|Enewsletter • January 25, 2006|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Southern Leafleting Tour, Week 2
Next week (Jan. 30 - Feb. 3), Jon Camp will be leafleting UNC Charlotte, GA State, GA Tech, UGA, and Clemson. While at UGA, he will be giving a workshop on leafleting; details on the talk can be accessed here. If you would like to help out with the leafleting, please email jon (at) veganoutreach.org. Thanks!
At right, Erin Marcus leaflets at the Maryland Institute College of Art; photo by Jon Camp.
Nutrition Topic of the Week: Fats and Omega-3s
There are many ethical issues with
eating fish. Among them are the
individual fish that are killed,
the bycatch (animals killed incidentally,
including birds and mammals) that
are thrown away, and the environmental
destruction of the fishing industry.
Despite these serious problems,
many health advocates promote eating
fish (only coldwater fish are high
in omega-3s, by the way) as good
for your heart and brain because
their flesh contains omega-3 fats.
But eating fish also have a downside
in terms of health -- they can be
high in mercury and other pollutants.
Additionally, farmed fish are normally
not high in omega-3s because they
are fed an unnatural diet (omega-3s
are produced by algae, not fish).
What exactly is a Proggy? Peta's 2005 Progress Awards -- products and processes that help animals.
Notes from All Over
Teachers Wanted for Article
The Green Teacher is a magazine for teachers who want to include environmental education in their teaching. George Jacobs is planning an article for the magazine on why green teachers should include vegetarianism, and is asking elementary, intermediate, and high school teachers and students who have done such lessons or participated in them as students to write to him to briefly describe their lessons. Acknowledgement will be given to everyone whose experiences are included in the article.
excerpt: "Twelve minutes of footage showed pigs in gestation crates, dairy cows with enlarged and infected udders and hens stacked in cages by the thousands, each crammed into a space smaller than this piece of paper. 'These must be extreme cases,' I assured myself. However, when I looked further into the issue, I discovered that what I saw are not the exceptions -- they are the norm. Every sip of milk or bite into an omelet was a statement I was simply not willing to make -- 'This is O.K.'" Full article.
Notes from Our Members
It's been a while
since I've been out leafleting.
It sure felt good. I had a great
conversation with one student at
MDC. He stopped when I handed it
to him, skimmed over it, and said
with a disgusted look, "What
is this?" I said, "That,
my friend, is standard farming practices
in the US." We talked at length,
and at the end, he said, "That's
it, I'm going vegetarian, for sure."
I recently discovered
you on the VeganHealth
website and went on to read your
articles on Vitamin B12 and why
you became a dietitian. I just wanted
to let you know that as a fellow
RD I really appreciate finding a
credible authority on this topic.
I work in a community setting where
I counsel clients on the phone (often
vegetarian) and prepare resource/handout
material on a variety of topics.
Thanks, and I look forward to reading
more of your articles in the future!
Thank you so much
for your work -- Why Vegan helped
convince me to go vegan five years
ago -- I hope I can help others
reach the same conclusion!
Today I handed out
50 Even If You Like Meat
pamphlets at Illinois State in about
a half an hour. It was so easy.
No one was rude, and the ratio of
people to whom I offered them vs.
who took one was probably 3 or 4
to 1. I plan on doing it every week,
maybe mixing up the days so I don't
get the same students coming out
of the same classes all the time.
I chose the Even If You Like
Meat pamphlets over the Why
Vegan and Try Vegetarian
because in my experience in
the past, it's a less controversial
statement, allowing even die hard
meat eaters a way in. I think Adopt
a College is the best