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VRG-NEWS: The Vegetarian Resource Group Newsletter
Volume 1, Issue 11
October 1997


  1.  American Dietetic Association Annual Meeting
  2.  VRG-NEWS hits over 1,000 subscribers
  3.  VRG Booths
  4.  Part-time Administrative Assistant / Research Job Opportunity
  5.  November/December 1997 Vegetarian Journal Preview
  6.  VRG Pre-Thanksgiving Potluck
  7.  Web site navigation easier
  8.  Samples of Vegan Indian Dinners available for $5
  9.  Add VRG to your will
  10.  Recipe of the Month: Black Bean and Corn Chowder
  11.  About The Vegetarian Resource Group
  12.  About VRG-NEWS


1) VRG will be exhibiting at The American Dietetic Association's Annual Meeting being held in the Hynes Convention Center in Boston October 27-30. VRG has exhibited at this meeting every year since 1987, presenting abstracts and helping arrange for vegetarian speakers (this conference is attended by about 10,000 registered dietitians from all over the US).

After several years of effort, we finally succeeded in having a panel on raising vegetarian nutrition accepted for this year's meeting. Our nutrition advisor, Reed Mangels, Ph.D., R.D. will be on this panel.

We thank the donors who helped with the costs for exhibiting at this conference, paying for materials to hand out, and for covering travel expenses. We expect to spend a total of $5,800 for all this, but we feel it is well worth it given the importance of presenting accurate nutrition information to these dietitians who in turn pass this information on to patients and thir clients. If you would like to help cover these costs, you may send donations to The Vegetarian Resource Group, PO Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203.

For more information on the American Dietetic Association, visit http://www.eatright.org. For information on The American Dietetic Association Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group visit http://www.eatright.org/dpg14.html.


2) Thanks to everyone who has subscribed to this email newsletter, VRG-NEWS. We now have over 1,000 subscribers. As always, please send your suggestions for improving VRG-NEWS to Bobbi Pasternak at bobbi@vrg.org.


3) VRG will have a booth at the Vegetarian Society of DC's (VSDC) VegFest held on October 18th at George Mason University in Virginia. Debra Wasserman will give a vegan cooking demo at this event. For more information on the VSDC festival, email them at vsdc@envirolink.org.

VRG will also have a booth at the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival on Sunday, October 26th. For more information on the festival, check out http://www.mit.edu/activities/vsg/foodfest97/


4) The Vegetarian Resource Group is looking to fill a part-time job at our office in Baltimore, MD. The candidate should be a Jack or Jill of all trades with a good science background and knowledge of vegetarian and vegan issues.

If you know someone who is interested, please ask her or him to send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to: Administrative Assistant / Research Job, The Vegetarian Resource Group, PO Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203.


5) The November/December 1997 issue of the Vegetarian Journal contains:

  1. Stuff Your Face: Stuffings for all Seasons
  2. Vegan Menu Items at Fast Food and Family-Style Restaurants, Part I
  3. Warming Winter Stews
  4. Is the Current RDA for Vitamin C Adequate?
  5. Vegan Ethiopian Delights
  6. Plus all the regular columns: Nutrition Hotline, Veggie Bits, Letters to the Editor, Vegetarian Action, Notes from the Scientific Department, and more!

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) Come celebrate an early Thanksgiving VRG style at our 16th annual Vegetarian Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner. The dinner will be on Sunday, November 23rd at 5:30 p.m. at St. John's Church, St. Paul and 27th Streets in Baltimore. All you need is $3 (per adult) and a vegetarian dish (no meat, fish, or poultry) that will serve four people (please remember that many people attending are vegan, avoiding dairy, eggs, and honey). Please also bring the recipe on a 3x5 card and a serving utensil for your dish. Paper cups, plates, napkins, and plastic utensils will be provided, but we encourage you to bring your own reusable dishes and utensils to help reduce waste. We will also be collecting non-perishable vegetarian canned goods to donate to St. John's Church for them to distribute to those in need. For more information, email vrg@vrg.org or call 410-366-8343.

The Chicago Vegetarian Society will be holding its annual pre-Thansgiving dinner on November 23rd also. For details, call 773-975-VEGY.


7) It is now easier to navigate the VRG web site ( http://www.vrg.org) using the new links at the bottom of every page. Please let Brad Scott (email brad@vrg.org ) know if these links are helpful and if you have any suggestions for improving the web site.

We recently received this flattering note from a subscriber to the Vegetarian Journal:

I am impressed with the amount of information at your site and your dedication to research on vegetarian issues. This unbiased view makes a subscription to your publication much more valuable than a subscription to the mainstream vegetarian publications.

Thanks for your dedication to promoting a healthy, humane lifestyle. Your work makes it easier for all of us to make our contributions to the cause as well.


8) Tamarind Tree - The Taste Of India is offering 2 "free" authentic Indian dinners for the cost of shipping and handling ($5) to new customers for shipment in USA.

To order, visit their web site at http://www.tamtree.com and select your 2 choices. Fill in the "ORDER FORM" and submit. Then mail acheck for $5 for shipping and handling. Upon receipt of check , the order will be shipped by UPS. One order per customer/address. Offer good until the end of October 1997. For more information call them toll free at (800) HFC-TREE.


9) Most of our donors support The Vegetarian Resource Group with tax-deductible gifts of cash or check. These are critical to our immediate needs. Thank You! But we also need to look toward the future and expand our existing programs. We are very grateful to all the people who have included The Vegetarian Resource Group in their will or life insurance policies. If you haven't done this yet, this is probably the single most important action you can take for vegetarianism.

You probably already have a will (and if not, you should), so please consult your lawyer about adding VRG. One suggested form of bequest is "I give and bequeath to The Vegetarian Resource Group, Baltimore, Maryland ___ percent of my residual estate" (or a specific dollar amount, stock, land, or insurance proceeds). We recommend you consult an attorney to ensure the wording is correct for your state and your wishes will be carried out. The advantage of including a percentage of your estate is that as your assets grow over time, you will be able to contribute a larger amount to VRG without having to change your will. And remember, contributions to The Vegetarian Resource Group are not subject to federal estate taxes, so you can avoid the IRS one more time.


10) Here's a simple but delicious soup for these cool fall evenings. The recipe is from "Conveniently Vegan" by Debra Wasserman, published by the VRG. For more information about the book, visit http://www.vrg.org/catalog/convvegan.htm. The book is also available in The Vegetarian Store in America Online's Vegetarians Online. AOL members may visit Vegetarians Online by using keyword "vegan."

Black Bean and Corn Chowder
(Serves 6)

15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
14-ounce can diced tomatoes or whole tomatoes, chopped
10-ounce box frozen corn kernels
small onion, finely chopped
2 cups soy milk or other non-dairy milk alternative
4 cups water
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat all the ingredients together in a large pot over medium heat for 25 minutes. Serve warm.

Total calories per serving: 229; Fat: 3 grams; Total Fat as % Daily Value: 5%; Protein: 11 grams; Iron: 2 mg; Carbohydrates: 34 grams; Calcium 65 mg; Dietary fiber: 5 grams; Sodium: 299 mg.


11) 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


12) 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.

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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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