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VSS eNewsletter - 04 April 2009

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    VSS eNewsletter 04 April 2009In this issue...VSS NEWSReport From VSS AGMVSS Team At Earth HourEducation For Sustainable Development
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      VSS eNewsletter
      03 April 2009



      In this issue...



      VSS NEWS


      Report From VSS AGM


      VSS Team At Earth Hour


      Education For Sustainable Development






      8-Week Wellness Programme


      Vegan Jobs But Not In Singapore


      Health Retreat In Kuching


      Classic Video – The Meatrix


      Worth-A-Look Books


      Don’t Eat The Planet – A Musical Video From HK


      Talk On Fasting – 11 Apr


      ‘Our Health Week’ - 17-21 June


      HPB On Fruit, Veg And Vegetarianism


      New Eatery In Pasir Ris: Yummy Green




      VSS NEWS



      Report From VSS AGM

      About 35 people attended the 10th anniversary VSS AGM on Sat, 28 Mar. Among the highlights were brief talks by two people who were particularly active during VSS’s earlier years and are still promoting vegetarianism now: Allein Moore and Violet Lee. Loh Yeow Nguan was presented with a box of mangoes for his outstanding contributions to VSS’s work over the years, and everyone enjoyed the great food and beautiful birthday cake supplied by Kalavira - www.kalavira.com and the lovely brownies offered by Wholesome Living - http://wholesomeliving-sg.com/schedules.html as well.



      An advance copy of the vegetarian food guide that VSS is preparing in collaboration with STB was passed around, and an update was given on our work with schools.


      Here is the opening address delivered at the AGM:



      While we know that an animal-based diet is unsustainable for the planet, cruel to our fellow animals and hazardous to our own health, effecting a mindset change among the public is complex. This is why VSS currently invests more effort in schools. We are raising awareness of dietary habits in the young and trying to improve food served in schools. We also bring international experts to Singapore to improve health guidelines.


      One step at a time... one important and effective step at a time, knowing that a plant based diet has multiple and multiplying benefits. While we do our best in our Education effort, we also try build a sense of fun, vibrancy and support for the vegetarian circle. Thus, we do social and recreational events.


      When financial times are bad, all the more important it is for us to invest in the good, in the virtuous. Please join us! Everyone’s contributions counts: contributions of time, skills, ideas and/or funds. The task is urgent; the task is ours.


      All hands on deck!


      VSS At Earth Hour

      The Earth Hour event on the evening of 28 Mar focused the world’s attention on addressing the dangers of climate change. VSS members went down to Esplanade Park to bring the message that meat production is a key source of GHGs (greenhouse gases).


      We used a couple of different methods of spreading the veg message, including wearing the VSS t-shirt. When the DJs hosting the event asked the audience for tips of reducing GHGs, we tried without success to get called on. Fortunately, one of the DJs, Nadya Hutalagung - http://www.nadyahutagalung.com/main.html - was asked for her energy saving tip, to which she replied, “Go Vegetarian!” 



      Here is one version of a letter we sent unsuccessfully to the Forum page of two newspapers in an effort to share the same message:


      I refer to “A dark, green snowball effect” in Today of 19 March, 2009. Earth Hour, when homes, offices and others switch off their lights, is a great way to involve people in tackling the potentially catastrophic effects of Global Warming.


      Another way to reduce our production of GHGs (greenhouse gases) is to reduce our meat consumption. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report, “Livestock’s Long Shadow” estimates that livestock production accounts for 18% of GHG emissions, whereas transport accounts for 13%.


      Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2007 co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, has called our attention to the role of meat in climate change and has urged us to go meat-free at least once a week.


      At every meal we eat, we can take action against Global Warming by reducing our meat consumption.


      Education For Sustainable Development

      On 8 Apr, VSS will be participating in a landmark meeting to discuss the possibility of setting up in Singapore, a Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development. We were invited to the forum by the Environmental Challenge Organisation (Singapore) and were asked to invite those interested to be a part of this initiative to contact Mr Ashley Tan, an executive with the Environmental Challenge Organisation (Singapore) at 8198.8397 or 6333.5543.



      More information is available at www.eco-singapore.org and through international.affairs@... as well.







      8-Week Wellness Programme

      The 8 Weeks to Wellness (8WW)  programme is a package that includes pre and post-health screening, health lectures on the preventive and therapeutic aspects of the vegetarian diet by doctors, a dietician and certified health educators, cooking demos, vegetarian meals, workbooks and other materials. The maximum number of participants is 40.  Reservation is by pre-payment only.


      When: 8 consecutive Sundays from 12 Apr, 4pm-6.15pm, except the first and last sessions, 8:30 am -10:45 am


      Where: Balestier SDA Church (Social Hall), 120 Balestier Road, S. 329680


      Cost: $80 total for the entire 8 sessions


      Registration and Info: Eunice @ 6299.4571 (M-F 8:30am-12:30 pm) or 9711.3947 or e-mail eunicegeronimo@...


      Health Retreat In Kuching

      When: (5days/4Nights) 7-11 Jun (Sun to Thu)


      Where: Borneo Highlands Resort, Sarawak (2 Nights) & Holiday Inn, Kuching (2 Nights)

      Info website: www.borneohighlands.com.my


      Contact: Mark Chan @97438362 or email: markchan@...


      Details: http://www.4shared.com/file/94431698/5e3ad27/APPLICATION_FORM_FOR_THE_HEALTH_RETREAT_2009.html


      Vegan Jobs But Not In Singapore


      This website - http://www.veganjobs.org - has a very small listing of vegan jobs. Maybe someday there can be a listing of vegetarian jobs in Singapore . In the meantime, if you have a vegetarian job to offer, please send the necessary information to us.


      Also, if you would like to do some (unpaid) work with VSS, please do contact us - info@... - and let us know your interests and talents. We do receive emails from people offering to volunteer and probably the best thing to do is to check out what VSS does – read this eNewsletter, attend some events and visit our website – www.vss.sg – in order to know how you might contribute comfortably.


      Classic Video – The Meatrix

      We’ve mentioned this short video before, but a reader suggested that we plug it again, especially for those who enjoyed the movie The Matrix, but might not have seen this spoof: http://www.themeatrix.com


      Worth-A-Look Books

      Here are three books that will be of interest to some vegetarians.


      1.  ‘The Face on Your Plate: The Truth About Food’ by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson



      Here is an excerpt from the following review: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/arts/la-et-book16-2009mar16,0,6765265.story


      Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson wants to help all meat eaters wake up from the dream of denial they are experiencing. He wants to prepare us for what he describes as a "transformative moment," when we look at the meat or animal product on our plate (fish, fowl, mammal, egg, milk, cheese) and acknowledge that it came from a living being, capable, he has no doubt, of suffering and happiness. Like children when they are first told that the drumstick is actually a leg, the tongue is really a tongue, the bacon was once a pig like Wilbur in "Charlotte's Web," Masson hopes, with all his heart, that we will say, "Eeeuwww, yuck."


      2. ‘Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating With More Than 75 Recipes’ by Mark Bittman



      Here is an excerpt from the following review:



      Mark made the changes after developing high cholesterol, borderline high blood sugar, bad knees and sleep apnea, and realizing he was about 35 pounds overweight. A doctor suggested he adopt a vegan diet, which means no animal products. But for a food writer, Mark said, becoming a full-time vegan was both unrealistic and undesirable. Instead, he came up with a compromise: I decided to do this sort of “vegan till 6” plan. I didn’t have huge thoughts or plans about it. I just thought it was worth a try. Within three or four months, I lost 35 pounds, my blood sugar was normal, cholesterol levels were again normal … and my sleep apnea indeed went away. All these good things happened, and it wasn’t as if I was suffering so I stayed with it…. I have not eliminated anything completely from my diet. I haven’t had a Coke in a while, but I didn’t drink that much Coke to begin with.


      3. ‘Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine’ by Bryant Terry



      Here is an excerpt from the following review:



      There was a time in high school when Bryant Terry "went off the deep end with junk food." The author of Vegan Soul Kitchen indulged an adolescent appetite for McDonalds, Burger King, and the offerings of other dreck purveyors in his hometown of Memphis. The memory of the satisfaction that came from cheap, fatty food informs Terry's work as a food writer and activist in Oakland some 20 years later. He's not judgmental when he sees a kid tucking into a bag of Cheetos. He just wants the kid to know there's a better world of food out there. … In 2006, he co-authored Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen with Anna Lappe, the daughter of Frances Moore Lappe, who published Diet for a Small Planet in 1971.


      ‘I Can’t Believe I’m Still A Vegan’

      It’s always interesting to read people’s ‘How I Became a Vegetarian’ stories. Here’s one from a journalist who went vegan in his mid-50s, mostly, it seems to lose weight and to maintain a healthy weight: http://www.newsweek.com/id/189291

      Here’s the first paragraph of the article:

      More than halfway through my sixth decade, I have learned to live with the routine insults and occasional horrors of passing time—the daily aches and pains, the eroding senses (say again?), the too-frequent diagnosis of cancer and other life-threatening illnesses among my peers. I accept these blows, big and small, as the price to be paid for the joys I've known and whatever wisdom I've been able to acquire over the years. I accept them because, well, I really don't have a choice. There is one thing, however I will not abide: getting fat.


      Please send VSS your own ‘How I Became a Vegetarian’ stories to info@...


      Don’t Eat The Planet – A Musical Video From HK

      Here’s a simple, clear 6.5 minute video from HK, entitled ‘Don’t Eat the Planet’, that some may find inspiring: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWNwbzoSuw8



      Talk On Fasting – 11 Apr

      The speaker, Siok Khoon from Our Place International, along with her father and mother, will relate how fasting helped her father greatly improve his health.

      Date:  11 Apr (Sat)

      Time: 2pm–5pm

      Venue: Georgette Chen Auditorium, SCWO Centre (Singapore Council of Women's Organisation), 96 Waterloo Street, S. 187967

      Price: Free

      Enquiry & Registration: Siok Khoon, 9845.9119, caregiver@... and www.ourplaceinternational.com


      ‘Our Health Week’ – 17-21 June

      Our Place is organizing a 5-day health event with Ray Kent, who has spoken in Singapore and the region many times, and is known for fasting and other forms of cleansing.


      Duration: 17–21 Jun (Wed–Sun)

      Venue: Sofitel Resort, JB

      Price: S$1,350 per pax (includes handouts, fruits, distilled water, 2-way coach transport, 4 nights twin-sharing accommodation)

      Enquiry & Registration: Siok Khoon, 9845.9119, caregiver@... and www.ourplaceinternational.com



      HPB On Fruit, Veg And Vegetarianism


      The Health Promotion Board’s website has several articles extolling the virtues of eating lots of fruit and veg, and also on vegetarian diets. They have good advice on how to be a healthy vegetarian, such as being sure to get B12 and avoiding too much deep fried food: http://www.hpb.gov.sg/foodforhealth/subtopic.aspx?id=62


      New Eatery In Pasir Ris: Yummy Green


      Healthy veg cuisine is now available at E!HUB NTUC Downtown East. Families that bring children for a day of fun and amusement no longer need to worry about where to find good vegetarian food. This stall specialises in Japanese and Western style vegetarian. Opening promotion of 10% discount till end-Apr 2009


      Name: Yummy Green

      Address: 1 Pasir Ris Close #02-112

      Tel: 6782.6142

      Bus: 12, 17, 21, 354

      MRT: Pasir Ris

      Open: 11am-9.30pm (Weekdays); 11am-10pm (Weekends)

      Landmarks: NTUC Resort - Escape Theme Park

      Specialty dishes: Japanese Bento Set / Udon & Ramen / Western

      Onion/Garlic: No

      Organic: No

      MSG (Ajinomoto): No

      Eggs: No

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