Subject: Marin VEG December News
From: Patti Breitman <>
Date: 11/27/2018, 7:06 PM
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Marin Vegetarian Education Group
December, 2018

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
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:

Dr. Michael Klaper to  Educate Physicians and Medical Students on Nutrition
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

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.

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.

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:

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:  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.” 
 C. David Coats

As always, be sure to look at  and  to find out what's happening in the coming weeks. Also, check out Compassionate Living in Sonoma County. Their web site is and The San Francisco Veg Society at www.  


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