|Enewsletter • March 17, 2010|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
AAC for the Animals, Far and Wide
In spite of one of the worst winters in recent memory, Adopt a College activists have been exposing modern agribusiness’ hidden horrors to thousands and thousands of new people every week.
Already this term, these dedicated individuals have handed VO’s detailed, documented booklets directly to 208,798 students at 317 schools!
These efforts are changing lives daily, leading to more vegetarians and demand for ethical products (see below).
Day by day, booklet by booklet, person by person, we are changing society!
Now that the weather is getting better, you too can be a part of this progress! If you’d like to leaflet, but would prefer to be joined by someone when you start out, please email Anne – anne (at) veganoutreach (dot) org – and she’ll do her best to put you in touch with a local VO representative.
Link of the Week
Product of the Week
Jessica: “I just purchased a Marshmallow Treat from Whole Foods that is organic, vegan, gluten free and delicious! It’s so yummy and a quick bite to eat while you’re in the office or heading off somewhere.”
Notes from All Over
Ethical Food Report
New survey finds that 69% of people are willing to pay more for “ethical” food, and that 91% of those include animal welfare in their criteria for considering food “ethical.” Also, 21% said “vegetarian” is important or very important to them, and 14% said “vegan” is important or very important to them. Full report (PDF).
Notes from Our Members
your Compassionate Choices
at Texas Tech. After reading it, I made the
decision to eat less meat and more vegan food.
of interest, questions, and grossed-out
faces as my classmates read the VO booklets
after my presentation in Speech class. The teacher
said he was going to try to go vegetarian!
a semi trailer full of pigs on
my way to leaflet at Purdue today. I promised
them I would brave the cold until I got every
leaflet out. It was nothing compared to how
cold they must have been riding down the highway
at 60+ mph. I reached 370 students, gave 30
booklets to an animal and ethics professor who
will be handing them out to her class, and 50
more were then dropped off at the local vegan
restaurant because they had run out. I got an
email address from one vegan who was interested
in doing more, and one guy told me he appreciated
what I was doing. Another lady said she was
starting to think a lot more about where her
food was coming from and was glad to get a leaflet.
One guy asked if I was against Michael Vick.
I told him that what Vick did was no worse than
what factory farmers and slaughterhouse workers
do to animals every single day.
There was rain, slush,
and snow at the University of Idaho. Even after
two pairs of socks, under armor, gloves, jackets,
sweaters, etc., I was still cold! Props to
my east coast homies who rock the crazy weather
I broke my old leafleting record
today, as Leah (Wagner) and I
reached over 2,000 students at the University
of Kansas. We also encountered a lot of vegetarians,
and found well-labeled vegan options at the
(Delk) and I had great conversations
at Trevecca Nazarene University. Met a number
of vegetarians, including one who changed because
of a booklet. Met a young lady in an environmental
class and she said they’re talking about this
topic right now (just watched Food, Inc.).
She was excited to get a Guide and
we had a great conversation. Met some of her
classmates, all great convos as well. Also met
a fellow who was excited to get a booklet – he,
too, talked to me about Food, Inc.
Met another girl who wants to start working
to get more veg options at the dining hall – I
got her contact info and will be sending her
the University of Colorado later
in the day allowed me to reach a new crowd,
including a number who were already veg. One
guy said he was a vegetarian for three years
at one point, but then he “got poor”
and is no longer veg. I offered him a Guide
and showed him the back page where it says,
it expensive to be vegan?” as well
as the recipe section. He happily accepted it.
Farnsworth (right), Karen James,
Aleta Markham, and I, along with the Yale College
Student Animal Welfare Alliance, reached 2,349
students at Southern Connecticut State University
and Yale today. And check this out: four separate
individuals mentioned being veg or vegan because
of receiving a VO booklet in the past. This