|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)|
News – May 2008
Table of Contents
Dresden Update - Post-Congress Tours
East Meets West & West Eats Meat: A History of Vegetarianism & Music
The story begins way back in 19th century Germany with some famous names, and others who will only be known to those in the profession. As the title of the webpage suggests, the Eastern influence is considerable. We try to look at how much East and West overlapped. Did they all know each other? Did vegetarian musicians prefer working together, more than with meat eaters?
We have not included anyone born after 1950, so this is NOT a list of whether current pop stars happen to be vegetarian this week, and just as often not next week. But if you're interested in past generations, then go to: www.ivu.org/history/music.html
If anyone can add more information to what we've collected so far, please contact John Davis - firstname.lastname@example.org
Interview with the Chair of the Christian Vegetarian Association
1. What made you decide to become a vegetarian? When did that happen?
2. You are a leader of the Christian Vegetarian Association, a member society of IVU. How long have you been a leader of this organisation?
3. What is it that sustains your desire to be active?
4. What is an obstacle that you face in remaining active in promoting vegetarianism? How do you overcome this obstacle?
5. What is one of your organisation's accomplishments that makes you especially proud?
6. How do you try to maintain good relations and enthusiasm amongst your organisation's members?
7. What is one way that your organisation cooperates with other veg organisations?
8. Do you have any fundraising tips for other organisations?
9. What is one thing that other veg organisations might be able to learn from your organisation?
10. How does your organisation reach out to people who are trying to become veg or who are newly veg?
11. Finally, any veg jokes you’d like to share?
Guide to Catering for Older Vegetarians & Vegans Launched
Tina Fox - email@example.com - Company Secretary of VfL and former Chief Executive of The Vegetarian Society, says: “These are people who for years have tried to lead a life based on kindness: kindness to animals, kindness to the environment and kindness to themselves. Vegetarians and vegans may be a minority in society but our lifestyle choice is strongly held.
Like all older people, vegetarians and vegans deserve respect towards the end of their lives, and our task at VfL will be to raise awareness and to assist those responsible for catering for older people to see how easy it is to satisfy vegetarians and vegans.”
VfL will offer a range of services including an active website and information service; catering guides; a recipe service; and menu and nutrition advice. And it will build up the Vegetarian for Life – UK List of establishments which sign up to its Code of Good Practice.
The first guide, Catering for Older Vegetarians & Vegans – A practical guide for care homes, retirement schemes and others catering for older people, will be distributed free of charge to around 15,000 homes and other caterers during National Vegetarian Week, 19-25 May. The VfL website will be fully operational by then and will provide downloads of the guide and a comprehensive recipe service.
Rose Elliot, the renowned vegetarian cookery writer and VfL’s patron, says:
West Africa’s First Vegetarian/Vegan Library Opens
Over the past few years the importance and popularity of eating a plant based diet has steadily grown here in Ghana. The opening of the VAG Library will further promote this worthy cause among our increasingly health conscious population.
The Library will be located at the premises of Assase Pa, Ghana’s original vegetarian restaurant. A welcoming green oasis in the midst of Accra’s busy centre, the Library building has been beautifully renovated to help make it an attractive centre of learning and activism.
How a Vegetarian Builds Muscle
Fortunately, a great deal of information exists about how vegetarians, including female vegetarians, can build muscle. One of the people providing this information is Steve Holt, who founded The Vegetarian Bodybuilder ™ and runs the website www.vegetarianbodybuilder.com
Steve has been a vegetarian for 27 years, but he entered his first bodybuilding competition in March 2000 at the age of 46. He currently holds eight bodybuilding championship titles. In this article, Steve shares some of his ideas and experiences. A longer version of the article is available at www.vegetarian-society.org/downloads/HowAVegetarianBuildsMuscle.doc
1. Resistance exercise. The body is an efficient organism, and its objective is to reach a state of balance, or stasis. It will meet the demands placed upon it, but no more. Unless those demands are increased, the organism will remain unchanged. When those demands are increased via resistance exercise, adaptation is the result. One of those adaptations is hypertrophy, or muscle tissue growth.
Protein: To build muscle, exercise is not enough; we also have to take in sufficient amounts of protein. Muscle is one way the body stores protein from our diet. The body utilizes additional protein in conjunction with the additional requirements placed on it. In other words, resistance exercise causes the body to utilize the excess protein we take in. If, however, weight training is minimal or non-existent, the excess protein will be converted to glucose for energy, and in the (very likely) event of a surplus of glucose, this excess ends up being converted to body fat. Body fat is the way the body stores excess glucose.
For my suggestions on how much protein you can add to your diet, click here.
2. Now about weights. So where do you start? Maybe you’ve never done any of this stuff before, or perhaps it’s been so long that it seems like another life…. It doesn’t take much. You start by working on and developing proficiency in a few compound lifts. And you do this around the same time you increase your protein intake.
So far, the speaker line-up includes Carol Adams (author); Gene Baur (Farm Sanctuary); Paul Shapiro (Humane Society of the United States); Collen Patrick-Goudreau (Compassionate Cooks); Freeman Wicklund and Nathan Runkle (Mercy for Animals); Erica Meier (Compassion Over Killing); and Matt Ball (Vegan Outreach).
This conference is being organized by Compassionate Action for Animals, an animal advocacy organization based in Minneapolis, USA. Early-bird deadline: 9 May.
2. Taking Action for Animals 2008 Conference, Jul 19-21, Arlington, Virginia, USA
Taking Action for Animals is an annual conference and trade show that brings together seasoned animal activists as well as those just beginning their journey into the world of animal protection. Dozens of innovative and talented presenters provide the latest ideas and tactics needed in order to take action for animals.
3. Animal Rights 2008 Conference, Aug 14-18, Washington, DC
- Worlds’ largest, oldest animal rights conference
www.vegatopia.org: A Multi-Disciplinary Academic Resource
Hidden Costs of Working in a Slaughterhouse
Great Peacemakers, winner of the 2007 International PeaceWriting Award, is written by Ken Beller and Heather Chase, 195 pages with 60 photographs, published by LTS Press, ISBN 978-0-9801382-0-7, www.GreatPeacemakers.com
The following is the abstract from a study published in Nutrition Research,
‘High Intake of Fruits and Vegetables Predicts Weight Loss in Brazilian Overweight Adults’ by Daniela Saes Sartorelli, Laércio Joel Franco and Marly Augusto Cardoso.
To determine whether changes in dietary intakes predict weight loss, we studied 80 overweight adults who attended a nutritional counseling program during 6 months of follow-up at a primary health care center in Brazil. Habitual diet was assessed using a validated food frequency questionnaire at baseline and after 6 months. The mean age (±SD) of the participants was 46.5 ± 9.5 years, and their mean body mass index was 29 ± 3 kg/m2 at baseline. After 6 months, the differences in body weight and fruit/vegetable intake were −1.4 ± 3 kg and ±109 ± 320 g daily, respectively. Using multiple linear regression models adjusted for age, sex, changes in walking time, and total energy intake, the increased intake of dietary fiber from fruits/vegetables was associated with a greater weight loss (β1 [95% confidence interval (CI)] = −0.180 [−0.269, −0.091]) after 6 months of follow-up. Similar results were observed for increased intake of vegetables (β1 [95% CI] = −0.00497 [−0.008, −0.002]) and fruits (β1 [95% CI] = −0.00290 [−0.005, −0.001]) as predictors of weight loss. The increase of 100 g/d of vegetables and fruits represented a body weight loss of 500 and 300 g after 6 months, respectively (P < .05). Our findings support the relevance of increased intakes of fruits and vegetables that may help avoid weight gain in overweight adults.
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