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Welcome to the Phoenix Zones Initiative Resource Center, which includes a collection of materials that address how we can better understand and treat one another, other beings, and the planet. Please reach out if you have questions or suggestions.

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Toward a More Just and Sovereign Food System

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Vegan biocyclic and vegan stock-free organic agriculture demonstrate that food that is healthy for humans can be grown in harmony with the earth and with free-living animals, without using inputs from domesticated animals. Read about organizations and individuals engaged in developing, teaching, and promoting growing practices that replenish the soil while respecting the rights and sovereignty of each other, nonhumans, and ecosystems.

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The Benefits of Vegan Permaculture and Food Forests

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Vegan permaculture builds on the systems-based philosophy of permaculture by advancing the rights, health, and wellbeing of people, animals, and the planet. It could form the basis of regional and national policies and practices to eliminate hunger and food insecurity among humans while respecting the rights of other animals and protecting the health of the planet.

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Toward the Goal of a Clothing and Textiles Industry That Is Healthy for People, Animals, and the Planet

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Currently, the clothing and textile industry negatively impacts the health and wellbeing of humans, animals, and the planet. Restructuring it to meet human needs without negatively impacting other beings or the earth requires changes at every level. Learn about the importance of shifting to ethical fashion policies and practices that are healthy and just for people, animals, and the planet and about who is leading the way.

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Advancing Medical Research Ethics: A Belmont Report for Animals

By Phoenix Zones Initiative's Dr. Hope Ferdowsian

Date: January 20, 2021
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The Belmont Report established key ethical principles to which human research should adhere, including special protections for vulnerable populations. What if we were to apply the Belmont principles to animals?

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A Belmont Report for Animals?

By Hope Ferdowsian and colleagues, Cambridge Quarterly for Healthcare Ethics

Date: October 4, 2019
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Responding to historical abuses in the conduct of human research, in 1979, the Belmont Report published key ethical principles to which human research should adhere. The same principles can be extended to nonhuman animals.

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Prosecuting Sexual Violence in Conflict: A Medical Approach

By Hope Ferdowsian, Ranit Mishori, and Karen Naimer, Angle Journal

Date: January 20, 2016
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Clinicians can take on new roles in providing forensic medical evidence in sexual violence crimes, and in working with legal advisors and law enforcement to end a culture of impunity.

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