Author: Elise Phillips Margulis

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Elise Phillips Margulis

Elise Phillips Margulis is a contributing writer for FIDO Friendly magazine and has been published in Way Cool Dogs, The Mighty, NJ Next, and Superfood Box. She’s obsessed with animal welfare, environment protection, and equality. Elise lives with her adorable & precocious 10-year-old son, her husband, their gorgeous canine, and their elegant feline. She's also a card-carrying member of Chocoholics Anonymous.

15 Brooklyn Schools Are Going Meatless On Mondays

Fifteen public schools in Brooklyn have become the latest institutions of learning to promote healthy and sustainable meals. Fortunately, the trend of teaching students to consume more fruits and vegetables and less meat is gathering momentum. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams spearheaded the Meatless Monday initiative. Adams himself had changed his eating habits and reversed his Type 2 Diabetes. As an advocate for nutrition, he was excited for the opportunity to “transform the health of thousands of our city’s students, as well as open the door to a powerful conversation that children can have with families on nutrition and...

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Brilliant Straw Is a Purifier to Help People with No Clean Water

According to Unicef, 2.6 billion people have gained access to improved drinking water since 1990. Unfortunately, as of 2015, 663 million people – 1 in ten – still drank water from non-potable sources. Nearly half of the people without clean water reside in sub-Saharan Africa. And access to clean water has become even harder due to climate change. A remarkable product called LifeStraw aims to eradicate the consumption of contaminated water. In 1995, the Carter Center asked Vestergaard – LifeStraw’s parent company – to create a filter to remove Guinea worm larvae from water. Vestergaard devised a cloth filter to strain out the...

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Richard Branson Predicts All Meat Will Be Clean or Plant-Based In 30 Years

Richard Branson, billionaire owner of the Virgin Group, and Bill Gates of Microsoft (the wealthiest  man on the planet) recently invested in Memphis Meats, a company growing “clean” cultured meat in a laboratory using stem cells instead of animals. Two billionaire business strategists investing in a company signifies a major innovation that will likely have an enormous impact on the future. “I believe that in 30 years or so we will no longer need to kill any animals and that all meat will either be clean or plant-based, taste the same and also be much healthier for everyone,” said Branson...

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What China Buying $300 Million Of Lab-Grown Meat From Israel Means For The World

Several regions of China are suffering from horrendous pollution. On the worse smog days many citizens wear masks to filter out airborne contaminants so they can breathe. China has resolved to go green, and part of their commitment to combat the pollution is to reduce their meat consumption by fifty percent. This ambitious objective has resulted in China inking a deal with Israel to import $300 million of “clean meat.” Here’s a little background on clean meat. It is also known as cultured meat, in vitro meat, and bio meat. The first synthetic burger was introduced to the world...

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Preschool Inside Retirement Home Brings Joy To Kids And Seniors Alike

How can we brighten up the lives of people living in nursing homes? The Providence Mount St. Vincent elderly care facility in Seattle opened a preschool in their building to create a greater sense of community – and the results have been phenomenal. For the children, it’s like having dozens of adoring grandparents. The senior citizens light up when the adorable young faces arrive. They share their wisdom and play with the children, cherishing visits from the surrogate grandkids. Administrator Charlene Boyd explains, “We wanted to create a place for people to come live, not come to die.” When the children visit,...

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