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  • VSS eNewsletter 8 December 2009 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    skyrocketing the New York Times article cites experts who explain why the right diet can greatly cut health expenditures Here are some excerpts We need to put food back in the heart of health care says Zoe Finch Totten Full Yield s chief executive It s the cheapest way to deal with health and the simplest and definitely the most pleasurable Ms Totten contends that overeating doesn t result from a nationwide failure to count calories but from the fact that so many people consume a diet of processed refined foods People overeat Doritos because those foods are designed to trick the body s beautiful ability to be able to self regulate she said When you eat primarily health supporting foods you will recover those protective mechanisms A study in the January February 2009 issue of the journal Health Affairs concluded that 75 percent of the country s 2 5 trillion in health care spending has to do with four increasingly prevalent chronic diseases obesity Type 2 diabetes heart disease and cancer Most cases of these diseases the report stated are preventable because they are caused by behaviours like poor diets inadequate exercise and smoking Obesity alone threatens to overwhelm the system In a recent study Kenneth Thorpe chairman of the department of health policy and management at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University found that if trends continued annual health care costs related to obesity would total 344 billion by 2018 or more than 20 percent of total health care spending It now accounts for 9 percent Dr Thorpe also said that if the incidence of obesity fell to its 1987 level it would free enough money to cover the nation s uninsured population Complete article at http www nytimes com 2009 11 29 health policy 29diet html Top Brunei Update A reader living in Brunei sends this update There are now more vegetarian outlets in Brunei Some non vege restaurants are also offering a Vegetarian menu The Brunei Health Ministry has been contributing to the popularity of vegetarian by promoting more fruits and vegetables for a healthy diet Top When Will Circuit Road Food Centre Reopen A reader wrote in to say that the Circuit Road Food Centre one of Sg s veg oases is closed for renovation but she was not sure when it will reopen If you know please send the info to info vss sg Thx Top New Veg Food Stall Near Farrer Park MRT Le Le Vegetarian is the name of a new veg stall open 7am 2pm except Sundays at 166 Jalan Besar Berseh Food Centre For details http www vegetarian society org node 1131 Top And Another New One in Ghim Moh The Green Vegetarian Address Blk 19 Ghim Moh Road 01 263 coffeeshop Operating Hour 11am 8pm 9am 8pm on 1st 15th Day of Lunar Month In charge Miss Chen Dan Contact 9011 5093 Details http www vegetarian society org node 1136 Top Worth a Look Books Here

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  • VSS eNewsletter 26 November 2009 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    proposed by the World Food Programme we can also address world hunger by changing our diets because what we eat strongly impacts the world s food supply When we eat one kg of meat we are actually eating many kgs of plant food the plant food fed to the animals on our plates In fact there is already more than enough food to feed everyone if some of that food were not diverted to become feed for meat production Estimates of how many kgs of plant food are required to produce one kg of meat vary widely but certainly chickens pigs etc are not going to gain one kg of weight for every one kg of plant food they eat The point is that we who can afford to eat meat regularly make a choice each time we have a meal Will I eat food that comes directly from the earth nurtured by the sun s energy or will I eat indirectly by eating animals fed plant foods It s not just a lifestyle decision it s not just about what tastes best It s also about freeing resources to feed our fellow humans Letter 2 published online I refer to Earth will get hotter TODAY 19 November The large majority of climate scientists are warning that we must prioritize the reduction of our greenhouse gas emissions or face catastrophic possibly irreversible consequences This is not a science fiction movie such as the recent film 2012 this is ever worsening reality Fortunately there is one easy way to cut our greenhouse gas emissions eat less meat The UN s 2006 report Livestock s Long Shadow attributes 18 of our greenhouse gas emissions on livestock whereas transportation accounts for 13 As a result of this and other research more and more international leaders including Nobel Peace Prize winner Al Gore are asking us to reduce meat consumption Instead global meat consumption is projected to double by 2050 Dr R K Pachauri head of the UN s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change believes that reducing meat consumption is the biggest single contribution people can make to curbing climate change and he has called on people to try going meatless one day a week He himself goes meatless every day Others are following Mr Gore and Dr Pachauri s lead For instance the cities of Ghent Belgium and Sao Paulo Brazil have one day a week in which everyone is encouraged to enjoy meatless meals In the UK meat free menus are being promoted in hospitals as part of a National Health Service strategy to cut greenhouse gas emissions The German government s environment agency went further advising people to eat meat only on special occasions Meat reduction for green reasons is in line with a trend in Germany to eat less meat for health reasons According to Destatis Germany s federal statistics agency meat consumption there has dropped from 64kg per capita per year in 1991 to 58 7kg today Let s hope that the world s governments meeting in Copenhagen in December reach an agreement that can strongly reverse our greenhouse gas emissions However we need not leave everything to government Every day every time we eat we can do our part by enjoying a diet lower in meat And who knows our health may benefit too Top Life in Sg Keeps Getting Better for Vegetarians Here are two hopeful experiences that your faithful editor had this month These stories give hope that healthy vegetarianism is on the rise here 1 At his neighbourhood veg stall there was lo and behold a raw dish shredded green and red cabbage lightly seasoned with vinegar and plum sauce The stall assistant said that they now have a raw option a few times each week 2 He went out for Sunday breakfast with seven meat eaters who chose a shop that didn t have any veg options so he went to the next door shop to get something to take over to eat with his seven friends As he was ordering in comes another person who was there for the same reason Although she was also vegetarian she hadn t yet heard of VSS They had a nice chat and agreed to gently encourage the shop to include a veg option 3 He went to a new organic vegetarian restaurant http www vegetarian society org node 1124 You might also like to visit and give them your feedback Top How I Became a Vegetarian at Age 7 At the Assembly of Youth for the Environment event at Labrador Park we met a Sec 1 student who described how all by herself she went veg when she was seven Here s her story I was seven years old when I became vegetarian I decided to become a vegetarian as all the meat started to taste weird to me There wasn t any special event that occurred I didn t read any pamphlet or watch any video and no one else in my family was vegetarian At first my parents objected to my vegetarian diet They worried that I wouldn t get enough nutrients so they tried many ways to convince me to eat meat again As the years passed they realized they should accept my vegetarian diet and not force me to do something that I m not comfortable with My friends had no reaction to me being vegetarian I have remained as a vegetarian as I ve grown up Now at age 13 I have no regrets about changing my eating ways I am a vegetarian that s not going to give up on my diet any time soon I feel that being a vegetarian is probably my own way of lessening the number of animals being killed daily Trust me after you ve seen the way the animals are slaughtered you won t feel like eating meat any more I ve also learnt only recently how the shark fin in shark fin soup

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  • VSS eNewsletter 17 November 2009 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    food that comes directly from the earth nurtured by the sun s energy or will I eat indirectly by eating animals fed plant foods It s not just a lifestyle decision it s not just about what tastes best It s also about freeing resources to feed our fellow humans Top New Organic Vegan Restaurant Vegsenz is the name of a new organic vegan restaurant in Little India They are having a 20 off opening promotion Below is more info A complete listing is on the Food Outlet page of our website http www vegetarian society org node 1124 Address 2 Serangoon Road 01 24 The Verge S 218227 Bus Number separate with commas if there is more than 1 bus 2N 4N 48 56 57 131 166 170 851 960 980 MRT Little India Exit C Open Daily 10am 10pm Landmarks Tekka Centre Tel 6392 0369 Email vegsenz gmail com Top List of Health Food Shops in KL VSS has a list of veg outlets in Singapore that includes restaurants stalls and organic shops http www vegetarian society org q fdl We don t have such lists for other places but our friends at Cielo Sereno have put together the following list of health food shops in KL http www cielosereno net healthfoodshop htm Top Author of Eating Animals Appears on the Ellen Degeneres Show Last month we had an article by the Jonathan Safran Foer author of the new book Eating Animals www eatinganimals com Here s a clip from his recent appearance on the Ellen Degeneres tv show available in Singapore http www vegsource com news 2009 11 jonathan safran foer on thanksgiving html BTW we hear that Ellen is also veg Here a hilarious video of hers on the topic http vids myspace com index cfm fuseaction vids individual VideoID 38570661 Here are a couple reviews of Foer s book The first review is from a Nobel Prize winner in Literature and the second review is from a leading name in alternative medicine The everyday horrors of factory farming are evoked so vividly and the case against the people who run the system presented so convincingly that anyone who after reading Foer s book continues to consume the industry s products must be without a heart or impervious to reason or both J M Coetzee Eating Animals carefully deliberately takes you through every relevant dimension of factory farming One sees it from the inside the outside the moral high ground the dithering consumer level through Foer s family stories from slaughterhouse workers animal behaviorists even from defenders of the system Foer s aim is not to make your choice but to inform it He has done us all a great service and we and the animals owe him our thanks Dr Andrew Weil And here s an extensive review from The New Yorker magazine http www newyorker com arts critics books 2009 11 09 091109crbo books kolbert Top Global Warming and Singapore s Economy One of

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  • VSS eNewsletter 5 November 2009 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    how much we eat is what we eat In particular we need to reduce our meat consumption Last month Lord Stern lead author of the UK government s Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change one of the most comprehensive reviews on the economics of climate change stated Meat is a wasteful use of water and creates a lot of greenhouse gases It puts enormous pressure on the world s resources A vegetarian diet is better Lord Stern former World Bank Chief Economist likened meat eating to drink driving and forecast that as we learn about the environmental harm done by meat production meat eating will become less socially acceptable The link between meat and global warming involves two overlapping factors First eating meat is inefficient because to produce just one kg of meat we must feed many kgs of plant food to the animals whom we later eat This means more forests cut to grow feed for these animals rather than food for humans Yes we need these forests to take in carbon dioxide The second meat climate change link involves the gases released by the animals whom we eat as part of their digestive processes and from their manure In particular the gases methane and nitrous oxide contain much greater climate change power than does carbon dioxide Fortunately in Singapore we have access to a wide range of meatless foods at restaurants food centres and markets Furthermore many non vegetarian restaurants and stalls are happy to prepare meatless dishes upon request Thus every day three times a day we can each do our bit to reverse climate change http www straitstimes com ST 2BForum Online 2BStory STIStory 449488 html Top Two December Wellness Classes from Wong Kee Yew Wong Kee Yew is becoming well known for his science based Holistic Wellness classes Here are two classes he s doing in December 1 Date 10 Dec Thu 7 30 9pm Title Simple Vegetarian Cooking Mandarin Investment Free Venue Buddhist Life Mission Association 19B Lorong Bachok off Geylang Lor 19 S 387788 Tel 6836 9088 http buddhistlife2006 blogspot com buddhistlifemission yahoo com sg 2 Date 12 Dec Sat 4 7pm Title Biodynamic Diet Workshop English Investment 80 pax includes full biodynamic meal Venue Onaka 8A Biomedical Grove 01 17 18 Immunos The Biopolis S 138648 Tel 6464 2007 http www onakagroup com info onakagroup com Visit Kee Yew s blog at http learning holistic wellness blogspot com Top Another Climate Experts Says Minus Meat From the UK newspaper The Telegraph Lord Stern author of the 2006 Stern Review on the cost of tackling global warming predicts that eating meat could in the future become as socially unacceptable as drink driving http www telegraph co uk earth environment climatechange 6442164 Lord Stern People should give up eating meat to halt climate change html Here are some differing views http www guardian co uk environment 2009 oct 30 vegetarianism climate change meat stern http www dailymail co uk debate article 1223671

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  • VSS eNewsletter 27 October 2009 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    unpredictable Contact TS at 9296 1943 tschua waltoninternational com sg Kheng at 6258 5031 kheng vss sg Website http www meetup com Singapore Adventurous Group calendar 11549311 Top Green Talk at LKY School 11 Nov Wed 11 Nov 5 7 30pm VSS is helping to organise a panel discussion titled Green Talk by IUCN International Union for the Conservation of Nature experts The venue is the auditorium of the LKY School of Public Policy Details Lim May Ann Senior Executive Public Education Policy and Research Please attend and help the veg voice to be heard Top Countdown to Copenhagen Concert 13 Nov VSS is a supporter for the Countdown to Copenhagen Concert Fri 13 Nov from 10pm at Indochine Empress Place Copenhagen is hosting the big international climate change conference starting 7 Dec http www hopenhagen org Organisers are hoping to attract 2000 people and VSS has been invited to do outreach to them Any ideas want to help info vss sg Top Assembly of Youth for Environment Labrador Park 17 Nov The inaugural Assembly of Youth for Environment will be held in Labrador Nature Reserve Tue 17 Nov 9am 12 30pm in conjunction with International Energy Week This event is jointly organized by Eureka Junction MOE s S2 Cluster Science and Innovation Centre National Parks Board Singapore Polytechnic and Addest Technovation and supported by the National Environment Agency Singapore Environment Council and VSS The event aims a To raise the awareness of sustainable energy and climate change among youths b To empower youths to make an improvement for an environmentally sustainable future c To provide a platform for youths to embark on collaborative environmental improvement projects On line registration at http www queenswaysec moe edu sg environment environment html Top Letter to my paper Meat and Fur Are Both Cruel The following letter by a VSS member appeared in a slightly changed form in my paper of 21 Oct I refer to Kong Soon Wah s expose Buying a fur coat Watch this video first my paper 19 Oct Sadly such horrible treatment is suffered not only by the fellow animals whom we use for fur but also those whom we use for food We are treating chickens pigs and other non human animals as if they were mere objects when in fact they are intelligent feeling fellow beings as revealed by researchers who have studied them Imagine please how we humans would feel if more intelligent beings from another planet took a liking to human flesh and treated us the way we treat chickens fish pigs and others This cruelty is graphically documented in videos by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Peta such as Meet Your Meat http www goveg com factoryFarming asp and others of the growing number of organisations worldwide that are speaking up for defenceless animals Warning do not watch these videos just before you are planning to tuck into a meat dish you may end up losing your appetite Best to plan

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  • VSS eNewsletter 15 October 2009 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    Arrive back at Changi Ferry Terminal 1 00pm Lunch on your own or with your newfound friends Please bring cash for the following expenses 1 Cost of the bumboat 2 50 person trip wef 15 Apr 08 Maximum 12 passengers per trip additional charge if you bring your own bike on the ferry 2 Bicycle rent will vary from 6 10 depending on type of bicycle you chose Bicycles with full suspension highly recommended 3 Breakfast Lunch Things you MUST bring or wear 1 at least 1 5 litres of water isotonic drinks 2 comfortable shoes sport wear 3 cap 4 sun block Please ensure you know EXACTLY how to get to the meetup point and that you arrive ON TIME To make sure you arrive on time it s best to share taxi as the bus route is very long and unpredictable Contact TS at 9296 1943 tschua waltoninternational com sg Kheng at 6258 5031 kheng vss sg Website http www meetup com Singapore Adventurous Group calendar 11549311 Top Can t Wait for the Next VSS eNewsletter Follow VSS on Twitter VSS is proud of our free eNewsletter especially with its new look with the content that readers send it and with about 5400 email addresses subscribed But enewsletters are so Web 1 0 To keep up with the times VSS also uses Web 2 0 media such as Facebook and Twitter With Twitter any time we have news to share we can tweet it to those who follow us on Twitter To sign up it s free go to http twitter com vssnews Top What s VSS Up To This is a new feature that talks about things VSS is working on that aren t yet ripe enough for inclusion as a regular article in the VSS eNewsletter If you d like to help make these events happen contact info vss sg If you want more information please wait for things to ripen Thx 1 The Asian Vegetarian Congress 6 9 Nov in Batam We will be giving talks helping with logistics and as Batam s neighbour entertaining visitors from around the region and beyond 2 Visit by Dr R K Pachauri chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC IPCC shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore He is tentatively scheduled to appear via video conference on 9 Nov Do you know of places with video conferencing equipment 3 Visit by Dr Caldwell Esselstyn author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Scheduled for March 2010 4 GIRO fundraising scheme 5 More letters to the Forum pages of newspapers and other publications 6 Meat Less in Singapore Starter Kit Top Health Story Recently VSS asked people to share their stories about how going veg or at least eating less meat seemed to have led to improved health Of course such stories do not constitute scientific evidence Here s one story from someone who went veg to show kindness to our fellow animals but seems to

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  • VSS eNewsletter 6 October 2009 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    long gone in our daily life on mainland Singapore You can take this time travel trip on Pulau Ubin Cycling is the best way to explore this slice of good old Spore Program 8 30am Participants gather at Changi Ferry Terminal for boat trip to Ubin best to arrive on Ubin early to get good bikes and to beat the Sunday crowds 9 00am Quick breakfast on Ubin 9 30am Choosing testing bicycles 9 45am Safety briefing grouping planning of cycling route cycling start 12 15pm Cycling ends feedback comments 12 45pm Arrive back at Changi Ferry Terminal 1 00pm Lunch on your own or with your newfound friends Please bring cash for the following expenses 1 Cost of the bumboat 2 50 person trip wef 15 Apr 08 Maximum 12 passengers per trip additional charge if you bring your own bike on the ferry 2 Bicycle rent will vary from 6 10 depending on type of bicycle you chose Bicycles with full suspension highly recommended 3 Breakfast Lunch Things you MUST bring or wear 1 at least 1 5 litres of water isotonic drinks 2 comfortable shoes sport wear 3 cap 4 sun block Please ensure you know EXACTLY how to get to the meetup point and that you arrive ON TIME To make sure you arrive on time it s best to share taxi as the bus route is very long and unpredictable Contact TS at 9296 1943 tschua waltoninternational com sg Kheng at 6258 5031 kheng vss sg Website http www meetup com Singapore Adventurous Group calendar 11549311 Top Brown Rice Vegetarians Take the Lead What vegetarians have long known was confirmed in a ST article from last Sat if you want brown rice you re mostly likely to find it at a veg eatery A VSS Exco member sent the following letter to the ST Forum page in response Let s see if it is published I refer to Brown rice for your chicken rice meal Oct 3 The article states that brown rice is available at almost one third of hawker centres in particular at vegetarian stalls It is no surprise that vegetarian stalls and restaurants have taken the lead in offering brown rice as vegetarians generally tend to be more conscious of health their own health that of our fellow animals and the health of the environment There is even vegetarian chicken rice By asking for brown rice we increase demand which in turn increases supply The Vegetarian Society s website www vss sg has a Food Outlets page which lists more than 400 vegetarian restaurants and stalls around the island Each listing includes whether the outlet serves brown rice Top What s VSS Up To This is a new feature that talks about things VSS is working on that aren t yet ripe enough for inclusion as a regular article in the VSS eNewsletter If you d like to help make these events happen contact info vss sg If you want more information

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  • VSS eNewsletter 26 September 2009 | Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
    etc with another stall for other goods such as toys bags and stationery Date and Time Sat 10am 8pm Sun 10am 7pm Venue Open space diagonally opposite Tzu Chi Jingsi Hall junction of Elias Road and Pasir Ris Drive 1 Remarks Save the Earth bring your own reusable utensils and bags Top Did Going Veg Improve Your Health There s a lot of scientific evidence about the benefits of going veg such as that compiled by the American Dietetic Association http www eatright org cps rde xchg ada hs xsl advocacy 933 ENU HTML htm However sometimes personal experience can speak louder that statistics Thus VSS is hoping to compile stories from people in Singapore about how going vegetarian or vegan improved their health or saved their lives The more compelling stories we collect the better it speaks for the veg diet and spare others of unnecessary suffering For instance VSS president George Jacobs suffered from sinus problems for many years This led to a few colds every year and the build up of polyps in his sinuses which led to surgery to remove the polyps although some soon came back Fortunately when George gave up dairy he had already been vegetarian for many years the sinus problems diminished greatly and he hasn t had a cold for many years since Another stronger example is Mdm Wong Thai Thai who after being diagnosed with leukaemia switched to an all plant based diet which helped reverse the terminal disease Mdm Wong was so inspired she started a vegetarian restaurant on Smith Street Ci Yan to share the importance of diet for health By complementing medical evidence with real life stories authorities may become more receptive sooner So please send your story in any language to info vss sg Thanks Top Do Hens Suffer Ethology the study of animal behavior has advanced understanding of the effects of cage confinement on the well being of laying hens and without a doubt shown that there are very serious welfare consequences Studies have demonstrated that there are two basic reasons for this 1 the animals are deprived of the opportunity to express important natural behavior and 2 the constraints of the cage prevent exercise which has profound physical consequences for the health of the birds Read the entire article at http hamandeggonomics blogspot com 2009 08 great egg debate science not emotion html Top Fish Farming Now Accounts for 50 of Fish Production First there was factory farming of land animals Now factory farming of marine animals produces a significant percentage of the fish that human eat Fish farming has all the downside to the welfare of the fish to the environment to resource utilization that farming of pigs chickens and other land animals causes Read more at http www sciencedaily com releases 2009 09 090907162320 htm Top Next Cooking Class from Genesis 27 Sep Thai food is the theme of the 27 Sep cooking class from Genesis Vegetarian Health Food Restaurant 1 Lorong Telok

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