VSS eNewsletter 15 November 2010

Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
15 November 2010
In This Issue

Editor's Note

VSS NEWS

Two VSS Library Talks in Dec
 
VSS To Take Part in Holistic Wellness Symposium
 
Botanics Edible and Medicinal Plants Tour
 
Our Speaker at Xiamen Veg Forum
 
VSS In-Box
 
Talk on Intelligence & Emotions of Other Animals
 
Support the Veg Movement in Africa
 
GENERAL NEWS

Healthful Veg Cooking Demo & Dinner
 
New Supplier of Vegan Meat
 
My Pet Chicken
 
Another Happy Chicken Story
 
More From The Biggest Loser
 
New Film from Vegan Society
 
Egg Replacers
 
Zen Cooking Class in KL
 
Veg CEOs Take Control of Their Health
 
School Hols Dine & Learn Classes from NutriHub
 
Veg School Lunches in Taiwan
 
International Meatless Day – 25 Nov

Chickens are the land animals most eaten, at least 40 billion a year. See another side of our relationship with chickens.
 
Dr George M Jacobs


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Two VSS Library Talks in Dec

December will be a special month for VSS with two library talks, by two back-by-popular demand speakers.
 

(1) On Sun, 5 Dec, VSS Exco member and TCM physician, Douglas Teo speaks in Mandarin from 2-3.30pm in the Changi-Simei Room at Tampines Regional Library.
 

Title: Steps in Becoming Vegetarian (In Mandarin)
 

Synopsis:
1. Is a vegetarian diet suitable for me?
2. How do I move towards being vegetarian, step by step?
3. How do I eat a balanced vegetarian diet?
4. How does a vegetarian diet affect my health?
 

(2) On Wed, 8 Dec, NUS Geography professor, Dr Harvey Neo speaks in English from 7-8.30pm, in the Multipurpose Room, Level B1, on the Central Library on Victoria Street.
 

Title: Business Opportunities via Diet Change in the Age of Climate Change
 

Synopsis:
When most people think about business opportunities arising from human actions to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, they leave something out. They think about businesses that do green energy generation and conservation for vehicles, electrical appliances, lighting, etc. What is left out is the fuel we use to generate the energy for our bodies, that is, the food we eat. Moving towards plant based diets can powerfully decrease human greenhouse emissions. This talk explains the role of diet change in addressing climate change and suggests business opportunities that arise as people change their diets.
 
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VSS To Take Part in Holistic Wellness Symposium

The Holistic Wellness Symposium 2010 is proudly brought to you by Kampung Senang Charity & Education Foundation, Eco Harmony Global Network Limited, and jointly supported by Alltrust International Pte Ltd, Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, Vegetarian Society (Singapore), International Nature Lover Association, and Nature’s Children.
 

On Sun, 21 Nov, 2-9pm, join us at Singpost Auditorium (L5, SingPost Bldg, near Paya Lebar MRT) as VSS Education and Outreach Officer, Mr Loh Yeow Nguan, and other international experts share holistic solutions to treat modern-day diseases and protect the environment. Over six overseas holistic medical specialists and seven local experts will gather at this dual-language (Mandarin/English) symposium to contribute their medical knowledge to the public.
 

For more information:
http://www.eco-harmony.net/HWS2010/index.htm or 6749.8509.
 
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Botanics Edible and Medicinal Plants Tour

Earlier this month, VSS organised people to take part in the Edible and Medicinal Plants Tour at Botanic Gardens led by Mahaya Menon (pictured here), who also researched and developed the tour. Registration was limited to 40 people, and that cutoff point was reached in less than 24 hours.
 

Fortunately, Mahaya regularly conducts such tours the first Sat of each month for NParks. For a complete list of SBG tours, please visit
http://www.sbg.org.sg/calendar/calendar.asp or call 6471.7361.
 
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Our Speaker at Xiamen Veg Forum

VSS member, Heng Guan Hou (far left of the photo), represented Singapore at the recently concluded International Vegetarian Food Fair and Forum, 5-8 Nov
http://www.whatsonxiamen.com/event1705.html
 

Hou is with Sukha House - www.sukhahouse.com – and is a longtime leader in the SG organic movement. The other people in the photo are, from left to right, the president of the Zao Zhi Shu Veg chain of restaurants, which hopes to be the first listed vegetarian company in China; Professor Duo Li of Hangzhou University, who will be hosting the 2011 Asian Vegetarian Congress in his city; and the president of the Taiwan Vegetarian Association.
 
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The VSS InBox

Two readers recommend the following webpages for finding out if beauty and personal care products are tested on non-human animals:
 

http://www.peta.org/living/beauty-and-
personal-care/companies/default.aspx

 
http://www.acres.org.sg/issues_testexperiment.html

 
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Talk on Intelligence & Emotions of Other Animals

A VSS member joined colleagues from Cat Welfare Society and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to video a talk on ‘The Intelligence and Emotions of Our Fellow Animals’. The video was shown at the India, South & West Asia Vegetarian Congress, held in Bangalore, 30 Oct-1 Nov.
 

You can watch the video (it may take a while to download) at http://www.vegetarian-society.org/node/1488 Feel free to share with others.
 
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Support the Veg Movement in Africa

VSS is a member of IVU (International Vegetarian Union). Here is a message from IVU Manager, John Davis.
 

Over the past three years, IVU has sent out appeals for funds to support veg in Africa:
 

2007 - for the 1st ever African veg congress in Nigeria
2008 - to buy a computer for the IVU Africa coordinator to save him having to use cybercafes
2009 - for the West African Veg Congress in Ghana
 

Thank you to everyone who supported those appeals, and here's the one for 2010 - the 1st East & Central Africa Veg Congress in Nairobi, Kenya, 2-5 Dec. We urgently need support for this important event (all food at these events is completely vegan).
 

Preparation for the Congress has already led to the formal re-launching of the Vegetarian Society of Kenya (see photo). For links to reports, photos and plans for all of the above see: http://www.ivu.org/africa
 

The difference in the funds appeal this time is that we have very recently received a
substantial donation for general IVU Africa use, but rather than simply spend it all on this congress, we want to build up some funds to allow better planning for future events. We are already looking towards the 1st Southern Africa Veg Congress in 2011, probably in South Africa - and to the first ever IVU World Veg Congress in Africa in 2014.
 

As there are many countries with different currencies, all funds will be held specifically for Africa by the IVU treasurer and released direct to the country needing the support, subject to appropriate scrutiny. We need your help to make all this possible!
 

Please help by going to http://www.ivu.org/africa/donations.html - and sending whatever you can via PayPal (online credit card payments). Every donation, however small, will make a difference.
 

If you or your organization would like to be listed as a sponsor, do let me know.
Many thanks in advance,
 

john
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john davis
manager@ivu.org
http://www.ivu.org
 
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Healthful Veg Cooking Demo & Dinner

Healthful Vegetarian Cooking- demo and dinner at Balestier Rd SDA Church social hall on Sunday, November 21, 2010, from 5 pm to 6:30 pm. Fee: $30 per person. Limited to 30 participants. Pre-register by sending sms to 9348 1848
 

http://sg.theasianparent.com/
articles/kids-and-a-vegetarian-diet


 
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New Supplier of Vegan Meat

People concerned about whether vegetarian meat imported from other countries is really meatless will be glad to hear about the opening of Loving Vegan, a new supplier of veg meat, that is not only vegan but also non-GMO: http://www.lovingvegan.com.sg/index.htm Purchases can be made via the order form found in the website, free delivery for any order above $80.
 
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My Pet Chicken

Bought ChiChi (a chirpy and noisy chick) for $5 from a pet farm in Tampines, in late 2002. An extremely sociable pet, she would respond to you when called, such as coming towards you or acknowledging with her calls. We allowed ChiChi to roam the apartment. We had almost 9 memorable years with her. During her early days (between 3-12 months) as a chick, she would sit near our feet while we watched our favourite TV program. Soon, as she grew, she would fly up to our lap.....and then progressed to our shoulders, playfully pecking at our ears. It was a joy to watch her lying on a laid out towel while we did house chores or watched TV. Her favourite pastime was eating, and watermelon seeds were her favourite. She was an intelligent bird with extremely superb eyesight. The moment you brought out a watermelon, she would jump up and down (if she was in her cage) with excitement or would jump up to pull at our clothing - her way of asking for her food.
 

ChiChi loved to walk down to the playground/garden to peck at sands or sand bathe. After each garden visit, she would walk up (with us) to our fifth floor apt.
 

Once a week, we shampooed ChiChi and dried her with a hair dryer. The amazing thing about washing her was that she allowed us to bathe her without a struggle. Besides, she would go into a sleep mode (with her own musical "snoring" noise) when we cuddled her after the drying treatment. ChiChi was remarkably healthy; we only took her to the vet twice at a cost of about $35.
 

In case you are wondering, ChiChi laid one egg a day, except when we shifted (due to home renovation) to another apt) - she was stressed and did not lay a single egg until we moved back to our old place. We gave the eggs away.
 

ChiChi left us on 26 Feb of this year, very suddenly of heart attack (3 days after the visit to the vet for treatment of loss of appetite). She was cremated on the next day, and we have kept her ash in a tiny urn (service provided by the pet shop). We miss her acknowledgement of us getting home (her jumpings and her unique calling noise each time we opened our main door upon arriving home). She was really a joy to our family.
 
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Another Happy Chicken Story

This story from the U.S. recounts how a secondary school class was doing a science project in which each raised a chick. Then, the students were to kill and prepare their ‘project’ to be eaten. Except that one student had other ideas. Whitney Hillman put Chicklett in her purse, ran out of school and arranged for Chicklett to live on a friend’s farm.
http://www.salina.com/news/story/chicklett
 
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More From The Biggest Loser

In our last issue, we had news that Bob Harper, one of the trainers on the US version of the tv show, The Biggest Loser, is a vegan activist. In a recent episode Bob invited some contestants to his home for a vegan meal which they all seemed to enjoy (Season 10, Episode 4). Here are the recipes Bob featured on the show.

 
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New Film from Vegan Society

"Making the Connection" is a new film which invites you on a journey - together with a chef, a farmer, an MP, an athlete, a dietician, a poet - to explore an exciting lifestyle which combines delicious, healthy food with tackling many of the global challenges facing us today.
 

Will you make the connection and become part of the solution?
 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZAHIB97iGY&p
=932A35B5E6B8965A&index=1&playnext=8

 
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Egg Replacers

Looking for ways to bake and do other kinds of cooking without eggs? The following web resource may be helpful:
http://www.egglesscooking.com/
egg-replacements/#axzz14bANj5Yr

 
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Zen Cooking Class in KL

June Ka Lim, of Woods Macrobiotics Cooking Academy of SE Asia, in KL, invites people from Singapore for a 4day organic, veg, macrobiotic zen gourmet cooking class, 14-17 Dec, 10am-5.30pm. In addition to June, two teachers will be coming from Japan. Early bird price: RM2700.
 

Address and contact info: 25 Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-22870959 Fax: +603-22870969
www.macrobiotics-malaysia.com
info@macrobiotics-malaysia.com

 
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Veg CEOs Take Control of Their Health

According to this article, more CEOs (including Twitter’s Biz Stone, pictured here) are turning veg. These folks like being in control. Diet is a key way to control our health, as well as to help the environment and show kindness for our fellow animals.
 

http://www.care2.com/causes/real-food/
blog/the-new-vegan-ceo

 
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School Hols Dine & Learn Classes from NutriHub

NutriHub at Cuppage Plaza, #B2-25 (behind OG Orchard, near Centrepoint), www.nutrihub.blogspot.com, 6738.2746, offers a wide variety of classes. Here are their latest offerings.
 

Sat, 20 Nov, 3-5pm, Nutrimeal Cooking – Series II
Wed, 24 Nov, 4-6pm, Essential Oils and Acupressure Points
Wed, 24 Nov, 7-9pm, Nutrimeal Cooking – Series III
Sat, 27 Nov, 10.30am-12.30pm, Harmonising Your Body Energy II
Sat, 4 Dec, 3-5pm, Raw like Cooked – Series II
Wed, 8 Dec, 2-4pm, Raw like Cooked – Series I
Sat, 11 Dec, 10.30am-12.30pm, Harmonising Your Body Energy I
Sat, 11 Dec, 3-5pm, Nutrimeal Cooking – Series I
Sat, 18 Dec, 10.30am-12.30pm, Harmonising Your Body Energy II
Sat, 18 Dec, 3-5pm, Nutrimeal Cooking – Series II
Wed, 22 Dec, 2-4pm, Raw Foods for Lunar New Year
Sat, 8 Jan, 2.30-4.30pm – Raw Foods for Lunar New Year
Sat, 15 Jan, 2.30-4.30pm – Raw Foods for Lunar New Year
Sat, 22 Jan, 3-5pm, Raw like Cooked – Series II
 

For Registration / Enquiry, please contact or SMS to Ms Vinitha Ang at 92368402.
 
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Veg School Lunches in Taiwan

Taipei, Nov. 7 (CNA) Around 86 percent of elementary, junior and senior high schools in Taiwan have provided vegetarian lunches to students to promote healthy lifestyles and help reduce global warming, according to the results of a survey released by the Ministry of Education (MOE) on Sunday.
 

The survey, conducted in mid-October, shows that 2,328 out of 3,517 public schools around the country have offered vegetarian meals, with 676 schools providing a vegetarian diet at least once every two weeks or once every month.
 

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full story:
http://focustaiwan.tw/ShowNews/
WebNews_Detail.aspx?Type=aALL&ID=201011070010

 
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International Meatless Day -25 Nov

Every 25 Nov is celebrated as International Meatless Day:
http://www.meatlessday.com
 
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