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WholeSoy & Company Closing

Posted on April 01, 2015 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

The following was posted by Wholesoy & Company:

It is with very heavy hearts that we announce WholeSoy & Co. will be closing all operations this month. WholeSoy was founded in 1999. By 2013 soy yogurt sales were soaring and WholeSoy was the number one brand of soy yogurt on the market! Our unique Non-GMO verified, Organic, Vegan, Gluten-free, non-dairy yogurt had become a staple favorite in households across the country.

For more information see:

The Vegetarian Resource Group 2015 Video Contest

Posted on April 01, 2015 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

Do you want to spread the veggie message and enjoy making videos? If so, you may want to enter The Vegetarian Resource Group’s Video Contest. This year the deadline for entries is July 15, 2015.

Some possible topics for your video include: food, nutrition, your feelings about veganism, water usage and vegetarianism, vegetarianism and animal rights, or other vegetarian/vegan topics which appeal to you. Humor and feelings are appreciated. All videos should be positive, not be critical of anyone, and not include any footage of animal cruelty. You may submit a video you have already made.

Aspects of judging include accuracy and judges wanting to share the video with others. Entrants give permission to The Vegetarian Resource Group to post and share the video, to link to and from the video, and share the video with the media.

For contest details see:

Silicon Dioxide

Posted on March 31, 2015 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

By Jeanne Yacoubou, MS

Alternate Names: silica dioxide, silica, silica gel, diatomaceous earth, kieselsol, colloidal silica, E551

Naturally present: as sand, quartz and other minerals; in cell walls of diatoms

Commercial Sources: synthetic (processes often involve petrochemical-based compounds), mineral

Used in: dry mixes (soup, seasoning, cake, pizza, bread, and beverage), spices, salt, flour, sugar, shredded cheese, powdered egg, wine, beer, vitamin tablets

Used as: anti-caking agent, anti-foaming agent, moisture absorbent, wine and beer fining agent

Definition: Composed of only silicon and oxygen, silicon dioxide is one of the most common anti-caking agents. It is also widely used in the construction and hydraulic fracturing (fracking) industries.



Huber Engineered Materials

Shanxi Jinjin Chemical Industrial Co., Ltd. wrote that “There are no animal ingredients in the silicon dioxide.”

Yianlid Industrial Co., Ltd. said in an email that “…There is not any animal content in the [silicon dioxide]” and sent a certificate analysis for silicon dioxide.

Additional Information:

Section 205.605 in:

Classification: Vegan

Entry added: March 2015

For information on other ingredients see:

The contents of this posting, our website and our other publications, including Vegetarian Journal, are not intended to provide personal medical advice. Medical advice should be obtained from a qualified health professional. We often depend on product and ingredient information from company statements. It is impossible to be 100% sure about a statement, info can change, people have different views, and mistakes can be made. Please use your best judgement about whether a product is suitable for you. To be sure, do further research or confirmation on your own.

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14-Year-Old Designed and Now Sells Veggie T-Shirt

Posted on March 31, 2015 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

The Vegetarian Resource Group recently received the following note:

Hello, I’m a 14-year-old student at McCord Junior High. My parents are vegan so I decided to design a shirt for this healthy way of life. If you support this cause too, come buy a shirt and show it off to make a difference.


Baseball Fans Can Now Find Veggie Options at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland

Posted on March 27, 2015 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

The owners of Plantbar in Belvedere Square in Baltimore City are now opening another location at Camden Yards. The next time you go to an Orioles game look for them near home plate on the first level concourse. Dine on organic juices, vegan bento boxes, vegan hot dogs, and vegan desserts!

For more information see:

Visit The Vegetarian Resource Group at the Valley VegFest in Northampton, MA on Saturday March 28th, 2015 and at the Veggie Pride Parade in NYC on Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Posted on March 27, 2015 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

Join lots of other vegetarians/vegans at the Valley VegFest in Northampton, MA this Saturday and the annual Veggie Pride Parade in New York City this Sunday. Many groups will be distributing information at these events including The Vegetarian Resource Group.

For details on the VegFest see:
For details on the parade see:

It’s Easier to Find Vegan Pizza in Canada Now!

Posted on March 26, 2015 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor
Image courtesy of Pizza Nova.

Image courtesy of Pizza Nova.

Are you looking for vegan pizza in Canada? Pizza Nova with numerous locations throughout Canada is now offering the option of Daiya cheese on their pizzas! To find a location near you see:

Authentic Italian Cuisine, Made Vegan!

Posted on March 26, 2015 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

Anna Pazzaglia shared this recipe from Italy. Her website is:

tagliatelle al pesto

tagliatelle al pesto

Homemade Noodles with Pesto and Red Pepper Sauce
Serves 4

8 ounces organic red peppers
2 ounces organic pine nuts
1 clove organic garlic
1/8 to 1/4 cup of organic extra virgin olive oil
3 ounces vegan parmesan
Sea salt to taste
12 ounces organic whole wheat flour
1-1/2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon organic turmeric

Bake peppers in the oven at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or steam peppers for 20 minutes.
Remove the skin from the peppers. Slice the peppers and put them in a blender adding
pine nuts, garlic, oil, parmesan, and salt.

To make the pasta, put the flour in a bowl with a cup of water and the
turmeric dissolved in half a cup of water. Mix the ingredients and let the pasta
rest for 20 minutes and then with a pasta machine pull it and make the
noodles by rolling and cutting pasta into strips.

Cook the noodles in boiling salted water for 5-6 minutes.
Dress the noodles with the pesto sauce peppers and serve hot.

The Vegetarian Site Will Give 10% of Their March 2015 Sales to The Vegetarian Resource Group

Posted on March 25, 2015 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

Don’t forget to stock up on your favorite vegetarian products from The Vegetarian Site this month! For the full month of March 2015, The Vegetarian Site will give 10% of their sales to The Vegetarian Resource Group!

The Vegetarian Site sells vegan footwear, belts, wallets, bags, and other accessories, food products, books, personal care items, plus much more. They are always adding new items in their store.

Support The Vegetarian Resource Group by shopping online at:

The Vegetarian Resource Group’s 1st Annual Charity Auction: June 1-15, 2015

Posted on March 25, 2015 by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

charity auction

Bid on unique products from your favorite veg-friendly companies for a good cause at The Vegetarian Resource Group’s 1st Annual Online Charity Auction!

June 1st through June 15th, 2015, The Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG) will hold an online fundraising auction via Ebay Giving Works where 100% of each item’s final bid price will be donated to The VRG. Funds from this event will be used to help offset the costs of printing and shipping our vegan and vegetarian-based educational materials which we have provided to activists, professionals and organizations around the country, for over 33 years, free of charge!

The link to the auction will be shared on our website,, and Facebook page the day it goes live on June 1st at 10 am. If you would like to receive sneak peaks of all the amazing vegan goodies being offered in this auction please RSVP on Facebook at:

If you have any questions about this event or you are a veg-friendly business that would like to donate an item please contact our Outreach Coordinator, Nina, at

We thank you in advance for your support!

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