"A Hunter's Guide to His Vegetarian Daughter and His Vegan Son"
2014 Video Contest Winners
A VEGGIE ADVENTURE
By Taylor Koch
Taylor is a winner of The Vegetarian Resource Group Video Contest. Taylor stated:I went vegetarian three years ago when meat began to hurt my stomach after eating it. After only the first week, I felt so much better. Since becoming vegetarian I've discovered all the environmental and economic benefits of vegetarianism, which in addition to health reasons, have led me to continue the diet.
JERRY AND VEGETARIANISM
By Jerry Fu
Jerry is a winner of The Vegetarian Resource Group Video Contest. He stated: I have always had a lot of respect and admiration toward vegetarians. But it was not until recently, I considered vegetarianism as part of my diet. I have always been interested in vegetarianism due to its water conservation and humane treatment of animals. But the cherry on top - the overwhelming health benefits - is what really led me to my final decision.
HOW I BECAME VEGAN
By Josie Rapacz
Josie is a winner of The Vegetarian Resource Group Video Contest. Josie stated: I think it's safe to say that I'm more than just interested in vegetarianism/veganism. I think being vegan is the purest and the most honest thing you can experience in this world. It's something I hope for everyone, and I wish people weren't so stubborn, so they could be open to the idea of veganism. I don't have that narcissistic way of thinking that the rest of the human race has; I know that human beings are the most intelligent species because of that amazing gap from animals to humans called 'language', but I know that animals weren't 'created' -if you believe in God- or meant for man to use selfishly. I think that animals should be living comfortably right next to humans, if not as their equals, as their friends. Animals should be respected as souls not much different than ours. Veganism makes me feel more connected to the Earth, and takes the guilt off of my chest because I can honestly say that I am cruelty free.
VEGETARIANISM...THE WAY TO BE
By Prerana Pai
Prerana is a winner of The Vegetarian Resource Group Video Contest. Prerana stated: I am an 11 year old girl. I am a vegetarian, and I am proud to be so. I am also very passionate about it as I am against animal cruelty. I have made a video to promote vegetarianism and hope to spread the message to the masses. I love all living things, and cannot bear hurting even a little ant. Then how can I eat a chicken, or a lamb? Even the thought of the agony and fear they must be going through when they are butchered to be eaten makes me very very sad. Though I admit that sometimes I get tempted when all my friends eat meat during parties, I stand by what I believe in and am proud to say that I have never given in to temptation.
2013 Video Contest Winners
By Noam Lautman
Noam Lautman is a winner of The Vegetarian Resource Group video contest. He stated, "I became interested in vegetarianism when I was about 10 years old. My uncle and his family took me to an upscale fish restaurant where they ordered lobster on a bed of rice. I had never seen such a thing before, and it was quite a shock to see a whole lobster sitting there, just as advertised, on a bed of rice. I could hardly look at it and went to eat at another table. Later my father told me that to cook a lobster, people buy it live and dump it in boiling water. That was my introduction to trying to eat in a more humane manner."
By Sienna Scheid
Sienna Scheid is a winner of The Vegetarian Resource Group video contest. She stated, "I'm interested in vegetarianism because of the wastefulness of meat processing. I'm very environmentally conscious and I can't stand how much energy and water is put into producing even the smallest amount of meat."
by Alexia Lamb
Alexia Lamb is a winner of The Vegetarian Resource Group video
contest. Alexia stated,
"I have been a vegetarian for nine years, and it has honestly made me a happier and healthier person. I have been introduced to new things, new people and new experiences. It has made me feel better about myself and my environment, and become a big part of my identity. Because of all this, I love sharing my vegetarianism with others, while encouraging them to give it a try too! Let's hope the video can also speak for itself on why I'm so interested in vegetarianism. :)"
By Kevin Guyer
Kevin Guyer is a winner of The Vegetarian Resource Group video
contest. Kevin stated,
"I believe strongly in the ethical, health, environmental aspects of veganism. I also love vegan food!"
By Jordan Banafsheha
Jordan Banafsheha is a winner of The Vegetarian Resource Group video contest. Jordan stated, "Part of living in America is respecting various perspectives. By creating my humorous music video I hope to educate the public about a lifestyle I believe respects our planet."
2012 Video Contest Winners
John, VRG's Consumer Research Manager, interviewed by Randol White at Eat Drink Explore about tips for new vegetarians as part of their Vegetarian Challenge Week.
Justin Timberlake created an unlikely sensation when he debuted a singing, rapping cup ‘o soup character who tormented a Salvation Army Santa with the catchphrase “give it on up to Homelessville.”
Tonight, the character was back, this time as a giant piece of tofu, horning in on the turf of a sausage salesmen and professing his love of all things vegan by singing “bring it on down to Veganville” to top off each song.
His performances ran the gamut, through parodies of Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby” (“Brown Rice Baby” and Rihanna’s “We Found Love” (“…In A Meatless Place”). Given the costume, there was only one place the sketch could end up. You guessed it: the “Harlem Shake,” or in this case the “Vegan Shake.”
- Vegetarian Nutrition Powerpoint by Christina Niklas, MPH, RD, LDN (a good tool for vegetarian nutrition presentations)
- Intro to Plant-Based Eating (pdf by Suzanne Sorensen, RD, LD, CDE)
- What do I eat when I don't eat meat? (PowerPoint presentation by Jim Dunn)
- Dr. Reed Mangels continues talking about the Vegan Life Cycle (The Dr Don Show; 09/20/13)