-season schedule is choc-a-bloc.They are scheduled to play a friendly match against Paris Saint Germain on July 31 while United are yet to announce the final destination of their tour which sees them play in Shanghai on July 25 and a match in Norway on August 5.last_img read more