VSS VSS eNewsletter 27 July 2009 In this issue... VSS NEWS Highlights of Professor Campbell ’s Visit VSS Panelist at Opening Night Discussion of the FilmJul 25, 2009 1 of 1View Source
27 July 2009
In this issue...
VSS, with help from Lee Foundation, IMC Pan Asia Alliance Pte Ltd –East West Learning Enterprises and had the privilege of bringing Professor T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health, to Singapore from 17-21 July.
Despite being 75 years old, Colin had no problems keeping an energetic schedule that included radio, TV and newspaper - http://www.vegetarian-society.org/files/images/campbell-st-090718.jpg - interviews, a meeting with HPB nutritionists, three talks, a panel discussion, numerous lunches and dinners with the many people who wanted to chat with him.
VSS wishes to thank the sponsors – Lee Foundation, East West Learning Enterprises Pte Ltd, and Lo Ka Chung Charitable Foundation Ltd ( Hong Kong ) – and all the many organisations and individuals that helped to publicise the talks. The two talks organized by VSS at Singapore Conference Hall and SMU attracted about 500 and 300 people, respectively. And, the positive aftereffects of Prof Campbell’s visit continue. For instance, one local blogger wrote about the talk he attended: http://www.organicnewstips.com
There’s even a Facebook group called, “The China Study changed my life”:
On Tue, 28 July, at 7pm, a VSS representative will appear on a panel to discuss the documentary Food, Inc. The exclusive preview screening takes place at Cinema Europa, GV VivoCity. Tickets are $10 (students at $8), and the public is welcome: http://media.gv.com.sg/Booking/GVCinemail/foodinc/foodincblog.html
Other panelists will be Ivy Singh-Lim, of Bollywood Veggies; Mahaya Menon, an educator and advocate of natural health; and Bhavani Prakash, an active green lover and founder of the www.ecowalkthetalk.com website.
The film will be showing exclusively at Cinema Europa, with the regular showings beginning on 30 July. As noted in the 3 July issue of the VSS Enewsletter, Food, Inc. - http://www.foodincmovie.com/about-the-film.php - is not a pro-veg movie, but people who’ve seen it say there’s lots of good stuff in it about the reality of the modern food industry, including factory farming.
Here’s a review by one of the top US film critics –
and one from Time magazine –
A separate mailer will soon be announcing our second National Day get together. Feedback was good from last year’s event; so, we decided to do it again, this time at a venue with a good view of the fireworks.
The highlight of the 2009 Singapore Meatout Week was Professor Campbell’s visit. Because of our focus on that, we did not have a chance to publicize all the promotions run by local vegetarian outlets. One that we missed was from Green On Earth Café, 144, Upper Bukit Timah Road , #04-03 Beauty World Centre, 6468.4748. Accordingly to one reader, their pizza is the best he has ever tasted, veg or non-veg.
June Ka Lim is a name that may ring a bell with vegetarians with ties across the Causeway. June is a cookbook writer, vegetarian cookery teacher, entrepreneur and activist based in KL. She attended one of Professor Campbell’s talks to spread the word about her new bilingual (Chinese/English) cookbook, Macrobiotics for Life. The book explains about macrobiotic cooking and then presents 50 beautifully illustrated vegan macrobiotic recipes.
As the book is published by Seashore, an arm of Popular, the book should be available at all Popular bookshops. June can be contacted at june@...
The Green Mart in Bishan Park 2
The same people who run the Green Room Café plan to bring us a new shopping experience: a green market located in Bishan Park 2.
Date: Sat, 15 Aug
Place: Asmara Lifestyle @ Bishan Park 2 (opp Caltex Station)
Products featured range from organic, healthy and eco friendly–showing that lessening your carbon footprint can be both affordable and chic. Jewellery and accessories with nature inspired themes, pre-love clothes and organic fruits are among some of the products featured. Live band J.A.I will be playing easy listening music all day, and the public can join a recycled material percussion drum circle.
More info: http://www.calaminesolutions.com/thegreenmart.html or 6456.6556 or 9800.7148
Here is another in our continuing series about people’s food journeys. This instalment is from Chng Hock Hai. If you have reduced your meat consumption but are not a full-time vegetarian, we still welcome your story. Please send to info@...
“Until the age of 41, meat and grains were my main food. I ate little fruit and almost no vegetables. My favourite meal was barbecued pork, lamb, chicken and/or seafood.
That all changed when one day in 1995. My wife brought home a booklet about enlightenment that she had picked up in the market. I’m not sure why I read it, but I did, and the short chapter on vegetarianism particularly caught my attention. It talked about the many benefits of going vegetarian, including health and kindness towards our fellow animals.
The booklet also said that being vegetarian would help my meditation. At that time, I wasn’t doing meditation, but I wanted to try. So, I did both at the same time. Right away, I went for a meditation course, and switched overnight to a vegetarian diet.
It might seem strange to go completely vegetarian so quickly, but it worked for me. I felt better about myself as a person, and soon, I started to feel better physically too. The meditation also helped.
My wife and two children did not immediately join me in switching to vegetarian food. Rather than lecturing them, I was tolerant of their meat eating. For instance, I continued to pack back meat dishes for their meals. Slowly, they came around. First, it was my wife, after about a year. After another year, my teenage son came home one day and informed my wife, “I’m in”. Soon after that, my daughter, who is now a nurse, joined us to make a happy, fully vegetarian family.
To keep our family healthy and happy with vegetarian food, my wife and I began experimenting with vegetarian dishes. For example, we came up with our own tasty veg version of chicken rice. That gave us the confidence to set up a veg stall at NTU (no longer in operation) and another at a factory canteen (still in operation). Plus, we sometimes cook for VSS events, such as the recent farewell party for our visiting speaker, Professor T. Colin Campbell.
I also work as a taxi driver. Mine is the yellow taxi with the ‘Love Us, Not Eat Us’ stickers. See you!”
Catching Up With Singapore
This article describes how vegetarian meals are becoming easier to find in the U.K.
As evidence mounts suggesting that global warming may be felt sooner and more strongly than previously thought, here are two more links about meat’s role,
Momentum towards eating less meat grew recently when the Swedish government issued draft guidelines suggesting that people can reduce global warming by cutting back on meat:
However, a Swedish vegetarian who used to live in Singapore is sceptical:
“The text is very vague. It puts all the work on the reader (=public) to reduce the carbon footprint, while it offers no legislation/taxes/subsidies to facilitate this effort. I suspect very little will change due to this report, except a few upset farmers as usual. Alas, the world will not be saved by individuals, because far too many don't care about it.
Finally, the EU and Sweden speak with double tongues, as always. On one hand, they talk about greenhouse gas reduction, environmentalism, support to developing countries, and, with the other hand, they pay billions and billions to EU farmers and fishermen to continue producing greenhouse gas, polluting the environment and driving African/Asian farmers out of jobs. Just now, the EU has agreed to pay out enormous sums of money to European dairy farmers, because not enough people are buying "their" milk, despite the already substantial subsidies.
It's a good first step, but sadly much more is needed.”
And, A Petition for Taiwan
A petition is circulating on the internet urging the government of Taiwan to adopt Meatless Mondays: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/meat-free-monday-taiwan.html
Some say that Taiwan is one of the few places in the world with veg food on par with Singapore ’s. People from outside Taiwan are welcome to sign the petition.
This is the title of a draft report issued by UNESCO. While the report focuses on Asia , it has implications worldwide. Perhaps a somewhat unique aspect of the report is that in addition to considering economic and environmental issues, it also discusses the ethics of industrial meat production. Here is an extract from the report’s Executive Summary:
“An ethical analysis of principles associated with use of animals in intensive meat production is presented and, while recognizing a right to adequate access to food – that all people should be free from chronic hunger, should be free from food insecurity and should have access to safe food of nutritional value, the report also includes examination of the perspectives from the point of view of animals and the environment.”
The number of humans classified as suffering from chronic hunger has, sadly, now crossed the one billion mark, at the same time that meat consumption grows. Here’s an article that looks at the incredible amount of waste in the world’s agriculture. First, an excerpt:
“The most important long-term trends leading to current situation include: increased diversion of corn grain and soybeans to produce meat as the world’s per capita meat consumption doubled in about forty years. As much as 95 percent of calories are lost in the conversion of grain and soybeans to meat.”
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