|Enewsletter • May 16, 2007|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
A Hire and a Move
After 12 years away, Vegan Outreach's mailing office is returning to Tucson, Arizona in mid-June. Look for updated address information next month.
Product of the Week
Recent birthday girl Jenna Calabrese: I'd like to nominate the new Little Vegan Monsters cookbook, available now from Little Vegan Monsters press in New Haven, CT! This book is jammed full of delicious vegan recipes, from drinks to desserts and everything in between. And it's always great to support those local cruelty-free businesses!
Notes from All Over
Excerpt: "In China, some farmers try to maximize the output from their small plots by flooding produce with unapproved pesticides, pumping livestock with antibiotics banned in the United States, and using human feces as fertilizer to boost soil productivity. But the questionable practices don't end there: Chicken pens are frequently suspended over ponds where seafood is raised, recycling chicken waste as a food source for seafood, according to a leading food safety expert who served as a federal adviser to the Food and Drug Administration.
"China's suspect agricultural practices could soon affect American consumers. Federal authorities are working on a proposal to allow chickens raised, slaughtered, and cooked in China to be sold here, and under current regulations, store labels do not have to indicate the meat's origin."
Excerpt: "During an ongoing media teleconference call, USDA/FDA officials have revealed that melamine-tainted 'protein concentrate,' imported from China, contaminated fish meal manufactured in Canada. The tainted fish meal was then distributed to an unknown number of fish farms in the US and Canada. ... 50,000 swine have been quarantined in Illinois due to suspect feed."
Excerpt: "Researchers from Iowa State University found that allowing pregnant pigs to move freely in group housing structures called hoop barns could be less costly and just as productive as the narrow, individual crates. ... The pork industry has defended the use of the gestation crates, which allow producers to house as many pigs as possible in one building."
Feedback from Our Members
At Harvard today, I
met a number of vegans and vegetarians
who were excited to see me out there
leafleting and receive GCFEs.
One student took a Why Vegan,
smiled to himself, and stopped
to tell me that it was three years
ago that he received a WV
and became vegetarian. We talked
for a while about veg nutrition
and why vegan vs. vegetarian, and
as he walked away he said, "Well,
getting another one of these brochures
might prompt yet another change
in my diet."
Above, Jenna leaflets at CUNY Baruch; photo by Chris Roberts.
At Monroe Community
College today, I bumped
into an old American Sign Language
instructor from the University of
Rochester (who is deaf) and struggled
to remember the signs for "help"
and "animal" as I fumbled
for a pamphlet. He read while walking
to his car, stopping in his tracks
not once, but three times as he
grew increasingly engrossed in it.
This encounter was especially rewarding
to me, since in class I was never
fluent enough (nor was there time)
to explain the whys of veganism.