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VRG-NEWS: The Vegetarian Resource Group Newsletter
Editor: John L. Cunningham
Volume 6, Issue 6
June 2002


  1. Notes from the Editor
  2. June Sponsorships: TheVegetarianSite.com and Pangea Vegan Products
  3. For Southern California Vegetarians: Vegan Fundraiser Dinner
  4. Recipe of the Month: Crank Up the Heat Rice and Beans
  5. Question of the Month: Do You Have a List of Vegetarian Charities?
  6. Special Subscription Offer: Free Teen's Vegetarian Cookbook
  7. Upcoming Vegetarian Events and Conferences
  8. Job Opportunities and Internships Available at VRG in Baltimore
    About the Vegetarian Resource Group
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This month, author and VRG Nutrition Advisor Chef Nancy Berkoff, R.D. will have a booth at the 2002 Sony Studios "Health and Environmental Expo" in Culver City, California. This will be a great opportunity to educate the "movers and shakers" of the entertainment industry about vegetarianism. If we see more sympathetic vegetarian characters in the mass media next year, we'll know whom to thank! We are also looking forward to Animal Rights 2002 in Washington, D.C., which starts on June 28. All of the workshops, speakers, and other activities sound very exciting. If you are attending this event, stop by our booth and say hello to Jeannie and our volunteers.

Last month, we received some great feedback from VRG-News readers about vegan wedding cakes. If you live in the San Francisco area, the Black China bakery in Santa Cruz was highly recommended to us. Another reader commented that getting a vegan wedding cake may be as easy as asking one's caterer. As someone who often fails to see that which is right under his nose, I find that to be excellent advice! We also heard back from Burger King regarding their French fries. For updated information, see our website http://www.vrg.org

We recently received a call from a concerned parent whose child was prevented from participating in her school's foreign exchange program because she is vegan and the school believed her diet could not be accommodated. Have you ever studied abroad? If so, did vegetarianism impact that experience? If you have any information that can help this student, please let us know about it. E-mail me at johnc@vrg.org.

Have a safe, happy, and healthy June!


For the month of June, TheVegetarianSite.com will generously donate 10% of their sales to The Vegetarian Resource Group. The Vegetarian Site offers non-leather shoes and clothing, cruelty free personal care products, books, videos, food, and more.

Also this month, Pangea Vegan Products has kindly chosen the VRG to be among the groups that customers can select to receive a donation of 5% of the purchase price of items bought from their website. Pangea offers a wide variety of products, including NoBull jackets and shoes and hard-to-find items such as vegan coffee creamer.

We would like to thank The Vegetarian Site, Pangea Vegan Products, and YOU for supporting The Vegetarian Resource Group!


On Sunday, June 30, the Vegetarian Dining Club will hold a vegan fundraising dinner in VRG's honor at the Vegi Wokery Chinese restaurant, located at 11329 183rd St. in Cerritos, CA. Admission is $27.00. (A portion of net proceeds will benefit VRG). RSVP required and pre-payment is preferred. To RSVP required, call (800) 484-2011 ext. 3222, or (310) 396-2011.

The Vegetarian Dining Club holds dinner events three times a month at vegetarian restaurants throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties. For more information about the Vegetarian Dining Club, or to inquire about the benefits of a VDC Membership Card, call Ken Ziff at (310) 396-2011.

4) RECIPE OF THE MONTH: Crank Up the Heat Rice and Beans

The following recipe appears in Vegan Meals for One or Two by Chef Nancy Berkoff, RD.

(Makes 2 servings)

You choose your heat on this one.

1 cup cooked red or kidney beans (canned beans are fine), drained
1/2 cup tomato juice
1/4 cup crumbled smoked fake meat strips, soy sausage, or smoked tempeh
1/4 cup minced onions
1/4 cup minced green bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh tomatoes
1 minced garlic clove
1 fresh seeded and minced fresh chili (you choose the heat)
1 cup uncooked white rice
1 cup vegetable broth
2 teaspoons hot sauce

Place beans in a medium-sized pot and allow to simmer for 1 minute. Add tomato juice, fake meat strips, soy sausage, or smoked tempeh, onion, bell pepper, tomatoes, garlic, and chili and simmer for 20 minutes (do not allow mixture to dry out). Stir in rice, broth, and hot sauce. Bring to a quick boil, reduce heat, cover and cook for 20 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed and the rice is soft. Eat while hot.

Total Calories Per Serving Using Red Kidney Beans and Tempeh: 389
Total Fat as % of Daily Value: 4%
Protein: 15 gm
Fat: 2 gm
Carbohydrates: 78 gm
Calcium: 33 mg
Iron: 2 mg
Sodium: 366 mg
Dietary Fiber: 11 gm

5) QUESTION OF THE MONTH: Do You Have A List of Vegetarian Charities?

Question: I would like to donate to a charity, but would like to choose one that practices or promotes veganism or vegetarianism. Do you have a list of vegan or vegetarian charities?

Following is a brief review of a few charities that include veganism or vegetarianism as a core component, followed by some alternative ideas to incorporate vegetarianism in your charitable pursuits. The charities below are not affiliated with or endorsed by The Vegetarian Resource Group.

MARYLAND SALEM CHILDREN'S TRUST, INC. is a long established charity operating in Maryland to provide a family environment for homeless, abused, and emotionally disturbed children. They operate by addressing emotional, spiritual, and physical health issues while promoting nutritional health with a vegetarian diet. In the July/August 2000 issue of Vegetarian Journal, Maryland Salem Children's Trust was featured in the Vegetarian Action article. Although separate organizations, there is another Salem Children's Trust in the US located in New Hampshire, and several more located in many different countries throughout the world. All charities are separate entities but share the same mission and goals.

Another charitable organization, FOOD NOT BOMBS was established in the US and proceeded to spread to other parts of the world. They actively feed hungry people in the Americas, Europe, and Australia. Each chapter gathers food that would otherwise be thrown out by natural food stores, restaurants, and grocery stores and prepares vegetarian meals for the hungry. The meals are usually served outside in parks where there is no limit for space, and it will increase the visibility of the problems of homelessness and hunger.

PLENTY is a charitable organization that has implemented projects in fifteen countries on four continents for the economically disadvantaged. They promote vegetarianism by bringing soy nutrition to all parts of the world.

Established and based in the UK, are two charitable organizations that operate with a vegan purpose. The first, VEGFAM specializes to help natural disaster victims throughout the world by providing vegan meals. The second UK vegan charity, called HIPPO (Help International Plant Protein Organisation), does their part to promote veganism in developing countries by preventing malnutrition and famine through the production of plant foods.

SKCV is an organization located in South India that helps homeless street children who are usually products of abusive homes, are abandoned by their family, or for some other reason have no contact or support from their families. The charity nourishes the children with a vegetarian diet, shelters the children, provides education, training, and medical services for a stable and dependable future.

Three examples of faith-based groups with charitable activities and a vegetarian theme, are Vaisnava Hinduism, Seventh-day Adventists, and Jainism. A Vaisnava Hinduism charity, FOOD FOR LIFE, has programs located in over 50 countries. They are a branch of the humanitarian service of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), and claim to be the world's largest vegetarian food relief organization. They lead relief efforts in war zones and support natural disaster victims by providing nutritious vegan/vegetarian hot meals. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS, in addition to recommending a vegetarian diet, operate schools throughout the world for the purpose of bettering humanity. JAIN organizations are another religious group involved in charitable activities, and they almost universally adhere to a strict vegetarian diet.

Although not vegetarian, but perhaps of interest to vegetarians, the soy industry group World Initiative for Soybeans in Human Health (WISHH) in conjunction with charities such as Feed The Children and Africare, is using "SoyCows" to enhance human well-being through soy. Developed by Canadian non-profit Malnutrition Matters, SoyCows process raw soybeans into soymilk at the rate of approximately 40 liters per hour. With 3,000 SoyCows in operation around the world, they supply complete protein to people in need, combating hunger worldwide.

An alternative to finding a vegetarian charity is to create your own vegetarian niche within an existing organization. The Vegetarian Resource Group has volunteered at local Baltimore soup kitchens by cooking and providing vegetarian meals. Another idea might be to donate a vegetarian cookbook for a fundraising raffle. You might even identify elderly or disabled people in your community who are unable to function in day to day activities who might appreciate a hot and delicious vegetarian meal once a week.

Donations are accepted at The Vegetarian Resource Group. We are a national non-profit organization created to promote vegetarianism. VRG operates on many levels including, offering college scholarships, outreach activities, essay contests for students, and maintenance of an educational website, as well as offering many other avenues for educational needs.

If you are interested in a list of charities/organizations that do not participate or condone animal experimentation, you can visit the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) website or call them at 202-686-2011. The American Anti-Vivisection Society also has a list of organizations and is available by email: aavs@aavs.org or you can call: (800)SAY-AAVS. If you have information on a vegetarian charity that you think we should know about, please e-mail us at vrg@vrg.org.

(Thanks to VRG Intern Erin Crandell for all of the work she put into this article.)


Receive free The Teen's Vegetarian Cookbook with a $15 membership to The Vegetarian Resource Group. Also included is the quarterly Vegetarian Journal.

Enjoy Vegan Pancakes, Creative Breakfast Bagels, Pita Pizzas, Tofu Dogs in a Blanket, Sloppy Joes, Peanut Pasta, Lazy Lasagna, vegan Quick Creamy Broccoli Soup, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Speedy Spanish Rice, Cornbread, and Laura's Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies.

The Teen's Vegetarian Cookbook features ideas for sandwiches, lunchtime survival tips, snacks, an easy dinner to share with your friends, On the Grill and barbecue hints, Build Your Own Burrito, Easy Pasta Dishes, How to Cook Grains, Baking Without Eggs, a glossary of basic cooking terms, and a chapter on college cuisine with advice on finding vegetarian foods in the dining hall and tips for cooking on your own.

Especially helpful is "The How-To-Get-Your-Nutrients Substitution Chart." Includes sources of calcium, protein, iron, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B12, folate, riboflavin, magnesium, and zinc.

The Teen's Vegetarian Cookbook is great for that vegetarian teenager who wants to cook, or for Mom and Dad trying to find new ideas for their kids who have given up meat. Makes a wonderful gift.

To receive the quarterly Vegetarian Journal and The Teen's Vegetarian Cookbook (186 pages), send $15 to The Vegetarian Resource Group, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203; call (410) 366-8343.




On June 28 through July 3, Animal Rights 2002 program will feature 120 presenters from every faction of the Animal Rights movement. They will present at five Plenary Sessions, 100 Workshops, 50 Campaign Reports, and 16 Rap Sessions. Other functions will include 80 Exhibits, 100 Videos, Newcomer Orientation, Welcome Reception, Evening Receptions, Awards Banquet, US Animal Rights Hall of Fame, Planning Meetings, Group Workouts, Employment Clearinghouse, and a March on Washington. The speakers will include Carol Adams, Neal Barnard, Robert Cohen, Howard Lyman, Ingrid Newkirk, and over 100 more. VRG will have a booth, too. Stop by and say hello to Jeannie!

For more information, visit http://www.animalrights2002.org.



On July 8-14 the 35th Vegetarian World Congress - 'Food For All Our Futures' will take place at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh. Speakers will include Derek Antrobus, Rynn Berry, Rose Elliot, and Dr. Douglas Graham.

For more information, visit their website at http://www.vegsoc.org/nvw and http://www.vegsoc.org/congress or call 0161 925 2000.



On July 31-August 4, The North American Vegetarian Society will hold its 28th annual Vegetarian Summerfest at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. The Summerfest offers educational sessions covering such topics as health and nutrition, lifestyle issues, animal rights and compassionate living, and Earth stewardship; opportunities to meet others of like mind, and natural food vegan meals. This year's speakers will include: Carol J. Adams; Thomas J. Barnard, MD; VRG Nutrition Advisor Suzanne Havala Hobbs, DrPH, MS, RD; Howard Lyman; John McDougall, MD; Joanne Stepaniak, MSEd; and many more.

For more information, visit http://www.navs-online.org/fest02/ or call (518) 568-7970.



On Saturday, September 21, Farm Sanctuary will hold a Gala for Farm Animals at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.

Gala Host and Honorary Chair James Cromwell, Linda Blair, Sue Coe, Bill Maher, Peter Max, Kevin Nealon, Stefanie Powers, Victoria Principle, Charlotte Ross, Loretta Swit, Gretchen Wyler and other celebrities dedicated to animal protection will be attending the event. The 2002 Gala will celebrate Farm Sanctuary's farm animal activists and supporters with a gourmet vegan dinner, award ceremony, silent auction and other entertainment. Mary Tyler Moore will receive the 1st annual sentient being award.

For more information call Jessica Glau at (607) 583-2011 ext. 229 or e-mail gala@farmsanctuary.org.



On October 4th through 6th the Culture and Animals foundation will hold the Seventeenth Annual International Compassionate Living Festival at the Clarion Hotel (Crabtree) on 4501 Creedmore Road in Raleigh, NC.

Speakers will include: Ed Sayers, President of the San Francisco SPCA; Susan Ledererm, Yale University; Brenda Davis, a Registered Dietitian and author; Jill Robinson, founder of the Animals Asia Foundation; Jenny Stein and James Laveck, filmmakers (the Witness); Kevin Johnas, US coordinator of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty; Jim Harris, songwriter; Regina Hyland, an ordained Evangelical minister and author; Mark Rinehardt, author; Jim Motavalli, editor of E Magazine.

Total Package Admission, including admission to all lectures, Saturday lunch and dinner, and two raffle tickets, is $80 for CAF members and $90 for non-members. Other admission packages are available. For more information e-mail njregan@nc.rr.com or visit http://www.cultureandanimals.org



(Full-time position in Baltimore, Maryland)v

Vegetarian nonprofit seeks Jack/Jill of all trades knowledgeable in vegetarianism to process subscriptions, answer phone, talk to the media, manage mail campaigns, compile data, supervise interns and volunteers, work with co-director and webmaster to market memberships and increase member support, coordinate work with computer and mailing houses, and more. Must be comfortable with detail work, computers, flexibility, planning, and improving systems. Starting salary is in the low 20's. Health and dental insurance. Send cover letter and resume to Membership Job, VRG, Box 1463, Balt, MD 21203

(Part-time position in Baltimore, Maryland)

Jack or Jill of all trades should be a good editor, experienced in Quark (PC), knowledgeable about vegetarianism, well organized, and eager to learn. Individual will help with Vegetarian Journal and other projects. Job will also involve layout, research, coordination of volunteers, assisting with media and marketing, calling companies, sending out letters, shipping materials to conferences, and other tasks necessary in a vegetarian non-profit. Science background helpful. Starting salary is $10/hour. Future increases in pay dependent on performance, dependability, and taking on increased responsibility.

Please send cover letter, resume, and writing/layout samples to Vegetarian Journal, The Vegetarian Resource Group, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203.


Responsibilities depend on background, major if in college, and interest of applicant. Tasks may include research, writing, and/or community outreach. Internships are helpful for students working towards journalism, English, and nutrition degrees. Business majors can obtain experience related to the business aspects of a nonprofit organization. Activists can learn new skills and gain a broader knowledge, as well as share their expertise. Positions open throughout the year for all ages (including high school students living in Baltimore). Internships are unpaid. Send resume and cover letter to VRG, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203; vrg@vrg.org.


Our health professionals, activists, and educators work with businesses and individuals to bring about healthy 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, and book sales. The Vegetarian Journal, a bi-monthly print magazine, is a benefit of membership in The VRG. (For more information, please see back issues online at http://vrg.org/journal/.)

If you would like to make a donation, become a member, or find out more about The VRG, contact us at: The Vegetarian Resource Group PO Box 1463 Baltimore, MD 21203 Phone: (410) 366-8343 Fax: (410) 366-8804 E-mail: mailto:vrg@vrg.orgWebsite: http://vrg.org/index.htm


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