|Enewsletter • October 17, 2007|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
Already this fall term, booklets have been handed directly to nearly a quarter-million students across North America.
Bri Gibson leaflets at Montclair State U; photo by Jon Camp.
Based on our estimates (details here), this distribution has led to tens of thousands of new vegetarians (and many near-vegetarians), sparing over 68 million animals the horrors of factory farming over the next 50 years.
Thanks to everyone who has made this possible. With your support, this program will continue to expand and create real, fundamental change in our society.
Product of the Week
Clark: Mareblu Naturals makes 8 flavors of peanut free, gluten-free, vegan nut crunch. I found the Cashew Crunch at Costco. All of the flavors are lightly sweetened with brown rice syrup.
Notes from All Over
Keep Chickens in Mind
While giving a generally positive plug to vegetarianism, this Los Angeles Times editorial shows a potential downside of how the public perceives global warming and food: people focus only on cattle. As polls have shows, many people who self-identify as "vegetarian" eat chicken and/or fish, and this editorial reinforces the idea that giving up "meat" means just mammals. This is why Vegan Outreach emphasizes the comparative advantage of a true vegetarian diet over all other diets, including those that contain poultry, at A Truly Inconvenient Truth.
When we choose what information to present, we must keep in mind how the message will be acted upon by the public. It may seem that any mention of "vegetarianism" is good, but few (if any) people are going to give up chicken after reading a solely anti-beef article. Many others will give up mammals and eat more birds. We must keep chickens foremost in our advocacy; it can take up to 200 intensively raised birds (pdf from The Way We Eat; photo by East Bay Animal Advocates) to supply as many meals as one steer.
Super Bowl Champion and Hall-of-Famer Joe Montana likes his new diet: "I would never have ordered a veggie burger before, but I just love a good veggie burger now," he says. "It's strange how your tastes change when you put your mind to it."
From the Washington Post: "Mondie-Sapp recently won the grand prize and her third consecutive 'People's Choice' award in the annual chili cook-off held at the Anacostia Farmers Market.... 'People came through and said, "That doesn't even look right," and "I do not do beans like that,"' she says. But her chili's smoky taste and perfectly cooked beans with corn and a touch of maple syrup won them over. The firefighters admitted it was better than any beefy chili they make." Read more, with recipes!
Notes from Our Members
Accompanying an order
Though it was cloudy at Contra Costa Community College, the day felt bright and sunny due to the wonderfully receptive students. Some of the highlights:
-Miranda Robbins, 10/15/07
At right, Gary Auerbach leaflets at Rutgers U; photo by Jon Camp.
At West Virginia U,
a professor went out
of her way to walk up to me to say,
"I just wanted to let you to
know that my students spent the
first 10 minutes of class talking
solely about this issue; the conversation
was sparked by many of them receiving
a booklet from you. Thank you for
taking the time to do this -- I'm
really impressed by your approach
of just politely giving information
to others about this. You're not
chanting or wearing some funny costume
and you've gotten a lot of people
to think about this issue."
At Duke today, I
was joined by a new leafleter --
Casey. Her roommate got an Even
If from one of us a month ago,
and said "NOW I see why you
don't eat meat!" This prompted
Casey to order brochures and get
active. I asked her what she thought
of leafleting, as this was her first
time ever, and she said, "It's
WAY easier than I thought."
Leafleting at De Anza
College, I talked
with a guy interested in being vegan
but thought the sacrifice would
be enormous; I told him how all
you need to do is put fifteen minutes
a day into reading about nutrition
and discovering new foods. Another
guy said that he became vegetarian
because of Vegan Outreach material
-- he was receptive when I told
him that battery egg production
is even more cruel than most meat.
Later a couple took a pamphlet and
the woman excitedly told her boyfriend
that he had to read it so he could
understand why she's vegetarian.
That makes at least three productive
interactions in barely a half hour's