Meat Free Zone
Woodstock Animal Rights Movement
A Store For Life
P. O. Box 746
Iron-Deficiency: Milk is very low in iron. To get the U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance of 15 mg of iron, an infant would have to drink more than 31 quarts of milk each day. Milk also causes blood loss from the intestinal tract, depleting the body’s iron.
Diabetes: Of 142 diabetic children tested in a recent study, 100 percent had high levels of an antibody to a cow’s milk protein. It is believed that these antibodies destroy the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas.
Calcium: Green leafy vegetables such as kale are as good or better than milk as calcium sources.
Fat Content: Other than skim varieties, dairy products are high in fat, as a percentage of total calories:
Contaminants: Milk is frequently contaminated with antibiotics and excess vitamin D. Of 42 milk samples recently tested, only 12 percent were within the expected range of vitamin D content. Of ten samples of infant formula, seven had more than twice the vitamin D content reported on the label, and one had more than four times the label amount.
Lactose: Many people of Asian and African heritage are unable to digest the milk sugar, lactose, which then causes diarrhea and gas. The lactose sugar, when it is digested, releases galactose, a simple sugar which is linked to ovarian cancer and cataracts.
Allergies: Milk is one of the most common causes of food allergy. Often the symptoms are subtle and may not be attributed to milk for some time.
Colic: Milk proteins can cause colic, a digestive upset that bothers one in five infants. Milk-drinking mothers can also pass cow’s milk proteins to their breast-feeding infants.
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The Meat Free Zone (MFZ) campaign is intended to make the MeatFreeZone logo as recognizable a symbol as the "Smoke Free Zone". The idea was originally conceived when The WARM Store in Woodstock, NY, was in operation throughout the '90's (Woodstock Animal Rights Movement). The store was truly a meat free zone as it was the first cruelty-free, Vegan, socially conscious animal rights store in the United States. Now that the Vegan and Vegetarian movements have been growing so rapidly, more and more people are showing concern about the food in their diet and their overall health and nutrition. Many people are giving up eating fish, chicken, beef, pork (pigs ), dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream) and eggs. Headlines of Mad Cow disease, E-coli and salmonella are in the news with greater frequency. Vegan and vegetarian recipe cookbooks are standard now in all bookstores and many restaurants have added Vegan and Vegetarian options to their menus. We hope you will help us with the Meat Free Zone campaign by putting the signs up in your homes and workplaces and by spreading them to all the vegetarian and vegan restaurants that you know and frequent. And someday we will have true "meat free zones" in establishments that serve meat. (d-2)
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