Subject: Marin VEG January 2020
From: Patti Breitman <>
Date: 2020-01-01, 12:13 PM
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January 2020
Marin Vegetarian Education Group

Happy new decade! Happy new year!
May you be alert this year to many moments of love, joy, wonder, wisdom and kindness in all their forms!

Reminder: You can read past newsletters at

Saturday, January 11

2-3 PM
Moving Toward Vegan
San Francisco
I will be giving a talk at the Mission Bay branch of the San Francisco Public Library from 2 to 3  PM on Saturday, January 11.  The topic is Moving Toward Vegan: Easy food prep and planning for delicious, plant based meals. The library is at 960 Fourth Street in the Mission Bay neighborhood.  Tell your friends in San Francisco, and come if you're in the city that day.  The library invited me to present something that will inspire people to make healthy choices in the new year.  Whether or not you can attend, I hope you will always make kind, and usually make healthy choices this year.

Saturday, January 18
10 AM - 2:30 PM
Humane Hoax Summit
On-line and free
The second annual Humane Hoax Summit features experts in kind lifestyle choices in an online forum that invites you to stay home and watch on your computer or device.
Sponsored by United Poultry Concerns, this in depth exploration of so called "humane animal agriculture" will debunk myths that are rampant in our dairy loving, meat loving society.  Here's how UPC describes the event: For our second conference, we will delve deeper into The Humane Hoax with speakers from a range of different perspectives. We will have an activist attorney who has dedicated her practice to pushing for farmed animal justice through false advertising lawsuits and a rescuer who saves male goats destined to die as kids from the goat dairy industry. Regenerative grazing is now the darling of the locavore meat movement touted as the answer to all the problematic concerns of animal agriculture. We will explore this topic with a critical eye and challenge this supposed cure-all. Also joining us will be a religious scholar who will contest the notion of spiritual by-pass in do-it-yourself slaughter where we often here contemplations like, “we prayed for the animal before…” or “we released the animal’s spirit” as compensation for the act of cruelty.
See the list of speakers and the schedule and sign up (free) to participate at

Sign up now for
Saturday, February 29

Conscious Eating Conference in Berkeley
Sign up now for the ninth annual conference on conscious eating, sponsored by United Poultry Concerns. This year's theme is overlapping oppressions, and the presenters are impressive.  I am honored to a part of a panel of women discussing animal rights herstory.   Pre-registration is $25. At the door cost is $35.  Lunch is included along with a continental breakfast and all day tea/coffee service. Bring your own mug if possible.  Learn more and sign up at

New Products from Miyoko Coming Soon & Sale Until January 8
VegNews reported that some new  oat-based butters will be coming soon from Miyoko along with an unsalted version of their current European Style Cultured Vegan Butter.  Also new cheeses will launch in the new year.  See what's in store for 2020 at
For the first week in January, save 20% on Miyoko products by mail. To celebrate Veganuary, a world wide program that began in the U.K. that invites people to go vegan in January, when you shop at until January 8, you can get 20% off your order by entering the code Veganuary2020.  This is a great way to introduce out of town friends and family to the scrumptious cheeses and butter from this groundbreaking company.

Butcher's Son to Open Sister Restaurant in Berkeley
The Butcher's Son on University Avenue in Berkeley offers delicious, decadent deli food that's  worth the wait on the usually long line to get in. The owners are joining with longtime Italian restaurant owner Elliot Harrison in 2020 to open a new vegan Italian restaurant also on University to be called The King's Feet. Read about this exciting sit down, full service Italian restaurant and its history at

Plant Based Food Association Launches Voluntary Labeling
The only trade group advocating for plant based foods has announced a labeling standard for its members' products. This important and influential coalition of plant based food companies is bringing greater awareness and access to vegan foods in supermarkets and in Washington's halls of power.  Consider supporting their Research and Education Fund with a tax deductible contribution.  Learn more about them at  Be sure to click on "recent posts" on the right side of the screen to see the breadth of their work.

Ethical Veganism
Should ethical vegans be a protected class? is veganism on par with religion? A worker who was fired in England will put this question to the test at a "tribunal" that is examining his lifestyle in light of the ethical choices he made that lost him his job.  It's an interesting story, and I suspect not the last of its kind.

Colleen Patrick Goudeau on the Omnivore's Dilemma
I always learn something when I read anything by Colleen Patrick Goudreau.  Her most recent book is The Joyful Vegan, and I recommend it wholeheartedly.  If you want a shorter piece of hers to read, on another subject entirely,  here is a terrific article that was published last month. If, like me, you are frustrated by the popularity of Michael Pollan, this article will help you understand why the distorted viewpoint he maintains is ethically challenged.

How Not to Diet by Michael Greger, MD
Dr. Michael Greger, author of the bestselling book How Not to Die and founder of the excellent website/blog now has a new book out called How Not to Diet.  Watch his seven minute video about the new book at


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