VRG NEWS

VRG-News: The Vegetarian Resource Group Newsletter
Editor: John L. Cunningham
Volume 10, Issue 4
April 2006

CONTENTS

  1. Notes from the Editor
  2. Call-A-Dietitian Day
  3. Issue 1 2006 Vegetarian Journal Online
  4. From the Director of Development
  5. Article about Veganism in Today's Dietitian
  6. Vegan Goodies - Naturally India's Chutneys & Dipping Sauces
  7. Upcoming Events and Conferences
  8. Recipe - Curried Tofu with Peanuts
  9. Go Vegan . . . And No One Gets Hurt!
  10. Job Opportunities and Internships Available
  11. About the Vegetarian Resource Group
  12. About VRG-News

1) Notes from the Editor

We'd like to say a big Thank You to TheVegetarianSite.com for their generous donation last month! TheVegetarianSite.com offers non-leather shoes and clothing, cruelty free personal care products, books, videos, food, and more.


2) Call-A-Dietitian Day

Call-a-Dietitian Day continued strong in March! We received lots of calls concerning vegan and vegetarian nutrition and plan to offer this opportunity again this month. If you have general vegetarian nutrition questions, Mark Rifkin, MS, RD, LDN, will be available from 2:30-5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 28. To reserve a 15-minute time slot, please email the VRG office at vrg@vrg.org or call (410) 366-8343.

Be advised that these sessions are not individualized nutritional counseling. Such advice should only be provided through direct in-person contact with a qualified health professional.

Mark Rifkin, a longtime VRG volunteer, is a Registered Dietitian and has a Master's Degree in Health Education. He has been presenting on food-related topics for more than seven years. Currently, he is starting a private practice in Baltimore, MD, that will focus on plant-based nutrition for prevention, as well as treatment of various chronic diseases and conditions, including diabetes, overweight/obesity, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, gout, women's health concerns, cancer, and early-stage kidney failure.


3) Issue 1 2006 Vegetarian Journal Online

Issue 1 of the 2006 Vegetarian Journal articles are now online! The articles include:


Weight Control the Vegan Way

Keep your New Year's resolutions with guidance from Reed Mangels and recipes from Nancy Berkoff.

La Bodega y el Vegetariano

Intern Cecilia Peterson explores palate-pleasing shopping and cooking sin carne.

Beliefs and Personality Traits: What Sets Vegetarians Apart from the Rest?

Intern Melissa Wong looks to scientific studies to explore what makes people go vegetarian and what makes them remain so.

Nutrition Hotline

How can I cut down on my spending when I buy soymilk? Is the calcium in fruit juices vegan? What can vegans do to lower their cholesterol?

Scientific Update

  • High intake of meat increases risk of colorectal cancer.
  • DHA and breastfeeding mothers.
  • Increase servings of fruits and vegetables to prevent cataracts.
  • Study looks at mortality rates of vegetarians vs. non-vegetarians.
  • Canadian vegetarians show healthier diet and lifestyle practices.

Veggie Bits

  • Amy's Kitchen Introduces New Frozen Meals and 'Light in Sodium' Products.
  • GrandyOats Granolas and Trail Mixes Are Simply Grand!
  • It's Peak Season for Coombs Family Farms Maple Candy!
  • Tired of Traditional Tofu?
  • Gisella's Fresh and Chunky Pasta Sauces Will Take Your Tastebuds to Tuscany.
  • A Cultured Soy Sour Cream That Calls for Celebration.

Vegan Cooking Tips

Adding Citrus to Your Menu, by Chef Nancy Berkoff, RD, EdD, CCE

Book Reviews

  • 75 Exciting Vegetables For Your Garden by Jack Staub with illustrations by Ellen Buchert
  • Meat Market: Animals, Ethics, And Money by Eric Marcus
  • Happier Meals by Danielle Nierenberg
  • 125 Best Vegan Recipes by Maxine Effenson and Beth Gurney
  • The Vegetarian Mother's Cookbook by Cathe Olson
  • Vive Le Vegan by Dreena Burton

Vegetarian Action

Encouraging Humane Organizations to go Vegetarian for Fundraising Events, by Mark Rifkin.
To read these articles go to http://www.vrg.org/journal/vj2006issue1/index.htm.

The Journal features recipes and informational 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, please subscribe today?

Subscriptions to the Vegetarian Journal are $20/year in the U.S. ($32/year in Mexico and Canada, $42/year in other foreign countries). Accepted forms of payment, in U.S. funds, are Visa, MasterCard, checks drawn on U.S. 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 $25, you will receive a copy of Meatless Meals For Working People: Quick Vegetarian Recipes. (U.S. addresses only)

If you choose to join by mail, subscriptions should be directed to:

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


4) From the Director of Development

If you would like to see a variety of ways you can help support The VRG outreach projects, go to our page titled, "Ways to Support The Vegetarian Resource Group."

If you did not come across our previous mention of Pooled Income Funds, you can support the charities you value, while receiving income from your savings and investments through investing in Pooled Income Funds. They offer a simple way to provide for yourself, your loved ones, and organizations (such as The Vegetarian Resource Group) you care about. Also known as a life income fund, the Pooled Income Fund combines the tax advantages of charitable giving with the benefits of a lifetime income stream. To receive booklets published by Fidelity and Eaton Vance on pooled income funds, send an email to sidbrav@vrg.org, call (410) 366-8343, or send a note to Sid Bravmann, Director of Development, PO Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203


5) Article about Veganism in Today's Dietitian

Dina Aronson wrote a great article in the February issue of Today's Dietitian called "The Virtues of Vegan Nutrition...and the Risks."


6) Vegan Goodies - Naturally India's Chutneys & Dipping Sauces

If you're a fan of Indian food, you know that a lot of the delicious flavors are found in its sauces. Now, a company called Naturally India will let you have those flavors in your own home, with their line of Chutneys, Dipping Sauces, and Simmer Sauces.

We recently received samples of the Chutneys and Dipping Sauces here at VRG. Either of the Mango Chunda or Mango Murraba Chutneys would be an excellent sweet complement to a spicy or savory dish. The Amla Kesar Chutney combines the flavors of gooseberry and cloves, which we found very interesting. The Chili, Garlic, Lemon, Dipping Sauce would be perfect for those that need more spice in their life. My personal favorite, the Mango, Chili, & Cilantro Dipping Sauce, has a tasty combination of sweet and spicy with the fresh flavor of cilantro.

For a limited time, readers of VRG-News can receive three packets of Naturally India Simmer Sauces for the cost of shipping and handling ($6.00). Fill out the order form on the Naturally India web site, print the order form and mail it with a $6.00 check or money order to:

Healthy Gourmet, Inc.
PO Box 525
Neshanic Station, NJ 08853


7) Upcoming Events and Conferences

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Johnstown, PA: Vegetarian Summerfest 2006

On July 5-9, 2003 the 32nd annual Vegetarian Summerfest will take place at the Conference Center at Pitt-Johnstown on the University of Pittsburgh campus at Johnstown, Pennsylvania. This year's speakers will include: Carol Adams, Rynn Berry, T. Colin Campbell, Karen Davis, Michael Gregor, Howard Lyman, Mark Rifkin, and more. Vegan Natural-food meals, prepared under the direction of award winning chef, Ken Bergeron, will be provided.

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

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Alexandria, VA: Animal Rights 2006

On August 10-13, 2006 Animal Rights 2006 program will feature nearly 100 presenters from every faction of the Animal Rights movement. They will present at eight Plenary Sessions, 50 Workshops, 30 Campaign Reports, and 7 Rap Sessions. Other functions will include Exhibits, Videos, Newcomer Orientation, Awards Banquet, Strategy Meetings, Group Workouts, and entertainment by animal rights musicians.

This year's speakers will include Matt Ball, Lorri Bauston, Karen Davis, Alex Hershaft, Jack Norris, Charles Patterson, and many more.

For more information, visit http://www.ar2006.org.


8) Recipe - Curried Tofu with Peanuts

(This recipe appears in Meatless Meals For Working People: Quick And Easy Vegetarian Recipes by Debra Wasserman & Charles Stahler)

Serves 4

1 large onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tablespoons oil
1/4 cup roasted peanuts, whole or chopped
1 pound tofu, drained and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon curry powder
1-1/2 cup peas (fresh, frozen, or canned)
1 large carrot, chopped

Saute onion and garlic in oil in large frying pan over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and cook for 15 minutes longer. Add a little water if necessary to prevent sticking. Serve warm over a bed of rice.

Variations: Use garlic powder or minced ginger instead of garlic. Also, use different nuts and vegetables.

Total calories per serving: 299  
Fat: 20 grams Total Fat as % of Daily Value: 30%
Protein: 15 grams Iron: 7 mg
Carbohydrate: 18 grams Calcium: 156 mg
Dietary fiber: 4 grams  

9) Go Vegan . . . And No One Gets Hurt!

VRG member Alisa Mills has come up with a new vegan messaged design that she is offering for sale on T-shirts, hats, mugs, buttons, and bumper stickers on her cafepress site. To see the design for yourself, visit http://www.cafepress.com/veganlove.


10) Job Opportunities and Internships Available

Part-time Editor/Layout

Vegetarian non-profit seeks staff member knowledgeable in vegetarianism to edit, design, and lay out books, brochures, handouts, fliers, mailers, and web pages, plus other organizational duties. Position is in Baltimore. May lead to full-time. Send cover letter, salary requirements, and writing and layout samples to: Editor Job, The Vegetarian Resource Group, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203; vrg@vrg.org.

Part-time Registered Dietitian/Health Professional

Vegetarian non-profit seeks a registered dietitian or other health professional who is fluent in Spanish. Position is in Baltimore. May lead to full-time. Send cover letter, salary requirements, and writing sample to: The Vegetarian Resource Group, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203; vrg@vrg.org..

Internship: VRG

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 toward journalism, English, and nutrition degrees. Business majors can obtain experience related to the business aspects of a non-profit 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: The Vegetarian Resource Group, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203; vrg@vrg.org..


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, 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.)

If you would like to make a donation, become a member, volunteer, or find out more about The VRG, contact us at:

The Vegetarian Resource Group
P.O. Box 1463
Baltimore, MD 21203
Phone: (410) 366-8343
Fax: (410) 366-8804
E-mail: vrg@vrg.org
Website: http://www.vrg.org
Donate: https://www.givedirect.org/give/givefrm.asp?Action=GC&CID=1565

The contents of this newsletter, and our other publications, including Vegetarian Journal, are not intended to provide personal medical advice. Medical advice should be obtained from a qualified health professional. We often depend on product and ingredient information from company statements. It is impossible to be 100% sure about a statement, info can change, people have different views, and mistakes can be made. Please use your own best judgment about whether a product is suitable for you. To be sure, do further research or confirmation on your own.


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