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  • VSS eNewsletter 20 August 2010 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    are far more intelligent than many people may believe They have long term memories social structures and problem solving abilities some fishes have even been seen using tools But our favourite argument in favour of sharks is to ask What if aliens came to Earth and started eating us What if they took a particular fancy to one of our body parts such as our thumbs Just because they were smarter than us and more technologically advanced would it make it right for them to eat human thumb soup This concept is on display in the following cartoon Top Where To Find B12 Supplements Our last issue discussed the importance of B12 and reported that many scientists believe B12 isn t available for human absorption in plant foods Thus it may be useful to take a B12 supplement VSS did a bit of investigation to locate B12 supplements that contain no ingredients of animal origin However we have to rely on what the manufacturers state about their products content Where to find B12 supplements Your favourite organic shops may have vegan B12 supplements Also vegan B12 such as Blackmore s B12 is available on the internet and local entrepreneurs market B12 and other supplements that may be of interest to vegetarians Below is information on whether some of the large chains of stores sell B12 a Guardian says that they do not have any vegan B12 b Holland Barrett has c GNC has d Nature s Farm has e Watson has a brand called Webber Naturals but only at the following outlets Terminal 1 departure hall Terminal 3 B2 Parkway Parade Ngee Ann City Northpoint Raffles City Lucky Plaza currently under renovation IMM Harbourfront Of course this information will change Let s hope that the change is towards more outlets offering vegan B12 Please send updates Thanks And pls remember Don t play play Take your B12 today Top The VSS InBox A reader wrote in with one of our favourite questions How one can renew their VSS membership The answer is simple become a Seeds of Hope GIRO member http www vegetarian society org seeds of hope or a life member http www vegetarian society org Join and never again worry about renewing Top Be a Vegan Day 26 Aug VSS received an invitation to participate in an international event Be a Vegan Day 26 Aug http www facebook com event php eid 141167562581877 We don t know much about it Maybe it s one of those viral things We hope the virus spreads far and wide Top Health Fair at Balestier 29 Aug Enjoy a free vegan breakfast have a free health screening overnight fasting required listen to free health talks and let your kids take part in children s games at the SDA Church social hall 120 Balestier Rd S 329680 on Sun 29 Aug 8am 12 30pm A vegetarian lunch will be available at 5 For info Jessy 9117 8752 Charmaine 9776 0680 Top Climate Casino

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  • VSS eNewsletter 10 August 2010 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    to ask them to go veg once a week or to eat less fried food We show that we care about people when we ask We show that we have high expectations for people when we ask So please give it a try VSS is asking you Top August Classes from Wholesome Living Here are Chef Oh s classes for August just in time for the Mooncake Festival 14 Aug Sat 10am 1 30pm Wholesome Bakery 21 Aug Sat 10am 1 30pm Vegan Mooncake Making 22 Aug Sun 3 6pm Fermented Veggies Pickle 28 Aug Sat 10am 2pm Mastery of Tempeh Making 28 Aug Sat 3 6pm Red Wine Root Beer Enzyme Drinks 29 Aug Sun 10am 1 30pm Vegan Mooncake Making For details please visit http wholesomeliving sg com schedules htm l Also Chef Oh is doing classes for one of Singapore s top culinary schools Palette Sensations info palatesensations com www palatesensations com And they have macrobiotic vegetarian classes with Chef Simone Vaz Last but not least be sure to see the pictures of Chong Fah s super cute veg baby http www wholesomeliving sg com junruphotos html Top Is Vegan India s New Food Mantra for the Hip Yes says the following article from Outlook magazine http www outlookindia com article aspx 266462 There s even a pizzeria in Mumbai with cheeseless pizza see photo Top World Environment Day 2010 Post Conference Screening On World Environment Day 5 Jun 100s of people attended an educational seminar on Global Warming which included a mix of live speakers and videotaped talks Among those in attendance were the diplomatic representatives of various countries Pictured above is one of the speakers Dr Art Ong Jumsai He gave an excellent overview of Global Warming and what can be done to address it To follow up highlights of the seminar will be screened on Sat 14 Aug 1 30 4 30 at Kampong Senang Holistic Lifestyle Centre and Eco Harmony Kitchen Blk 106 Aljunied Crescent Unit 01 205 walking distance from Aljunied MRT Station Admission is free and a tea reception will be provided at the end of the programme Top The Meat Paradox A new study from the University of Kent has provided direct evidence that people who wish to escape the meat paradox i e simultaneously disliking hurting animals and enjoying eating meat may do so by denying that the animal they ate had the capacity to suffer Read more here http www kent ac uk news stories meat eaters study 2010 A group of students at James Cook University Singapore are planning a related study among other students at their uni and a VSS member is helping Top What They Didn t Tell Us about the Clinton Wedding The marriage of Chelsea Clinton daughter of Hillary and Bill Clinton received lots of media attention but one aspect of the wedding wasn t highlighted the food Seems like the standard meal was veg guests had to make a special request for

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  • VSS eNewsletter 30 July 2010 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    again but it would be great if you would escalate yourself or someone you know to Premier Member status in VSS For as little as 5 a month to the VSS Seeds of Hope giro scheme would entitle you to Premium Member benefits including 100 worth of Food Vouchers http www vegetarian society org seeds of hope Top Are You a Positive or a Negative Vegetarian This opinion piece by John Davis Manager of the International Vegetarian Union of which VSS is a member discusses how vegetarians define themselves John argues that instead of defining ourselves by what we don t we don t eat meat we should define ourselves by what we do we eat plant based foods http www vegsource com john davis are you a positive or a negative vegn html An interesting comment on John s piece came from Steve Billig Director of the Vegetarian Nutrition Center of Colorado USA Here it is in slightly edited form You can read Steve s entire comment by scrolling below what John wrote Some people believe that vegetarians are defined by what they shun meat It seems pretty obvious that vegetarians are defined by what they do eat a plant centered diet It is true that many people do not adopt a vegetarian or vegan diet because both are perceived as diets of rejection and denial Who wants to live a life of denial especially regarding something as rewarding as eating delicious food Not many people including vegetarians The reason so many people about 6 percent of people in the U S can sustain as longtime vegetarians is not because they are disciplined and willing to suffer for the animals for the environment or for good health They endure as vegetarians because in addition to benefitting the animals the environment and their own health they understand that a plant centered diet is a diet of abundance of variety and of deliciousness Top 8 Weeks to Wellness Program This is a 2 hour weekly lifestyle program running for 8 consecutive Sundays from 12 Sep to 31 Oct Each session includes a power point presentation by qualified medical or health professionals workbook activity cooking demonstration and wholesome vegetarian lunch For more details please go to the link for the brochure Place Balestier Rd SDA Church social hall 120 Balestier Road S 329680 Info call Eunice 6299 4571 M F 8 30am 12 30 pm or e mail eunicegeronimo gmail com Top The Complexity of the Environment Issue Whether we like it or not all the reasons we have for eating less or no meat are complex issues Recently New Scientist magazine had an article entitled Why eating green won t save the planet http www newscientist com article mg20727691 200 veggieworld why eating greens wont save the planet html full true Worth reading and in the end the article says a great deal in support of eating less meat Read a response at http www veganorganic net media releases press release

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  • VSS eNewsletter 20 July 2010 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    ready for such a day Please let us know what you think info vss sg http theonlinecitizen com 2010 07 ready for plant based food day http theonlinecitizen com 2010 07 how plant food day might work If you d like to help make such a day happen info vss sg Top The VSS InBox 1 Yes it really is veg Our previous issue announced a new veg eatery at Kallang Leisure Park Unfortunately their website isn t completed and if you visit their url you only see the welcome screen listing certain meat dishes which the restaurant offers in veg version with no mention of vegetarianism Thus it was no surprise that three alert readers wrote in to query the nature of the restaurant Always eager to serve our readers as well as to feed his stomach your intrepid reporter brought a family member along to try for ourselves Yes it really is a veg buffet restaurant and yes we urged them to please hurry and finish their website 2 Paul the World Cup predicting Octopus evoked these thoughts from one caring reader Paul the octopus who is said to have been able to predict the outcome of football matches where the best of fortunetellers could not could have ended up on some dinner plates just to satisfy the greed of a few Just imagine the hundreds of other animal species with special gifts and skills being needlessly destroyed for food when so many better and healthier options are available Paul s story whether or not you believe he really can predict the future lends weight to the reality VSS espouses that animals are thinking feeling animals just like humans Top Food Outlets Page Revised One of the most popular places on the VSS website is our Food Outlets page www vegetarian society org q fdl listing over 500 veg eateries around the island We re always on the lookout for ways to make the listing more user friendly Our latest change was to switch from listing outlets via MRT station to listing them by district The change was made because opening of so many new MRT stations makes it more difficult to say which station is nearest to a particular outlet There are a few teething problems associated with the change plus we ve been visited by a hacker So please be patient as we get everything working smoothly As always your help in updating the listings is most welcome info vss sg Top The VSS Giro Scheme Needs You Upgrading the website and the other educational work VSS does costs money and takes time If you don t have extra time perhaps you have some extra money perhaps what you save on medical costs by being veg that you could donate to support awareness of the many benefits of plant based diets As little as 5 a month to the VSS Seeds of Hope giro scheme will be much appreciated and will entitle you to Premium Member

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  • VSS eNewsletter 10 July 2010 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    on Animal Welfare and to that end it launched on June 1 an online survey The survey will remain open until Friday July 31 http www evana org index php id 56509 New Commission website on animal welfare education The EU is determined to widen the impact of education about animal welfare partly as a response to the Treaty of Lisbon that defines animals as sentient beings Furthermore concerns over animal welfare reflect the EU s own values of solidarity respect compassion empathy and a sense of justice and consideration for others Possibility of online registration for the 1st International Conference on Animal Welfare Education 1 2 October 2010 in Brussels http www evana org index php id 56905 Top Mistreating Non Humans Linked to Mistreating Humans You ve probably read about this before but here s more evidence that abuse of our fellow animals correlates with abuse of our fellow humans http www boston com yourtown news wellesley 2010 06 middlesex da adresses ties bet html And modern meat production can t be called anything but abuse Top Veg Buffet at Kallang Leisure Park Iwannagetstuffed International Vegetarian Buffett is the name of one of SG s newest veg outlets It s located at Kallang Leisure Park 5 Stadium Walk 01 33 34 35 S 397693 For more info call 6348 0600 9724 0109 or click on http www vegetarian society org node 1358 Top Is Trying To Eat Healthfully a Disease Here s something that s funny in a way from our friends at VegSource In its never ending attempt to fabricate mental disorders out of every human activity the psychiatric industry is now pushing the most ridiculous disease they ve invented yet Healthy eating disorder This is no joke If you focus on eating healthy foods you re mentally diseased and probably need some sort of chemical treatment involving powerful psychotropic drugs The Guardian newspaper reports Fixation with healthy eating can be sign of serious psychological disorder and goes on to claim this disease is called orthorexia nervosa which is basically just Latin for nervous about correct eating But they can t just called it nervous healthy eating disorder because that doesn t sound like they know what they re talking about So they translate it into Latin where it sounds smart even though it isn t That s where most disease names come from Doctors just describe the symptoms they see with a name like osteoporosis which means bones with holes in them Getting back to this fabricated orthorexia disease the Guardian goes on to report Orthorexics commonly have rigid rules around eating Refusing to touch sugar salt caffeine alcohol wheat gluten yeast soya corn and dairy foods is just the start of their diet restrictions Any foods that have come into contact with pesticides herbicides or contain artificial additives are also out http www guardian co uk society 2009 aug 16 orthorexia mental health eating disorder Wait a second So attempting to avoid chemicals dairy soy

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  • VSS eNewsletter 30 June 2010 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    on the value of plant based whole foods http www youtube com watch v MiCgh0sw4vU feature related Top Healthy Lifestyle Classes cum Cooking for Aug Sep English Language Veg Cooking Classes Aug Sep from Bliss and Wisdom Society The lessons will focus on eco friendly and healthy lifestyles Dates 1 8 8 8 15 8 22 8 29 8 5 9 10 Sun Time 4pm 5 30pm Place 599 Geylang Road 02 00 Yes Natural 2nd storey Fee FOC Required deposit of 20 refundable if you attend at least 4 lessons Enquiries Ms Iris Sia Xiu Hua or Koh Lee Yong at 6547 1580 Contents Ecofriendly diet and lifestyle healthy vegan diet cooking demo etc Participants are requested to bring their own bowl or container for food tasting Top Liver and Gall Bladder Cleanse 24 Jul Sat 24 Jul 3 30 5 30pm Livin Greens Organic Vegan Restaurant 325 Beach Road near Nicoll Highway MRT is sponsoring this educational event The speaker is Ms Olivia S L Er Master in Chemical Environment Engineering NUS UDA Certified Naturopath from American Naturopathy Medical Association ANMA Malaysia Society of Complementary Medicine MSCM The cost is 10 which included a high fibre energy drink For more info 6396 5523 barbara livingreens com sg www livingreens com sg Top Raw Food Meetup in a Park 25 Jul Meetups are a great way to meet like minded people and to explore new possibilities Singapore already has a vegetarian Meetup group http www meetup com singapore vegetarian and an organic Meetup group http www meetup com Organic Living 2010 witnessed the birth of a raw food Meetup group known as Alive http www meetup com alivesingapore Their next event is a picnic in a park to be named later on Sun 25 Jul 3 30pm Top Japanese Veg Cooking Classes Catherina Hosoi who did a very successful cooking class for VSS is running more classes on her own on healthy vegetarian Japanese cooking Details plus a photo of Catherina s smiling face can be found at www culinary com sg http www facebook com pages Culinary Hobby Class 118070464904873 Among the dishes you ll learn are Kiriboshi daikon no nimono Simmered high fiber dried daikon medley and Green peas aburaage no gohan One pot flavourful rice with green peas soy puffs Cost is 70 per person nett Dates are Sat 31 Jul 2 5pm Mon 2 Aug 7 9 45pm Tue 3 Aug 10am 12 45pm Tue 7 Sep 10am 12 45pm or 7 9 45pm Top Meat Linked to Early Puberty in UK Girls A study at the University of Brighton UK involved 3 000 girls and found that those who ate more meat were more likely to start puberty earlier Early puberty is thought to increase risk of breast cancer ovarian cancer and heart disease http www dailymail co uk health article 1285901 Girls high meat diet likely start periods early html ito feeds newsxml ixzz0rx0IVE9g Top Going Veg May Reduce Toxins A study recently

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  • VSS eNewsletter 21 June 2010 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    an evidence based position paper stating that vegetarian diets are nutritionally adequate and can even have health benefits http www eurekalert org pub releases 2009 07 ada aru070109 php Appearing on the same page of The Sunday Times as Ms Ong s article are photos of cute animals whom are up for adoption Why are we so kind to cats dogs and other species whom we take as pets while at the same time we condemn other species such as chickens and pigs to short miserable lives Top Health Minister Goes Plant Based Here from his blog is the great news that Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan has taken up a plant based diet http mohsingapore blogspot com 2010 06 its wonderful to be back alive html Top Engine 2 Plant Based Diet Results Previously we reported on the significant health improvements recorded by three US firefighters when they switched to a plant based diet as recommended by Rip Esselstyn who is a former fire fighter and a son of Dr Caldwell Esselstyn If those three guys can change there s hope for others http www vegsource com news 2010 06 dr oz update how did those sick firemen do on the engine 2 diet html Top Simple Vegetarian Cookbook Now Online Simple Vegetarian is a cookbook by noted local vegetarian speaker and teacher Wong Kee Yew All the recipes in the book are delicious without using eggs milk garlic onion or artificial additives and with all raw ingredients Kee Yew wants his recipes to suit vegetarians of different paths and preferences The stories behind the making of Simple Vegetarian can be read at http learning holistic wellness blogspot com 2010 05 stories behind simple vegetarian 1 html The book is now available at US 7 online at http www tradebit com filedetail php 98635586 simple vegetarian Top Holistic Management Prevention of Cancer Chronic Illnesses Earlier this year Dr Raymond Yuen did a talk for VSS at Bukit Merah Public Library On Sat 26 Jun Dr Yuen is among the speakers in a Christian based seminar on nutritional strategies for health Among the other speakers is Prof Ruan an oncologist and researcher at Zurich University Date 26 Jun 1 30 5pm registration begins at 1pm Place Furama City Centre Level 5 60 Eu Tong Sen St Language English with Mandarin translation Cost 10 Info 6250 8577 Top Cooking Classes at Yes Natural Bliss and Wisdom Society will be conducting a series of vegetarian Healthy Lifestyle Classes cum Cooking from Jul to Aug to be conducted in English Dates 4 7 11 7 18 7 1 8 8 8 15 8 10 Sun First 3 Sundays of Jul and Aug Time 4pm 5 30pm Place 599 Geylang Road 02 00 Yes Natural 2nd storey Fee FOC Required deposit of 20 refundable if you attend at least 4 lessons Enquiries Ms Iris Sia Xiu Hua or Koh Lee Yong at 6547 1580 Contents Ecofriendly diet and lifestyle healthy vegan diet cooking etc

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  • VSS eNewsletter 10 June 2010 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    MARIGOLD Fresh Soya Milk is a soya milk fortified with Vitamins K D and 5 Vitamin Bs to increase the nutritional value of our soymilk Vitamin D is an important vitamin which aids our body in calcium absorption and is commonly added into milk soymilk This Vitamin D however is derived from sheep s wool and is the only ingredient of animal origin in our soymilk I m sorry that you had consumed our product unknowingly and I hope the above clarifies your query Please feel free to contact me at my contact points below should you have any further queries Best regards Angela Lim Malaysia Dairy Industries 2 Davidson Road Singapore 369941 Top One More Time Meat Climate Change Here from The Daily Telegraph is more evidence of meat s role in worsening climate change Eat Less Meat to Save the Planet UN The world needs to change to a more vegetarian diet to stand a chance of tackling climate change according to a major new United Nations report By Louise Gray Environment Correspondent The Daily Telegraph UK Online The group of international scientists said the greatest cause of greenhouse gas emissions is food production and the use of fossil fuels But while the use of coal and oil could be gradually replaced by renewable energy sources like wind and solar the world will always need to eat As the world population increases it is feared that the production of food will become the main cause of climate change and environmental degradation The International Panel of Sustainable Resource Management pointed out that agricultural production accounts for 70 per cent of global freshwater production 38 per cent of land use and 19 per cent of the world s greenhouse gas emissions The report that will be presented to world governments said the only way to feed the world while reducing climate change is to switch to more a more vegetarian diet full story http www telegraph co uk earth earthnews 7797594 Eat less meat to save the planet UN html Top Eating Meditation This secular article urges us to think about our food as we slowly eat it http markbittman com an eating meditation literally Of course one thing to think about is where our food comes from On that count eating meatless may lead to happier thoughts and happier eating Top Weekly Meatless Days Gain Popularity This article describes how more and more meat eaters are trying to do meatless at least once a week and what the meat industry is doing to nip this healthy trend in the bud http www washingtonpost com wp dyn content article 2010 05 18 AR2010051800891 html For what VSS is doing to promote meat reduction see our downloadable flyer Meat Less in Singapore http www vegetarian society org q node 1316 Top Doubt and Knowing What To Believe Whether it s the benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables the dangers of global warming or almost any issue all sides can find

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