VSS eNewsletter 11 December 2006
VSS eNewsletter Dec 11 2006
There are now 2449 addresses subscribed to the free VSS electronic newsletter. We only need 51 more to reach our goal of 2500 by 1 Jan. Why not encourage your friends, family members or colleagues to sign up as part of a New Year resolution to eat less or no meat? They can sign up by going to the VSS web – www.vegetarian.org – clicking ‘Mailing List’ near the bottom of the left frame, and then typing their address into the box that says ‘Join VSS emailing list’. If that doesn’t work, drop a line to info@..., and we’ll add the person to the list. Thx.
Need more VSS flyers or VCDs? Stop by the VSS Point of Contact, Saturdays 10am-1pm, Kampung Senang’s Holistic Lifestyle Centre, Blk 106 Aljunied Crescent #01-205, 6785-2568.
VSS is part of the International Vegetarian Union (IVU): www.ivu.org Ten countries from Asia and Australasia/Oceania were represented at the IVU’s World Vegetarian Congress in Goa this past September, the highest number ever. And, here’s a new veg group in Korea : http://www.vegetariankorea.org
As a result of exciting developments in our part of the globe, IVU has divided the Asia into two regions: Region 1: South & West Asia - Regional Coordinator Shankar Narayan , President of the Indian Vegan. Region 2: East/SE Asia & Oceania - Regional Coordinator Susianto Tseng, C.O.O. of the Indonesian Vegetarian Society - http://www.ivs-online.org/v2/index.php
Bright Hill Temple (Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery) in Bishan will be starting its Vegetarian Cooking Class - 5th Intake - on 28 Jan 07. The class will again be conducted by one of VSS’ favourite chefs, Oh Chong Fah of Kampung Senang, but the dishes will be entirely different from those at the course Chong Fah conducted at Bright Hill in Jun 06. For details: T.H. Hauw, 6849.5332, thhauw@...
9-time Olympic Gold Medal winner Carl Lewis was in town recently. In this YouTube video, he talks about how he and his teammates decided to go vegan and how it helped his career:
Here’s another excerpt from The China Study (p. 244):
[T]he biggest obstacle to the adoption of a plant-based diet: most people who hear about it don’t seriously consider it, despite the truly impressive health benefits. If you are one of these people—if you are curious about these findings but know in your heart that you will never be able to give up meat—then I know that no amount of talk will ever convince you to change your mind. You have to try it.
Give it one month. You’ve been eating cheeseburgers your whole life; a month without them won’t kill you.
A month isn’t enough time to give you any long-term benefits, but it is long enough for you to discover four things:
Tune in next week to see what Prof Campbell says you’ll discover.
Our friends at Nature Society ( Singapore ) have put together a list of 10 ways to do fight global warming. Among them is eating less or no meat. It’s all in the NSS online Nov-Dec newsletter: http://www.nss.org.sg/pdf/naturenews_2006_11_12.pdf
Singapore has a surprisingly large amount of nature to enjoy, if you know where to look, and the NSS folks can show you: http://www.nss.org.sg
Here’s an interview from the Washington Post with the author of two vegan cookbooks. She describes the ingredients she uses – all available in Singapore – to do vegan baking: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/28/AR2006112800251_pf.html
An upcoming episode of the TV show, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, takes on the topic of factory farming. In the episode, a series of murders, including the death of a rock star who speaks out against an industrialized chicken farming operation, leads the CSI team to investigate the unpleasant truth about what really goes on behind closed doors at a chicken slaughterhouse. One of the show’s leading actors, Jorja Fox, is a vegetarian activist: http://www.goveg.com/f-jorjafox.asp
If anyone finds out when the episode will be broadcast in Singapore , pls let VSS know: info@...
One of the videos that VSS plays most often is Eat Less Meat by Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) – http://www.ciwf.org
Last month, CIWF’s founder, Peter Roberts of the UK , passed away. A former dairy farmer, Roberts founded CIWF in 1967. For more about his life and work: http://ciwf.org/home/news_peter_roberts.shtml
There’s a great obituary in the 30 Nov issue of The Economist. It’s not available F.O.C. online, but here are a couple excerpts:
WHAT commonplace activity that most people never think to condemn will one day be seen as a profoundly shameful crime deserving of nothing but moral outrage? Those are the terms in which Tony Blair was talking this week about the slave trade, and it would be an incurious soul who never thought to ask whether future generations will not similarly come to condemn some practice that is today widely accepted. Some may speculate that the offensive activity will turn out to be waging wars, practising abortion or driving 4X4s. Peter Roberts, however, would surely have suggested 21st-century man's treatment of farm animals. …
And this leaves aside the cruelty of much production. Across the world over 50 billion farm animals are killed each year, nearly 100,000 a minute. Even in countries that consider themselves humane, animals can be treated as little more than objects.
Sukahouse, at 705 Sims Drive, #02-09 Shun Li Industrial Complex, is a warehouse offering free delivery (with no GST) of organic products, such as brown rice for orders of $30 and more. For details of products and prices: http://www.sukhahouse.com
Nearest MRT: Aljunied, Buses: 64 and 125, Nearby landmarks: Geylang Lor 17 all the way in. Near Manjusri Secondary School ; It is a blue and yellow strip building; Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm; Tel: 6842.6795 / 9853.8618 / 9199.9708.
Cooking Class at Green Circle Eco-Farm – 17 Dec
This Sunday, 17 Dec, get away from the city and attend a Cookery Treasure Hunt at Green Circle Eco-Farm. Learn from Dada Kamalesh of the Ananda Marga Yoga Society how to use the many vegetables, herbs and weeds that grow in at this organic farm. Dada comes highly recommended, having much experience. He can show the many concoctions of spices that we can prepare, that are nutritious and convenient to use. If time permits, he will give some introduction on Hatha Yoga, Breathing Techniques and Simple Meditation Exercise.
9.00 am Introductory Talk on Yoga by Dada
9.30 am Guided walk and harvesting for cooking
10.30 am Morning herbal tea with healthy organic tidbits
1pm Lunch and chit-chat
2pm More on organic farming and yoga
The price per person is $75. For details, contact Evelyn at 6861.9286 or email soo@.... Best to register before 15 Dec. Directions to the farm at 155 Neo Tiew Road can be found at http://www.greencircle.com.sg
1. Speaker: Dr Claudia Zechel
Date: 11th Dec Monday 7.00pm~9.00pm
Fee: Donation is appreciated
Topic: Practices that Heal People and Earth
2. Bakery Class (2 session)
Date: 7th & 14th Jan 07 10.00 am ~ 12.00 pm
Fee: $60 (Member) $70 (Public)
The venue for the above event is Kampung Senang Holistic Lifestyle Centre,
Blk 106 Aljunied Crescent #01 – 205. For registration, please call 6749.8509 or email@....
Here’s a relatively new term: veg*n. It’s an umbrella term that includes both ‘vegetarian’ and ‘vegan’ (people who don’t eat any animal products, such as dairy or egg): http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=veg*n
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