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Milking cats. Sure, talk about milking and eating your house pets…


MVP #053 – Ethical Consistency – Stop Being an Idiot

Not really a yawn. Social media threads with conflict between vegans and carnists (meat eaters).

Vegans tend to raise questions, expose issues and identify what is wrong.

Factory Farms, crammed full of animals.

Are animals supposed to have a happy life? Yes / No

Are they fulfilling their purpose by becoming our food.


a person who does not eat or use animal products.
“I’m a strict vegan”

Plant Based for health reasons

A plantbased diet is one based on vegetables, whole grains, legumes and fruit, with little or no animal products (including dairy). It may refer to: Vegan diet: a plantbased diet with no food from animal sources.

Meat Eaters that don’t care about the animals welfare because their religion says the animals don’t have souls.

What Is Carnism?

Carnism is the invisible belief system, or ideology, that conditions people to eat certain animals. Carnism is essentially the opposite of veganism; “carn” means “flesh” or “of the flesh” and “ism” denotes a belief system. Most people view eating animals as a given, rather than a choice; in meat-eating cultures around the world people typically don’t think about why they find the flesh of some animals disgusting and the flesh of other animals appetizing, or why they eat any animals at all. But when eating animals is not a necessity for survival, as is the case in much of the world today, it is a choice – and choices always stem from beliefs.


Historically: Raising animals for your own consumption.

Now we have a several generation deep tradition of holiday meat feasts.

Dairy and meat industry have influenced the food pyramid. Some more unbiased versions of recommendations are shown from University of Michigan and Harvard below.




Is eating meat the right thing to do? Some situations require it. Understood.

We make choices because we are able to. Underdeveloped countries and poorer communities don’t have the same advantage of being able to choose the fast food drive through as opposed to food from their own fields.

What better choices can we make for our health? Consider a stronger whole food diet.

Infographic on grams of protein per 100g of a food:

Get educated so you can see the options available to you.

What’s in your salad? Lazy vegan salad toppings…

Where do you get your fiber?

If Vegans Said the Stuff Meat-Eaters Say

Is hunting necessary? Breeding deer then releasing them into the wild in order to have something to hunt…I wonder how the government is regulating these start up farms that sell direct to local restaurants.

Make a difference. Be responsible. Speak up when you know something is wrong. Speak up when you can prevent something bad from happening.

Be the example. Become the person you want other people to be.

Are cattle keeping our water hostage?

We force the animals to reproduce. Reduce the demand, reduce the available profits, reduce the number of factory farmed animals.

How consistent are you ethically? Is it okay to kill certain animals and not others? Can we force feed geese, but not dogs? Where do you draw the line?

Milking cats? How is that different than what we do with cows?

Could you have a litter of puppies … and then eat them?

What beliefs were you brought up with?

Vegan kickstart

Trying Vegan facebook group

pH of your poop…(lower is better) Stool pH and colon cancer from  contains an encyclopedia of research comparison to help cut through the acres of research. Nice work!

Educate yourself to the alternatives and the reasons WHY change is necessary.

Be thoughtful. Ask questions. Do good things. Help yourself and others live long and healthful lives.

Find community. Find support.


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MVP #052 – Animal Agriculture is Killing Our Planet – Turn the World Upside Down

Responsible pet owners

Controlling everything

Would you EAT YOUR PETS?? Adopt a pet to eat it? Not what we do in the United States.

Disturbing videos online from Korea showing atrocities towards animals:

  • Cat being burned with a torch
  • Dogs being skinned alive
  • Dogs being force-fed to fatten them up. Assume the dogs are too stressed to eat knowing what is happening to them.

How much different are these videos to things happening here in the United States legally?

Chicken farmers start with a load of chicks and a quantity of food. They are paid based upon the live weight of chickens when the contract company returns to pick up the results of their time.

Pigs are skinned after being dipped in hot water to loosen the skin. We hope that the animals are dead before this happens.

Do we really believe that the animals have no idea that they are in line for slaughter?

YOU can make a difference! Shed the blissful existence of ignorance and stop eating meat.

The goal is to achieve alignment regarding veganism within the leadership. The leadership within our family, our community, our schools, our country, our planet.

What makes a more healthy meat / animal product?

Why is eating animal products unhealthy?

Are we being punished?

Educate yourself to the alternatives and the reasons WHY change is necessary.

We, as a species, must learn to create food to replace food that is being grown / farmed now. Find healthful alternatives. Make positive choices and impact your life and your planet.

Here’s to a less cheesy world. Evolve. Improve. Live!



Can you imagine, the only plant. Think about it...

Can you imagine, the only plant. Think about it…

Listen in and enjoy the commentary.

Be kind to our planet.


Listen in to the Mocha Vegan Podcast, episode #050:

If the animals could choose their food, would there be gravel in with their corn?



If the animals could speak, what do you think they’d say?


People are doing a good job of wielding their power. Shouldn’t we protect those that are weaker?




If the animals could organize, farmer owners would have to respond.

(or run away)


Listen to the audio, “but they’ll never take our FREEDOM!” Maybe there is a better way, a way Beyond Meat…

Until next time,

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Listen in to the Mocha Vegan Podcast, episode #049:


Ducks can teach us a few things. Understand that I don’t sit for hours on end alongside the Western Canal in Arizona musing on the potential teachings of ducks. The pictures that follow were all taken while running on a recent Sunday in late March 2015. At this time of the year there are still some young duck families along with some that already have some adolescent or larger babies. The little ones tend to stay very close to momma duck where the older tend to wander a little further very much like our own children do as they age and gain confidence and abilities.

What should we learn from ducks?

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Duck Lesson #1: BE THANKFUL

Duck families along the canal seem to start with 8 ducklings. By the time these ducks reach adolescence, the numbers seem to dwindle. Be thankful for your time together.



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Keep an eye on your family. Spend time together. Teach them the lessons you have learned. Give them some freedom as they develop and mature.


Duck families #1


Put more thought into what you do in your day. Be ready to get started, to tackle your day with enthusiasm. Study the ‘problems’ you submit to others regularly. Most of our problems are due to our reliance on a life of convenience. Providing for your family now involves bringing home a good wage, bringing food into the home and preparing it, not necessarily foraging and hunting like families did together in ages past. Feed your family well and be in position to protect them when things do not go as planned or danger threatens.

Watch the ducks swim along, family together enjoying their time together while they look for food. You can get it all done and spend time together, too. Just keep trying, put your problems in perspective.



Perhaps “sign up” for a duck lesson at a body of water near you. Take a friend, significant other, kids or even your leashed dog for a walk. Observe how the ducks behave and discuss it together. Think about it. We really can learn a lot from ducks. Print out a picture and tack it up for those challenging times; it may bring a smile to your face. 🙂

Until next time,


P.S. I’d love to see your duck pictures. Please send me some!
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Selective Ignorance

People start their training for selective ignorance early in life. Until recent efforts to reduce bullying in schools, the victims of mistreatment from their peers often found the pleas for help falling on deaf ears. It always seems justifiable to mind your own business when you look at things from a “how much good could I do, anyways” perspective. This looking out for number one really makes you a big piece of number two.

Let’s talk about the animals. What can I do to help the animals? Vote with your fork. If you find pictures of chickens crammed in tiny crates with other chickens unpleasant to look at, don’t eat chicken. If you are a huge fan of Charlotte’s Web (and so are you kids), say no to pork. When videos of calves being taken away from their milk-producing mothers as soon as their born pull at your heartstrings, say NO to beef.


Consume no animals

Many things in life fall into the category where the velocity of daily life and the more and more overscheduled family allow convenience to trump doing the right thing. It takes more effort to do the right thing. Being consistent requires planning ahead. We are a reactive society. Unfortunately people react more strongly to the latest trends on Facebook and Twitter than they do to the ongoing imprisonment and lifelong torture of animals for our food.

I have been out of work for two months now. Keeping your morals about you becomes more challenging as pressures for new work and household budgets mount. There are always choices to make. See them and seize the opportunities. Be right with the world. To help with the grocery budget, it is okay to not have any beer. No beer at all. This did coincide with my brilliant idea to give up coffee and chocolate for lent. Giving up coffee has been an epic undertaking. Epic. Seriously, epic. “Chocolate and coffee are your two main food groups,” says my oldest daughter. So cut back on the beer and I could sleep. Sleep a lot. With my busy family, there is little time for extra sleep. See if this sounds familiar to any families out there:

Morning: Alarms start going off between 6 and 6:30 for morning showers or last-minute homework items. Three kids must all be up around 7 at the latest. My time then gets split between making breakfast and school lunches and water bottles. It is like herding cats, but usually ends well. My wife gets up around 7:30 when she is not on the road and by 7:45 and I am off to the high school. The rest of the crew is ‘ready’ to depart by 8.

8:30 starts my work day which can go until 2:30 when the kids are ready to return home. We have classes at the church, basketball, volleyball, flag football, speed and agility training and the occasional school function that pops up unexpectedly. During the school day, there are orthodontist appointments, dentist appointments, doctor appointments, calls from the school requesting forgotten books or homework, injuries from recess and taking the dog to the vet.

Dinner is a challenge. For a vegan, the amount of pizza that I buy or cook is unreasonable. I am not consistent with what I preach: “Don’t eat animal products!” -à “Here’s some cheese pizza kids…” I am not Rachel Ray or Emeril, nor do I pretend to. The disparity between what I’d like to have my kids eat and what they actually eat is a chasm that I am trying to bridge. We do not sit at the table together consistently as we are not all home at the same time most days. These are lazy excuses.

Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance. Doesn’t it?

I cook pasta and serve it with a meat and cheese free red sauce. I make vegetables, but not every day. I add in foods that I believe are important. I talk about nutrition. I garden and talk about the power of plants. I do not force anything on my kids. I want to amplify my parenting and fit it all in around finding a new job and helping my kids increase their performance in the sports of choice.

I commit to stay in shape. I am through 64 days of TapouT XT and have the aches and pains I would expect as a 47-year-old participant that doesn’t get enough rest. I try to run four days each week, including a run of at least 10-12 miles each Sunday. I have a green smoothie about three times a week and keep chia seeds in my diet to give me an edge. I drink tons of water.

I could really go for some coffee right now.

Seriously, is my suffering during lent helping God in any way? I’m not sure, but I am not getting headaches anymore and my productivity is skyrocketing. I took my girls to a mission at the church the two nights ago and heard a prayer that really got me thinking; it went something like this:

                God, please take anything or anyone from my life that is keeping me further from You.

Say that and really think it through. Coffee and chocolate, bah! Beer to save the grocery budget, pish posh. Anythingor anyone. Much of the sermon circled the idea that we try to prepare for all manners of ‘storms’ in our lives. We save money for a rainy day. We tell the kids to look both ways before they cross the street. But, the truth is we can’t really control any of it. We spend much of our time worrying and stressing about a myriad of potential life challenges that we have no control over whatsoever. I felt that the point of it all was that we have to trust God and give as much love to our people as we can.

Make good choices people. Love the Earth and those around you as much as you can. Let’s plant seeds of happiness for future generations together. :)


MVP #043 – Speciesism – Mark Phipps – Mocha Vegan Podcast

Think about how we treat 'others'

Let’s be bigger than other people

A note that this recording was made on Monday, January 5, 2015, the day I returned to work from a long holiday. At the end of the next day I was laid off, so I’ve had more than those days I mention in the beginning of the episode to spend with my family (just with less money…) – moving on.

The concept of ‘speciesism’ is that people are the most powerful species and discriminate and maintain control over all other species. Similar to racism and sexism, people have taken over the planet.

The animals really don’t have a chance anymore.

Factory farming is outside reasonable lines of how we should treat ANY other species.

There are horror movies that show this type of treatment towards other humans and it is a bad thing. 101 Dalmatians, a movie I watched early in life, didn’t encourage mistreatment of dogs. We don’t like people to cage up their pets or mistreat their family. Why would we condone mistreatment of the animals that were identified as our targeted food source?

Think about the implications and try to move in a positive direction. Consider vegan.

Thanks for listening.

Mark Phipps


Think about it.

Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) Make 2015 an AMAZING year for animals: go #vegan and encourage your friends to join you, too! The Veganuary campaign can help you out for your first month. Visit for more info!

Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM)
Make 2015 an AMAZING year for animals: go #vegan and encourage your friends to join you, too! The Veganuary campaign can help you out for your first month. Visit for more info!

Invasive Species- Unintended positives

Zebra Mussels invaded the Great Lakes around 1988. They far outproduce efforts to consume or eliminate them. Some benefits are noted. This invasive specie has the ability to filter large amounts of water. Though it takes some important nutrients out of the water, positive effects are noted: Water clarity is greatly improved and some fish species do better.

We are hunting deer to keep their population under control so they don’t starve to death.


WE are growing cattle and cutting down forests to feed our population

OR are we getting only so much cow per acre and only for people who can afford the meat

WHY are we starving? WHY aren’t we growing more grains, more food that we can eat.


According to the movie, Cowspiracy: Humans and their animals raised for food used to account for less than 2% of the biomass of the planet. Today mankind and the animals associated with animal husbandry make up more than 98% of the biomass.

Mountains of cow SH!T under plastic held down by tires, lagoons of pig waste the size of four football fields – it is the pollution of a misguided industry. We are great at reacting, problem solving, but do not always balance the long term impact of our activities with the short term gain.

Listen to my on the air struggle with having animals that are used for food. Is it okay to have chickens and use their eggs for food? I have a huge problem with artificial insemination of cows with the main purpose being to produce milk. What if YOU have a baby and someone came and took the baby away as soon as you had it?!! Imagine the trauma. How could you know of these things and not DO MORE!?! Be responsible, don’t be wasteful.

At our house, we have our pets fixed so that we are not being irresponsible. Meanwhile people who are trying to make a buck jamb puppies into dirty cages in their back yard with the intent of selling them to pet stores. These things need to flip flop.

We are not managing ourselves and our environment well.

Things to watch:

Species-ism – The Movie – These guys just posted a drone fly-over of a pig farm. So disgusting what our efficiency has led to. Look for it.

A Spy Drone Flys Over A Pig Farm And … – YouTube



No burn days. Why?

Burning wood creates too much pollution. Not because it makes people cough. The state gets penalized by the Federal Government when pollution levels exceed federal standards – it is all about the money. We are reactive when we should be proactive and planting more crops that help clean the air. Planting food we can eat instead of crops to feed to animals that take too long to mature and monopolize too many resources to what you get from them. That is notwithstanding the way the animals are suffering to become food in the first place.

We are the cockroaches dirtying up the kitchen, except that we control it ALL. We make the rules. Nobody turns on the lights to watch us scatter. There is not a size D shoe that promptly ends our lives. We are not being hunted. We are only accountable to God and it appears that God is letting people make their own bed. We are going to have to lie in this bed for generations to come. We don’t want to live in a global laboratory because everything outside has been destroyed / compromised / used up … do we??

Look forward to the day when our technology allows animals to communicate with us. Look at the pig in the cage. When he looks back at you, makes eye contact and asks: WHY?! Be ready for how that is going to feel. FARM animal rights

Until next time:


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Convert the Farms!

Vote with your fork. Every time you eat you vote with your fork. Choose the way you want the world to treat animals each time you buy food and every time your eat. People aren’t perfect. Life is Busy! Do what you can towards a brighter future for our planet.



The Mocha Vegan Podcast is recorded in Phoenix, Arizona traffic. It is my effort to make some good of a potentially crappy commute and share my thoughts with all of you.

Things to Eat

Whole grain pastas

Almond Milk

Fake Meats

Things to Do

Watch Cowspiracy

Leaflets by F.A.R.M.

Be aware of what happens to animals to make profits

660 gallons of water to produce a 1/4 pound beef patty!

Until next time:


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Rich Roll

Join me for a great conversation regarding Rich Roll’s history and events leading up to his book, Finding Ultra, his podcast, and the lessons learned by experiencing the movie Cowspiracy.

Rich Roll


Finding Ultra

A very motivational book for me that documented Rich’s journey from addiction and poor health to being an inspiration for many others.

Finding Ultra, book by Rich Roll


Cowspiracy – The Sustainability Secret

Watch Cowspiracy and learn more

660 gallons of water to produce one 1/4 beef patty!

Listen in, make a difference. Encourage those around you to conserve water. Conserve water by not eating meat.

Until next time:


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29 Amazing Vegan Ice Cream Recipes

It calls you from the freezer: Come and get me, bring a big spoon. Don’t tell the brownies, you can have them tomorrow.

Enjoy the episode!

Until next time:


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Sid Garza-Hillman, author of Approaching the Natural, A Health Manifesto and host of the Approaching the Natural Podcast is my guest for this episode. His down-to-earth approach to health and happiness are a great fit for a world wanting to improve. Sid advocates a small step approach.

Check out his podcast on iTunes and Stitcher: Approaching the Natural


Join Sid Garza-Hillman for a spreecast, the first Saturday of each month at


Being vegan and brewing your own beer have consistent goals.

I am vegan because I want to control the things that I put in my body. Brewing your own beer allows you to move past the coolers full of junk beer and into something that contains body and flavor. By brewing the beer yourself, you get personal satisfaction from your creation plus save some money along with way.

Listen in to my conversation with Doug Hermansen, oppressed future small business owner, as we touch on some of the ins and outs of getting started.

Thanks for listening.


“Oh, that’s right, you can’t eat that, right? You’re a vegan.” No. Actually, I CHOOSE not to eat that. I CHOOSE not to support businesses that are exploiting animals. What if I talked about WHY I do not eat what you eat?! You might not enjoy that meat anymore. So back off.

Read my post from June 10, 2014 on and get the message.

The story in the last chapter for Seth Godin’s Tribes describing how San Francisco became a no kill city thanks to one man filled my soul today. Change from the bottom up, something previously thought impossible, IS possible today.

Be that change.