Marin Vegetarian Education Group
I am honored beyond words to have been chosen from a group of 180
nominees to be one of ten people named this year as a winner of the
Lisa Shapiro Award for Unsung Vegan Heroes, sponsored by The
Pollination Project. This award is named for a beloved and
effective animal rights activist who died in 2015. It is humbling
to be in the company of so many powerful, vegan activists. To learn
more about the awards and to see winners from years past, go to https://thepollinationproject.org/unsungveganhero/
The 2016 winners are scheduled to be announced today at
and at http://www.ourhenhouse.org/
and at http://www.veganstreet.com/
I was moved when I read about the excellent work of the other
winners (who would be hard pressed to be more surprised or more
grateful than I am to have been awarded this honor). I extend
enormous gratitude to The Pollination Project a wonderful
organization that supports social change makers around the world.
Learn more about The Pollination Project and the inspiring work of
their grantees at https://thepollinationproject.org/
Most likely I'm the only winner who does not use Facebook. And,
because I've been asked to share news of these awards on FB, I ask
you, dear readers, to please share these awards on your FB page.
October 1 is World Vegetarian Day. May the world embrace kindness
ASAP! I wish you a happy October and a happy World Vegetarian Day.
Vegan Pot-Luck and My Talk on Moving Toward Vegan
Wednesday, October 5
Everyone - that's you! - is invited to a mixer at the Community
Media Center of Marin (819 A Street, suite 21 in San Rafael) where I
will be a guest presenter on Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 7 to 8:30 PM.
There is no charge to attend. Please bring a vegan dish to share if
you can. And please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
or at 415-721-0636, ext. 15 if you can attend. My talk will be
about the environmental urgency of moving toward or adopting a vegan
diet. Learn more about the Community Media Center of Marin at http://www.cmcm.tv/
San Francisco World VegFest
Saturday and Sunday, October 8 and 9
From 10 AM until 6:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8 and 9,
join the San Francisco Vegetarian Society at the annual World Veg
Festival. The event is in the County Fair Building in Golden Gate
Park, off Lincoln near 9th Avenue. This is going to be a fun and
informative weekend. To learn about the speakers, vendors and the
schedule, go to http://www.worldvegfestival.com/
Dharma Voices for Animals Meeting
Saturday, Oct. 8 at 1:30 Outside World Veg Festival
If you are interested in the teachings of the Buddha, including
the first precept which asks us to not take the life of any being,
join the Bay Area Chapter of Dharma Voices for Animals on Saturday
at 1:30 just outside the main entrance to World Veg Fest. Look for
the banner for Dharma Voices for Animals for a short gathering to
get to know one another and plan our next strategy to help bring veg
policies to Dharma centers around the world.
Sugar and Heart Disease and Industry Meddling
We really should not be surprised to learn that industry often
manipulates studies to serve their own interests. Still, I was
surprised to learn that in the 1960s scientists were paid by the
sugar industry to skew results in studies of heart disease and sugar
consumption. And while I had been aware of the possible link
between sugar and cancer, I had not heard before about the link
between sugar and heart disease. Here is the story that opened my
Update on Hampton Creek's Just Mayo Story
Here is the latest from Bloomberg Business Week about the
accusations of buying back Just Mayo to make Hampton Creek's numbers
look good. I hesitated to share this because I love the product,
and this is a damning article. But I promised to keep you posted on
what is published on this saga, so here is a long piece about
Mushrooms as Pesticides
Thanks to Linda Riebel for telling me about this exciting article.
It looks as if mushrooms - safe and even edible - may be able to
replace chemical pesticides in the near future.
As annoying as it is to read on-line articles that are peppered with
ads, this piece is worth reading. http://www.ecosnippets.com/environmental/patent-that-could-destroy-monsanto/
Many Ways to Get Support for Going Vegan
If love of cheese or ice cream is what is keeping you from
moving to veganism, Allison Rivers Samson, of the late, great
Allison's Gourmet, has just the thing for you. She has created a
12-day on-line course called The Dairy Detox to help people
eliminate dairy from their diet. This program includes daily
videos, dairy-free recipes, and a private, on-line community to
support you. This course is $67, and you can learn more about it at
Registration is now open, and the program begins on November 1.
The program will be offered after that on the first of every month.
And there are two programs that are free:
Vegan Outreach is offering a mentor program to help people go vegan.
If you need support in the transition, or if you want to be a
mentor, you can sign up here:
And there is the popular PCRM 21 Day Vegan Kickstart program, which
begins on the first of every month. Sign up at http://www.pcrm.org/kickstartHome
The current issue of VegNews magazine includes, as always, some
interesting trends in veganism. It reports that Midland Memorial
Hospital in Texas is now serving patients vegan meals and that
staff, visitors and patients are educated on the benefits of
plant-based eating. Also in this issue: Google reported that
searches for vegan cheese are up 80% and searches for vegan ice
cream are up 109%. Alas, Marin VEG no longer offers a free
subscription to supporters. And we are no longer asking for
contributions, as we are flush for the next few years with few
expenses and many generous donors in the past. To receive VegNews
magazine on paper or online, subscribe at vegnews.com
What To Do This Month
As always, be sure to look at http://www.bayareaveg.org/events.htm and http://www.meetup.com/marin-vegan/ to find out what's happening in the coming weeks. Also, check out Compassionate Living in Sonoma County. Their web site is www.socoveg.org/ and The San Francisco Veg Society at www. SFVS.org.
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