|Enewsletter • October 20, 2004|
News from Vegan Outreach
Adopt a College Passes 40,000 Booklets
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.
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.'"
VegVideo creates television shows that can be run by individuals on local cable access stations.
"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.
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.
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!