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IVU Online News – October 2012

Table of Contents

Two-Headed IVU Vegfest Takes Flight 5-14 October
And, 2013 in Malaysia
Life as a Teenage Vegetarian
30 Activities Your High School Veg Group Can Do
Recommended Nutrition Resources
This Month’s HCYKTASEM Article
Healthy, Collegial Debate about Health
’10 Billion Lives’ Documentary
‘Sea the Truth’ Documentary
World Animal Day
Book News
Upcoming Events
Welcome to Organisations That Have Recently Registered with IVU
Other Online Sources of Veg News
Please Send News to IVU Online News

Two-Headed IVU Vegfest Takes Flight
5-14 October


The 40th IVU Congress/Vegfest begins in San Francisco on 5 Oct and then moves to Los Angeles, concluding on 14 Oct: This exciting, informative event provides an exceptional opportunity to learn from and with a wide range of veg activists from many parts of the world, and features well known veg authors who seldom appear outside North America.

Here’s an update on a special event during the San Francisco portion of this two-headed event:

Go Vegan Radio - - presents "The Dixie Mahy Appreciation Dinner & Benefit", honouring the president of the San Francisco Vegetarian Society & its volunteers – Mon, 8 Oct, 7-9pm, Loving Hut Vegan Restaurant, 524 Irving Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues, San Francisco.

Menu includes - Spring Roll, Heavenly Salad, Hot & Sour Soup, Guru Curry, Orange Sesame Bites, Deluxe Vegetables, Organic Brown Rice, Vegan Cheese Cake. Price = $35, if you email your reservation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or sign the reservation sheet at the table at World Veg Festival by 6pm Sun, 7 Oct 7. Otherwise, it's $40 at the door - cash or check preferred - seating is limited - supporting a vegan, animal liberation message in mainstream media - "The Delicious Finish to World Veg Festival & IVU Congress Festivities!" RSVP ; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

And, 2013 in Malaysia


As you know, IVU has gone from having a Vegfest/Congress every two years to having one every year, rotating among the continents. 2013 is Asia’s turn, and IVU member, the Malaysia Vegetarian Society has stepped forward to organise the event. As a result, in 2013, the 41st IVU World Congress/Vegfest will combine with the 6th Asian Veg Congress, hosted by the Malaysian Vegetarian Society.

The current plan calls for events in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Malaysia is green in the map of SE Asia), the nation’s capital, 3-6 October, and then on to Penang, in the north of Malaysia, 8-9 October. Those attending the 2012 IVU Vegfest/Congress in North America will see a DVD introducing Malaysia and providing a preview of the 2013 event. We'll try to get that on Youtube for everyone else to see.

Life As A Teenage Vegetarian


Here are two pieces written by teenagers describing how they deal with meat eaters. The first is by Shelby Jackson, an intern with the Vegetarian Resource Group –

Sometimes, social pressures make being vegetarian a struggle. Growing up in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA amidst a family of ranchers and a high school swarming with Future Farmers of America enthusiasts, veganism often set me apart from the rest of my community. Though it was difficult at the beginning, I would soon learn some tricks of the trade that would allow me to politely confront aggressive oppositions to my lifestyle choices. Upholding and smartly promoting vegetarianism began to feel natural and easy, and my assured confidence allowed me to persevere through the most heated of confrontations....

To read the rest of this article, visit our blog:

The second piece on being a teenage vegan is by Ellen Green (pictured here), who along with her parents, works with Vegan Outreach:

30 Activities Your High School Veg Group Can Do


This article was compiled by Shelby Jackson, the Vegetarian Resource Group intern whom we read about above.

Starting a vegetarian club in high school is a powerful way to spread the word about the nutritional benefits, animal rights issues and the ecological advantages of vegetarianism. Bringing together individuals with similar ideas and interests makes advocating more enjoyable and productive. When it comes to activism, numbers are important. Every person brings something new and different to the table. Having a multitude of diverse perspectives and skills is valuable when it comes to formulating and executing successful advocacy efforts....

To read the rest of this article, visit our blog:

Recommended Nutrition Resources


It is not easy to find good advice on nutrition. Even vegetarian nutritionists disagree, and new research may change the advice nutritionists offer. Here are some suggested resources from

Among the suggested resources are the recommendations of Dr Michael Greger - which begin as follows:

The balance of scientific evidence suggests that the healthiest way to eat is a vitamin B12-fortified diet of whole plant foods. For optimum nutrition, we should be sure to include in our daily diet not only an array of whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, fruit, and as many vegetables as we can eat, but also specifically dark green leafy vegetables, berries, and white (or green) tea.

Other resources not included in the above list include the suggestions of Dr Caldwell B Esselstyn, Jr: No doubt, many other good resources exist.

This Month’s HCYKTASEM Article


To vegetarians like us, the evidence for moving away from meat seems overwhelming. Each new report just makes it seem more incredible that all the intelligent, knowledgeable meat eaters we know can continue with their destructive habit.

This month’s How Can You Know This And Still Eat Meat (HCYKTASEM) article is from the Guardian newspaper: - The article is titled ‘Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism, warn scientists’. Here’s an excerpt:

An international water expert predicts that by 2050.

"There will be just enough water if the proportion of animal-based foods is limited to 5% of total calories and considerable regional water deficits can be met by a … reliable system of food trade".

Healthy, Collegial Debate about Health


There are many powerful reasons for moving away from meat. The most frequently espoused reasons include health, environment, concern for our fellow animals, world hunger and spirituality. Is one reason better than others? There has been some debate about this of late.

Jeff Nelson (pictured here), the main organiser of the Los Angeles leg of the 2012 IVU World Vegfest, gives his views at

‘Ten Billion Lives’ Documentary


October 2nd is World Farm Animals Day -- a day to remember the over 65 billion farmed animals killed for human consumption every year (10 billion in the U.S. alone). It's also a time to invite others to open their hearts and minds so we can stop the unnecessary horror.

FARM's (Farm Animal Rights Movement new video 10 Billion Lives challenges viewers to see for themselves the abuses inherent to animal agribusiness. It concludes with an opportunity to pledge to replace animal products with more plant-based foods.

Be a part of the Online Video Challenge by sharing the video on Facebook, Twitter, or email. If you show the video to the most people, you'll win a Vitamix blender or a US$1000 grant for your organization!

Here’s the link to watch the free video: Caution: Contains graphic images of standard animal agribusiness practices.

‘Sea the Truth’ Documentary


The state of our oceans and seas is the main focus in “Sea the Truth” Leading scientists such as Daniel Pauly suggest that if we continue to catch and eat fish at the current rate, the oceans and seas will be empty within 40 years. The hunt for fish is an economic monster on the run: large bottom trawlers are scraping the bottoms of the seas empty, taking with them all living things with destructive force. The massive amount of bycatch is thrown back into the sea, maimed or dead.

This documentary was made by the same people in the Netherlands, from the Party for the Animals, who made ‘Meat the Truth’ about the effects of meat on the environment:

World Animal Day


Do you want to be involved in celebrating World Animal Day – – 4 October, this year? Anything you can do to help raise awareness of this special day for the animals in your country will be greatly appreciated. 

You can help encourage everyone who cares about animals to get involved.  For example, why not write a letter for inclusion on the letters page of your local and national newspapers. The World Animal Day website has ideas suitable for everyone whether they are a member of a large organisation, small group, or as an individual.  Don't forget to visit the 'Resources' section of the website where you will find the World Animal Day logo for your use and other support material.

To let others know about your event, go to, click on the ‘Submit Event’ button at the top of every page and follow the simple steps. First, you have to register as a 'New User'. After that, you log in using your 'Username' and 'Password' to add new events or amend existing events. 

Book News

Vegan Cooking for Carnivores


Roberto Martin, the personal chef of US tv celebrities Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, shares 125+ vegan recipes in Vegan Cooking for Carnivores:  

Portia de Rossi explains in her foreword, "Roberto taught me that the key to making good food vegan is can enjoy all your favorite foods and never feel deprived". Some of the dishes that Martin, a Culinary Institute of America-trained chef, has developed for Ellen and Portia include: Banana and Oatmeal Pancakes, Avocado Reuben, Red Beans and Rice, "Chick'n" Pot Pie, and Chocolate Cheesecake.


Animal Protection and Welfare Conference, 3-4 October, 2012, University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Brno, Czech Republic -

2012 IVU World Vegetarian Congress – 5-16 October, 2012, San Francisco and Los Angeles, USA -

Brain Complexity and Animal Awareness, Annual Meeting of the Neuroscience Society, 11 October, 2012, New Orleans, USA - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

4th China Xiamen Vegetarian Food Fair – 19-22 October, 2012 – Xiamen, China -

2012 West Africa Vegetarian Festival – 23-25 November, 2012 – Lome, Togo - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

5th Southeast Asian Congress – 23-25 November, 2012 - Chiang Mai, Thailand -

Vegfest - 21-22 December, 2012 - Dubai - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

India Vegan Festival 27-29 September, 2013 -.Details of the venue and programs will be soon available at

6th Asian Vegetarian Congress and 41st IVU World Vegfest – 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -


Welcome to Organisations That Have Recently Registered with IVU

Revolucao da Colher -

Vegan Active -

The Nanee Suites - - A pure vegetarian luxury hotel in New Delhi

Bournemouth Vegetarians and Vegans -


Other Online Sources of Veg News


In addition to IVU Online News, there are many other places to go online for general veg-related news, rather than news mostly about one country or one organisation. Here are some.

1. European Vegetarian Unio -

2. Meatout Mondays -

3. Vegan Outreach -

4. VegE-News -

5. VegNews -

6. VegSource -

7. doesn't have a newsletter, but they post stories daily at -

8. -

9. IVU-Veg-News E-Mail List -

10. Vegetarianism in the News -


Please Send News to IVU Online News


Dear Veg Activist

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