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Santa’s First Vegan Christmas – A Children’s Book for the Holiday

Posted on December 06, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor

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The picture of reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh is depicted everywhere during Christmas. Vegans do not rejoice when seeing this image. You can now read Santa’s First Vegan Christmas to your young children this holiday season. Spread the message of compassion to all animals!

Information on ordering this book can be found here:
https://www.amazon.com/Santas-First-Vegan-Christmas-Robin/dp/1940184274

VEGANS NEEDED TO FILL OUT FAST FOOD QUESTIONNAIRE

Posted on December 06, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor

I am currently a student at Liverpool John Moores University writing a business plan for a vegan fast-food restaurant. I have found The Vegetarian Resource Group’s website www.vrg.org very helpful in finding out information about veganism.

I am collecting market research and was writing to request whether you would be able to pass on my questionnaire to any vegans you are in contact with. The questionnaire is very short (less than 5 minutes to complete) and is only applicable to vegans. Deadline is December 8.

The link to the questionnaire is here:
https://ljmbusiness.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3q8iWtu1pvJ1F9H

Consider Giving a Friend or Family Member a Vegan Cookbook for the Holidays from The Vegetarian Resource Group Book Catalog!

Posted on December 05, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor

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Whether your friend or family member is vegan or perhaps just interested in adding more vegan cuisine to their diet, consider purchasing a book from the VRG online book catalog. The Vegetarian Resource Group Book Catalog offers a wide range of vegan books including:

Vegan Meals for One or Two
Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World
Gluten-Free Tips and Tricks for Vegans
Vegan for One
Plant-Powered Families
Simply Vegan
Grills Gone Vegan
Vegan Soul Kitchen
Vegan Brunch
Artisan Vegan Cheese
The Joy of Vegan Baking
Vegans Know How to Party
The Lowfat Jewish Vegetarian Cookbook
Teff Love
Vegan Seafood: Beyond the Fish Shtick for Vegetarians
Vegan Microwave Cookbook
More Fabulous Beans
Soups On!
Nona’s Italian Kitchen
Food Allergy Survival Guide
The Natural Vegan Kitchen
Asian Fusion
The Indian Vegan Kitchen
The 4-Ingredient Vegan
The Almond Milk Cookbook
And so many more….

FREE media mail shipping for orders over $30 in the United States only! Inquire about shipping costs outside the USA before placing your order.

Visit VRG Book Catalog to order books online and support VRG’s outreach at the same time!

ETHICAL INVESTING

Posted on December 05, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor

By Brenda A. Morris

Like generations of people before them, animal activists and advocates want to see their values reflected in their investments. Investors have avoided investments in alcohol, tobacco, and weapons makers for religious and ethical reasons for hundreds of years. In the 1980s some investors began to avoid companies doing business in what was then apartheid South Africa. This type of exclusionary investing is fairly straightforward: do not invest, or let money managers invest, your money in companies that participate in practices or industries that go against your values. While this sounds easy enough in theory, even people who agree that they do not want to invest in companies that harm, kill, or exploit animals have to decide where to draw this line.

If you’re not willing to support the meat industry by buying chicken and burgers, you should consider whether you’re doing so indirectly by purchasing shares of mutual funds that invest in companies that profit from their sales. While many socially responsible investment (SRI) funds won’t invest in companies that profit from adult entertainment, alcohol, firearms, gambling, nuclear power, predatory lending, tobacco, or weapons, nowhere is animal welfare mentioned. Some SRI mutual funds actually own millions of shares in businesses that profit from the killing and exploitation of animals. Although these funds may justify these holdings by arguing that the company in question has a diverse board or is reducing its use of plastic, I don’t agree that this warrants calling these businesses “ethical.”

While investing in individual securities—rather than mutual funds—gives investors more control over what’s in their portfolios, many individuals must use funds to be diversified, since money managers typically require a minimum of $100,000 (mutual funds, on the other hand, generally can be purchased with less than $100). I use this reality as an opportunity to have a dialogue with the fund families with whom we work, as well as with the businesses that are involved in the behavior that we, as animal advocates, find offensive. While my bar has been quite low for these funds over the years, the tides are beginning to turn as more investors demand more accountability.

On a handful of occasions over the past few years, I have discovered funds owning companies that most of us would agree are not only NOT SRI (forgive the double negative) but also downright UN-environmental. In these instances I have contacted the fund family to let them know that unless it was holding these shares for shareholder-advocacy reasons, we’d be selling our clients’ position. I also made my animal-friendly colleagues aware of this contradiction and shared this finding on social media. If a fund isn’t willing to budge, we’re able to replace it with another that has a similar investment style.

Cargill, one of the largest meat processors in the world, announced that it would sell off its feedlots and use the proceeds to invest in plant-based protein. I have to believe that Green Century, one of the fund families that my firm uses in many of our clients’ portfolios, is at least partially responsible for this milestone. Last year, Green Century presented a shareholder resolution to Tyson Foods asking that the company disclose the steps that it was taking to address the risks to its business from the increased popularity of plant-based eating. Green Century withdrew this resolution once Tyson made the announcement that it had invested in Beyond Meat. Tyson and Cargill are not making these moves to make their investors “feel good”—rather, they’re acknowledging the investment opportunities arising from plant-based enterprises.

When I initially met Steven Wallman (CEO and founder of Folio) back in November of 2016 at our annual SRI conference, I had no idea just how quickly and willing he would be to move forward on my suggestion to make factory farming security exclusions available to the public through our Folio platform. Lo and behold, less than 90 days after our accidental introduction grabbing soy milk for our coffee at the same time, Steve has already worked with Matthew Prescott from the Humane Society of the United States to make this happen.

What steps can you take to propel this movement forward? If you contribute to nonprofits or charitable organizations, remember to ask them how they’re investing the funds that aren’t being used in the immediate future. If you work for a company that offers a retirement plan, find out if it has any socially responsible investing (SRI) options and ask it to consider enhancing its selection if it doesn’t. Ask your financial adviser which mutual funds you own in your portfolio and find out if they’re considered SRI. If they are, take a moment to ask your portfolio manager if they acknowledge the plight of animals in their investment selection.

As more and more vegans look for better ways to invest for the future, the momentum to invest humanely continues to grow. We have a tremendous opportunity to make a difference by demanding accountability from the companies in which we invest. Since most of us need to invest, I encourage you to do so while making a difference at the same time.

Brenda A. Morris is an Investment Adviser Representative of First Affirmative Financial Network, LLC, a nationwide network of investment professionals specializing in socially and environmentally responsible investing.

As a vegan Certified Financial Planner, Brenda encourages everyone to consider “humane investing.” She has presented to animal activists around the county, including groups such as the Vegetarian Society of Richmond, the Sierra Club, the alumni of the College of William and Mary, Caryn Hartglass’ Responsible Eating and Living radio show, graduates of Victoria Moran’s Main Street Vegan Academy, Katrina Fox’s Vegan Business Media podcast, the D.C. Green Festival, the N.H. Veg Fest, PETA, Northrop Grumman’s Green Volunteer Group, Portland’s VegFest, and the NYC Green Festival. She is determined to raise the bar for funds that are purportedly “sustainable” and “ethical,” as she strongly believes that they should consider animal rights and animal welfare in their investment process.

Brenda A. Morris,CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
Humane Investing, LLC
www.humaneinvesting.com
brendaveggie@firstaffirmative.com

Brenda A. Morris, CFP® is an Investment Advisory Representative of First Affirmative Financial Network, LLC.

This is not personal investment advice, for which you should speak with your financial or tax advisor.

VEGAN ALTERNATIVES IN HOSPITALS

Posted on December 04, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor

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Sibley Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, offers a “mindful” menu, which includes vegetarian and vegan options, thanks to a supportive administration, including a healthy hospital committee and a plant-based nutritionist. Dishes included” Mexican Posole, Curried Rice Noodles, Vegan Macaroni Dinner, Veggie Tofu Stir Fry with Rice, Crispy Garlic Potato Wedges, Grilled Basalmic Zucchini, Vegan Paella, and Corn O’Brien with Peppers.

For more foodservice information, see http://www.vrg.org/fsupdate/index.htm

Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurants Have Been Added to The Vegetarian Resource Group’s Online Guide to Veggie Restaurants in the USA and Canada

Posted on December 01, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor

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The Vegetarian Resource Group maintains an online Guide to Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurants in the USA and Canada. Below are some recent additions. The entire guide can be found here:
http://www.vrg.org/restaurant/index.php

To support the updating of this online restaurant guide, please donate at:
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Café Wylde
2918 Hoyt Ave.
Everett, WA 98201
Cute vegan cafe offering a variety of healthy fare. They use locally sourced ingredients and support sustainable farming wherever possible. Staff are friendly and helpful. Choices include smoothies, smoky avocado dip, salads, jackfruit BBQ, burritos, tacos, pesto pasta, and a rotating raw “cheesecake” selection.

Cuppa
552 E. 25th St.
Ogden, UT 84401
Cuppa is designed for creatives. It is the type of place you can sit and do your work, while eating delicious plant-based food. Their slogan is “gather, nourish, and create.” It describes their desire for a relaxing place to eat nourishing foods and discover new ideas. Come with a friend and enjoy tea by the pot. The pesto and avocado tartine makes for the perfect breakfast. If you enjoy spicy foods, you’ll love the roasted veggie and kimchi bowl. You’ll also find options such as the roasted roots savory sandwich made with roasted Japanese pumpkin, beets, cauliflower, and a special savory sauce. Find your spot and begin your relaxation or productivity at Cuppa in Ogden.

Oliver’s
1198 Coast Village Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
Enjoy small plates such as Herbed Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Zucchini Flatbread. Salads include Sunflower Caesar Salad and Citrus, Beets and Avocado. Main dishes include Grilled Cauliflower Steak, Lotus Bowl, Pad Thai, and Butternut Squash Ravioli. Also enjoy sides such as Truffled Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts.

Plant Power Café & Juice Bar
6215 Lee Hwy., Ste. 137 (F)
Chattanooga, TN 37421
You’ll find plenty of healthy alternatives at Plant Power Café & Juice Bar. They have everything from fruit smoothies and green juices to raw desserts. If you need a little sweet treat, try their nice cream, with flavors such as chocolate, strawberry, and blueberry. For more savory options, look for the black bean burger, taco plate, and bbq jackfruit sandwich! Balance your green juice with some of their cookies, cupcakes, and brownies!

Season’s Plant Based Bistro
1370 S. State St.
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Season’s Plant Based Bistro features French/Italian inspired, handcrafted, vegan cuisine with a wine/beer list to match. The menu boasts favorites such as French onion soup, spinach and artichoke dip, a classic wedge salad, flatbread pizzas, hand cut ravioli, and berry cheese cake just to name a few. Food is sourced locally and organically whenever possible. Gluten free is available upon request. Seasons is conveniently located a mile south of downtown and only three blocks away from Salt Lake City’s transportation system TRAX.

Strange Town
2101 N. Prospect Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
With unique dishes and a beautiful location, Strange Town is a welcome sight to the vegan community. Their dishes are delicious and satisfying, the menu including items like eggplant involtini, aloo gobhi chaat, vegetable galettes, and mushroom tartine. Not only is this restaurant dynamic food-wise, but it also offers an expansive array of wines and beer. Strange Town boasts a wonderful atmosphere and is located in a building full of historic character with features such as large windows and high ceilings.

V Roast Coffee
3904 Central Ave. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
V Roast Coffee specializes in air roasting all of their coffee beans. Choose from a variety of specialty coffee drinks or pick up some roasted coffee beans by the pound. The cafe features a number of fun sandwiches, burritos, and plates. All menu items are vegan. Be sure to check out the desserts that are available or the cold brew coffee to go.

Veggie House
52 E. 1700 S.
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Familiar, plant-based Asian favorites offered in soy or tofu options. Appetizers include deep fried tofu tempura veggies or deep fried soy chicken ball on a stick. Soups and salads are offered as well as entrees that are served with rice and soy or tofu options like soy chicken, soy shrimp, soy beef, or a combination of these choices.

Viva Falafel
4400 4th St.
Long Beach, CA 90814
Enjoy falafel and more made from scratch. Breakfast options include a choice of three pita sandwiches and three muffins all served with either French fries, sweet potato fries, hash browns, or fruit. The familiar ‘create your own salad’ options are paired with falafel balls and pita bread. There are a variety of menu items to satisfy any palette which include wraps and pita sandwiches served with tahini dressing, kabobs (with options such as veggie chicken and beef), and an impressive side order menu consisting of 11 items.

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Posted on December 01, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor

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Writing Articles for University Newspapers to Promote the Veggie Lifestyle

Posted on November 30, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor

By Anna Lam

Whether you’re writing for a scholarly journal or a school paper, writing in all its forms can be a tremendously useful way to discuss vegetarianism. Moreover, the process of getting your content out there might be easier than you’d think. When I approached the editors of the Baylor Lariat, I expected at least a few hoops to jump through, but it ended up being as easy as submitting a draft, getting sent a few corrections, and then revising a final draft. Before I knew it, my article on the health perspective of a vegetarian diet was on the opinion page of my school paper. It was immensely rewarding to see it there, and I would encourage anyone to do the same if they have the opportunity.

Some things I had to think about were the supposed audience of my article and how it might receive what I had to say about vegetarianism. I wanted to avoid the controversial or any dubious science, yet I still wanted my article to be helpfully informative. I chose to talk about vegetarianism from the health perspective because it’s what I feel is the most palatable of the contentions for going vegetarian, or at least encouraging a plant-based diet.

FOODPLAY TRACKER BANDS: Encourages individuals to eat at least 5 colorful fruits and veggies every day

Posted on November 30, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor

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Here’s a terrific way to encourage friends to eat more fruits and veggies! Each morning put five different color bands on your left wrist. Then have them try to eat at least 5 colorful fruits and veggies every day for good health.

Every time you eat a fruit or veggie, move a band to your right wrist. Throughout the day, the bands remind you to go for fruits and veggies every chance you get. At the end of the day see how well you did. Keep track of your progress.

For more information, see:
http://foodplay.com/shop/fruit-veggie-tracker-bands/
foodplay.com

VRG BOOTH AT EVERETT COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOOD DAY IN EVERETT, WASHINGTON

Posted on November 29, 2017 by The VRG Blog Editor

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Thank you to volunteer Marcia Pearson who had a Vegetarian Resource Group booth at the Everett Community College Food Day event. Marcia has been a vegan activist since the 1970’s, and one of the original “cruelty’free” campaigners to standardize the term.

Marcia reported that at this event there was “Quite an improvement from the late 1970’s and 1980’s when the animal industry would come in to the Home Economics course and do the lesson plan for the week. Now there is not Home Ec, but a very good nutrition department.” At this Food Day event, besides VRG, they had representatives from Meatless Mondays, Vegetarians of Washington, and Vegan Haven, a vegan store in Seattle’s university district. http://www.veganhaven.org/main/index.html”

“There was mandatory attendance by all nutrition students. Nutrition students had to have their “passports” stamped by each Food Day booth. When full, they qualified for a raffle ticket. So it was good motivation for students to take information and talk to the tablers. Across the hall in another room they had cooking demos. A nice student brought me a sample of a classic pasta and tomato sauce with some large kidney beans added. Practical and within a student budget. The pasta was tasty. However, I’m so glad The VRG Vegetarian Journals and brochures showed more interesting recipes that were flavorful and economical for students. Throughout the day there were crowds of students taking “required reading.” I’m glad I had VRG’s Spanish brochures; I handed out perhaps a dozen to those who were bilingual. VRG’s Save Our Water brochure was also picked up by many, as the non-vegetarian tables dealt with Fair Trade and Water issues. Thank you also to Judy Woods of Vegan Haven for all her help and outreach.”

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