There are many definitions and uses for the word ‘product’.
Most manufacturers at this time are not going to put on their labels ‘contains no animals’. But that’s what I’m working toward. Right now the goal is ‘contains no animal products’. It’s straight forward in a language people understand.
Colin Kaepernick puts his name on Nike products – big time sellers of footwear
Nike’s worth sourced from The Motley Fool:
Dan Caplinger (TMFGalagan) Sep 9, 2016 at 12:31PM
“The simplest measure of Nike’s worth
The stock market gives the most obvious indication of a simple valuation of a company. Nike currently has about 1.35 billion shares of publicly traded stock outstanding. A price of around $56 per share puts the value of Nike’s publicly traded shares at around $75 billion. However, Nike has non-traded Class A shares outstanding as well. When you add those in, Nike’s total market capitalization rises to about $94 billion.”
Sourced from Forbes: as of June 2, 2018
MARKET CAP $110.3B
TICKERNKE $83.49 $0.02 (0.02%)
COUNTRY United States
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Mark Parker
HEADQUARTERS Beaverton, Oregon
As of Jun 6, 2018
“Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.”
Just do it.
This is Colin Kaepernick’s message to the entire world?
Where’d his hair go? Sacrificed it in the photo for a footwear company to use his face on their feet and the feet of the entire world?
To stay rich, because he doesn’t play football any more? So rather than work for the money at a real job, he hijacks football stadiums and flips his wig to sports fans, the military, law enforcement and white people?
And NIKE just paid him for that service. What is he going to do with all that money? Who is he going to give all that money to?
JUST DO IT?
Just do what, is my question and has always been my question. What pervert from Beaverton, Oregon thought that one up?
Just do what?
Whatever anybody is thinking they’d like to do when they encounter that slogan on another person?
Just do what?
steal someone’s car?
push someone into the street?
run someone down with your car?
spit in somebody’s food?
drug somebody’s drink?
scream fire in a theatre?
scream bomb in an airplane?
blow up a school?
plan a massacre?
put a suicide belt on?
blow up a stadium?
steal somebody’s shoes?
throw a dog off a building
set someone on fire?
eat somebody’s face?
smash a baby against the wall?
What? Just do what?
If it’s to do a good deed, then that needs to be interpreted – those who blow up buildings and people for religious or ideological reasons think they’re doing a good deed.
If it’s to show a kindness, then that doesn’t require sacrificing everything. It requires nothing that resembles a sacrifice.
I’ve been an animal rights activist for decades. I never sacrificed. I went without. There is a world of difference between the two.
NIKE is not responsible for what people do when they read or see that slogan > JUST DO IT.
Did Russia really make US citizens on social media vote for Donald Trump according to the democratic populace fueled by the democratic elite by paying for negative political ads regarding Hillary Clinton and the American democratic system of government? If the answer is yes, then NIKE will be held responsible in a court of law for all of the above.
Did Donald Trump becoming president really cause the entire membership of the democratic party to go off the rails and become hate mongers expressing a desire to destroy the American system of government as we know it, by denying half the populace the right to free speech and by undermining the executive, judicial and legislative branches of government? If the answer is yes, then NIKE will be held responsible in courts of laws all over the world for actions taken against individual people, other species, groups, nations and property based on that powerful slogan > JUST DO IT.
Note: There are a lot of loose ended people in the world with all kinds of hair dos, who will follow instructions when they are concisely communicated, as long as you don’t tell them HOW WHEN WHERE or for what reason to do it. But there’s only one fuzzy haired person hijacking stadiums for the purpose of disrupting a sport, a nation and a world for an extremely narrow agenda. The USA has unions to help workers address issues of unfair treatment in the work place – even for multi-millionaires.
It looks like the American black populace slept through 9-11. Guess they didn’t feel the horror that sticks like skin to the American white populace – to this day.
The American black needs to find it’s own soul, instead of hijacking the souls of their unsuspecting victims.
Hardly anyone knows what vegan is even today nearly 40 years later. They’ve become familiar with the word, but not the meaning. They don’t get why vegans won’t eat a vegetarian burger made with egg whites, or that fish and chicken are animals. And what’s wrong with cheese? That’s not an animal. Well, real vegans don’t understand why vegetarians won’t eat a burger that contains no animal products. And you have to wonder why a person serving food wouldn’t know where what they serve comes from. Then there’s the added confusion of people calling themselves vegans who eat fish or chicken, or who are strictly animal-free sometimes.
The current trend in labeling a manufactured food, that CONTAINS NO ANIMAL PRODUCTS (CNAP), is to label it PLANT-BASED rather than VEGAN, or ANIMAL-FREE. Some worry about the negativity associated with animal rights groups, so veer from the usage of the word vegan on their product even though it might be vegan.
If you’re allergic to fur, then you’re allergic to skin. If you’re allergic to skin, then you’re allergic to flesh. If you’re allergic to flesh, then you’re allergic to blood.
All humans are sensitive to animal products. You have an animal sensitivity. Every human does.
People in the past blamed how badly they felt on anything but the animal. Strange isn’t it? – how we never made that connection, never even inquired, wondered. It was always something else in our mind that took the blame.
It’s not the macaroni salad; it’s the steak. It’s not the cake; it’s the eggs in the cake. It’s not the coffee; it’s the cream in the coffee. Get it now?
Okay, then let’s get some labels printed.
Under the allergen category on all labels on all products insert either CAP or CNAP. Contains Animal Products or Contains No Animal Products
The reason why food companies and manufacturers won’t tell you what’s under the natural flavoring label is because it’s bad news. They want to trick you into eating animals, even if it’s a rat hair, which by the way, appears in most products along with mites and a lot of other microscopic stuff that even they can’t see.
So absent the hair, what other part of any animal do you add to your product?
Bones, teeth, genitals, eyeballs? Tell us. Hormones, blood? Yeah we know about the hair. That’s not the issue here. We do want to know what you’re force-feeding us by not telling us what’s under the natural flavoring label – even if you think it’s too little for us to care.
Yeah. But it’s not too little for you to hide, is it?
You, the manufacturer and food company, are forcing us to consume something we may or may not want. That’s a decision only we make – we the people make, individually deciding what each one of us wants to eat or not eat.
If it’s for sale in a market, then we have that right to demand and know exactly what we’re paying for. Show me what law, who wrote it and who voted to pass it.
If you’re worried that some other company will be able to replicate your recipe by exposing the ingredients under the natural flavoring label, then simply put under the natural flavoring label: CONTAINS NO ANIMAL PRODUCTS or CONTAINS ANIMAL PRODUCTS.
Actually, no one has the right to hide any ingredient in any recipe/formula made for public consumption.
Even if everybody’s researchers can replicate everybody else’s products, at least there will be transparency, and maybe what will sell one company’s product over another company’s exactly replicated product is customer service, availability and price.
You think you’re too big to fail. You think you don’t have to tell the customer what’s in the food product they’re buying with your company name on it? Because it’s made far away, you lost control of what goes in or gets left out or gets substituted?
You present a long list of “Maybes”. You don’t know for sure anything. This might be in it, or something else. We just don’t know for sure all the ingredients that anyone contracted to make our product puts in our product. They say they present us with a comprehensive list, but as with all food manufacturers any number of ingredients may not be available when they need them, or at the price we want to pay, or they might just run out sooner than anticipated, so they use something else, or nothing else.
You are not too big to fail. Nobody – no company, no institution, no government. Kingdoms have fallen on a whisper.
If your company does not know what’s in the product they are selling, it’s time to shrink to a point whereby you have quality controls in place at all times guaranteeing the safety for all who consume or use your product. Knowledge means safety. Tell the consumer what’s in it. They don’t trust you with their health and well-being, so stop expecting them to.
But some of it has nothing to do with safety. It has to do with preference – likes and dislikes, or morality or religion.
Further, how does your product make a person feel after they’ve ingested it? Some of it isn’t allergy-based, it’s sensitivity based. They know what makes them feel badly. You don’t. You’re not them.
You can’t fit it all on a label? Contains No Animal Products (CNAP) can fit on any label. Directing someone to your website is all well and good, but after they buy the product? Shoppers aren’t going to be surfing the net for every item they want to buy while in the grocery store. It’s not efficient. It’s not doable.
Well that’s their problem not ours.
No, that’s your problem.
CONTAINS NO ANIMAL PRODUCTS [CNAP]
Postscript > Oh, and none of this 1-5% animal product used in your product is okay to still call animal-free. No it isn’t.
You think you’re too big to fail. You think you don’t have to tell the customer what’s in the food product they’re buying with your company name on it. Because it’s made far away, you lost control of what goes in or gets left out or gets substituted. You present a long list of “Maybes”. You don’t know for sure anything. This might be in it, or something else.
We just don’t know for sure all the ingredients that anyone contracted to make our product puts into our product. They say they present us with a comprehensive list, but as with all food manufacturers any number of ingredients may not be available when they need them, or at the price we want to pay, or they might just run out sooner than anticipated, so they use something else, or nothing else.
You are not too big to fail. Nobody, no company, no institution, no government. Kingdoms have fallen on a whisper.
If your company does not know what’s in the product they are selling, it’s time to shrink to a point whereby you have quality controls in place at all times guaranteeing the safety for all who consume or use your product.
Knowledge means safety. Tell the consumer what’s in it. They don’t trust you with their health and well-being, so stop expecting them to.
We don’t only want to know the allergens in a product, because science doesn’t know yet the extent of food sensitivities and unknown allergies that raise havoc with the human organism. We want to know what is in the product, that we for whatever reason might not want to consume. Stop force-feeding us your politics and ideology and philosophy via your food products. We don’t care what you believe, we the consumer have ‘the right to know’ what we’re purchasing on our side.
Honesty is the only policy that will work. List every ingredient and the source of that ingredient > animal or plant.
FFC COMMENT: Since science has proven that eating animals causes a myriad of diseases and disorders all food containers need to state CONTAINS ANIMAL PRODUCTS (what animal) or CONTAINS NO ANIMAL PRODUCTS.
Remember that new nutrition label that was going to help you lose weight and eat healthier? Turns out, we may have to kiss it goodbye.
FDA Proposes Major Delay In Enforcing New Nutrition Labels
There’s another new deadline, but is this one here to stay?
BYOLIVIA TARANTINO & APRIL BENSHOSAN
September 28, 2017
Update, October 2, 2017: After indefinitely extending the July 2018 compliance date to enforce the new and improved nutrition labels, the FDA has finally proposed a deadline. So exactly how much longer must we wait?
On September 29, the FDA announced plans to grant food manufacturers an extra year and a half to start printing the new nutrition labels on packages. This means that big companies, which the agency defines as those that rack up over $10 million in sales annually, will have until January 1, 2020 to implement the changes. Smaller companies are granted a later deadline, January 1, 2021.
So why does the agency wish to enforce the revamped labels into the next decade? Apparently, many food manufacturers claimed that they required more time to implement the changes, which negatively affects us as consumers. The FDA’s “decision to cave in to food industry demands and delay the deadline for companies to update their Nutrition Facts labels harms the public’s health, denies consumers vital information, and creates an unfair and confusing marketplace as many companies have gone ahead with the labels anyway,” Dr. Peter G. Lurie, president of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, said in a statement. Since the proposed rule is open for public comment beginning on October 2, it will allow 30 days for commentary after which it will be finalized.
Original Post, June 13, 2017: The Food and Drug Administration announced on Tuesday that it would be delaying a major upgrade to the nutrition facts panel that was set to take place in 2018.
Now this is what I’m talkin’ about – milking a nut
After nearly 100 years in business, a dairy company was forced to close its doors. But rather than throw in the towel, they decided to start making plant-based milks instead.
Starting over is never easy – especially if, for most of your life, you’ve been certain that the life path you’ve chosen is right for you. But after 92 years of business, starting over is exactly what the New York City-based company formerly known as Elmhurst Dairy did.
Their story is a realization of the American Dream — what began as a small family business in 1925 in Elmhurst, Queens that provided milk across Brooklyn and Queens, soon grew into one of the largest dairy companies on the East Coast. If you grew up in the New York Metropolitan area, the carton of milk that came with your school lunch was most likely from Elmhurst. But the way that people consume milk has changed.
Since the mid-1970s, milk consumption in the United States has been steadily declining by 25 percent per capita, according to data from the USDA. More people than ever are choosing to grab a glass of non-dairy milk such as soy, coconut, almond, and others over the traditional cow’s milk that the dairy industry has long campaigned for as the key to building strong, healthy bones.
The decline in dairy milk’s sales have had an undeniable effect on the dairy industry. In California, several farmers have given up on dairy in favor of planting almond groves. And this past August, Elmhurst Dairy, an East Coast dairy staple that survived the Great Depression to go on to provide dairy milk to over 8,300 stores and 1,400 public schools, announced that it would be closing its doors — but not for long. Henry Schwarz, son of the company’s co-founder lamented the company’s closing to The New York Times: “Pasteurized fluid milk has sort of gone out of style. There isn’t much room for our kind of a plant. I tried to keep this open because it was my father’s plant and he asked me to do so.”
Elmhurst was out of the dairy business — but they weren’t out of the game. At this year’s Natural Products Expo West, the largest natural products trade show, they emerged rebranded as just “Elmhurst” with four varieties of non-dairy milk on display — hazelnut, almond, walnut, and cashew…
The company, which owns brands like Pepperidge Farm, Plum Organics, V8, and Prego, will begin disclosing the presence of genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) in its products — a first for a major U.S. food manufacturer.
ANIMAL-FREE VEGAN COMPANIES ARE STILL IN THEIR BIRTHING STAGE
What this means is that for many companies to get up and running they need to use the factories that other companies use to manufacture their goods that do contain animal products. They basically rent out the facilities, thus the common labeling of possible and/or traces of allergens – among them animal products – on their animal-free vegan goods.
There are very few animal-free vegan companies that build their own factories. Most simply can’t afford the cost. So until such time that the demand for animal-free vegan goods increases to the point where they can stand on their own, I accept that there may be traces of animal products in the animal-free vegan products that I purchase. They can clean the equipment between uses, but it’s nearly impossible to wipe out all traces of what was previously manufactured on the same equipment.
My criterion for animal-free is that the recipe itself contain no animal products.
If my French fries that I order at a restaurant are fried in the same oil that chicken is fried, I will eat the fries. The demand isn’t popular enough for restaurants to have essentially two kitchens – one for animal-free, one for animals. For me to refuse to eat out, doesn’t make any sense, since evolution takes time, and my presence at a restaurant ordering an animal-free dish matters. It shows the chefs, the workers, the patrons that I want to eat there, but I don’t want any animals in my food.
There’s not a magic wand we vegans are going to wave, whereby one day we wake up and all manufacturing companies and restaurants suddenly decide to convert their manufacturing plants and eating establishments to animal-free vegan – and then instantly follow through on it.
Veganism is spreading more rapidly than in the past, still, the way restaurants are currently responding to that trend is by focusing more on vegetarian (including eggs and dairy) than on all vegetable/plant-based.
There’s a Chinese restaurant I go to where the chef makes tofu – to date about eight different ways. Delicious! with many different sauces and combinations of vegetables and fruit. He of course has a full animal-based menu. For me not to eat there because he cooks animals would be counterproductive to the movement. Chefs evolve just like everybody else, and often meet resistance from those who want to hold onto their traditional ways of cooking. If there aren’t enough vegan customers to keep them in business (which there aren’t), all the restaurants will go out of business. And then where will we be?
Then there’s the grocery stores. If I won’t shop at a grocery store that sells meat, I won’t eat, because there aren’t enough of them that are totally vegan.
That will all change, but in the meanwhile I’m going to be part of that change, by supporting animal-free vegan companies that may have traces of animal products in their animal-free vegan goods, because they can’t yet afford to build their own factories, and I will eat at animal-based restaurants that care enough about my business to make me a delicious animal-free meal.
Although we’ve come a long way, we are still in the birthing stage of making our dreams of a cruelty-free planet a reality everywhere. Giving up because we’re not yet there is not an option I give myself.
The animals need us at every stage and juncture of the evolutionary process to free them.