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VRG-NEWS: The Vegetarian Resource Group Newsletter
Volume 1, Issue 8
July 1997


1) Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Food Ingredients
2) Give a Vegetarian Journal gift subscription or buy books on VRG web site
3) VRG Dinner in Boston October 27th
4) Tell a friend about VRG
5) Excerpts from July/August Vegetarian Journal Online
6) VRG can be designated through Combined Federal Charities
7) Vegetarian Journal Change of Address Form
8) Reed Mangels, Ph.D., R.D. on ADA panel
9) VRG hosts intern from Germany
10) Vegetarian Vacations -- A Sampler
11) Recipe of the Month
12) About The Vegetarian Resource Group
13) About VRG-NEWS


1) Carmine, cysteine, cane sugar, carrageenan, candelilla wax... What are those ingredients in your food? Which is from animal fat? From Insects? Which are vegetarian?

Vegetarian Resource Group researcher Jeanne Bartas for the past year has investigated 200 of those mysterious ingredients on your food labels. Her work has resulted in a helpful 28-page reference guide for you.

Some sample ingredients and definitions are also included. To see the full press release, visit http://www.vrg.org/press/97juningred.htm.

The 28-page Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Food Ingredients can be ordered from the online VRG catalog at http://www.vrg.org/catalog/order.htm, or send $4 to VRG Guide to Food Ingredients, PO Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203.


2) You can now give a gift subscription to the Vegetarian Journal with our secure order form at https://skyport.net/vrg/subscribegift.htm using your Mastercard or Visa. If you get an error using the secure server, you can still use our standard subscription gift form at http://www.vrg.org/journal/subscribegift.htm.

You can also give books from our online catalog as a gift on our secure server at https://skyport.net/vrg/ordergift.htm using your Mastercard or Visa. If you get an error using the secure server, you can still use our standard catalog gift form at http://www.vrg.org/catalog/ordergift.htm. Choose from any of the books in the catalog (http://www.vrg.org/catalog), including Conveniently Vegan, Simply Vegan, The Vegan Handbook, The Peaceful Palate, Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Food Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada, or The Vegetarian Way.

What a great way to help someone get started with vegetarianism or to provide new recipes for your committed vegan friends and family. For questions about online ordering, contact Brad Scott at brad@vrg.org.


Readers are invited to a VRG dinner to be held in Boston on Monday, October 27th at 6 p.m. during The American Dietetic Association Annual Conference

VRG members are invited to attend a vegan all-you-can-eat buffet dinner at Country Life Restaurant, 200 High St. (entrance on Surface Artery), Boston, Massachusetts, on Monday, October 27, 1997 at 6PM. The vegan buffet is sponsored by The Vegetarian Resource Group and being held during The American Dietetic Association's Annual Meeting. Dietitians and other VRG members are welcome to attend. You will have the opportunity to meet VRG Co-directors, Debra Wasserman and Charles Stahler, as well as several of VRG's nutrition advisors at this informal gathering. Cost for the dinner (including tax and tip) is $15 per adult, $10 for children ages 11-12, $7 for children ages 8-10, and $5 for children ages 4-7. Children 3 and under eat free. Seating is limited, so please pre-register early! Please note that if you are attending the ADA meeting it is best to take a cab to the restaurant since there is a lot of road construction going on near the restaurant which is in the financial district of downtown Boston. Special thanks to Evelyn Kimber and the Boston Vegetarian Society for helping set up this feast.

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Please send a check to Vegetarian Resource Group, PO Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203 or call (410) 366-8343 between 9am and 6pm EST Monday through Friday to charge the dinner on a Visa or Mastercard.


4) Do you know someone who might be interested in the VRG web site? Someone looking for vegetarian nutrition information, recipes, travel information, books, or Vegetarian Journal articles? Then tell them to visit http://www.vrg.org.

Does your local vegetarian group have a newsletter? Why not suggest an article highlighting all the information on the VRG web site? Don't have time to write it? Email Brad Scott at brad@vrg.org and he'll send you a brief article you can submit to the newsletter editor. Thanks.

If you like this VRG-NEWS email, why not forward it to a friend?


5) Excerpts from the July/August 1997 issue of Vegetarian Journal are now online at http://www.vrg.org/journal/vj97jul. There are articles on:

If you are not currently a subscriber to the Vegetarian Journal, why not subscribe today? You can find subscription information online at http://www.vrg.org/journal/subscribe.htm. Join for $30 or more, and receive a FREE copy of the Vegan Handbook, a $19.95 value! (U.S. addresses only) (see http://www.vrg.org/catalog/veganhandbook.htm).


6) The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the only authorized solicitation of employees in the Federal workplace on behalf of charitable organizations. A campaign may be conducted during a 6-week period between September 1st and December 15th at every Federal agency. Federal civilian and uniformed service personnel are eligible to contribute to this campaign. The Vegetarian Resource Group will be listed in every campaign brochure and the number that donors should use to contribute to our organization is 2962. Please let federal workers know they can now support vegetarianism through the convenience of payroll deduction!


7) Have you moved and you want to be sure your Vegetarian Journal subscription follows you? You can now submit your change of address online at http//www.vrg.org/journal/address.htm.


8) Reed Mangels, Ph.D., R.D., nutrition advisor for The Vegetarian Resource Group, will be on a panel discussing Plant Based Diets: Pregnancy through Childhood at the annual meeting of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) in Boston on Tuesday, October 28th at 10 a.m.

VRG will also do a poster session on Vegetarian Nutrition Resources Available Online October 30th at 9:30 a.m. at the ADA meeting.


9) During the month of July, VRG is hosting an intern from Germany, Sina Arnold. Sina is researching information to update our Shopper's Guide to Leather Alternatives, and helping with other tasks around the office. Thanks to Michael and Cindy Blum, Tamara Richter, and Carole Hamlin for providing housing to Sina while she's visiting.


Vegetarian Vacations -- A Sampler (now online at http://www.vrg.org/travel/vacation.htm) is excerpted from Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Food Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada (see http://www.vrg.org/catalog/guide.htm), listing vegetarian inns and vacation spots. Also new online, Vegetarian Tours & Services (see http://www.vrg.org/travel/tours.htm).


11) 'Tis the season of tomatoes and corn! Here's a recipe from Simply Vegan which combines those two summer favorites.

(Serves 3)

6 large ripe tomatoes
1/4 cup water
1 cup frozen or fresh corn kernels
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup pitted black olives, chopped
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons molasses
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Slice off tops of tomatoes and scoop out pulp and seeds. Saute corn, pepper, and olives in 1/4 cup water over medium heat for three minutes. Mix cornmeal, 1/3 cup water, molasses, and baking powder together. Fill tomatoes with corn mixture. Cover tops of tomatoes each with 1/6 of the cornmeal mixture. Broil tomatoes for 10 minutes until the cornmeal topping becomes the texture of bread. Serve hot.

Total calories per serving: 223; Total fat as % of daily value: 6%; Protein: 6 gm; Carbohydrates: 47 gm; Fat: 4 gm; Calcium: 82 mg; Iron: 3 mg; Sodium: 345 mg; Dietary Fiber: 8 gm.

If you're a purist and don't want to cook those tomatoes, try VRG volunteer Bobbi Pasternak's favorite summer sandwich. Toast two pieces of whole grain bread. Brush toast lightly with extra virgin olive oil, then rub liberally with a halved garlic clove. Fill your sandwich with fresh tomato slices. If you want, add a couple of leaves of fresh basil and/or salt and pepper to taste.


12) 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. The Journal features informational and recipe articles, product and book reviews, news for vegetarian activists, and up to date information about vegetarian health and nutrition. Membership in the VRG costs $20/year in the US, $30/year in Canada and Mexico, or $42/year for the rest of the world. Accepted forms of payment, all in US funds, are Visa, Mastercard, checks drawn on US banks, and postal orders. When joining, please send us your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address. If paying by credit card, please include the card number and expiration date. Membership requests should be directed to:

The Vegetarian Resource Group
PO Box 1463
Baltimore, MD 21203
Phone: (410) 366-8343
Fax: (410) 366-8804
E-mail: vrg@vrg.org

Or you can subscribe online at http://www.vrg.org/journal/subscribe.htm


13) VRG-NEWS is distributed as a volunteer service of Vegetarians Online, the forum for vegetarians on America Online. Vegetarians Online offers message boards, live chats, downloadable files, informational content, quick links to vegetarian websites and USENET newsgroups, and an interactive store which features products from The VRG. AOL members can use keyword VEGAN to visit Vegetarians Online. Whether or not you are an AOL member, you may subscribe to the VEGUPDATE newsletter. To do so, send an e-mail message to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AOL.COM. Your message should read
SUB VEGUPDATE followed by your first and last names. For more information, please contact Vegetarians Online host Bobbi Pasternak at bobbi@vrg.org.

If you wish to cancel your subscription to VRG-NEWS, send an e-mail message to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AOL.COM with the following message:

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Contents of VRG-NEWS are copyright 1997 by The Vegetarian Resource Group. The newsletter may be freely distributed in electronic or print form provided its contents are not altered.

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