Vegetarian Society (Singapore) eNewsletter 3 Aug 2005
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VSS eNewsletter 3 August 2005
The first Singapore Meatout Week is now a happy part of the history of S’pore vegetarianism. The Organizing Committee carried out six separate events during or before the week, not to mention events by others, such as the Vegetarian & Fruits Jamboree at Bugis Junction. And, that’s also not to mention all the vegetarian outlets that offered promotions during the Week, all the people who pledged to go meatless at least one day during the Week and all the vegetarians who used the Week as an excuse to take a non-veg family member, friend or colleague out to try some veg food – maybe for the first time.
But the Week’s highlight no doubt was the Vega Fiesta on Sun, 31 July at Tampines East CC. An estimated 1000 people packed the CC. All sorts attended, including Mah Bow Tan, Minister for National Development and MP for Tampines GRC, elderly folks from VWO, and preschool kids who came for the drawing, colouring and storytelling, not to mention the frozen desserts and brownies.
It is essential that we convince people to eat less meat. Too many people suffer from diseases linked to meat eating. Too many of our fellow animals suffer as they are raised and slaughtered for meat. Too much environmental damage is caused by the wastefulness of meat eating. Let us continue to work together to help people enjoy food in a true way.
Onward to Singapore Meatout Week 2006!
What? You can’t find the new VSS cookbook, New Asian Traditions, at your favourite bookshop. Then, find a new favourite bookshop, or order by mail and save a visit to the bookshop.
The price is $22 ($25 including $3 postage) for VSS members and $25 ($28 including $3 postage) for non-members. The price at the bookshop is $28 + GST; so you still save a little.
Make your cheque payable to ‘Vegetarian Society (Singapore)’ and send to 190 Clemenceau Ave, #04-19/20, Singapore Shopping Centre, S. 239924 (address for correspondence only). Please allow 10 days for your book to arrive. You should have developed quite an appetite by then. J
Magazine Available to VSS Members
VSS members can subscribe at a special rate to New Vegetarian and Natural Health, a magazine published by the Australian Vegetarian Society. For a list of the contents of the current issue, see: http://www.veg-soc.org/html/mag-issues/current-issue.html. To become a VSS member: http://www.vegetarian-society.org/revamp/html/index.php?module=Static_Docs&func=view&f=membership.htm.
The magazine has lots of recipes and articles on health, but other aspects of vegetarianism are also featured, as seen in our next article.
The statistics are horrifying. About 1 billion people are undernourished; millions, the majority of them children, die annually due to hunger and its effects.
Here are some stats (from the Winter 2005 issue of New Vegetarian and Natural Health magazine and the Worldwatch Institute) showing how vegetarianism can be part of the solution:
- A meat-centred diet requires 10 or more times the land area per person required for a purely veg diet.
- The wealthy nations feed more grain to their livestock than the people of India and China consume directly.
- It has been estimated that if people reduced their animal flesh consumption by just 10%, enough plant food would be released to feed 60 million people.
Passport to Animal-Free Eating World Wide - New Expanded Edition
George Rodger's global guide to animal-free eating has been expanded from 38 languages to 56 - including Goan (Konkanim) for next year's World Veg Congress in Goa , India . The second edition of this amazing pocket polyglot guide, ISBN 0-907337-30-9, covers 93% of the world's population, yet still weighs a mere 60 grams (just over 2 ounces) and fits easily into the back pocket of the savvy veg traveller.
Extensively researched and compiled with the help of 85 vegans from around the world, the second edition of the vegan passport takes much of the stress out of travelling by making it easy to ensure that chefs and waiters fully understand your dietary needs. Whichever of the five continents you're travelling in, or whatever exotic eating place you're visiting in your own country, this little guide makes it clear in a few simple phrases that you don't want any animal products in your meal but that you'd be delighted to try any of the vegetable dishes on offer. And if all 56 languages fail there, are two pages of pictures which tell the same story and invariably produce a smile as well as a delicious meal.
The cost is a mere 3.99 pounds sterling (about 6 Euros or 7 US dollars) plus postage and package. See http://www.vegansociety.com/shop for further details. Editor George Rodger and all the contributors have generously donated their time and effort, so all profit goes towards promoting an animal-free lifestyle throughout the world.
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