VRG-NEWS: The Vegetarian Resource Group Newsletter
Volume 16, Issue 7
- GET DISCOUNTS ON PRESCRIPTIONS, VISION, HEARING, AND DENTAL SERVICES
- INDIA'S REVERENCE FOR THE COW POSES CONFLICT OF INTEREST WITH US DAIRY EXPORTS
- VEGAN RESTAURANTS AROUND U.S./CANADA
- VRG AWARDS WASHINGTON STUDENT $5,000 VEGETARIAN SCHOLARSHIP
- VRG AWARDS $5,000 VEGETARIAN SCHOLARSHIP TO IOWA STUDENT
- OPERATION BURRITO
- ARE YOU ON A VEGAN DIET WITH SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS?
- 30 ACTIVITIES YOUR HIGH SCHOOL VEGETARIAN GROUP CAN DO
- VEGGIE-FRIENDLY OPTIONS AVAILABLE ON THE WIC FOOD PACKAGE
- VEGETARIANISM AND INTERPERSONAL STRUGGLES: DEALING WITH AGGRESSIVE OPPOSITION
- VEGAN GRAM-FLOUR PANCAKES
- COME VISIT VRG AT THESE EVENTS!
- VEG BABIES: TRANSITIONING TO SOLID FOOD
- HALFWAY REVELATIONS ON MY VRG INTERNSHIP
- GROWING VEGETARIAN DEMANDS INCITE SOFTGEL DEVELOPMENT
- VEGETARIAN/VEGAN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR OUTPATIENT RESEARCH STUDY OF FREEZE-DRIED BROCCOLI SPROUTS (BALTIMORE
- REPORT FROM GREENFEST CHICAGO 2012
- LINDA VALLEY VILLA - VEGETARIAN INDEPENDENT LIVING FACILITY IN CALIFORNIA
- VRG'S ANNUAL VEGAN PRE-THANKSGIVING POTLUCK 11/18
- THE LAND OF KUSH IN MARYLAND
- VOTE FOR VRG IN THE 2012 VEGGIE AWARDS!
- PLEASE CONTACT SUBWAY
- REPORT FROM TAKING ACTION FOR ANIMALS 2012
- HELP US SHARE IN $5 MILLION IN GRANTS: VOTE FOR VRG BETWEEN 9/6 - 9/16
- About The Vegetarian Resource Group
- About VRG-NEWS
1) GET DISCOUNTS ON PRESCRIPTIONS, VISION, HEARING, AND DENTAL SERVICES
The free WellCardRX provides discounts for prescriptions, vision, hearing aids, and dental work. Download the following PDF for your free card, as well as additional information about the program and how to get a list of participating providers:
If you aren't able to download the card, we can send one to you. Just email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is not insurance. This free discount card program is not an insurance plan. The card is only valid at participating providers and may not provide the lowest discount. Request the best price. Use of the card may result in a donation to The Vegetarian Resource Group.
2) INDIA'S REVERENCE FOR THE COW POSES CONFLICT OF INTEREST WITH US DAIRY EXPORTS
by Shelby Jackson, VRG intern
According to The Indian Express news article, "India's beef on entry of US dairy products: the cow ingredient," by Ravish Tiwari, American dairy products are experiencing difficulties penetrating Indian markets due to India's religious beliefs and political opinions about what types of foods cows should eat. India requires certification that the cows producing dairy exported to their country are "never fed feeds produced from internal organs, blood meal and tissues of ruminant origin." This poses a conflict of interest, as US cattle commonly consume feed containing meat products. Attempting to resolve the issue, the US proposed the cows be fed a meatless diet thirty days leading up to the sourcing of dairy. If this were to come into effect, the US could certify that cattle were "not" fed feed containing meat, rather than "never." Indian officials are not willing to accept the proposition. R S Sodhi, Managing Director of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation, claims, "The US wants full access to our market while it denies market access to our dairy exports. They impose high tariff and non-tariff barriers. Indian cheese is made using vegetarian microbial rennet as against calf rennet and other animal rennets used in the US for cheese production." Indian officials are seeking correspondence with political leadership to further address the issue.
3) VEGAN RESTAURANTS AROUND U.S./CANADA
These vegan restaurants were recently added to our online restaurant guide. To find restaurants in your area, visit: [ http://www.vrg.org/restaurant/index.php ]
[ http://www.grindcorehouse.com ]
1515 S. 4th St., Philadelphia, PA 19147
Vegan/coffeehouse. Grindcore House is a laid-back cafe, a place to sit and relax while enjoying their selection of vegan sandwiches, baked goods, and coffee. They have free soy, almond, and coconut milks to add to your drinks and reasonably-priced food. Additionally, there's an anarchist bookshelf for you to peruse, constant metal music playing, and free Wi-Fi. Grindcore, located in South Philly, has a unique ambiance and is a fun hangout spot. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Counter service, take-out, soymilk, VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $.
[ http://ovegasm.blogspot.com/ ]
St Roch Tavern, 1200 St Roch Ave., New Orleans, LA 70117
Vegan/American. O! Vegasm offers delicious comfort foods that are completely vegan! Try Jackfruit Reuben on Rye, Spicy Black Bean Burger, Vegasmic BBQ Sandwich, or "Save the Crab" Cakes. Don't miss their Sunday brunch. Savor delicious pancakes, pastries, and other brunch treats while you enjoy jukebox music and a fun, friendly vibe. The chef/owner has cooked in some of the finest restaurants in New Orleans. O! Vegasm is located inside St Roch Tavern in the Bywater. Open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner. Open Sunday for brunch. Closed Monday. Full service, take-out, delivery, catering, VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$.
Rise Above Bakery
[ http://www.riseabovebakery.ca ]
120 St. Paul St., St. Catharines, ON L2R 3M2
Vegan/bakery/cafe. Rise Above Bakery, located in the heart of downtown St. Catharines, Ontario, is a small and eclectic bakery and cafe with a specialty for artisan vegan doughnuts. The cafe offers various soups, salads, and entrees that emphasize vegetables and legumes. Their motto is "Life's too short to make others' shorter," and if you think this is witty, check out their webpage where they have shirts with the logo and motto available for purchase. Reservations are accepted. Open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday for brunch. Closed Monday. Full service, take-out, catering, espresso, special beverages, VISA/MC, $-$$.
4) VRG AWARDS WASHINGTON STUDENT $5,000 VEGETARIAN SCHOLARSHIP
By Shelby Jackson, VRG Intern
The Vegetarian Resource Group is proud to award Kyana 'Kitty' Jones, a 2012 graduate of Shorecrest High School, in Washington state, a $5000 scholarship for her outstanding dedication to vegetarian activism. Kitty's exceptional commitment to promoting vegetarianism can be seen through the work she has done in her high school and community.
Kitty is an activist every day of her life, because, according to her, "animal and environmental rights are what my life is based around." From passing out vegan samples in a cow suit at the local farmers market, leading a vegan bake sale at her school, handing out vegan starter packs, preparing for vegan outreach events, to leafleting to the general public, Kitty keeps herself busy with vegetarian grass roots activism. Kitty has educated countless individuals about the benefits of a vegetarian diet through hosting animal rights film screenings, dedicating many hours to volunteering, urging her school to collect more vegetarian products for the food drive, passing out recipes, collecting and distributing vegetarian food to the homeless, hosting fund-raisers, and campaigning for a district wide Meatless Monday school menu. Kitty's unyielding commitment to making the world a better place is remarkably inspiring.
Kitty has introduced compassionate eating choices to her classmates by holding vegan potlucks, passing out vegan samples with pamphlets attached, taking friends out to vegan restaurants, and inviting animal rights speakers to give presentations at her school. Kitty is founder and president of her high school's animal rights club and conducts outreach with the Seattle Animal Defense League, Northwest Animal Rights Network, Action for Animals, and The Humane Society. As campaign intern for The Humane Society, Kitty gathered over 10,000 signatures during the summer of 2011, more than any other volunteer in the history of that organization's initiative campaigns. Additionally, Kitty started a "Housecleaning for the Greater Good" business in which all proceeds are donated to animal rights organizations.
Kitty plans to pursue environmental science so she may protect the rainforest and work to alleviate the unsustainable and environmentally degrading effects of factory farming and animal agriculture. Veganism is a critical aspect of Kitty's life; in order for her to live happily, she feels she must do all she can to encourage others to take social responsibility and put the lives of others and the health of the environment before their own personal pleasures. An unstoppable catalyst for the animal rights, vegetarian, and environmental movements, Kitty's impeccable perseverance, dedication, and enthusiasm will undoubtedly promote change for the better.
VRG sponsors two annual $5,000 scholarships for graduating high school seniors who have promoted vegetarianism in their communities. For more information on the scholarship, visit [ http://www.vrg.org/student/scholar.htm ].
To donate to the scholarship fund, go to [ http://www.vrg.org/donate ] and write scholarship in the comments.
5) VRG AWARDS $5,000 VEGETARIAN SCHOLARSHIP TO IOWA STUDENT
By Hillary Blunt, VRG Intern
The Vegetarian Resource Group is proud to present Gretchen Coleman of Des Moines, Iowa with a $5,000 scholarship for her work in promoting vegetarianism in her community and her outstanding effort towards providing healthy, vegetarian food for the hungry.
From its start when she was in third grade, Gretchen's vegetarianism was a struggle for her family to understand. "Being from Iowa," says Gretchen, "the diet is typically a 'meat and potatoes' type of meal." Gretchen began to question this lifestyle that was so inherent to her family from a young age. To her, the idea of eating something that was once alive and breathing seemed "like the most selfish thing," and she decided to stop eating meat.
In her first year of high school, Gretchen began working at Fresh Cafe and Market, a restaurant serving fresh and seasonal smoothies and sandwiches. Before Gretchen was employed at Fresh Cafe and Market, it did serve fish and chicken, but since she joined their staff, she encouraged and assisted them to stop selling any meat or fish. This job has demonstrated and increased Gretchen's awareness about vegetarian issues, knowledge about vegetarian health, and dedication to the vegetarian lifestyle. Through her job, she talks to both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike about the health benefits of vegetarianism and the reasons for living a meat-free life.
Gretchen also has devoted over 200 hours to community service during high school. She worked on the student board of Meals from the Heartland, a group that provides vegetarian meals to hungry people in Des Moines, as well as Haiti and some parts of Africa and the United States. This year, Gretchen helped organize fundraisers and made over $1,500 for the organization. She also has given her time at a local animal shelter, as a dog volunteer, making sure the dogs stay happy and get an adequate amount of attention each day.
Gretchen hopes to continue influencing people to lead healthier vegetarian lifestyles throughout college and plans to study dietetics. "I know I can make a huge difference in the lives of people by promoting natural and vegetarian living," says Gretchen.
For more information about The Vegetarian Resource Group scholarships, see [ http://www.vrg.org/student/scholar.htm ]
To donate towards future scholarships, please visit [ http://www.vrg.org/donate ]
6) OPERATION BURRITO
By Shelby Jackson, VRG Intern
Designing your own service project that engages with an issue you and your friends care passionately about can be an extremely rewarding and enjoyable experience. In high school, my friends and I distributed free vegetarian burritos to the homeless. Our project was simple: we would fundraise, use the money to purchase and prepare burritos, and distribute them to the homeless....
To read the rest of this article, visit our blog: [ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/07/11/operation-burrito/ ]
7) ARE YOU ON A VEGAN DIET WITH SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS?
Vegans, like the general population, sometimes need to be following a special diet. The Vegetarian Resource Group has some gluten-free, food allergy, and weight loss books that might make your life easier....
To read the rest of this article, visit our blog: [ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/07/12/are-you-on-a-vegan-diet-with-special-dietary-needs/ ]
8) 30 ACTIVITIES YOUR HIGH SCHOOL VEGETARIAN GROUP CAN DO
by Shelby Jackson, VRG Intern
Starting a vegetarian club in high school is a powerful way to spread the word about the nutritional benefits, animal rights issues and the ecological advantages of vegetarianism. Bringing together individuals with similar ideas and interests makes advocating more enjoyable and productive. When it comes to activism, numbers are important. Every person brings something new and different to the table. Having a multitude of diverse perspectives and skills is valuable when it comes to formulating and executing successful advocacy efforts....
To read the rest of this article, visit our blog: [ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/07/17/30-activities-your-high-school-vegetarian-group-can-do/ ]
9) VEGGIE-FRIENDLY OPTIONS AVAILABLE ON THE WIC FOOD PACKAGE
WIC is a free food and nutrition program for women, infants, and children who meet certain income guidelines. Participants receive WIC foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, milk, eggs, beans, cereal, juice, and infant foods at no cost. A WIC Authorized Foods List in Maryland included these foods among others: refrigerated half gallons of 8th Continent Original Soy Beverage, shelf stable quarts of Pacific Natural Foods Ultra Soy Plain; Azuma extra firm, firm, silken, and lite extra firm tofu; House extra firm, firm, medium firm (regular), and soft (silken) tofu; Nasoya Extra Firm, Cubed, Silken, Lite Firm, and Lite Silken Tofu. Other acceptable items include beans like kidney, pinto, black, navy, garbanzo, or lima beans; split peas, blackeye peas, or lentils; plain 16 to 18 ounce jar of peanut butter; smooth, crunchy, extra crunchy, creamy or honey-roasted peanut butter.
For more information on WIC, see:
10) VEGETARIANISM AND INTERPERSONAL STRUGGLES: DEALING WITH AGGRESSIVE OPPOSITION
By Shelby Jackson, VRG Intern
Sometimes social pressures make being vegetarian a struggle. Growing up in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, amidst a family of ranchers and a high school swarming with Future Farmers of America enthusiasts, veganism often set me apart from the rest of my community. Though it was difficult at the beginning, I would soon learn some tricks of the trade that would allow me to politely confront aggressive oppositions to my lifestyle choices. Upholding and smartly promoting vegetarianism began to feel natural and easy, and my assured confidence allowed me to persevere through the most heated of confrontations....
To read the rest of this article, visit our blog: [ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/07/23/vegetarianism-and-interpersonal-struggles-dealing-with-aggressive-opposition/ ]
11) VEGAN GRAM-FLOUR PANCAKES
Thanks to Tanuj Sharma for sending us this vegan gram-flour pancake recipe from India!
(Makes 6 pancakes)
Chana dal (also known as bengal gram) is similar to garbanzo beans, only smaller, split, and sweeter. They resemble small beans, have a low glycemic index, and a nutty flavor. Chana dal is popular in India. They can be found at Indian markets, health food stores, and many mainstream grocery stores.
250 gm (1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons) chana dal (gram dal)
20 gm (4-1/2 teaspoons) finely chopped fresh ginger
4-5 finely chopped green chilies
50 gm (3-1/2 Tablespoons) finely chopped fresh green coriander (cilantro)
10 gm (2 teaspoons) each whole coriander and cumin
Salt, to taste
2 teaspoon oil
First wash chana dal thoroughly and soak it in water for 2-3 hrs.
Add dal, ginger, green chilies, green coriander, and whole coriander and cumin with a little water and grind it in a mixer to make a diluted paste. Now add little salt to the paste and mix it thoroughly.
Next, put oil in a hot pan and put some of the prepared paste on the pan and spread it in a round shape (15 cm or 6 inch diameter). Cook pancake on both sides until brown. Serve pancake hot.
12) COME VISIT VRG AT THESE EVENTS!
Please come by our table at these upcoming events and say hello!
- Bethlehem VegFest [ http://www.downtownbethlehemassociation.com/calendar/vegfest ] - Bethlehem, PA - 9/8
- Boulder Green Streets [ http://bouldergreenstreets.org/ ] - Boulder, CO - 9/16
- DC VegFest [ http://dcvegfest.com/ ] - Washington, DC - 9/22
- Chicago VeganMania [ http://chicagoveganmania.com/ ] - Chicago, IL - 9/29
- Vegan Drinks [ http://vegandrinks.org/ ] - NYC, NY - 9/30
- Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo [ http://www.eatright.org/fnce/ ] - Philadelphia, PA - 10/6 - 10/9
- San Fransisco World Veg Festival [ http://www.sfvs.org/wvd/ ] - San Francisco, CA - 10/6 - 10/7
- VRG's Vegan Dinner at Singapore [ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/05/11/vrgs-vegan-dinner-in-philadelphia-oct-7-2012/ ] - Philadelphia, PA - 10/7
- Boston Vegetarian Food Festival [ http://www.bostonveg.org/foodfest/ ] - Boston, MA - 10/27 - 10/28
- NY Capital Region Vegetarian Expo [ http://www.nyvegetarianexpo.org/ ] - Albany, NY - 11/17
13) VEG BABIES: TRANSITIONING TO SOLID FOOD
VRG's Nutrition Advisor Reed Mangels, RD, PhD, was on the Dr. Don Show on July 25 to speak about transitioning veg babies to solid foods. If you missed it live, you can listen to it on the Dr. Don Show archives!
Veg Babies: Transitioning to Solid Foods
[ http://bullheadurgentcare.com/archives/playfiles/07252012p.html ]
You can find more archives of the Dr. Don Show here: [ http://bullheadurgentcare.com/archives/index.html ], including the April 25 show, in which Dr. Mangels spoke about vegetarian diets in infants, and the March 6 show, in which Dr. Mangels discussed pregnancy, lactation and vegetarian diets.
For more information on vegan pregnancy, see:
- The Everything Vegan Pregnancy Book [ http://www.vrg.org/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=81 ] by Reed Mangels, RD, PhD
- Vegan Nutrition in Pregnancy and Childhood [ http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/veganpregnancy.php ]
14) HALFWAY REVELATIONS ON MY VRG INTERNSHIP
By Aileen McGraw
By the time my internship with the Vegetarian Resource Group began in early June, I had lived the vegan lifestyle for over two years. Cruelty-free diets and compassionate living brought familiar comfort. I knew the philosophies and strategies behind vegetarianism and veganism. At least, I thought I did.
One of my first projects was writing about balancing veganism with Type 1 diabetes [ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/06/14/the-vegabetic-successful-veganism-as-a-type-1-diabetic/ ] -- two factors that define much of my daily life. I hardly remember the years before my diagnosis with diabetes, but 17 years eating meat and other animal products remain vivid in my memory. Before the VRG piece, I rarely thought to consider these two driving forces together. Diabetes and veganism were parts of a whole, and through the writing process, I put into words something my body knew all along: my medical condition and dietary preferences inevitably connect with one and other. This became more than a general idea as I researched and fact-checked the article, diving into resources within VRG [ http://www.vrg.org/journal/diabetes.htm ] and the American Diabetes Association [ http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/?loc=GlobalNavFF ]. Intern revelation number one: complete.
Starting at the VRG had me asking myself, "What do I want out of my internship?" The VRG comprises an amazing community of writers, professionals, interns, readers, sponsors and supporters of compassionate living. My resource pool is endless, and my experiences find even greater potential while interning long-distance from Chicago. I attended Chicago's first annual Veggie Pride Parade [ http://chicago.veggiepride.com/ ], later exploring the wealth of VRG information on vegetarian festivals [ http://www.vrg.org/blog/?s=UMBC ]. I wrote up a blog entry filled with my opinions and perceptions of the parade, soon submitting it to the Baltimore VRG crew. I eagerly awaited their thoughts. Is it vegan of me to love feedback, to see how my words and actions impact others and our environment? After receiving the VRG response, I poured over revisions and comments. Surprisingly, the input surprised me. Intern revelation number two: witness politics. Recognize the achievements of everyone. Sure, I blogged about my experience [ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/06/11/planting-pride-chicago%E2%80%99s-first-veggie-pride-parade/ ], but more importantly, I had the opportunity to share information about Chicago's vegan community [ http://www.chicagoveg.org/ ] and learned the importance of writing without bias.
As I reach the halfway point in my VRG internship, I keep reevaluating my concept of sustainable living. New challenges come to my attention while co-writing a vegan-backpacking article (who knew shoe glue can contain animal products? [ http://backpackingvegan.wordpress.com/2011/08/25/vegan-hiking-shoes/ ]). The vegan lifestyle takes on a broader meaning when surveying senior living options. Fresh perspectives show me that vegetarian action happens at all ages (take, for example, Justice Beske and his mother, Marla Rose [ http://www.marlarose.com/ ], who make kid-friendly Vegetarian Starter Kits together).
Intern revelation number three (and four, five, six...): ongoing. So far, my VRG internship catalyzed a redefinition of compassionate living, what it means to me, and how it influences community. I look forward to continuing this growth!
Interested in interning with VRG? See Internships & Scholarships at VRG! [ http://www.vrg.org/student/ ]
15) GROWING VEGETARIAN DEMANDS INCITE SOFTGEL DEVELOPMENT
By Shelby Jackson, VRG Intern
The growing demand for vegetarian softgels in America, Europe, and Asia has caused Fenchem Biotek, a Chinese Firm, to launch gelatin-free softgels. The rising demand can be attributed to cultural and religious values in Asia, as well as food safety concerns in the US and EU. Animal- derived products raise concerns due to their affiliation with mad cow disease and prion diseases. Some of the vegetarian softgels developed by Fenchem include lecithin, Q10, lutein, and natural vitamin E. "Vegetarian softgels have a bright future," according to Fenchem marketing representative Shawn Hua. Softgels are beneficial because they assure an "ideal dosage form of oils and poorly absorbed products in the food supplement industry," says Hua. Fenchem claims vegetarian softgels are particularly advantageous because of their longer shelf-life due to better water resistance and adhesiveness. Mass production of Fenchem vegetarian softgels will ensue at the end of 2012.
1. Culliney, K. Soaring vegetarian demands spur Fenchem softgel development. FOOD Navigator-Asia.com. 2012. Available at: [ http://www.foodnavigator-asia.com/Business/Soaring-vegetarian-demands-spur-Fenchem-softgel-development/ ]. Accessed July 25, 2012.
For more information on food processing methods and food ingredients and to purchase our Guide to Food Ingredients, please visit our website at [ http://www.vrg.org/ingredients/index.php ]
16) VEGETARIAN/VEGAN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR OUTPATIENT RESEARCH STUDY OF FREEZE-DRIED BROCCOLI SPROUTS (BALTIMORE)
Healthy Vegetarian/Vegan Volunteers May Join an Outpatient Research Study of Freeze-dried Broccoli Sprouts.
This study involves drinking a liquid dose of freeze-dried broccoli sprouts and collecting urine. Please call 410-955-1578 for more information. Participants will be paid for participation. Study subjects will be required to come to Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore) at least twice during the study.
17) REPORT FROM GREENFEST CHICAGO 2012
By Eric Sharer, RD
GreenFest was held inside the iconic Navy Pier of Chicago, which is located jetting right outside of the heart of the city, providing an amazing view of the skyline and waterfront. The event itself was held in the large festival hall. This is a large space giving plenty of room for all the vendors, presenters, and visitors comfortably. Per the GreenFest webpage, the total weekend welcomed over 24,000 participants. This was a very large venue, so it never seemed excessively busy or overwhelming and I would encourage anyone interested to visit the event in 2013! The crowd was quite a melting pot of all ages, demographics, beliefs, and cultures. It was a very fascinating mix of people. I would say the two most common age groups were people in their 20's - 30's and people in their late 40's early 50's.
A large majority of the crowd was familiar with the overall concept of vegetarianism/veganism, but many had questions about the reasons why one would pursue this or how to do so. Major topics of interest include the environmental impact of the livestock industry, vegan children, eating healthy on a budget, and gluten free nutrition. Many people were shocked to learn of the impact that eating animal protein, poultry, or dairy has on the environment and the earth's supply of fresh water. People were surprised to learn that the largest user of fresh water is the livestock industry, since water is directly needed for drinking and cleaning of animals.
There were many conversations about all sorts of topics related to vegetarianism/ veganism. I had great talks with a few nurses, counselors, and teachers who wanted to spread the word on the benefits of vegetarianism/veganism to their students/clients/patients. Several school teachers who came to the booth were excited to share the Vegetarian Journal [ http://www.vrg.org/journal ] and coloring books with their students.
The Vegan Nutrition For Pregnancy and Childhood [ http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/veganpregnancy.php ] brochure was very popular for the many mothers or expecting mothers that I met who were interested in raising their children vegan, but were just looking for more information on how to do so correctly. Vegan Diets in a Nutshell [ http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/vegan.htm ] really helped many people who were nervous making the transition to a vegan diet, much more achievable, since it clearly outlines all the important foods to eat while being vegan.
Outside of my participation during the event, volunteering for The VRG's booth I was part of the opening ceremony, with The Earth Balance Plant Based Panel. This was a panel of both local and national experts, specializing in various arenas such as nutrition, GMO, raw foods, media, etc. This was a very exciting panel which drummed up a very interesting and informative discussion related to vegetarianism. It was a special moment being able to represent myself as well as VRG at GreenFest Chicago! Video of this panel as well as the panel from other cities is available at the earthbalance website.
The VRG would like to extend our gratitude towards Eric Sharer, Chicago Volunteer Coordinator and his crew of volunteers who made our participation possible at GreenFest in Chicago on May 5th and 6th of 2012.
If you are interested in volunteering at a booth like this, please e-mail email@example.com.
For a list of other ways to volunteer and get involved with the VRG, please visit [ http://www.vrg.org/getinvolved.php ].
Donations from individuals like you help VRG continue to sponsor outreach booths like the one mentioned above. To donate, please go to [ http://www.vrg.org/donate ].
For more information about GreenFest, visit: [ http://www.greenfestivals.org/ ]
18) LINDA VALLEY VILLA - VEGETARIAN INDEPENDENT LIVING FACILITY IN CALIFORNIA
By Christine Kasum Sexton, MPH
Linda Valley Villa is an independent living facility for seniors located in Loma Linda, California. The Villa was originally started by a Seventh-day Adventist seeking to provide a suitable vegetarian living facility for older members of the large local Seventh-day Adventist community. Since that time, Linda Valley Villa has been purchased by a different company, but the lacto-ovo vegetarian meals that they offer have remained.
Currently, about 100 seniors live in the Villa. Eva Ortiz, the dietary supervisor, and her staff, prepare three meals each day for all of the residents. Eva has worked at the Villa for 23 years, and says that she has never really encountered any problems with providing vegetarian meals. It has not been difficult for her to find vendors for vegetarian foods. These days, according to Ortiz, larger vendors like Sysco are offering more and more vegetarian or vegan prepared foods and ingredients. While all residents must agree to follow a vegetarian diet, most are drawn to the facility specifically because it offers vegetarian foods. Currently, four residents follow vegan diets, which Eva and her staff cater to by substituting ingredients such as oats, other grains, or nuts for dairy items when necessary. Both vegetarian and vegan items can also be adapted for those needing special diets, including low-sodium and diabetic diets.
Some of the residents favorite dishes include Oriental Noodles, which are cold fried noodles mixed with stir-fried tofu and a variety of vegetables, "Chicken" with Dressing, which is fried mock chicken with a vegetarian gravy dressing, and enchiladas, made with either cheese or textured vegetable protein. Eva has come up with some of her own recipes that the residents particularly enjoy, including asparagus patties and mushroom patties. Other entrees that the Villa serves include vegetable casseroles, mock chicken patties or nuggets, pizza, "chicken" loaves, and herbed vegetable loaves. Also always available are vegetable side dishes, a salad bar, beans, sandwiches, and both fresh and canned fruits. The facility offers dairy, soy, and almond milks.
Eva keeps her menus fresh and her residents happy by meeting with them once a month to discuss which menu items they particularly like, and any suggestions they might have for changes or additions to the menu.
For more information about Linda Valley Villa, you can contact them at (909) 796-7501.
Linda Valley Villa 11075 Benton Street Loma Linda, CA 92354
19) VRG'S ANNUAL VEGAN PRE-THANKSGIVING POTLUCK 11/18
Please join us for our 31st Annual Vegan Pre-Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner!
Sunday, November 18, 2012
North Baltimore Mennonite Church
4615 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21210
Admission is $4 per adult and children under the age of 16 are admitted free. Please bring a vegan dish that serves four as a contribution from each member of your party. A vegan dish is made without meat, fish, fowl, dairy, eggs, honey, or other animal-derived ingredients. Write the ingredients of your dish on a 3 x 5 card to accommodate guests with special diets. Also, please bring a serving utensil for each dish. Paper plates, cups, napkins, and plastic utensils will be provided; however, we suggest participants please bring their own reusable dishes and utensils in order to reduce waste.
If you are unable to cook, you may bring a prepared vegan dish for four from a local natural foods store or restaurant. We also encourage you to bring a non-perishable vegetarian canned food item to donate to North Baltimore Mennonite Church, who will distribute it to those in need.
Need recipe ideas? Check out our Vegan Thanksgiving page
[ http://www.vrg.org/recipes/vegan_thanksgiving.php ].
To volunteer or for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (410) 366-8343.
We look forward to seeing you there!
20) THE LAND OF KUSH IN MARYLAND
By Shelby Jackson, VRG Intern
I am usually pretty quick to pick favorites when it comes to restaurant entrees, but not with The Land of Kush [ http://thelandofkush.com/ ]. As someone who grew up in the south eating barbecue meats and lots of macaroni and cheese, I'd have to say the Land of Kush really hit the spot with their savory, smoky Kush BBQ Ribs and Baked Mac & Cheese. Though the latter does not necessarily taste how I remember, it was buttery and creamy, and I will definitely be going back for seconds. The texture and flavor of the Sweet & Sour Seitan, with its tangy sauce and tender texture, reminded me of the brisket my mom used to make. Both the Ribs and the Seitan were extremely hearty and satisfying and the leftovers tasted great on a sandwich the next day....
To read the rest of this article, visit our blog: [ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/08/15/the-land-of-kush-in-maryland/ ]
21) VOTE FOR VRG IN THE 2012 VEGGIE AWARDS!
VRG is up for a Veggie Award in the category of "Favorite Vegan Nonprofit Organization." You can vote for us by visiting: [ http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VegNewsVeggieAwards2012 ]. Voting is open until August 31.
22) PLEASE CONTACT SUBWAY
As we previously mentioned [ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/06/27/vegan-options-at-select-subway-locations-in-md-dc-va/ ], eight Subway Restaurants in Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia tested three vegan meat substitutes: the Sweet Riblet, the Malibu Greek, and the Italian Black Bean subs. These items quickly sold out. (Our staff's favorite was the Sweet Riblet.)
Compassion Over Killing [ http://WeLoveSubway.com ] would like readers to contact Subway to encourage Subway to continue this test and add the items nationwide. Please write positive notes encouraging the addition of vegan items to:
Subway, 325 Bic Drive, Milford, CT 06460
23) REPORT FROM TAKING ACTION FOR ANIMALS 2012
By Shelby Jackson, VRG Intern
Taking Action for Animals 2012 [ http://www.takingactionforanimals.com ] was held on the beautifully sunny weekend of July 27-30 at the Washington Marriot Wardman Park in downtown Washington, DC. With appearances by Congressman Sam Farr, and television news journalist Jane Velez-Mitchell, TAFA2012 offered a variety of experienced professionals and informative sessions.
The Taking Action for Animal conference attracted both vegetarian activists and omnivore animal activists, with sessions covering issues including shark finning, animal experimentation, advocating for Pit Bull dogs, horse welfare, and captive wildlife. A good portion of TAFA attendees were well versed in veganism and stopped by the VRG table to chat, or to tell us how much they appreciate the VRG. Others stopped by to grab a brochure to pass along to a relative who recently became vegetarian, or because they were interested in learning more. Many had specific questions related to veganism: how to properly cook black beans or how to get enough plant-based protein. There were a good number of vegetarians seeking more information about veganism and everyone seemed enthusiastic about the Vegetarian Journals being passed out.
Caryn Ginsberg was at the conference with her book Animal Impact [ http://priority-ventures-group.com/animal-impact-for-animal-protection/ ], and I was fortunate to hang out and help her during her book signing. There were many individuals interested in Ginsberg's application of market strategy to animal advocacy, which seemed to reflect the larger desire of TAFA attendees to attain practical techniques to leave the conference with, and to apply to their own advocacy efforts. TAFA2012 offered a professional atmosphere, one characterized by a collective energy manifesting in a contagion of newfound support and inspiration. The VRG's table was an undeniable contributor of this collective energy. Our presence, combined with the many conversations we initiated, exposed advocates to the connection between dietary consumption and advocating for the well being of animals.
To support The Vegetarian Resource Group tabling and outreach efforts, please donate at: [ http://www.vrg.org/donate ]
24) HELP US SHARE IN $5 MILLION IN GRANTS: VOTE FOR VRG BETWEEN 9/6 - 9/16
Chase Community Giving is a program that lets the public vote to help determine where Chase donates millions of dollars. The Vegetarian Resource Groups has been nominated to be among the charities eligible to receive these grants. When voting opens on September 6th, we're going to need everyone to get involved to help Chase decided where the $5 million in grants will go.
You will be able to vote via Facebook:
Or if you have an online Chase account, you will be vote via their website:
[ https://www.chasegiving.com ] Please help spread the word by forwarding the following link to your your families, friends, and colleagues:
Thanks for supporting The VRG!
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.)
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