Soy or Not Soy; That Is The Question

“So what do you eat?” is the number one question for vegans and vegetarians.

What people with a little imagination usually picture are dishes in which meat and fish are replaced by soy products – or worse: where there is only a bit of salad left on the plate. The truth is: soy burgers and textured soy protein are Continue reading

Vegetarian Butcher

The Hague’s Vegetarian Butcher just won the Triodos Hart-Hoofd Prize. Reason enough to have a look at the unique shop and the idea behind it.

De Vegetarische Slager is what the name says, a butcher without meat. How do we have to imagine it? Their idea is to dedicate a store to meat substitutes the way they are usually dedicated to meat. Continue reading

How to Live Green Without Freaking Out

I realize again and again how many people around me would like to live more environmentally conscious and responsible towards their surroundings.

That is why I put together the Kosmos 9 “Guide to Change” or in other words: Ten easy steps to succeed in moving towards how you would like to live your life. Continue reading

Is it for Ethical Reasons?

Have you ever felt that you needed to explain exactly why you have decided not to eat meat? For most people there is a lot more behind it than just the ethical story – with which I am by no means saying that the ethical story is not important. has an amazing list of “How to win an argument with a meat-eater”. They list for example the Hunger Argument (You know how many hungry people could be fed with the corn and soy given to cows and other animals for meat production? I will just quote vegsource: Number of people who could be adequately fed Continue reading

What Happened So Far

From time to time it is good to look back and see what has changed since we last looked at a certain topic. So here are some updates on Kosmos 9 stories from the past:

Let us start with some very good news. Greenpeace did it! They have successfully convinced not only Puma and Nike but at last also adidas that it is better to detox. Remember when we talked about how the clothing industry is leaving our planet full of toxic substances? Continue reading

(STOP) Eating Animals

Novelist Jonathan Safran Foer writes a book about eating animals. Why? Because there is more than one story which has to be told. A first taste:

“This raises all kinds of bizarre questions — questions that before I learned about our two types of chickens, I’d never had reason to ask — like, What happens to all of the male offspring of layers? If man hasn’t designed them for meat, and nature clearly hasn’t designed them to lay eggs, what function do they serve? Continue reading