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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  September 4, 2002

 

More from Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People:

Making Enemies – and How to Avoid It

Few people are logical. Most of us are prejudiced and biased. Most of us are blighted with preconceived notions, with jealousy, suspicion, fear, envy, and pride. And most citizens don't want to change their minds about their religion or their hair cut or politics or movies. So, if you are inclined to tell people they are wrong, please read the following from The Mind in the Making:

We sometimes find ourselves changing our minds without any resistance or heavy emotion, but if we are told we are wrong, we resent the imputation and harden our hearts. We are incredibly heedless in the formation of our beliefs, but find ourselves filled with an illicit passion for them when anyone proposes to rob us of their companionship. It is obviously not the ideas themselves that are dear to us, but our self-esteem that is threatened. ... We like to continue to believe what we have been accustomed to accept as true, and the resentment aroused when doubt is cast upon any of our assumptions leads us to seek every manner of excuse for clinging to it. The result is that most of our so-called reasoning consists in finding arguments for going on believing as we already do.

So rule number two in how to win people to your way of thinking is:
Show respect for the other person's opinion. Never tell them they are wrong.

 

Requests and News

National Day of Leafleting

A great thanks to everyone who has signed up to take part in the National Day of Leafleting on September 17. You should be receiving your materials in the mail sometime next week.

The deadline for signing up for the event was yesterday, September 3. There will be more than twice as many events as last time!

Please send us a report of your event, and any pictures you take. You can contact us over email, or send to:

Vegan Outreach
211 Indian Dr.
Pittsburgh, PA 15238

A special thanks to Animal Rights International for making this event possible!

 

The Curse of Factory Farms

August 30, 2002, New York Times

"Factory farms have become the dominant method of raising meat in America. Agribusiness loves the apparent efficiency that comes with raising thousands of animals in a single large building where they are permanently confined in stalls or pens.

"The federal government should at minimum serve as a neutral umpire in the fight between big and small farmers. In the case of factory farms it should try to control their threat to the environment through broader, more vigorous application of the Clean Water Act, typically invoked only in the most egregious cases. And it should never use taxpayer money to encourage a method of farming that works against the public's desire for open space, biodiversity and clean, non-malodorous air.

"Unfortunately, the government has been putting its weight behind big business. The Environmental Protection Agency has issued basically toothless rules under which the states give permits to any factory farm that comes up with a plan for handling manure, mainly by building larger lagoons to hold it. The new farm bill that President Bush signed in May adds further insult by paying farmers up to $450,000 apiece to help them comply with regulations that don't mean much to begin with.

"The regressive farm bill also continues the government's policy of throwing its weight behind the already hefty industrial farms and helping to drive smaller farmers out of business. In Iowa, for instance, the number of hog farms has dropped from 64,500 in 1980 to 10,500 in 2000, though the number of hogs, about 15 million, remains the same. The public's money, in this fight, is going in the opposite direction of the public interest."

 

A Marketing Cry: Don't Fence Them In

September 1, 2002, New York Times

"When it comes to the family business, Jack Osborne and his daughter, Cyd Szymanski, are putting the chicken before the egg.

"Deploring what Ms. Szymanski calls 'concentration camp'growing conditions on factory egg farms, she, her father and her brother are marketing eggs gathered from uncaged hens. 'It's inhumane to put a chicken in a cage this small,' he said with a grimace. 'You can't even lift your wings.'

"Opening the door to the chicken house at his ranch near Longmont, he proudly points to a flock of 14,000 egg-layers milling about the barn. 'See? They got sunlight and natural air, and they've still got their beaks,' he said, adding that many farmers cut off the beaks to keep chickens from pecking one another. 'Have you ever seen a chicken with its beak cut off? It's a darn awful sight.'

"As it happens, that has plunged her into a rivalry with her uncle, Hollis Osborne; he heads Moark L.L.C., one of the nation's largest egg producers. Until recently, though, the two businesses were not really rivals. 'Cage free'eggs, at around $2.79 a dozen, typically cost more than twice as much as other eggs; in the past, they were bought mostly by dedicated natural-foods shoppers. But after a potent media campaign by animal-rights groups about the growing conditions of farm animals, some buying habits started to change.

"'Americans are becoming more focused on issues that affect food quality, and the treatment of farm animals is a big part of that,'said John Zogby, president of Zogby International, a pollster in Utica, N.Y. In a May survey, it found that nearly 65 percent of Americans support federal laws to protect farm animals from inhumane procedures."

 

Tour Update

 

From the Mouths of Babes

 

A Poll on “The Health Argument”

"Most Americans wouldn't be willing to go on a super-strict diet just to live longer, a new poll said on Friday. In fact, most Americans are not that interested in living to extreme old age, said the survey by ABC News. It said 65 percent of those who responded wouldn't want to live to be 120 years old, even if they could. Seventy-three percent of Americans polled said they would not be willing to eat one-third fewer calories a day if it meant they would live longer."

 

Feedback

In June I received a Why Vegan at an event in Minneapolis. I wish I could thank the man who gave it to me! It was 97 degrees that day, and he stood in the hot sun handing them out. I was so moved by it that it has inspired me to turn the corner and become vegan. The booklet cleared up a LOT of things for me, to say the least! It's very powerful. So, I'm hoping to get my feet wet and make my first attempts at doing outreach. The man who gave me that booklet opened my eyes, and now I would like to help others have open eyes and be more aware and compassionate and to join.
ES, Mankato, MN, 9/1/02

I recently subscribed to Vegan Spam and am enjoying it immensely. It is so nice to hear your grounded, carefully thought-out approach to veganism. I agree our greatest impact lies in diminishing / extinguishing the horrors of agribusiness.
ML, Brooktondale, NY, 8/31/02

Since I went vegan, I have convinced my father and brother to go vegan. Your pamphlet was central to this – a very cogent argument for my case.
AY, New Cumberland, PA, 8/30/02

I am indeed thankful to U and the organisation for sending me literature on Vegetarian diets. My daughter, Dr Richa Sawant, and my son-in-law. Mr Sudhanshu Bhushan are so impressed with the matter and method of its presentation that the former has resolved to turn a vegetarian. U may kindly count it as your achievement.
CS, India, 8/30/02

You friends are so "level-headed" in your approach to veganism, and how we should spread the more sane understanding to those who otherwise will think us ridiculous. Thanks for all your efforts, and patience despite so many rude responses!
G, 8/26/02

 

A Review of Linda Majzlik’s A Vegan Taste of Italy

By Merry Orling

Everyone loves Italian food. I'm no exception. And I love it despite the fact I've been eating it three times a day, every day, since I moved from New York to Florence in 1966. The Italian, or Mediterranean, diet is based on pasta, pizza, fresh-baked breads, legumes, and natural variations of fresh, seasonal, locally grown produce. Italians eat fresh tomatoes in summer and canned tomatoes in winter. Those who live in the Campania region in the south eat long plum tomatoes; those who live in Tuscany in Central Italy, eat round, deeply grooved fiorentini. Italians don't expect – or demand – strawberries in January or oranges in August. They choose persimmons in fall and peaches in summer over imported pineapples available all year round. Every region has its own bread and pasta specialties. Italy, as you can see, is a virtual vegan paradise.

Unfortunately, not everybody can hop over here to experience vegan heaven. But just as you can experience Italian art through photos and slides, you can experience Italian cuisine by preparing Italian style meals in your own home. A newly published British cookbook shows you how.

A Vegan Taste of Italy by Linda Majzlik contains over 100 recipes for Italian dishes ranging from antipasti to desserts. In addition to the classical pasta and pizza dishes, there is an entire section devoted to creative main courses such as broccoli- and spinach-stuffed pancakes, savory nut balls with tomato and pepper sauce, and vegetable and chickpea stew with soft polenta.

The recipes are clear and easy to follow. A glossary of ingredients commonly used in Italian cooking (The Vegan Italian Storecupboard) is especially useful. Another handy feature is the double listing for ingredients. By indicating both British units (ounces, pounds) and SI units (grams, kilos) in each recipe, the author saves us the trouble of setting up computers in our kitchens just so we can figure out how much olive oil goes into the recipe. Americans are forewarned: Like My Fair Lady, they'll have to brush up their English: The author, being British, uses courgettes for zucchini, pine kernels for pinenuts, aubergines for eggplants, storecupboard for pantry, and so on.

I have only one celery stick to pick: The author recommends adding vegan cheese ("parmesan," "mozzarella," "blue cheese") to many dishes, especially pastas and risottos. This is not necessary. Even in nonvegan Italian cooking, whether or not one puts cheese in tomato- or vegetable-based sauces is a matter of taste. Even before I went vegan when I would normally eat cheese, I would never think of ruining the taste of a fresh-tomato sauce with parmigiano. In sauces such as pesto, where cheese is traditional, I'd suggest using brewer's [or nutritional] yeast which has a cheesy flavor and consistency and, in addition, is a healthy source of protein and vitamins.

Admittedly, looking at a reproduction of Leonardo's Adoration of the Magi isn't the same as standing in front of the painting in the Uffizi Gallery. Nor is eating pesto made with imported basil the same as eating pesto made with fresh-picked Ligurian basil. But try a recipe from A Vegan Taste of Italy. It's as close as you can get to the vero McCoyo.

 

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