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INTERVIEW JJ PETERS CARL SCHWARTZ WHAT IS VEGANISM? HOW TO CREATE A FRIENDLY VEGAN COMMUNITY REPLACE CHEESE REVIEWS PARKWAY DRIVE DEEZ NUTS RECIPE CHOCOLATE CAKE


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-INDEXIntroduction

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What is veganism?

Article

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The moral issue

Update

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News

Tips

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Vegan company

Article

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A friendly community

Interview

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Interview with Carl Schwartz

Q&A

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Changing habits

Article

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Speciesism and rights

Interview

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Interview with JJ Peters

Q&A

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Common misconceptions

Review

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Parkway Drive: Live

New music

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Paramore, Deez Nuts, I Killed the Prom Queen

Tips

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Books and movies

Recipe

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Chocolate cake

Guide

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L E T T E R from the

HERBIVORE Welcome to the first edition of Beets magazine! Last year I realized that I have no justifiable reason to consume animal products. I felt the need to inform everyone about this sudden realization of mine. Often it became abrasive. However, scaring people will not make them consider a plant based lifestyle, and that is why this magazine was born. I partly became vegan because of other people; because of other vegans. When they kindly and informatively provided me with well established facts it became that much more appealing, and I started researching on my own. This magazine will most of the time be directed towards those of you who still consume animal products, but vegans are of course also more than welcome. Please note that this magazine is and will remain politically and religiously unaffiliated. In this magazine more focus will be put on showing how to live a plant based lifestyle, and less effort will be put on providing numbers and facts. I also want to put more focus on prominent people (especially within music, but not solely) that convey a positive message. Not just vegans, but those in general who advocate a positive lifestyle. With this magazine I hope at least someone will one day say “I eat beets, not meat�.

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WHAT

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eganism is a lifestyle in which one refrains f r o m the exploitation of

animals to the extent possible and also practical. Some do it for health, others do it for the environment, some because of allergies or religious reasons, but most do it for the animals. In certain cultures it is the natural way of life, and in others it is not. There are plenty of alternatives to meat and dairy, so therefore one might argue that meat is an unnecessary luxury as it exploits other sentient beings for no reason that


ever could be ethically justified due to these alternatives and the fact that it is a harmful habit. As I write this food scientists across the globe are in this moment reinventing meat, or in other words creating alternatives to meat, dairy and eggs that will benefit everyone. A vegan lifestyle is proven to be more sustainable and leaves a smaller carbon footprint (the UN, among others, completed a report on this). A relative small amount of Earth’s human population adheres to a vegetarian or

vegan lifestyle, but that number is certainly increasing. As of March 2013 the word ‘Vegan’ had never in the history of Google been googled as many times before. A plant based diet will redefine your view of creativity and tastes.

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THE MORAL ISSUE he human species is arguably considered to be intelligently superior to other inhabitants of planet Earth; though the difference in intelligence may not be as big as we, humans, like to think. Something that makes us different from our ancestors and other sentient beings is the fact that we are aware of being aware. We are able to use knowledge in different ways which most of our fellow earthlings probably are incapable of doing, this sort of gives us a form of responsibility because we understand when interventions are needed in potentially harmful situations because we know what to do because

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of the knowledge we possess. Although it is said that science cannot give us a foundation for moral values (or if you would like to call it the framework for ethical responsibility), since science deals with facts, and facts are supposedly not equivalent to values, because one is often perceived to be objective while the other subjective. Arguably that is untrue, because values are facts about the welfare of conscious creatures. Why is it that we have more compassion for dogs than bees, and more compassion for bees than for rocks? Perhaps we are more concerned with the well-being of dogs because they are exposed to greater dimensions of potential suffering and happiness, even though the notion of well-being is undefined and open for discussion, but we know what conditions are required for animals to flourish and feel safe and under what conditions they are put in harms way. Peter Singer said, ‘if a being suffers


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there is no moral justification for not taking that suffering into consideration. No matter what the nature of the being, the principle of equality requires that its suffering be counted equally with the like suffering—insofar as rough comparisons can be made—of any other being’. To be honest; are we to pretend that we know so little about a creature’s well being that we have to be non-judgemental towards a practice like eating animals? What is well-being then? It is a wellestablished fact that every single sentient being seek shelter, companionship, food, avoidance of pain et cetera. Therefore something that counteracts these states is arguably ethically questionable. Therefore there are right and wrong answers when it comes to moral questions regarding this issue. Individuals and whole cultures can believe in wrong answers to these moral questions, if it relates to the opposite state of well-being. Carnism is a great exam-

ple of an ideology or whole culture that jeopardizes the welfare of sentient beings and therefore conducts something ethically questionable, despite overwhelming amounts of knowledge gained through empirical studies showing the devastating consequences of animal consumption and exploitation, and also the benefits of plant based lifestyles on the other hand. “Carnism conditions people to eat certain animals. A majority consider the consumption of animals as a fundamental core in their lives, rather than seeing that they make a choice by eating them; in cultures where meat consumption is established people usually do not tend to think about why they find the flesh of some animals repulsive and the flesh of other animals tasty, or why they even eat animals in the first place”2 1. Parts of this text was inspired by Sam Harris’ TED talk “ Science can answer moral questions” 2. Definition of carnism from www.carnism.com

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NEWS 26 August 2012 Leading water scientists says that a switch to a vegetarian diet might be essential to avoid shortages 19 October 2012 NASA shows off their new vegan space farming system 16 November 2012 The USDA predicts less meat will be consumed in 2013 18 November 2012 The World Bank addresses global warming as an economical problem 1 January 2013 Ban on animal-tested products in Israel 6 January 2013 Vegan cooking hits mainstream TV in the U.S. 7 February 2013 A completly vegan fashion (Vaute Couture) brand is seen on the New York fashion week 8 February 2013 The meat industry now consumes four fifths of all antibiotics 18 February 2013 UN urges the rich world to halve meat consumption in a new study revealing how farming practices destroy natural world 9 March 2013 Justin Timberlake features in a Saturday Night Live skit which deals with veganism positively 10 March 2013 NASA publish a new study showing how amplified Greenhouse Effect Shifts North’s Growing Seasons 11 March 2013 Ban on animal tested cosmetics and hygiene products in the European union 19 March 2013 The gates notes delivers new videos where they take on the issue of meat consumption and sustainability 16 April 2013 UK government publishes plans to ban circuses from using wild animals 31 July 2013 Nom Yourself’s first cookbook is released (all plant based recipes!) 2013 Keep your eyes peeled for http://www.theghostsinourmachine.com, a new movie about animal rights 10 | Beets Magazine


VEGANCOMPANY

TOCHECKOUT Keep is an American shoe company that launched in the summer of 2006. One of Keep’s goals is to make it easier for you to decide what pair of shoes you are picking, and so by making all of their shoes vegan and cruelty free. This also means that the products are manufactured in a factory audited by an international, third-party nonprofit dedicated to monitoring working conditions. A representative from Keep is also there on the line for every single production. Their designs are heavily inspired by everyday life; “from our walks through the city and through nature, from the things we read and eat, see and feel”. Keep’s shoes are clean and sturdy, but yet still fun! A lot of textile combinations mixed with colours and patterns makes them stand out from the masses. Head over to www.keepcompany.com to grab a pair! Or if you happen to be in Los Angeles you might want to consider visiting their store located in West Hollywood.

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in the transition need to realise that they are not doing too little, they are doing well and can take the time they want! Because it does, indeed, take time sometimes. This is also a reason to not act as a vegan police and point out people’s flaws or what they are doing ‘wrong’. Scaring people and being abrasive will not make anyone feel better and certainly decrease the likelihood of them considering a plant-based lifestyle. Violence creates violence, anger fuels anger. Continuing; if you made a cake, don’t say the cake is vegan - just say it is a cake. Otherwise there is a risk you will set another toupee fallacy in motion. If they taste one vegan dish and it feels odd to them they could perhaps think like that about all other

AFRIENDLY COMMUNITY he word ‘veganism’ has a bad stigma attached to it for many. A ‘vegan’ often retain the ability to produce the same effect that a police has around some people. It can feel tense and even odd to be close to one. The vegan lifestyle is viewed to be foreign as it goes against the norm of more ‘convenient’ lifestyles and there are copious reasons for this. A part of this is vegans fault, and the other part is someone else’s fault. Firstly there are too many cases where vegans shame those who do nothing, or what is said to be too little for the environment and the animals. That should never be the case; because we want to include people, not exclude! Therefore it is important to embrace every single step towards a plant based lifestyle, which I cannot stress enough! Vegans need to be welcoming, and those who are 12 | Beets Magazine

vegan dishes. We do not want to make veganism more foreign than what it already is. If you say that a certain food is vegan it sounds like it is not for anyone else to eat of. It is the same thing with mock meat, soy milk, dairy-free cheese and egg replacer. It creates a demonization of anything vegan related. A vegan lifestyle becomes something fake. A lifestyle filled with replacers that are just imitations of the ‘real’ thing. Which it most definitely is not. It is important that the vegan community becomes a friendly community. Do not judge anyone, especially if they sincerely open up to you with questions or their own experiences. You should stay positive, kind and informative. Text: Jakob Westergren


CARLSCHWARTZ


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arl Schwartz is the vocalist of San Francisco based hardcore outfit First Blood. A band known for their lyrics that are heavily characterized by their political viewpoints. First Blood was put into motion back in 2002. 10 years later they played at Motala Hardcore Festival where I met up with Carl to talk veganism. Q: What inspired you to consider a vegan lifestyle? A: You meet people. When I grew up I never thought of vegetarianism. Maybe my sister got into it when I was a teenager, a bunch of Morrissey and stuff like that, but I never took it seriously and I made fun of her. Then I went away to school when I was 17 or 18, and by the time I was 19 I had met a girl who was vegetarian and that was the first time in my life that I actually had considered what vegetarianism was all about; what do you do and what do you eat? It clicked with me, so I did it. When I was vegetarian it was mostly for my health. I felt better, I was eating better. It was the smart thing to do to not eat a lot of junk; like greasy meat and processed foods. I was still eating junk, but at least I felt like I was eating better. Then I learned more about the compassionate end of it; that is what really got me to become vegan. I also read ‘Diet for a New America’ by John Robbins. That was a really good book. I think that influenced me a lot. Just to think about things that I never thought of before. I felt for years that I just had been left in the dark for so long, and now it felt like I was learning something that had some sort of impact on the world, so that’s

why I did it. Q: How do you think one should approach the mainstream with veganism? A: It’s a good question. In hardcore you saw a huge vegan and straight edge movement that was popularized for a while with certain bands. There was a time when I knew a lot of people who were vegan, vegetarian or straight edge. Some of those people were smart about it, more intellectual. Then there were people who got into it because it was a cool thing to do. It was a lot of confrontation with people and many tried to stress their beliefs over other people for whatever reason. It was almost like forcing your beliefs on someone. People will do things if they want to do it, when they find a reason themselves to do it. It’s hard to force people to do something. You saw this kind of divisive moment in hardcore where a lot of people got into stuff and they ended up getting out of it. I think the same thing applies to the public just in general; same rules. People don’t want to have anything imposed on them, and with veganism and diet it’s hard to break people’s habits. People have been eating what they’ve been eating for years. They

"[you are] sharing information through a way that benefits others, instead of trying to say you are wrong, you're evil, you're doing bad things, no one wants to hear that about anything" eat what they see around them is normal; in restaurants and all sorts of things that are just considered comfortable and normal to them. So it’s hard to approach people about different eating habits. ‘Diet for a New America’ is a good example; the publisher of the book approached [John Robbins] saying we want to sell books. Obviously the book contains some really biased opinions, I mean it’s not biased in that sense, it’s just a strong point of | 15


view. It’s not like he is considering the benefits of killing animals, there is none, but he doesn’t stress any of that obviously.

say you are wrong, you’re evil, you’re doing bad things, no one wants to hear that about anything.

The publisher wanted to name it something else; I can’t remember what it was, but the publisher came to him [and said] why don’t you name it ‘diets’, diets are really popular, because people are concerned with diets, their image or maybe if there is health in some superficial way. ‘Diet for a New America’ deals

Another good example is a restaurant chain in Southern California, around Los Angeles. It’s called Veggie Grill. It’s pretty popular. They don’t stress the word veganism at all, they don’t say anything about vegetarianism, and I think the menu is completely vegan or 99% vegan; there might be a vegetarian

with the whole idea that people are proud to be, their origin and their national recognition. So ‘Diet for a New Americ’a sold books, but behind it was the whole philosophy of veganism, animal rights and compassion. I don’t think it’s as honest, but instead of trying to impose something and be really abrasive about it you see good examples of people approaching and sharing information through a way that benefits others, instead of trying to

thing that has some dairy on it. Everything is plant based, so it’s healthy, fast and convenient food. People are like ‘yeah I like healthy food, oh it’s fast, oh it’s good, it’s a nice environment and it feels nice’. Veggie Grill is like the Starbucks of vegan food. It does really well, but it doesn’t force some stereotypical label like ‘veganism’, because it has a bad stigma on a lot of normal people who are on conventional diets. The founder of Veggie

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Grill created an insanely popular business out of catering to people’s desire to benefit themselves somehow, but wilfully do it. Secondly is the fact that they are actually eating more compassionate diets. Just a little tangent. Q: You’ve gotten the question earlier if you find it hard to find food when you are on tour, and obviously it can be easy to find a salad or similar, but since you need all your protein, vitamins et cetera, how do you go about? A: I don’t think it’s really a problem. You get a hot meal every day. You go to the venue and it’s normal for promoters to cook a warm vegan meal for you if they know you’re vegan. It might be just pasta and vegetables, but hey, for me that’s great. Sure you can take a vitamin on tour here and there. I can use the States as an example; in America you’re not used to that luxury of always having someone cooking you food every day. Fast food is like a giant out there, it’s an evil monster. Sure you can try to find some vegetarian thing at Taco Bell, but it’s disgusting. Chipotle is all right, but you still feel like you want to explode when you’re done eating there. What we’ve done is go to supermarkets and try to, like you said, eat a salad, stuff that you can eat that doesn’t need to sit in the van for a while. Eat vegetables, fruits, a salad and stuff like that. It feels better, although it doesn’t feel like you’re eating a warm cozy meal, but you’re on tour so you do what you got to do to eat for a little while, and you’re only out for like a month. You don’t have to worry about starving to death, you’ll be home soon, but it’s like that for everybody. I think everyone on tour eats like crap for the most part, doesn’t matter who you are. Q: I recently read that you are collaborating with Trust Comes Tough, are you excited about that collaboration?

A: First of all I’m pretty psyched about it. I met [Luke] Weber last time we were in Australia, and he’s been good friends with some people we’ve known down there for a long time and he runs one of the few clothing companies that has been promoting veganism, straight edge and hardcore, sort of like those three pillars, pretty good over the years. So when he asked me to do something I was like ‘yeah for sure’. I’m working on some shirts right now that really stress those three pillars that his company sort of represents. It’s like a series of shirts, one’s about veganism, the other one’s about more straight edge, the last one is just hardcore. Being underground and live by your own rules kind of person. I’m just making him some shirts that keeps his name out there, whether it has First Blood on it or not I back it anyway no matter what, so we’ll see when that comes out. That should be done from when we’re taping this now, probably finished by the end of the month or less than that. So you’ll see those shirts soon. [Edit: this interview took place during the summer of 2012, which means that the First Blood x Trust Comes Tough collaboration has been released. Head over to www.trustcomestough. bigcartel.com] www.facebook.com/firstbloodrules Instagram: @firstbloodrules

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CHANGINGHABITS

"Don't you find it hard to check the ingredients all the time?"

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f you have grown up eating meat and never really encountered any less convenient habits it is quite sound to ask this question. If you decide to check the ingredients all the time just for one day I guess you will find it a real pain and perhaps you will even forget it most of the time; because you are not used to it! As did I for a period in the transition to veganism! It is all about changing habits! Your habits are imprinted, but it is possible to change them! It’s like re-installing a computer’s software, it takes time. Once you do it often enough it will stick to you and you will do it automatically. You become accustomed to it. You will probably notice that many products contain animal products such as gelatine, animal enzymes, honey, eggs and so on even when it comes to skin care products et cetera. Sometimes these ingredients are denoted with E-numbers instead, which you have to be aware of. If you find it troublesome to check it anyway you might be happy to know that some companies have begun to clearly mark their products as vegetarian and vegan friendly. These indications can be a simple logo with a ‘V’ on it, or sometimes it is clearly written “this product is suitable for vegetarians and vegans”. Also important to note, especially if you are vegan, is that many semi-finished products contains traces of either egg or milk, that does also include quorn.

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"But X does not taste like Y!"

t might be confusing to say ‘milk’ when you talk about the soy alternative to ‘milk’. It perhaps makes you think that one should be equal to the other, and if they are not equal in taste you reject what is deemed to be the fake one. You should not really bother comparing them. When you try something new do not bother comparing it to what you regard as the ‘real thing’. Don’t you remember how your grandad always told you when you were little to taste it at least 15 times and then you will appreciate it or at least find it acceptable? It is kind of like that actually. It takes time for your taste buds to adjust to new and foreign flavours! Give it some time and do not stress it! If you start excluding dairy and meat and try out plant based dishes for an extended period of time you will most definitely start appreciating and perceive flavours differently! Trust me.

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"Humans retain the ability to act humanely, an ability that we have sadly lost"

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"Only prejudice allows us to deny others the rights that we expect for ourselves"

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peciesism is the assigning of different ethics and rights on the sole ground of where a species comes from. Like sexism and racism, it is discrimination in its basic sense, lacking both in scientific evidence and morally justifiable arguments. It also gives freedom to oppressors to validate their hubris in themselves as superior, while oppressing the unfortunate on the sole basis of being different. This belief, like all discrimination overlooks and underestimates the similarities we share, focusing only on

what separates us. However, whether or not we are superior beings to animals is irrelevant, since what we all have in common is the ability to feel pain. The aim of animal rights is not identical treatment, but to meet equal consideration of interests. Every species on this planet yearns to live, breathe and procreate, basic needs that all earthlings share. But when we torment them for our own personal gain, whether it is for profit or for pleasure we intervene with their basic rights as earthlings. No species should be forced to a life of endurable pain. Humans have no physical need to either wear or ingest animal products, and since it causes insufferable anguish in animals it is morally unjustifiable on all levels. But by holding on to a supremacist attitude is the only way to rationalize this atrocious conduct, when we believe them to not be our equal. Humans expect to be treated equally, let us show the same humanity towards animals. Humans retain the ability to act humanely, an ability that we have sadly lost. | 21


I CAN’T NOT BE

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"The options that you can get for vegetarians and vegans in cafĂŠs, restaurants and supermarkets... it's 50 times better now than it was when I was 12 or 13"

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J Peters is the man behind the microphone in Australia’s most notorious hardcore outfit Deez Nuts. He is no stranger to a plantbased lifestyle; having grown

up vegetarian and later turned vegan. Q: What made you consider a vegan lifestyle? A: I’ve been vegetarian my whole life. My mother raised me vegetarian and my father ate meat. So I always had the option to do that if I wished to. I was never really forced in one direction or the other. I was given the choice, but I stuck with being vegetarian. My mother probably encouraged me a little


"I was never someone who was excited about eating, until I became vegan"

bit in that way, but there was never any pressure to do that. It was something I chose on my own. About 8 years ago, or maybe even longer, I just couldn’t sit by and know what I knew. Once I started learning about rennet and things that were in cheese and once other people that I spend a lot of time with that were vegan told me more about the dairy industry and the things that go on. I couldn’t sit back and turn a blind to it. I had to make that step further and go vegan and I have never looked back. It’s hard at times, especially on

tour, but compared to the horrific injustices that take place… I can’t not be vegan. Q: Even though you were raised vegetarian was there something that became hard in the transition to veganism? A: At the point I became vegan I was already surrounded by a lot of people that I had met through shows and playing in bands that already had been vegan for quite some time. So | 25


I had a lot of people that helped me out with what I could or couldn’t eat and encouraged me. It wasn’t a super-hard transition. I assume it would be for certain people; if you are not surrounded by people that live that way or even are aware of that lifestyle it would be a pretty tricky thing to do. Being vegetarian wasn’t a very common thing when I was little. So it was quite hard for me to do that growing up. Making the transition to veganism was nothing compared to having to grow up being vegetarian and being surrounded by kids that have no idea of what that was. Q: How do you encounter people with your vegan lifestyle? Are you met with a lot of negativity? A: Sometimes; there are a lot of small minded people that sort of feel they have to take you down a peg or comment on what you do if you’re vegetarian or vegan or what not. [And] think that it’s not manly, or that it’s unhealthy and this or that and the other. That’s just peo26 | Beets Magazine

ple being small minded. I try to encourage people to research obviously, vegetarian or vegan lifestyles. Look into it so that they can make a choice for themselves; an educated choice and actually know what they are putting in their bodies and actually know what goes on with the food that they are eating. At the same time I don’t judge people; like the other guys in my band aren’t vegetarian and I don’t try to force it down their throats, but they’re as respectful to me. They’ll help me out and be concerned, making sure I get fed with vegan food. It’s just about surrounding yourself with good people. Q: What do you think is needed for veganism to hit the mainstream? A: It’s definitely going to be a pretty long road. Once again, for me it’s seems like a pretty common thing because I have so many friends that are vegan, so in my world it is quite common, but I know for other people it


is still quite bizarre. If I meet new people for example and go to their family’s Christmas dinner or birthday dinner and you sit down with people and try to explain that you are vegan and why you’re vegan and they don’t understand it at all. There’s definitely a huge part of the population that still don’t even really know it exists or why we do it, so it’s going to be quite a hard thing for people to get educated about, especially when a lot of people aren’t interested and like to turn a blind eye to that stuff. So it’s going to be a long road ahead, but having said that and having been vegetarian my whole life and you see the options that you can get for vegetarians and vegans in cafes, restaurants and supermarkets... it’s 50 times better now than it was when I was 12 or 13. It’s definitely a growing thing, but it’s going to take a long time. It’s happening, just very slowly. Q: Do you feel that your choice to become vegan has affected others in your surroundings? Either positively or negatively. A: I’d like to think only positively, but it might make it a bit hard when I go to certain people’s houses and they have to cook for me. It might be negative for them . Most people are pretty understanding and they don’t seem to care. I think it can only have a positive effect, from my standpoint at least! I try to spread the word, and if somebody listens to it and goes and research for themselves and find out what is going on and decides to take on that lifestyle then I’ve done something positive. I’ve done something that is helping someone else step in the right direction, or what I think is the right direction. Q: What has been one of your happier moments as a vegan? For example, you go to the cinema and you find out that they have bacon snacks that are vegan.

I was never really that into food, if that makes sense. I was never someone who was excited about eating until I became vegan. Because then your options are so much smaller. It’s just like you said, when you discover something that turns out to be vegan. When I find a place that has really good vegan cheese and I can get a really good vegan pizza that makes my day and when that happens at random! We were playing a show in Atlanta pretty recently with Hatebreed and we went to a random shop down the road that I never would have thought would have any options. It turned out you could have anything on the menu made vegan; that made my day! I thought I was going hungry that day but instead I was eating like a king. That was pretty good. Q: What do you think is one of the major misconceptions about veganism? Like the myth that a vegan lifestyle would be omega 3 deficient. A: All that stuff is complete bullshit. I am no doctor, but so many people say don’t try to be vegetarian because they were so unhealthy and their doctor said they had to eat meat again. I am living proof; I am 30 years old, I’ve never eaten any meat in my entire life, I’ve cut dairy out for the last 8 years and I am perfectly healthy. I might drink and smoke too much which isn’t going to help me. Physically from being vegetarian my entire life and being vegan whenever I go get checked up by a doctor I am a 100% healthy. I am kind of living proof of how that stuff is bullshit. Q: Why do you think people should consider a vegan lifestyle? A: If you are a compassionate person then I think you should go and research what actually happens and how you get the food you are getting. If you are a compassionate person chances are you probably don’t want to eat it | 27


anymore once you know that stuff. If you’re not particulary compassionate and you don’t really care about animals but you do give a fuck about your health then watch a movie called Forks Over Knives. It comes out from a completely different standpoint. It doesn’t really talk about the animal issues so much, it just tells you that basically you would be a 100% healthier if you cut [meat and dairy] out of your diet. They also have a lot of scientific proof to back it up. They basically say you should eat nothing but a whole food/raw food diet which I’m far from eating. If you’re into yourself and being healthy then check out that side of it. If you give a fuck about animals and you love your pets and care about that, then do some research and look up some movies, such as earthlings. Q: Did you ever doubt that it was the right choice to become vegan? A: No not at all. Never! It’s a strange thing for me, because I come from an angle where the idea of eating an animal makes me feel physically sick. The idea of it sickens me. I know what happens, I know how it comes about. So I know I am never going to wake up one day and just go ‘all of a sudden I don’t give a shit about animals’. Some people do it for health reasons, or they do it maybe because they’ve been encouraged to by other people but they don’t really give a shit and then they end up ‘selling out’ on veganism. For me personally I don’t ever see myself living a different way. I just made the natural transition from vegetarian to vegan and now that’s going to be me until I’m done. www.facebook.com/deeznutshardcore Instagram: @jjdtd

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his claim is not relevant at current day and does not justify anything. It completely moves the focus of the real issue. Empirical studies show us that a plant-based diet is beneficial for both our health and the environment. Our ability to reason and apply knowledge tells us that we do not have to eat meat. There is also a reason the human species is equipped with the ability to gather nuts, fruits, seeds, vegetables and eat them raw! Whereas we do not have any hunting instincts or the ability to eat raw meat. We get sick if we exclude vegetables and fruit, but not meat and dairy!


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egetarianism refers to a dietary choice solely! Whereas veganism refers to a lifestyle. A vegetarian excludes any animal products from their diet, and an ovo or lacto vegetarian still eat eggs and milk. A vegan excludes any animal products, wether it be clothes, food or hygiene products. If a person eats a strict vegetarian diet but still purchases shoes made of leather then it is not really regarded as vegan! So basically there is no such thing as a vegan diet! Although it is unnecessary to stress labels all the time as it can have an alienating effect. Text: Jakob Westergren | 31


Parkway Drive 21st of November 2012 Debaser Medis, Stockholm

On the 1st of December (2012) Australian metalcore giants Parkway Drive completed their first European tour since the release of Atlas. I had the opportunity to see them during their visit in Stockholm, Sweden on the 21st of November. Having The Word Alive and Emmure opening up for the Aussies surely got the audience sweaty, but barely comparable with Parkway Drive’s accomplishment. Parkway entered the stage with a sunrise projected on the wall behind them, giving a hint of what is to come. The moment the five band members started strumming and hitting their instruments respectively an intense wave of heat and energy spread across the room. Full force from the start. Parkway Drive is all smiles throughout 32 | Beets Magazine

their set and you can clearly observe how they pour their heart and soul into what they are doing despite the ever increasing humid heat in the room. Nothing but pure happiness. Ben Gordon made every hit on his drums harder than the last one, Winston McCall made an even deeper scream than the previous one, and the smile on Jeff Ling’s face grew bigger. Jeff Ling and Luke Kilpatrick nailed every solo and riff perfectly while dancing around and showing off their moves, accompanied by Jia O’Connor on bass in a Hawaii shirt. If it was possible to point out a highlight of the show, where it was possible to see all of this concentrated in its purest form during one song, it probably was during The Blue and the Gray, off of the new album Atlas. It was actually one of the last songs on


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their setlist, which made it a bit more impressive! You could observe how exhausted everyone were, both band and audience, but everyone were ready to give just a little bit more. Winston screamed his lungs out while smiling at how energetic the audience was. It was beautiful to see how the band members interacted with each other and the audience. Parkway Drive remains one of the live

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LISTENTO DEEZNUTS

Notorious Australian hardcore outfit Deez Nuts is out with their fourth full length called ‘Bout It. Up until this point JJ Peters has previously written and recorded everything himself. This is the first time there is a solid line-up of band members to enter the studio together. ‘Bout It is the heaviest release to date, lest not forget aggressive! The aggressive image and sound of the hardcore genre sometimes counteracts the positivity that it radiates with its intentions and messages. Deez Nuts is a band that is no exception to this. Lyrically it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but you have to admit that the music is catchy. This record contains two 30 (well, 4 and 14 seconds to be correct) second punk bursts, more heavy metal influences with faster double bass and chuggy guitars along with the hip-hop influences that you can’t help but to be reminded of when you hear JJ Peters. ‘Bout It is rebellion in a nutshell, even though it is not a hard nut to crack lyrical34 | Beets Magazine

ly. The lyrics are straight to the point. This could be what makes Deez Nuts so aggressive. Embracing partying, broship and two middle fingers to any authoritarian figures. Another interesting aspect of this record is the hefty amount of guest spots that occurs, including band members from Architects, Hatebreed, Madball, Suicide Silence, Skarhead, On Broken Wings and Endwell. You cannot dismiss the fact that this is indeed ‘unfuckwithable’. Deez Nuts are solid at what they do, no matter what anyone says, and ‘Bout It proves it big time. www.facebook.com/deeznutshardcore

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WHATISMETALCOREANDWHO KILLEDTHEPROMQUEEN?

Metalcore is a broad, but massive, fusion between the more extreme genres of metal with hardcore punk. Hence the name, metalcore. Earlier bands that kind of set this whole genre off tended to lean more towards hardcore, whereas more latter bands tend to have headed in a more metal direction. Considering that this sub-genre is actually quite broad it can be hard to say what or which band(s) laid the foundation for the genre. I want to concentrate on the more specific version of metalcore called melodic metalcore. In the early stages of the 2000s a great amount of bands placed great emphasis on melody, therefore this subgenre of the sub-genre metalcore was more of a fuse between melodic death metal and hardcore punk (and arguably emo). Melodic metalcore bands took great influence from Swedish melodic death metal bands such as At the Gates, early In Flames, Soilwork and Arch Enemy. In this wonderful sub-genre you will find bands such as Darkest Hour, Killswitch Engage and Bleeding Through. A magnificent set of pioneers. I Killed the Prom Queen along with said bands basically put melodic metalcore into motion a decade ago.

Imagine that In Flames, Soilwork and At the Gates was the fuel of the sun. I Killed the Prom Queen would then be the result of the fusion occurring. Instead of feeling the Scandinavian winters that bite you to the bone, you have a touch of warm Australian summers instead. I Killed the Prom Queen is one of the few, in fact the only one according to me, bands who elegantly have carried the Swedish melodic death metal sound further, with apparent hardcore influences. Still, they have made it their own and improved sound. I Killed the Prom Queen have a new record coming up (seems like it will be released in September 2013) with one song, Memento Vivere, released so far. This record will be I Killed the Prom Queen’s first full length since 2006. The song contains fast double bass. Fast and distorted riffing with knife sharp melodies. The riffage is technical and solid, which builds up really awesome with the drums. There’s also stringed instruments appearing in the bridge that builds up to the solo, and they appear in other parts of the song as well which is a nice touch that fits splendidly! All in all it feels grand and uplifting. Of course, there are massive breakdowns as well. Jamie also nails his deep and guttural growls. I really only have praise for this song. Production is a lot cleaner on this tune, as compared to previous albums. It is refreshing, but at the same time a bit nostalgic, to hear in a genre that nowadays can be perceived as quite bland or generic. The new record seems promising, to say the least. www.facebook.com/iktpq

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LISTENTO PARAMORE

Four years has gone by since the release of ‘Brand New Eyes’. The Tennesse pop-punk trio have been through a lot since, such as the departure of Josh and Zac Farro; two of the original members. A hefty amount of insecurity established itself among many. In what direction was Paramore supposed to head now? The band was close to part ways prior to releasing ‘Brand New Eyes’, so this was a bit unsettling. The insecurity turned into confidence and Paramore then renounced ‘Paramore is still a band’, and this record is the proof. The new self-titled release went right up the charts to the top. Before you even start spinning the record the album cover reveals the back of lead singer Hayley Williams dressed in a jeans jacket with the words ‘Grow Up’ painted on it, which sort of gives you a hint of what is about to come blasting through your speakers. ‘Paramore’ clearly states that it is time to quit the misery business and head into the future. There is a red thread through the whole record; to grow up 36 | Beets Magazine

and face forward. This most definitely appears to be what Paramore has done. Jeremy Davis [on bass], Taylor York [on guitar] and Hayley Williams [on vocals] have held their heads high and now made a long anticipated and incredible comeback, and I am genuinely thrilled. The album contains no less than 17 songs (19 if you head over to ‘rdio’ or got your hands on a box set). Paramore might best be known as pioneers within the emo/punk/pop genre in which they have been a frontrunner for a long time with their distinct sound. The ever so colorful Williams’ vocals are aweinspiring. Jeremy and Taylor are not coming any short either on their bass and guitar, accompanied by the brilliant and ambidextrous Ilan Rubin on drums (Rubin plays drums for bands such as Nine Inch Nails, Lostprophets, Angels & Airwaves). They make a tight, to say the least, constellation. With their fourth full length they have successfully gone beyond this sound to reach a heavier, punchier and powerful sound. You still find traces of the emo-punk sound, especially in choruses where I’m taken back to ‘Riot’ and ‘All We Know Is Falling’, even ‘Brand New Eyes’ on the track ‘Be Alone’. It is different, but enthralling. Plenty of new elements are introduced! They play around with more synthesizers. There’s some soul or gospel elements presented on tracks such as ‘Ain’t it fun’. Punk influences become more apparent on tracks such as ‘Anklebiters’. The record also has a lot more groove and spice to it than previous releases – listen to ‘Ain’t it fun’ and you will understand. Momentarily it is almost Red Hot Chili Peppers funky; if that makes more


sense. The guitar parts are more ambient and grungy on tracks like ‘Part II’. You will hear some cute ukulele intros which instantly reminded me of label-mates Panic! At the disco during the ‘pretty odd’-days, and there’s also some Spanish folk music going on in the more humorous track ‘(one of those) crazy girls’. You can even find a glockenspiel or marimba on here along with a string section. There is also group vocals (which is not completely new). This creates an admirable diversity and despite losing two members they have gained more sound. There are some faster, more aggressive punk tracks (the punk influences should no longer be a secret). Some softer, slower pop tracks; it’s versatile all in all. If you are a fan of The Mars Volta, No Doubt, Yeah Yeah Yeahs or The Ting Tings you will probably be familiar with some vibes in here. The placement of each track is applaudable as well as it connects the tracks together and creates a nice flow. Additionally, productionwise the bass lines on this record are also a lot clearer than in previous records, which is appreciated. While we’re on that territory; this record features songs where everyone are allowed to show off their respective instrument. Lyrically it’s elegantly written and fun to listen to. Some lyrics are continuations of previously written tracks (‘Part II’ refers back to the track ‘Let the flames begin’ on Riot). In other words, there are a lot of memories wrapped up in this, but mostly those act as a way to close a chapter and move forward. On the final track ‘Future’ Hayley sings “don’t get lost in the memories / keep your eyes on the new prize”. The lyrics are easy to understand what they are about, and you don’t have to mend and bend your mind upside down to understand them. Some tracks do deal with specific events, and others don’t, but they’re just as easily understood. The lyrics also delve into the whole situation they went through parting ways with the Farro brothers. It has, indeed, left a mark

on the band or at least this record with songs like; Fast in my car with lyrical lines such as ‘my true friend know this very well / because they went through it too / the three of us were initiates /we had to learn how to deal’, Now – ‘don’t try to take this from me now / we’re starting over / head back in /there’s a time and place to die but this ain’t it’, Grow up – ‘some of us have to grow up sometimes / and so, if I have to I’m gonna leave you behind’, Moving on – ‘let em say what’s right and wrong’. (I’m not angry anymore…) I want to point out that it is kept at a mature level. You can almost imagine a grown-up, mature and wise sister talking some sense to her immature younger brother. Despite being bombarded with serious, yet fantastic, lyrics the melodies remain happy, powerful, upbeat and generally conveys a positive message. I can only imagine how happy they must be to be right back at it again, and it does shine through. Apart from the more serious tracks Hayley also sings about love, devotion and vulnerability in tracks such as ‘proof’ and ‘still into you’ (which is one of this album’s singles along with ‘now’, together they show these both sides of the record). This new record is a feel-good record. It evokes colorful emotions of all kinds and if you are capable of feeling emotions you will probably have a fun time listening to it. ‘Paramore’ encapsulates a growing up process, and Paramore does it grand. It is a statement; Paramore are now ‘facing big girl problems’ rather than ‘more high school drama’ (see songs like Misery Business and the way the Farro brothers parted ways with the band) and if there is a record worthy of the epithet mature this is the one. Paramore is stronger than ever. www.facebook.com/paramore

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WATCH FORKSOVERKNIVES

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o you not find moral and environmental reasons convincing enough to turn vegan perhaps you would do it for your health. A vegan lifestyle does not necessarily extend longevity, but it can make your life-span a lot healthier; which is what this movie puts focus on. This movie barely mentions the animal rights issue, but plainly puts forward the health benefits of plant-based lifestyles.

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READ EATINGANIMALS

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onathan Safran Foer was about to become a father and wanted to know what he was feeding his kid. This book is the result of what he found during his investigations. The book deals with everything from health to the environmental impacts of meat and dairy consumption. It is also quite objective on the issue as well, because both sides are presented in this book.

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READ THEMORALLANDSCAPE

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am Harris book ‘The Moral Landscape’ deals with the relationship between science and our values and morality. Harris answers the question whether science can provide answers to moral questions or not! If you do not want to read the whole book it is possible to watch Sam Harris’ TED talk where he discusses the same question.

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SPEECH GARYYOUROFSKY

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egarded as the best speech ever to some people! It is among the best at least. Gary Yourofsky takes you through about every single reason there is to consider a vegan lifestyle. He boldly states that when you finish watching this speech you will have no good reason to still consume products derived from animals.

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Chocolate cake

6 dl Flour 75-100 g Margarine (don’t use too much) 1 dl Water 4 dl sugar 250 ml Cream (I used Alpro’s replacement for dairy cream) 2,5 dl of cacoa 100 g Chopped dark chocolate 3 tablespoons Light syrup 1 tablespoon Semolina 2 teaspoons Vanilla sugar 2 teaspoons Baking powder 1 tablespoon Salt Powder sugar First of all; set the oven to 175 degrees Celsius (347 F). Mix all the dry ingredients. Melt the margarine and add water, syrup and cream to it and mix it with the dry ingredients. Prepare the spring-form with margarine around the edges. Use parchment paper for the bottom. Pour half of the batch in the springform, then add the chopped chocolate as a second layer and pour the remains on top of the chocolate. Put it in the oven for 15-20 min. Garnish it with some melted chocolate and put it away in a cool place for a couple of hours. When ready to serve add some powder sugar on top along with berries.


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REPLACECHEESE

• A popular excuse for staying away from a completly plant based diet is ‘but I couldn’t live without cheese’. No one ever said you would have to! There are plenty of plant based alternatives free from dairy and just as tasty. Though it is safe to assume that you will experience slight differences in taste at first. Your taste buds will adjust over time, but you must not compare dairy-free cheese to your ordinary dairy cheese; once you exclude one, you will enjoy the other. If your local grocery store does not have alternatives then inform them that it would be great if they could consider making plant-based cheese available in their

Tofutti is a US company perhaps best known for their plant based alternative s to ice-cream. Lo and behold, they also produce cream cheese, ricotta and soy cheese slices! www.tofutti.com

Daiya Food Inc. is a popular alternative to cheese among vegans. The company is abased in Canada and started in 2008. Daiya offers cheddar, jack and jalapeño garlic havarti wedges. No need to melt or cook them, they fit perfect in your favorite sandwich. They also provide cheddar, mozzarella and pepperjack shreds to throw in your tacos or to top your pizza with! www.daiyafoods.com 44 | Beets Magazine

Vegusto originates from Switzerland. All their products are still made there, by hand! Their range includes not only cheese, but also meat substitutes among other things. www.vegusto.com


store. You create the demand depending on where you put your money! • Important to note is that there are more companies that provide alternative to cheese, and I encourage you to look for producers close to you. Otherwise some of the ones listed have enabled a shop online. If that does not work you can look at the store locator at each site respectively. • If you aren’t fond of these alternatives you can make your own cheese substitutes. If you make a pizza there are sauces made from nuts that fit great on top of your pizza. Google them!

Dairy Tree is another US company which creates dairy free alternatives. They aim to redefine the way consumers understand ‘dairy’. Dairy Tree quite recently revealed a new products; a vegan bleu cheese. Exciting to say the least!

Bute Island Foods is located in Scotland. They have been around for a while and have a wide range of cheeses, or as they call it, sheese. Bute Island have 11 different flavours of hard sheese available and 5 creamy sheeses. Head over to their website to see their full range. www.buteisland.com

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hanks for taking the time to read through this magazine, it means a lot! Hopefully you have learnt something. You can disagree with what is written, you can be angry, which is good because that means you have an opinion on the issue! I hope to be back with an even bigger issue next time. I will show you how to make your own bacon, take you through some other vegan recipes, guide you on where to eat when you’re not at home, and hopefully there will be some interviews as well. If you found something odd in this magazine or simply would like to give some input I would gladly hear what you have to say. Note that the people who appears in this magazine are not necessarily affiliated with all ideas expressed. Until next time, take care!


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