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VRG-NEWS: The Vegetarian Resource Group Newsletter
Volume 1, Issue 2
January 1997


1) Welcome
2) Announcing www.vrg.org
3) VRG Web Site Additions
4) VRG Essay Contest
5) Meals on Wheels
6) Bill Cosby Visits Baltimore
7) International Conference on Vegetarian Nutrition
8) Head Start Nutrition Conference
9) Recipe of the Month
10) About The Vegetarian Resource Group
11) About VRG-NEWS


1) Welcome to the second edition of VRG-NEWS, a monthly newsletter of Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG) activities. We hope you'll let us know what you like and dislike so we can tailor this newsletter to readers' interests. Please email Bobbi Pasternak bobbi@vrg.org with your thoughts and suggestions.


2) We are in the process of moving our web site to a new location at www.vrg.org. So far, only the home page is up, and that will refer you to the rest of the pages back on Envirolink. We'll keep you posted on our progress, or better yet, visit www.vrg.org and see what has changed! If you have a link on your web page, please change the link to point to the new site.

We are very grateful for all Envirolink has done for us, but we have outgrown what they can provide. The advantages of the new site are:

a) We have our own name www.vrg.org. This should make us easier to find and easier to remember. It also creates a better image for the media, and may give more confidence to parents who want the facts about what their kids are eating.

b) We can now centralize all our email addresses. You can reach us at vrg@vrg.org for subscriptions and book orders, bobbi@vrg.org for comments on this newsletter, and brad@vrg.org for comments on the web site.

c) We can tell how many people are visiting the web site, where they were referred from, and what they are reading. We can then tailor our materials to the audiences that find them most useful. (We won't keep individual addresses, just collective information).

d) Maintenance of the site is much easier, which means we can put more information out there in less time. It will also make it easier to convert the rest of the site to the new design.

e) We will have more flexibility in adding interactive pages, such as the feedback page.


3) In the last month we've added;

a) Press releases for the past year.
b) The Fall 1996 issue of VRG Update (a newsletter on VRG activities).
c) Our T-shirt: Be Kind to Animals -- Don't Eat Them
d) Thumbnails of all our books on the catalog page
e) 1996 Essay contest winning entries

Unfortunately, we had to temporarily remove the VRG game as it crashed the Envirolink server. We'll fix it and get it out on the new site soon. Please let Brad Scott <brad@vrg.org> know of anything you think should be added, removed, or changed on the web site.


4) The Vegetarian Resource Group continues to sponsor its essay contest for students 18 and under. First prize in each category is a $50 savings bond.

Entrants should write a 2-3 page essay on any aspect of vegetarianism or veganism. Contest categories are ages 8 and under, 9 to 13, and 14 to 18. Entrants should base their paper on interviewing, research, and/or personal opinion. You need not be a vegetarian to enter. All essays become property of The Vegetarian Resource Group. Submissions should be postmarked by May 1, 1997. This is an annual contest.

For more information on the contest, to view sample winners, or to view a vegetarian lesson plan for teachers, visit ../essay/. Tell your local school about the contest, or refer them to ../press/96decessay.htm for the full text of the press release.


5) A nutritionist for the New York Department of Aging asked for the vegetarian Meals on Wheels menus we developed so she could get them approved in New York City. New York City has its own approval process for their programs. Once again, our work in one program can be used in other similar programs.


6) In December 1996, we got a call from someone arranging for Bill Cosby to visit friends in the Baltimore area. The person asked where was a good place to get vegan food. We suggested a few places, including Funk's Democratic Coffee Spot where she could get vegan chocolate cake (she liked that). We also sent her a packet of information including a copy of Simply Vegan and the Vegetarian Journal. The Baltimore Sun (the major newspaper in Baltimore, MD US) printed an article the following Saturday stating that Bill Cosby dined on vegan cuisine. Our sympathies go out to Mr. Cosby and his family over the recent loss of their son.


7) The Third International Conference on Vegetarian Nutrition will be held from March 24 through March 26 at the Loma Linda University in the San Bernardino Valley, 60 miles east of Los Angeles, California. The goals of the congress are 1. To assess current research on vegetarian nutrition and plant-based diets; 2. To explore applications of vegetarian nutrition research; 3. To increase awareness of the health implications of vegetarian dietary practices. For more information, call (909) 478-8621.


8) We received a request for materials for a state Head Start Nutrition Conference. They wanted 125 copies of the Jan/Feb 97 Vegetarian Journal special insert on vegetarian children, and 125 copies of VRG's I Love Animals and Broccoli Coloring Book. We gladly sent them, and they kindly sent a donation. We often receive requests for materials such as this for state and local nutrition-related conferences and meetings. If you need materials for en event in your area, please email us at vrg@vrg.org.


9) This recipe is from page 49 of Simply Vegan :

Creamy Lentil Soup

3 carrots, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 Tablespoons oil
1 1/2 Cups red lentils
4 Cups water
1 Tablespoon marjoram
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Cup water
Slices of lemon

Saute carrots and onion in oil over medium-high heat until onions are clear. Add remaining ingredients (except 1 cup water and lemon slices) and bring to a boil. Lower heat, but continue cooking over medium-high heat for 20 minutes. Pour mixture into a blender. Blend until creamy. Return mixture to a pot and add 1 cup of water. Reheat for a few minutes, until hot. Serve soup garnished with lemon slices.

Total calories per serving: 289; Total fat as % of daily value: 12%; Protein: 16 gm; Carbohydrates: 42 gm; Fat: 8 gm; Calcium: 54 mg; Iron: 6 mg; Sodium: 23 mg; Dietary fiber: 8 gm


10) 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, contributions, 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


11) 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, and quick links to vegetarian websites and USENET newsgroups. AOL members can use keyword VEGAN to visit Vegetarians Online. Whether or not you are an AOL member, you may subscribe to the monthly 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: SIGNOFF VRG-NEWS

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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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