Marin Vegetarian Education Group
Shorter days, cooler mornings and crunchy leaves underfoot tell
me it's autumn. Pears and apples have replaced peaches and plums in
the fruit bowl. May the new season bring you many perfect moments
and much delight.
Sunday, October 1
World Veg Festival
San Francisco, 10 AM - 6 PM
It's here! This weekend, Sunday only from 10 to 6, join the San
Francisco Vegetarian Society to celebrate World Veg Fest in the
County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park (near 9th Avenue near
Lincoln Way). Wonderful speakers, food demos, vendors and guests.
Parking can be a challenge, so arrive early. Learn more at www.worldvegfestival.com
Saturday, October 14
Lani Muelrath at Book Passage
A new book by Lani Muelrath is always worth celebrating. She
will be reading from her new book - The Mindful Vegan, A 30-Day
Plan for Finding Health, Balance, Peace and Happiness - at 4
PM on Saturday, October 14 at Book Passage (51 Tamal Vista
Boulevard, Corte Madera). The Mindful Vegan teaches us how to
practice mindfulness and bring a greater sense of freedom to our
eating and in our lives.
Tuesday, October 24
Nathan Runkle at Book Passage
Nathan Runkle, founder and president of Mercy for Animals will
be reading from his new book, Mercy for Animals, at 7PM at
Book Passage in Corte Madera (51 Tamal Vista Boulevard) on Tuesday,
October 24. The book tells the story of how our country changed from
one of small farms, with more than 50% of the population involved in
agriculture, to a massive industrial complex controlled by only 1%
of the population.
Miyoko Introduces Pub Cheeses, New Cream Cheeses
Here is a 9 minute video from the Natural Products Expo in
Baltimore in which Miyoko shows off the new packaging for her
phenomenally vegan cheeses and introduces new pub cheeses in three
flavors and new cream cheeses in three flavors (scheduled to be in
stores in 2018). Congratulations, Miyoko! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_lQTJRymzc&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=Miyoko%27s+Kitchen+Valued+Customers&utm_campaign=bb05092f3d-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_09_26&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9c58ff2265-bb05092f3d-168992097&mc_cid=bb05092f3d&mc_eid=c1d68dd174
Caring for Wild Birds at Halloween
If you decorate for Halloween, please do not use fake spider webs.
I just learned that birds can get caught in these. Here is an
article from 2012 showing an unfortunate owl who encountered a fake
spider web in Novato: https://www.backyardchirper.com/blog/make-sure-your-holiday-decor-is-bird-safe/
Foie Gras Ban Upheld
A panel of judges last month unanimously reinstated California's
ban on foie gras. Foe gras is the fatty liver of geese who are
force fed to enlarge their livers and then slaughtered.
Read more about this ruling at
Male Chicks at Hatcheries and Female Birds' Life Cycle
People often ask "What's wrong with eating eggs"? They do not
know that "spent" laying hens, after having been bred to lay an
unnatural number of eggs, in only 60 - 70 weeks - just over one
year old - are killed. Even fewer people know that male chicks are
killed the day they are hatched, being of no monetary value to the
chicken or egg industry. Here is a close look at male chicks'
violent end. http://www.thealternativedaily.com/how-common-is-male-chick-grinding-in-america
And here is an article about the life cycle of a laying hen: https://www.ciwf.org.uk/media/5235024/The-life-of-laying-hens.pdf
Do not watch the one about the male chicks if you don't want to
see graphic violence.
Vegan Hard Boiled Egg
It is exciting that students in Italy have found a way to create
a vegan version of the hard boiled egg. Though it is not yet ready
to be sold commercially, this development gives me hope that there
will soon be absolutely no food that cannot be created without
harming animals. (The cookbook Betty Goes Vegan by Annie and Dan
Shannon recreates every recipe from the Betty Crocker Cookbook, but
not a hard boiled egg). Read about the vegan egg here: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/students-developed-vegan-hard-boiled-egg/
Rest In Peace, Dick Gregory
1932 - 2017
Comedian, civil rights activist, author, and vegan advocate Dick
Gregory died in August. Many vegans today owe their interest in
social justice to his bold stand for healthy eating and his
unwavering commitment to non-violence. I heard his son
interviewed on NPR and learned that Gregory taught Mohamed Ali and
many other athletes how to maximize their performance by eating a
vegan diet. Here is a beautiful tribute and history by Merritt
Truffle Oil May Not Contain Anything From a Truffle
Who knew? I was surprised to learn this. Maybe you will be,
Junk Food in Brazil
This extensive exposé in the Sunday New York Times took me a
whole week to read. Still, I think it was worth the time to learn
about the role the Nestlé company plays in the current health crisis
in Brazil. This isn't a veg story at all, but a look at how
powerful business interests operate and the consequences. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/15/opinion/truffle-oil-chemicals.html?smid=nytcore-iphone-share&smprod=nytcore-iphone
Plant Base Foods Up 8.1% in Last Year
Cheese, burgers, sausages, butter, ice cream, yogurt - there are
so many plant based foods available, it's hard to keep track of them
all. Plant based foods have grown by almost 10% in the last 12
months according to a new study released by the Plant Based Foods
Association and the Good Food Institute. Plant based foods had more
than 3 billion dollars in sales last year. Here is the press
release that explains how the plant based foods were described and
It is important that these foods are counted, because Congress
is trying to prohibit the words "milk," "cheese," and "meat" when
the food is not from an animal.
Vegan and Oil Free Options at Trader Joe's
Thanks to ForksOverKnives.com for this article about vegan,
oil-free foods available at most Trader Joe's stores.
Warning: You may become very hungry as you read this one. I did!
What Is It Like to Work in a Slaughterhouse?
We know that slaughterhouse workers incur more injuries and have
a greater turnover than almost any other employees in any other
jobs. Here is an essay by a former slaughterhouse worker who
describes just how awful that job was. He emphasizes that
slaughterhouses are only meeting the demand for animal flesh. If the
demand goes away, so will the slaughterhouses. https://www.plantbasednews.org/post/plantbased-vegan-slaughterhouse-abattoir-hell?utm_source=Plant+Based+News+Subscribers+Combined&utm_campaign=fade156b53-24thSept_Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5651a57357-fade156b53-192762809&ct=t(24thSeptnewsletter)
Dr. Neal Barnard and Dr. Walter Willet
Explain How Meta Studies Can Be Misleading
Journal of the American Medical Association
Doctors Neal Barnard and Walter Willet published an article in
the highly respected JAMA about how meta analysis in nutrition
research can be misleading. What they share here helps us understand
why and how industries can tout harmful foods when meta studies seem
to exonerate those foods. http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2654401
Vegan Poop is at a Premium
Fecal transplants help bring healthy gut bacteria to people
whose gut bacteria is not healthy. Now, apparently, vegan stool is
at a premium for fecal transplants because most vegans have a
healthy gut biome. The graphics and captions are trying to be
funny, but the article is interesting. https://www.plantbasednews.org/post/vegans-your-poop-is-solid-gold-heres-why?utm_source=Plant+Based+News+Subscribers+Combined&utm_campaign=578bbb2f7f-1stSept&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5651a57357-578bbb2f7f-192762809&ct=t(1stSeptnewsketter)
Learn how to become a stool donor at http://www.openbiome.org/
Lab Meat in the News
Israel is creating meat from a laboratory, and China,
apparently, wants it. China recently signed a 300 million dollar
deal to acquire lab grown meat from Israel. While this trend will
result in fewer animals killed, I am not comfortable promoting the
myth that humans need to eat animal flesh - from a lab or from an
animal - to be healthy. I know I sound like a cranky old naysayer,
but sometimes this march toward the future gives me the creeps.
Antidote to Advertising
Learning about the inspiration campaign brightened my day.
Robert Bengston, with early funding from The Pollination Project,
has created a campaign to counter all the negative messages we are
exposed to every day. Advertisements that tell us we are not good
enough and do not own enough are ubiquitous. This is the best
antidote to the overwhelming onslaught of negative messages. Learn
about the Inspiration Campaign, watch this video, and smile.
More in October
Look for a restaurant outing, a book club meeting, and more in October. As always, be sure to look at www.bayareaveg.org/events.htm and 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 is worth knowing about - especially this Sunday's World Veg Fest.
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