VSS eNewsletter 13 April 2007
VSS eNewsletter, 13 April 2007
Singapore Meatout Week 2007 will be held 21-29 July. Among the activities will be a 2-week exhibition at Tampines Regional Library, an Organic Tour, a rojak promotion, pledges to go meatless for at least a day, and a dinner. If you have more ideas or would like to help, contact info@...
We now have two confinement recipes on the Recipe page of the VSS website – www.vegetarian-society.org To get there click on Recipes in the left frame of the VSS web and then click on Confinement Recipes.
If you know more such recipes, please send them to info@...
On Sun, 1 Apr, a student wrote to the Sunday Times Forum page, requesting more veg food at school canteens. VSS wrote a response, which was published in part on Sun, 8 Apr. And, since our letter, the student has written us. Turns out that she’s a gymnast! Here’s the full version of the VSS letter.
I refer to the letter, “Serve vegetarian food in schools” by Sarah Ng Hui Min (Sunday Times, April 1).
Vegetarian Society ( Singapore ), a registered charity, supports Ms Ng’s proposal to make more vegetarian food available in schools. Reasons why people are thinking about eating less or no meat include health worries, concern for our fellow animals and alarm over environmental destruction. One, research evidence is growing as to the possible links between an animal-based diet and diabetes, heart disease, stroke, certain cancers and obesity, not to mention pandemics, such as Bird Flu.
Two, many people are repulsed by the practices of modern meat production facilities, sometimes labelled factory farms. At these facilities, our fellow animals are treated like so many objects, rather than the thinking, feeling fellow beings that they clearly are.
A third reason for eschewing (rather than chewing) meat lies in the increasing concern about global warming and other human-induced environmental ills. Meat’s contribution to these ills has become unavoidably apparent. For example, a recent United Nations report states that the international meat industry generates roughly 18% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions—even more than the percentage generated by transportation, such as cars.
Fortunately, Singapore is one of the world’s most vegetarian-friendly countries. For instance, the website of Vegetarian Society ( Singapore ) lists over 300 vegetarian eateries. There are even vegetarian stalls at a few Singapore schools, such as Raffles Institution.
In addition to Singapore ’s many vegetarian outlets, most non-vegetarian outlets here are sensitive to the needs of vegetarians and provide vegetarian options on their menus or are willing to prepare vegetarian dishes if asked.
Furthermore, in many cases, little effort would be needed to convert a dish to being vegetarian. For example, many vegetable dishes that are now off limits for vegetarians could swap categories if they were made without the chicken broth, ikan bilis or small prawns often found in vegetable dishes. Expanding a food outlet’s vegetarian options not only benefits vegetarians, it could also bring more business to the outlet.
Humans are, in many ways, the superior species on the planet. Eating less or no meat is one way that we can use our superiority to help other species and ourselves.
Vegetarian Society welcomes Sarah to contact us at info@... We do talks, exhibitions and food demos for teachers, students and canteen staff.
VSS materials will be available at the Women’s Health & Immunity Seminar, 21 Apr, Sat, 2.30pm-5.30pm, at the LTA Clubhouse (near Little India MRT Station, Exit B on Bukit Timah Road ). LTA Clubhouse is in the previous KK Hospital. Driving - entrance is via Kg Jaya Rd.
The seminar will be led by Philip Bridgeman, a naturopath, herbalist and nutritionist with more than 20 years' experience. Based in Perth , Philip hosts a radio program and has been featured in many women's magazines. His book “Daniel's Diet” is a best-seller book in Australia . His Daniel’s Diet is vegetarian, but his total programme is not strictly vegetarian.
Along with other organisations, such as Health Promotion Board, the Tsao Foundation and Adventist Community Services, VSS will be participating in Qualities of Life 2007, a free event at Suntec International Convention & Exhibition Centre Hall 401, 20-22 Apr.
Incorporating principles of health, medicine and beauty, Qualities of Life 2007 aims to enhance and add value to your life. Admission is free. The event features a number of free seminars, including one by VSS on The Vegetarian Way to a Healthy Weight, on Sun, 22 Apr, 6pm. Registration for the seminars is now open. Go to http://www.qualitiesoflife.com.sg/Seminars/Topics.pdf to view the seminar topics available.
Shan You Counseling Centre has kindly invited VSS to have a display at their June (Mandarin language) workshop on Autoimmune Disease. It’s not too early to sign up.
Name: Graceful Living with Autoimmune Disease (Mandarin)
Style: Hands-on experiential workshops
Date: Sun 17 Jun 2007
Time: 10am – 1pm & 2 – 5pm (2 sessions both in Mandarin)
Venue: Toa Payoh Central CC (TPYCC) 93 Toa Payoh Central, S. 319194
Info: T 6741 9293, F 6741 9352, www.shanyou.org.sg
On Fri, 20 Apr, 7pm-11pm, Acres will be holding its first gala dinner to raise funds for the Acres Wildlife Rescue Centre (AWRC). Whilst you enjoy a sumptuous 8-course vegetarian feast, you will be treated to the delights of musicians and singers (including a string quartet from NAFA, performances from guitarist Remigius Francis and son Joshua, and Relugged Music). The proceeds will be channelled to the AWRC and will help make a difference in the lives of countless animals, through our rescue and educational outreach efforts.
Spanning 2 hectares at Sungei Tengah, the AWRC will provide a safe haven for more than 400 wild animals and will serve as an important educational facility to raise awareness on the illegal wildlife trade. This educational aspect will ultimately move us one step closer towards ending the cruel illegal wildlife trade and preserving the environment.
Hosted by Ms. Vernetta Lopez & Ms. Jessica Seet
Venue: Rendezvous Hotel, 9 Bras Basah Road , Level 2, Straits Ballroom
Ticket price: $150 or $550 (per seat), $1,250 or 5,000 (per table of 10 seats)
Guest-of-Honour: Dr. Amy Khor Lean Suan, Mayor, South West District & Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Water Resources
For tickets and further info: http://www.acres.org.sg/galadinner.htm
Here’s some of the great events planned by our friends at Kampung Senang Holistic Lifestyle Centre, Blk 106, Aljunied Crescent , T 6742.6627.
- Mandarin Talk and Dinner “Causes of Modern Diseases: Body”, Sat, 21 Apr, 4.30-6.30pm, Fee = $10
- Mandarin Talk and Dinner “Causes of Modern Diseases: Body: Mind/Spiritual”, Sun, 22 Apr, 4.30-6.30pm, Fee = $10
- 2-Day Family Bonding, Detox & Organic Diet Camp, Sat & Sun, 5-6 May, 9.30am-5pm, Fee = $150/pax, $250/2pax, 10% discount for Kampung Senang HLC members
- Water Therapy, FIR Heat Therapy, Okada Purifying Technique, Healing Touch (Please call to make appointment & bring Own Bath towel), Every Wed (10am-12.30pm) and Every Sun (1.30-3.30), Fee = $15 Kampung Senang HLC members, $20 non-members
Here’s an interview with a player from the National Basketball Association ( North America ) who recently went vegan. He’s not a star on the court (at least not yet), but he’s a star to us: http://www.ajc.com/sports/content/health/stories/2007/04/04/0405lvVEGAN.html
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