VSS eNewsletter 30 July 2007
VSS eNewsletter, 30 Jul 2007
This year’s Singapore Meatout Week ended yesterday, Sun, 29 Jul. The week featured many attempts to bring the veg message to the public, including:
- A 2-week exhibition at Tampines Regional Library, with a day of workshops on 21 Jul. The library staff were extremely helpful. For example, they set up a table with a wide variety of veg cookbooks, including one with an introduction by Olympic Gold Medal winner Carl Lewis.
- An Organic Tour to farms, shops, and restaurants that was over-subscribed by a factor of about three.
- Talks at a Poly and a JC, and student projects at a secondary school
- The Rojak Indulgence, featuring the rojak creations of various veg outlets. This was one of four Singapore Meatout Week events featured on the Singapore Food Festival website.
- Participation in a panel discussion at the National Library, as part of the conference of SEAGA (South East Asia Geography Association).
- Discounts on veg brownies at the Brownie Factory in Ngee Ann City and a special veg menu at Doc Cheng’s in Raffles Hotel.
There were disappointments: the Meatout dinner was cancelled due to slow tickets sales, and the media coverage was less than last year, although there were articles in The Straits Times and The New Paper.
So, let’s start planning for 2008. Please send ideas to info@...
During Singapore Meatout Week events, hundreds of people signed up for the free VSS eNewsletter. That puts us over the 3000 mark for subscribers.
Unfortunately, the eNewsletter still suffers from technical problems, such as hyperlinks that don’t work and lines that don’t wrap. Plus, the newsletter is all words without photos or other graphics, other than the VSS logo.
Despite all these flaws, if you’d like to recommend the newsletter to a friend, etc., your friend can sign up on the VSS web – http://www.vegetarian-society.org . Upon reaching the VSS homepage, they click on Mailing List in the left frame, type in their address and respond affirmatively to the automatic email they will receive from Yahoo. Or, you can send us your friend’s email address, and we’ll add them to the list. Thx for your readership.
The current president of VSS, Dr George Jacobs, was interviewed for ECO Express! , online newsletter of the Environmental Challenge Organization (Singapore ), volume 5, Jan-Mar 2007, pp. 24-27.
The interview can be read online at http://www.eco-singapore.org but you need to unzip the file. You can probably use a free trial version of the WinZip software if you haven’t already purchased your own copy of the software. When you go to the ECO ( Singapore ) website, follow the links to ECO Express, click on Vol. 5, and then you will be cued about WinZip.
You’ve probably done diet and lifestyle surveys before, but this one is different than most in two ways. First, it’s mostly about diet, and it’s pro-vegan (no animal products, including no dairy and eggs). Second, it’s more interactive than most surveys in that it uses your responses to shape the subsequent survey items, and if you didn’t select vegan choices on early survey items, it will try to change your mind, as the survey not only asks questions, it also provides information.
The url is http://www.einterview.org – click on ‘Diet and Lifestyle Choices Interview’.
A reader sent in the following cautionary note.
You may want to alert our fellow vegetarians in your mailing list that some vegetable buns with a yellow dot on top actually contain small shrimps. Please be sure to ask the vendor before ordering.
New Local Veg-Friendly Catholic Organisation
A VSS representative sent in the following report after attending the launch of a new veg-friendly organization.
The newly launched Kenosis Living Spirit, at the Church of St Peter and Paul, under Father Anselm, will have monthly activities, including a talk on Sat, 11 Aug, 2pm by a VSS Exco member. The first activity was a talk, given at the launch by Wendy Yeo of BeNatural who spoke on Spelt and the benefits of herbs. Glad I went: a learning journey. I was pleasantly surprised that there is a Christian Vegetarian Association, www.ChristianVeg.com or email CVA@...
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