Magazine article Vegetarian Times

Carrot & Stick

Magazine article Vegetarian Times

Carrot & Stick

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WHO WALKS THE WALK, WHO'S NOTHING BUT TALK

CARROT TO

The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) for defeating the federal government's effort to outlaw food products made from hemp. In September 2004, the US Department of Justice announced that it won't challenge a federal appeals court ruling in HIA's favor that overturned the ban. Industry insiders predict that annual sales will double in 2005 to more than $20 million.

The Commonwealth of Virginia for becoming the ninth state to drop requirements forcing public school science students to dissect animals. Schools in the Old Dominion must now offer alternatives to dissection, a practice that the Humane Society says involves 6 million frogs, cats and fetal pigs each year in American high schools.

The San Francisco Department of the Environment for its model composting program that involves 2,200 restaurants and 75,000 households. Food scraps are collected throughout the city and turned into high-grade organic compost, which is sold to farms, orchards, nurseries and vineyards. Less waste ends up in landfills; restaurants are saving on garbage pickup costs; and the morale in restaurant kitchens has soared. "People feel they're not throwing things out, they're doing something good for the environment while they're working," says Jonathan Cook of Metreon, a company with participating restaurants. By 2010, officials estimate that 75 percent of the city's food waste will be converted into compost.

STICK TO

The Partnership for a Drug-Free America for its public service announcement (PSA) accusing vegetarians of hypocrisy. …

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