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IVU Online News November 2008
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Table of Contents

  1. Interview with the New IVU Liaison Officer for Europe
  2. More IVU Websites
  3. Recipes Section Expanded
  4. Interviews with Veg Leaders and Other Noteworthy Vegetarians
  5. More Memories of Dresden, and Information on Indonesia 2010
  6. Internationally Acclaimed Book--Eternal Treblinka--Now in Spanish
  7. Book Notes Compiled
  8. Interview with Local Vegetarian Activist with 50+ Years Experience
  9. Welcome to New IVU Business Supporter
  10. Upcoming Events
  11. Memorable Quote on World Hunger
  12. Study Suggests a Vegan Diet Can Improve Diabetes Management 
  13. More Important Than the U.S. Presidential Election?
  14. Free TV Show on Raw Vegetarian Food
  15. Podcasts on Veg
  16. Video of a Talk on the Link between Meat Eating and Climate Change
  17. Welcome to Organisations That Have Recently Registered with IVU
  18. Other Online Sources of Veg News
  19. Please Write for IVU Online News

Interview with the New IVU Liaison Officer for Europe

After the recently concluded IVU World Vegetarian Congress, Hildegund Scholvein stepped down as IVU Liaison Officer for Europe and was succeeded by Shabari Monica Saha. This interview serves as an opportunity for IVU members to get to know Shabari, for those who have not yet had the pleasure of meeting her.

1. Hi, Shabari. You are the IVU Liaison Officer for Europe. What does this job involve?
Hi. My job is to represent and provide support to all member organizations and societies in Europe. This could be, for example, something specific that would affect all the groups in Europe or it could be giving advice requested by an individual organization, business or society. The role also involves assisting those groups that are financially challenged. 

Read the full interview...

More IVU Websites 
IVU has web sites for many of the world’s regions. Examples are:

India, South & West Asia -
Asia-Pacific -

These regional websites now include links to news summary pages containing veg-related news from around the region. This news is a collection of items about that region which have appeared in IVU Online News over the last year or so. For the full selection of regional and specialist news records see:

Any new items in future issues will be added to the top of each page; old items at the bottom will be gradually removed as the page becomes longer. So, there will always be a record of recent news for new visitors to the site.

If you have any veg news about your region, pls send it to the editor of IVU Online News at

Recipes Section Expanded

One of the most popular sections of the IVU website: Recipes Around the World

This has now been updated with hundreds more recipes - all vegan, of course. That brings the total number of recipes to over 3000 in a variety of languages.

Plus, the main index of the recipe page has been redesigned to emphasise all the countries - every country listed has at least one vegan recipe included.
More vegan recipes from specific countries are always most welcome. Pls send them to

Interviews with Veg Leaders and Other Noteworthy Vegetarians

For the past two years or so, IVU Online News has included interviews with a variety of noteworthy vegetarians.

These interviews have now been compiled on a page on the IVU web:

More Memories of Dresden, and Information on Indonesia 2010 

The 100th anniversary IVU World Vegetarian Congress, held earlier this year in Dresden, Germany, lives on in many people’s memories. At you can view feedback on the Congress, including a report from IVU Global Press and Media Officer, Gerry Coffey.

Plus, even if you don’t read Japanese, you’ll enjoy the photographs from Congress coverage by Japanese magazine 'Veggy Steady Go'. Amongst their photos is one of Susianto Tseng, IVU Regional Coordinator for Asia-Pacific.

Susianto is also one of the key organisers of the 2010 IVU World Vegetarian Congress to be held 1-7 October in Jakarta and Bali, Indonesia:

Internationally Acclaimed Book--Eternal Treblinka--Now in Spanish

Spain is the latest country to publish "Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust." Its Spanish title is "Por qué maltratamos tanto a los animales?" Some consider Charles Patterson's book--soon to be in 13 languages--the most powerful defence of animals ever written.

In February, 2005, a jury of 30 of the Germany's leading scholars and media figures chose "Für die Tiere ist jeden Tag Treblinka" (ISBN 3-6150-649-1), the German edition of Eternal Treblinka, as one of the country's ten most important non-fiction books. It was honoured alongside books about Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, and World War I.

The book's title comes from the Yiddish writer and Nobel Laureate, Isaac Bashevis Singer, to whom the book is dedicated. He was the first major modern author to describe the exploitation and slaughter of animals in terms of the Holocaust. "In relation to them, all people are Nazis," he wrote, "for animals it is an eternal Treblinka." (Treblinka was the Nazi death camp north of Warsaw.)

Eternal Treblinka examines the common roots of animal and human oppression and the similarities between how the Nazis treated their victims and how modern society treats the animals it slaughters for food.

The first part of the book describes the emergence of humans as the "master species" and how we came to dominate the earth and its other inhabitants. The second part examines the industrialization of slaughter of both animals and humans in modern times, while the last part of the book profiles Jewish and German animal advocates on both sides of the Holocaust, including Isaac Bashevis Singer himself.


Book Notes Compiled

Looking for a good read? The IVU website offers a random list of veg-related books at:



Interview with Local Vegetarian Activist with 50+ Years Experience
Michael Maybury - - has been a local vegetarian activist with the UK Vegetarian Society and other groups since the 1950s. Here, he shares his story and some thoughts.

1. When and why did you become vegetarian?
At age 15 I took a postal course on yoga, a discipline that was not well known in 1950 in the UK, although practised for 3000 years in India. Following this course, I enquired about many movements, ideas and organisations. Many of these concerned the welfare of animals, including vegetarianism. I read about the various arguments - moral, ethical, environmental and health - for the practice, as well as the history of vegetarianism. At 17, I became vegetarian, mainly to avoid unnecessary cruelty and killing.

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Welcome to New IVU Business Supporters 

Go Natural Baby: Organic Baby Clothes - - Go Natural Baby designs and manufactures certified organic cotton children's wear, using a certified fair labor factory. 100% vegan. Peace & Blessings!

Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center, Arizona - - Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center. Leading the world in fasting, detoxification, spirituality and health education

1. Ngong Ping World Vegetarian Food Fair – Hong Kong
Venue: Ngong Ping Village - details at
Dates: Nov 1 (Sat), 2 (Sun), 8 (Sat), 9 (Sun), 15 (Sat), 16 (Sun), 22 (Sat) and 23 (Sun)
Time: 10am-6pm
Event Theme: A healthy, natural diet brings one closer to nature

2. International Meatless Day Charity Carnival 2008 in Penang, Malaysia
Date: Sun, 16 Nov ; Time: 10am-3pm
Venue: Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah (next to Dewan Sri Pinang)
Opened by: Chief Minister of Penang State (Malaysia), YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng
Contact: 04-2610126, and

The Malaysian Meatless Day Campaign Committee is organising the International Meatless Day Carnival as an event in the Penang State Tourism Calendar in conjunction with International Meatless Day. This Penang event raises money for charities and is supported by Penang State Government.

Memorable Quote on World Hunger 
This memorable quote, by Jean Ziegler, appears in a press statement (excerpted below) by the Swiss Vegetarian Union and others.

16 October 2008

On 7-8 October 2008, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the United Nations marked the anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights which assures everyone’s entitlement ‘to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food’.

Sixty years after signing that declaration of good will, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) is planning the celebration of ’World Food Day 2008’ set to ‘highlight the plight of 923 million undernourished people in the world’.

What went wrong?

Why are almost one billion people still excluded from the most basic of Human Rights in the 21st century?

“Every child who dies of hunger in today's world has been murdered,” accused Jean Ziegler, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. Indeed, how can any society calling itself civilized accept that while worldwide every five seconds a child dies because she or he is hungry,
around 1.5 billion cows and bulls and an astronomical number of other farm animals are being fed with a huge share of available crops?

More than the populations of USA, Canada and the EU do not have enough to eat.

National and international decision makers have initiated a multitude of projects and campaigns in their fight against hunger; unfortunately, nothing has improved the situation. The non-stop misery caused by hunger calls urgently for fresh strategies, of which vegetarianism must be one!

In the interest of justice and humanity the present wasting of 7-16 kg of grain or soy beans, up to 15,500 litres of water, and 323 m2 of grazing land that yields just one kilo of beef cannot be allowed to continue.

Study Suggests a Vegan Diet Can Improve Diabetes Management 
Paul Appleby of Oxford Vegetarians sends along this research report with a short introduction by Paul.

Here is a recent study by David Jenkins and colleagues showing that a vegan diet
compares favourably with a conventional diabetes management diet.

J Am Diet Assoc. 2008 Oct;108(10):1636-45.

Changes in Nutrient Intake and Dietary Quality among Participants with Type 2 Diabetes Following a Low-Fat Vegan Diet or a Conventional Diabetes Diet for 22 Weeks.

Turner-McGrievy GM, Barnard ND, Cohen J, Jenkins DJ, Gloede L, Green AA.

Background: Although vegan diets improve diabetes management, little is known about the nutrient profiles or diet quality of individuals with type 2 diabetes who adopt a vegan diet.

Objective: To assess the changes in nutrient intake and dietary quality among participants following a low-fat vegan diet or the 2003 American Diabetes Association dietary

Design: A 22-week randomized, controlled clinical trial examining changes in nutrient intake and diet quality.

Subjects/Setting: Participants with type 2 diabetes (n=99) in a free-living setting.

Research Design and Methods: Participants were randomly assigned to a low-fat vegan diet or a 2003 American Diabetes Association recommended diet.

Main Outcome Measures: Nutrient intake and Alternate Healthy Eating Index (AHEI) scores were collected at baseline and 22 weeks.

Statistical Analyses Performed: Between-group t tests were calculated for changes between groups and paired comparison t tests were calculated for changes within-group. Pearson's correlation assessed relationship of AHEI score to hemoglobin A1c and body weight changes.

Results: Both groups reported significant decreases in energy, protein, fat, cholesterol, vitamin D, selenium, and sodium intakes. The vegan group also significantly reduced reported intakes of vitamin B-12 and calcium, and significantly increased carbohydrate, fiber, total vitamin A activity, beta carotene, vitamins K and C, folate, magnesium, and potassium. The American Diabetes Association recommended diet group also reported significant decreases in carbohydrate and iron, but reported no significant increases. The vegan group significantly improved its AHEI score (P<0.0001), while the American Diabetes Association recommended diet group did not (P=0.7218). The difference in AHEI score at 22 weeks between groups was significant (P<0.0001). With both groups combined, AHEI score was negatively correlated with both changes in hemoglobin A1c value (r=-0.24, P=0.016) and weight (r=-0.27, P=0.007).

Conclusions: Vegan diets increase intakes of carbohydrate, fiber, and several micronutrients, in contrast with the American Diabetes Association recommended diet. The vegan group improved its AHEI score whereas the American Diabetes Association recommended diet group's AHEI score remained unchanged.

More Important Than the U.S. Presidential Election?   

At the same time that people vote for U.S. president, voters in California will be deciding on Proposition 2, which would require that by 2015 battery cages be eliminated and farm animals be able to stand up, lie down, turn around and fully extend their limbs. Many pro-veg organisations are involved:

Free TV Show on Raw Vegetarian Food 
Chef Bryan Au - - author of Raw in 10 Minutes, is distributing his Vegetarian Raw Organic tv show for free. You can download the full 29-minute show with Bryan’s permission to distribute it, copy it and give it away: or If the download doesn’t work, write to Bryan at and he’ll help.

Podcasts on Veg 
IVU International Council member Dilip Barman is one of many prominent people participating in a series of veg-related podcasts: (Vegan Environmental Solutions Podcast)

The producer, Joseph Puentes, wants to do more in languages other than English. Contact him at

Another source of podcasts is
If you know of others, please send the url to

Video of a Talk on the Link between Meat Eating and Climate Change
Noted futurist, Jeremy Rifkin, president of the Foundation on Economic Trends, delivered a keynote address on the devastating role factory farms are playing in the climate change crisis at Harvard Law School in Mar 2007: 

Here are a couple quotes:

“The #1 human cause of climate change is not the gas we put in our cars; it’s the meat we put on our tables”.

“One-third of the arable land in the world today is being used to grow feed grain for animals”.

According to the 2007 report by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), livestock generate a whopping 18% percent of human-related greenhouse gas emissions—that's even more than the gas-guzzling transportation industry. You can also view the talk at:

Welcome to Organisations That Have Recently Registered with IVU

Sun Moon - vegetarian restaurant & bakery, Sofia -

Di Erbe - vegan soaps, organic skin care & more -

MeatOut - Ricette Vegetariane e Vegan Golose -

VegeTokyo -

Grupo Caridad - Animal Rights Association -

Freedom for Animals -


USA - -
Viva La Vegan, Portland OR -

Other Online Sources of Veg 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. Dawn Watch
2. European Vegetarian Union
3. Farmed Animal Net
4. Vegan Outreach
5. VegE-News
6. doesn't have a newsletter, but they post stories daily at

7. Last but not least, you can subscribe to IVU-Veg-News, which provides a mechanism for the exchange of news and information pertaining to vegetarianism and may be considered to be a public news wire

Plus, IVU has electronic lists for various regions around the world. Go to and scroll down to find the list that caters to your area.

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Dear Veg Activist

Please use this newsletter as a way to share your knowledge, ideas and experiences with fellow veg activists.

Thx. -–george jacobs – george@vegetarian-society.or

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