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IVU Online News March 2010
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Table of Contents

IVU World Vegetarian Congress – Oct 2010 – Jakarta/Bali - Updates
Scholarships in Bolivia to Study Veg Activism
Miles of Files and Boulders of Folders on IVU Web 
Welcome to New IVU Members
Call for Tax on Livestock Emissions  Food for Life Global Distributes Veg Food in Haiti
Building IVU’s Links in California  
Why Meat Wastes Water 
Survey Asks, Why Are You Veg? 
Upcoming Events
Welcome to Organisations That Have Recently Registered with IVU
Other Online Sources of Veg News
Please Send News to IVU Online News

IVU World Vegetarian Congress – Oct 2010 – Jakarta/Bali – Updates 
The 39th IVU World Vegetarian Congress will be held in Indonesia this October: 1-6 Oct in Jakarta with an optional three days, 7-9 Oct, in Bali:

Congress organisers would like you to be aware of the following updates:

  • We will extend the early bird discount to April 1st, 2010, due to the many requests we have received from participants.
  • The meal & beverage package is now optional. Elsewhere in the Congress venue, there will be a Vegetarian Food Bazaar where you can buy food if you elect not to purchase the meal & beverage package.
  • The Jakarta City Tour has also been made optional.
  • Some new speakers have been approved. Please see the Congress website for more on their presentations:


Scholarships in Bolivia to Study Veg Activism
The Vegetarian Society of Bolivia is offering a scholarship to come to Bolivia to take part in leadership training for the promotion of vegetarianism in Latin America. For the application and more information, please contact Victor Maceda, M.D. at email: or


Miles of Files and Boulders of Folders on IVU Web  International Vegetarian Union
Hungry to read more about vegetarianism? The IVU website is the place for you with more than 33,215 files in 1,686 folders.

And, we’re happy to have more, as the vegetarian movement grows!


Call for Tax on Livestock Emissions 
Livestock should be taxed to reduce the contribution made by their flatulence to greenhouse gas emissions, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation said in a report that will give anti-livestock campaigners fresh ammunition.
Read the entire article from ‘The Financial Times’ at


Food for Life Global Distributes Veg Food in Haiti 

One group who has stepped up to the task and stands out in the area of food relief is Food for Life Global (FFLG)- the emergency coordination division and Headquarters for Food for Life, the world's largest vegan food relief organization. Food For Life started in 1974 when an acclaimed elderly Indian guru, Swami Prabhupada, implored to his Yoga students to never let anyone within a 10 mile range of his ashram go hungry.

Food for Life is now active in over 50 countries and serves over 1,500,000 healthy vegan meals a day. Due to their diligence in South Africa, they have gotten acclaim from Nelson Mandela and have been written up in the press all over the world. Though the organization is worldwide, the main headquarters is based here in Potomac, Maryland.

Food for Life is now working in Haiti in conjunction with larger organizations such as the Red Cross, Care, and they have partnered with the Indian military to provide a safe base to distribute vegan meals in Port-au-Prince. Food, supplies and transportation costs are high and Food for Life Global is really asking for help. International director Paul Turner states: “Your donations are still crucial at this stage of the development, and we sincerely thank all who have already come forward to support us- Please continue to give whatever you can and remember: Food For Life can serve more than 100 meals in a crisis like this for as little as $25, So your dollars will go a long way.”

FFL Haiti Relief website


Building IVU’s Links in California   John Davis
Recently, IVU Manager, John Davis, was in California on a self-funded personal trip, but managed to catch up with veg activists and to build ties. Here’s a report.


Why Meat Wastes Water 
This brochure from Vegetarian Resource Group explains why eating less or no meat helps protect our precious water resources:


Survey Asks, Why Are You Veg? 
Gretchen Chlebowski, a vegetarian activist, has posted the following request:

Given what is happening to farm animals, human health and the environment, are you eager for more people to switch to a vegetarian or vegan diet as quickly as possible? If a small action on your part would help determine the most effective way to convince large numbers of people to change to a vegetarian diet, would you be willing to take that action?

I have created a two-question survey that asks vegetarians and vegans what motivated them to change their diet (lecture/workshop, brochure, encounter with an animal, etc.). A pilot survey was given to 175 people at a vegetarian festival in Chicago recently, but more surveys are needed in order to get a broader understanding of which promotion methods work best.

If you would like to give this survey to vegetarians and vegans in your area, you can access the instructions here [ ] and the survey form here [ ].
VRG will post your survey results here
[ ]. Then those interested in promoting vegetarianism and veganism can review them and consider including some of the high impact activities in their promotion efforts.



To view a listing of international upcoming events online, visit

If you're not already signed up for Meatout, get on board! Join caring people in over 30 countries on or around March 20th to publicize the benefits of a plant-based diet.
Participating can be as easy as distributing handouts or vegan food samples, or as extensive as organizing a festival. Large or small, all activities are important!
Visit to request information and let us know your plans.

1. Southeast Asia Vegetarian Congress, Tour & Expo, 19-21 Mar 2010 in Medan, Indonesia. Details at

2. Meatout - On (or around) 20 March, thousands of caring people in the U.S. and two dozen other countries get active to host educational Meatout events. Activities include colourful festivals, lectures, public dinners, feed-ins, cooking demos, food samplings, leafleting, information tables and more: 

3. Taipei International Vegetarian & Organic Food Festival, at the Taipei World Trade Center, 7-10 May 2010

4. South & West Asia Regional Vegetarian Congress – 13-14 Aug, 2010 (dates to be confirmed – Bangalore, India. Contact the IVU Regional Coordinator for South & West Asia, Shankar Narayan -

5. IVU World Vegetarian Congress – 1-9 Oct, 2010, Jakarta and Bali

The 39th IVU World Vegetarian Congress will be held in Indonesia in two places, Jakarta, the capital (and the economic centre of the country) and Bali, the country’s most famous tourist destination. An outline of the programme is available at the congress website.

6. East Africa Vegetarian Congress – 3-5 Dec, 2010, Nairobi, Kenya. Contact the IVU Regional Coordinator for Africa, Emmanuel Eyoh -

7. Middle East Natural & Organic Foods Expo 2010 (including an exhibition by the Middle East Vegetarian Group (MEVeg) – 5-7 Dec - Dubai, UAE. Contact IVU International Council member, Sandya Prakash -

8. 2nd Latin American Vegetarian Congress in Bolivia – January 2011 – exact place and date to be announced -

9. 13th International Vegan Festival – 2011 (exact dates to be announced) - Turin, Italy

10. 5th Asian Vegetarian Congress – Oct, 2011, Hangzhou, China


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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. Dawn Watch
2. European Vegetarian Union
3. Farmed Animal Net
4. Vegan Outreach
5. VegE-News
6. VegNews
7. VegSource
8. doesn't have a newsletter, but they post stories daily at


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