May 13, 2011

05/01/2011 JVNA Online Newsletter

Shalom everyone,

This update/Jewish Vegetarians of North America (JVNA) Online Newsletter has the following items:

1. My Latest Vegetarian Podcast

2. Notice of Talk I Gave in Israel at the Jewish Vegetarian Society Center

3. Update for the Veggie Pride Parade/JVNA Volunteer Needed

4. Vegan Authors Seeking Input

5. Insightful Talk on Climate Change

6. Benefits of Reducing Meat Consumption

7. New Creative Card Game Helps Educate About Climate Change

8. Campaign to End Animal Experiments in Canada

9. Great Article on Environmental Benefits of Plant-Based Diets

10. World Week for the Abolition of Meat Scheduled

10a. Discussion of Recent Examples of Climate Irregularities

11. Yes, Climate Skeptics Can Change

12. PETA Offers to Help “Green Synagogue” if it Would Help Promote Veganism

13. Veggie Pride Parade Exhibitor List/Volunteer Needed for the JVNA Table

14. New Book Dispels the “Protein Myth”

15. Top Scientist Argues That Recent Severe Tornados Are Related to Climate Change

16. Update From Joseph Puentes re Vegetarian and Environmental Podcasts

Some material has been deferred to a later update/newsletter to keep this one from being even longer.

[Materials in brackets like this [ ] within an article or forwarded message are my editorial notes/comments.]

Opinions expressed do not necessarily represent the views of the JVNA, unless otherwise indicated, but may be presented to increase awareness and/or to encourage respectful dialogue. Also, material re conferences, retreats, forums, trips, and other events does not necessarily imply endorsement by JVNA or endorsement of the kashrut, Shabbat observances, or any other Jewish observances, but may be presented for informational purposes. Please use e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, and web sites to get further information about any event that you are interested in. Also, JVNA does not necessarily agree with all positions of groups whose views are included or whose events are announced in this newsletter.

As always, your comments and suggestions are very welcome.



1. My Latest Vegetarian Podcast

Rae Sikora Interviews Richard Schwartz: "Why People Should be Vegetarians"

Many thanks to Joseph Puentes for facilitating and editing and posting this interview. More about his work and plans is at the end of this newsletter. Also, many thanks to Rae Sikora for her excellent job conducting the interview and for her valuable comments during it. Rae is one of the truly super stars of the veg movement.

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2. Notice of Talk I Gave in Israel at the Jewish Vegetarian Society Center

Vegetarianism: Revitalize Judaism and Shift Our Imperiled World To a Sustainable Path

Speaker: Prof. Richard Schwartz

Thursday, April 21st, 7pm
At "Ginger"
8 Balfour Street, Jerusalem

Admission: free

Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus, College of Staten Island, president of Jewish Vegetarians of North America and author of “Judaism and Vegetarianism,” “Judaism and Global Survival,” and “Mathematics and Global Survival,” and over 130 articles at

For details:

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3. Update for the Veggie Pride Parade/JVNA Volunteer Needed

[If you would like to help give out “A Sacred Duty” DVDs, and help at the JVNA table, please let me know. I am scheduled to speak at the event.]

For immediate release: February 25, 2011 
Contact: Pamela Rice, 212-242-0011


Veggie Pride Parade NYC 2011

Greenwich Village / Union Square

May 15, 2011

Every stand-up comedian in the business knows you can always get an instant laugh: make a vegan the butt of your joke. Every vegan kid knows he or she is not likely to get a good meat-free and dairy-free meal in the school lunchroom and faces ridicule just for asking. All too many vegans who live in remote areas have to buy their food by mail order or travel to other towns just to eat. And ask any vegan about what he or she must go through to convey a simple food order in a non-veg restaurant. It isn't fun.

All this even though we know meat is cruel, unhealthy, and catastrophic for the environment. And why are meat, dairy, and fish so heavily subsidized by governments around the world, particularly in the United States and Europe? None of it makes a bit of sense. Nor is it fair or right.

Enter the 4th annual NYC Veggie Pride Parade, which will take place in Greenwich Village/ Union Square, on Sunday, May 15, 2011. For vegetarians, the day's festivities are sure to give their meatless way of living a much-needed boost.

Parade participants are encouraged to dress up in costumes and wear signboards announcing their pride in their vegan lifestyle. Local restaurants, veg groups, and veg everything will be represented with banners and chants. The parade will include animal-rights activists, environmentalists, and people simply concerned with their health. But on May 15, 2011, all will come together with one voice, one expression, of veggie pride.

The procession will begin at 12 Noon in the Old Meat Packing District (where 9th Ave. & Gansevoort St. intersect). It will culminate in a festival for all to enjoy at the north end of Union Square Park. There, revelers of all persuasions will hear well-known vegan speakers and music by vegan artists. They'll all partake in free vegan food and explore a wide variety of exhibitor presentations. At 2 p.m., a costume contest will take place.

Throughout the day, individuals will be encouraged to speak their mind at the Soapbox Testimonial Station. Other activists will beckon passersby to get a dollar to watch a veggie video.

Organizer Pamela Rice feels confident that this year's parade will be bigger and better than ever. Ms. Rice said, "I'm hoping that at this event people will see vegans and vegetarians come out of the shadows, once and for all."

Visit for more information about every aspect of the event.

Pamela Rice
Organizer, Veggie Pride Parade
VivaVegie Society 501(c)3
One Union Sq. West, #512
New York, NY 10003
212-242-0011, office

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4. Vegan Authors Seeking Input

Message from our friend, bestselling vegan author, Patti Breitman:

Carol Adams and I are looking for vegans who are willing to tell others what they eat on a typical day, as well as some of their favorite foods, healthy or otherwise.

Your answers may be included in our new book that is intended to help "not yet vegans" discover the ease, joy, variety and abundance of a vegan diet.

If you are interested in participating, click the link below for more info:

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5. Insightful Talk on Climate Change

Bill McKibben Talk

Forwarded message from

Dear friends, an extraordinary event took place in Washington, D.C. this past weekend.

Over 10,000 young people came together for Power Shift 2011 -- a 3-day conference to train, organize, and mobilize for climate action in the United States. The US has been an obstacle to climate action for years, so seeing the power and energy of the young people together was one of the most hopeful moments for the climate movement in quite some time.
It was an amazing event: there were inspiring talks from Van Jones and Al Gore, workshops on local solutions, and even a mass march against big polluters in the streets of Washington DC.

But there is one highlight from the weekend you truly need to see: the speech from Bill McKibben, which energized a crowd 10,000 people-strong. Watch the video of this incredible talk:

I have worked with Bill for several years now, and I've seen him give a lot of speeches. This one fired me like never before. Within the speech you’ll also get a preview of the announcements set for the coming week about some of our new plans for this year. 

Hopefully this video gets you as charged up as we are to get moving and to go bigger than ever with our movement in the months ahead.

More from us very soon,

Will Bates and the whole team

P.S. Wondering why folks were rallying at the US Chamber of Commerce? Visit to learn more about a campaign we’re running in the US to take on those obstructing progress.

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6. Benefits of Reducing Meat Consumption

Forwarded message:

One of the easiest ways you can help stop global warming and improve the health of the planet is by reducing your consumption of meat (for a powerful article on the environmental impact of meat, see our friend Mark Bittman's 2008 NYT piece: "Rethinking the Meat-Guzzler").

But reducing your meat intake, and becoming more aware of meat industry practices, can also have a major positive impact on your personal health.

A shocking recent study by the Translational Genomics Research Institute found that nearly half of the meat and poultry sampled in the nationwide study was contaminated with Staph bacteria, much of it resistant to antibiotics. The bottom line? The widespread use of antibiotics in animal feed on factory farms, used to make the animals grow faster, not to treat them for infections, is creating breeding grounds for drug-resistant bacteria that threatens all of us.

When you do eat meat, try your best to serve products that you know were made without the irresponsible use of antibiotics. If you don't have the luxury of buying direct from a farmer or rancher whom you trust (most people don't), purchasing foods labeled with the organic seal may be the safest bet.

For more on the issue of antibiotics and food production, check out two of my recent submissions to The Huffington Post:

"This is the Game Changer"

"Antibiotics and Food Production"

From Laurie David, Producer/Author/NRDC Trustee

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7. New Creative Card Game Helps Educate About Climate Change

Shalom everyone,

Just wanted to let you know about a new, creative card game produced by the Union of Conservative Scientists called "Cool It!,"

It is an excellent way to learn more about and help teach others about climate change. The game is for people 8 years old and older.

You can learn more about this game and order a copy by visiting:

This message is sent purely as a public service, because I think the more one knows about climate change, the more chance there is that the climate will be stabilized. I played the game with children and grandchildren in Israel and they enjoyed it and learned about causes of climate change and ways to reduce it.

Best wishes,


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8. Campaign to End Animal Experiments in Canada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Canadian Coalition Against Animal Research and Experimentation urges reforms while ultimately phasing out experiments on animals

Vancouver, BC
– Today, more than 40 animal advocacy organizations across Canada announced the formation of a new coalition that is calling for an end to experiments on animals. The network – the Canadian Coalition Against Animal Research and Experimentation (CCAARE) which includes the Animal Alliance of Canada, Calgary Animal Rights Effort, Stop Animal Testing at Dalhousie University, and Stop UBC Animal Research among many others – is the first of its kind in Canada. In a letter this week to the Canadian Council on Animal Care, the body that oversees animal experiments, the CCAARE also called for immediate reforms to animal research as experimentation is phased out. The announcement of the coalition comes during World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week, an annual event during which animal activists across the globe organize rallies, protests, news conferences, and information tables to fight for animals in laboratories.

“Animal research is cruel, unnecessary, and hazardous to both animal and human health,” said the coalition’s Co-director, Brian Vincent. Mr. Vincent also serves as director of the Vancouver-based Stop UBC Animal Research. “Experimenting on animals is at odds with our country’s sense of compassion and has no place in a civilized society.”

“The shroud of secrecy that envelopes animal research in Canada equals that of military covert operations,” said Liz White, CCAARE Co-director and Director of the Animal Alliance of Canada in Toronto. “Although institutions like the University of British Columbia and the University of Guelph receive public funds, the public has few rights to know how those monies are spent, how many animals are used, and what happens to them. If people knew what went on behind the closed doors of research institutions, the number of animals used would begin a steep and rapid decline.”

Specifically, the coalition urged the CCAC to immediately implement major reforms while it phases out animal experiments altogether.


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9. Great Article on Environmental Benefits of Plant-Based Diets

Eco-Eating: Going Green Begins With What’s On Your Plate

Posted on April 18, 2011 by Hope Bohanec (author of the article):

With Earth Day approaching [now today], I have some great news for the planet. The food and drink an average person consumes are the single largest determining factor of one’s overall ecological footprint. Why is this good news? Because knowing this, it’s easy and affordable to make important improvements to our global impact. You don’t need to buy a hybrid or get solar panels to make the biggest difference; just changing our shopping and eating habits to delicious plant-based choices can have positive effects.

Our food choices have dramatic consequences on the environment. Reducing or eliminating the consumption of animal products is one of the most powerful ways an individual can reduce his or her carbon footprint. What we put into our bags at the grocery store actually has more environmental impact than whether we bring a reusable shopping bag or drive a hybrid to the store.

Animal agriculture is responsible for many of the world’s most serious environmental problems — global warming, water use and pollution, massive energy consumption, deforestation, loss of biodiversity and species, as well as the deep impact of fishing on our oceans. A 2010 Report from the UN International Panel of Sustainable Resource Management strongly urges a global shift to a plant-based diet to both feed a hungry world and greatly reduce environmental impacts like global warming.

Unfortunately, recognizing animal products for the global warming culprits they are is an abstract concept. Identifying carbon emissions from, let’s say, a car, is much more observable. The fossil fuel gets pumped in and emits from the tail pipe — how much fuel you burn is the calculator of your impact. On the other hand, an animal product sits innocently concealed in a plastic-wrapped package, with no way to tally its heavy environmental toll.

So how does an animal product come to have such a profound carbon footprint? It’s a combination of factors. Producing animal products wastes enormous amounts of energy and fossil fuels, and emits greenhouse gasses in the process. Throw in the destruction of the Amazon Rainforest for cattle grazing and raising soy beans fed to animals, and you have a recipe for serious impact on climate change.

Climate Change

When it comes to global warming, farmed animals and their byproducts are responsible for 51 percent of annual worldwide human caused greenhouse gas emissions. This is according to a 2008 report from two prominent World Bank environmental advisers. Based on their research, they conclude that replacing animal products with plant-based foods would be the best strategy for reversing climate change. They advise that this can reduce emissions even more than the actions currently taken to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy (see Livestock and Climate Change, Robert Goodland and Jeff Anhang, World Watch Nov./Dec. 2009)

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Committee looked at the global impact of animal agriculture and found that farming animals emits more greenhouse gasses then all the world’s transportation— that’s all the automobiles, planes, trains and any other form of carbon-emitting transportation combined. So when you are contemplating how to significantly reduce your carbon footprint, often what comes to mind first is driving less or getting a more fuel-efficient vehicle, and while that certainly helps, your impact can be even more powerful by reducing or eliminating animal products from your diet.

A study by the University of Chicago found that consuming no animal products is 50 percent more effective at fighting global warming than switching from a standard car to a hybrid.


Most of the world’s water is used for irrigation. Agricultural production, including livestock production, consumes more fresh water than any other activity in the United States (See Sustainability of Meat-Based and Plant-Based Diets and the Environment, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 78, No. 3, 660S-663S). In fact, over half the total amount of fresh water consumed in the U.S. goes to irrigate land to grow feed for livestock. Huge additional amounts of water are used to water the animals, clean the equipment, etc. A dairy operation that utilizes an automatic “flushing” system can use up to 150 gallons of water per cow per day (US Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service. “Agricultural Waste Management Field Handbook.” USDA. April 1992: p. 4-8).

It takes less water to produce one year’s worth of food for a completely plant-based diet than it does to produce one month’s worth of food for a diet with animal products. Producing 1 lb. of animal protein requires about 100 times more water than producing 1 lb. of grain protein (See Sustainability of Meat-Based and Plant-Based Diets and the Environment, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 78, No. 3, 660S-663S). It has even been said that a vegan can leave the shower running for a year and still not waste as much water as a meat eater in the same year.


Animal agriculture destroys thousands of acres of forests that help purify the air, reduce carbon dioxide, and that are home to many species of animals, birds, and plants. According to the UN, “In the Amazon, cattle ranching is now the primary reason for deforestation.”

Large-scale dietary change to a plant-based diet could actually reverse deforestation. In the US, over 400 million acres of pasture and range land could be reforested (See Livestock’s Long Shadow: Environmental Issues and Options Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, 2006).

Hundreds of millions of additional acres goes to growing feed for livestock, most of which could be reforested if the land was used directly to feed people instead of animals. It is estimated that one acre of trees is preserved each year by each individual who switches to a completely plant-based diet.

So while celebrating this beautiful planet during Earth Day, remember that reducing or eliminating the consumption of animal products is one of the most powerful ways we can reduce our impact on the environment. A plant-based diet is by far the most ecological dietary choice we can make.

Hope Bohanec has been active in animal protection and environmental activism for over 20 years. She is the Grassroots Campaigns Director for the international animal protection organization, In Defense of Animals. Hope was the Sonoma County Coordinator for Proposition 2 and soon after that victory, founded Farm Animal Protection Project. Hope offers an influential power point presentation called Eco-Eating: A Cool Diet for a Hot Planet that addresses the environmental impact of animal agriculture through peer reviewed scientific research. She is a nationally recognized leader and speaker in the animal protection movement, and a well-known presenter throughout the Bay Area and across the U.S.

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10. World Week for the Abolition of Meat Scheduled

Forwarded message:


We've been organizing the WWAMs (World Weeks for the Abolition of Meat) for some time, and have been doing our best in order to promote the demand for the abolition of the production and consumption of animal flesh around the world.

It will be a total success if groups of people from all over the world take part in the upcoming WWAMs and raise awareness among the general public and as many media as possible.

In January over 70 groups participated in this large collective effort that goes beyond frontiers.

Please find below the call for the upcoming WWAM that will be held between May 21 and May 28, 2011.

Hope you'll be part of this campaign,

Look forward to hearing from you,

Florence and Yves

WWAM Organizers

It is a sad assessment that, despite the fact that the animals used for food represent almost all the animals exploited, they are extremely invisibilized. It is up to us, activists, to make their lives and their miserable destiny visible and to present prospects for putting an end to their slaughtering. It is up to us to proclaim that it is morally necessary to abolish the exploitation of animals used for their flesh.

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10a. Discussion of Recent Examples of Climate Irregularities

Fostering Ecological Hope
Today by Margaret Swedish:

In some places, the world really is coming to an end

Right? I mean, Missouri, Arkansas, western Texas – it really is the end for some folks, homes, whole communities, burned, torn apart by tornadoes, flooded out by rain totals of 15 inches or more over 4 days and more to come. In inundated and damaged areas of Missouri, more severe storms, some with tornado potential, are in store for today. Levees have been breached in some areas and quick evacuations and water rescues are underway. And forecasters’ predictions for today and through the rest of the week use the word, ‘dire.’

Texas Widlfires April 15 - NASA Earth Observatory

Dallas and eastern TX will get some much-needed rain, though downpours may not be welcome, but most of the state remains in drought and large parts of it in severe or extreme drought. Wildfires continue to burn – more than 1.5 million acres as of now.

What in the world is going on?

April has been a stunningly violent month weather-wise, and we still have a few days to go. Check out this Weather Channel page and ponder the map from just 2 days of these outbreaks, April 4-5. And this: 5400 severe weather reports in a month that averages 3300 nationwide. Incredible!

Now consider that May is actually the most active month for tornadoes in this country.

In Texas, where drought has deepened in recent years, at least one climatologist is not afraid to say that climate change is a contributing factor in the fires.

And the floods and tornadoes? Here’s reference to a study conducted by NASA a few years ago predicting exactly what is now occurring: Global Warming Will Bring Violent Storms (see more on NASA’s climate research here).

Can we talk again about the moral and ethical issues involved in climate change denial, in the intentional efforts by Exxon Mobil, the Exxon-funded Heartland Institute, or certain Republican members of Congress (e.g. Sen. James Inhofe), various Fox News pundits, and other corporate backed groups (Koch Industries is another of these backers) to obfuscate the science and try to convince you that climate is not changing because of industrialization and the burning of fossil fuels?

We have always insisted that no single weather event can be directly attributed to climate change; it’s the patterns over time that matter. It is also how accurately computer models predict the future – like the NASA study cited above.

Source: US Global Change Research Program

What worries me as much as how quickly weather patterns are changing and how unprepared we are for the changes is that we are not yet done warming the atmosphere with our greenhouse gas emissions. They will rise exponentially over the rest of this century no matter what we do now – not an excuse for inaction, just the opposite. Because another century will follow this one and there are folks being born now who would like to have children and grandchildren with prospects for a decent future.

This week’s Earthweek: A Diary of the Planet contained a little snippet about two ‘eminent’ scientists, Royal Astronomers Martin Rees and John Brown, who believe human prospects beyond this century are pretty grim.

Beyond the tangible threat of a terrorist nuclear attack on a major city, the eminent astrophysicist points to climate change and overpopulation as the world’s leading manmade perils.

You know, this is the stuff that can get a person pretty depressed trying to walk through one’s day. I am not a believer in the human extinction story, at least not so soon. I insist that we will not get off that easy, that we will have to live through these hard times, and that how hard they get is still up to us. But we will have to become very skilled at adaptation, and far more willing than we are now to accept changes in the entire mode of human living on this planet from that in which we exist right now.

Finally, if climate change and overpopulation are our leading ‘manmade’ [sic] perils, when was the last time you heard policy-makers, economists, teachers, religious leaders saying anything meaningful about these things, or leading us in a conversation about what to do and how to proceed? Many good statements – and I am getting so tired of good statements and petitions and sign-on letters and all – but little meaningful action at the scale necessary.

Ecological hope? We don’t have to wait for leadership ‘from above’ to take action. Around the world small communities are beginning to reinvent the meaning of the human project, of our role within the living communities of this planet, to advance the great leap in consciousness that has come with our return to the Earth and our place within it. We have to put our hope there – I don’t know where else to put it. We have to plant seeds deep into the Earth of our cultures, our broken messed up societies, our woefully lacking religious and educational institutions, our dreadful media, and nurture these seeds carefully, lovingly and with great dedication. It won’t make for an easy future, but it can make for a future from which goodness and ecological wholeness just might emerge.

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11. Yes, Climate Skeptics Can Change

Thanks to author, educator, and JVNS|A Advisor Dan Brook and Israeli activist Mark Feffer for sending us this link

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12. PETA Offers to Help “Green Synagogue” if it Would Help Promote Veganism

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13. Veggie Pride Parade Exhibitor List/Volunteer Needed for the JVNA Table

Following is the list of confirmed exhibitors for the Veggie Pride Parade.

Table space is provided.

* A Well Fed World

* American Vegan Society

* author's table, Rynn Berry & Hannah Kaminsky

* Black Vegetarians of New York

* Catskill Animal Sanctuary

* Deliciious TV


* F.A.R.M.

* Farm Sanctuary

* Bruce Friedrich, speaker

* Friends of Animals

* Global Justice for Animals and the Environment (after 3 p.m.)

* Green Compassion / Youth Buddhism Communications

* Healthy Planet (Long Island)

* Hearts for Animals

* Integral Yoga (food donation) (until 3 p.m.)

* Jewish Vegetarians of North America, JVNA

* Dr. Michael Klaper, speaker

* Lantern Books

* Meetup Dot Com (veg groups)

* Mercy for Animals

* Micah Books

* Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society

* Victoria Moran

* No. American Vegetarian Society (NAVS)

* PeTA

* Raw Revolution (food donation)

* Pay-Per-View (watch a video, get a dollar)

* Sadhu Vaswani Center

* Sequel Naturals (Vega protein packet, food donation)--(after 3 p.m.)

* 7th Day Adventists

* Supreme Master Ching Hai, Int'l.

* Team Organic, vegan triathletes

* United Poultry Concerns

* Vegan Outreach

* Vegetarian Resource Group, VRG

* Vegetarian Vision

* VivaVegie Society

* V-Spot (food donation)

* Whole Earth Bakery (food donation)

* Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

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14. New Book Dispels the “Protein Myth”

The Protein Myth:
Significantly Reducing the Risk of Cancer, Heart Disease, Stroke, and Diabetes While Saving the Animals and Building a Better World

By David Gerow Irving

Reviewed by Frank and Mary Hoffman


An imprint of John Hunt Publishing Ltd.
Laurel House
Station Approach
Hants, SO24 9Jh, UK
Copyright © David Gerow Irving 2010
ISBN: 978-1-84694-673-8
£12.35 UK
$19.95 US


David Irving's scholarly and well documented, but easy to read work, The Protein Myth, drew us immediately into the content. At the same time, we began to smile, because we saw the intrigue David developed leading the reader ever closer to the solution of our health care problems, but then telling us to read the next chapter for the answer.

The Protein Myth presents the scientific evidence and clinical trial results that prove that a whole (unprocessed) plant food diet will significantly reduce the risk of almost all of our major chronic diseases: Cancer, Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetes, and Arthritis; and at the same time showing the reluctance or corruption of the major health care organizations to honestly report these findings to the general public.

Within the pages of The Protein Myth, there are chapters and sections that discuss in detail every one of our major chronic diseases, and the physicians, clinicians, and organizations that are continually proving that a plant food diet will prevent, reverse, and even cure these diseases and others. There are in-depth discussions on the health care establishment (government, industry, and charitable organization) who are working against the interests of the public's health, much as they had done with smoking in the past.

If our federal government really wants to lower healthcare costs and provide coverage for every citizen, they should listen to David Irving instead of the lobbyists.

The Protein Myth is a must read book for every single person, and a wonderful reference book.

About the Author:

. David Gerow Irving graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Bata Kappa from Columbia University.

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15. Top Scientist Argues That Recent Severe Tornados Are Related to Climate Change

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16. Update From Joseph Puentes re Vegetarian and Environmental Podcasts

HELP: I need people willing to speak on the topic of morality/immorality. I would like to shift strongly toward the immorality of eating meat with particular emphasis of how immoral it is toward OTHER HUMANS. CAN YOU PLEASE SUGGEST people that you feel qualified to speak on this topic? Just pass me their names and I'll do what I can to find their contact info so I can send an invitation. Please Help!


4993 Facebook Friends and Counting (I deleted several hundred friends that were already members of the VSSE fb group). At this point I've suspended inviting friends on a wholesale basis from the Vegan/Vegetarian community and will concentrate on adding friends from "Environmental" groups. The limit of friends a person can have is 5000 so I need to start thinking of options of what I'm going to do in a few months when I reach that threshold. Is there anyone in the group that is Facebook Savvy that could council me on alternative options? I know that many people have more than one FB account but I think that is illegal and since I've had my account suspended twice already I'm very hesitant to do anything that would ban my account for life.

I wish there was a way to invite Facebook individuals that are NOT my friends to join the VSSE podcast FB group:


The VSSE podcast has a Facebook presence. You can ADD me as a friend and send me your friend suggestions ( You can also join the VSSE Podcast Facebook group here: Please spread the word that the podcast exists and share with your "Environmentalist" friends.

Also we have FB Events at:

I NEED 5-10 people to help me Veg-Evangelize to Environmental Groups on Facebook (and off facebook too). Here is what I need. We'll each send out a short message (I can supply the message) to 4 FB Environmental

Groups per week/per month/or just as often as you'd like. The problem is that I've already had my FB account suspended a few weeks ago for being too "aggressive" in trying to spread the word about transitioning to a plant based diet and the next time it might be permanent. I've already

gained two more warnings and feel like I'm walking on thin ice. So the plan is to gather a "Few" good folks to send out these messages with the goal being to FORCE the conversation in the direction of "The single most important thing an individual can do for the environment is to go

Vegan."- email me: and I'll give more details -

Please Help!


We have a new addition to the speech archive. Listen to "The Missing Piece from World Peace" by Dr. Aryan Tavakkoli FRACP:

Speeches entitled "Harvesting animals and consuming the planet" by Jamie Rivet are ready on the website at Many

Many thanks to Jamie Rivet for his work on this project.

Are there any other speech writers in the group? Let's continue assembling an archive of "Ready To Go" speeches that anyone can use to further the cause. Email me at:


I need help with with the VSSE podcast. This podcast is a community effort and the project can definitely benefit with the liberal sharing of "YOUR VOICE." I have material waiting to be read on the Environmental Reasons the world needs to TRANSITION toward a plant based diet so please contact me ( so we can discuss how you can read for the podcast. Here is more material on this subject:


Keep it in mind that the best way to listen to the audio is to subscribe to the free podcast by downloading a free copy of the iTunes program at: You would then proceed to insert the VSSE RSS feed ( into iTunes to

complete the free subscription process. If you don't feel like doing that just click on the individual links at the site and listen directly from the internet or right click, save to your computer and upload to your mp3 player.

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