vegansofig As you've probably noticed I've been very quiet on this account. That's because I'm opening a shop and event space in Venice Beach called @VeganScene!

I'm stoked to announce that we will be OPEN for fitness, pilates, and yoga classes starting Monday, March 2nd!
You can view our schedule and book a class at veganscene.com/classes/fitness/signup/
We've hired an amazing group of instructors and can't wait for you guys to meet them.
I want to thank you all for your support. I'll keep you posted as we continue to roll out more features.
xoxo,
Amy #VegansofIG
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  •   vegansofig @ellyewell Haha! That palm tree loves to photo bomb our signage ;) 4w
  •   krembruleh Ohhh! I need to check this out for sure! @mx2rawr 4w
  •   bruksbars @vegansofig sounds awesome. We'd be honored to be considered and send you some delicious samples when you get things going. 4w
  •   saintterryann Congrats! 4w
  •   eezgiturkmen Would you consider making a donation for a dog that was shot with a rifle at a short range in her mouth? Link in my bio, pics hashtagged #projectzeyno . Thank you 3w
  •   fuel_for_ballet Hi! I'm not vegan but I wish I was. I'm a lover of animals and I find so cruel the way people treat them. I'm not against eating animals at all, we are omnivores but we don't only kill because we need it, people do it on a cruel way and the life condition of animals is just horrible. So I want to be vegan, but my mum keeps saying that If I go vegan I'll lose weight and in fact she wants me to gain... I'm not doing it to lose weight, I'm on recovery and I asume that. i understand what is good for me... Also I have problems with binging purging, so being vegan may help me. How do I convince my parents? Thank you so much 1w
  •   libertarian_us I was wondering if you are a supporter of nature conservation and the enforcing of hunting/fishing outdoor laws. And if you were a supporter of farmers looking to afford ethical ways to treat their animals. @vegansofig 3d

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vegansofig Hey everyone! Sorry to be MIA for so long but I wanted to give you an update on @VeganScene, the shop and event space I'm opening up on Main Street in Venice Beach.
We have signage now, the curved bar is currently being installed, and I'm shooting for a January 2015 opening. I don't think I've ever worked so hard, but it's all finally coming together and I can't wait to open and have you all over. Keep you posted! ~Amy #VegansofIG #VeganScene
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vegansofig Hi guys! I'm excited to announce that @VeganScene, the vegan store and event space I'm opening in Venice Beach moves into our new location at 610 Main Street next week!
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We won't be open to the public just yet, but as of now we are now taking applications online and setting up appointments for interviews.
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We are looking for vegans in the Los Angeles area that have a product or a skill set that would be interested in joining Vegan Scene as one of our contributors. Examples include:

•Actor/Theater
•Artist
•Author/Writer
•Baker/Pastry Chef
•Band/Musician/Singer
•Barista/Bartender
•Chef
•Comedian/Entertainer
•Dancer
•Dietician/Nutritionist •DJ
•Esthetician
•Home Designer
•Fashion Designer
•Filmmaker
•Fitness Trainer/Instructor
•Graphic Designer
•Hair/Makeup Artist
•Jewelry/Accessory Designer
•Photographer
•Yoga/Pilates Instructor
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Visit VeganScene.com and click on "APPLY" under contributors.
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If you are not in LA, but would like Vegan Scene to carry your products either in store or on our website, visit VeganScene.com and click on "APPLY" under Retailers.
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I'm a millennial that went to art school. I know how rough it is. So I'd like to make it clear that this is not some unpaid internship scam. We're a business. If we like what we see, we will work out a deal and you will be paid.
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Looking forward to hearing from you guys! And I will keep you all posted on our launch and grand opening party! #VegansofIG #VeganScene
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vegansofig I've got some pretty exciting news that I haven't been able to share until now, but now that it's actually happening I can finally share it with you guys. Drumroll please...
________________________ ...I am opening up a vegan event space and retail store called @VeganScene right here in Venice Beach! Once we're open, it'll be the location for all of our future #VegansofIGmeetup events in LA.
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Vegan Scene wouldn't be limited to parties. We'll have movie nights, seminars, Q&A's, yoga/fitness classes, fashion shows, photography and art exhibits, cooking classes, and much more. Vegan Scene will also be available to rent for private % vegan events.
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In addition to all of the festivities, Vegan Scene will offer guidance to vegan newbies interested in learning more about the vegan lifestyle as well as personalized guides to all of the amazing vegan spots in the area.
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I've found a location that could not be more perfect, and we are currently in negotiations. If all goes according to plan, we could be open as soon as August 2014.
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In the meantime, VegansofIG.com is now live and the web store is up and running. I'm in the process of adding all of my old posts to the site organized by topic so they'll be easier for you guys to read and share. It's not complete, but it's getting there. I hope you like it!
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P.S. More BIG announcements to come. Watch this space.... #VegansofIG
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  •   ginamarieyogini I just found your hashtag, site and your page! I love them all! They're not intimidating and it gives veganism a cool modern vibe - I feel like I can direct omnivores here and not have them shut down. Thank you for all the work you do. I'll be promoting your page! hopefully you'll have an event in NYC soon! 9mon
  •   hispanicvegansofig AMY! HAPPY BDAY!!!! im sry I won't be able to go, I have no $ for gas to go to LA:(, I don't have your # anymore due to my last cell crashed! Anyways have fun today on your day!& eat lots of pastry for me! @vegansofig 9mon
  •   lauraanntull I'm very happy for you. Let me know if I can be of assistance in any way. I'm a digital artist. I do yoga but not trained. I have a master's in performing arts management. Being vegan will change the world. I've had cancer twice. I now have thyroditis. If it were not for being vegan I don't think my body or I could function. Peace to you. 9mon
  •   officialrfd @veganscene @vegansofig we're so excited to hear the incredible news! We hope we can collaborate ASAP! #realfooddaily 9mon
  •   daveigh_nariko I'm trying to find my cat a forever home. Could you help me? 8mon
  •   veggiehipster @vegansofig Check out this Vegan Game for iPhone 7mon
  •   chainsawerotica I need to go to LA D: 4mon
  •   veganceliac This is so awesome! Congratulations!!!!! 3d

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vegansofig Got New Year's Eve plans? We've got you covered! I'm teaming up with @thekindsage in Culver City to throw the biggest VEGAN Meetup + New Year's Eve Party of the year.
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• FREE Cover after 10pm
• Organic Champagne Toast at Midnight Countdown
• DJ + Dancing ...and much much more!
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ALL are welcome! Full event details on the Vegans of Instagram Facebook and Meetup.com pages. Hope to see you there! #VegansofIG
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vegansofig Your body requires dietary fats (Lipids). Fat provides essential fatty acids that the body can’t produce on its own and must be consumed through polyunsaturated fats in our diet. Polyunsaturated fats provide two essential fatty acids:
Linoleic Acid (LA) - Omega-6
Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) Omega-3
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The U.S Institute of Medicine recommends an daily ALA intake of 1.6 grams for men and 1.1 grams for women. Diets should aim for a ratio of 2:1 or 3:1 of Omega-6 to Omega-3. The western diet, which is high in refined oils, consumes far too much Omega-6. Today, most people are averaging a ratio of 10:1 and even 20:1 Omega-6 to Omega-3.
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But is eating more fish the the answer to balance? Not necessarily. Fish don't manufacture long chain Omega-3. Their diet is high in Omega-3 rich plant foods like algae. They eat them which their body converts to DHA and EPA. We can go straight to the source and avoid the host of health and environmental troubles that come from consuming fish. Fish oil is loaded with saturated fat and cholesterol. They’re highly concentrated sources of contaminants and pollutants. More recently, studies have shown that eating fish and taking fish oil supplements are not as beneficial to the brain and heart functions as previously thought. In fact, fish has been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. Consuming fish products is not sustainable as it leads to overfishing which impacts the entire eco system.
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You can get your daily serving of Omega-3 by incorporating flaxseeds, chia seeds, kiwi, walnuts, kale, and other leafy greens into your diet. Many factors can hinder the body’s ability to convert omega-3 fatty acid to DHA and EPA, which is why it’s important to avoid overly processed foods and make sure you're getting the right balance of vitamins and nutrients in your diet. Vegan diets lacking Omega-3 may want to take DHA-rich micro algae supplements. Conversion is easier when you balance with healthy sources of Omega-6 rich foods like sesame seeds, tahini, edamame, wheat germ, and tofu. #VegansofIG
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vegansofig Vitamin B12 is important for the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system and for the formation of blood. It is the only vitamin synthesized exclusively by microorganisms (bacteria). Vitamin B12 is produced by soil microbes that live in symbiotic relationships with plant roots. It is a water soluble vitamin and should be consumed on a daily basis.
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B12 is the most chemically complex of all vitamins. It is essential for our health. Anyone can be B12 deficient, regardless of diet. A whopping 15% of the population suffers from a B12 deficiency. A deficiency in B12 can cause a number of symptoms from dandruff to dementia. It can cause Anemia, which can be fatal if left untreated.
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The B12 in animal products comes from the soil that the animal consumed, making it part of their bodies, which is then consumed by people who eat their flesh. However, pesticides prevent essential bacteria from producing B12. In fact, 90% of B12 supplements produced in the word are fed to livestock on factory farms.Vegans can find a reliable source of B12 in fortified nutritional yeast, fortified plant-based milks, and dietary supplements. Some claim that B12 is available in organic fruits and vegetables grown in rich soils. However, this is such a tiny amount of B12, you’re honestly better off just eating the dirt from the ground.
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Most people only require 2.5 micrograms of B12 per day. The less frequently you consume B12, the higher the total amount needs to be to give the desired absorbed amount. Studies show there are no negative side effects of taking too much B12. HOWEVER, absorption decreases drastically when the capacity of Intrinsic Factor is exceeded at 1–2 mcg of vitamin B12.
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The argument over veganism not being “natural” is particularly ironic now that animals have to take B12 supplements. Not only is it harder to absorb B12 in farmed animal flesh, but they heighten risk of developing cancer and heart disease. It's safer to skip animals products and get our B12 from Methylcobalamin supplements. Veganism really is the future and no dementia for you! #VegansofIG
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vegansofig Al Gore, Former Vice President of the United States has adopted a vegan diet! #VegansofIG 1y

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vegansofig Many commonly eaten plant based foods are high in iron. In fact, some of the top iron sources are vegan. So why are vegan and vegetarian diets dismissed by disapproving omnivores as “anemic?” Not understanding the science behind nutrition is what leads to common misconceptions in plant based diets. So let’s set things straight:
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Iron is an essential nutrient because it helps red blood cells deliver oxygen to the body. However, taking too much iron can result in iron overload. Excess iron can lead to a number of complications, so it's important to keep track of your intake.
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There are two types of iron:
Heme iron, which is found in animals (meat, poultry, and fish)
Non-heme iron, which is from plants.
Heme iron is better absorbed than non-heme iron. However, it is easier to overload on heme iron than non-heme iron. Interestingly enough, vegans and vegetarians are no more likely to become anemic than an omnivore. There’s also evidence that shows that low-normal iron (which is what vegans and vegetarians store) are actually beneficial and lower rates of heart disease and cancer.
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Now that we know vegan iron is non-heme iron, it’s just as (if not more) important to focus on iron absorption than to just eat a lot of iron rich foods.
Here are some tips:

Combine Vegan (non-heme) iron foods with foods rich in Vitamin C. Even better is to eat foods that are rich in both iron and Vitamin C like leafy greens, broccoli, and tomato sauce.
Avoid hefty meals and eat smaller amounts throughout the day to maximize absorption.
Avoid absorption inhibitors like coffee and tea 1-2 hours before and/or after a meal.
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Sadly, spinach which is very high in iron, also contains oxalates that block absorption. That is why it spinach did not make this list. Regardless, Popeye The Sailor Man is still a badass. #VegansofIG
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vegansofig One of the more disturbing cases of #Greenwashing belongs to Dawn Soap. They claim that “Dawn Saves Wildlife” by donating soap and funding to clean up animals after oil spills. Instead of truly saving animals, they’re using the photos of cute animals to sell dish soap. However, in order to ACTUALLY donate to the animals, you have to register the soap you bought on their website along with giving over your personal information. Here’s the real kicker: Dawn contains an antibacterial agent called Triclosan which was recently declared as “TOXIC to aquatic life and birds.” Many environmental groups have called for Triclosan to be banned. Not surprising seeing as Dawn is owned by animal testing giant, Procter and Gamble.
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Sneakier cases of greenwashing can be found on totally un-natural products claiming to be "100% natural." The FDA restricts the term "natural" to products that contain no artificial or synthetic substances, such as color additives and flavors. But FDA allows the "natural" label on products containing GMOs, or genetically engineered ingredients, such as soft drinks sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, which is made from genetically engineered corn.
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General Mills (which owns Natural Valley) recently had a class action law suit brought against them for advertising their GMO-licious bars as “100% Natural” when they’re anything but. Unfortunately, that lawsuit was dismissed, but many other lawsuits going after similar deceptive advertising have succeeded. This has turned out to be quite costly for big food corporations like General Mills and Conagra, and we can thank the GMO awareness movement for that. Unfortunately, this has not stopped General Mills from greenwashing. They’ve started to shift away from generic “natural” labeling, but now their bars claim to be made with “100% Natural Whole Grain Oats.” Which just so happens to be the only ingredient not genetically modified. #VegansofIG
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vegansofig Proteins are huge molecules made up of smaller molecules called amino acids. There are 20 different amino acids available to us. Eight of these amino acids are considered essential, meaning you have to get them in your diet (or from a supplement) because your body can’t manufacture them. In general, it is better to get your nutrients from your diet, than a pill.
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All plants contain amino acids. The only difference is that some have a lower percentage of amino acids in comparison to the rest of the parts of the plant.
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The term “complete protein” refers to foods that have all nine essential amino acids present in the correct proportion for our bodies to build protein with. The term “incomplete protein” refers to foods which have all the essential amino acids, but are simply low in one or more of them. This is called the “limiting amino acid”. While it’s true that most whole plant foods have one or more limiting amino acids and are thus “incomplete” — this shouldn’t send you running for a steak.
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Our bodies are brilliant, and every food that goes into your system must be broken apart and its nutrients absorbed. During the digestion process, amino acid chains from all sources are broken down and made ready for our bodies to use. If you’re eating a good mix of fruits, veggies, grains and legumes, then your body simply collects what it needs from the “amino soup” that your digestion system has absorbed.
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Another bonus: Plant-based foods are free from cholesterol and tend to be high in fiber.
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vegansofig Thank you to everyone that came out to the 11/16 #VegansofIGmeetup in Phoenix! And three cheers to my Arizona co-host @fecaled.
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I did learn a very important lesson: NEVER plan an event near the campus of a notorious party school... during football season...on the same night as a home game...Holy shiitake mushrooms. We had to change locations at the very last minute, but it somehow all ended up working out!
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We had a great time hanging out at the Mellow Marshmallow munching on vegan pizza and beer. All the craziness aside, Arizona vegans are awesome. I really enjoyed meeting everyone.
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All of the event photos have been posted on our Facebook + Meetup.com pages. Here are all of the Instagramers that signed in:

@labellenuage
@fecaled
@veganmark
@raqueliiita
@apriloneil
@thisveganlife
@heyorge
@ihatecassandraleann
@yoginibk
@24carrots
@xplicit_rage
@skalady21
@calebstrykr
@marilynmenascott
@plantmurderonly
@veganheathen666
@krystalmath
AND... Tim, Rita, Maria, and Eddie.
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With the holidays coming up, all future meetups will be in 2014. I might do an NYE event in LA, but that's still up in the air. I'll keep you posted! Happy holidays. ~Amy #VegansofIG
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vegansofig Part three of Vegans of Instagram series on common animal ingredients in our food and products:
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Royal Jelly is a honey bee secretion that is used in the nutrition of larvae and adult queens. It is collected from each individual queen cell (honeycomb) when the queen larvae are about four days old. Royal Jelly makes workers into queens. It is used as as a source of B vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.Most honey comes from full-time factory bee farmers.
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Shellac (E904) Shellac is a coating or glaze derived from the hardened, resinous material secreted by the female Kerria Lacca Insect. Shellac is scraped from the bark of the trees where they live. Often they are heated until they die of heat exhaustion. 300,000 lac insects are killed for every kilogram (2.2 lbs.) Shellac may be found in a furniture polish and varnish, aluminum foil coating, paper coating, hairspray, shampoos, perfume, makeup, printing inks and paints, and much more. Shellac is often called "Confectioner’s glaze” in candy and donut glaze.
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Tallow. Rendered beef or mutton fat. Industrial use of tallow can be just about any type of animal fat (e.g. cow, pig, deer). Tallow is in a variety of products from wax paper, crayons, margarines, paints, rubber, lubricants, candles, soaps, lipsticks, shaving creams, other cosmetics. Chemicals (e.g., PCB) can be in animal tallow. Tallow is sometimes known as "Stearic Acid.” **Some Tallow is vegetable sourced.**
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Whey. The watery serum that remains after most of the protein and fat have been removed from milk during the cheese-making process. Usually in cakes, cookies, candies, breads, and supplements.
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vegansofig Part two of our series on common animal ingredients in our food and products. In their natural form, these ingredients are #NotVegan or #NotVegetarian. Vegan or Vegetarian alternatives are typically synthetic.
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Keratin. Natural Keratin is an extremely strong protein that is a major component in skin, hair, nails, feathers, hooves, horns, and teeth. Used in hair rinses, shampoos, and permanent wave solutions. Keratin is not naturally found in vegetables. Vegan keratin products might contain the amino acids necessary to produce keratin naturally.
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L-cysteine/L-cystine (E920) Animal: (Poultry. Typically duck feathers) Hog’s hair as a source is likely when the hair/feather supply is low. Used as a dough conditioner in most bread products. It is most common in pizza dough and bagels. Einstein Bros, Dunkin Donuts, Pizza Hut, and McDonalds have all confirmed the use of poultry feather-based L. Cysteine in many of their other products.
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Lanolin. (Wool Fat. Wool Wax) A product of the oil glands of sheep, extracted from their wool. Used as an emollient in many skin-care products and cosmetics and in medicines. Most chewing gums list "gum base" as one of their ingredients, masking lanolin as an ingredient. The starting material used to produce this vitamin D3 is Lanolin.
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Pepsin. In cow and hogs' stomachs. A clotting agent used in some cheeses and vitamins. Pepsin is a component of rennet (see below) used to curdle milk during the manufacture of cheese.
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Rennet [Rennin] Enzyme from the stomach of slaughtered newly-born calves. Used in cheesemaking, rennet custard (junket), and in many coagulated dairy products. The coagulation of milk is achieved by the addition of rennet. Most cheeses (especially Parmesan, Grana Padano, and Gorgonzola are NOT vegetarian.
Up next: Part Three (R-W) #VegansofIG
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vegansofig Here are some common animal ingredients that sneak their way into our food and products. This is part one of the series starting with letters A-I. These ingredients are almost always #NotVegan. I'll have a separate series for ingredients like "Glycerine" which can be sourced from vegan or animal ingredients.
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Albumen {Albumin} In eggs, milk, muscles, blood, and many vegetable tissues and fluids. In cosmetics, albumen is usually derived from egg whites and used as a coagulating agent. In cakes, cookies, candies, etc. Egg whites sometimes used in "clearing" wines.
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Carmine. Cochineal. Carminic Acid. Red pigment from the crushed female cochineal insect. Reportedly, 70,000 beetles must be killed to produce one pound of this red dye. Used in cosmetics, shampoos, red apple sauce, and other foods (including red lollipops and food coloring). ________________________
Casein. Caseinate. Sodium Caseinate. Milk protein. In "nondairy" creamers, soy cheese, many cosmetics, hair preparations, beauty masks. May soy cheeses are not vegan because they contain casein. It's what gives soy cheese its (slightly) cheese-like flavor and texture.
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Gelatin. Protein obtained by boiling skin, tendons, ligaments, and/or bones in water. From cows, pigs, and more recently, horse hooves and fish by-products. Used in shampoos, face masks, and other cosmetics. Used as a thickener for fruit gelatins and puddings (e.g., Jell-O). In candies, marshmallows, cakes, ice cream, yogurts. On photographic film and in vitamins as a coating and as capsules. Sometimes used to assist in "clearing" wines.
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Isinglass. A form of gelatin prepared from the internal membranes of fish bladders. Sometimes used in "clearing" wines and in foods. Up next: Part Two (K-R) #VegansofIG
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vegansofig VEAL is a by-product of the dairy industry. For female cows to produce milk, they are kept in a constant cycle of being pregnant and giving birth.
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All forms of dairy farming involve forcibly impregnating cows. This involves a person inserting his/her arm far into the cow’s rectum in order to position the uterus, and then forcing an instrument into her vagina.The restraining apparatus used is commonly called a “rape rack.” ________________________
If given the opportunity, a dairy cow and her calf would remain companions for life. The forced separation on factory farms causes cows and calves an incredible amount of pain and grief.
Once separated, the cows are then hooked up to milking machines, enslaved to produce milk for humans that was intended for their baby that was ripped away. And when they stop lactating, they’re impregnated again. The same vicious cycle continues until the cows can no longer produce milk. When they're all dried up they’re sent to slaughter. ________________________
Male calves are useless for milk production. Dairy cows are a different breed of cattle from the ones raised for beef. Dairy cows, female and male, lack the musculature necessary to maximize profits for beef producers. About half of the female calves will become dairy cows, to replace their mothers. The other half of the females are useless to the dairy industry. Nearly all of the male calves and half of the female calves are taken from their mothers, to be turned into veal.
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Calves raised for veal are forced to spend their short lives in individual crates that are no more than 30 inches wide and 72 inches long. These crates are designed to prohibit exercise and normal muscle growth in order to produce tender “gourmet” veal. The calves are fed a milk substitute that is purposely low in iron so that they will become anemic and their flesh will stay pale. After four months "living" in these conditions, they're sent to the slaughterhouse.
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It's sad to think that this heinous industry is thriving because of society's mass consumption of dairy products. #VegansofIG
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vegansofig Thank you to everyone that came out to the #VegansofIGmeetup + Halloween Costume Party at Sage Vegan Bistro in Culver City on Halloween night!
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And a very special thank you to @mollie_engelhart, @floresjr, and the entire @thekindsage/@kindkreme team. Can't forget @meandmrcassidy (@hopeleigh + @mrscottcassidy) for the music. And @vinnyvegan for donating his awesome t-shirts to the costume contest.
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Congrats to our costume contest winners: @veganbeastmode + @jplancaster who dressed up as a The Vegan Police and a Free Range Chicken.
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All of the event photos have been posted on our Facebook + Meetup.com pages. Here are all of the Instagramers that signed in:

@labellenuage
@veganbeastmode
@veganyackattack
@wakeupcaroline
@glassesgirl79
@mallorymturner
@veggiefixation
@awnuhkuh
@absoluteperfectshawn
@nicolelgp
@happyveggiegirl
@elderkinc
@cwmoss
@uncletiimo
@kristrina
@mikeymagnum
@vintagecatra
@beinvegan
@xedup
@kcrawks
@p4v1t0
@jplancaster
@vegantiki
@healingthrufood
@silviaryan
@deft0ned
@djnametag
@valerie807
@brianc1995
@allthatjill
@martin_ps
@mrhairypants
@hypnohappiness
@_veganbabe
@_truth_102
@yeseniatinkerbell15
AND...
Whitney, Brooke, Heather, Neil, Garrett, Michele, Debbie, Kevin, Ben, and Abby.
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The Las Vegas meetup will be re-scheduled, but I have not set a date yet. I need some time to recover after LAX
The Phoenix meetup is still on and will be held at The Yard House in Scottsdale on November 16th. ________________________
Thank you for all of your support! Hope to see you soon! ~Amy #VegansofIG
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  •   indigovegan I love this ! There's so many reasons to be thankful for our lifestyle :):) I am a fellow high carb high energy vegan and want to share my story with as many as possible.. The bigger we can make this the Sooner we can SAVE more lives ! I have all the techniques necessary to get fit, in shape and feel the best you've ever felt ! Could you please consider following what I post?? I appreciate any and all love and will always give it back :):) thank you :):) 1y
  •   absoluteperfectshawn How do I sign in for an event? I didn't for last Thursday's. 1y
  •   vegansofig @absoluteperfectshawn We have sign in sheets at the door. Same station as the name tags and buttons. I don't think you signed in, but I took down your username in my notes. I got you! You're nine names down :) 1y
  •   absoluteperfectshawn Ah I totally missed the sign in. Now I know for future events. Great meeting you. Can't wait for the next So Cal event. Thanks for putting the events together. You rock. Mahalo and Aloha! 1y
  •   frankcusimano Sad to say the one week you'll be in Phoenix for VofI I will be in NYC :/ maybe ill have to make it to an LA meet up sometime! 1y
  •   winnieanne @iloveyouletsgo haha I look weird 1y
  •   veganlifeisgood @vegansofig Hey! Did anyone win the online competition? And, any meet ups planned for the Bay Area coming up? 1y

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vegansofig Thank you to everyone for your kind words. I was trying to keep calm today, but now that I'm home the emotion of what happened finally hit me.
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I was in Terminal 3 in LAX when the shooting happened at 9:20am. I've never heard gun shots before, but today's ordeal has made me even more of an advocate for gun reform. The sound of gunfire was gruesome and gut wrenching. I thought a bomb had gone off before it became clear that this was a shooting. There was no reporting as it happened, so I wasn't sure if there was an all out attack or if it was just one person.
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My ears are still ringing from the alarm while we were hiding in the baggage room. We had to crawl behind the conveyer belt and wait. I had my dog Isadora with me. Poor thing got sick from that piercing noise.
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If we hadn't been in lockdown I would have been able to fly out from Long Beach or just drive to Vegas, but we were in lockdown for about 7-8 hours. They finally let us walk out around 4pm. But no cars were allowed in, so thousand of people had to walk from the Tom Brady terminal down Century Blvd which was about 3 miles dragging their luggage. I finally made it home around 7pm.
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Again, I'm really sorry to all of the Las Vegas vegans planning on attending the Vegas meetup tonight. I have not set a date just yet, but I will re-schedule and I'll let you know. Thank you again for your support. Love you guys! #VegansofIG
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  •   patrick_mccracken_22 Who shouldn't own a gun****** @lauraanntull 11mon
  •   vegansofig @mrstealyourgirl43 This is not the post to comment about your support of guns. It's like the NRA speaking in Denver after columbine. It's not welcome and inconsiderate of the victims. Luckily I was not seriously hurt. But I did have black and blue marks from crawling on the ground for my safety. I had to go to therapy for PTSD after the shooting. This was a horrible day. I still have nightmares about it. And if you want the honest truth, I don't believe in gun control. I want them abolished. And I'd like this conversation to be over because just reliving it makes me upset. You're entitled to you opinion, but you were not at LAX that day fearing for your life—I was. I called my parents telling them I loved them because I thought I was going to die. And whatever the 2nd amendment says, it will not take away my fear and hatred towards gun violence. It will not take back the 30,000+ lives lost every year to gun violence. I welcome honest debates, but this is not the post to have it. Thanks you for understanding. 11mon
  •   patrick_mccracken_22 You're right, were you in the woods the day that man was shot by some poachers, saw them drive off laughing, saw the light leave the poor mans eyes. I haven't served in the armed forces but you're lucky you haven't seen BAD violence, just watch the movie black hawk down or watch the interview of how Pat Tilman died. This conversation was uncalled for on my part. @vegansofig I DO ENJOY UR POSTS 11mon
  •   patrick_mccracken_22 Can we debate in dm or something @vegansofig 11mon
  •   vegansofig @mrstealyourgirl43 No. If you can't respect my feelings, it's not going to happen. I'm not going to write back anymore. 11mon
  •   patrick_mccracken_22 I totally respect your feelings, I understand what u went through, the man died right in front of me, I've live through the same thing @vegansofig 11mon
  •   patrick_mccracken_22 @vegansofig I'm sorry I was insensitive, it's just that when bad shit resurfaces it just makes rant 11mon
  •   lauraanntull Block him. I just did. 11mon

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vegansofig I'm sorry that I have to do this, but I'm going to have to re-schedule the Las Vegas meetup tonight.
I was checking into my flight for Las Vegas at LAX in Terminal 3 when I heard gunfire. There were a lot of shots. I didn't see it happen, but I heard it right next to me and it was terrifying.
They hid us behind the ticket counter where they keep the bags. After about a half hour they moved us to the Tom Brady terminal. I'm not sure when they'll let us leave.
It seems like it's over, but we're all stuck here because they're still searching for other suspects. I'm scared, and I just want to get out of here.
We might stuck in the airport for a few hours and I don't think I'll have enough time to get to Las Vegas. Even if I did, this experience really scared me and I just want to go home and feel safe again. I'm really sorry guys. I'll keep you posted. #VegansofIG
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  •   moniquearos How terrifying! Happy to hear you're ok! 1y
  •   cassidyyanne I am so glad you are okay!!!! My prays go out to all the families that were affected! 1y
  •   decorinbloom I hope you're okay and have had some time to get back to feeling better! 1y
  •   mrhairypants Thinking of you! Hope you're resting♡ 1y
  •   lonemoment Take care of yourself! 1y
  •   monodistortion I'm so glad you're safe, Amy! I heard about it on the news and it sounded terrible. 1y
  •   nooraf8 @amelalmo this is what I saw last night before I slept. And this morning saw the huff post 1y

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vegansofig "Orcas Have Feelings Too" —Tune into @CNN now and watch #Blackfish!

BLACKFISH airs on CNN tonight from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm ET (and again from 12:00 am to 2:00 am ET)

If you don't have CNN, you can still watch Blackfish for free online. Link here: http://viooz.co/movies/21942-blackfish-2013.html to buy, rent, or find out more about the film visit blackfishmovie.com #VegansofIG
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  •   jaqveganwriter THANK YOU FOR THE LINK! I was afraid I was never gonna be able to watch this because I don't live in the US and has a slim chance it'll be distributed where I live. So thanks again! 1y
  •   karen.87 For those that have a love film subscription Blackfish is available to rent by post. It's a must watch. 1y
  •   hannahbananabakery Awesome thank you x 1y
  •   cirquemermaid @vegansofig my mom has been an animal trainer and performer for over 25 years including over ten years of training various whales and dolphins including orcas. She has told me first hand the shady parts of the industry, the things changed, and the love she has for these animals. Not everyone in the industry is dead set on money and harming the animals. I know you might not care too much but i just wanted to leave my two cents. I like your page a lot and hope if you read this you could maybe list some positives that have come from the animal performance industry. @vegansofig 1y
  •   cirquemermaid Including over 15 years at Seaworld. @vegansofig she loves those animals. The industry is changing. And she agrees activists are good and bad because they sometimes ignore the good. It's a research organization too and now working for a state aquarium she goes to animal training and research conferences every year where research and technology is shared about animals in captivity and their behaviors and how they can keep the species alive in the wild. @vegansofig 1y
  •   crueltyfree411 On Netflix. I watched this movie and cried. 1y

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