Rachael Moore graduated from Dickinson College in the summer of 2018, and for the year before that she was our house “mom” at the Treehouse, or Center for Sustainable Living, at Dickinson. I had a chance to visit her last July at the Rodale Institute in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, during their field day, and see her passion for agriculture in action. I think of her as a huge proponent for self-care and wellness, as well as a master of aesthetic sustainability. Read on to learn how being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes changed Rachael’s relationship with food and our food system, what’s on her travel bucketlist, and the experience that turned her towards vegetarianism.
Nesri and I went to the same high school in Germany together, and she was vegan before I even knew I was going to be! She’s originally from Ethiopia and is active in her school’s Muslim Student Association. In this VegHead Profile, Nesri tells us why we need to visit Ethiopia and read her favorite books on social justice, and gives us a glimpse into her travels through her photos.
Name: Nesri Olhaye
VegHead Status: Vegan
Hometown: Dire Dawa, Ethiopia
Current Location: Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Occupation: Graduating Senior at University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) double majoring in Religious Studies and Psychology with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies
New to making Do-It-Yourself (DIY) body care products? Here’s a great one to start with.
I just finished my first week of my last semester in college, and I had A LOT going on.
A new set of classes, a re-energized push to get myself to the gym a few days a week, and moving into my own apartment on campus. I had packages to pick up, groceries to grab at stores, and I even put down a deposit for my first car (yikes!). I sweat a lot when I’m this active, so I definitely need a strong and odor-busting deodorant. But it’s also really important to me that my body care products are never tested on animals, are vegan (though I am sometimes open to beeswax even though it’s not technically vegan), and preferably are packaged in reusable or biodegradable packaging. So here’s my solution: A quick and easy DIY vegan deodorant! This recipe hits all of my requirements AND takes less than five minutes AND requires only three ingredients:
Coconut Oil, Baking Soda, & Cornstarch
I met Liz the fall of my sophomore year here at Dickinson College, when she was just starting out as a freshman. I was (and am) always looking out for fellow vegans, and Liz not only chooses to leave animals off her plate, she’s an all-around sustainability super star and world traveler with a passion for doing good. Keep reading for her easy veggie and lentil curry and to see her hanging with wild gorillas!
Name: Liz Bodenman
VegHead Status: Vegan
Hometown: Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Current Location: Bremen, Germany
Occupation: Student of International Studies & German with a concentration in Sustainability
Companion Animal(s): Dog named Frodo Baggins, cat named Ginger
“Be the change you want to see in the world,” said Mahatma Gandhi, Indian activist and one of my biggest sources of inspiration. What change do you want to see in the world? I know I want to encourage the growth of a world rooted in kindness, compassion, and respect for all living beings. I want to minimize as much as possible the harm I inflict on others. So what actions can I take to foster these changes? I can start by helping a population without a voice – animals. Here are 5 ways you can join me in creating a better world for all creatures great and small.
Tofu Scramble: The cruelty-free alternative to scrambled eggs.
Whether you’re a vegan, a vegetarian, interested in adding more plants to your diet, or just a curious eater open to trying new things, this savory and warm dish is easy to make for an energizing and filling breakfast. I’ve also enjoyed it as a quick way to make lunch or dinner. It’s flexible and you can adapt it to the amount of time you have, any food that might be reaching its expiration date, and your tastes.
But wait. Why not just eat eggs? It’s not like the chicken who lays the eggs is hurt or killed, right?
For the vast majority of egg-laying hens, life is miserable. Most chickens now live in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), or factory farms, where they are confined to cages in enormous windowless sheds. The average natural lifespan of a chicken is 10 years. A hen in the egg industry is generally slaughtered around one and a half years old because her egg-laying productivity begins to fall. When farms need to restock their egg-laying hens, they have fertilized eggs hatch. Of course, around 50% of those eggs will hatch male chicks, who are useless to the egg industry. 3.2 billion male chicks are killed globally every year, with about 200 million of those in the US.
So yes, unless you’re sourcing your eggs from your own backyard where you are positive the hens that produce your eggs can roam freely and live out their lives even when they stop laying those eggs, purchasing and consuming eggs supports animal cruelty and mass slaughter. But thankfully there’s a wide range of plant-based alternatives to bake and cook with!
I think of Trevor as my vegan grandchild – I was a big influence on Rachel’s decision to cut out meat from her life, and Rachel had a crucial conversation with Trevor on animal exploitation that started him on his path to veganism. I’ve never actually met Trevor, but Rachel and him have been friends for years, and the three of us had a pretty active group chat for a couple months. He’s currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) at Suffolk University. Here are Trevor’s recommendations for vegan eats in Boston, his favorite cookbook, and what made him decide to leave animals off his plate.
Name: Trevor Price
VegHead Status: Vegan
Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts
Current Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Occupation: Barista; Student at Suffolk University
Companion Animal(s): My Siamese cat Boots
So as part of this blog and as a way to become a better advocate for human rights, animal rights, the planet, and overall to just become a more informed human being, I’ll be sharing a book and a documentary or film every week, or maybe every two weeks once I’m busy with my last semester at Dickinson College. This week I’ve chosen The Green Collar Economy and the Netflix documentary Feminists: What Were They Thinking?
For my very first Veghead Profile, I’d like to introduce you to Rachel, who I first met our freshman year of high school in Stuttgart, Germany. She had a major impact on my high school experience and opened my eyes to a lot of social justice issues, like those of the LGBTQ+ community and women. She’s a vegetarian world traveler with a degree in Politics and International Relations from Kingston University in London. Here she recounts why she transitioned to a meat-free lifestyle, gives a handy tip on reusable facial wipes, and tells us what’s next in her life.
Name: Rachel Imlay
Veghead Status: Vegetarian
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA/Stuttgart, Germany? I grew up all over cause I was a military kid!
Current Location: Colorado, USA, soon to be Australia!
Occupation: Retail Worker/Professional Avoider of Adult Responsibilities
If you’ve spent any time in Europe during the holiday season, especially in Germany, you’ve probably visited a Christmas market or Weihnachtsmarkt. These fests have beautiful lights and decorations, delicious smells wafting from candy, drink, and food stalls, and an assortment of crafts and local goods to purchase. This year my boyfriend and I have managed to hit three German Christmas markets in five days: Rothenburg’s, Esslingen’s, and Stuttgart’s.
And if you’ve spent any time in Europe at any time of the year, you’ll know their traditional cuisines are heavy on the meat. If you’re vegetarian or vegan, it can be tough to find food in rural areas, traditional restaurants, and fests. Here are four quick tips if you’re looking for plant-based bites in German Christmas Markets: