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IVU Online News May 2008
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Table of Contents

  1. Dresden Update - Post-Congress Tours
  2. East Meets West & West Eats Meat:  A History of Vegetarianism & Music
  3. Interview with the Chair of the Christian Vegetarian Association
  4. Guide to Catering for Older Vegetarians & Vegans Launched
  5. West Africa’s First Vegetarian/Vegan Library Opens
  6. How a Vegetarian Builds Muscle
  7. Upcoming Events
  8. More Online Newsletter Links
  9. A Multi-Disciplinary Academic Resource
  10. Hidden Costs of Working in a Slaughterhouse
  11. Book News
  12. Fruits and Vegetables May Help Avoid Weight Gain
  13. Welcome to Organisations That Recently Registered with IVU
  14. Please Write for IVU Online News

Rows in the SpreewaldDresden Update - Post-Congress Tours    
The organizers of the 2008 IVU World Vegetarian Congress in Dresden, Germany, 27 Jul-2 Aug, 2008, send this reminder about the environmentally friendly Post Congress Tour, "From the Metropolis to Nature - Berlin, Potsdam and Spreewald".

Discover one of the most beautiful regions of Germany together with vegetarian friends from all over the world. Vegetarian/vegan food is included.

The tour starts on 2 Aug in Dresden and ends back in Dresden on 6 Aug. Details, including the complete itinerary and the booking form, can be found at

Please note: The deadline for booking is the 5th May 2008.

East Meets West & West Eats Meat:  A History of Vegetarianism & Music
There has probably always been a shared sensitivity between various branches of the arts and vegetarianism. Now, a new section of the IVU website attempts to trace a history of music and vegetarianism. It just looks at professional musicians as there would be countless numbers of enthusiastic amateurs, far too many to record.

The story begins way back in 19th century Germany with some famous names, and others who will only be known to those in the profession. As the title of the webpage suggests, the Eastern influence is considerable. We try to look at how much East and West overlapped. Did they all know each other? Did vegetarian musicians prefer working together, more than with meat eaters?

We have not included anyone born after 1950, so this is NOT a list of whether current pop stars happen to be vegetarian this week, and just as often not next week. But if you're interested in past generations, then go to:

If anyone can add more information to what we've collected so far, please contact John Davis -

Interview with the Chair of the Christian Vegetarian Association
Last issue we began a series of interviews with leaders of various veg organisation. In this issue, we interview Stephen Kaufman, chair of the Christian Vegetarian Association.

1. What made you decide to become a vegetarian? When did that happen?
How old were you at the time?

Though there were many good reasons, concern for animal welfare was my principal motivation. It happened in 1979, when I was 20.

2. You are a leader of the Christian Vegetarian Association, a member society of IVU. How long have you been a leader of this organisation?

Since 2000.

3. What is it that sustains your desire to be active?

I am concerned about animal welfare, and these concerns relate to my religious beliefs, which include a faith that God is loving and compassionate, and desires that we show compassion for God's creatures.

4. What is an obstacle that you face in remaining active in promoting vegetarianism? How do you overcome this obstacle?

It has always been a challenge to balance family responsibilities, my professional life as a full-time physician, and demands of the activism work. I've done my best, and I get feedback from my family.

5. What is one of your organisation's accomplishments that makes you especially proud?

We have distributed over 150,000 copies of our booklet "Are We Good Stewards of God's Creation?" at Christian concerts, revivals, and other events.

6. How do you try to maintain good relations and enthusiasm amongst your organisation's members?

We have a weekly e-newsletter, and we respond to all personal correspondence. We also have a moderated Internet discussion group I moderate the list to make sure that messages relate to the group's focus and that all messages show respect for all the group’s participants.

7. What is one way that your organisation cooperates with other veg organisations?

At our information tables, in addition to our Christian literature, we offer a wide range of religious and secular viewpoints. Different messages resonate with different people, and we believe that nearly all religions and ethical systems have a common denominator of compassion.

8. Do you have any fundraising tips for other organisations?

Not really. We don't do a great job of fundraising ourselves.

9. What is one thing that other veg organisations might be able to learn from your organisation?

That religion can, and should, be a friend of the animal protection movement.

10. How does your organisation reach out to people who are trying to become veg or who are newly veg?

Our own literature can help with the transition, and we refer them to other organizations that can help. Also, our discussion group often provides encouragement and support.

11. Finally, any veg jokes you’d like to share?

Question: How many vegetarians does it take to screw in a light bulb?
Answer: Only one, but where do they get their protein?

Guide to Catering for Older Vegetarians & Vegans Launched
Vegetarian for Life (VfL) - - is a new charity which aims to improve standards of catering for older vegetarians and vegans throughout the U.K.

Tina Fox - - Company Secretary of VfL and former Chief Executive of The Vegetarian Society, says: “These are people who for years have tried to lead a life based on kindness: kindness to animals, kindness to the environment and kindness to themselves. Vegetarians and vegans may be a minority in society but our lifestyle choice is strongly held.

Like all older people, vegetarians and vegans deserve respect towards the end of their lives, and our task at VfL will be to raise awareness and to assist those responsible for catering for older people to see how easy it is to satisfy vegetarians and vegans.”

VfL will offer a range of services including an active website and information service; catering guides; a recipe service; and menu and nutrition advice. And it will build up the Vegetarian for Life – UK List of establishments which sign up to its Code of Good Practice.

The first guide, Catering for Older Vegetarians & Vegans – A practical guide for care homes, retirement schemes and others catering for older people, will be distributed free of charge to around 15,000 homes and other caterers during National Vegetarian Week, 19-25 May. The VfL website will be fully operational by then and will provide downloads of the guide and a comprehensive recipe service.

Rose Elliot, the renowned vegetarian cookery writer and VfL’s patron, says:
“VfL is happy to work with other vegetarian, vegan and animal welfare groups to achieve its aims and will be grateful if our work is brought to the attention of members and supporters of these organisations.

West Africa’s First Vegetarian/Vegan Library Opens
On May 1, the Vegetarian Association of Ghana (VAG) – - inaugurates West Africa’s first Vegetarian/Vegan Library & Resource Centre. VAG sends the following report.

Over the past few years the importance and popularity of eating a plant based diet has steadily grown here in Ghana. The opening of the VAG Library will further promote this worthy cause among our increasingly health conscious population.

The Library will be located at the premises of Assase Pa, Ghana’s original vegetarian restaurant.  A welcoming green oasis in the midst of Accra’s busy centre, the Library building has been beautifully renovated to help make it an attractive centre of learning and activism. 

How a Vegetarian Builds Muscle 
The myth persists that vegetarians are necessarily weak physically: “You can’t build muscles on carrots”. We can counter this myth by citing scientific evidence about all the protein found in various vegetarian foods or by giving examples of vegetarian athletes. But, if we ourselves look weak while we are talking about how vegetarians can be strong, the medium (our bodies) may appear to contradict the message.

Fortunately, a great deal of information exists about how vegetarians, including female vegetarians, can build muscle. One of the people providing this information is Steve Holt, who founded The Vegetarian Bodybuilder ™ and runs the website

Steve has been a vegetarian for 27 years, but he entered his first bodybuilding competition in March 2000 at the age of 46. He currently holds eight bodybuilding championship titles. In this article, Steve shares some of his ideas and experiences. A longer version of the article is available at
Just how does a vegetarian pack on additional lean body mass?

  1. Resistance Exercise (weight training)
  2. Protein

1. Resistance exercise. The body is an efficient organism, and its objective is to reach a state of balance, or stasis. It will meet the demands placed upon it, but no more. Unless those demands are increased, the organism will remain unchanged. When those demands are increased via resistance exercise, adaptation is the result. One of those adaptations is hypertrophy, or muscle tissue growth.

Protein: To build muscle, exercise is not enough; we also have to take in sufficient amounts of protein. Muscle is one way the body stores protein from our diet. The body utilizes additional protein in conjunction with the additional requirements placed on it. In other words, resistance exercise causes the body to utilize the excess protein we take in. If, however, weight training is minimal or non-existent, the excess protein will be converted to glucose for energy, and in the (very likely) event of a surplus of glucose, this excess ends up being converted to body fat. Body fat is the way the body stores excess glucose. 

For my suggestions on how much protein you can add to your diet, click here.

2. Now about weights. So where do you start? Maybe you’ve never done any of this stuff before, or perhaps it’s been so long that it seems like another life…. It doesn’t take much. You start by working on and developing proficiency in a few compound lifts. And you do this around the same time you increase your protein intake.

For a sample beginner workout, click here. To learn more about weight training for vegetarians, click here.

1. Their Lives, Our Voices, Midwest Animal Advocacy Conference 2008, Jun 6-8, Minneapolis, USA

Their Lives, Our Voices 2008 will be a hands-on, high-quality conference focused on helping animals. The goal is to enable as much attendee participation and networking as possible, so the organisers hope you will attend and make this a great event:

So far, the speaker line-up includes Carol Adams (author); Gene Baur (Farm Sanctuary); Paul Shapiro (Humane Society of the United States); Collen Patrick-Goudreau (Compassionate Cooks); Freeman Wicklund and Nathan Runkle (Mercy for Animals); Erica Meier (Compassion Over Killing); and Matt Ball (Vegan Outreach).

This conference is being organized by Compassionate Action for Animals, an animal advocacy organization based in Minneapolis, USA. Early-bird deadline: 9 May.

2. Taking Action for Animals 2008 Conference, Jul 19-21, Arlington, Virginia, USA
Here’s from the conference website:

Taking Action for Animals is an annual conference and trade show that brings together seasoned animal activists as well as those just beginning their journey into the world of animal protection. Dozens of innovative and talented presenters provide the latest ideas and tactics needed in order to take action for animals.

3. Animal Rights 2008 Conference, Aug 14-18, Washington, DC
Here are some of the highlights listed on the conference website:

- Worlds’ largest, oldest animal rights conference
- 90 speakers from 60 animal protection groups in 9 countries
- Sessions on personal skills, activism, organizing, outreach
- Newcomer orientation
- Networking receptions
- Cruelty-free shopping
- 80 videos

More Online Newsletter Links 
Last month, we listed other electronic newsletters. Here’s another one; plus a more accurate link for one of the ones mentioned previously.

  1. Farmed Animal Net - - a collaborative project of eight nonprofit organizations, developed out of a need for current, easily accessible information on farmed animal issues. The mission of Farmed Animal Net is to empower individuals and organizations with knowledge about the complex issues relating to the billions of animals bred and slaughtered for human consumption. Farmed Animal Net strives to be an objective, trustworthy source of academic and industry information for animal advocates, educators, researchers, the media, legislators, and others.
  2. The VegE-News - - a free monthly e-newsletter featuring current news stories and items of interest to vegetarians. Vegetarian associations can work with VegE-News to create a customised version to send to a particular association’s own members. A Multi-Disciplinary Academic Resource Vegatopia banner
Vegatopia is dedicated to providing a comprehensive academic resource on all things vegan. If you are a student, researcher or teacher interested in any aspect of veganism, then Vegatopia is the site for you. We hope to facilitate new areas of research into issues relating to veganism. We want vegatopia to be an interactive forum for dialogue, informing individual and collaborative research and teaching, as well as making a contribution to vegan activism and having a positive impact on veganism in a wider sense.

The website includes:

  • A news page with information about vegan academic activities, such as conferences, seminars, publications or courses.
  • A diary with alerts to upcoming talks and other events.
  • A comprehensive, interdisciplinary bibliography. We have archived over 1500 references relevant to the theory and practice of veganism. The bibliography is searchable according to keywords, such as 'social research' or 'activism'.
  • A list of significant media sources relevant to veganism, including print, television and radio broadcasts, films and music.
  • A set of resources for research and teaching veganism in academia, including the text or notes of lectures on veganism, conference papers, theoretical notes, and other unpublished work.
  • A research forum, inviting discussion of ideas for future academic work to research and promote ethical veganism.
  • An archive of public statements on vegan matters.
  • Links to other organizations promoting veganism, including activist groups, educational charities and more.

Hidden Costs of Working in a Slaughterhouse
Here is information on two recent studies suggesting that slaughterhouses are harmful not just to those who are killed there and those who eat the individuals killed in the slaughterhouses but also to those working there and to those who come into contact with slaughterhouse workers.

Book News
1. Great Peacemakers tells the true stories of twenty peacemakers from around the world, including several vegetarians and animal advocates. The book is organized into five sections, or paths to peace, one of which is valuing all life. This section explores connections between peace and humanity's treatment of animals. Profiled in this section are English scholar Henry Salt,Alsatian physician Dr. Albert Schweitzer, Swedish author Astrid Lindgren and English ethologist Dr. Jane Goodall.

Great Peacemakers, winner of the 2007 International PeaceWriting Award, is written by Ken Beller and Heather Chase, 195 pages with 60 photographs, published by LTS Press, ISBN 978-0-9801382-0-7,

2. Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food, a new book by Gene Baur: Read reviews at

Fruits and Vegetables May Help Avoid Weight Gain 

The following is the abstract from a study published in Nutrition Research,
Volume 28, Issue 4, April 2008, pages 233-238. The entire article can be read online, for a fee.

‘High Intake of Fruits and Vegetables Predicts Weight Loss in Brazilian Overweight Adults’ by Daniela Saes Sartorelli, Laércio Joel Franco and Marly Augusto Cardoso.

To determine whether changes in dietary intakes predict weight loss, we studied 80 overweight adults who attended a nutritional counseling program during 6 months of follow-up at a primary health care center in Brazil. Habitual diet was assessed using a validated food frequency questionnaire at baseline and after 6 months. The mean age (±SD) of the participants was 46.5 ± 9.5 years, and their mean body mass index was 29 ± 3 kg/m2 at baseline. After 6 months, the differences in body weight and fruit/vegetable intake were −1.4 ± 3 kg and ±109 ± 320 g daily, respectively. Using multiple linear regression models adjusted for age, sex, changes in walking time, and total energy intake, the increased intake of dietary fiber from fruits/vegetables was associated with a greater weight loss (β1 [95% confidence interval (CI)] = −0.180 [−0.269, −0.091]) after 6 months of follow-up. Similar results were observed for increased intake of vegetables (β1 [95% CI] = −0.00497 [−0.008, −0.002]) and fruits (β1 [95% CI] = −0.00290 [−0.005, −0.001]) as predictors of weight loss. The increase of 100 g/d of vegetables and fruits represented a body weight loss of 500 and 300 g after 6 months, respectively (P < .05). Our findings support the relevance of increased intakes of fruits and vegetables that may help avoid weight gain in overweight adults.

Welcome to Organisations that Recently Registered with IVU

Please Write for IVU Online News 

Dear Veg Activist

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Thx. -–george jacobs –

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