With Christmas and Hanukkah behind us, we look forward to the New Year and New Year’s resolutions: to get away from social media, lose weight, and, maybe, go vegan. Hundreds of college campuses, schools, hospitals. and corporate cafeterias adopted Meatless Mondays. Even fast food chains have rolled out plant-based options and new plant-based companies are creating healthy, eco-friendly and delicious plant-based meats, while meat industry giants have invested heavily in the development of plant-based meat. According to the Good Food Institute, sales of plant-based foods that directly replace animal products have increased 27% in the past year to reach $ 7 billion. Sales of plant-based cheeses, butters, yogurts and ice cream are exploding at a growth rate of 50% and plant-based milks now represent 35% of the milk market. A vegan New Years resolution requires no sweat or deprivation – just delicious, healthier options that are better for your health, the planet, and the animals.
Patrick Bendrix, West Palm Beach
Check reliable sources for new puppies
If you are planning to acquire a new puppy in 2022, I urge you to adopt or seek a responsible breeder. Last month, a U.S. Department of Agriculture licensed dog breeder in Iowa was forced to turn over more than 500 dogs and puppies kept in horrific conditions. Many were sick and injured and did not receive veterinary care. Even more blatantly, the USDA was aware of these conditions. Our lawmakers must do more for these vulnerable animals. A new federal bill called the Goldie’s Act is named after a golden retriever who died at this Iowa puppy mill because the agency responsible for protecting it failed to do so. The Goldie Law would help protect these animals and require more meaningful inspections, confiscation of suffering animals, financial penalties for violations and for inspectors to share information with local law enforcement.
Mikell Howington, Palm Beach
Money laundering education fuels social problems
Years ago, when I was a teacher in New York City Public Schools, parents were supportive of me and believed that our training from top to bottom, from the principal of the city’s schools to the curriculum designer on the way. by the teacher, aimed to provide the best possible education. . At the time, Americans knew and denounced the book burning and, of course, the control of the educational process that was beginning to take place in countries ruled by despots. Today, not only are school boards politicizing, but parents are insisting on banning books and leaving out the truth about American history.
Education cannot take place through the narrow prism of political culture or as the result of its perceptions. Tolerance must be taught and, where appropriate, intolerance must be recognized. Not to make anyone feel guilty, but because the wrongs cannot begin to be corrected if the truth is not presented. Young people need to know that moving west has claimed the lives of countless Native Americans and left the rest on reservations; that our primitive economy developed on the backs of slaves, that, whether by accident or design, both groups were people of color? Is sweeping these truths under a collective carpet one of the reasons why racism remains a social problem?
Ellie Schweitzer, Palm Beach Gardens