VSS eNewsletter 1 August 2011

Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
1 August 2011
In This Issue

Editor’s Note

VSS NEWS


VSS' First Ever Urban Farm Tour
 
Holistic Wellness Symposium
 
NTU Students
 
Reaching 7000
 

GENERAL NEWS


Bukit Merah's Loving Hut Closes
 
Veg Catering
 
21 Reasons To Go Veg
 
A Heaping Helping of Classes from Halimah
 
Drug Resistance from Eating Chickens?
 
Three Tips for Better Health
 
The Meat-Diabetes Link
 
Moral Progress and Animal Welfare
 
Taxing Meat & Subsidizing Veggies
 
Dine & Learn Workshops @ NutriHub
 
New Provider of Raw Food Classes
 
Ami's Veggie Heart - Aug-Sep Schedule
 
Video: Vegans in Vegas
 

Eating organic needn’t be some impossible dream, achievable only by the rich. Learn more on the VSS trip to Kampung Senang’s organic garden.
 
Dr George M Jacobs


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VSS' First Ever Urban Farm Tour
An organic garden in an HDB estate? Yes, our friends at Kampung Senang's Tampines Centre, Blk 840 Tampines St. 82, #01-111, S. 520840 have kindly arranged guided tours of their gardens on Sat, 6 Aug, 8.30am-1pm. Here's the schedule:
 
  Time   Description  
  8.30 am   Welcome & breakfast snack  
  9.00 am   Our Farm Tour begins! Herbs section, Veggie section & Potting station  
  10.30 am   Enzyme-making demo  
  11:30 am   Q & A  
  12.00 pm   Organic Lunch and sale of organic fresh produce  
  1.00 pm   End of Event  

The cost for all that, including the organic snack and lunch is on $30. More details here.
 
Kampung Senang Tampines Centre
Blk 840 Tampines Street 82 #01-111
S. 520840
 
Date & time: Sat, 6 Aug, 8:30am-1pm
Cost: $30 (VSS Members)
 
This event is catered exclusively for VSS members. Non-members can sign up as members to participate.
 

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Holistic Wellness Symposium

VSS is helping our friends at Kampung Senang to organise the Holistic Wellness Symposium 2011, to be held 30Aug (Tue, which is a public holiday), 8.30am-6pm, at the SingPost Bldg next to Paya Lebar MRT. The Symposium is divided into two sections, with the English programme in the morning and the Chinese programme in the afternoon.
 

Learn from a dynamic group of speakers. Take part in interactive sessions. Tickets cost $30, with free admission to a Holistic Fair taking place outside the auditorium. Details at 6749 8509, www.eco-harmony.net/HWS2011
 

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NTU Students

VSS is working with an innovative group of NTU students to create posters and videos that will effectively present life saving messages about why and how to go veg. These messages cover the health, environment and kindness reasons to eat less or no meat. If you know of other students or working professionals who would like to use their talents and passion to spread these messages, please ask them to contact VSS at info@vss.sg
 

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Reaching 7000

Currently, the free VSS eNewsletter goes to approximately 6500 email addresses. Let's see if we can reach 7000 by year's end.
 

Receiving the newsletter is a great way to learn about the How and Why of eating less or no animal based foods. And, it's quick and easy to sign up for the eNewsletter. Just go to http://www.vegetarian-society.org/?q=
node/700
, enter your email address and click on the arrow. You can also read back issues there.
 

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Bukit Merah's Loving Hut Closes

Loving Hut is a chain of plant based restaurants providing healthy, green and kind food in a growing number of cities around the world. Unfortunately, their outlet at Bukit Merah Central recently closed. The good news is that their outlets at Suntec, Parklane, International Plaza and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital continue to provide a wide variety of plant based dishes, many of them local: http://www.lovinghut.com.sg.
 

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Veg Catering

Last month, VSS met a group of students who are spreading the veg message via talks and food. They call themselves Green Dot. One of the things they do is to provide Bento meals for school camps. They have collaborated with several tertiary institutions such as the NUS Business School and NUS Law School, for events such as Bizad Blackout, NUS Open House and NUS Law Freshmen Orientation. The response of students at these events was that the food really exceeded their expectations of what a meatless meal are like. In fact, some didn't even notice the difference between our meal and an ordinary non-vegetarian meal. Thus, if you do want to cater food or find out more about Green Dot, find them on facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/GreenDot-Express/
176432805750581

 

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21 Reasons To Go Veg

The following webpage lists 21 reasons for going veg:
http://www.giveusahome.co.uk/articles/
vegetarianism.htm

 

Here, from the list, is a powerful reason that we hadn't heard before:
 
"Animals who die for your dinner table die alone, in terror, in sadness and in pain". This reason reminds us that the animals whom we eat form social bonds. Maybe those bonds aren't identical to bonds formed by humans, but the connections that pigs, chickens, cows, etc. form with others of their species, or even other species, do matter to them. Maybe they should matter to us, too.
 

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A Heaping Helping of Classes from Halimah

Below is Halimah's (front left in the photo) latest class schedule. Classes are held at Clementi Ave 4. Visit https://www.facebook.com/Kalavira.Vegan.School or http://vegbuzz.blogspot.com for more info and for photos of what you'll be creating, or email halimah.i@gmail.com
 
 
  Date Time Lesson
Description
Cost  
  13
Aug
(Sat)
10-1pm Delightful Desserts
• Rich Mocha Cake with Espresso Frosting
 
• Double Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make two delectable cakes.
 
 
  13
Aug
(Sat)
2.30-
5.30pm
Cupcakes Galore
• Chocolate Cupcake with Vanilla Cream and Caramel Drizzle
 
• Green Tea Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream
 
• Banana Split Cupcakes
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make three delicious cupcakes that will wow your family!
 
 
  20
Aug
(Sat)
10-1pm Vegan Pizza Making Class
• Basic handmade pizza crust
 
• Hawaiian Pizza
 
• Almond Spinach Pizza
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make vegan pizza from scratch
 
 
  20
Aug
(Sat)
2.30-
5.30pm
Serene Meadow - 3D Cupcake Decorating Class
• Basic Chocolate Cupcakes
 
• Vegan Frosting Cream
 
Learn how to colour and sculpt fondant to make beautiful garden themed cupcakes like snails, lady bird bugs, bees, mushrooms and flowers.
 
$85
 
$80 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Impress your family members with 3D cupcakes
 
 
  27
Aug
(Sat)
10-
1pm
Brownie and Scones
• Orange Hazelnut Scones
 
• Banana Date Scones
 
• Triple Chocolate Brownies
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make yummy scones and a chocolatey brownie.
 
 
  27
Aug
(Sat)
2.30-
5.30pm
Muffin Class
(By popular request!)

• Blueberry Muffins with Streusel Topping
 
• Apple Cranberry Muffins
 
• Spiced Carrot Muffins
 
$80
 
$75 for
early bird registration
(1 week prior)
 
Description
Learn how to make healthy, wholesome and scrumptious muffins
 
 

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Drug Resistance from Eating Chickens?

A new paper in the U.S. government's Centers for Disease Control's journal Emerging Infectious Diseases claims that similarities between drug-resistance genes in E. coli carried by chickens and E. coli infecting humans suggest that the chickens may be the source of human infections. Indeed, antibiotic use in large-scale farming (as shown in the photo) of the animals whom we eat creates drug-resistant organisms that affect human health.
Read more...
 

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Three Tips for Better Health

Three tips from Toronto: (1) we should eat more beans (lots of protein and other nutrients); (2) we have to watch out for liquid calories (such as in sodas and other drinks loaded with sugar); and (3) let's try to think NEAT (Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis), in other words, as we go about our daily routine, we should look for opportunities to get a bit of exercise here and there, such as walking up the stairs at the MRT station or getting off the bus one stop early and walking. Read more...
 

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The Meat-Diabetes Link

An increasing number of studies link meat eating with diabetes. Similarly, in other studies, people who adopt a plant based diet are able to reverse diabetes. Here's one possible reason.
 

A new study published in the journal Diabetes Care found a strong link between diabetes onset and blood levels of a group of harsh industrial chemicals charmingly known as "persistent organic pollutants" (POPs). The researchers identified a group of 725 diabetes-free elderly Swedes and tracked them for five years, studying the level of POPs in their blood. Thirty-six of them ended up contracting Type 2 diabetes - and the ones who did had significantly higher POP levels than the ones who didn't. How are these awful chemicals still causing trouble decades after being banned? POPs accumulate in the fatty tissue of animals - and transfer to the animals who eat them, including humans who eat meat, including fish. Read more...
 

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Moral Progress and Animal Welfare

Peter Singer, a philosophy professor at Princeton University, presents a useful summary of recent small steps towards greater respect by humans of our fellow animals. And, we could add examples from here in Singapore, such as stiffer penalties for animal abuse and animal trafficking. Similarly, the photo on the right shows the large crowd at the recent animal welfare forum organised by our friends at ACRES with support from VSS. Read more: http://www.salem-news.com/articles/
july192011/animal-morals-ps.php

 

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Taxing Meat & Subsidizing Veggies

Here's a very logical idea: We already tax cigarettes because of their negative impact on health and the resulting costs of medical care. So, why not tax meat and other unhealthy foods, and subsidise healthy foods, such as veggies? Read more at: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/24/opinion/sunday/
24bittman.html?_r=1

 

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Dine & Learn Workshops @ NutriHub
  Harmonising Your Body Energy
Sat, 6 Aug, 11am-1pm
 

Learn how to protect yourself from harmful electromagnetic fields / radiation. Learn to use a pendulum to check your body & food energy.
 

 
  Nutrimeal Cooking TM - Series I
Sat, 13 Aug, 3-5.30pm
 

Fruit Enzyme, Polenta Brown Rice Porridge, Herbal Mushroom, Chickpea Salad.
 

 
  Nutrimeal Cooking TM - Series II
Sat, 20 Aug, 3-5.30pm
 

Homemade Almond Oat Milk, Vegan Korean Kimchi, Eight Treasure Brown Rice, Five Spices Salad Tofu
 

 
  Raw like Cooked TM - Series II
Sat, 27 Aug, 3-5.30pm
 

NutriVegan Rojak, Cashew Nut Parmesan Cheese, Crispbread without Flour, Asian Pizza Delight
 

 
 

For more info: www.nutrihub.blogspot.com or sms your name, contact no & email address to Vinitha @ 92368402 or contact her directly for enquiries.
 

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New Provider of Raw Food Classes

People who want to try creating their own raw food dishes have a new place to look for inspiration and education, the Fresh Food Academy: www.freshfoodacademy.com. To find out about their classes, 6778.4826 or info@freshfoodacademy.com
 

Here's an excerpt from the bio of the Academy's founder, Chef Sandra Lee:
 
A love for good food and a desire for a healthier lifestyle prompted Sandra to learn more about the intricacies of gourmet raw cuisine. After more than 20 years in the IT industry, the long hours and hectic corporate life took a toll on Sandra's health, her weight piling up and health issues surfacing one by one. With a very supportive husband and son behind her, she went in search of a more wholesome alternative lifestyle, which led her to going organic and eventually to living cuisine.
 

Her fervent pursuit took her to the United States, the land of Fast Food, yet ironically where there is serious and fast growing population of raw foodies. Anyone who knows Sandra will tell you that she is the living testimony of the miraculous effects of turning raw: she went from size 16 to size 10, her health issues just disappeared.
 

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Ami's Veggie Heart - Aug-Sep Schedule
           
  2 August (Tue)
11am-1pm

 

• Thai lemon Grass Soup.
• Cucumber Salad.
• Stir Fry Tofu with home – made sauce.

    5 August (Fri)
11am-1pm

 

• Thai Green Curry.
• Basil Rice.
• Dessert: Sticky Rice with Mango.

 
           
  10 August (Wed)

11am-1pm

 

• Green Papaya Salad, Red Curry, Pineapple Rice

    13 August (Sat)
11am-1pm

 

• Thai Green Salad, Stir Fried Vegetables with Fresh Basil

 
           
  16 August (Tue)

11am-1pm

 

• Thai Corn Fritters, Salad Wraps, Eggplant with Basil

    19 August (Fri)
11am-1pm

 

• Pad Thai, Stir Fry Tofu with Vegetables and Basil

 
           
  23 August (Tue)
11am-1pm

 

• Pumpkin Thai Curry, Thai Corn Fritters, Lettuce Wraps

    27 August (Sat)
11am-1pm

 

• Thai Green Curry, Cucumber Salad, Thai Corn Rolls

 
           
  13 September (Tue)
11am-1pm

 

• Potato Salad, Quick Corn Soup, Bean Burger

    16 September (Fri)
11am-1pm

 

• Quick Tomato Soup, Tofu Burger, Green Pea Salad

 
           
  20 September (Tue)
11am-1pm

 

• Corn Salad, Cauliflower Salad,Salad for the Body Healing

    24 September (Sat)
11am-1pm

 

• Mixed Salad, Vegetable Soup, Quick Burger

 
           
  27 September (Tue)
11am-1pm

 

• Pesto Pasta Salad
• Quick Cheese Toast, Pasta with Herbs

       

Email ami@amisveggieheart.com or call 91446105 to register for any of the above sessions. Please sign up at least 3 days before to guarantee a seat. If there is demand for a specific menu, additional classes will be added on. Each class will be at $65, payable on that day by cash.
 

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Video: Vegans in Vegas

This 16min video - http://www.vimeo.com/26718309 - focuses on convincing more males to be vegan. In the U.S., some people think that being veg is about being mushy, sentimental, pale and weak. This video seeks to show that being veg is able being strong, both physically and in standing up for those - our fellow animals - who can't protect themselves.
 

And, who knows? If people in Las Vegas can go vegan, maybe our friends at the two local casinos will start offering more vegan options.
 

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