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VRG-NEWS: The Vegetarian Resource Group Newsletter
Editor: Davida Gypsy Breier
Volume 5, Issue 7
July 2001


  1. Notes from the Editor
  2. VRG in the News
  3. Vegetarian and Vegan Products
  4. Update to The Guide to Fast Food (Good News!)
  5. Recipe of the Month: Almond Rice Pudding
  6. July / August 2001 Vegetarian Journal Online
  7. College-level Online Course on Vegetarianism Available
  8. Upcoming Vegetarian Events and Conferences
  9. Job Opening at VRG: Computer Support
    About the Vegetarian Resource Group
    About VRG-News


So far the response to our new books, Vegan Meals for One or Two (http://www.vrg.org/catalog/oneortwo.htm) and Vegan and Vegetarian FAQ (http://www.vrg.org/catalog/faq.htm) has been quite favorable. Many people were happy to learn that there is a cookbook that makes cooking for one quick and easy. The FAQ has been answering questions people didn't even know they had! I've also received some interesting new questions from readers. Don't forget to send your comments and questions to VRG at vrg@vrg.org or by mail to PO Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203.


VRG has been all over the media lately. There was an article in The New York Times Sunday Travel section (June 10, 2001), "Guiding Lights for Vegetarians" by Betsy Wade, which mentioned many of VRG's travel resources. You should be able to access the article online at: http://www.nytimes.com/2001/06/10/travel/10PRAC.html

On Friday June 22nd, I participated in an hour-long program, "Public Interest," on NPR discussing food labeling as it pertains to vegetarians. Much of the show was devoted to the lawsuits brought against McDonald's because of the beef-derived natural flavoring used in their French fries. It is possible to access the show from the WAMU website at http://www.wamu.org/pi/shows/piarc_010618.html

We were also mentioned in a USA Today Weekend article on vegetarian teens.

Reuters Health, a wire service, published an article titled, Vegan Diets Can Meet Children's Nutritional Needs. Reuters reported findings by VRG Nutrition Advisor, Reed Mangels, PhD, RD, FADA and Virginia Messina, MPH, RD, from their article Considerations in planning vegan diets: Children which appeared in the June issue of the Journal of The American Dietetic Association.

We've also recently been mentioned in The Dallas Morning News, Cumberland Times News, Summer Living, The Atlanta-Constitution Journal, Jewish Woman, and more.


Don't forget that VRG maintains extensive links pages on the VRG website (http://www.vrg.org/links/), including an entire page devoted to vegetarian products and retailers. If you are new to vegetarianism or just looking for some additional products to add to your repertoire, visit http://www.vrg.org/links/products.htm. Also included on the page are online and mail order retailers, making it easy to shop cruelty-free whether you are in a big city or rural community.


We originally reported in our Guide to  Fast Food (http://www.vrg.org/catalog/ff.htm) that Bruegger's Bagels "reformulated their bagels, omitting cheese in all but the sun-dried tomato bagel, but they have added honey to most of the bagels. The exceptions are the blueberry, chocolate chip (which is vegan!), cinnamon sugar, cranberry orange, pumpernickel, and rosemary olive oil. There is egg in the egg bagel. Some varieties may not be available at all locations."

Recently Bruegger's Bagels wrote to tell us that they reformulated their bagels in March of this year. Now the only bagels that contain honey are their sunflower and honey grain varieties.

5) RECIPE OF THE MONTH : Almond Rice Pudding

This recipe appears in Vegan Meals for One or Two http://www.vrg.org/catalog/oneortwo.htm, by Chef Nancy Berkoff.

Almond Rice Pudding
(makes 3 servings)

Here's a great way to include rice and fruit in your meal.

1/2 cup uncooked white and brown rice
1 cup water
2 cups almond milk (you can substitute plain or vanilla soy or rice milk with 1 tablespoon almond extract)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup raisins, dried cranberries, or dried blueberries

In a medium-sized saucepan, combine rice and water. Bring to a fast boil, cover, and reduce heat. Simmer for 15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. Stir in almond milk and maple syrup, stirring, until the rice mixture is as thick as soupy cooked cereal (this should take approximately 30 minutes). Remove from heat and stir in cinnamon and raisin or other dried fruit. Eat warm or refrigerate until you're ready to eat.

Note: Pudding, if overcooked, will become dry instead of creamy.

Total calories per serving using brown rice: 301
Total Fat as % of Daily Value: 6%
Fat: 4 grams
Protein: 8 grams
Carbohydrates: 55 grams
Iron: 2 mg
Calcium: 50 mg
Dietary Fiber: 4 grams
Sodium: 25 mg

There are 100 recipes in Vegan Meals for One or Two (216 pages). You can order a copy of Vegan Meals for One or Two on our website at http://www.vrg.org/catalog/order.htm or call (410) 366-8343 to order over the phone with a Visa or MasterCard M-F 9am - 5pm EST. The price includes media mail shipping (US only). The cost of shipping for international orders varies, so please contact us at vrg@vrg.org if you are outside the US.


The July / August 2001 Vegetarian Journal feature articles online include:

To read these articles go to: http://www.vrg.org/journal/vj2001jul/

Additional Articles include:
Fantastic Frozen Soy Desserts by Debra Daniels-Zeller
Tomato Heaven by Nava Atlas
Kyoto: The Capital of Zen Vegetarian Cuisine by Hiroko Kato


Nutrition Hotline: Fasting safely, and the substances in caffeinated beverages that inhibit iron absorption
Vegetarian Action: Learn how to become a Humane Educator, by Caryn Ginsburg
Scientific Update
Veggie Bits
Book Reviews and more...

*NEW* FEATURE: Vegan Cooking Tips - From Chef Nancy Berkoff -
How to prepare vegetable gratins; also, vegan quick meal ideas using baked potatoes

Read excerpts from back issues online at: http://www.vrg.org/journal/

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. If you are not currently a subscriber to the Vegetarian Journal, why not subscribe today?

Subscriptions to Vegetarian Journal are $20/year in the US (please inquire for subscription rates outside the US). Accepted forms of payment, in US funds, are Visa, MasterCard, checks drawn on US banks, and postal money 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.

If you join online at http://www.vrg.org/journal/subscribe.htm for $30 or more, you will receive a FREE copy of the Vegan Handbook, a $20 value! (US addresses only).

If you choose to join by mail, subscriptions should be directed to:
The Vegetarian Resource Group
PO Box 1463
Dept. IN
Baltimore, MD 21203
Phone: (410) 366-8343
Fax: (410) 366-8804
E-mail: vrg@vrg.org


VRG now offers a college-level online course on vegetarianism, taught by Chef Nancy Berkoff, RD. Originally designed as an advanced nutrition class for culinary students, the course has been expanded to include topics of interest for everyone interested in food, health, small business, and vegetarianism. Consumers can learn more about vegetarian cooking; institutional food service staff and managers can expand their knowledge about new products and cooking styles, and restaurateurs will certainly be better able to please their vegan diners. Topics will include types of vegetarians, recipe and menu design, careers in vegetarian food services, ethnic cuisines, ingredient selection, vegetarian nutrition and health trends, and vegetarian business topics. College credit is optional and the course is open to the public. The cost for the course is $100 ($90 for VRG members). There is an additional cost to receive college credit. You can follow a traditional school calendar and begin in the fall or start right now! For more information online go to http://www.vrg.org/berkoff/introduction.htm or call (410) 366-8343.



This four-day program will feature speakers representing various views of our movement. There will be plenary sessions, workshops, campaign reports, and 'rap' sessions. Other functions will include exhibits, videos, newcomer orientation, regional meetings, employment clearinghouse, group workouts, social receptions, DC dinner/tour, and lobbying.

Please visit the VRG table if you are attending. For more information go to the Animal Rights 2001 website at: http://www.animalrights2000.org/

The Farm Animal Reform Movement
PO Box 30654 Bethesda, MD 20824
(301) 530-2011


Sponsored by the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society (newly formed) Columbia-Greene Chapter

Crellin Community Park, Chatham, NY
Route 66, less than a mile north of the traffic circle in Chatham
2:00-5:00 p.m. (Rain or Shine)

This is the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society Columbia-Greene Chapter's inaugural event in Columbia County. If anyone can help with grilling, collecting money, photography, or just giving a hand at the picnic, please contact Joan Zacharias. Volunteers attend and eat free. Feel free to bring literature and petitions for your group or campaigns.

There will be live music. Bring a vegan side dish, munchies or dessert for 6+ people, with a list of ingredients or the recipe. Please bring a serving utensil, your own plate and fork (to reduce waste), a beverage, and something to sit on. Kids, dogs, musical instruments and frisbees are welcome. The park has a basketball court, a lake for swimming, and swings. There will be a watermelon seed-spitting contest for kids of all ages, with prize for longest "spit."

*$2/adult if you bring a dish (a donation to the Crellin-Morris Association for its summer youth programs); otherwise $10/adult. No RSVP necessary. For more info, directions or recipe ideas, call (518) 392-VEGI.



The 27th Annual conference of the North American Vegetarian Society is being held July 11-15, 2001 in Johnstown, PA. The location for this event is the conference center at Pitt-Johnstown on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh.

VRG nutrition advisor Suzanne Havala, MS, RD will be attending. Other speakers include Keith Akers, Carol J. Adams, Neal Barnard, Ken Bergeron, T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Anna Charlton, Robert Cohen, Fran Costigan, Brenda Davis, RD, Gary Francione, JD, Ruth Heidrich, PhD, Erik Marcus, John McDougall, MD, Joanne Stepaniak, MSEd, and many more. Jeannie McStay, VRG's catalog manager, will be tabling at the event. For more details about Summerfest visit: http://www.navs-online.org/fest01/

PO Box 72-S1, Dolgeville, NY 13329
(518) 568-7970



From August 3-5th, 2001, VeganSpeak is hosting a weekend of speakers, dining, and camping in Port Sanilac, Michigan. Rynn Berry, author of Famous Vegetarians and Their Favorite Recipes, The New Vegetarians, and Food For The Gods, is the guest speaker. Visit http://www.veganspeak.com for more information and registration information!



P/T, but possibly could be combined with another position for a full time job. Help to keep computer software/hardware/network up to date and running smoothly. Familiarity with networking and software/hardware support experience helpful. Must be a problem solver and enjoy troubleshooting computer issues. Send resume and cover letter to VRG, Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203; vrg@vrg.org.



Camp Common Ground (Lake Champlain, Vermont) seeks staff for August 12-18 and August 19-25. The pay rate begins at $10 per hour. Camp Common Ground is a cooperative, multi-age camp for families, adults, and youth. Staff may participate in activities (yoga, windsurfing, drum building, and Tai Chi) when not working. Camp cuisine is vegetarian. Contact Emilia at (518) 496-4602 or watergirlsmile@yahoo.com.


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 the "July / August 2001 Vegetarian Journal Online" above or back issues online at http://www.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: vrg@vrg.org Website: www.vrg.org


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