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 MarinVEG.org
Saturday, January 11
Moving Toward Vegan
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
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 https://trianglechickenadvocates.easywebinar.live/hhos2020-registration
Sign up now for
Saturday, February 29
Conscious Eating Conference in Berkeley
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 https://vegnews.com/2019/9/miyokos-unveils-new-cultured-vegan-oat-butter
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 Miyokos.com 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 https://www.berkeleyside.com/2019/12/10/pizza-moda-to-become-a-sister-vegan-italian-restaurant-for-the-butchers-son
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.
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. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/dec/29/ethical-vegan-jordi-casamitjana-protected-status-court-tribunal
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 NutritionFacts.org
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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