Subject: July News from MarinVEG
From: Patti Breitman
Date: 2017-06-30 3:50 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients: ;

Marin Vegetarian Education Group
July, 2017

This month's newsletter includes three pieces about the dairy industry, one of which made me very happy. Also, yoga with goats, a school supply drive for the children of farm workers, a surprising video, a great summer camp, a new movie, and a slew of articles to read in the shade on a hot summer day. Happy July!

Tuesday, July 4
Happy Independence Day!
Climate/Diet group to walk in parade

I will be "marching" with the 350Marin Climate/Diet Group in the Larkspur/Corte Madera parade. Won't you join us? The parade starts at Redwood High School in Larkspur at 10:30. Meet there by 9:45, as roads will be closed to cars by 10:00. And if you think you will take part, please let Dalila know: or call 415-381-9085 Bring water and wear layers, as all weather is possible along the route.

Sunday, July 9
Goatlandia's Goat Yoga
The good people at Goatlandia held a successful day of of yoga with the goats last month, so they are repeating it in July. Reservations are mandatory. Yogi Alana Joy Eckhart will lead two classes on Sunday, July 9: Vinyasa Flow from 9 to 10:15 and Slow Flow from 11 - 12:15 (This one may be sold out.) Goatlandia is in Santa Rosa. To reserve a spot for yoga with the goats, write to or call 707-541-6216 The cost is a donation of $20. Check out their web site, even if you don't go to this yoga class. They have other events, fascinating links, and inspiring messages.

July 10 - 23
Food Empowerment Project
School Supplies for Children of Farm Workers
Once again, the Food Empowerment Project is organizing a drive to collect school supplies for the children of farm workers. This is a way to thank the people who grow our food, and to show them that we value their children and want them to thrive. Starting July 10, please bring new backpacks,calculators, and other supplies to Marin Humane (171 Bel Marin Keys, Novato). Mark the supplies Attention: Cindy Machado. Marin Humane's hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday: 10:00am 5:30pm
Wednesdays: 10:00am 7:00pm
. To see a complete list of needed supplies, go to Most of us in Marin County have privilege and resources beyond the imagination of farm workers and their families. Please pick up a backpack, some notebooks, and other supplies and bring them to Marin Humane. Your kindness will make a difference to a child in need.

Sports Writer Has a Change of Heart

Norman Chad, a sports writer for the Washington Post used to cover the Iditarod dog race as a journalist. No more. He has seen the inherent cruelty in using animals as a source of entertainment. Read about his new point of view here:

New Film Okja, now on Netflix
Thanks to the HSUS and many readers who alerted me to the new film, Okja, which is now available on Netflix. The New York Times called it "
a miracle of imagination and technique" and said "The picture, which never stops moving, is dense with information and feeling." Paul Shapiro of HSUS wrote this review. I have not seen it yet, but am looking forward to it. Here is the NY Times review

Vegetables More Popular When Described in Detail

The New York Times reported on a study first published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that showed how to get college students to eat more vegetables by describing them more attractively. 25% more students chose to eat sweet potatoes when they were called "zesty, ginger-turmeric sweet potatoes." Read the short article at:

Plant Based Food Association Launches New Sister Organization
The effective lobbying group for creators of plant based foods has launched a Research and Education Fund. This arm of the PBFA will encourage retailers to increase shelf space for plant based foods; help food service directors at colleges increase plant based options; and educate reporters on the value of plant based food companies for our economy and our health. And, unlike the lobbying arm of PBFA, the Research and Education Fund is a 501(c)(3), so all gifts are tax deductible. Let's support this wonderful not for profit! Send a check to Plant Based Foods Association at 4 Embarcadero Centeer, Suite 1400, San Francisco, CA 94111 or make a donation at

     New York City Bans
        Wild Animals in Circuses
Last month the country's largest city voted overwhelmingly to ban all wild or exotic animals from circuses. With Ringling Brothers out of business, this ruling by the city council will affect only one remaining circus, according to the New York Daily News. But the ruling sends a message to New Yorkers and the world, that wild animals belong in the wild.

More Good News From New York
90-Year Old Dairy Switches to Vegan Milk
Just when we think the dairy industry will never see the light, we get news that this old school dairy changed to a plant based milk operation. The son and nephew of the founder of Elmhurst Dairy are now producing nutmilks instead of marketing cows' milk. Hooray for forward thinking business people like this! Here is a story to make you feel good:

Dairy Industry Sponsored Research, Not to Be Trusted
Thanks to for pointing out the bias and misleading conclusions in a dairy industry funded study about the human need for cows' milk. Read the story here:

So Delicious Bought by Danone

Ad Campaign says "Nothing Compares"

Dairy company Danone has acquired White Wave, the parent company of Silk and the So Delicious brand of nondairy frozen desserts. They are launching a campaign aimed at people who
are not already eating nondairy desserts. The theme is "Nothing Compares," and VegNews reports that we will be hearing the ads on Pandora, seeing them on Facebook, and on other online outlets.

Farmer Explains Why Calves "Must Be Separated From Their Mothers"
While doing some research on the dairy industry, I was saddened to find this website from a woman who raises cows for milk. She justifies separating newborn calves from their mothers by saying it's for their own good! Of all the reasons to not drink or eat dairy products, this cruel practice tops my list.

Carnism and Veganism
Short Video with Warning to Viewers
In her groundbreaking book Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows, Dr. Melanie Joy introduced the concept of Carnism. This is the hidden belief system that tells us it is okay to eat certain animals, but not others. The organization Beyond Carnism made an award winning short film that prompts conversations about which animals we eat and why. The original film - without the new ending - inspired petitions and outrage. This updated film with the new ending and is now available on YouTube. It is about a restaurant called La Table Suisse where cats are a prized delicacy. While the footage is disturbing, I implore you to watch to the end, the very end. The film is 2 minutes and 48 seconds long. The earlier verision was not this long and did not include the important, surprise ending. So be sure to watch until 2:48. And if you want to watch an 18 minute animated video by Melanie Joy about carnism, that one is at

Vegan Summer Camp for Teen Activists

Youth Empowerment Action Camp for 12-17 year olds
This camp gives me hope for our future! If you know a young person who wants to make a difference, YEA camp might be the perfect thing. Young change makers and staff are on the East Coast in July and will come to the West Coast in August. The Yea Camp was started by longtime animal activist Nora Kramer who has been running this popular summer camp since 2009. Learn more at

T. Colin Campbell Article
Link Between Diet and Cancer is not News
T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study and Whole, has written an article that tells us that the link between diet and cancer has been known for at least 30 years. Read the back story here: and the whole article from Nutrition and Cancer here:

Even Vegans Die
As much as I respect Dr. Campbell -and the many other doctors and scholars who teach us how to reduce our risk for cancer and other diseases - the theme of my new book, Even Vegans Die, is that despite doing "everything right," vegans can still get ill. We can reduce our odds of getting heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other diseases, but we cannot reduce those odds to zero. Spoiler alert: Even Vegans Die. So we need to embrace one another, show up and care for one another, and make every activist feel welcome at every event, regardless of their health, body size, ability, age, sexual orientation or skin color. The animals need every voice, and we must extend our compassion to fellow activists with the same open arms that we offer to the animals.
Thanks to everyone who came to Book Passage to support me last weekend when I read from Even Vegans Die. Jack Norris of VeganOutreach wrote a lovely review of the book: My co-authors and I did one more interview for the radio show All About Food by REAL (Real Eating and Living) with Caryn Hartglass. Caryn has interviewed many leaders in the veg world, and I am honored to be among them. If you click on "radio" at the web site, you can hear other guest interviews as well.

More July Activities

Check out these sites to see what else you can do in July: and There is a vegan book group, restaurant outings and more. Also, check out Compassionate Living in Sonoma County. Their web site is and The San Francisco Veg Society at www.


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