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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  January 25, 2006

 

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Southern Leafleting Tour, Week 2

Next week (Jan. 30 - Feb. 3), Jon Camp will be leafleting UNC Charlotte, GA State, GA Tech, UGA, and Clemson. While at UGA, he will be giving a workshop on leafleting; details on the talk can be accessed here. If you would like to help out with the leafleting, please email jon (at) veganoutreach.org. Thanks!

At right, Erin Marcus leaflets at the Maryland Institute College of Art; photo by Jon Camp.

 

Nutrition Topic of the Week: Fats and Omega-3s

There are many ethical issues with eating fish. Among them are the individual fish that are killed, the bycatch (animals killed incidentally, including birds and mammals) that are thrown away, and the environmental destruction of the fishing industry. Despite these serious problems, many health advocates promote eating fish (only coldwater fish are high in omega-3s, by the way) as good for your heart and brain because their flesh contains omega-3 fats. But eating fish also have a downside in terms of health -- they can be high in mercury and other pollutants. Additionally, farmed fish are normally not high in omega-3s because they are fed an unnatural diet (omega-3s are produced by algae, not fish).

Luckily, people do not need to eat fish to be as healthy as possible. A daily teaspoon or tablet of flaxseed oil and, if necessary or desired, supplementation with DHA should provide all the health benefits, without the negative aspects of eating fish. You can read more about these issues in the fats section of Staying Healthy on a Plant-Based, and in DHA: Should Vegans Supplement?

 

Products Galore!

What exactly is a Proggy? Peta's 2005 Progress Awards -- products and processes that help animals.

Send your nominees for Product of the Week to product (at) veganoutreach.org; previous products can be found here.

 

Notes from All Over

Teachers Wanted for Article

The Green Teacher is a magazine for teachers who want to include environmental education in their teaching. George Jacobs is planning an article for the magazine on why green teachers should include vegetarianism, and is asking elementary, intermediate, and high school teachers and students who have done such lessons or participated in them as students to write to him to briefly describe their lessons. Acknowledgement will be given to everyone whose experiences are included in the article.

 

Got Vegan?

excerpt: "Twelve minutes of footage showed pigs in gestation crates, dairy cows with enlarged and infected udders and hens stacked in cages by the thousands, each crammed into a space smaller than this piece of paper. 'These must be extreme cases,' I assured myself. However, when I looked further into the issue, I discovered that what I saw are not the exceptions -- they are the norm. Every sip of milk or bite into an omelet was a statement I was simply not willing to make -- 'This is O.K.'" Full article.

 

Notes from Our Members

It's been a while since I've been out leafleting. It sure felt good. I had a great conversation with one student at MDC. He stopped when I handed it to him, skimmed over it, and said with a disgusted look, "What is this?" I said, "That, my friend, is standard farming practices in the US." We talked at length, and at the end, he said, "That's it, I'm going vegetarian, for sure."
-Linda Bower, Miami Springs, 1/19/06

I recently discovered you on the VeganHealth website and went on to read your articles on Vitamin B12 and why you became a dietitian. I just wanted to let you know that as a fellow RD I really appreciate finding a credible authority on this topic. I work in a community setting where I counsel clients on the phone (often vegetarian) and prepare resource/handout material on a variety of topics. Thanks, and I look forward to reading more of your articles in the future!
-LB, 1/20/06

Thank you so much for your work -- Why Vegan helped convince me to go vegan five years ago -- I hope I can help others reach the same conclusion!
-SL, San Francisco, 1/19/06

Today I handed out 50 Even If You Like Meat pamphlets at Illinois State in about a half an hour. It was so easy. No one was rude, and the ratio of people to whom I offered them vs. who took one was probably 3 or 4 to 1. I plan on doing it every week, maybe mixing up the days so I don't get the same students coming out of the same classes all the time. I chose the Even If You Like Meat pamphlets over the Why Vegan and Try Vegetarian because in my experience in the past, it's a less controversial statement, allowing even die hard meat eaters a way in. I think Adopt a College is the best idea ever.
-Robin Hartmann, 1/19/06

 

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