Marin Vegetarian Education Group
Hiking in the rain is a treat. I love seeing slugs on the
trails, and puddles remind me that tadpoles will soon be among us.
I appreciate the clean air and deep breaths more than ever after
that horrendous fire and its fallout. Blessings and condolences to
those who lost homes and loved ones.
Wishing you a wet and wonderful December! May whatever you celebrate
this month bring delight. May whatever challenges you face be met
with ease. May love, joy, wisdom and wonder fill your days.
This Friday, November 30
deadline to write to the National Park Service on the subject of
elk and dairy farmers in Pt. Reyes.
The Tulle elk in Pt. Reyes are a threat to the dairy farms, so
the Park Service is considering killing (they call it culling) some
elk. It seems to me that not renewing the lease for the dairies is a
more humane idea. Here is a story from the Marin IJ about the issue.
Don't use the link in the story, though. To share your thoughts
before Nov. 30, go to https://parkplanning.nps.gov/document.cfm?documentID=91640
You can also call Representative Jared Huffman to tell him -
politely - that his bill - HR6687 - to extend the dairies' leases
for another 20 years is misguided. Contact him at 707-981-8967.
Thursday, November 29
Free Webinar with Dr. John McDougall
Dr. John McDougall frequently offers free webinars, and
more than 200 of them are available at his web site. There is a new
one scheduled for this Thursday, November 29. Sign up at the
same web site to listen live: https://www.drmcdougall.com/health/education/webinars/?ct=t(Y_COPY_01)
Dr. Michael Klaper to Educate Physicians and Medical Students on
Dr. Michael Klaper, a pioneering MD in the world of vegan
living, has joined forces with Plant Pure Communities to educate
medical students and physicians about the power of food to heal.
Most medical schools give scant attention to how what we eat affects
our health. Dr. Klaper wants to change that with his new not for
profit called Moving Medicine Forward. I sent a contribution to
this promising endeavor, and I hope you will consider one as well.
Imagine what it would be like if medical students learned the truth
about healthy eating instead of only how to counter the symptoms of
unhealthy food choices. Learn more at https://plantpurecommunities.org/moving-medicine-forward/
Miyoko in the News
You may have heard that Miyoko Schinner was sued in October for
using the word "butter" in the packaging for her vegan butter. Those
of us who love and use her butter and cheese will probably find this
suit silly. But the dairy industry feels the threat of so many
popular vegan products replacing demand for their own. I am proud
to be on the side of change for a healthier and kinder world, and I
hope that suits like this one fail. Here is the story, with a
response from Miyoko, from food navigator. https://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Article/2018/11/02/Miyoko-s-Kitchen-sued-over-vegan-butter-labels-Products-bask-in-dairy-s-halo#
Why Is Coconut Oil So Popular?
I was fascinated by and learned a great deal from this article
by Jeff Novick about the history of coconut oil, coconut water and
other coconut products that are popular today. I hope you enjoy it
as much as I did. https://www.drmcdougall.com/2018/11/08/the-real-coconut-oil-miracle-how-a-high-fat-high-calorie-condiment-became-a-superfood/
Even Vegans Die - Shameless Promotion
The book I wrote with Carol J.Adams and Virginia Messina - Even
Vegans Die - is now available as an audio book. If you still
believe that you will never get sick or that all vegans are slim and
healthy, please read - or listen to - this book. It includes
information on acceptance, estate planning, grieving, green burials
and more. And the foreword is by Michael Greger, author of How Not
to Die. Here's a link to the audio book: https://www.audible.com/pd/B07K4SNT5G/?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-132503&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_132503_rh_us
New Book Explains Veganism as a Radical Act
Carol J. Adams and Virginia Messina have just published a new
book called Protest Kitchen: Fight Injustice, Save the Planet,
and Fuel Your Resistance One Meal At a Time. This book
explains why a vegan diet is radical and necessary, and it's the
best, most in depth explanation I've read about why and how a vegan
lifestyle has a profound impact on the politics of inequality,
patriarchy, and sustainability. Bonus: It includes fifty vegan
recipes. You can hear Carol Adams talk about the book at the
Baltimore Book Festival here: https://www.c-span.org/video/?452133-5/protest-kitchen
I admire Carol Adams tremendously, and in this talk she is at
her brilliant best. Here is a link to the book at Good Reads:
"Vegan" Named One of Top Ten Words of 2018
Collins English Dictionary named the word "vegan" one of the top
ten words of 2018. Remember how, just a few short years ago, nobody
knew what it meant of how to pronounce it? It's also
interesting to see some of the other words of the year:
Peace on Earth
In 1991 C. David Coats wrote Old MacDonald's Factory Farm. The
following is an excerpt that I like to share around the holidays.
“Isn`t man an
amazing animal? He kills wildlife - birds, kangaroos, deer, all
kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice, foxes, and
dingoes - by the millions in order to protect his domestic
animals and their feed. Then he kills domestic animals by the
billions and eats them. This in turn kills man by the million,
because eating all those animals leads to degenerative - and
fatal - health conditions like heart disease, kidney disease,
and cancer. So then man tortures and kills millions more animals
to look for cures for these diseases. Elsewhere, millions of
other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition
because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic
animals. Meanwhile, some people are dying of sad laughter at the
absurdity of man, who kills so easily and so violently, and once
a year sends out a card praying for 'Peace on Earth.”
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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