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Vegan Outreach Enewsletter  •  October 20, 2004

 

News from Vegan Outreach

Adopt a College Passes 40,000 Booklets

Already this semester, animal advocates taking part in Vegan Outreach's Adopt A College program have handed over 40,000 college students a Why Vegan or similar piece of literature. Last week, Jack Norris took a short trip to Reno to do some leafleting and tabling with John Thornberg (pictured at right tabling at Truckee Meadows Community College). The tabling was pretty slow, but John and Jack handed out over 800 Why Vegans at the University of Nevada at Reno.

Other activists have also been doing a great job. Jon Camp, Vegan Outreach's part-time employee, has handed out over 10,000 VO brochures this semester. Joe Espinosa and Kaya Hansen have each handed out over 4,000. We have a list of everyone who has been taking part this semester.

 

Notes from All Over

Having an Impact

Doubt that programs like Adopt a College are having an impact, or that students are the best audience? Read this article!

"According to ARAMARK's recent nationwide survey completed by over 100,000 college students, nearly a quarter said finding vegan meals on campus was important to them. Vegan dishes contain no meat, fish, poultry or other products derived from animals such as dairy, eggs or honey.

"As a result, ARAMARK (NYSE:RMK) has added dozens of vegan menu items as part of the company's innovative and flexible Just4U(TM) menu program, available on nearly two dozen ARAMARK-managed college campuses this fall.

"New menu items include Sweet Thai Tofu Stir-Fry, Broccoli Teriyaki, Chili Garlic Stir-Fry, Vegan Cheese Quesadillas, Vegan 'Chicken' Burritos, Eggless 'Egg' Salad, 'Turkey' Subs, and Vegan 'Cheese' Burgers. Each dish contains flavorful meat or cheese alternatives, made from soy or other vegan products.

"'Our DiningStyles(TM) research demonstrated that demand for vegan is especially strong among college students, as fully 24% of students indicated that vegan dishes were important to them versus only 18% for low-carb,' said Ginger Strano, RD, Director of Nutritional Program Development for ARAMARK. 'With Just4U(TM) we're able to customize our menu mix to reflect how students eat on each campus and offer foods that fit into their own dining style.'"

 

Veg Video Site Updated

VegVideo creates television shows that can be run by individuals on local cable access stations.

 

The Foul-Odor Fight: Farms Explore Ways to Combat the Stench of Manure

"With 1,200 dairy cows standing shoulder to shoulder in his two vast, white barns, Tom Frey needs a quarter-million gallons of water a day to flush out all the manure.

"Critics call them 'factory farms,' warning that manure can pollute nearby waterways. They also raise questions about some farmers' routine use of antibiotics to ward off disease in animals kept in close quarters, which they say could reduce the drugs' effectiveness."

 

From Our Members

When I received my very first copy of Why Vegan, I showed it to my cousin, and she instantly became a vegetarian. I had discussed my vegetarian philosophy with her many times before this event, but to no effect. Why Vegan managed to accomplish in a few seconds that which I previously thought was impossible. This event was a revelation to me - that there really was a way to get people to become ethical vegetarians, and that it was relatively easy.
     Prior to this incident, I thought that if I worked really hard, then over the course of my entire life, I might be able to convert one or two people to vegetarianism. These statistics are hardly a reason to be motivated to do much of anything. However, thanks to Vegan Outreach, I probably created several new vegetarians just with my actions today alone [handing out 273 Why Vegans at the University of North Florida]. Also, one of the things which constantly keeps me going is all the people I run into who tell me that they became a vegetarian or a vegan because of a pamphlet they received from me. So, I think that one of the keys to getting people motivated is demonstrating to them that their work will not be in vain.
-Eugene Khutoryansky, Jacksonville, FL 10/15/04

The Vegan Outreach website is amazing. I've spent the past two days reading everything on it. I'm still processing what I've read...the approach taken is far different then anything I've read/heard before. I completely agree that the end often becomes being Vegan as opposed to Veganism being a means to reduce suffering. You got me on this one and I want to thank you for the wake-up call.
-DB, 10/17/04

I'm currently playing an Xbox game called Fable, wherein you play a warrior who can make choices throughout to be good or evil. When you lose health in the game, you can eat various foods to regain health. Some of the more expected choices are apples, carrots, and meat. Another option is tofu, which is described as "vile tasting but undeniably good for you." Even funnier is that when you eat the tofu, you gain +5 points on the "good" scale. There's also a food option called "Crunchy Chick," with the description, "It's the bones that make it crunchy." It makes you more evil if you eat it. I can choose to make my character vegan and become more virtuous for doing it!
-PM, Rockville, MD, 10/13/04

 

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