VSS eNewsletter 27 May 2010

Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
27 May 2010
In This Issue

Editor's Note

VSS NEWS

Veg Food Fair in Yishun – 30 May
 
Climate Change Conference – 5 Jun
 
Dr Esselstyn’s Visit Delayed
 
Revamping Our Food Outlet List
 
GENERAL NEWS

Simple Vegetarian Cookbook Now Online for Free
 
Another Meat Reduction Scheme
 
Vegetarian Ultramarathoner Sets New Record
 
Does Dark Chocolate Contain More Iron Than Beef?
 
NEWSTART Lifestyle Programme: 6-9 Jun
 
Hippos on Menu at Zoo in Beijing
 
100 Million a Day
 
Quick and Easy Meals for Busy People – 30 May
 
Excerpt #1 from The Pig Who Sang to the Moon
 
Another Veggie Singles Night at Food #03
 
Personal + Planetary Healing Workshop

Here's an interesting perspective from TreeHugger's Graham Hill - 'If all of us ate half as much meat, it would be like half of us were vegetarian.'
 
Dr George M Jacobs


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Veg Food Fair in Yishun – 30 May

VSS will be taking part in a veg food fair in Yishun. In addition to a wide variety of veg food, the event features games for children, sale of apparel, singing and dancing performances, talks, a smoothie demo and medical checkups: http://xingguang.sg/bazaar-2010
 

Perhaps the highlight will be a chance to sing Happy Birthday to Teresa Hsu who is celebrating her 112th birthday and 112th year as a vegetarian.
 

Place: Chong Pang CC in Yishun
Date: Sun, 30 May
Time: 9.30am-3.30pm
Contact: David, 9117.9617

 
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Climate Change Conference – 5 Jun

VSS will have a booth at the Climate Change Conference to be held on Sat, 5 Jun, which is World Environment Day. Hear an array of international and local speakers, live and on video, discuss what we must do, including reducing meat consumption. Among the speakers is Dr Neil Barnard, head of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine - http://pcrm.org – who has done important research on diabetes and diet. Another internationally known speaker is Dr R.K. Pachauri, head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: http://www.rkpachauri.org
 

Date/Time: Sat, 5 Jun, 2-6pm
Venue: Singapore Post Centre, 5th storey Theatrette
(next to Paya Lebar MRT)
Info & registration: www.earth-sos.com/singapore
 
Admission is free. Refreshments and snacks provided during breaks and enjoy a free buffet dinner after the conference.

 
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Dr Esselstyn’s Visit Delayed

In 2009, VSS hosted a successful visit by Professor T Colin Campbell, a strong advocate of plant-based diets. Prof Campbell recommended that this year we invite Dr Caldwell B. Esselstyn, author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, and we were happy to do so. Our initial plans were to have Dr. Essy visit in Oct, but due to a scheduling conflict, this may only be possible next year.
 
We hope to find a replacement for this Oct.
 
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Revamping Our Food Outlet List

One of the most popular locations on the VSS web is our Food Outlets page http://www.vss.sg/food which lists food outlets according to the nearest MRT and LRT stations. However, with some many new MRT stations opening this year, and even more in coming years, it’s becoming increasingly tricky to decide which MRT station an outlet is nearest.
 

Thus, we’re looking around for a new organising principle for the Food Outlet page. One person suggested real estate districts, and another recommended postal codes. Thoughts? Please send to info@vegetarian-society.org

 
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Simple Vegetarian Cookbook Now Online for Free

Simple Vegetarian is a cookbook by noted local vegetarian speaker and teacher, Wong Kee Yew. His book presents only recipes without egg, without milk, without garlic/onion, without artificial additives and with only raw ingredients. This is to suit vegetarians of different paths and preferences.
 

The stories behind the making of Simple Vegetarian can be read at:
http://learning-holistic-wellness.blogspot.com/
2010/05/stories-behind-simple-vegetarian-1.html

 

The book is now available online at:
http://www.tradebit.com/filedetail.php/
98635586-simple-vegetarian


 
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Another Meat Reduction Scheme

Lots of people are talking about meat reduction. Some do one meatless day a week. Others do meatless till 6pm.
 

Here’s a video advocating being meatless on weekdays:
http://www.ted.com/talks/graham_hill_weekday_
vegetarian.html?utm_source=newsletter_weekly_
2010-05-18&utm_campaign=newsletter_
weekly&utm_medium=email

 

The video is very short. The speaker is Graham Hill, founder of TreeHugger, a Discovery company: http://www.treehugger.com

 
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Vegetarian Ultramarathoner Sets New Record

An ultramarathon is any distance beyond the 42km of a marathoner. Ultramarathons are often much farther, even 160km. Scott Jurek - http://www.scottjurek.com/#/home - is a long-time vegan and long-time winner of ultramarathons. This year, he set a new U.S. record for longest distance run in 24 hours, an incredible 266km: http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlesports/
archives/205912.asp?from=blog_last3

 

This New York Times article gives more background on Scott and his diet: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/13/sports/
13runner.html?pagewanted=1&ref=sports


 
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Does Dark Chocolate Contain More Iron Than Beef?

There are many veg sources of iron, such as chick peas and various beans, broccoli, spinach, brown rice, dried figs and apricots, and brown sugar and molasses. Dark chocolate probably shouldn’t be an everyday food, but now and then, it might be a good choice: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/iron-dark-chocolate
-contains-more-than-beef.html

 
Some brands of dark chocolate come without dairy.
 
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NEWSTART Lifestyle Programme: 6-9 Jun

Looking for a research-based programme to launch yourself or a loved one on a healthier, more planet friendly, kinder lifestyle. The NEWSTART programme may be the one: http://www.newstart.com.
 

Details:
 
When: 6 to 9 Jun, Sun to Wed (4 days condensed version); fasting required on 6 Jun from 10pm onwards till after the blood test on 7 Jun am.
 

Where: Youngberg Wellness Centre, 798 Thomson Road, S. 298186, next to 800 Thomson Condo
 

Cost: $550.00 (inclusive of blood test, 10 meals, 1 graduation dinner, Lingzhi steamboat dinner buffet on 10 June and Newstart T- shirt. Special $100 off for VSS members who register and pay by 30 May. Limited to 1st ten participants only.
 

Contact: John Cheang @ 9674.2512, 6565.9076

 
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Hippo on the Menu at Zoo in Beijing

A reader sent in the following article. Our question: Is there much difference between zoos with restaurants where patrons can eat the same species on exhibit at the zoos and zoos with restaurants that serve the meat of cows, chickens, fishes and other fellow animals we humans customarily dine on?
 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/may/21/
exotic-animals-beijing-zoo-menu#start-of-comments


 
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100 Million a Day

That’s the number of factory farmed animals slaughtered each day, according to a report from Compassion in World Farming: http://www.ciwf.org.uk Their site offers many free, fact-filled publications.
 
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Quick and Easy Meals for Busy People – 30 May

Genesis Health Food Restaurant is offering another of their classes to teach us quick and easy ways to be vegetarian.
 

When: Sun, 4-6pm
Where: Genesis Health Food Restaurant, 1, Lorong Telok (near Boat Quay)
Details: Call Agnes at 9145.4218, 6438.7118. email:genesishf@yahoo.com.sg
Plus: Dinner provided
Dishes: olive oil dips, dukkah, hummus, pita, lentil rice.

 
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Excerpt #1 from The Pig Who Sang to the Moon

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson has used his professional knowledge of psychology to write several excellent books that provide insight into the thinking and emotions of non-human animals. The Pig Who Sang to the Moon: The Emotional World of Farm Animals (2003) is one of those books. Over the next issues, we’ll be running excerpts from that book. Here is the first.
 

pp. 26 and 27
 

On Thursday, March 9, 2000, the London Daily Telegraph reported the remarkable rescue of Dee Jones by her pet pig, Pru. … When walking with her sheepdog in Whitland, West Wales, Jones fell waist-deep into a bog. She panicked at first, but when Pru came over she put the dog leash around the pig and told her: “Go home, go home!” Pru obeyed, pulling Jones out of the mud and saving her life.
 

… What is the explanation? Since a human in distress makes a sound very similar to a pig in distress, Jones’s pig clearly understood that the situation was dangerous and was intelligent enough to obey the order to return home. Here the pig’s curiosity, her ability to use insight, and her natural affection for people to whom she feels close, came together to save the life of someone dear to her.

 
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Another Veggie Singles Night at Food #03

Last year, the vegetarian restaurant Food #03 held a successful Veggie Singles Night. Now, it’s back by popular demand.
 
When: Fri, 28 May, 8pm-midnight
Where: Food #03, 109 Rowell Road
http://www.facebook.com/
event.php?eid=109936102377373


 
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Personal + Planetary Healing Workshop

Personal + Planetary Healing with Homa 'Environmental' Therapy - An ancient Ayurvedic Science
Taught by Volunteer & Organic Farmer Lee Ringma from Australia
Weekend: Fr 2 - Sun 4 Jul or Sat/Sun 3-4 Jul
At ocean-facing Tanujng Sutera Resort.
Meals are Vegan: Light, Fresh + Energising!
Accom + Meal Packages: $175 (2 nites) + $95 (1 nite)
Workshop – by donation
Bookings + More Info: battybooo@gmail.com or sms 9648.9531
Details at http://tinyurl.com/35cz52r

 
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