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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  March 8, 2002


See Vegan Outreach members in action!


I am 22 years old and I am from Argentina.
     I have been to New York on vacation some weeks ago and someone gave me the Why Vegan brochure inside the Grand Central Terminal. I definitely decided to be vegan after reading this brochure. I cried when I read some parts of it. Wow, it was striking.
     I have also influenced my boyfriend. He used to eat lots and lots of meat. He used to say that it could not be possible for him to live without eating meat and now he does not even taste it. He is a real vegetarian. I am really proud of him.
MA, Argentina, 3/5/02


News & Announcements

Meet Your Meat ... Fellow Vegan Outreachers

Jack Norris, Matt Ball, and lauren Ornelas of VivaUSA will be giving a talk in the San Francisco Bay area the evening of Saturday, March 30. Anne and Ellen Green will also be there. For more details, keep watching this space.

I have just read your Why Vegan a friend gave me. I can look at the pamphlet and be absolutely sure I will never eat again any farm animals or any of their products.
KC, Bellingham, WA, 3/6/02


Deadlines for Events!

We assume that everyone has their booklets for their Meatout Events. If you're still looking for events in your area, see this listing.

Remember to get your literature orders in for the National Day of Leafleting High Schools about Veganism (make sure you provide a street address so we can send large quantities via UPS). The deadline for ordering literature orders for the April 5th event is March 22. Thanks to all those who have already registered, and all those who have donated in support of this great outreach event!!

I appreciated the letter you sent out after the 9/11 disaster – pointing out that we can make progress, that we are making progress toward compassionate living.
DG, Palm Harbor, FL, 3/4/02


Cement isn't Vegan!

See Vegan Outreach's take on this.

Your booklet helped me adopt a vegan lifestyle and I hope it will be used similarly by others at my school.
ME, Brunswick, OH, 2/26/02


Hormones: Here's the Beef

I was recently encouraged to give veganism a go after finding a Why Vegan? booklet at work. I have not eaten meat since Thanksgiving, and have gone totally Vegan in the past couple of months. While I have not been at it long, my new diet feels very good. I suppose you could say that it feels like coming home.
SJ, Champaign, IL, 2/28/02


New Site for Vegetarian Pets

I found this website yesterday. I felt so bad last night, and tonight, I worked at the restaurant as usual, but I ate Tofu instead ofchicken. Your site really made me think more.
YY, 3/4/02


Food Stops; Thousands Of Hens Die


Letter to E Magazine

E Magazine recently published an entire slew of letters regarding their cover stories on vegetarianism and environmentalism. A number of letters repeated the "I tried to be vegetarian, but wasn't healthy," with one letter singing the praises of fad diets. Jack Norris wrote the following:

Dear E-mag Editor,

Thank you for your issue exposing many of the environmental problems created by modern animal agriculture. I have read many of the letters to the editor regarding this issue. Unfortunately, becoming vegan does have nutritional implications and changing one's diet can have both positive and negative effects, depending on the person. Certainly, meat-eaters have health problems. Additionally, there are many differences from one vegetarian or vegan diet to the next.

Some of the people writing letters to E-mag in response to the vegetarian issue have not had good experiences with a vegetarian or vegan diet. Without knowing more, some of the problems sound like B12 deficiencies, which can be easily solved in most cases by taking a B12 supplement (which vegans should be doing anyway and with which many older meat-eaters must also be concerned). There are some other nutrients that also need attention in vegan diets (see discussion on our site).

There are some popular books which say that people should eat according to their blood type. One book says that people with Type O blood should not be vegetarian. The theory is that different humans evolved eating different foods, that your blood type corresponds with the humans from whom you descended, and you should eat what your descendants ate.

Actually, the ABO blood types existed long before humans existed, according to Stephen Bailey, PhD, a nutritional anthropologist at Tufts University. In fact, blood types do not vary as much between races of people as within the same race. What this means is that two people of African descent are no more likely to have the same blood type as a person of African and a person of European descent. Both the Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter and the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter have criticized the blood type diet as unscientific. Additionally, there is no published research to back up the theory that some blood types have a worse time as vegetarians.

Out of curiosity, I did a survey of vegetarians and vegans to see what blood types they were and what their experience with the diet was like. In a survey of 76 people, 39 were Type O, their experiences were mostly positive, and there were no detectable differences in experiences between the various blood types. I'm also a Type O, healthy, athletic, 13-year vegan.

It should be noted that in general, vegetarians have excellent health. For example, life expectancies in the Adventist Health Study have recently been published in "Ten Years of Life: Is it a Matter of Choice?" (Arch Intern Med. 2001 Jul 9;161(13):1645-52). The data showed that white, non-Hispanic Seventh-day Adventists, who are often vegetarian, live longer than other white Californians (7.28 years for men, 4.42 years for women). According to the researchers, these Seventh-day Adventists appear to be the longest-lived, formally studied population in the world (78.5 years for men, 82.3 for women). Among these Seventh-day Adventists, those following a vegetarian diet lived longer than those not following a vegetarian diet.

For more information, please see Staying a Healthy Vegan.

-Jack Norris, Registered Dietitian
Director, Vegan Outreach

I would like to commend Matt Ball on his wonderful comments on veganism and activism. I have been slowly transforming to the vegan lifestyle over the past few years after being introduced to it by an individual with the same sense of compassion, humor, and understanding as Matt portrays in his words on veganism. No person will be persuaded to be sympathetic to the vegan way of life after having blood dumped in their lap at a steak house by some raving militant vegan. In fact, my biggest internal hurdle in becoming vegan has been my reluctance to associate myself with these types of individuals. The tactic which has worked best for me is to make veganism a personal choice issue, lead by example, and make exceptions when I feel it would be too presumptuous of me to decline others' hospitality. An example would be when a cake is baked for your birthday at work by a person who did not know you are vegan. I take a small slice, thank them, and tell them that in the future I would prefer foods without animal products. This usually prompts sincere questions over my choices and leads to a discussion which often leaves a lasting impression. This does far more good to promote veganism than the damage done by accepting a slice of cake made with good intentions. It is refreshing to see others sharing in this vision and gives me new hope that one day we can truly live in a less cruel world. Thank you!
JH, 2/24/02


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