Meatout Window Display, New Veg Restaurant, New DVD, Meat-Guzzler, Events
March 18, 2008
Dear Boston Vegetarian Society listmembers,
Here are a few items of possible interest!
1) BVS Display in Harvard Square on Meat Production & Global Warming
2) New Vegan Restaurant Opens in Worcester
3) New DVD: Healing Cancer from the Inside Out
4) Food Inspirational Video
5) NY Times: Rethinking the Meat-Guzzler
6) Events of Interest
Each March BVS commemorates the Great American Meatout with a display window for two weeks in Harvard Square.  It is in Holyoke Center on Mass. Ave. facing Harvard Yard from March 8-21.  Thank you Holly, Elisabeth, Diane!
** BVS plans to run subway ads on meat and the environment/global warming.  If you have ad concepts  to donate, please do!  Ads are 11"H x 28"W.
Buddha Hut
415 Chandler Street, Worcester
All vegan, Asian cuisine.  Sister restaurant to the longtime popular Quan Yin, this restaurant is larger, with 60-70 seats, and offer a more extensive menu of delectable foods. They are offering a 10% discount though March 31.  Stop in and help them get off to a good start!

Healing Cancer from the Inside Out A new two-hour DVD explores the failings of conventional cancer treatments and how cancer can be healed with dietary treatments and natural supplementation. "His message is dynamite!" - T. Colin Campbell, The China Study "The most important contribution to the cancer battle in the last several decades." - Brian Clement, Director, Hippocrates Health Institute
Raw practitioners share their enthusiasm for the diet in this short and upbeat film!
Rethinking the Meat-Guzzler
by Mark Bittman
New York Times
January 27, 2008
This article on the front page of the Sunday New York Times Week in Review section is simply wonderful, superb, and a please-read.  It resides permanently on the BVS websites under "Effects on the Environment" at
Here is the opening and excerpts, but the full article is amazing, linked at bottom:

A SEA change in the consumption of a resource that Americans take for granted may be in store - something cheap, plentiful, widely enjoyed and a part of daily life. And it isn't oil.

It's meat.

These assembly-line meat factories consume enormous amounts of energy, pollute water supplies, generate significant greenhouse gases and require ever-increasing amounts of corn, soy and other grains, a dependency that has led to the destruction of vast swaths of the world's tropical rain forests...

Though some 800 million people on the planet now suffer from hunger or malnutrition, the majority of corn and soy grown in the world feeds cattle, pigs and chickens. This despite the inherent inefficiencies:
about two to five times more grain is required to produce the same amount of calories through livestock as through direct grain consumption, according to Rosamond Naylor, an associate professor of economics at Stanford University. It is as much as 10 times more in the case of grain-fed beef in the United States.

The environmental impact of growing so much grain for animal feed is profound. Agriculture in the United States - much of which now serves the demand for meat - contributes to nearly three-quarters of all water-quality problems in the nation's rivers and streams, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Perhaps the best hope for change lies in consumers becoming aware of the true costs of industrial meat production. "When you look at environmental problems in the U.S.," says Professor Eshel, "nearly all of them have their source in food production and in particular meat production."

If price spikes don't change eating habits, perhaps the combination of deforestation, pollution, climate change, starvation, heart disease and animal cruelty will gradually encourage the simple daily act of eating more plants and fewer animals.

Mr. Rosegrant of the food policy research institute says he foresees "a stronger public relations campaign in the reduction of meat consumption - one like that around cigarettes - emphasizing personal health, compassion for animals, and doing good for the poor and the planet."

Read the full article:

In addition to BVS' Calendar of Events, here are other offerings of interest.
Miracles of Holism & Enzymatic Super Foods
Raw Potluck at 6 PM, Speaker Viktoras Kulvinskas at 7 PM
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Waltham Raw New England Community
U Mass Waltham Center, 240 Beaver St., Waltham MA
Prepaid reservation required.  Mail check for $30 ($25 for annual dues + $5 for the speaker) or $10 for non-members payable to “Waltham Raw New England Community” to Joe Gerber, 21 Manning St., Needham, MA 02494. Bring a raw, organic, unprocessed, non-animal based ready-to-serve dish for 6 - 8 people. Mark in red if not organic. Bring serving utensils labeled with your name and a typed recipe with your name on it.  781-899-6664
BVS Dinner/Seminar
"Fundamentals of a Holistic Lifestyle" with Victoras Kulvinskas
Wed., March 26. 5:30/7:30 PM
My Thai Cafe Vegetaian, 404 Harvard St, Brookline.  See BVS announcement for details.
Sat. March 29, BVS Vegan Cooking Class with Didi Emmons, "Spring is for Spring Rolls"
Emerald Physicians Health Fair
Saturday, March 29, 2008, 10 AM - 4 PM
Mattacheese Middle School
400 Higgins Crowell Road
West Yarmouth, Cape Cod
Health lectures on heart disease and cancer, cooking demo, relaxation techniques, and more!  Featuring Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. MD, Kumara Sidhartha, MD.  Free. Pre-registration required at 508-418-5280.
Growing Italian Vegetables in Your Garden
Sunday, April 6, 2008, 1 - 3 PM
Location: Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain (Boston)
Cost: $5
Learn to grow especially flavorful herbs and vegetables from Italy.  Whether you have a large sunny space or a few pots, you can grow heirloom Italian varieties that have been selected for taste. 

Note:  "How to grow fantastic vegan food indoors"
A surprising amount of food can be produced indoors, vegan organically, either on your windowsill or on a well-lit kitchen surface.  Here's what and how:

Massachusetts Power Shift: Charting the Path to a Sustainable Future
Friday evening - Monday, April 11 - 14, 2008
Boston University, the Boston Common, & the Massachusetts State House
This event brings people together to learn, connect, get inspired, and take action to solve the climate crisis and chart the path to a just, sustainable future. BVS will be exhibiting on the impact of meat production on the environment and global warming.
Massachusetts School of Law's Second Annual Animal Rights Day
Sat., April 12, 2008,  8 AM - 4 PM 
Andover, MA
Sessions include Investigating & Prosecuting Animal Cruelty, Practicing Animal Rights Law, Animal Law Legislative Update, Kids Activities, etc. Free admission includes a vegetarian lunch. Get more info and register at 978-681-0800.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
BVS Seminar 4 PM (free)/Dinner 5:15 PM at Grasshopper
"Beyond the Law" with Gene Baur, president and cofounder of Farm Sanctuary, will discuss how animal agribusiness operates beyond the law in areas of animal welfare, environmental protection, health and labor laws, anti-trust, and obtains billions of dollars in government support.
BVS Vegan Cooking Class with Didi Emmons
Sat. April 26 at 5 PM.  Topic TBD
BVS Dinner/Special Speaker Event
Thurs., May 15, 2008
Animals Asia Foundation Founder and CEO Jill Robinson will speak on the issues, challenges, and progress being made for animals in Asia.  Jill is vegetarian and is visiting from her work base in Hong Kong.  At My Thai Cafe in Brookline.  Full details of this event will be sent soon.
The First Veggie Pride Parade in America
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Greenwich Village, New York City
The procession will begin at 12 Noon in the Old Meat District  and culminate in Washington Square Park, where a festival of rock music, speakers and exhibitors will take place.
BVS Peace Abbey Event
Sunday, June 8, 2008
A highlight event of our year.  Save the date!
Hope something here was useful to you!

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