VSS eNewsletter 23 March 2010

Vegetarian Society (Singapore)

23 March 2010
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Editor's Note

VSS NEWS

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
 
GENERAL NEWS

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:
http://www.vegetarian-society.org/?q=node/1310

 
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‘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.

 
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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

 
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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.

 
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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.:
http://www.vegsource.com/news/2010/02/cleveland
-clinic-and-obesity-epidemic-solutions.html

 

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:
http://www.vegsource.com/video/ess.wmv.htm

 
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The VSS InBox

Every now and then VSS receives queries from food manufacturers about vegetarian labelling for their products, and there are international schemes, one based in the U.K. and the other based in Switzerland. Here are the urls
http://www.seedlingshowcase.com/
corporate08/product_accreditation.asp
and http://www.euroveg.eu/lang/en/events/
v-label.php respectively

 

Last week, we had some emails from the people in Switzerland and from a local company that would like to do certification. Too soon to say if anything will happen.

 
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Pangolin Fund Raising Dinner - Sun, 19Apr

Pangolins (pictured to the right) are not well known, though they are native to Singapore and the region. Right now, the pangolins’ plight is twofold: they will soon be poached out of existence, and no one knows about it. A gala dinner is being held on Sun, 19 Apr, 6pm, to raise funds.
 

Contributions from the gala dinner will be used to:
 

1. Fund a dedicated research officer for pangolin population studies and trade surveys throughout Southeast Asia.
 

2. Conduct training, education and awareness raising activities, including producing pangolin related printed material and audio-visual communication aids.
 

For more info and to book tickets: Celine Low at contact@cicadatree.org.sg

 
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Useful Locally Compiled Information on Diet, Fats and Water

Wong Kee Yew does many talks, food demos and classes. Last year, he ran a Vegetarian Wellness Course in which students compiled reports. Kee Yew has kindly shared them: http://cielosereno.net/VWC.htm
 
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Taiwan MOE Encourages Veg School Lunches

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Ministry of Education officials said that elementary and junior high schools should provide one vegetarian lunch per week to students to promote healthy lifestyles and help reduce global warming.
 

Deputy Minister of Education Lin Tsong-ming said the ministry has issued notice to schools on the proposed weekly vegetarian meals, but added that the ministry will not force every school to follow the recommendation. One person following a vegetarian diet per day can reduce carbon emissions by 7 kg, said Lin, citing research results.
 

full story:
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national
-news/2010/03/13/248063/Schools-encouraged.htm


 
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Veg Burgers at Botak Jones

Previously, VSS has featured veg burgers from Wholesome restaurant near Braddell MRT: http://www.vegetarian-society.org/node/968

Now, Wholesome’s burgers will be on sale at Botak Jones, a chain of 9 restaurants.
 

Botak Jones sells meat, but we’re happy that they now also have a veg burger option.

 
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World Peace Diet Climbs the Book Sales Charts

Nowadays, more pro-veg books are racking up big sales on Amazon and elsewhere. One of these books is The World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony, by Dr Will Tuttle. Although raised in the West, Will was greatly influenced by the East. In the following video, he talks about his path to vegetarianism and provides an overview of the book: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLgGnP0pWzM
 
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More Classes from Chef Oh Chong Fah

VSS member and new dad, Oh Chong Fah, is back with more veg cooking and baking (even without an oven) classes. Here’s the line-up.
 

1. Healthy Quick Bread (Hands-on) 3 Apr, Sat 10am-1pm
2. Wholesome Bakery with & without oven (Hands-on) 17 Apr, Sat 10am-1:30pm
3. Wholesome Bakery without oven (demo) 11 Apr, Sun 3-6pm
4. Homemade Spreads Workshops (demo) 18 Apr, Sun 3-5:30pm
 

For details,
http://www.wholesomeliving-sg.com/schedules.html or info@wholesomeliving-sg.com or sms 9653.1734

 
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Japanese Restaurant Offers Mostly Vegan Menu

A new restaurant was recently opened by two Japanese people who came to Singapore three years ago with the goal of helping people here enjoy healthy and authentic Japanese food. The restaurant is about 80% vegetarian. Thanks to Mahn Ling from the Brownie Factory for this bit of good news.
 

Name: Healthy Habit
Address: 1 Raffles Place #B1-02C, OUB Centre

Tel: 6533.3326, 8522.9296
Hours: Mon to Fri, 9am-7pm, Closed Sat, Sun & PH
 

Serves organic & non-organic Japanese vegan menu:
A variety of seaweed/miso soups, brown rice, noodles, fruit juices, desserts.

 
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Staying Vegan: A Journalist’s Account

Here’s the story of a journalist in Portland, Oregon, USA who went vegan for a month to give himself something to write about. He found it surprisingly easy and healthful to be vegan; so, he decided to keep going. The entire piece is at http://www.oregonlive.com/foodday/index.ssf/
2010/03/staying_vegan_after_a_month_of.html
Here’s an excerpt:
 

The best thing about my vegan exploration, though, has been the dialogue that's developed directly with Portlanders, and through the miracle of the Internet, with vegans around the globe. I never expected to get tips and encouraging words from readers as far away as Melbourne, Cape Town and Kuala Lumpur.

 
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Detox Combining Yoga and Plant Foods

On Sat, 3 Apr, 2-4pm, Linda Loo offers another of her combination classes, showing us how to combine yoga and raw food in order to enjoy increased health and happiness:
http://rawfoodlifestyles.com/wp-content/uploads/
2010/03/detox-rejuvenate-3-apr-2010-11.pdf
The accompanying photo shows Linda lovingly “torturing” one of her students.
 
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