The VRG's Maryland Newsletter by Laura McGuiness
September, 2017

  1. VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP RESEARCH AND NEWS
  2. VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP 35TH ANNIVERSARY VEGAN DINNER IN CHICAGO
  3. VRG PRE-THANKSGIVING POTLUCK DINNER IN BALTIMORE, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19, AT 5 PM
  4. DESIGN OUR NEXT FLYER!
  5. VEGGIE CLASSES OFFERED AT THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF BALTIMORE COUNTY
  6. AN EVENING AT RED EMMA’S WITH JAMES ASPEY
  7. BEGINNER FARMER TRAINING PROGRAM
  8. VEGAN REFOCUSED
  9. LET'S SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM!
  10. MARYLAND AREA EVENTS
  11. VISIT VRG AT THESE OUTREACH BOOTHS
  12. VRG HIGHLIGHTS
  13. THANK YOU'S
  14. AMAZON SMILE: PURCHASE THROUGH AMAZON AND MAKE A DONATION TO VRG
  15. ABOUT THE VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP

1) VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP RESEARCH AND NEWS

  • VEGAN TEENS SURVIVAL IN A CITY
  • PAPA JOHN’S ENZYMES: 2017 UPDATE
  • INTRODUCING VEGAN FOODS INTO A COLLEGE FOODSERVICE
  • WHAT DOES PLANT BASED MEAN TO THE PUBLIC?
  • AND MORE
PURPLE GLAZE IN ASBURY PARK, NJ SELLS VEGAN DONUTS!
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/09/06/purple-glaze-in-asbury-park-nj-sells-vegan-donuts/ ]
GET VEGAN AT HIPCITYVEG IN WASHINGTON, DC
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/09/05/get-vegan-at-hipcityveg-in-washington-dc/ ]
THE SHAMAYIM V’ARETZ CAMPUS FELLOWSHIP
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/08/30/the-shamayim-varetz-campus-fellowship/ ]
CIVICO 1845 IN SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/08/28/civico-1845-in-san-diego-california/ ]
PAPA JOHN’S ENZYMES: 2017 UPDATE
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/08/25/papa-johns-enzymes-2017-update/ ]
MY ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE AS AN INTERN FOR THE VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/08/23/my-once-in-a-lifetime-experience-as-an-intern-for-the-vegetarian-resource-group/ ]
THE MAPLE GUILD INVENTS A VEGAN STEAM-CRAFTING PROCESS
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/08/22/the-maple-guild-invents-a-vegan-steam-crafting-process/ ]
INTRODUCING VEGAN FOODS INTO A COLLEGE FOODSERVICE AND TIPS FOR STUDENTS WHO WANT TO DO THE SAME AT THEIR COLLEGE
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/08/21/introducing-vegan-foods-into-a-college-foodservice-and-tips-for-students-who-want-to-do-the-same-at-their-college/ ]
MY INTERNSHIP WITH THE VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/08/17/my-internship-with-the-vegetarian-resource-group-4/ ]
VEGAN TEENS SURVIVAL IN A CITY
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/08/15/vegan-teens-survival-in-a-city/ ]
MEATLESS MONDAYS GUIDES FOR RESTAURANTS
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/08/14/meatless-mondays-guides-for-restaurants/ ]
WHAT DOES PLANT-BASED MEAN TO THE PUBLIC?
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/08/11/what-does-plant-based-mean-to-the-public/ ]
VEGGIE OUTREACH AT A SUMMER CAMP IN BALTIMORE
[ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2017/08/08/veggie-outreach-at-a-summer-camp-in-baltimore/ ]

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2) VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP 35TH ANNIVERSARY VEGAN DINNER IN CHICAGO

Sunday, October 22, 2017 AT 6 PM The Vegetarian Resource Group will host a vegan dinner at LYFE Kitchen in Chicago (at Fairbanks and Ontario) on Sunday, October 22, 2017 during the annual meeting of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Meet VRG advisors Reed Mangels PhD, RD, Catherine Conway MS RD, Charles Stahler, Debra Wasserman, and vegetarian dietitians from around the country. The public is welcome.

Menu

  • Edamame Hummus
  • Kale and Cranberry Salad
  • Ancient Grain Stir-Fry Bowl with stir-fried vegetables, beefless tips, quinoa, black rice, cilantro, and sweet chili-ginger sauce
  • Vegan Thai Red Curry Bowl with garlic-lime tofu, broccoli, eggplant, peppers, peas, whole grain wheatberries, Thai basil, and coconut curry sauce
  • Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie
  • Tea or Coffee

The meal will be served family style. Note: Seating is limited!

To reserve

Send $35 per person (includes tax and tip) with names to

The Vegetarian Resource Group
P.O. Box 1463
Baltimore, MD 21203
Call (410) 366-8343 9 AM — 5 PM Mon.-Fri. EST to charge over the phone. Or pay at [ http://www.vrg.org/donate ] and write “Chicago Dinner” in the Comments.

# Attending X $35/person = $_______
Donation towards professional outreach: $_______
Total enclosed: $_______
NAMES OF ATTENDEES: ______________________________________________________
Address: ________________________________________________
City/State/Zip: ___________________________________________
Email:__________________________________
Phone: __________________________________

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3) VRG PRE-THANKSGIVING POTLUCK DINNER IN BALTIMORE, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19, AT 5 PM

The Vegetarian Resource Group is hosting our 36th Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Vegan Potluck Dinner on Sunday, November 19th, 2017 at 5 PM. The event is taking place at the

North Baltimore Mennonite Church
4615 Roland Avenue
Baltimore MD 21210

We will be showing appreciation for turkeys by not eating them! Come join us for a variety of festive, delicious vegan dishes! Please bring a vegan dish - free of meat, fish, poultry, dairy, eggs, honey, or any other animal by-products - that serves 4 per adult attending.

Adult admission is $4 and children eat free!

You may want to bring a canned good for the church for feeding the hungry.

To volunteer to help set up or promote the dinner, please contact Brigette at vrg@vrg.org

We hope to see you there!

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4) DESIGN OUR NEXT FLYER!

The Vegetarian Resource Group is seeking a volunteer to create a flyer advertising our Vegan Pre-Thanksgiving Potluck! If you are interested in designing a flyer, please contact Brigette at brigette@vrg.org

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5) VEGGIE CLASSES OFFERED AT THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF BALTIMORE COUNTY

Some classes with a veggie focus are being offered this semester at the Community College of Baltimore County in Maryland. Here’s the details:

Artisan Vegan Cheese Making –
[ http://www.ccbcmd.edu/Programs-and-Courses-Finder/course/CKG/175 ]
Meatless Dinners for Carnivores –
[ http://www.ccbcmd.edu/Programs-and-Courses-Finder/course/CKG/177 ]
Vegan Cooking for the Holidays –
[ http://www.ccbcmd.edu/Programs-and-Courses-Finder/course/CKG/178 ]

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6) AN EVENING AT RED EMMA’S WITH JAMES ASPEY

By Brigette Dumais

I had the pleasure of attending a talk by vegan activist James Aspey at Red Emma’s Bookstore and Coffee Shop located in the Station North neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland. Red Emma’s is a radical and social justice oriented worker owned cooperative. Red Emma’s mission is to focus on sustainability; animal friendly and ethically sourced products; fostering a safe space for LGBTQ folks, People of Color, women, and other marginalized communities; and creating a venue where people can learn about various radical causes through their Free School and by hosting events. The menu at Red Emma’s is all vegetarian with plentiful vegan options. They also have many gluten free and nut free options. Most importantly, in my opinion, all their desserts are vegan!

While I waited for James Aspey to take the stage, I enjoyed a $4 vegan BLT, a slice of coffee crumble cake, and a hot black coffee. The BLT is one of my favorite menu items at Red Emma’s because it is delicious, filling, and inexpensive. The desserts change daily but are always a creative and tasty treat. They serve Thread coffee, which is hand crafted and fairly traded. Red Emma’s is usually bustling with business, but on the night of James Aspey’s talk Red Emma’s was packed to capacity. I recommend arriving at Red Emma’s at least 30 minutes before a talk is set to start so you can find seating and order food before the talk begins.

It was truly inspiring to see so many people from all walks of life turning out to hear a talk on vegan activism. James Aspey became a prominent vegan figure after traveling around Australia while on a 365 day vow of silence to promote animal rights. James’ voicelessness represented the voicelessness of animals who are exploited and killed for human gains. James also participated in the thINK24 Challenge, where volunteers are tattooed for 24 hours and the proceeds are donated to charities such as Greener Pastures Sanctuary, A Well-Fed World, and Lifeline.

James began his talk by sharing the story about how he became vegan. After being diagnosed with cancer at the young age of 17 and overcoming cancer at age of 20, James became fascinated with diet and helping others to improve their health. However, it wasn’t until seven years later that he delved into vegetarianism. James became vegetarian after meeting a “wise Indian man” who told him “eating animals is bad karma.” This moment of existential awakening led James to do more research on animal agriculture and abuse, and what he found was we don’t need to torture and kill animals for our health, so why should we? Since then, James has dedicated his life to spreading the message of veganism, peace, and love. What makes James such a successful activist is that he spreads his vegan message with humor and charisma. James is able to compel folks to go vegan by patiently educating them and re-framing their objections to veganism by helping them think about animals and health in a way they hadn’t previously been conscious of.

I truly can’t imagine anything else I would have rather been doing than enjoying exceptional vegan food in an inclusive and diverse environment while listening to stories about vegan activism. If you haven’t already, or even if you have, definitely check out Red Emma’s! It is a wonderful place to meet other vegans, devour exquisite vegan food, and purchase books on veganism and animal rights activism. Red Emma’s is certainly one of Baltimore’s finest treasures.

Red Emma’s is located on the corner of North Avenue and Maryland Avenue. They are open from Tuesday-Sunday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Brunch is served on weekends until 11am.

For more information about Red Emma’s, visit

[ http://redemmas.org ]

To see Red Emma’s upcoming events, check out

[ https://redemmas.org/events ]

For more information about James Aspey and his vegan activism, you can view his website here

[ http://www.jamesaspey.com.au/ ]

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7) BEGINNER FARMER TRAINING PROGRAM

Future Harvest CASA is hosting a Beginner Farmer Training Program. The program is a year-long immersion that couples hands-on learning at local sustainable farms with a classroom curriculum. There is a veganic farming option upon request. Applications for the 2018 season are now open. The deadline for submissions is October 15th. For more information, see:

[ https://www.futureharvestcasa.org/field-school/beginner-farmer-training-program ]

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8) VEGAN REFOCUSED

Vegan Refocused, a new restaurant concept from Baltimore, MD was a vendor at the 2017 DC VegFest. We had the opportunity to try their version of vegan crab cakes and Mac & Cheese. Both were delicious, nicely seasoned, and savory! Other menu items include:

  • Vegan chicken tenders and fries
  • Jumbo vegan fried shrimp
  • Vegan chicken sandwiches

Vegan Refocused is planning to open a store front in Baltimore later this year. Check out their website for more information on their mission and opening date:

[ http://veganrefocused.com/# ]

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9) LET'S SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM!

Ben & Jerry's is looking for suggestions for their next flavor of non-dairy ice cream. I submitted a recommendation for birthday cake ice cream with rainbow sprinkles folded in, but what would YOU want?

Let your imagination run wild and then tell them about it here:

[ http://www.benjerry.com/whats-new/2017/08/new-non-dairy?__prclt=Tm08JRoP ]

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10) MARYLAND AREA EVENTS

VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN MEET-UPS IN BALTIMORE, MD

The Vegetarian Meet-up happens at

Mango Grove
8865 Stanford Boulevard
Columbia, Maryland 21045
on the first Sunday each month at 12:30 PM.

The Vegan Meet-up takes place at

Mr. Chan Szechuan
1000 Reisterstown Rd.
Pikesville, MD 20208
on the third Wednesday every month at 7 PM. If you are vegan or vegetarian and would like to eat great food while socializing with others who share your interests, attend a meet-up!

For more information about EarthSave's Vegan and Vegetarian Baltimore Meet-ups, see:

DINEKIND

Dinekind Harford meets monthly to share information on the benefits of a plant-based diet. For more information, visit:
[ http://www.dinekindharford.com/ ]

MARYLANDVEGEVENTS.COM

Marylandvegevents.com is a one stop calendar site for all MD/DC vegan and vegetarian events. If you are looking to network, socialize, and/or engage in social activism you will find plenty of opportunities here. Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, or interested in trying vegetarianism/veganism, you will find many exciting and fulfilling events.

WHOLE FOOD FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH - BALTIMORE SUPPORT GROUP

This group meets on the second Friday of each month at 6:30 PM at

The Park Heights Community Health Alliance
4151 Park Heights Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21215

They typically show one or more short educational videos, often a cooking demonstration of something delicious and easy. And, of course, support, discussion, advice, and recipes. Beginners welcome. Please bring a vegan dish to share if you can.

Please RSVP and visit at

[ https://www.meetup.com/Whole-Food-for-Optimal-Health-Potluck/ ]

If you have any questions, contact: Margie (mobile: 410-375-5803, mroswell@gmail.com)

EARTHSAVE BALTIMORE

Earthsave Baltimore is a nonprofit educational group that helps people learn a healthier, sustainable, and more peaceful way of eating and living.

Saturday, Sept. 30th, from 6-8 PM: Veg/vegan potluck featuring - Cassandra Herbert is a holistic nurse psychotherapist, wellness educator, nurse consultant, functional nutrition coach, and author. Cassandra will speak on “Sugar Cravings and My Emotions - Is there a Connection? ”. The talk will include info about how our emotions impact sugar cravings, how to find the root cause of cravings to get rid of them, learn some simple ways to curb sugar cravings that have nothing to do with food, and learn about five healthy foods that can help us deal effectively with food cravings. Hope to see you there!

Dinner guests may choose to either bring a dish made without animal products (to serve 8) plus $5 (members pay just $2) donation; pay $15 (members pay just $12) to enjoy dinner and presentation; or pay $5 for presentation only. We eat first, then make announcements, and then hear the presentation. Let us know in advance, if possible, if you plan to pay for dinner rather than bring a dish. RSVP by calling 410-252-3043, or emailing Baltimore@Earthsave.org. Meetings are held at Govans Presbyterian Church, 5828 York Rd, Baltimore, 21212. Please RSVP and join us! Event details at

[ http://earthsavebaltimore.org/node/77 ]

FORKS OVER KNIVES MONTHLY POTLUCKS

This group is for those interested in trying or for those already committed to a whole food, plant based diet with none or very little oil, salt, or refined sugar. There is a monthly potluck where we sample delicious and healthy dishes, share recipes, learn, and connect with like-minded individuals.

This month, the event will be taking place on Sunday, September 24th from 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM at

Triadelphia Seventh Day Adventist Church
12950 Brighton Dam Rd.
Clarksville, MD 21029

See: [ http://www.meetup.com/Columbia-MD-Forks-Over-Knives-Meetup/ ]

BALTIMORE VEGAN DRINKS MONTHLY MEETUP

Baltimore Vegan Drinks is a happy hour for vegans, vegetarians, and the veg-curious. There’s no cover charge, and there are 100%-vegan snacks, entrees and more. And of course there are awesome vegan drinks! Our group is part of a national Vegan Drinks outfit with events in dozens of cities. Vegan Drinks’ mission is to bring together diverse people to build new friendships and promote the sharing of resources.

Join us at The GruB Factory this month! It is located at 1210 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 and the event will be held on September 12th from 7 PM to 9 PM.

Also being hosted by Baltimore Vegan Drinks is Fall for PIGGIES Picnic and Volunteer Day at Whispering Rise Farm & Animal Sanctuary. This event will be held on September 30th, time TBA. This is a ticketed event.

For more information about Vegan Drinks, visit:

MONTHLY COOKING CLASSES

Check website for monthly class updates:
[ http://www.veggourmet.wordpress.com ]

NATURAL PRODUCTS EXPO EAST BOOTH ASSISTANTS NEEDED (PAID POSITIONS)

Reliable, responsible workers in the Baltimore area needed to assist veg manufacturers in their booths at the Natural Products Expo East at the Baltimore Convention Center on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, September 14, 15, 16. Must be available to work all 3 days from 9 AM - 6 PM. Paid positions. If interested, please email veggourmet@aol.com

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11) VISIT VRG AT THESE OUTREACH BOOTHS

MARYLAND AREA EVENTS:

OUTSIDE OF MARYLAND AREA EVENTS:

  • Charlottesville Vegan Roots Festival
    Booker T. Washington Park
    1001 Preston Avenue
    Charlottesville, VA 22903
    Saturday, September 30th
    from 12:00 PM — 8:00 PM
  • World Veg Festival
    San Francisco County Fair Building
    in Golden Gate Park
    1199 9th Avenue
    San Francisco CA, 94122
    Sunday, October 1st, 10 AM-6:30 PM
  • New Jersey VegFest
    Meadowlands Expo Center
    355 Plaza Dr
    Secaucus, NJ 07094
    Saturday, October 7th
    and Sunday, October 8th
  • Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo
    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
    McCormick West Building
    2301 S King Dr
    Chicago, IL 60616
    October 21-24, 2017
  • VRG's Dinner
    The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Meeting
    LYFE Kitchen
    270 E Ontario St
    Chicago, IL 60610
    (Corner of N Fairbanks Ct. and Ontario)
    Sunday, October 22nd at 6 PM
    $35/person (includes tax and tip)

If you would like to volunteer at any of these events, contact Brigette at vrg@vrg.org. If you would like to donate towards our veggie outreach, donate at:

[ http://www.vrg.org/donate ]
Donations can also be sent to
The Vegetarian Resource Group
P.O. Box 1463
Baltimore, MD 21203
Or call: (410) 366-8343.

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12) VRG HIGHLIGHTS

  • Our interns completed their summer internships this month. During their time with The VRG, they participated in community outreach booths, made and donated vegan casseroles to a local food kitchen in Baltimore (Our Daily Bread), worked on adding entries to our dining guide, researched articles and peer review journals, reviewed vegan products, taught a class about vegetarianism at a youth summer camp in a low income area of West Baltimore, and wrote blog posts.
  • Casey Brown, who has interned with us for two years, recently graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Dietetics. She is now completing her dietetic internship rotations in Asheville, North Carolina. Casey will be staffing a VRG booth at the Asheville VegFest on September 3rd, so be sure to stop by and say hello! Here is some more information about Asheville VegFest: http://ashevillevegfest.com/
  • We are currently working on updating a list of senior living facilities that offer vegetarian and vegan options. See our senior living guide here: http://www.vrg.org/seniors/senior_vegan.php If you know of any veggie friendly senior facilities, please email vrg@vrg.org and let us know!
  • Congratulations to the Senior Editor of The Vegetarian Journal, Samantha Gendler, on the birth of her vegan baby. If you are the parent of a vegan or vegetarian child, be sure to join our Facebook group for veg parents here:
    [ https://www.facebook.com/groups/VRGparentsandkids/ ]

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13) THANK YOU'S

Thank you for helping with booths, HTML, blog postings, accounting, proof reading, research, and more.

  • Elsa Spencer, PhD
  • Chef Nancy Berkoff, EdD, RD
  • Reed Mangels, PhD, RD
  • Arnold Alper, MD
  • Jane Michalek
  • Suzanne Hengen
  • Shannon Borgoyn
  • Davin Simms
  • Sandra Adams-Hallie
  • Maria Pittarelli
  • Karen Peissinger
  • Brad Scott
  • Catherine Conway, MS RD
  • Jerry Marcus
  • Wayne Smeltz
  • Veena Manohar
  • Stuart Stahler
  • Michaela Sadlowski
  • Carole Hamlin
  • Robin Patalon
  • Marissa Thobe
  • Laneece Hurd
  • Anna Lam
  • Nicole Turner
  • Natalie Evans
  • Matt Baker
  • Casey Brown
  • Dorian Dallas
  • Matthew Venhaus
  • Suzanne DeFelice
  • Bobbi Pasternak
  • Josephine Hoffman
  • David Milner
  • Franco Smeriglio
  • Whitney Blomquist
  • Natalie Allen
  • Laura McGuiness
  • Samantha Gendler
  • Shani Stewart
  • Jenny Saccenti, MSW
  • Bekah Campbell
  • Larry Miller
  • Sally Miller
  • Julia Mathew
  • Kay Stepkin
  • Heather Francis
  • Nanette Blanchard

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14) AMAZON SMILE: PURCHASE THROUGH AMAZON AND MAKE A DONATION TO VRG

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to The Vegetarian Resource Group whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.

Support your charitable organization by starting your shopping at:

[ http://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-1279034 ]

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15) ABOUT THE VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP

Our health professionals, activists, and educators work with businesses and individuals to bring about healthful changes in your school, workplace, and community. Registered dietitians and physicians aid in the development of nutrition-related publications and answer member and media questions about vegetarian diets. The Vegetarian Resource Group is a non-profit organization. Financial support comes primarily from memberships, donations, bequests, and book sales. The Vegetarian Journal, a print magazine, is a benefit of membership in The VRG. (For more information, please see the Vegetarian Journal online at: http://www.vrg.org/journal/). To sign up for the The Vegetarian Resource Group national email newsletter, please visit:

[ http://lists.vrg.org/mailman/listinfo/vrg-news_lists.vrg.org ]

We are also on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!!

Facebook [ http://www.facebook.com/thevegetarianresourcegroup/ ]
[ https://www.facebook.com/groups/VRGparentsandkids/ ]
Instagram [ https://www.instagram.com/vegetarianresourcegroup/ ]
Twitter [ http://www.twitter.com/VegResourceGrp/ ]

If you would like to make a donation, become a member, volunteer, or find out more about The VRG, contact us at:

The Vegetarian Resource Group
P.O. Box 1463
Baltimore, MD 21203
Phone: (410) 366-8343
FAX: (410) 366-8804
E-mail: vrg@vrg.org
Website: [ http://www.vrg.org/ ]
To donate: [ https://www.givedirect.org/donate/?cid=1565 ]

Copyright The Vegetarian Resource Group 2017 The contents of this newsletter, 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 own best judgment about whether a product is suitable for you. To be sure, do further research or confirmation on your own.

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