|Enewsletter • November 14, 2007|
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Notes from Vegan Outreach
Product Combo of the Week
Entertaining meat eaters this holiday season? Robin Robertson's The Vegetarian Meat & Potatoes Cookbook is a good starting point for those occasions. Don't have time to make seitan? Replace with Meal Starters.
At right, vegan-from-birth Ellen Green prepares to dig into a meal of vegan drumsticks, Trader Joe's meatless meatballs, mashed potatoes (made with Silk Enhanced) and gravy (also made with Silk Enhanced). Organic carrots, too.
Notes from All Over
"According to the latest Harris poll, three percent of teens are vegetarians, up from one percent in 1997. ... Experts say vegetarians and vegans need to find replacements for the protein, B vitamins, iron and calcium that meat provides. Love said, 'Like soy cheese, soy milk, tofu products. There are now wheat based meat products like Seitan [and vegetarian meats like those above -ed] and these are just excellent protein sources that are available.'" Read more.
From The Oregonian: "It's not every day you get to taste tempeh mashed yams, shop for faux leather or mingle in a crowd that includes a vegan bodybuilder. But you could do that and more at last weekend's Vegan Holiday Festival." Read more.
Notes from Our Members
I saw some former students
at UCLA today. One
I had for both [high school] chemistry
and physics; she graduated in 2006.
On her first day of school at UCLA
last year, on her way to her very
first class, she ran into me leafleting.
I got to hand her a leaflet and
give her some words of encouragement.
She is now vegan.
Lidia Belknap leaflets in San Francisco for World Go Vegan Days; photo by Valerie Mizuhara.
Great day today at
Wayne State! The first
student we leafleted sat down and
read it all. Another student, having
been told the booklet is about how
we treat the animals we eat, said,
"I know it's pretty inhumane."
He opened the booklet and looked
at it with sadness. We'll definitely
be going back!
Met two vegetarian
guys at LaGuardia
who were practically jumping up
and down when I gave them booklets.
They each asked for copies of both
the Why Vegan and the GCFE
to give to their friends and
family. Lots of young women there,
too; an exceptionally large number
were already vegan, vegetarian,
or just super excited to get a brochure.
At Columbia, one faculty member
thanked me profusely for being there.
A student took a brochure, stopped
in his tracks, and looked at me
like a deer in headlights. "Oh,
man. This might be it for me,"
he said. "All signs have been
pointing to vegetarian lately."
At Santa Rosa Junior
College, we had three
memorable encounters: 1. "My
girlfriend got one of these and
now she won’t eat meat. She showed
me [and now I don't eat meat either].
I just wanted to let you know that
you helped two people." 2.
"I know about this. I mean,
I don’t know about this, but I need
to know." 3. "I've wanted
to go vegan for a long time, but
haven't known what to do."
At St. Pete College,
an older guy said, "Cool! This
is awesome! I've been trying to
go vegetarian for a while. My friends
keep bugging me about it. I hate
thinking about those animals in
cages. This [booklet] is exactly
what I needed!" A woman came
up to the table and told me that
in her ethics class, her group is
doing a report on animal cruelty.
I gave her leaflets to hand out
to the class.
While leafleting in
Chicago, a mother
and teenage daughter stopped to
talk; both were omnivores. They
were very interested in what I had
to say, and both decided on the
spot that they would try giving
up animal products.
On Michigan Ave in
Chicago, I saw a girl
reading a Why Vegan while
walking with her mom. I can only
imagine the lasting impact Vegan
Outreach will have on that girl.