Letters to the Editor

A Reader Responds to Another's Plea About Making Vegan Bird Seed Blocks

In response to a message printed in Letters in Issue 1, 2009:

Hello! It was funny, as I was just reading in another magazine about bird seed blocks! It was from Family Fun Magazine. Here's the recipe:

This makes about two 3-inch biscuits or a single 4-inch biscuit.

Mix together:

  • ¾ cup of bird seed
  • 1 Tablespoon of flour
  • 2 Tablespoons of water

Spray or wipe a cookie cutter with oil, and place it on a foil-covered cookie sheet. Pack the mixture into the cutter, inserting half a straw at a right angle near the top to create a hole for hanging.

Bake the biscuit (with the straw) in a 170-degree oven until the biscuit is hard, about one hour. If you want it to be raw, try dehydrating it for a few hours at less than 120 degrees. Let the biscuit cool.

Remove the straw, thread a ribbon through the hole, and hang it outside in a sheltered spot.

Glad to help!
Kathleen K., via e-mail

Vegetarian of 59 Years to Share VRG Materials With Others

Dear Vegetarian Resource Group,
Please send literature that describes your group's services. Vegetarianism has been my philosophy and practice for 59 years (age 83). I am eager to share materials with family and friends. A catalog of articles and books will be appreciated. Thank you. Abundant best wishes.
Marjorie K., Chardon, OH

VRG Helps Vegans Find More Than Food

I found your website in a Yahoo! search. I am a vegan who is trying to find a non-leather business portfolio. I'm also looking for nonleather dress shoes, but I have a wide foot and usually can't find what I need at Payless. I needed a specialty non-leather shoe store.

Fortunately, the link to your website was the fourth in "the top 20 results," so it didn't take me long to find you. So, I just wanted to say thanks!
R.S., via e-mail

Note: The latest Guide to Leather Alternatives is available at www. vrg.org/nutshell/leather.htm.