VSS eNewsletter 21 July 2005 - for Singapore Meatout Week
VSS eNewsletter 21 July 2006
Singapore Meatout Week (22-30 July)
Singapore Meatout Week News
Singapore Meatout Week News
Discounts Galore during Singapore Meatout Week
More than 20 food outlets are offering discounts during Singapore Meatout Week (22-30 July). For a complete list, visit http://www.singaporemeatout.org/outlets.html. On the same page, be sure to also download and print the Meatout voucher. You will need it to claim your discount at Original Sin, Livalife, Just Green, Yogi Hub, Classic Laodifang, and participating Sakae Sushi outlets. These discounts give us a great excuse to Take a Meat-Eater for a Meal.
Both the Gala Dinner on 22 July and the Organic Tour on 29 July are completely sold out, with people already on the waiting list. Thanks for the support. VSS may organize similar events in the future.
For Singapore Meatout Week, VSS has organized an exhibition at Level 7 Promenade, Lee Kong Chian Reference Library of the National Library on Victoria Street . This weekend, 2 food demos will be held there at Level 7:
Saturday, 22 July, 3pm-4pm, Make Your Own Healthy Rojak
Rojak can be healthy too, with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Learn how to make it at home.
In Mandarin (with English translation) by Mdm Yeo
Sunday, 23 July, 2pm-3pm, Pesto Zucchini Pasta
Learn how to make your own tangy pesto sauce to accompany raw pasta made from zucchini. You have to see it and taste it to believe it!
In English by Chris Turner
Last Monday, Radio 938Live had a show about Singapore Meatout Week. Today, another show will deal with the topic: “Would you consider abandoning meat forever and embracing vegetarianism?” The format is a host and callers, with no guests. The number to call is 6691.1938, and the place to listen is 93,8 on the FM dial.
The VSS Wellness Seminar for July focuses on chiropractic health treatments. On Sun, 30 Jul, 3pm-4.30pm, Dr Serene Ng (MChiro, UK) will be speaking at the Living Space, 17 Hong Kong St (near Clarke Quay MRT), Tel: 65 340 340.
Chiropractic is a treatment modality believed to be effective in resolving musculoskeletal complaints. Apart from treating structural and muscular complaints and reducing pain levels, people receiving chiropractic care have reported better sleep, better appetite, and better management of stress levels.
Dr Serene Ng achieved her second degree in chiropractic studies (MChiro) at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic, Bournemouth . In the past, she provided consultations to numerous nurseries and schools in Bournemouth . As Dr Ng is also a believer in improving one's health through healthy living and natural therapy, she currently provides nutritional support and exercise therapy in conjunction with spinal manipulative therapy to keep her patients in optimum health.
# Admission fee = $5 per person. Please email kee_yew@... to reserve your seats early.
Just in time for Singapore Meatout Week, VSS has just come out with a brightly coloured t-shirt. The purple t-shirt with yellow lettering and trim has the VSS URL on the back. On the front, it reads “For Your Health, For the Animals, For the Planet: GO VEG.” Our next eNewsletter will show photos of the t-shirt, which will be on sale. Meanwhile, our friends at ACRES have t-shirts, as well as stickers, for sale: http://www.acres.org.sg/shop.html.
Yesterday, Thu, 20 Jul, a letter from a VSS member in the ST Online Forum (http://straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/forum) about meat eating and the environment invited people to participate in this year’s Meatout. Below is what the letter said. Please keep up the letter writing.
In their letters in the ST online forum of July 10, writers Anthony Lee Mui Yu, Dudley Au and Phillip Ang Keng Hong each discuss various reasons why we should eat less or no meat (including fish and seafood). One reason that deserves greater attention concerns the environmental damage caused by meat eating. This damage has three main roots: inefficiency, pollution, and disruption of the web of life in the seas.
The first two reasons why meat eating is bad for the environment relate to the inefficiency of meat eating. We feed our fellow animals about 5kg of food for every 1kg of meat produced. Just think about human children. How much food does it take for them to gain a kilogram of weight? Animals on factory farms gain weight faster, as they are fed growth hormones and endure restricted activity due to crowding and confinement, but still the inefficiency is clear: So much food, not to mention water, to produce much less meat. If we instead eat the plant food fed to our fellow animals, we wouldn't need as much food. Thus, fewer rainforests would have to be cut down, and less carbon dioxide would be released into the atmosphere.
If animals, such as cows, only produce 1kg of meat for every 5kg of food, what happens to the other 4kg?
This leads us to the second reason why eating less or no meat is good for the environment. Much of the other 4kg becomes waste which pollutes the surrounding air, soil and water. Indeed, the more than 50 billion animals which we eat every year produce more waste than the entire human population. And, many people are not aware that some of this waste contains high levels of methane, a greenhouse gas much more potent than carbon dioxide.
A third environmental reason to move towards a plant-based diet relates specifically to fish and other marine animals, such as crabs and prawns. Large-scale commercial fishing has wreaked havoc on the eco-systems of the Earth's seas. For example, Mr Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society recently described how the fishing of cod has drastically altered the web of life in the North Atlantic (www.seashepherd.org/editorials/editorial_050611_1.html).
Furthermore, many people are not aware that an increasing amount of the fish and seafood they eat never swam free but are products of the same horrid factory farming model suffered by chickens and pigs.
Thus, reasons one and two apply to eating marine animals as well.
July 22 to 30 is Singapore Meatout Week 2006 (www.singaporemeatout.org), a time for people to try changing their diets. With all the good reasons to eat less or no meat, let's hope more people do try.
Genesis Health Food Restaurant is sponsoring a cooking class + health talk. The talk explains about lycopene-rich foods. Here are the details.
Location: Genesis Health Food Restaurant, 1 Lorong Telok (near Raffles Place and Clarke Quay MRTs.
Date: Sunday, July 30, 2006
Time: 4 pm to 6 pm
Fee: $40 pax
Part 1: Health Talk on Lycopene-rich Foods
Part 2: Cooking Demo of:
1. Eggplant Parmigiana
2. Sunny Salad Dressing
3. Apricot Health Candy
Part 3: Dinner (full meal)
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