Spring Outreach, Pro-Veg Films, Meatless Mondays, Healthy School Lunches, Vegan Chef Tal, Law and Order Expose on Meat, Food, Inc, Genesis Awards
April 20, 2010
Dear Boston Vegetarian Society,
Lots of good news and happenings for Earth Week!
- Spring and Earth Week Outreach
- Environmental/Pro-Veg Documentaries
- Meatless Mondays in Brookline and Elsewhere
- Healthy School Lunches Call-In on Wednesday
- All on Wednesday: Celeb Vegan Chef Tal Ronnen, Law & Order Expose on Meat, Food, Inc on PBS... plus Genesis Awards
1) SPRING AND EARTH WEEK OUTREACH
- We had a great time and a full house at our Earth Week seminar last Sunday on "Animal Farming Stinks: How the Livestock Industry is Harming the Planet." The most effective and immediate thing we can do to help this earth is replace animal foods with plant foods.
- On Thursday, Earth Day, BVS will do outreach tables at both Boston University and Harvard School of Public Health with our Global Warming display and handouts.
- Next Tuesday we will exhibit at the State House.
- This Spring we have exhibited at Heath Fairs at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, UMass Boston, and Fenway High School, where we also did vegan food sampling and food demos.
- We had our annual two-week window display in Harvard Square in March/April.
- We've been working on a subway and bus ad outreach campaign that you'll hear more about very soon!
2) ENVIRONMENTAL/PRO-VEG DOCUMENTARIES RESOURCE PAGE
Look at our expanded environmental, pro-veg film Resource page that may be useful in doing your own outreach for vegetarianism:
3) MEATLESS MONDAYS IN BROOKLINE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Bravo to Brookline! School cafeterias are featuring “Meatless Mondays” during April. ALL menu options for grades K-8 will be meatless, including the hot entrees, sandwiches and salads. The Brookline High School cafeteria will be meatless in the hot lunch line and salad bar. Read more:
The national MEATLESS MONDAY campaign is designed to improve nutrition while focusing attention on climate change. It began in 2003 as public health awareness program linked with Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
Meatless Monday may be thought of as a beginning, not an end. It increases awareness that food choices do matter and gets people started towards a plant-based diet. Learn about others who have taken that step:
4) HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCHES CALL-IN DAY WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21
Please make one quick call to your federal representative in Congress on Wednesday, April 21, between 9 AM - 5:30 PM.
Simply give your name and address as a constituent and say,
Please co-sponsor H.R. 4870, the Healthy School Meals Act of 2010, and make sure its provisions are included in the Child Nutrition Act reauthorization.
H.R. 4870 will help schools provide healthful, plant-based foods and beverages in the school lunch program.
Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202)224-3121. To find the name of your Rep, type in your address here:
This is an important campaign of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in DC.
5) WEDNESDAY IS BIG! CELEBRITY VEGAN CHEF TAL RONNEN, LAW AND ORDER EXPOSE ON MEAT, FOOD, INC ON PBS
All this in one day! Wednesday, April 21, 2010:
* 12 Noon - 2 PM FREE
Cooking Demonstration with Celebrity Chef Tal Ronnen
Vegan Chef Tal Ronnen makes a special appearance at Whole Foods Market Dedham to promote a plant-based diet during Earth Month. He will offer tastes of recipes from his cookbook The Conscious Cook, which is the first full-color vegan cookbook to be published in North America.
Chef Tal prepared the meals for Oprah Winfrey's 21-day vegan cleanse in 2008. He catered Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi's vegan wedding and the first vegan dinner at the U.S. Senate.
Whole Foods Market
300 Legacy Place
From I-95, take Exit 15A (toward Route 1 North)
* 10 PM, Law & Order SVU
This prime time hit drama will air a new episode which focuses on the meat industry. Detective Olivia Benson goes undercover at a meat plant to solve the murder of a woman who "was filming an unflinching expose of meat."
You can see a preview of the episode here:
* 9 PM - 11 PM, PBS AIRS FOOD, INC
Academy Award nominated documentary FOOD, INC exposes the hidden world of industrialized food production and may be for many their first view of what it takes to produce meat in America. It will be repeated numerous times on local PBS stations; type your zip code at the link below to find airing times where you live.
Airs Wednesday 9 - 11 on Channel 2, and again Thursday, 4/22 9 - 11PM on Ch. 44, plus many other times.
* Another TV pick: Coming up this weekend will be the Genesis Awards, the animal advocacy movement's Oscars, which honor major news and entertainment media which have raised public awareness on animal issues. On Animal Planet Saturday, April 24 at 12 Noon, Sunday, April 25 at 1 PM. Here's a preview:
Hope something here was of interest!