The office will be closed again during AR2003
East. Any orders or correspondence since June 11 is backlogged, and we'll
get to it as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience.
United Poultry Concerns Conference
You are Cordially Invited to Attend United
Annual Forum: Promoting Veganism
How to Promote Veganism Widely and Effectively
Saturday August 16 – Sunday August 17, 2003
University of Colorado-Boulder Campus
Seattle's KIRO 7 Eyewitness News Investigative Reporter's story on downed cattle
being used for human food. It provides proof that downed animals are still a
significant problem for the industry.
Don't Blame Canada!
Report on Canadian Tour Sponsored by Vegan Outreach
In May, Vegan Outreach gave a small grant to Leland and Dustin Stoelwinder
of Kelowna, British Columbia, enabling them to do a tabling and leafleting tour
through Canada. They tabled at 4 shows with the band The Tups, and leafleted
at 3 universities in Calgary, Brandon, and Winnipeg.
The universities of Calgary and Winnipeg went VERY well. We managed to give
out around 200-300 Why Vegans to passersby as well as dropping off
about 100 pamphlets or more with the local vegetarian or activist groups that
the schools housed. The University of Brandon did not have such a club, but
we left some pamphlets with the student union and they seemed enthusiastic.
Along the way we handed out pamphlets to lots of people: gas station attendants,
fast food workers, and basically everyone we ran into. We dropped off pamphlets
at various hemp shops and record stores including the Hemporium in Calgary;
Kustom Kulture, Wild Planet, and Into the Music in Winnipeg; and B.O.B. Headquarters
in Clear Lake and Brandon. All these independent businesses (as well as a
few others) were excited to have the pamphlets (some took upwards of 20+)
and the employees were interested in what they had to say.
May 10th we went to Saskatoon to table at the Slosh 'n' Wash, a laundromat/bar.
This night went well. Lots of people took the time to read the laminated
texts and to ask us questions. We gave away a good number of pamphlets.
On May 11, we went to Clearlake and the Tups played another show that night
for a birthday party. We sold a couple stickers and handed about a dozen or
so pamphlets to locals.
May 15, we went to Winnipeg and leafleted at Winnipeg University. We ate at
the Mondragon Cafe, a vegan coffee house and book store, where we dropped
off some pamphlets. We then tabled at the Royal Albert with the bands Trouser
Mouth and Trixxie. One guy I talked with was discussing how expensive being
a vegan was; I told him it's actually a lot cheaper. He said he would go vegetarian
50% in the next month, and if that worked out he would go 80%, then he said
who knows! There were a lot of people interested in what we had to promote.
On May 18, we tabled at the Clearlake show at which vegan Greg MacPherson,
of the G7 Welcoming Committee
Record Label played.
The Meet Your Meat video was a hit. Everyone was asking if they could buy
it. I have a bunch of addresses of people who want a copy. I will be sure
to get them out to them as soon as possible.
next morning we left and headed straight back to Kelowna, though we continued
to hand out pamphlets here and there along the road as we stopped for food
and gas along the Trans Canada Highway.
Great job Leland and Dustin! We are glad you were able to reach so many people.
Vegetarian School Lunch Resolution Passes in California
On Monday, June 16, California passed State Resolution ACR16 asking School
Food Services to provide vegetarian alternatives at school lunches. It passed
in the California Senate by a vote of 23-8. For more information, see Project
More Research on B12 and Vegans Released
- Jack Norris, RD
new study on vegans and vitamin B12 was published in the July issue of the
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The research once again emphasized the
need for vegans to get a reliable supply of vitamin B12 on a regular basis (see
these Recommendations) to ensure
that homocysteine levels stay
at healthy levels.
The current study by Herrmann et al. took a specific look at B12 on transcobalamin
II (TC2) in vegetarians. (More background on TC2 here.)
TC2 is the protein that picks up B12 from the intestines and takes it to the
cells where it is needed. The theory is that only B12 transported by TC2 is
available to the cells. And because B12 can only get to TC2 by way of the intestines,
B12 stores are only helpful to the extent that they can be secreted into the
intestines by the liver and be reabsorbed eventually ending up on TC2. Herrmann's
study showed that this may not be happening nearly as efficiently as we had
hoped, as vegans TC2 levels were quite low.
Some vegans and vegetarians were taking B vitamins, though amounts of B12 were
not reported. Results were:
|Results of Herrmann et al.
|| B Vit
|| No B Vit
|| B Vit
|| No B Vit
| Serum B12 (pg/ml)
| B12 on TC2 (pg/ml)
| Homocysteine (umol/l)
| MMA (umol/l)
| LOV - Lacto-ovo-vegetarians
MMA - Methylmalonic acid
NV - Non-vegetarians
From the table, you can see that vegans' B12 on TC2 levels were quite low,
while homocysteine levels, especially for the vegans not taking any B vitamins,
were much higher than for the non-vegetarians. Statistical analysis by the authors
showed that TC2 B12 levels were the best predictors of homocysteine levels.
I'll just finish this quick report with an excerpt from Can
a Natural Diet Require Supplements?:
The Medical Community: Future of Research on Vegans
Some vegans dislike the medical community. By refusing to accept the scientific
evidence in favor of the need to supplement with B12, the vegans who dislike
the medical community are providing a steady flow of vegans with poor health
for the medical community to study. If you do not like the medical community,
the best thing you can do is ensure that you do not develop B12 deficiency
and will never be used by them to say that a vegan diet is unhealthy.
I tend not to believe that medicine is one big conspiracy against veganism,
and am glad that research has been done on vegans who do not supplement with
B12. But enough is enough. I am tired of seeing study after study looking
at vegans who do not supplement with B12. It is the vegan community’s
responsibility to stop this flow of research subjects. When a researcher decides
to do a study looking at the various health problems of vegans who do not
supplement their diets with B12, it would be best if they simply could not
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