VSS eNewsletter 4 April 2006
VSS eNewsletter 4 April 2006
Our friends at Kampung Senang (http://www.kg-senang.org.sg) are opening a new centre in the next couple months near Aljunied MRT. Stay tuned to this eNewsletter for details. And, they’ve kindly offered VSS space in their new centre for our library. In return, we are happy to help with furnishing the centre. So, if anyone can donate new or used furniture that matches the descriptions below, please contact VSS Exco member, Wong Kew Yew (9362.7493, email@example.com):
- 6 wooden chairs and a wooden table that fits 6 chairs
- wooden book shelves
- wooden cabinet
- wooden notice board
- wooden pigeon holes rack
VSS Team Captures 5th Place in Corporate Category at Singapore Biathlon
The VSS team, NUTS R US, turned in a splendid 5th place finish in the Corporate Challenge category at the Singapore Biathlon 2006: http://www.safra.sg/singaporebiathlon/results.htm. Congratulations to Chris Turner, Loh Yeow Nguan and Loh Siew Kok for this brilliant example of plant-powered energy.
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=
VSS has been invited to participate in EnviroFest 2006, to be held 2-4 June at Toa Payoh HDB Hub. We will be using this forum to raise awareness of the environmental damage caused by meat eating. Besides eating more fruit and veg, we can also help the environment by switching to solar energy. Towards that end, VSS is promoting the Solar Innovation 2005 Environmental Competition to be held as part of EnviroFest: www.si2006.com.sg. The deadline for teams to register for the competition is 13 May. Also, we have been asked to supply judges for the solar competition. Email info@... if you’d might be able to be a judge.
Earlier this year, VSS passed on an invitation to join the Singapore delegation to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development which is meeting in New York in May. The Singapore delegation invites your input. For this purpose, they have setup an E-group that any interested individual can join by dropping an empty email to:
Correction: Health Talk, Cooking Demo, and Meal Is on 9 April
Sun, 9 Apr, 3.30-5.30, is the correct date and 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. Cheques can be made out to: ‘Genesis Health Food Restaurant Pte. Ltd.’ Apologies for printing the wrong date in our last eNewsletter.
Pine Tree Café has moved. Its new location is Blk 23 Bendemeer Toad, #01-523, near Boon Keng MRT, Tel: 6291.2033, Open daily, except Sunday and public holidays, 10am-9pm. Popular dishes include yong tau fu, brown rice set meal, and curry fish head.
About 200 people, including many from Thailand , attended the Second Asian Vegetarian Congress in Bangkok . The theme of the congress was "Vegetarianism for Health, Environment and Peace.” Foreign participants came from USA , Canada , Germany , UK and, of course, Asian countries, including Iran . For details: http://www.ivu.org/avu.
Next up is the World Vegetarian Congress in Goa , India , 10-16 Sept: http://www.ivu.org/congress/2006/index.html.
Recent Opinion Piece by Peter Singer
Here’s an excerpt from a recent article by Peter Singer, the Princeton University and University of Melbourne professor, who for more than 30 years has been calling our attention to the plight of nonhuman animals who we raise for meat:
The overwhelming majority of these animals [chickens] have spent their entire lives confined inside sheds, never going outdoors for a single hour. Their suffering isn't just for a few hours or days, but for all their lives. "Chickens, reared in sheds that hold 20,000 birds, now are bred to grow so fast that most of them develop leg problems because their immature bones cannot bear the weight of their bodies. Professor John Webster of the University of Bristol ’s School of Veterinary Science said: “Broilers are the only livestock that are in chronic pain for the last 20 percent of their lives. They don't move around, not because they are overstocked, but because it hurts their joints so much'"
Read the entire article at: http://www.mndaily.com/articles/2006/03/21/67620.
The folks who brought us The Meatrix, an animated satire on the meat industry, have come up with a sequel and updated their website with a fact-filled 360 interactive feature: http://www.themeatrix.com/inside/index.html. For example, when you click on a house, you learn that according to one U.S. study, house values within a five-mile radius of hog farms decreased by $0.43 for each hog. That’s because of all the air and water pollution caused.
Perhaps one reason why some people are willing to eat meat, despite all the suffering meat production causes for our fellow animals is due to these people’s estrangement from nature, or what this education article calls a ‘nature-deficit disorder’: http://www.edutopia.org/magazine/ed1article.php?id=Art_1477&issue=mar_06. The remedy: find ways to link with nature, even if it’s only a walk in the park or growing some plants in your flat.
Two recent studies in the journal Thorax suggest that eating more fruits and vegetables may lessen asthma symptoms: http://thorax.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/abstract/thx.2004.024935v1 and http://www.nutraingredients.com/news/ng.asp?n=66505-tomatoes-carotenoids-asthma.
For instance, one of the studies reported that women whose daily consumption of leafy vegetables exceeded 90 grams experienced a 22% lower risk of asthma than did women whose daily consumption of leafy vegetables was less than 40 grams.
Any Simpsons Fans Out There?
One of the world’s most famous vegetarians is actually a cartoon character, Lisa Simpson, of The Simpsons tv show: http://www.thesimpsons.com/index.html. Here’s a clip from an episode about Lisa’s vegetarianism. The clip shows a film supposedly made by the meat industry to convince kids that cows aren’t killed; instead, the graduate from bovine university: http://www.disloyal.org/videos/312/thesimpsonsmeatandyou.html.
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