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  • VSS eNewsletter 3 March 2010 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    org articles bones vitD that many people veg and non veg lack sufficient vitamin D What about in sunny Singapore We asked a local vegetarian health professional Dr Ho Soon Lye Here s what Dr Ho said 1 Why is vitamin D specifically D3 so important The ABCDE of vitamin D3 A The effect on the auto immune diseases vitamin D is being used for treating lupus where it tampers the over activity of the immune system by suppressing it If the immune system is down it will push it up It modulates the immune system B The action on bone for osteomalacia osteopenia and osteoporosis C The effect on cancer and also on cardiovascular diseases e g stroke heart diseases hypertension It helps in cell differentiation and maturation and cuts down cell proliferation in malignancy It slows abnormal apoptosis D The role it plays in some way to prevent dementia and diabetes mellitus type I and possibly type II E The effect it has on skeletal muscle we feel stronger in the muscles and on the nervous system when we are more alert and we feel less fatigue It has a role in helping depression It energises 2 What can do to get enough vitamin D The sun gives sunlight every day without fail and without charge How many people really appreciate the sun We should be grateful to the sun The portion UV 290 315nm of the light spectrum shines on our human skin and generates vitamin D3 and a full exposure in a white body of 15 30 minutes will make about 10 000 to 50 000iu enough to meet an individual daily need Generally I like to make two general principles 1 The production of vitamin D3 is inversely proportional to the density of the skin pigmentation the area and the amount of the time the skin surface is exposed to the sun 2 The production of vitamin D3 is inversely proportional to the age of the individual This rule applies to those especially after the age of forty when as a rule aging starts So the best way to get enough vitamin D is to expose our skin to the sunlight or artificial UV light We do not get enough because we wear clothes and use umbrellas on sunny days Thousands of Singaporeans are in danger of being insufficient or and deficient in vitamin D because of our lifestyle Most food is poor in vitamin D so the next best option other than sunlight is to take supplements As stated in response to the first question above being insufficient or and deficient in vitamin D has serious consequences This state of vitamin D inadequacy in the world is being called a pandemic In short welcome gladly the light of the sun and walk in the sun when the opportunity permits or resort to ingesting vitamin D supplements Top Meet an Animal Communicator What are the non human animals in our homes thinking What are they

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  • VSS eNewsletter 23 February 2010 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    your preferred email address changes please do send us an update as this faithful reader did Thx Also if you suddenly stop receiving the VSS eNewsletter as befell the same faithful reader you might want to check you Spam box as mass emails like ours are prone to accidently be sent to spam Here s what the reader wrote BTW the eNewsletter is free to all although we do very much appreciate readers joining as members and member receive financial benefits in excess of the 30 membership fee I used to receive emails from your society about vegetarianism new stalls opening etc at my old email address However lately I have not received anything from you at all I juz saw your website about membership etc Do we have to be a member before you send us any news etc like before Bec I have not receive any news about it from you Pls reply to Thank you Happy New Year Top Recipes Galore A very helpful reader sent the following links If you re looking for ezi tasty healthy sometimes recipes for LNY check out Crystal s blog I visit it from time to time for ideas and for her new creations http crystalbyblog blogspot com I m trying her Yusheng recipe http crystalbyblog blogspot com 2007 05 simplified yu sheng salad html And here s another recipe with very detailed instructions like those For Dummies Idiots book series not saying we are just that it even has what to say while tossing http sakurambokitchen blogspot com 2007 02 vegetarian yu sheng lo hei html Significance of the ingredients http www foodiepassion com Pictorial http www noobcook com 2010 02 04 yu sheng chinese new year raw fish salad Top Meet an Animal Communicator What are the non human animals in our homes thinking What are they trying to tell us Are they happy Animal Communication is designed to provide some answers to such questions and Noah s Ark animal shelter is bringing renowned Animal Communicator Ms Rosina Arquati to Singapore Date 8 or 10 Mar Time 7 10pm Price S 80 per pax Venue Infusion Restaurant Dempsey Road Each evening is limited to 50 pax per night It includes dinner and an introduction on Animal Communication by Ms Rosina Arquati For more details on the events location or how to register please visit the Noah s Ark blog http noahsarkcares blogspot com Only human animals are allowed but please bring along photographs of your non human animal friends Top UK Veg Society s Pregnancy and Baby Booklet Online Our friends at the UK Veg Soc have a new booklet with advice on enjoying a veg pregnancy and raising veg babies Download it a no cost by going to www vegsoc org info and clicking on pregnancy Top Permaculture Design Course Learn about organic farming in this stay in course from 27 Feb 13 Mar at Embun Pagi Batu Arang Malaysia If notice of this course reaches you too

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  • VSS eNewsletter 8 February 2010 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    becoming more concerned about ethical eating and about saving the planet one meal at a time the article reported that VSS membership had doubled to 300 in 18 months and the number of subscribers to our free eNewsletter had doubled in 24 months The article also highlighted two people in their 20s who had fairly recently become vegetarians one of whom had attended a VSS event before deciding to go veg although this was not mentioned in the article A VSS member sent the following letter in response but it wasn t published I refer to Diets of conscience ST Jan 30 As noted in the article some people are eating less meat as awareness increases of the environmental damage caused by meat production and of the cruel short lives of the non human animals whom we eat Furthermore as noted in the article free range is a term of dubious veracity not to mention the fact that an increasingly large majority of the meat on offer is for the sake of economics factory farmed That said few if any of us are pure ethical eaters Few of us faithfully follow our conscience All we can do is to try our best For instance some people find it difficult to do without meat for such reasons as cravings for meat dishes concerns about nutrition worries about social pressures and the exigencies of convenience No worries Every little bit helps the planet and our fellow animals not to mention boosting our own health One example of the every little bit helps approach is the increasingly popular idea of a voluntary weekly meatless day In 2009 city governments in Belgium and Brazil endorsed the idea and a Meatless Thursdays campaign was started at NUS This year Bremen Germany came on board and a local French Japanese restaurant started Meatless Mondays As the article states more people are working at saving the planet one meal at a time and reducing meat can be an important not to mention surprisingly tasty part of that process Top The VSS InBox One of the most interesting email VSS received recently was from Starbucks saying that they are adding veg sandwiches to their offerings and asking about vegetarian labelling Just one more indication that that businesses are concerned about catering to vegetarians and meat reducers So let s continue to let businesses know that we care about having more veg options Top Eco News from Wild Singapore For local eco news here s a good place to visit on the web http wildsingaporehappenings blogspot com Top Loving Hut Opens Outlet at International Plaza Loving Hut has opened a fourth restaurant this one at International Plaza For details http www vegetarian society org node 1278 Top Ananda Bhavan Opens 24 Hour Airport Outlet Regardless of when you re at the airport you can now find veg food at the new Ananda Bhavan outlet in the T2 Departure Hall Level 2 http www vegetarian society org node 1282 Top

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  • VSS eNewsletter 29 January 2010 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    Thanks again Top Another Climate Change Expert Minces Meat Dr James Hansen is one of the world s leading climatologists and serves as Director of NASA s Goddard Institute of Space Studies at Columbia University where he focuses on climate change Dr Hansen is one more climate expert talking about meat reduction Here are some excerpts from an interview he did with Nature com http www nature com climate 2009 0912 full climate 2009 124 html James Hansen arguably the world s most famous climate scientist is prone to shouting from the rooftops Often referred to as the grandfather of global warming he first publicly aired his concerns about the climate back in 1988 during testimony to the US Senate in which he said that the Earth had entered a long term warming trend and that man made greenhouse gases were almost certainly responsible His conviction that a climate catastrophe is looming has led Hansen to increasingly take on the role of advocate sending numerous pleading letters to world leaders and CEOs and attending well publicized protests against coal plants with the explicit aim of being arrested It s also prompted him at the age of 68 to write his first book The title Storms of My Grandchildren refers to the ferocity of extreme weather events that will greet the next generation if the unmitigated use of fossil fuels continues But one of the best actions an individual can take he allows is to stop eating meat I ve almost become a vegetarian he says For more on Dr Hansen http www nature com climate 2008 0802 full climate 2008 3 html Top Ex Vegetarians Some people are born vegetarians others become vegetarians Some people are vegetarians for part of their lives and later decide to eat meat again or for the first time Every day that people eat less or no meat is good Therefore ex is better than never and less is better than more The link goes to a related article http www care2 com causes animal welfare blog something almost primal Top New Veg Outlet near Aljunied MRT A reader sent the following info about a new outlet Address Junction of Lor 27 Geylang and Sims Ave inside the coffee shop Yue Yuan Open Mon Sat 9am 7 pm Sun 9am 2 pm Onion garlic No Organic Some organic food and they make their own bean sprout MSG ajinomoto No Eggs No Brown rice Yes Dairy No Price Range of Main Dishes 5 and below Type of Outlet Food Stall Top Cielo Sereno Does Bali Cielo Sereno is organising another overseas organic veg tour overseas this time to Bali Brochure and booking form are downloable at http www cielosereno net Bali htm Top Genesis Cooking Class for 7 Feb The folks at Genesis Health Food Restaurant will hold their next cooking class on Sun 7 Feb 4 6pm The fee is 50 Dishes include yu sheng dumplings eight treasure dessert and money bags For more info

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  • VSS eNewsletter 19 January 2010 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    investigators who traces SARS bird flu and H1N1 swine flu to the way that we produce our meat http www hsus org farm news ournews qa on swine flu 050209 html In the name of efficiency and lower prices we confine chickens pigs and other animals in crowded conditions ripe for the breeding spread and mutation of disease For example the chickens on these factory farms known also as Concentrated Animal Feed Operations must survive in a space approximately the size of an A4 piece of paper Public health experts have long warned of the risks created by these factory farms For instance in 2003 the American Public Health Association the world s largest and oldest association of public health professionals called for a moratorium on new factory farms www apha org advocacy policy policysearch default htm id 1243 To sleep easier during the next ten years we can reduce the risk of catastrophic pandemics by reducing our meat consumption Eating less meat will also address two other major worries confronting the planet in the new decade intensifying global warming with livestock accounting for 18 of human produced greenhouse gas emissions and increased rates of cancer stroke heart disease and diabetes all of which are linked to diet Top Great Recipes and Much More in the Dec09 and Jan10 Issues of VegVibe The latest issues from our friends at VegVibe the locally produced online veg magazine features the usually tasty mix of information and advice including climate change myths tips of visiting Manila and insights into the minds of meat eaters Among the recipes are shepherd s pie persimmon and cranberry jelly roasted cauliflower and leek soup mixed greens salad with citrus dressing and bean patties with lemon tahini sauce Be careful when reading the mouth watering recipes and looking at the photos of the dishes slippage from excessive mouth watering can damage your computer Here are the urls for the Dec09 and Jan10 issues http vegvibe com VegVibeDec09 pdf http vegvibe com VegVibeJan10 pdf Top Want One More Reason to Stay Away from Meat Here s an article that describes in horrific detail some of the infections that animal based food can carry http www huffingtonpost com kathy freston e coli salmonella and oth b 415240 html Top Chef Oh Does Strawberries 22 Jan Oh Chong Fah has done many classes and workshops on veg cooking His latest features strawberries You might have seen him demonstrating veg dishes last year on Channel 8 s morning news show I would like to share this event workshop with all VSS friends the course fee is super cheap heavily sponso red by the Korean Agro Trade Centre to promote their strawberry When Fri 22 Jan 7 9pm Where Kallang CC How much 5 PA member 10 non member Menu 1 Nutty fruity Strawberry Tart Vegan 2 Strawberry Chocolate 3 Strawberry Candies Vegan 4 Strawberry Nut Milk Vegan Plus Free bunnet of Korean strawberry for participants How www one pa gov sg also

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  • VSS eNewsletter 9 January 2010 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    Road 3 storey shophouse nearest MRT is Outram Date time Sat 16 Jan 2010 2pm 5pm Fee 40 VSS members 50 non member Just a few places left so do register now if you re interested More details here Top Asia for Animals Conference in Sg 15 19 Jan VSS is proud to give a talk at the Animals for Asia conference 15 19 Jan at Furama Hotel Our friends at ACRES are organising this event and people from many Asian countries will be participating www asiaforanimals org One outstanding feature of the conference will be its optimistic focus Rather than listening to long talks about the many problems that we humans are causing for our fellow animals the conference will focus on what people are doing and can do to improve the situation For instance there will be a workshop on Running Effective Education Outreach Programmes Top Letter by VSS Member in ST and TNP The following letter by a VSS member appeared in the online versions of The Straits Times and The New Paper plus The New Paper s print edition of 7 Jan Step up to the climate change challenge IT IS always tragic when politics gets in the way of saving humanity from its own wrongdoings However whether or not governments do their share to ease global warming we can as individuals still step up to the climate change challenge This can be as simple as switching to a plant based diet Livestock agriculture is one of the biggest culprits in the emission of greenhouse gases because it is an inefficient way of using resources We need to feed many kilos of plants to feed the animals which we later eat The grain we feed to livestock could feed all the approximately one billion people on our planet who have not enough to eat By not consuming meat we can help tackle global warming and ease world hunger at the same time Taking our own bags when shopping and recycling as much as we can is not enough to save this planet Tackling climate change should be part of our lifestyle and this includes our dietary choices If a global treaty cannot be agreed upon by governments and the bigger corporations then individuals should take it upon themselves to do what we can Our children and the future generations who will inherit this planet should not be burdened with an uninhabitable planet that we could have saved now American anthropologist Margaret Mead was right when she said Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world Indeed it is the only thing that ever has Imagine the depth of positive changes if a large group of thoughtful committed citizens decide to make tackling climate change part of their everyday lifestyle Nuraishah Athly Miss http www straitstimes com ST Forum Online Story STIStory 471254 html Top Haute Cuisine Restaurant Launches Meatless Mondays 11 Jan Shibaken an elegant Japanese French fusion restaurant at

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  • VSS eNewsletter 28 December 2009 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    vss sg Top Video Shows What We Already Knew Here s a video that shows the mistreatment of calves on a U S factory farm The video apparently received extensive press coverage but what is depicted doesn t seem to be exceptional the meat industry treats non human animals as though they were objects when anyone who knows anything about them knows that the cows chickens pigs etc are thinking feeling fellow beings http www vegnews com web articles page do pageId 1156 catId 1 Top Chinese Language Video Promotes Vege Mondays Here s an energetic 5min video in Chinese about Vege Mondays http you video sina com cn b 27044160 1341563274 html Seems like there are many names for the idea of going veg once a week Vege Meatout Meatless Meat Free Veggie Eat Green Day If VSS tries to spread the idea of such a day what should we call it and why For instance mentioning meat seems negative but mentioning Veg might lead people to think that they have to be full time vegetarian Putting green in the name of the day tells one of the reasons for the day but eating green has other meanings such as eating only organic food grown in or near Sg which some people might find daunting Suggestions Pls send them to info vss sg Top Another Vegetarian Top Athlete Here s news of another plant powered athlete Appearing in the pages of Men s Fitness Rich Roll was deemed one of the world s 25 most fit men in the world A devoted husband father full time lawyer and personal coach Roll recently completed his training for the 2009 Ultraman World Championships a grueling race comprised of a 6 2 mile swim a 261 4 mile bike ride and a 52 4 mile run Fit might be an understatement Read the entire article at http www vegnews com web articles page do pageId 1339 catId 1 Top New Video from PETA PETA s video Meet Your Meat is a well known tool of veg activists with its graphic depiction of the horrors of factory farming Now PETA has sort of an update of Meet Your Meat titled Glass Walls and narrated by Paul McCartney a long time veg who has recently been promoting Meat Free Mondays http www supportmfm org The title Glass Walls is from a McCartney quote If slaughterhouses had glass walls everyone would be a vegetarian Glass Walls extends Meat Your Meat buy adding such topics as fishes and the environment View and download Glass Wall also available in 3D Meet Your Meat and other videos at http meat org Top Cartoon Video on Why We Aren t Made for Meat The veg creator of the Bizarro comic strip http www bizarro com which used to appear in The Straits Times has a 5min video explaining why humans aren t designed for eating meat http www epipheo com epipheo vegan video Top Interview with the Founder of Vegetarians at Microsoft Mark Aggar is the founder of Vegetarians at Microsoft at the corporation s main campus near Seattle USA Approximately 40 000 people come to the campus on a daily basis Below Mark answers some questions 1 How long have you been vegetarian I became vegetarian over 15 years ago and officially declared myself as vegan in 1999 coincidentally just before I started at Microsoft 2 What is Vegetarians at Microsoft When did it form MSVeg as it s known informally is a group for vegans vegetarians and anyone looking for veg friendly food choices at Micrososft I formed MSVeg in 2004 but didn t start promoting it until 2005 After an article in our weekly internal newspaper we grew to about 350 members We now have about 650 active members but I estimate that at least a couple thousand people have been part of the group over time 3 What was it like to be a vegan at Microsoft 10 years ago Very hit and miss I got to know the café staff very quickly and even had some folks making special items just for me But if I needed to eat at another café there was no guarantee I d find something to eat And don t get me started on food preparation practices 4 How did the idea arise to form the organisation It was formed out of frustration of not having very good or consistent vegan choices in the MS cafeterias and the suspicion that there were a lot of folks at MS who felt the same Basically I formed it to create a loud voice for better food choices for veg ns 5 Do you receive support from Microsoft Initially it was purely grass roots However after a particularly vociferous discussion on the DL Distribution List similar to a Listserv following an incident involving a mislabelled soup our VP of Human Resources instructed our food service provider Eurest part of Compass Group to fix it She apparently understood the significance that one places on being veg n After that things started getting a lot better and Eurest were very good about reaching out to us to understand our needs and concerns They now hold a quarterly meeting with members of the MSVeg where we discuss issues suggest improvements and review progress and upcoming changes 6 Tell me about the types of changes you ve seen since meeting with Eurest Change has been significant and very much appreciated Aside from increases in choices the primary goal there is a much greater awareness of veg issues among all levels of the dining staff Food preparation is much better there are green handled serving spoons and spatulas green cutting boards and training for the staff on how to use these Additionally there are many specialty items such as vegan cheese and mayo The most recent highlight has been a Eurest operated vegetarian café that serves items such as mushroom and root vegetable flatbreads and oven baked

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  • VSS eNewsletter 18 December 2009 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    hear your ideas on the question at the end of the letter info vss sg I refer to Save time take along a bag to this supermart about the meritorious fact that NTUC FairPrice s City Square Mall is doing more to encourage us to reduce our use of plastic bags Being environmentally friendly goes beyond what shopping bags we use it also includes what we put in our shopping bags As the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference continues we should be reminded that Climate Change experts such as Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore recommend meat reduction The UN Food and Agricultural Organisation FAO s report Livestock s Long Shadow demonstrates that meat production is much less efficient in the use of inputs such as land and energy and very intensive in emissions of greenhouse gases and use of water as compared to equivalent plant food production http www fao org docrep 010 a0701e a0701e00 HTM What Vegetarian Society Singapore would like to propose is that companies schools organisations families and individuals adopt a weekly Eat Green Day a day on which the suggestion is made that everyone eat plant foods rather animal based foods Elsewhere in the world places such as Ghent Belgium and Sao Paulo Brazil have adopted a weekly day of this type http www time com time world article 0 8599 1900958 00 html Similar moves are being proposed in other places such as Croyden England http www thisiscroydontoday co uk thorntonheath Community leader s plan make Mondays meat free Croydon article 1574592 detail article html Would an Eat Green Day work in Singapore Top Orchard Gets Another Veg Eatery Orchard Road does not have many dedicated veg eateries There s NutriHub in the basement of Cuppage Plaza and a stall in the basement of Ngee Ann City but not much else Fortunately a new stall has opened at Lucky Plaza http www vegetarian society org node 1138 Top Circuit Road to Reopen Mar Apr A couple of readers wrote in to say that the Circuit Road Food Centre a great place to go to enjoy various local veg dishes should be reopening in Mar Apr 2010 Top Another Way for Eateries to Go Green The best way for a restaurant or food stall to go green is to serve veg food and recently VSS was contacted by Trevor Ong e0179 hotmail com 9773 0387 of a small start up company with another green idea Eateries can now send their cooking oil to be converted into biofuel at a facility in Tuas Asia Biofuel Centre http www asiabiofuelcenter com Trevor and his colleagues will give eateries a receptacle for their used oil and at no cost collect the used oil for transport to Tuas At the same time we would like to point out that for health reasons it s probably best to ask eateries to use less or even no oil in the preparation of our food This is what Dr Caldwell Esselstyn prescribes http

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