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IVU Online News July 2008
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Table of Contents

  1. Last Chance to Book - IVU World Vegetarian Congress
  2. Elections for IVU International Council
  3. Interview with Executive Director of Japan Vegetarian Society
  4. Austrian Animal Protectionists Jailed
  5. The Intelligence of Other Animals: The Case of Octopuses
  6. Vegetarian Research Organisation Certified in Japan
  7. ‘Vegetarian for Life’ Helps Older Vegetarians
  8. Raw Foods Made Simple
  9. Upcoming Events
  10. Middle East’s First Veg Week
  11. Humane Myth Website
  12. What’s Wrong with the Way We Eat
  13. Diet for Disaster
  14. Less Oil Please
  15. The Case against Meat with a Weak Rebuttal
  16. Veg Athletes
  17. Welcome to Organisations That Have Recently Registered with IVU
  18. Please Write for IVU Online News


Last Chance to Book - IVU World Vegetarian Congress   
The IVU World Vegetarian Congress will be held 27 Jul-3 Aug in scenic Dresden, Germany. Meet fellow vegetarians from around the world. Don’t miss this 100th anniversary event - - with a dynamic and informative programme -


Elections for IVU International Council 
Elections are now underway for the IVU International Council, which governs IVU's activities worldwide. More than 100 vegetarian/vegan Member Societies around the world will be voting from a choice of 16 candidates for 10 vacancies.

The elections are normally held every two years, during the IVU World Vegetarian Congresses. This year, for the first time, those unable to attend in person will be able to vote by email in advance of the Congress. These votes will be kept secret and added to the votes at the IVU General Meeting.

Only official delegates of full member societies can vote, but if you would like to see details of all the candidates go to


Interview with Executive Director of Japan Vegetarian Society 
Continuing our series of email interviews with leaders of IVU member societies, here is an interview with Mr Takehiko Takada, executive director of the Japan Vegetarian Society. If you would like to suggest someone (including yourself) to be interviewed, please send the person’s name and email address to

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

I became vegetarian 8 years ago, when I was 55. Since my friend was the president of Japan Vegetarian Society (JPVS), Dr Mitsuru Kakimoto, I participated in their meetings, lectures, etc, and got interested in the vegetarian lifestyle.

You are executive director of JVPS, a member society of IVU. How long have you been a leader of this organisation?

I have been a board member of JPVS since 5 years ago. Last year, I became executive director.

What made you decide to become active in promoting vegetarianism?

I have been working for the global environmental protection activities. I realized it was important to promote vegetarianism proactively in order to protect nature.

What is it that sustains your desire to be active?

The philosophy of the environmental organization that I’m involved with is “Our Ambition as Caring Citizens Is to Pass a Cleaner Planet to the Next Generations.” This is the driving force for me.

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

In Japan, the people are still not familiar with vegetarianism. I think it is important to gain understanding gradually by providing information, never pushing too hard.

What is one of your organisation’s accomplishments that makes you especially proud?

We enhanced our website contents to spread knowledge on vegetarianism. We promote online enrolment of individual members, a restaurant approval system, and vegetarian labelling scheme such as the one done by Veg Soc UK: . . . 197

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

We communicate with the members through various activities we organize, like lectures and workshops, dinner parties, small gatherings called Mini-Vegie, and our annual event called Vegetarian Week. Also, we publish two kinds of newsletters called Vegetarian Journal and Vegie Letter.

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

When we have events, we cooperate with animal rights and environment organizations.

Do you have any fundraising tips for other organisations?

In the past, our financial resource for the organizational operation was only the annual membership fee of the individual members, which is 3,000 yen. Now, we promote the approval system (recommendation mark on vegetarian products, annual fee is 200,000 yen per products – 1 Euro = about 163 Yen) and the restaurant approval system (20,000 yen/year) to raise funds.

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

We provide information through our website, and we give advice through our mailing list of the members.


Austrian Animal Protectionists Jailed 
On 21 May, 10 Austrian animal protectionists were arrested from their homes. As we go to press, they remain jailed. To find out more, including what you might do to help: / . . austria




The Intelligence of Other Animals: The Case of Octopuses 
This article has a layperson-friendly review of some of the research on the intelligence of octopuses, plus a useful discussion of the difficulties of discussing intelligence in other animals:


Vegetarian Research Organisation Certified in Japan 
The Japanese Society for Vegetarian Research (JSVR) - - was certified as academic research organization on May 23, 2008 by Science Council of Japan. As a result, JSVR is formally recognised as a leader in science related to vegetarianism in Japan.

JSVR is an academic organization whose purpose is to promote research pertaining to vegetarianism in Japan, such as health, nutrition, medicine, environment, society, everyday life, and ethics. Dr. Mitsuru Kakimoto, President of Japan Vegetarian Society (JPVS) - - also holds the post as Chairperson of the board of this organization. As for Science Council of Japan - - this is a "special organisation" under the jurisdiction of the Prime Minister for the purpose of promoting and enhancing the field of science, and having science reflected in and permeated into administration, industries and people's lives. It is also a member organization of the Science Council of Asia.


‘Vegetarian for Life’ Helps Older Vegetarians  
‘Vegetarian for Life’ (VfL) is a new advocacy charity aiming to improve catering for older vegetarians and vegans. It launched during National Vegetarian Week 2008 (May 18-24) with the free distribution of its guide - Catering for older vegetarians and vegans - to care homes throughout the UK. By the end of the week, 101 applications for membership had been received. Furthermore, around three quarters of the homes that have joined have agreed to be vegan-friendly as well as vegetarian-friendly. For more info go to Vegetarian for Life, or contact Tina Fox at


Raw Foods Made Simple 
Sometimes raw foods get a bum rap. Too hard, too time consuming, too expensive. Look through a raw foods recipe book and, unfortunately, those concerns are often validated. Many recipes require time intensive sprouting, use esoteric ingredients, or ask one to purchase new kitchen equipment. What’s an aspiring raw foodist (or even just someone that wants to incorporate raw foods) to do? The answer simply requires a new way of looking at raw foods.

First, take a trip to your local market and find what’s in season. In season produce tastes better, has more nutritional value, and you know it will be readily available.  From this, you can begin creating your menu ideas for the week (and yes, planning ahead will save you time and money!) No more running around town searching for that special ingredient you read about. Concentrate on what is at hand and let that spur on your creativity.

To save yourself hours of work, look for recipes that don’t take an inordinate amount of time. I know that sounds obvious, but new cooks (un-cooks in this case) often get captivated by the fancy meals seen in their newest recipe book and forget to consider the practicality of making the recipe. In fact, once you get into the “simplicity” mind-set, you’ll find many of your raw foods dishes take less than ten minutes to make! Wraps, smoothies, salads, soups, and raw pastas are incredibly easy to do, and there are a plethora of ingredient combinations you can use to keep them interesting. For example, blended avocadoes make a wonderful soup base and if the zucchini at market looks nice, I’ll take a vegetable peeler and shave them into fettuccine strips, toss those with olive oil, salt, pepper, diced tomatoes, and sunflower seeds.

Finally, you don’t need expensive equipment or special-order ingredients to have tasty raw foods meals. All you really need is a knife, a cutting board, and a blender. That equipment list is sufficient to make hundreds of meals and keep your raw foods palate entertained for years. And as for ingredients? Again, go with the available produce instead of special, expensive additives. Your recipes will taste just as good and your pocket book will thank you for it.

I have provided a basic set of recipes at to help you get started with your own simple raw foods creations. Eat healthy, eat compassionately, and eat well!

Chef Jason Wyrick is the editor and executive chef of The Vegan Culinary Experience (, a free vegan culinary magazine designed by professional vegan chefs. He operates a successful vegan catering and culinary instruction company in the United States and has taught alongside doctors Neal Barnard, John McDougall, and Gabriel Cousens and is the first vegan instructor to teach in the Le Cordon Bleu program. You can reach Chef Wyrick at


Sipa Balde Clone Presents Think Again Vol. 4"
This Vegan and Music Festival in Shibuya (Tokyo) Wed, Jul 16

A unique vegan and music festival, Think Again, advocates reconsideration of our relationships with the environment, peace and all living things. Sipa Balde Clone - - the inventor of this event, is a Japanese rock band with a sound and style of their own. This event has been held 3 times before and been very successful, with larger turnouts and more sponsors each time. Think Again Vol. 4 will be held in one of Tokyo's most prestigious venues, Shibuya O-East, which can hold a crowd of 1,200 people.


strawberriesNew Website Explains Veganism 
‘Vegan Means’ is the name of a new website - – that attempts to initiate readers into the how, what and why of veganism.


Flag of United Arab EmiratesMiddle East’s First Veg Week  
Veg is everywhere! Or almost everywhere. This article describes preparations for a Veg Week in the Middle East. . . . /NEWS


Humane Myth Website 
‘Humane Myth’ is the name of a new website. The site’s creators define humane myth as, “An idea being propagated by the animal-using industry and some animal protection organizations that it is possible to use and kill animals in a manner that can be fairly described as respectful or compassionate or humane.”

Have a look and see if you agree:


What’s Wrong with the Way We Eat 
In this YouTube video (with good picture and sound quality), Mark Bittman, a food writer from The New York Times who is a non-vegetarian talks frankly and clearly about the problems meat causes, and calls for a major reduction in meat consumption: "less meat, less junk, more plants". The video focuses on the U.S., but most of its points apply elsewhere: . . ./whats-wrong-with-the-way-we-eat


Diet of Disaster 
Diet of Disaster is the title of a large compilation by Tony Wardle of the many ills fuelled by meat:


Less Oil Please  
Here’s a recent study of obesity among people in Jiangsu province, China. The conclusion of this one study suggests that while vegetables are good, we shouldn’t overdo the oil when cooking them. The term ‘central obesity’ refers to obesity of the body trunk, excluding the limbs.

International Journal of Obesity (2008) 32, 975–984; Vegetable-rich food pattern is related to obesity in China; Z Shi1, X Hu, B Yuan, G Hu, X Pan, Y Dai, J E Byles and G Holmboe-Ottesen


To investigate the association between a vegetable-rich food pattern and obesity among Chinese adults.

A food pattern rich in vegetables is associated with lower risk of obesity and non-communicable chronic disease in Western countries. A similar food pattern is found in the Chinese population but the cooking method is different. A cross-sectional household survey of 2849 men and women aged 20 years and over was undertaken in 2002 in Jiangsu Province (response rate, 89.0%). Food intake was assessed by food frequency questionnaire. Factor analysis was used to identify food patterns. Nutrient intake was measured by food weighing plus consecutive individual 3-day food records. Height, weight and waist circumference were measured.

The prevalence of general obesity (BMI 28 kg m- 2) was 8.0% in men and 12.7% in women, central obesity was 19.5% (90 cm) and 38.2% (80 cm), respectively. A four-factor solution explained 28.5% of the total variance in food frequency intake. The vegetable-rich food pattern (whole grains, fruits and vegetables) was positively associated with vegetable oil and energy intake. Prevalence of obesity/central obesity increased across the quartiles of vegetable-rich food pattern. After adjusting for sociodemographic factors and four distinct food patterns, the vegetable-rich pattern was independently associated with obesity. Compared with the lowest quartile of vegetable-rich pattern, the highest quartile had higher risk of general obesity (men, prevalence ratio (PR): 1.82, 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.05–3.14; women, PR: 2.25, 95% CI: 1.45–3.49).

The vegetable-rich food pattern was associated with higher risk of obesity/central obesity in Chinese adults in both genders. This association can be linked to the high intake of energy due to generous use of oil for stir-frying the vegetables.


The Case against Meat with a Weak Rebuttal   
The Guardian (UK) newspaper recently ran two articles, one criticizing and one defending meat consumption. The case for meat reminds us of a matching pair of light bulb jokes:

  1. How many vegetarians does it take to screw in a light bulb? Two: one to hold the bulb, and the other to read the list of ingredients (we always worry about what is in the stuff we eat/use)
  2. How many meat eaters does it take to screw in a light bulb? None: meat eaters don’t want to shine any light on what they are eating.


Veg Athletes 
This article discusses vegetarian athletes, including vegans, from a wide range of sports. Unfortunately, there are all from the same country and the same sex. Perhaps, readers can correct the balance by sharing similar articles:



Welcome to Organisations That Have Recently Registered with IVU

Easy Vegan Shopping -
Pug Rescue Victoria -
Vegan Festival in Adelaide -
Vegetarian Recipes & Books -
Vegan Secrets -

Being A Vegetarian -
Vegetarian Guidebooks -

Chengdu  Zhaijiufu vegetarian food factory and restaurant -

Vegetirijansko makrobiotski restoran udruge Natural -

vegetanews -

Go Eggless -
Living Compassionately in Alabama -
Manjula's Kitchen - Indian Vegetarian Recipes -
Natural Clothing Company -


Please Write for IVU Online News 

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