VSS eNewsletter 15 September 2010
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15 September 2010
Staying Healthy and Youthful Through a Vegetarian Diet
Special World Veg Day Offer
Trip to NANAS Oversubscribed
World Veg Congress in Jakarta – 1 Oct
Letter to the ST Forum Page
The VSS InBox
Dangers on Egg Farms
Free Weight Loss Talk at Seven Sensations
Meat Wastes Water
SG Veg Blogosphere
“Were Those Vegan Cupcakes Really That Good?”
NSEW Veg Restaurant Moves
Peace Day – 18 Sep
Veg School Survey
Real Men Don’t Eat Meat
New Dates for Taiwan Trip
For health, environment and ethics? Here's one more reason to go plant-based: because it tastes better! Read how vegan cupcakes beat out traditional ones in a tv baking contest.
Dr George M Jacobs
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Dr Sanjay Doshi is an M.D. who specialises in anti-aging medicine at Mediline Wei Min Clinics, a general practice that focuses on holistic patient management. In an encore performance, Dr Doshi will be speaking for VSS at the Changi Room of Tampines Regional Library, on Sat, 18 Sep, 3.30-5pm.
Dr Doshi’s VSS talk focuses on types of food that can help us maintain our youth, thus slowing down our aging process, and on the overall health benefits of a vegetarian diet.
After the talk, our friends at Singapore Vegetarian Meetup - http://www.meetup.com/singapore-vegetarian - are organising a meetup at 6pm at the Happy Arts Deli: 32 Simei St 1, S(529950). The Deli is located at the Metta School , on the corner of Simei St 1 and Simei Rd. It's just a 7-8 min walk from Simei MRT station. The Deli features local favourites, organic brown rice and vegan baked goods. If you are interested in joining the meetup, you need to visit the Singapore Vegetarian Meetup website and sign up. Meetup participants pay for their own meals.
1 October is World Vegetarian Day. Eight Treasures Vegetarian Restaurant, 282A South Bridge Road, S. 058831, Tel: 6534.7727 - www.8treasuresgroup.com.sg - has issued special invitations as their way to welcome non-vegetarians to share the day. First, 20 VSS members can bring along a friend (preferably non-veg!) to enliven this special occasion. All the VSS members and guests need do is to email their names and contact numbers to Eight Treasures at 8treasuresgroup@... to confirm their participation by 20 Sep.
Eight Treasures has also kindly extended a similar invitation to 20 Vegvibe Magazine - http://vegvibe.com – readers. Eight Treasurers’ great idea is to make World Vegetarian Day even more meaningful by educating more people about vegetarian cuisine. They want non-vegetarians to experience for themselves that vegetarian fare is very much not what it is usually perceived to be: all deep fried and oily, unhealthy, tasteless and unexciting.
VSS has organised a second 2010 bus trip to Noah's Ark Natural Animal Sanctuary (NANAS). Like its predecessor, this trip is full. If anyone would like to help organise trips, please contact VSS and share about your ideas and experience: info@...
VSS will be participating in the International Vegetarian Union (IVU)’s World Vegetarian Congress, beginning 1 Oct in Jakarta . Check out the Congress’s impressive new website: http://www.wvc2010.org. And, it’s not too late to register for the Congress, with reasonable airfares and budget accommodation, including free transport to the Congress venue.
VSS is cooperating with 25 other organisations – including Nature Society ( Singapore ), AWARE, ACRES, Singapore Environment Council and One Singapore – to encourage people to go veg every Thursday or whatever other day of the week suits them. We call this Veggie Thursday (VT), and we hope that it will launch in late October.
We’ll have much more on VT in future issues, but for now, VT has FB - http://www.facebook.com/veggiethursdaysg - and Twitter - http://twitter.com/VTCSG
Green Kampong - http://www.greenkampong.com – one of the organisations endorsing VT plans to upload a short video for this Thursday, their GreenKampong newsletter will be going out with new recipes and plugs for Veggie Thursday, and they will plaster VT on their FB and Twitter as well.
A few weeks back, some VSS members were among those interviewed for a Sunday Times article about the etiquette of ethical eating, with one VSS member saying that she and her groom to be would be serving only veg food at their wedding because they didn’t want “blood on our hands”. The article brought forth a cavalcade of letters and even a Straits Times editorial, plus part of the article (but not the part about the wedding) was reprinted in the Malaysia newspaper, The Star:
The following letter was sent to ST by a VSS Exco member, but it wasn’t published.
I refer to the letters in ‘Food: Everyone has the right to choose’ (Life!.mailbag, 4 September). I choose vegetarian although I do understand that meat dishes can be tasty, that eating meat can be a way to enhance social links with others who are also eating meat and that certain meat dishes may even enhance my status among certain people. I choose not to eat meat because the lives of the animals whom I would be eating seem more important, and because I can enjoy tasty food and warm social ties via veggie food, too.
On a more selfish note, I think about what would happen if people from another planet (see photo above) came to Earth and took a liking to the taste of humans, such as me. With their superior technology, this other species could do to us what we now do to chickens, pigs, cows and others. I wouldn’t want that kind of life for myself or anyone else, humans or other animals.
I’ve been making the vegetarian choice for 30 years. Maybe it’s not the right choice for everyone, but to me, it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. And, along the way, I’ve eaten lots of great food and enjoyed the company of lots of great people.
Several readers wrote in to inform us of problems with the Food Outlets page on the VSS website. Thanks. We are in the process of upgrading some of the software that runs the website, but it may require a couple weeks. Everyone’s patience is appreciated.
This U.S. tv report explains unhealthy conditions on large factory egg farms in the U.S. which have contributed to the recall of huge numbers of eggs. And, near the end of the news segment, just look at the crowded conditions the chickens must endure. Awful!
7 Sensations restaurant is sponsoring a free talk by Dr Koh Lam Son, on Weight Loss, at 2.30 on Sun, 3 Oct. Details: 16 Madras Street, S (208413). Call 6298.8198 or 9023.4409 to book your seats www.7-sensations.com
Water is a precious resource. That’s why we have NEWater and are moving towards desalinated water. Meat production not only pollutes water, due to the huge amount of liquid and solid waste produced by the animals whom we eat, meat production also uses more water than does the growing of plant foods. Here are some stats on that:
For instance, it requires 70 litres of water to grow an apple and 80 litres for 2 slices of wheat bread, but 1937 litres for 1/8 kg of beef and 487 litres of water for 1/8 kg of chicken.
More and more veg blogs are blooming in SG. Below is a list. Please let us know about others: info@.... Maybe you’d like to get busy and conceive one of your own.
1. www.crystalbyblog.blogspot.com (TheModernVegetarian)
“With over 700 delicious yet easy-to-do receipes ... Anyone can cook ... Let's cook!”
“As long as there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields”.
Food featured will not comprise of any of the five spices (i.e.: onion, garlic, chives, shallot, leek) but may contain dairy products as I am a lacto-ovo vegetarian”.
“Vegetarian since 2008, transitioning vegan since 2010. Still grappling if veganism can be practiced in its pure form hence transitioning. This blog is not only about my first love, FOOD, but also to provide information on what's happening in the vegetarian/vegan world. Enjoy!”
“My main incentive for this blog is to share my love for vegetarian food with the rest of Singapore ! I am from England , so this blog will give an ang mo perspective of where the best food is to be found in Singapore . Also i may write blogs in relation to ethical vegetarianism, and the global and personal impact caused through gluttonous meat based diets. Hope you enjoy! I have been a ovo-lacto vegetarian for 12 years now”.
“Life of a vegan in Singapore and interesting vegan and vegetarian related stuff”
6. http://jschua80.wordpress.com and
Vegetarian@Singapore – Some in Mandarin, some in English
This article from the New York Times describes how a vegan chef won the US$10,000 prize in a tv baking contest with her cupcakes:
Here’s a quote from one of the contest judges:
“Of all the shows we’ve done, the thing I hear the most is, ‘Were those vegan cupcakes really that good?’” Ms. Candace Nelson said. “People are in sort of disbelief that this vegan chef beat out the rest of the competition. My answer is yes, they were delicious. It was everything we were looking for in a cupcake.”
Reminds us of the great cupcakes by local blogger and VegVibe stalwart, Halimah:
North South East West Fusion Vegetarian Restaurant is now at a new location: 200 Tanjong Katong Road , tel: 8100.0176. Here’s a review from earlier this year, by one of the bloggers mentioned above:
The Jane Goodall Institute ( Singapore ) –
www.janegoodall.org.sg - is, once again, organising Peace Day celebrations, on Sat, 18 Sep, 2-5.30pm, Old School, Mount Sophia . The entry is free but registration is required: info@...
Here is from JGIS:
What does peace mean to us here in peaceful Singapore ? Why should we worry about things like war, that happen in far-away countries? Well peace isn't just about stopping conflict and war. It's about basic values of fairness in the way we treat other people and any living things.
It's about the environment. Humans fight over scarce natural resources such as clean water, precious metals, energy resources like oil, coal and natural gas. They fight over agricultural land, forests and wild animals. Peace starts with thinking about what we and other people really need to live sustainably. It's about considering the needs of animals, the environment and future generations of all life.
Wong Kee Yew, a well-known name is SG veg circles, is investigating the possibility of opening a vegetarian school. Please help him by completing this survey.
Men’s Journal, a mainstream magazine with a readership of over 700,000, recently published an article on going vegan. The story explains what to expect during the first few weeks, sources of protein, recipes and more.
First, there was Komala’s with its Indian veg take on fast food. Now, we have VeganBurg near Eunos MRT, offering another version of fast food fun:
Plus, VeganBurg is supporting the SG veg movement by donating part of the proceeds from its cash vouchers to fund veg education, and by posting local veg news on its website: http://www.veganburg.com/main/vegan-scene
Due to the popularity of travel to Taiwan , long time VSS member, Violet Lee, has changed the dates of the trip she is organising to Taiwan . The new dates are 6-13 Nov. Violet is an experienced tour organizer and a real people person.
The promotional price of $1790 includes airfare, taxes and land tour, but is only available till 25 Sep. Details at
VSS members receive a SGD150 discount for every 2 pax signed & confirmed, and Violet will donate SGD50 to VSS for every 2 pax signed and confirmed.
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