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Vegetarian Society (Singapore)

23 March 2010
In This Issue

Editor's Note


Anyone Can Cook Vegetarian! - Quick & Delicious
‘Meat Less in Singapore Starter Kit’ Launched
Library Talk Line-up Grows
VSS Celebrates 11th AGM
2010 Highlight Speaker in October
The VSS InBox

Pangolin Fund Raising Dinner - Sun, 19Apr
Useful Locally Compiled Information on
Diet, Fats and Water

Taiwan MOE Encourages Veg School Lunches
Veg Burgers at Botak Jones
World Peace Diet Climbs the Book Sales Charts
More Classes from Chef Oh Chong Fah
Japanese Restaurant Offers Mostly Vegan Menu
Staying Vegan: A Journalist’s Account
Detox Combining Yoga and Plant Foods

We recounted and celebrated our events of 2009 at our AGM last Sat. This year promises to be just as (if not even more) exciting, with a fresh line-up of classes, talks, gatherings plus a special visit by Dr. Esselstyn in Oct.
Dr George M Jacobs

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Anyone Can Cook Vegetarian! - Quick & Delicious

Too busy to make your own veg food? The next VSS cooking class may change your mind. Chef Poh Geok - founder of the 5 Loaves brand and owner of Genesis Restaurant - has been in the food business for close to 20 years and knows a thing or two about whipping up a nourishing meal. Let her school you in the art of fast & delicious. Note: This class is almost full.

When: Sun, 4 Apr, 4-6pm
Where: Genesis Health Food Restaurant, 1 Lorong Telok (Raffles Place MRT)
Cost: $40 VSS members; $50 non-members.

Details at:



‘Meat Less in Singapore Starter Kit’ Launched

Does someone keep telling you that they are interested in eating more veg food, but they aren’t ready to go 100% veg? The new VSS publication is written just for them. Titled ‘Meat Less in Singapore Starter Kit’, this full-colour brochure addresses issues on the minds of many people who want to change their eating habits but face roadblocks.

You can download the Starter Kit at
www.vss.sg/meat-less or pick up a hard copy at the next VSS event.



Library Talk Line-up Grows

For 2010, VSS hopes to have at least six talks at various NLB branches. We are still waiting to confirm all the details, but here’s what we have so far. Unless otherwise stated, the talks are in English. For more info on the first talk: http://golibrary.nlb.gov.sg/Event.aspx?EventID=32048

Topic: Why Brown Rice Is the Better Choice
Seaker: Heng Guan Hou
Date/Time: Sat, 3 Apr, 3-4pm
Venue: Bishan Public Library, Level 2, Progamme Zone

Other talks being planned:

Dr Raymond Yuen - Healing Chronic Illnesses through Your Diet
Douglas Teo, TCM physician - Vegetarian Diet according to Your Body Type (Bilingual)
Dr Sanjay Doshi - Anti-Aging Foods
Asst Prof Harvey Neo - Meat Production and Land Use



VSS Celebrates 11th AGM

More than 40 people gathered at the NVPC to review VSS’s work in 2009 and to plan our 2010 efforts. Special guests were Henny Lim, who told us about the surprising growth of vegetarianism in her native South Korea, and Ana Laura Rivarola, president of the Vegetarian Society of Paraguay (South America).

One area of discussion at the AGM was whether to launch a student membership category. After considerable debate, with a variety of perspectives politely aired, it was decided to offer free student membership to all interested full-time students at or below 23 years of age.

Everyone at the AGM was very happy to see the new VSS publication, the Meat Less in Singapore Starter Kit, which is available both online - www.vss.sg/meat-less - and in hard copy.

Also, our 52-page 2009 Annual Report, distributed at the AGM, can now be downloaded from here.

Last, but not least, we’d like to thank Pomefresh - http://www.pomefresh.com – and Holland & Barrett - http://www.hollandandbarrett.com – for providing goodies to those who attended the AGM.



2010 Highlight Speaker in October

One of the VSS highlights for 2009 was the visit by Professor T. Colin Campbell of Cornell University, author of The China Study. In his talks, Prof Campbell recommended another book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease - http://www.heartattackproof.com - by Dr Caldwell B. Esselstyn of the world renowned Cleveland Clinic, one of the top cardiac care centres in the U.S.:


We’re happy to announce that Dr Esselstyn and his wife will be here in the second half of October. Stay tuned to this eNewsletter for details. Here’s a video of Dr E:



The VSS InBox

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