Plant-Based Society featured on The Beacon!

The Beacon, a student-run newspaper at FIU, published an article and photos of Plant-Based Society on Thursday, April 28.

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Thank you, Melissa!

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SHOUT OUT to our graduating Secretary of Plant-Based Society:

“Melissa is one of the most hardworking people I’ve ever met. Even as a graduating senior, she made time to help out PBS in every way possible. I met this girl when we were both volunteering to fundraise for our Alternative Breaks trips. We instantly bonded and because close friends. We share an interest in many of the same things, such as sustainability, cooking and plant-based lifestyles! She took minutes at every meeting and offered advice to our new club from her pervious experience on e-board for other organizations. This semester went smooth for our club, and much of the success was due to Mel’s encouragement and passion. I wish she was not graduating so we could keep her on our e-board forever. Melissa, you always have a home with PBS, and we will always fondly remember you as our first secretary.” – Stephanie Bird, President.

An apology to you, dear animals

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I am sorry.

I am sorry to every single living, breathing, sentient being that I ever ate in my lifetime.

I am sorry I didn’t make the connection between your face and the piece of flesh on my plate.

I am sorry I numbed my feelings and didn’t think about the horror you endured to get to the grocery store. I saw you in pictures and videos all over the internet and in presentations, but I liked the taste of your dead body too much. So I brushed reality aside and kept buying your body parts at Publix.

I am sorry for the times I drove on the turnpike and saw your family on the side of the road and got excited about how cute they were, and then 5 minutes later stopping at McDonalds to buy the bodies of their relatives.

I am sorry that I reposted animal rights activist pictures about people beating up dogs and cats but didn’t bat an eye when I bit into a burger.

I’m sorry that even when I met my friend’s pet pig and saw her wagging her tail, licking my face and getting excited to play fetch, I ate bacon the next morning, not realizing that if my friend hadn’t adopted this pig, I could’ve been eating her.

I’m sorry that people will stop their car on a way to a restaurant to let ducklings pass by, but then order duck soup once they get there.

I’m so sorry. For telling myself lies to justify eating you. For telling myself you don’t feel pain… or that I need to eat you to survive. For telling myself that your suffering didn’t matter, because … obviously, my tastebuds are the most important thing in the world. But most of all…

I am sorry that you have to sit there in your cramped up pens waiting to get your throat slit …. Meanwhile, you get to watch people get sent to jail for laying a finger on a dog, and petitions to free killer whales, and people posing in photo shoots with their horses, and people watching cat videos for hours and protecting all these animals at all costs which is awesome…..but….

I am sorry that you are the unlucky ones. That society has told me to worship one animal but slaughter the other.

I am sorry that if I speak up against the abuse of a dog it’s called compassion but if I speak up against the abuse of you, it’s extremism. And all you must be wondering is “Why me?” So on behalf of someone who thought it was fine to eat you for years of my life because that was “just the way things are.” I am sorry.

Please pass along my message to the others. For the quarter million animals who’ve been slaughtered since I started speaking, it’s too late. But for the rest of the ones still alive, waiting for their death so they could be sliced up and put between bread, please do extend my apology.

Written by: Paola Roldan/ CSO Representative

Image by: #l98, courtesy of Creative Commons

Recap photos of yesterday’s Meat Out

James Wildman, Animal Rights Foundation of Florida humane educator, presents on why veganism supports animal rights and the environment. Club members enjoyed Wildman’s informative presentation, where students connected with his arguments.

Students Snapchatted throughout the event and said they felt inspired. It was a successful night, where nearly 80 people attended.

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Images by: Camila Fernandez/PR Representative

One Week Challenge

“Healthy vegan food on a college budget at $44.00 per week”

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Breakfast 2 waffles + 1 banana w/ 1 tbsp pb + soymilk

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Calories: 495

Protein: 22 g

Soy yogurt with granola + orange

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Calories: 430

Protein: 17 g

Granola & soymilk + banana w/ 1 tbsp pb

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Calories: 495

Protein: 22 g

2 waffles + orange banana soymilk smoothie (w/ protein powder if you have it)

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Calories: 505

Protein: 24 g

Soy yogurt with granola + banana w/ 1 tbsp pb

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Calories: 495

Protein: 20 g

Lunch Vegan burrito: rice, beans, spinach, ¼ tomato, ½ avocado,  and mushrooms

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Calories: 460

Protein: 18 g

Breakfast potatoes(ii)* + waffle + banana w/ pb

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Calories: 455

Protein: 14 g

Zucchini/ mushroom/ spinach tofu stir-fry w/ rice or quinoa(iii)*

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Calories: 470

Protein: 29 g

Tofu scramble(v)* breakfast burrito w/

spinach, ¼ tomato and mushrooms

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Calories: 375

Protein: 29 g

Wrap with hummus, spinach, ½ tomato, mushrooms and leftover chickpeas

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Calories: 420

Protein: 24 g

Dinner Baked (or microwaved) potato w/ broccoli & sauteed spinach

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Calories: 450

Protein: 9 g

Rice & black beans w/ zucchini + spinach salad w/ mushrooms

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Calories: 485

Protein: 24 g

Chickpea curry w/ potato & zucchini

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Calories: 375

Protein: 17 g

Leftover stir-fry from Wednesday

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Calories: 470

Protein: 29 g

Veggie pizza!

Put leftover veggies on a tortilla with any pasta sauce

Snacks Cliff bar

Roasted chickpeas(i)*

Carrots & hummus

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Calories: 450

Protein 17 g

Apple w/ pb

Carrots & hummus

Granola & soymilk

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Calories: 520

Protein: 22 g

Cliff bar

Tortilla chips w/ ½ avocado(iv)*

Carrots & hummus

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Calories: 550

Protein: 17 g

Apple w/ pb

Granola & banana

Waffles

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Calories: 520

Protein: 17 g

Cliff bar

Apple w/ pb

Roasted chickpeas

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Calories: 540

Protein: 21 g

Option One: 

Almond Milk (or soymilk) $3.00
Granola (can be gluten free) $4.00
Van’s Power Grains frozen waffles $3.00
Soy yogurt (2) $3.00
3 Apples $2.00
6 Bananas $1.50
2 Oranges $1.00
Extra-firm vitamin fortified tofu $2.50
3 Large russet/ sweet potatoes $2.00
2 Tomatoes $0.50
1 Avocado $1.00
Baby spinach (or arugula/kale/etc) $2.50
Baby bella mushrooms $2.00
Zucchini $2.00
Baby carrots $1.50
Hummus $3.00
3 Protein bars $3.00
Whole wheat or corn tortillas $1.50
Large bag of frozen broccoli (or your favorite vegetable) $3.00
Can of low sodium black beans $1.00
Bag of dry chickpeas $1.00
$44.00

For more information, click on One Week Challenge.

Created by Sarah Bird, Vice President