Spring Outreach, Tofunny, Nutrition, Swine Flu, Veg Kids, White House, Rap, Ethics
May 8, 2009
- BVS Spring Outreach
- "Tofunny" Vegan Comedy Show Saturday, May 9 in Davis Square
- BVS Nutrition Pages
- Dr. Michael Greger on Swine Flu and Factory Pig Farms
- Good Morning America on Feeding Vegetarian Children
- Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Calls for Meatless Mondays and Meatless State Dinners at White House
- Rap Artist Promotes Veggie Lifestyle
- Thinking Ethically -- Not Just Locally
- The Omnivore's Rationalization
BVS has had a good spring outreach season, including our two-week display in Harvard Square, exhibiting at Boston University's Earth Day, U Mass Boston's Health Fair, speaking for an environmental group in Newton, and next Tuesday (come visit 11-2, 2nd floor Grand Staircase) we'll exhibit at the first Earth Day at the State House, showing this great display on Global Warming and Meat Production: http://www.bostonveg.org/campaigns/index.html
Come tickle your tofunny bone Saturday night at the vegan comedy show "Tofunny," organized by BVSer Zach Sherwin. Zach has lined up an all vegan cast of stand up comedians, and BVS will be there with an information table. Join in the fun Saturday, May 9 at 6 PM at the Burren, 247 Elm Street in Davis Square, Somerville. Vegan comedy with Myq Kaplan, Jamie Kilstein, Zach Sherwin (aka MC Mr. Napkins), and Rob Crean. Tickets $10 cash at the door. Part of the 2009 Alternative Comedy Festival - http://www.altcomfestival.com.
Remember to access the BVS website whenever you have a question about nutrition, or if you simply have time to browse some fascinating nutrition information! We've pulled together a wealth of info, compiled right here:
BVS friend and ever-popular speaker Michael Greger MD is an expert in the transmission of infectious diseases. Author of Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching, Dr. Greger now is spreading the word on the origins of Swine Flu in the squalid conditions of intensive confinement factory pig farms. Here are some of his recent appearances:
CNN: (1st time) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j10SQpCO9Wc
CNN (2nd time) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMAOlIxDzN4&feature=email
NPR's On Point : http://www.onpointradio.org/2009/04/swine-flu-and-pandemic-fears
What You Should Know about Swine Flu: Q&A with Dr. Michael Greger
May 3, 2009
Also, on Wired Science: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/05/swineflufarm/
ABC's Good Morning America
April 20, 2009
Here is a nice segment on young kids going veg and what parents can feed them.
Dr. Robert Lawrence, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future at the Bloomberg School of Public Health says, "With the President's notable embrace of healthy food and strong support for environmentally sound policies, reintroducing 'Meatless Mondays' at the White House will demonstrate a great way for Americans to improve their health, while lightening our nation's carbon foot-print." Meatless Monday envisions meatless menus and recipes issuing from the White House every Monday, inspiring Americans to cook healthier meals, and the administration providing international leadership by directing the White House Chef to plan and prepare meat-free banquets and state dinners.
NY1 News 3/08/2009
"As a member of the Wu-Tang Clan, he's known as Masta Killa. And with a stage-name like that, you'd think the rapper born Elgin Turner, who now goes by Jamel Irief, would be a carnivore. But when he isn't in the studio working on his latest solo album, due this spring..., Irief's been spreading another message: ' Go Veg.'"
This Earth Day, Thinking Ethically -- Not Just Locally
By Paul Shapiro
April 20, 2009
"...the question of eating ethically involves a lot more than just questioning how many miles our food had to travel to get to our plates. I can�t tell you how many times I�ve heard people proudly say, �I buy local meat,� implying that their meat (or eggs or dairy) didn�t come from a factory farm... But we can�t ignore the thorny issue that factory farms aren�t just �out there� in a faraway land. All factory farms are local to somewhere."
The Omnivore's Rationalization
By Jill Howard-Church
April 10, 2009
Interesting essay - Michael Pollan's The Omnivore�s Dilemma, former vegetarians, ethical omnivores...
...Their [�ethical omnivores�] argument � which I call �The Omnivore�s Rationalization� � seems to be that if your meat doesn�t come from a factory farm, then your ethical obligation to the animals stops there and you can happily eat your steak with a clear conscience. Although I understand the intent of this reformist approach, it conveniently sidesteps the fundamental issue of whether we human beings, with the many options available to us, have a right to bring billions of animals into this world with the sole intent of destroying them for a nonessential purpose.