VSS eNewsletter 18 December 2009
18 December 2009
Ways to Join VSS
Linking with Other Green Groups
VSS Materials on Display at Dubai Fair
SE Asia Veg Congress, Tour & Expo – Medan
Learn to Demo the VSS Smoothie
VSS Letter Appears in MyPaper
Orchard Gets Another Veg Eatery
Circuit Road to Reopen Mar/Apr
Another Way for Eateries to Go Green
Veg Food Carnival in KL – 20 Dec
Life in Sg Keeps Getting Better for Vegetarians
Another School with a Veg Stall
A start-up company is converting cooking oil into biofuel. Perhaps one day, instead of warming the earth, vehicle exhaust would just make our mouths water!
Dr George M Jacobs
VSS members enjoy discounts at restaurants and at VSS events that offset the cost of membership. More importantly, we support lifesaving work to reduce meat consumption.
The various membership plans can be found at
On Sun, 13 Dec, VSS took part in a gathering at Ubin House on Palau Ubin. Our friends at Nature Society ( Singapore ) – www.nss.org.sg – have been hard at work preparing the place for use in promoting green ideas, and they are generously allowing other green groups to also use the facility. Any ideas?
Copies of the VSS exhibition panels, which we use at libraries and other places, were on display in Dubai recently, as part of the Middle East Vegetarian Society’s (MEVeg) - http://www.meveg.info/index.html - exhibition at the Middle East Natural and Organic Products Expo 2009: http://www.naturalproductme.com
We sent soft copies to our MEVeg friends. Thus, there was no expense to VSS. However, we are constantly trying to update, upkeep and improve the panels for use here. Donations are warmly welcomed for that. The best way to donate is via our GIRO scheme:
Convincing people to eat less meat involves not only convincing them that meat is bad (the Why) but also convincing them that life with less or no meat is possible and enjoyable (the How). One way that VSS attempts to teach people the how is via our smoothie workshop, at which we give 30-40 people hands-on practice in making their own smoothies.
Doing this smoothie workshop is very labour intensive, including purchase of the ingredients, transportation, set up and clean up. Furthermore, the workshops often take place during office hours. The payoff is seeing participants enjoying themselves, savouring their creations and becoming more resolved to cut back on meat.
If you have a strong belief in the benefits of such workshops, think you would be able to conduct the workshops and would like to learn how, please contact info@...
A VSS member published the following letter in the 14 Dec edition of MyPaper. VSS is keen to hear your ideas on the question at the end of the letter: info@...
I refer to ‘Save time, take along a bag to this supermart’, about the meritorious fact that NTUC FairPrice’s City Square Mall is doing more to encourage us to reduce our use of plastic bags.
Being environmentally friendly goes beyond what shopping bags we use; it also includes what we put in our shopping bags.
As the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference continues, we should be reminded that Climate Change experts, such as Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore, recommend meat reduction. The UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO)’s report ‘Livestock’s Long Shadow’ demonstrates that meat production is much less efficient in the use of inputs, such as land and energy, and very intensive in emissions of greenhouse gases and use of water as compared to equivalent plant food production: http://www.fao.org/docrep/010/a0701e/a0701e00.HTM
What Vegetarian Society (Singapore) would like to propose is that companies, schools, organisations, families, and individuals adopt a weekly Eat Green Day, a day on which the suggestion is made that everyone eat plant foods rather animal-based foods. Elsewhere in the world, places such as Ghent, Belgium and Sao Paulo, Brazil have adopted a weekly day of this type: http://www.time.com/time/world/
article/0,8599,1900958,00.html Similar moves are being proposed in other places, such as Croyden, England:
Would an Eat Green Day work in Singapore?
Orchard Road does not have many dedicated veg eateries. There’s NutriHub in the basement of Cuppage Plaza and a stall in the basement of Ngee Ann City , but not much else.
Fortunately, a new stall has opened at Lucky Plaza : http://www.vegetarian-society.org/node/1138
A couple of readers wrote in to say that the Circuit Road Food Centre, a great place to go to enjoy various local veg dishes, should be reopening in Mar/Apr 2010.
The best way for a restaurant or food stall to go green is to serve veg food, and recently VSS was contacted by Trevor Ong - e0179@... 9773.0387 - of a small start-up company with another green idea. Eateries can now send their cooking oil to be converted into biofuel at a facility in Tuas: Asia Biofuel Centre, http://www.asiabiofuelcenter.com Trevor and his colleagues will give eateries a receptacle for their used oil and, at no cost collect the used oil for transport to Tuas.
At the same time, we would like to point out that for health reasons, it’s probably best to ask eateries to use less or even no oil in the preparation of our food. This is what Dr Caldwell Esselstyn prescribes: http://www.heartattackproof.com Dr Esselstyn is highly recommended by Professor T Colin Campbell who spoke here last July. We hope to bring Dr Esselstyn in Mar, 2010. If you have ideas for speaking engagements for Dr Esselstyn, especially speaking to health professionals, pls contact info@...
Our friends at the Malaysian Vegetarian Society are organising a Food Carnival on Sun, 20 Dec, 10am-4pm, at Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, opposite Kompleks Sukan Titiwangsa, Jalan Tembeling, off Jalan Kuantan. For info: Dr Vythi, 012.2997.239 or Dr Happy Thong, 012.2295.303.
Here are yet more signs that it continues to continue to be easier to be a healthy vegetarian in Singapore .
1. More support for vegetarians and meat reducers, new and old, comes via a club recently set up at the Civil Service College. We hope to have more on the new club, called the V8 Club, in a future issue. UBS bank has had a similar group for a while now.
2. More support #2. There’s a Facebook group called Raw Vegan Singapore with more than 160 members. I’m sure that you don’t need to be 100% raw or 100% vegan to join or just lurk. BTW, VSS had a call on 14 Dec from a ST journalist doing a story on raw.
3. More raw. I was eating with one of my tennis buddies at a well-established Chinese veg restaurant last week. My buddy is good friends with the family that runs the restaurant; so, when we go there, they often bring us some surprises. Last week, the surprise was a big plate of salad, discreetly seasoned with a light sauce and some nuts and seeds.
4. More options. Another place I ate last week is a non-veg chain of restaurants with many outlets around Singapore and elsewhere in Asia . I’ve eaten there before and have always been able to find tasty veg items in the menu or on the conveyor belt. Last week, it was even better; the menu had a whole page of veg items, and not just veg versions of meat dishes, but some unique items.
Salad places are becoming more popular among those looking for something light and healthy. Sort of a combination of 3 and 4 above is that one of these salad places, a non-veg place called SaladStop, in Marina Square (6720.8590, www.saladstop.com.sg), is offering a 10% discount to VSS members. Details on the different membership plans that VSS offers can be found at http://www.vss.sg/join
A reader wrote into the VSS Twitter page to report that another school has a veg stall in their canteen: Admiralty Secondary.
Talk on Liver and Gallbladder Detox Using Natural Ingredients by Janssen New (Health Educator) -
Date: 17 Jan (Sun)
Place: 6 Ashwood Grove, S. 739956
Fee: $5 per person
To register for this talk and another one on balm making, pay only $10.00. Sms your name to 9743.8362 or email sheewai@...
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