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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  June 24, 2009

Notes from Vegan Outreach

Eva Helsel and Leah Wagner
Thanks to Eva Helsel and Leah Wagner, even the Kansas Jayhawk knows the plight of other birds.

Adopt a College Shatters School Record!

The last numbers for the spring term are still coming in, but so far, we can tell you that Vegan Outreach activists took the animals’ plight to 517,503 students at 715 schools – a whopping 154 schools more than the spring 2008 semester! An incredible number of amazing folk reached hundreds, even thousands of new people – see this table for the full list.

Summer leafleting is already well underway, with tens of thousands of new people receiving the detailed case for ethical eating.


Products of the Week

Sheese Smoked Cheddar

Brad: “Sheese. Serve on crackers, on top of pizza, on salads, or bite off a chunk straight out of the fridge (it tastes that good). Comes in six flavors including blue cheese! Try the smoked first, you won’t believe your taste buds.” (See also this review.)

Mark: “Soy Curls, a whole soybean-based protein that you can fry!”

Reminder: If you’re in northern California, don’t forget to get your tickets to the SF Vegan Prom to benefit Vegan Outreach! Meet Jon Camp, Brian Grupe, Jack Norris and others while enjoying delectable vegan desserts from our generous donors: Maggie Mudd, Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates, Tofutti, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Endangered Species Chocolate, Stanford Inn by the Sea, and Sun Flour Baking Company.

Send your product of the week to info (at) veganoutreach (dot) org; previous entries here.


Notes from All Over

Finding Reliable Sources of Information about Vegan Nutrition

Virginia Messina

By Virginia Messina, MPH, RD:

If our argument isn’t built on a strong and reliable foundation, we give people the opportunity to dismiss us or show that we don’t know what we’re talking about. And when bad information causes vegans to adopt risky nutrition behaviors, we give the opposition more ammunition for their “vegan diets are unhealthy” argument.… Vegan diets are far better than the way most Americans eat. But we just don’t have the data to show that they are the only healthful diet. We already have an unassailable message—that a vegan diet is the only responsible and ethical way to eat. There is no need to embellish that with statements that can’t be supported.

Full article, with links (also see her other posts).

Related to Virginia’s last point, see "In Defense of Meat" to see how many view certain claims, and "Is Vegan Outreach Pro-Egg?" for more clarification.


Speaking of Nutrition…

Michael Greger has just released Latest in Clinical Nutrition Vol. 3, which you can order here (all proceeds go to charity). Also, you can now watch his classic Maximum Nutrition video online!


Time Magazine Review of Food, Inc.

“The people we don’t hear from are those who control the U.S. food industry. The film takes us to meat-processing plants and slaughterhouses (sometimes with hidden cameras), offering glimpses of chickens collapsing under the weight of their own breasts or the truly revolting production of bleached hamburger ‘filler.’ But nearly every time Kenner asks a corporation such as Perdue, Smithfield or Monsanto for comment, he’s refused.” Full review.


Lightning Round


Notes from Our Members

Riley Law
Riley Law (above) and Blythe Lopez (below) make sure the people of Chicago know the truth about modern agribusiness.

Your article about what you would say to your younger self made a huge impact on me, and in doing so has no doubt helped animals. I am 34 and sadly, realized that I was more like the 21-year-old you than I am like the 41-year-old you. Thank you for helping me see the error of my activist ways, and for helping me realize the role that ego has to date played in my angry, obsessive activism. I am a better activist for having read your article, which I have forwarded on to my vegan and nonvegan friends.
—NK, 6/18/09

Just finished The Animal Activist’s Handbook. Thank you so much for that – I needed the inspiration! I am rejuvenated and more ready than ever to fight for compassion!
—MS, 6/15/09

At the First Friday event in St. Petersburg, FL, two individuals expressed interest in leafleting with me in the future. And after attempting to give one man a leaflet, he told me he already received one and that it had great info. He proceeded to tell me that he was planning to eat differently for dinner that night as a result of reading the pamphlet!
—Jodi Chemes, 6/8/09

At the Phoenix Art Walk, Jeff [Boghosian] and I both commented on the extremely large number of folks who took the time to read the literature. Jeff’s high point was a family who stopped to talk with him because the daughter is trying to transition from vegetarianism to veganism and the rest of the family is nearly vegetarian. My most enthusiastic recipient of the night was a woman who was thrilled to receive literature because she’s vegetarian – I gave her a GCFE. Great use of time!
—Dawn, 6/6/09

Thank you so much for all your good work, your earnestness and down-to-earth philosophy. My daughter and I both went vegan a few years ago – our switch stemmed from brochures received on a college campus, so we know firsthand that Vegan Outreach works. I’ve leafleted with Brian Grupe in Sacramento and hope to continue.
—Laura Stuebe, 6/18/09

Blythe Lopez

I wanted to send a quick thank you for such an amazing and informational site. I decided to switch to vegan a few weeks ago. I was turned off for many years to the idea of becoming vegan, due to most people and websites being so hard core I felt I could never live up to their standards. I am very impressed with how you show that doing what you can is more important than being pure. I know that even taking a prescription medicine containing gelatin would make most feel not vegan, but it doesn’t bother me because I know I still don’t eat meat, dairy, or eggs. Your site reassured me of that.
—JE, 6/14/09

Hollywood Blvd. & Highland Ave. seems to be a pretty good cross section of the general population, and the take rate is up 50% from last year. There are far more people interested in the info, sitting and reading it, walking and reading it, saying things like, “I'm vegetarian!,” “I’m already vegan!,” “I’ve seen this stuff before,” “I saw this on YouTube,” “This is very interesting” (with a solemn, pensive expression), “You have to look at this” (to a friend). I’d say that if the U.S. population is an onion, we’ve peeled back one more layer.
—Stewart Solomon, 6/21/09

I recently was handed a brochure on Hollywood Blvd. Thank you very much to the person who gave it to me. I have been vegetarian for 8 years and switched to vegan three weeks ago and have been desperate for info since becoming vegan.
—JS, Los Angeles, 6/2/09


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