VSS eNewsletter 8 Oct 2005
VSS eNewsletter 8 October 2005
Healthy Smoothie Demo at Buona Vista CC
Buona Vista CC is holding a moving-out Carnival on 9th October (Sunday, 9am-6pm). There will be a Jumbo Garage Sale, Fun Fair, Lucky Draws, Children’s Art Competition, Dance Performances, Talk on Acupuncture, and more.
VSS will be exhibiting at the Carnival and from 1pm-2pm, VSS Education Officer, Yeow (who appeared in last week’s Sunday Times), will be demo-ing the Meal-in-a-Drink Smoothie from page 88 of the VSS cookbook, New Asian Traditions, which will be on sale at the VSS booth. Location: 399, Holland Drive, Singapore 278939. (5min walk from Buona Vista MRT), Tel: 67785163, 67774169.
Ci Yan vegetarian restaurant at 8 Smith St , 6225-9026, is one of 16 veg restaurants on HPB’s list of “restaurants offering you tasty and healthier dishes”: http://www.hpb.gov.sg/hpb/default.asp?pg_id=1751.
What’s more, Ci Yan features a different menu every day of the month, along with their usual brown rice set. Last, but not least, you can find one of Ci Yan’s favourite recipes and the story behind it on page 35 of the VSS cookbook, New Asian Traditions.
Cooking Workshop in Tanjong Pagar
A healthy cooking workshop with organic and biogenic cuisine will be conducted in English by Ms Sim Nget Seer. The workshop will be held on Sunday, 23 October, 2.30-5pm, at Synbiotics Health Optimum, 15, Stanley Street . The fee is $40, and the class is limited to the first 25 people to sign up. The menu features steamed five organic grain rice (biogenic style), chlorophyll soup, and pickled seaweed with root vegetables.
As part of the interview for the piece in last week’s Sunday Times, VSS was asked how many of our fellow animals are killed for meat every year. We had seen an estimate of about 55 billion, but we needed a figure that came from a reputable, non-partial organization, not from a video by a vegetarian organization.
Fortunately, CIWF (Compassion in World Farming), www.ciwf.org, helped us out a bit by pointing out the page to look on the FAO’s (Food and Agriculture Organization) website: http://faostat.fao.org/faostat/form?collection=Production.Livestock.Primary&Domain=Production&servlet=1&hasbulk=&version=ext&language=EN.
Using the calculator on that page is tricky, but you can find numbers on the killing of the most “popular” land animals. These data are available for individual countries and for the entire world. Of course, the numbers are often based on estimates. Furthermore, they don’t seem to include marine animals.
Whatever the figures are, they show what an enormous job we have. So, let’s get busy, and let’s remember that every vegetarian meal is a victory.
VSS is once again participating in the Holistic Living Festival, Sat-Sun, 22 & 23 October, 10am-8pm, at Teochow Building on Tank Road , near Dhoby Ghaut MRT: http://www.holisticliving.com.sg/festivedetails.php.
The festival is: bigger – with 90 exhibitors from five countries, including VSS; better - with more free workshops; and cheaper - $3, instead of $5, and kids free. There will also be give-aways, such as Darlie green tea toothpaste to those who enter before supplies run out.
VSS will be giving a workshop “Altruism Is Good for Your Health: Eat Less Meat!” at the Festival at 5.20pm on Sat, 22 Oct. And, the VSS Cookbook will be on sale.
Mostly, Singapore is an easy place for finding veg food, but there are occasional deserts, and we’re not talking about ice kacang (i.e., desserts). That’s why a reader excitedly wrote to tell us about a vegetarian outlet at the Koufu food court at Pasir Ris West Plaza , #01-336. Opening hours are a generous 7am-10pm, every day. Among the dishes are veg laksa and tahu goreng.
Yuan Xin Vegetarian Buffet Cuisine is a newly established company offering vegetarian catering seven days a week. Although the company is new, the main chef has twenty years of experience. To find out more, call 9628-8142, email jovan9@..., or visit www.yuanxin.com.sg.
Good Reading about Good Eating
Satya is the name of an online magazine. Although the name sounds Indian, the magazine is based in the U.S. The Sep 2005 issue is about veganism: http://satyamag.com/sept05/index.html, and the Jun/Jul05 issue is titled “United We Stand … for the Animals”: http://satyamag.com/jun05/index.html.
This is the title of a report from the widely-respected WorldWatch Institute: http://www.worldwatch.org/press/news/2005/09/29. The report notes the rise of factory farming in Asia and highlights the following concerns:
· Crowded, inhumane, and unhygienic conditions on factory farms can sicken farm animals and create the perfect environment for the spread of diseases, including avian flu, bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or mad cow disease), and foot-and-mouth disease.
· Factory-farmed meat and fish contain an arsenal of unnatural ingredients, among them persistent organic pollutants (POPs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), arsenic, hormones, and other chemicals. Overuse of antibiotics and other antimicrobials in livestock and poultry operations, meanwhile, is undermining the toolbox of effective medicines for human use.
· Factory farming is resource intensive: producing just one calorie of beef takes 33 percent more fossil-fuel energy than producing a calorie of potatoes. Eight ounces of beef can require up to 25,000 liters of water, while enough flour for a loaf of bread in developing countries requires only 550 liters.
· Despite the fact that fisheries worldwide are being fished out, about a third of the total marine fish catch is utilized for fish meal, two-thirds of which is used to fatten chickens, pigs, and other animals.
· Only about half of all livestock waste is effectively fed into the crop cycle; much of the remainder ends up polluting the air, water, and soil.
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