Globe Cover, Dutch Parliamentarian, Cobert on RBGH Milk, Calcium/Bone Health, Cooking Classes, Animal Ethics
May 17, 2007
Dear Boston Vegetarian Society Listmembers,
Hope something here is useful to you!
1) Boston Globe Calendar Cover Story on Veganism
2) Member of Dutch Parliament Animals' Party Joins BVS for Dining Out
3) Stephen Colbert Looks at Hormone Use in Milk Production
4) More on Calcium and Bone Health
5) Cancer Project Vegan Cooking Classes: Dorchester, Quincy, Foxboro + More
6) Harvard Happenings: Animal Ethics Panel Video + A Step Forward in Hen Welfare
7) Free Museum Admission in May
1) BOSTON GLOBE CALENDAR COVER STORY ON VEGANISM
Veganism takes center stage in today's Boston Globe Calendar, with the cover image and two articles!
2) MEMBER OF DUTCH PARLIAMENT JOINS BVS FOR DINING OUT
BVS was honored to have Dutch Member of Parliament Esther Ouwehand and her Policy Officer Charlot de Waal join us at last week's Dining Out at Sabra. They briefly addressed our group about their work in Parliament as representatives of the Party for the Animals, which for the last two years has been the fastest growing political party in the Netherlands! Esther is one of 2 MP's holding a seat in their 150 member Parliament (comparable to our House of Representatives). The Party for the Animals also has one seat in the Senate (75 members) and one seat each in 9 of the 12 Provincial houses, except in the Province of North-Holland were they have 2.
See for English http://www.partijvoordedieren.nl/content/view/129 Results cited above of recent elections update the website info.
3) STEPHEN COLBERT LOOKS AT HORMONE USE IN MILK PRODUCTION
Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report," (April 18, 2007) takes a satirical whack at the use of Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone in the production of cows' milk. If you have time for a laugh, you can watch Stephen Colbert here http://tinyurl.com/32hrgb.
4) MORE ON CALCIUM AND BONE HEALTH
In addition to the info and links in the 3-31-07 BVS E-News on this topic, here is a comprehensive article on a bone-healthy vegan diet from BVS' Nutrition Consultant:
and an article on Hip Fracture Rates and Vegan Calcium Needs
5) CANCER PROJECT VEGAN COOKING CLASSES IN DORCHESTER & QUINCY + MORE
Another great vegan Nutrition and Cooking Class Series for Cancer Prevention and Survival, with Chef Sualua Tuopolo. Classes are FREE, with tasting of dishes demonstrated.
5/19/07: Fueling Up on Low-Fat Foods/ Favoring Fiber (5 to 7 P.M.) 5/20/07: Discovering Dairy Alternatives/ Replacing Meat (1 to 3 P.M.) 5/20/07: Planning Healthy Meals/ Antioxidants and Phytochemicals (3 to 5 P.M.) 5/21/07: Immune-Boosting Foods/ Maintaining a Healthy Weight (6 to 8 P.M.)
Berea SDA Church 108 Seaver St. Dorchester, MA To register, contact 617-427-2201 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are FREE Cancer Project cooking classses in Quincy and Foxboro:
Sunday, 6/10/07 (1:30 to 4:30 P.M.): Antioxidants and Phytochemicals/ Replacing Meat Thomas Crane Public Library Community Meeting Room 40 Washington Street, Quincy, MA Red Line to Quincy Center To register, call 617-376-1316.
Wednesday, 6/06/07 (6 - 8 P.M.): Food for Life Caritas Norwood Hospital Caritas Foxboro Radiation Facility 70 Walnut Street, Foxboro, MA To register, call James Sheehan at 781-278-6022.
Lots of adult ed veg*n cooking classes coming up in local communities!:
Vegan Soul Food Cooking 2 Saturdays, 12 noon - 4 PM. May 26 & June 2 42 Brattle St. Cambridge | $124
Cupcakes from the Future: Sweet Joy from the Vegan, Whole-grain Frontier Saturday, 08/11/2007, 12 noon - 3:30 PM 5 Comm. Ave. Boston | $65 http://www.bcae.org/ecat?open&sub=cooking&SortBy=subject
Foraging for Edible Wild Plants Thursday, 08/02/2007, 6 PM - 8 PM Various locations | $30
Vegetarian Indian Cuisine Saturdays 06/02/2007 and 07/14/2007, 10 AM - 2 PM 5 Comm. Ave. Boston | $70 each
Meatless Summer Cooking Saturday, 6/16/07, 10 AM - 1 PM Brookline High School | $57
Indian Vegetarian Cuisine Saturday, 6/09/07, 10 AM - 1 PM Brookline High School | $58
Indian Vegetarian Cooking, Market Tour & Luncheon From 7/19/2007 to 7/28/2007, 3 sessions, 7 PM - 9PM Thurs & Sat Newton North High School and off site | $92 https://newtoncommunityed.org/viewDesc.php?CourseNumber=F1941
6) HARVARD HAPPENINGS: ANIMAL ETHICS VIDEO & CAGE-FREE EGGS
If you missed the panel of esteemed speakers at Harvard's recent extraordinary event on animals and ethics, you can watch the entire proceedings online, and access the text of the presentations. Go to www.harvardphilosophy.com , click on "Lectures and Events" and scroll to "Facing Animals."
Harvard University Dining Services (HUDS) Starts Serving Cage-Free Shell Eggs
Congratulations to Harvard activist students! On May 7, 2007, Harvard began serving cage-free shell eggs, which represent about a quarter of HUDS' total egg use. Their liquid eggs (for omelets, etc.) still come from caged hens.
"HUDS' decision comes on the heels of a campaign begun last November by Harvard students urging the University to stop purchasing eggs from caged hens. A core group of about 10 to 15 spearheaded the effort and circulated an anti-caged eggs petition signed by over 1,000 students..." Full article: http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=518668
* Getting hens out of cages is a welfare improvement; it should be remembered that many other cruelties remain as intrinsic to the egg industry: killing of male baby chicks at hatcheries by crushing or suffocation; beak searing, a painful mutilation; forced molting by food restrictions; early death when egg productivity wanes; rough handling and long distance transport without food or water to the horror of the slaughterhouse.
* There are now numerous egg labeling claims - organic, free-range, cage-free, certified humane, etc. This article helps sort them out: A Brief Guide to Egg Carton Labels and Their Relevance to Animal Welfare
* Here's a brilliant article on the under-publicized practice of forced molting of hens http://upc-online.org/molting/60905suffer.htm
* Hurrah for Tofu Scramble! Here are Tips for Cooking Without Eggs
7) FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION IN MAY
Off topic, but too good to not share: May is Museums on Us Month at 12 MA museums for you and a friend by showing a Bank of America or MBNA card. Read the details at http://boston.about.com/od/museumsgalleries/a/MuseumsOnUs.htm
To Find Participating Museums in Other States: