News of Note

 

 

Obama announces $170M in federal aid for drought-ravaged agriculture industry
President Obama kicked off a three-day bus tour across Iowa on Monday by announcing that the federal government would buy up to $170 million worth of meat and poultry to aid farmers and ranchers struggling with a devastating drought this summer.

 

 

‘Losing My Leg To Cancer Inspired Me To Become A Voice For Farm Animals’
After an undercover trip to to film farm animal abuse in Texas, Brown gave up her career and dedicated her life becoming a voice for these animals. Brown is now the Co-Founder and Director of the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary—a not-for-profit organization and farm animal shelter located in the Catskill Mountains of New York and the author of The Lucky Ones, My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals.

 

 

 

Baby boomers embrace vegetarianism
About 2.5 million Americans over the age of 55 are vegetarian according to a 2012 Harris poll conducted for the Vegetarian Resource Group, and doctors and researchers say interest in such diets is growing. The prominence of some aging vegetarians stokes this trend: In addition to Clinton (age 65), there is Paul McCartney (70), retired tennis player Martina Navratilova (55) and actor Ian McKellen (73). Less famous but nevertheless impressive vegetarians include Fauja Singh, an India-born Briton who at 101 years old runs marathons.