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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  November 14, 2007


This issues is sponsored by Vegetarian Shoes and Bags

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.

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


Notes from All Over

Survey: Teen Vegetarians on the Rise

"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.


Food, Food Everywhere and Not a Bite of Meat

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.
     It feels like it's getting just a little easier out there. There's far more vegans now than just two years ago when I started leafleting, and far more vegetarians also. And those meat eaters, though still in the majority, no longer look at me like I'm crazy.
-Stewart Solomon, 11/10/07

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!
-Italia Milan, 11/9/07

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."
-Jenna Calabrese, 11/9/07

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 Montgomery High School, a student kept saying, "We need to eat animals for population control." But then he turned a page and was disgusted by what he saw; he turned to his friend and they started talking seriously about the horrific lives and deaths of farmed animals. We have seen this happen time and again: people who initially react callously to the literature turn around once the novelty of being rude wears off and they are no longer able to ignore the suffering shown in the images before them.
-Victor Tsou & Miranda Robbins, 11/8/07

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.
-Jodi Chemes (photo by Dean Stanford), 11/6/07

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.
-Wayne Hsiung, 11/10/07

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.
-Danielle Marino, 11/7/07


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All donations are tax-deductible.

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