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Edited by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace, Justice, and Ecology

Forward this newsletter to help advance vegetarianism and veganism.  Few activities harm animals and their environments more significantly and on more levels of experience (health, ethics, climate) than the production and consumption of food, especially eating meat, or carnivorism/carnism.
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     OMNI’s NOVEMBER VEGETARIAN/VEGAN POTLUCK is Wednesday, NOVEMBER 14, 2018 (2ND Wednesdays), at OMNI, Center for Peace, Justice, and Ecology.  We start eating at 6:00.      All are welcome. 
      OMNI’s director is Gladys Tiffany.  OMNI is located at 3274 Lee Avenue parallel to N. College southeast of the Village Inn and south of Liquor World.  More information: 935-4422; 442-4600.     Or take College to Harold St (at Flying Burrito), turn east (right if you’re heading north). Go one block to Lee and turn left.  Go one block to Bertha.   We’re the gray brick on the corner, 2nd house south of Liquor World, solar panels on roof! 

CIcI’s Pizza is not vegan (cheese, unless you want only a salad), but for vegetarians it is maybe the best, cheapest dining out in Fayetteville or NWA.  If you are an ancient, it is half price!  So you subtract $2.50 from the $5.99 regular buffet.  For vegetarians, take a slice or two or three of cheese or spinach pizza and pile on the veggies from their small but quite healthily adequate fresh veg offerings.  Two elderly people can eat all they want for $7.80 which includes tax.  

CONTENTS: OMNI’s Vegetarian/Vegan Action Newsletter #54,

November 14, 2018

Health, Nutrition
Vegetarian/Vegan Organizations
Vegan Society

Protection of Animals, Empathy, Compassion
Sentience Institute
Jacy Reese, The End of Animal Farming (2018).  “Makes an airtight case that the future is plant-based.” 
Carin Schoppmeyer.  “Society Provides Emergency Aid for Animals: Shelley Steele.”  NADG (11-11-18). 

Climate Chaos: Mitigation and Adaptation
Clint Schnekloth, “Faith Matters: Denial Serves No One.”  NADG (11-10-18).
Cook, We Must Completely Rethink Food Agriculture; the Market System has Failed.

Health, Nutrition
Lorri Hambuchen. “Uncorked: Vegetarian Dishes Challenge Wine-Pairing Rules.”  NADG (10-17-18).   Suggested wines for various vegetarian foods.

Every November we celebrate World Vegan Day( Nov. 1) and World Vegan Month (November), as well as the formation of The Vegan Society.
World Vegan Month is celebrated around the world as a time to recognise how far the vegan movement has come, to highlight how accessible and beneficial a vegan lifestyle can be and to encourage the vegan-curious to adopt veganism by sharing advice, recipes and ideas.
The history of World Vegan Month
The Vegan Society first began as an offshoot of The Vegetarian Society in November 1944, when Donald Watson, Elsie Shrigley and friends felt the important need to distinguish the difference between not eating meat, and not eating any products from animals. We began celebrating the founding of The Vegan Society in 1994 and every year since, November 1st has been marked as World Vegan Day, with its significance growing to be internationally recognised.
In a natural progression, World Vegan Day evolved into World Vegan Week and now, what we celebrate as World Vegan Month; where vegans and veganism is celebrated in workplaces, shops, restaurants and in homes all over the world.
How you can celebrate   People around the world choose to mark World Vegan Month in an array of different ways. You could host a vegan lunch at work or a vegan dinner party with friends; commit to taking part in vegan outreach in your local community; share your favourite vegan recipes on social media or even challenge your friends, family or work colleagues to go vegan for 30 days by taking our Vegan Pledge.
However you choose to mark World Vegan Month, be sure to share it far and wide using the #WorldVeganMonth and #WorldVeganDay hashtags on social media and tag us on Facebook and Twitter using the handle @TheVeganSociety, we would love to see what you get up to!
If you are planning an event and would like to use the official World Vegan Month logo, it can be downloaded as a jpeg or png.    You can download and print our World Vegan Month posters or use the form on this page to request some.    For more ideas on how to mark World Vegan Day head over to our blog post.
How your business can get involved:  Download our opportunities pack to find out more about how your business can get involved with World Vegan Month 2018.
Thinking about going vegan?
To commemorate World Vegan Day 2018, we’re very pleased to announce that we will be launching a brand new app for budding vegans called VeGuide.  If you’ve been thinking about transitioning to a vegan lifestyle but you’re not quite sure where to start, simply download the app to follow our easy, 30-day programme.  Each day, you will be treated to a short video covering the most common topics that arise in the early days of going vegan. You can also select your motivation for going vegan to receive regular encouraging boosts along the way, especially tailored for you!
VeGuide will be available to download on Android and iOS from November 1st 2018.    MORE
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There was a special event to celebrate The Vegan Society at the U of A sponsored by the Animal Rights Club:
Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 12 PM – 2 PM
Patricia (Trish) Mikkelson

Protection of Animals, Empathy, Compassion
Jack Forbes.  Columbus and Other Cannibals: The Wétiko Disease of Exploitation, Imperialism, and Terrorism.  Rev. ed. from 2008 ed.   Seven Stories P, 2018.  (First ed. A World Ruled by Cannibals, 1979.)  Columbus and Other Cannibals is…the most important book ever written on one of the most important topics ever faced by human beings: why is the dominant culture so excruciatingly, relentlessly, insanely, genocidally, ecocidally, suicidally destructive?”  From Foreword by Derrick Jensen.

Jacy Reese.  The End of Animal Farming:  How Scientists, Entrepreneurs, and Activists Are Building an Animal-Free Food System,  2018.  240 Pages. “In this important and riveting book, Jacy Reese proves that cool rationality and warm ... .       
1. The Expanding Moral Circle
2. Emptying the Cages
3. The Rise of Vegan Tech
4. How Plant-Based Will Take Over
5. The World’s First Cultured Hamburger
6. The Psychology of Animal-Free Food
7. Evidence-Based Social Change
8. Broadening Horizons
9. The Expanding Moral Circle, Revisited
A bold yet realistic vision of how technology and social change are creating a food system in which we no longer use animals to produce meat, dairy, or eggs

Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals brought widespread attention to the disturbing realities of factory farming. The End of Animal Farming pushes this conversation forward by outlining a strategic roadmap to a humane, ethical, and efficient food system in which slaughterhouses are obsolete–where the tastes of even the most die-hard meat eater are satisfied by innovative food technologies like cultured meats and plant-based protein. Social scientist and animal advocate Jacy Reese analyzes the social forces leading us toward the downfall of animal agriculture, the technology making this change possible for the meat-hungry public, and the activism driving consumer demand for plant-based and cultured foods.

Reese contextualizes the issue of factory farming–the inhumane system of industrial farming that 95 percent of farmed animals endure–as part of humanity’s expanding moral circle. Humanity increasingly treats nonhuman animals, from household pets to orca whales, with respect and kindness, and Reese argues that farmed animals are the next step. Reese applies an analytical lens of “effective altruism,” the burgeoning philosophy of using evidence-based research to maximize one’s positive impact in the world, in order to better understand which strategies can help expand the moral circle now and in the future.

The End of Animal Farming is not a scolding treatise or a prescription for an ascetic diet. Reese invites readers–vegan and non-vegan–to consider one of the most important and transformational social movements of the coming decades.
“Reese’s work shows his deep concern for animals and makes clear why others should share it.”
Kirkus Reviews
“Places the issue of factory farming in the context of human progress and presents compelling arguments on how we should deal with it today.”  —Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of The Better Angels of Our Nature and Enlightenment Now
“History has been marked by turning points like the invention of electricity and the advent of information technology. The End of Animal Farming persuasively argues that the next revolution will be a global transition to non-animal meat and milk. The animal-free food revolution will save the world, and this book is leading the way.” —Maneka Gandhi, Indian Cabinet Minister for Women & Child Development
The End of Animal Farming makes an airtight case that the future is plant-based. It’s the perfect uplifting gift for your flexitarian, vegetarian, and vegan friends.”—Dr. Michael Greger, author of How Not to Die
“In this important and riveting book, Jacy Reese proves that cool rationality and warm compassion aren’t opposites. In fact, they make a great team. Reese argues persuasively that factory farming is one of the great moral crises of our day—and he provides a useful road map for ending it.”—A. J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically   SEE MORE
TEDx Talks
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The Dissenter
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Carin Schoppmeyer.  “Society Provides Emergency Aid for Animals: Shelley Steele.”  NADG (11-11-18).  Interview of Steele, Humane Society of the Ozarks Community Outreach Coordinator.  Steele:  “Our mission is the humane treatment of all animals….”   [No that is not your mission, because you omit most of the mistreated animals, the millions murdered, butchered, and eaten by the dominant primate—humans.]

Protection of Planet, Climate Chaos: Mitigation and Adaptation
8:14 AM (38 minutes ago)

Pg 4B in today's NWA Dem-Gaz

“Denial serves no one: Religious leaders must speak out” by CLINT SCHNEKLOTH Special to NWA Democrat-Gazette.   November 10, 2018 I1-10-18.     Contemporary denial of climate change is not unlike the Galileo affair around 1610. The church and many religious leaders of that era resisted evidence of a heliocentric universe presented by Galileo, so much so that Galileo famously wrote, "My dear Kepler, I wish that we might laugh at the remarkable stupidity of the common herd. What do you have to say about the principal philosophers of this academy who are filled with the stubbornness of an asp and do not want to look at either the planets, the moon or the telescope, even though I have freely and deliberately offered them the opportunity a thousand times? Truly, just as the asp stops its ears, so do these philosophers shut their eyes to the light of truth."

In 2018, the religiously led denial of climate change is equally stubborn. However, in our day such denial has real world consequences. In fact, scientists now conclude that we only have until about 2030 to make rapid and far-reaching changes in order to stem catastrophic climate change.

If we are going to make changes, it would seem wise to spend our energy advocating for the changes that will have the most significant impact. Where to focus? Well, producing meat has a larger environmental impact than nearly any other human activity. Livestock and poultry production takes up about 80 percent of our global agricultural land, is responsible for 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions (more than the entire transportation industry), consumes 30 percent of global freshwater, is the main source of water pollution in the U.S. and has contributed significantly here locally to Buffalo River impairment.

The bulk of meat's environmental impact comes from the vast quantities of corn and soy used to feed livestock and poultry. And the truth is, we know simple practices that can dramatically reduce pollution from these fields, including cover cropping and conservation tillage, optimizing fertilizer application to prevent excess runoff, and a moratorium on further clearance of native ecosystems.

The question remains, who has the authority and ability to encourage or make such changes? Mostly, the answer is market forces. A very small handful of companies control 50-75 percent of the major meat markets in the United States, so the policies set by these few companies shape almost all agricultural practice in the United States. These companies will make such changes in their supply chains only or primarily if they understand them to be in their economic self-interest.

[Jensen cont’d.: “How could any group of people, no matter how insane, no matter how stupid, actually destroy the planet on which (or rather, whom) they live?”]

CHRISTOPHER D. COOK.  To Address the Climate Crisis, We Must Completely Rethink How We Produce and Consume Food.”  OCTOBER 15, 2018.    Market-driven solutions won’t cut it.

Food and agriculture represents the single-biggest producer of greenhouse gas emissions, so why isn't agricultural climate action gaining more attention?
The clock on climate upheaval is ticking fast with little time to lose, as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) made frighteningly clear last week. “Limiting global warming to 1.5ºC would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society,” the October 8 report warned. Yet just one month earlier, the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) brushed over what may be the most critical “aspect of society,” making only marginal mention of the crisis’s top cause.
Tucked away in a pastry-laden conference room in a downtown San Francisco office building, a “high-level roundtable” of international leaders discussed something pivotal to the fate of the planet yet sidelined by the summit: food and agriculture.
Led by New Zealand’s ambassador to the United States, Tim Groser, and top representatives from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Resources Institute and others, the roundtable posed the challenge, “How can we make agricultural climate action more attractive?”
Food and agriculture represents the single-biggest producer of greenhouse gas emissions—at between 19 and 29 percent including associated deforestation, more than any other sector in the global economy. Yet, “agriculture is always the last at the party,” noted Groser, former chair of the World Trade Organization agriculture negotiations process, during the roundtable. Other GCAS panels explored issues of deforestation, land use and food production systems—but these pivotal issues were largely absent from the summit’s main stage events, and were barely mentioned in the protests and teach-ins surrounding the summit.
The roundtable, hosted by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, featured a dissonant blend of urgency and lack of clarity: There was no consensus around how to rapidly reduce food’s greenhouse gas emissions, which stem chiefly from industrial agriculture’s removal of forests and other carbon sinks, alongside ballooning meat and dairy production. Livestock production alone spews 14.5 percent of all the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.
A failing food system  MORE




CONTENTS: OMNI’s Vegetarian/Vegan Action Newsletter #53,

October 10, 2018 -

Health, Nutrition
Good Medicine published by Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Protection of Animals, Empathy, Compassion
“Happy Columbus and Other Cannibals Day”: End Columbus Day
Vs. Ag-Gag Laws, by Joe Loria, Mercy for Animals
Climate Chaos: Mitigation and Adaptation
National Advertising for Vegan
Avoid Extreme Climate Change: Stop Eating Meat
    Book: The Climate Majority: Apathy and Action in an Age of Nationalism (UK)
Animal Food and Greenhouse Gases

Vegetarian Action #52 Contents

END OMNI’s Vegetarian/Vegan Action Newsletter #54,

November 14, 2018



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