|Enewsletter • February 6, 2013|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
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From “Your Daily Dose of Vegan Outreach!” & Jack Norris RD Blogs
Beyond Meat Report (and bonus)
Office: We have seen the future!
A week ago, Tucson’s new Whole Foods had Beyond Meat on the salad bar and in a curry dish in the deli. Although it has been 25+ years since Matt has had actual chicken flesh, just a straight, unseasoned, uncooked piece seemed…spooky. Anne (who generally didn’t like eating animals, even before she went vegetarian) said, “Oh, that’s realistic. Too realistic.” (She also won’t eat Field Roast.)
This week, Beyond Meat wasn’t on the salad bar, but still in the curry dish, and now in a sesame chicken salad. Amazing. Anne even likes the chicken salad, with the excellent sauce and all the veggies. We think if we took it to a gathering of meat eaters, they wouldn’t believe it was vegan.
You can see if Beyond Meat is in a store near you.
Bonus: We had these StarLite rolled tacos watching the Big Game.
Notes from Our Members
At Oxnard College, one booklet recipient loves
piggies so much she kissed the booklet. Yes,
it’s true – why would I make that up?? Her
friend used the opportunity to tell her how
ignorant it is that we’re so powerful and then
we use our power to abuse animals (which is
why he went veg a long time ago). Her dinner will
look different from now on.
Johanna, Peggy, Lois, and I leafleted and tabled
today at the Save Our Seas Music Festival. We
thought we’d share our own version of saving,
to help bridge the gap for those who are still
eating animals. It was such a great crowd to
hit! I’m sure we opened many hearts to the animals’
plight – new people are definitely on their
Over two dozen Aggies took a booklet at New
Mexico State before the first rejection. At
one point, a tour of high school students came
by – they actually stopped to wait for booklets,
and squealed with delight at the pictures of
the chick and the pigs. Can really see what a
difference our efforts have made – the student
union had a vending machine with only vegan
Jovan and I noticed the progress at Marquette
University, in the numbers of vegetarians and
vegans we met, and that the cafeteria was featuring
“plant based” eating. Also discovered
they now have a student group for the animals!
Great conversations with interested people
at Manchester Community College. Kim [Barber, right] asked about
how she could go back to being vegan. After
a discussion and giving her a Guide,
she joined me to leaflet! We got eight names
of people who want to start a student group.
Later, a teacher asked for booklets for her
Monday, I met Daniela while leafleting William
Paterson University with Matthew Glover. Today,
we had the best Friday of the semester, at Passaic County Community College, Bergen Community College,
and Ramapo College. She also brought her friend
Quindaya along. Both were filled with enthusiasm
and were natural leafleters!
Great team at UC Davis: Jack joined me and Kitty, as well as
Ekaterina, whom I met while leafleting her school
(Skyline College) a month ago. Esther also helped
leaflet, having read the booklet during her
first class. Although not vegetarian, she wants
people to know about the issues and she plans
on cutting back a lot.
High reception rate and a number of vegetarians / vegans at the University of Toledo, where
I reached over 1,000 students. One of the vegetarians
let me know that it was getting a booklet from
me in the past that moved her to become vegetarian.
She lamented that she was not yet vegan; she
got a Guide, and we had a constructive
Diane and I reached 300 students at Woodside
High School between 3:10 and 3:35. Some of the
students came back to talk to us, and we heard
many, many conversations starting as kids walked
away after receiving the booklets. I saw one
young man reading his leaflet on the bus, and
a young woman reading it carefully while sitting
on the curb waiting to be picked up.
Yesterday at the University of Mississippi, I had one of my best days of conversations ever,
including a number of students who were interested
in returning to veg eating. One student hadn’t
eaten meat in two months since doing a report
on the subject. Another student was just starting
to eat veg, along with four friends. Other students
were interested enough to start reducing meat,
via Meatless Mondays or reducing 50%.
Today Miguel and I voted 1,685 times – to
get these kids to stop eating so many animals!
the first dozen booklets I handed out at Lamar
University, I heard from a vegan and a vegetarian.
In Beaumont, TX! And like I’ve continued to
experience, even in TX, I heard from way more
people who said this was sad or that they were
veg than from those who questioned why I was