VSS eNewsletter 28 March 2006
VSS eNewsletter 28 March 2006
The VSS AGM on Sat, 25 Mar, highlighted VSS’ many achievements during 2005, including Singapore Meatout Week 2005, launch of our cookbook, many cooking classes, and a wide variety of other events. It was agreed that 2005 was VSS’ best year yet. The AGM discussed plans for making 2006 even better, including more events at schools, Singapore Meatout Week 2006, and many more upcoming activities that will be announced in future issues this Newsletter. At the AGM, we also debuted our fruit, seed, and nut mix, which we began selling the next day at the fair at Man Fut Tong Home.
As to Singapore Meatout Week 2006, it is tentatively scheduled for the 9 days from Sat, 22 Jul, to Sun 30 Jul. Proposals are sought for Meatout events, big or small. Events can take many forms: art exhibitions, cooking demos, talks, tours of organic farms, contests, food hunts and trails, and dinners, just to mention a few. Please send suggestions and requests to info@....
One VSS Exco member took 7 non-veg colleagues to Just Greens restaurant at 283 New Bridge Rd. (6222.2981) for dinner on Mon, 20 Mar, Take a Meat Eater for a Meal day. His colleagues enjoyed the meal very much and were especially impressed by the creativity of the dishes and the beauty of their presentation. Restaurants such as Just Greens are good places to take meat eaters because many of the dishes resemble meat dishes. For example, they offer “fried fish” made from tapioca and “sweet and sour pork” made from yam.
The meat eaters asked quite a few good questions. For instance, one person asked, “Since you don’t eat animal, why do you eat plants? Don’t plants have life too?” The answer given was that, unlike our fellow animals, plants do not have nervous systems. Thus, they probably do not suffer in the way we animals do. Plus, by eating only plants, we cause fewer plants to die. This is because we have to feed nonhuman animals many kgs of plants to derive 1 kg of meat. The colleagues were very grateful for an opportunity to eat a planet-friendly meal in a friendly environment.
Please send other Take a Meat Eater for a Meal reports to info@.... No worries, if it wasn’t on 20 March.
The April session of VSS’ Wellness Seminar series focuses on whole grains. Diana David, a registered dietician who holds a Master’s degree in Public Health will explain and demonstrate on Sun, 23 April, 5pm-7pm at Genesis Health Food Restaurant, 1 Lorong Telok, Tel: 6438-7118.
Admission fee = $12 per person with a free wholesome meal. Please email kee_yew@... to reserve your seats early. Details at http://www.vegetarian-society.org/revamp/html/index.php?module=PostCalendar&func=view&tplview=default&viewtype=month&Date=20060423&pc_username=&pc_category=&pc_topic=&print=
A thousand communities worldwide celebrated Meatout 2006 (www.meatout.org) with educational events ranging from information tables, exhibits, and lectures to cooking demos, receptions, and “lifestivals.” These events took place in 29 countries, setting a new record for Meatout. Countries included Bahamas , Belgium , Brazil , Canada , India , Israel , Italy , Kenya , Mexico , New Zealand , Nigeria , Romania , Thailand , UK , Uruguay , and Zimbabwe .
Animal Friends Croatia observed Meatout in 11 cities throughout the country. They set up on busy streets with information tables, food samples, educational materials, and fun activities. Visitors who sampled meat alternatives received exciting prizes such as books, postcards, pins, stickers, and DVDs.
As part of this year’s Singapore Arts Festival (http://www.singaporeartsfest.com), the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra (www.vegetableorchestra.org) will be performing for three nights, 7-9 Jun, at Jubilee Hall. Here’s the blurb:
Making instruments out of vegetables, the ensemble from Vienna serves up sounds never heard before - in the kitchen or music hall. The sonic potential of a potato, tomato, celery and broccoli is amplified through special microphones. The outcome of this experiment is a most enchanting concert.
Versatile musical styles - from house beats, to dub beats and African rhythms - are cooked up with zest and zeal by 10 musicians in black suits. As a new music cocktail is served on stage, a tasty vegetable soup is brewed off-stage for the audience's supper. Tickets are $50, $30, $20. The concert is 75 minutes (no intermission).
No, the orchestra members are not vegetarians L. Is their soup vegetarian? VSS contacted them and their answer was, “the cook usually improvises and takes up influences of local cuisine... but the soup usually is 100% vegetarian, no meat/chicken stock.”
At Least 600,000 UK Vegans
This article from the UK newspaper, The Independent, traces the rise of veganism in the UK : http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/food_and_drink/reviews/article351374.ece. Celebrity vegans, such as Gwyneth Paltrow, are discussed.
Health Talk, Cooking Demo, and Meal
Sun, 19 Apr, 3.30-5.30, is the time for a programme that includes a short health talk followed by a cooking demo of the following recipes and a meal thereafter:
3. savory crepe filling
4. oatmeal cookie.
The fee is $40 per person. Venue: Genesis Health Food Restaurant, 1 Lorong Telok, S. 049014. Pre-registration and advanced payment are required. Checks can be made out to: ‘Genesis Health Food Restaurant Pte. Ltd.’
Courage Despite Cancer – Mandarin Forum/Workshop
Shan You Counselling Centre and Toa Payoh Community Club are co-organizing a Mandarin forum-workshop series to introduce adjunctive and complementary health care opportunities for cancer patients and cancer survivors. The forum is Sat, 8 Apr, 2pm–6pm. Fees: $5 for individual participants, $3 for 2 or more participants
Venue: Toa Payoh Central Community Club, Theatrette, Level 2. One of the speakers, Professor Lee Yuan Kun, Department of Microbiology Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS, will touch on the meat-cancer link.
The follow-up skills-based workshop on Sat, 28 Apr, 7pm–10pm, is titled Self-care Steps for Managing Cancer. It is largely experiential and focuses on using simple Mind-Body Medicine techniques to deal with cancer and survivorship. Fees: $12 for individual participants, $10 for 2 or more participants. Venue: Toa Payoh Central Community Club, Theatrette, Level 5. For more information: http://www.shanyou.org.sg/courses/MandarinCancerFlyer.pdf.
This U.S. site is a combination of veg news and background on reasons to be veg, combined with online shopping for all sorts of veg products. Plus, they donate 10% of sales (not just profits) to the veg movement: http://www.thevegetariansite.com/index.htm
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