Us for VegFest 2008!
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Northwest VEG is pleased to invite you to the 4th Annual VegFest: A Compassionate Living Fair. The event will be held in the evening on Friday, May 9, and all day Saturday, May 10, at Benson High School near the Portland’s Lloyd Center at 546 NE 12th Ave. Major sponsors include Blossoming Lotus Café and Vegan World Fusion Cuisine and the Humane Society of the United States.
The event will kick off Friday evening at 7 pm with a keynote lecture by Howard Lyman, author of Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won’t Eat Meat. Musical entertainment will begin at 6:15 pm. Bo Rinaldi of Blossoming Lotus will introduce Howard. Admission is a sliding scale from $5 to $10.
Saturday’s festival, which is only $5 to attend, runs from 10 am to 6 pm and will include free food samples, cooking demonstrations, Veg 101, dozens of veg-friendly exhibitors, and lectures by:
For the most updated event information, please visit www.portlandvegfest.org. Meanwhile, we invite the community to participate in one of several ways:
And many more! One special need is for someone to drive a rental truck to pick up our tables Friday afternoon and return them early Sunday morning. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Wendy Gabbe at email@example.com.
Join the Northwest
VEG book club on April 16, 2008, at Borders Café downtown (3rd
& Yamhill) from 6:00 - 7:30 pm to discuss Carol Adams' The Sexual
Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory. The book "explores
a relationship between patriarchal values and meat eating by interweaving
the insights of feminism, vegetarianism, animal defense, and literary
For more information, contact Barrett, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For several successive years in the early spring of the year, I've been encouraging people to engage with local farms during the growing season. Purchases from local growers through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms, farmers' markets, and grocery outlets that contract with these sources provide fresh produce and keep your purchasing dollars in the community. See www.pacsac.org for local farms, and take into consideration that organic products are better for you and the environment. The farms listed here include eight in southwest Washington. For another source for CSAs, farm stands, or those farms that sell at local farmers' markets, see www.tricountyfarm.org where “tri-county” refers to Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties. For a listing of farmers' markets outside the tri-county area, see www.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets. For a comprehensive list of useful links associated with farm food purchases, see www.tilth.org and click on resources. Those of us living in the lower Willamette Valley and southwest Washington are fortunate to have an abundance of farms and convenient places to make purchases. Supporting these farms helps them thrive.
Join Northwest VEG for our monthly potluck on the west side at the West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 8470 SW Oleson Road, on Sunday, April 20, starting at 5 pm. Please bring a vegan or vegetarian main dish, salad or dessert, a card listing its ingredients, and plates and utensils for your use. If you come alone, figure the amount to serve 4-6; increase the amount 4 servings for each additional person in your party/family. Northwest VEG potlucks are alcohol-free events and we start eating about 5:15 pm.
Even if you can’t
make the potluck, please come later (6:30 pm) to hear our talk recognizing
the significance of Earth Day. Suzanne Veaudry Casaus,
Outreach Coordinator for the Oregon Environmental Council, will talk about
global warming. She has teamed up with Secretary of State Bill Bradbury
in delivering his presentation about global warming, shown for the 100th
time at Focus The Nation in late January. Suzanne has a diverse environmental
background showing a passion for reversing the many injustices to our
environment. For more information call (503) 224-7380 or email email@example.com.
If you can volunteer to help at the potluck, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (503) 224-7380. A donation of $2-5 per person is suggested to
help cover the cost of the room rental.
The next Northwest VEG potluck in Vancouver is on Thursday, April 24, at the Marshall Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin, starting at 6:30 pm. Note that this is a new location. Please bring a vegan or vegetarian main dish, salad or dessert, a card listing its ingredients, and plates and utensils for your use. If you come alone, figure the amount to serve 4-6; increase the amount 4 servings for each additional person in your party/family. Northwest VEG potlucks are alcohol-free events. To get there, exit from I-5 north at the East Mill Plain Blvd Exit, head east 0.1 miles, turn left on Fort Vancouver Way, an then left on E. McLoughlin. [See map]
After the meal (about
7:30 pm), we will have a discussion of food co-ops and the services that
they provide. Join Sarah Cline of Portland's People's
Food Co-op and Sunrise O'Mahoney of the proposed Vancouver
Food Co-op for a good discussion.
Join the Northwest
VEG gang at Portland’s newest vegan Vietnamese restaurant, Nhut
Quang. Over 80 vegan dishes fill their menu, with plenty of noodle and
rice meals with tofu or faux meats. Yummy appetizers, too! And wait until
you taste the coconut drinks! We’ll be meeting at 1:30 pm on Saturday,
April 19, at 3438 NE 82nd Ave. The restaurant sits next to the Shell gas
station on the corner. Park there or around the corner – or take
Tri-met. If you’re interested in the festivities, email Cat at email@example.com
by April 16. Please contact her if your plans change, as she always extends
the invite if there are folks on a waiting list. Payment is by individual
party, as always. See you then!
Try Vegan Week is
shaping up to be a large outreach event to support hundreds of people
in our area who are interested in making a change in their diet. There
will be mentorship partnerships arranged, lectures, dine-outs, store tours,
a guide book, and even a vegan prom. For those friends of yours you think
may be interested in trying out a vegan diet, this will be a great time
to get them started. Northwest VEG is one of the co-sponsors of Try Vegan
Week. For more information, check out www.tryveganpdx.com
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
a Bite Out of Global Warming: Environmentalist Mia MacDonald to Speak
Besides being Executive Director of Brighter Green, Mia is also a Senior Fellow of the Worldwatch Institute and on the Executive Committee of the New York City group of the Sierra Club. The Brighter Green website is full of great information and links on subjects of animal agriculture and factory farming. Check out the “resources" link at www.brightergreen.org and come hear Mia MacDonald at VegFest at 3 pm on Saturday, May 10 at the Benson High School, 546 NE 12th Avenue in Portland.
Jeff Petersen, an attorney fellow at the Animal Law Clinic at Lewis and Clark Law School, spoke at the March 16 Northwest VEG potluck about the trends and current situations in international animal law. Lewis and Clark Law School, located in southwest Portland, is the leading educational institution concerning animal law in the U.S. and this October will be hosting the 16th Annual National Law Conference (www.lclark.edu/org/saldf/conference.html).
Few lawyers are able to earn a living practicing animal law exclusively, though opportunities are increasing steadily. Animal law cases may encompass contracts, torts, constitutional law, family law (custody of animal companions), criminal law, administrative law (such as farm animals’ transportation), appeals of government agency decisions, and the new and growing area of wills and trusts for people who want to take care of their animals that outlive them. Many animal law lawyers work pro bono for nonprofit organizations while they work for a large firm that deals with other matters.
The Animal Law Clinic where Jeff works and interacts with law students focuses on civil litigation practice, regulation, research, and legislative concerns. The Humane Society of the United States has 15 staff lawyers, the most of any animal protection organization; additionally, large firm lawyers donated more than $2.5 million of services to HSUS in 2007.
In most states, the laws governing farmed animals are vague, nonexistent, or rarely enforced. In February 2008, HSUS released a video of California downer cows being pushed by a fork-lift and beaten because the cows couldn’t stand. The public outcry after seeing the video created the largest recall of beef in U.S. history because of the obvious cruelty and because it is illegal to put downer cow meat into the human food supply.
Many strategies are being used to protect farmed animals and to adopt new legislation, including approaching it from a consumer protection angle. During the evening we briefly discussed the difference between animal protection and animal welfare concerning farmed animals: One approach seeks to eliminate the consumption of animal products, and the other approach seeks to make life better for the farmed animals that eventually will be consumed.
Sweden has improved the life of farm animals by passing the Animal Welfare Act. Many animal welfare activists are using Swedish standards as a model of where to begin legislation. See www.sweden.gov.se/sb/d/574/a/90310. Switzerland also has an excellent and comprehensive animal protection law, which you can review at www.animallaw.info/nonus/statutes/stchapa1978.htm.
The information and
discussion were thought provoking. From my viewpoint, we are still on
an uphill battle concerning the care of farmed animals, and we need all
the resources we can access: animal Law lawyers, animal rights activists,
vegetarian activists, environmental activists, and informed consumers.
More information can be found through the Animal Legal Defense Fund (www.aldf.org)
and Lewis and Clark’s Animal Law Program at www.lclark.edu/org/ncal.
I’ve always been a lover of bread, but I was never picky about it until the day I grabbed a loaf of Dave’s Killer Bread to accompany me on my trip to Burning Man. It was on that trip I fell in love, down to the last heel of every loaf. From Seventh Day Adventist, to doper, to ex-con, to incredible baker, Dave Dahl reinvents himself through the reinvention of the loaf of bread.
I understand your brother runs Nature Bake. How much did his business
impact your decision to pursue your business?
the YouTube documentary you mention you became a drafter, drawing sketches
and plans, in prison, which led you to your current profession. How did
drafting in prison lead you to “drafting bread”?
you interested in your family’s bread business prior to your drafting
the events that lead up to starting Dave's Killer Bread.
bread packaging states that you were in prison for 15 years. Do you openly
discuss this time of your life?
folks, myself included, feel they would never normally spend $4 - $5 on
a loaf of bread, but they absolutely have no problem buying your bread.
How does it make you feel that people are so willing to step outside of
their norm, and in some cases beyond their budget, to buy your bread?
bread is the most popular?
is DKB sold?
website mentions you are moving to a new facility in Milwaukie later this
month. What are some reasons you are moving?
your breads always been animal free?
runs the popular website www.veganfabulous.com,
which features reviews of restaurants and the many entertaining and informative
comments of site visitors.
Rhea DuMont and Josephine Corby are The Chocolate Rabbit, a Portland-based vegan/raw chocolate company. Having sampled their wares recently at People’s Food Co-op, I wanted to learn more about the company, and share it with the readers of E-Bits.
When did you open for business?
inspired you to start the business?
the origin of the Chocolate Rabbit name?
excites you most about the business?
kind of feedback have you had from customers so far?
are some of your challenges with the business?
are your plans for the future, expansion, etc?
can people find your products?
you work with any other local veg businesses?
The concept is easy: the choices we make every day can support a compassionate, sustainable, and just world...or not. But it can be a challenging task to turn simple choices into an integral part of our lives to ensure that they are joyful, balanced, and reflective of our deepest value. Trying to make a positive difference can sometimes feel overwhelming and hopeless, especially in a world that seems to favor individualism, greed, and materialism.
The informal group MOGO (Most Good) group, started this year by humane educator Marsha Rakestraw, is dedicated to promoting humane living choices that recognize and respect the interconnectedness of all of us. The group is for people who care about all global justice issues (human rights, animal protection, environmental preservation, media and culture) and who are interested in making positive changes in their own lives, as well as helping transforming their community. Currently, the group meets twice a month, once for discussion/gathering in Southwest Portland and once for a volunteer/outreach activity. They also have special outreach and social events. Stay tuned for their forthcoming website.
you are interested in joining the MOGO group or have questions, please
email Marsha at email@example.com.
Those of us with dogs or cats know they have personalities and intelligence, but what about other animals? How many of us have heard that chickens and other birds are stupid, and that everything they do is by instinct and they can't really think. Turns out that when you actually look for the ability to think and learn, you will often find it, even in birds.
For great documentation
of this, check out the March 2008 National Geographic article "Minds
of Their Own. Animals Are Smarter Than You Think," written by Oregon
author Virginia Morell, available online at
In this article you will learn about Alex, the African Gray Parrot, who not only learned to repeat English words but clearly knew what they meant and would use those words to answer questions and make statements. Alex, who died last September at age 31, spoke and understood nearly 100 words, including colors, shapes, materials, and numbers. When presented with a green key and a green cup and asked “what same,” Alex would immediately answer “color.” When asked “what different,” he would answer “shape.” He would also tell you what he wanted, be it a specific food or to go to a particular place in the building where Dr. Irene Pepperberg had worked with him for 30 years.
You will also learn
about New Caledonian crows that learn to make and use "tools",
and our own native scrub jays who learn to hide material (food) well,
moving it to a new hiding place when they know they have been seen by
other jays, and knowing the “shelf life” of the food items,
so they will retrieve it before it rots. You will also learn about wondrous
thinking and understanding in dogs, lemurs, and other animals. Check out
the article, either in print or online, and prepare to be amazed.