Subject: Marin VEG September News
From: Patti Breitman <>
Date: 2020-08-31, 11:54 AM
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September 2020
Marin VEG 

Holy smokes! Smoke and fire are the latest challenges in this year of heat waves, virus, job losses, and shutdowns.  Walking  is usually my go-to stress management plan,  but now, even walking and deep breathing aren't  healthy.  So I'm meditating more, doing more yoga at home, and sending well wishes to everyone who's struggling.  May we all be safe from inner and outer harm.

At least there's lots of good and interesting news about veganism.

Tuesday, September 8
Culture Shift Book Club
One of my favorite not for profits, The Factory Farming Awareness Coalition, is launching a book club to discuss books and articles that explore speciesism, racism, sexism, materialism, and their interconnections.  The group will meet virtually from 5:30 to 7 PM on the first Tuesday of every month.  The first book will be Aphro-ism: Essays on Pop Culture, Feminism, and Black Veganism from Two Sisters by Aph Ko and Syl Ko.  RSVP if you want to take part:  You can order the book and support local bookstores at

Saturday, September 12
Humane Hoax Chicken Webinar
Starting at 10:00 AM
United Poultry Concerns is hosting a free, daylong webinar about issues affecting the most exploited land animal on earth.  97% of land-based farmed animals bred and killed for food on our planet are chickens. A variety of experts will talk about the issues impacting chickens and what we can do to help the birds.  See the schedule, speaker bios, and register to attend at

Amy's Drive Thru Open in Corte Madera
The site of the former Denny's in Corte Madera is now home to Amy's Drive Thru, a vegetarian fast food restaurant with many vegan options. 5839 Paradise Drive.  See the menu at

Corned Beef at Veggie Grill
The New Yorker in me liked this new sandwich at Veggie Grill.  It's a Reuben, and the corned beef was almost overwhelmed by the cheese and sauerkraut, but it was still delicious.

Miyoko's Butter Prevails in Court

A U.S. district court has ruled that Miyoko's butter may continue to use the word "butter," as it is clearly marked lactose free, vegan, and cruelty free.  One phrase was not allowed, however.  Learn which one that is at

Was Jesus a Vegetarian?
I very much enjoyed and learned a lot from this well written article by William Melton, an attorney who is studying to become a minister.  Talk about career change!  The concluding paragraph is especially good.  But I hope you won't jump to the end because the whole piece is worth reading.  

Cows Are Not Good for Land Conservation
In the last few years ranchers have promoted the misleading belief that cows are good for land conservation.  This excellent article from the Salt Lake Tribune rebuts that argument well.

Cows in Point Reyes vs. Elk
Because of the presence of cows in Pt. Reyes National Seashore, fences limit the range area for Tule Elk.  In these dry summer conditions, ponds where the elk find water are dried up, and fences threaten escape routes in case of fire. The streams and "seeps" that also provide water are not easy for some elk to access. Thanks to Judith G. and other activists, the media are starting to pay attention.  A few years ago, half of the elk died for lack of water. The activists and media are trying to avert a similar catastrophe this year. Learn more and add your voice at  Watch news coverage here  and here

New Video Explains Carnism
Melanie Joy has created a new 3-minute video that explains carnism, the hidden ideology that tells us it's ok to eat certain animals, but not others. Watch it at

Above Ground Vegan Bar and Kitchen
Now Open in San Francisco
Above Ground  in the Mission District is a new vegan brew pub from the owners of Millennium.  Food is available for pickup and delivery.  Open 4-8 Wed. and Thurs., 4-9 Fri. and Sat. 2170 Mission St., San Francisco. 415-934-9300 or

Twelve Year Old Vegan Chef Inspires Me
A young chef/entrepreneur in London makes me smile.  Sometimes children see and get right what too many adults don't.

New Home for Popup Private Vegan Dinner Club
A popular Chinese-Singapore private dinner club in the East Bay now has a permanent location.  Lion Dance Cafe has opened at 380 17th St. in Oakland (for take-out only for now).
Learn morre at

Disturbing News About Dairy Free, Non-vegan Manufactured Food
According to an article published on, scientists in a lab can now produce dairy protein that is almost identical to cow dairy casein and whey. And a company called Perfect Day is using this protein in products it promotes to vegans.  This is from the article: People who make vegan purchases based solely on environmental or animal rights concerns might feel better about purchasing products made with Perfect Day’s dairy proteins. No cows are directly used in the making – just software, petri dishes, and production equipment. Yikes!  I find this disturbing, as there is no need for dairy protein in the human diet after weaning.  Here's the article:

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