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CONTENTS Y O U W I L L HAVE N O T I C E D a couple of changes in this issue of The Vegan. Firstly, it is now in a clear plastic mail wrap. We are farming out the mailing to a specialist company, on a trial basis, and thereby saving a bit of money and a lot of staff time. The plastic wrap is totally animal-free, (unlike some kinds of brown envelope!) and is recyclable, so put it to your local recycling centre with your other used plastic.

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SHOPAROUND New vegan goodies

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DIET MATTERS Readers' questions

The other change, of course, is that the usual picture of editor Richard Farhall is missing from the top of this column. After more than ten years' devoted service to the Vegan Society, Richard has moved on, to face new challenges as the Town Clerk of Rye. At the same time as he got his new job, I was elected Chair of Council, and thrown in at the deep end, overseeing the selection process for a new ChiefExecutive.

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IN DEFENCE OF ANGER Challenging the status quo

Since then, in mid-December, until now (writing at end of February), Council has been kept very busy, placingjob adverts, sifting through applications, drawing up and interviewing a shortlist, and finally appointing our new ChiefExec. Many Council members have also been helping out with some of the extra office work resulting from the departure of, first Richard and then Jenny Sawyer.

Printed by Geerings of Ashford on G Print chlorine-free paper Chief Illustrator Suzanne Whitelock

YOUNG VEGANS Clare's page

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MEGAN THE VEGAN Megan's latest antics

HILLSIDE ANIMAL SANCTUARY The quiet crusade that's changing minds

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BRAMBLES GUESTHOUSE A fruitful venture

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32 THE VEGAN PRIZE CROSSWORD 19 33 VEGAN SOCIETY LOCAL CONTACTS

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Exciting times ahead for veganism, folks!

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RAW FOODISM Keep it fresh and full o f life

21 SPRING GREENS Delicious recipes from Colin Spencer

Meanwhile, Gillian Egan has been putting together this issue o f the magazine, and asked me to write this column. With a little bit of niftyjuggling of deadlines, we have managed to make this column a 'Stop Press', so I can announce that the new ChiefExecutive of the Vegan Society is Terry Bevis, who has been a council member for many years, mostly as the society's treasurer. Full details will be in the next issue of your favourite vegan magazine. By then, Terry will have started in the job, and, hopefully, will take us forward to new heights — building, of course, on the achievements of Richard!

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News KILLING THE FUR TRADE THE HUNGER SITE Starvation kills 24,000 people every day. M o s t of t h e m are children B e t w e e n June 1999 a n d January 2000, m o r e t h a n nine million pounds of f o o d w e r e d i s t r i b u t e d by t h e United Nations W o r l d Food P r o g r a m m e , paid f o r by sponsors of The H u n g e r Site Visitors t o t h e site ( a r o u n d 34 million t o date) donate free f o o d t o the h u n g r y at n o cost once a day simply by clicking o n a b u t t o n . C o r p o r a t e sponsors p r o v i d e t h e f o o d in exchange f o r f r e e advertising a n d links. If y o u ' v e n o t y e t t a k e n part in this 'extraordinary testimony to the power t h e I n t e r n e t ' (WFP official), t h e n please visit t h e site n o w o n www.thehungersite.com V e g n e t is a n e w i n t e r n e t delivery service, selling f r e s h vegetables a n d f r u i t f r o m its f a r m in Lancashire t o homes, hotels a n d r e s t a u r a n t s t h r o u g h o u t England, Wales a n d s o u t h e r n Scotland - and w i t h a guaranteed next-day delivery service Simply place y o u r o r d e r o v e r t h e i n t e r n e t , sit back a n d w a i t f o r y o u r scrummy veggies t o arrive at y o u r d o o r . www.vegnet.co.uk 2 0 t h C e n t u r y Fox has c o m e u n d e r attack f r o m environmentalists for the d a m a g e it caused t o a n a t u r e reserve w h i l e m a k i n g its n e w l y released f i l m , /'/ic lie,uli. A $2.6 million lawsuit has b e e n f i l e d a g a i n s t Fox. Strangely e n o u g h , L e o n a r d o DiCaprio, w h o stars in t h e f i l m , has b e e n asked t o host Earth Fair 2 0 0 0 o n A p r i l 22 in W a s h i n g t o n DC. This e v e n t w i l l be t h e c e n t r e p i e c e o f t h e 3 0 t h anniversary c e l e b r a t i o n s o f E a r t h Day. T h e B o r n Free F o u n d a t i o n e s t i m a t e s t h a t every h o u r o f every day, p o a c h e r s kill o n e m o r e e l e p h a n t f o r its ivory. T h e STOP THE CLOCK Camp a i g n aims t o b a n t h e ivory t r a d e o n c e m o r e . Visit t h e w e b s i t e a n d send the electronic petition. www.bornfree.org.uk

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Breeding a n d killing animals - such as this mink - f o r their fur will be illegal three years f r o m n o w . Last November, the Government introduced a Bill to ban fur farming in England and Wales on 'public morality' grounds. T h e Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill will make it a criminal offence to keep animals solely or primarily for slaughter for the value o f their for, from 2003. Fines o f up to ÂŁ 2 5 , 0 0 0 will be imposed on those who break the law. T h e Scottish Executive intends to introduce a separate Bill to extend the ban to Scotland. Meanwhile, the N F U has insisted the action is against E U law. It seems unlikely that any o f the 11 U K mink farms will close before the issue o f compensation (currently pegged at around ÂŁ2 million) is finalised. Between them, these farms kill 100,000 mink every year. C o n cerned that there will be an increase in the number o f animals bred, in order to maximise profits before closure, campaigners are urging the public to continue to fight the fur trade. Regular fur shop demos are held in London mid-week and on Saturdays. Phone the fur picket line on: 0 7 8 6 7 4 7 0 5 6 9 2 9 or London Animal Action on: 0 2 0 7 2 7 8 3 0 6 8 .

MONKEY CLONED IN USA A rhesus macaque has been cloned from an eight-cell embryo which scientists split into four two-cell clones that were implanted into surrogate mothers at the Oregon Primate Research Centre. The technique is

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different from that used to clone Dolly the sheep, where a cell nucleus was taken from an adult animal and implanted into an unfertilised egg cell that had had its nucleus removed. This new, 'true clone' technique is intended to provide researchers with genetically identical animals for use in experiments. Researchers say it will also make the growing of'spare parts' possible.

BAN ON BST E U Agriculture Ministers voted for a permanent ban on the use or sale o f B S T (the genetically engineered milk-boosting hormone, bovine somatotropin) last December. A report from the EU's Scientific Committee said that " B S T causes a substantial increase in levels of foot problems and leads to injection site mastitis - leading to significandy poorer welfare in treated animals. B S T should not be used in dairy cows." Imports of meat or dairy products from other countries where B S T is used (such as the USA) are still permitted.

WATCHDOG ERROR A B B C Watchdog programme screened on 31 st January centred around the harmful effect o f soya infant formula on infants' teeth due to its high glucose content. However, the programme misleadingly referred to the formula as 'soya milk', despite having been earlier advised that soya milks do not contain glucose syrup.

The programme subsequently amended its website programme summary (in which 'soya milk' was again alarmingly described as a 'harmful substance') but no correction has yet been broadcast. Plamil Foods are pressing for it to be made at the start o f the next series.

OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES Children attending the Anderton Park primary school in Sparkhill, Birmingham, have decided to boycott Walkers crisps. On discovering the Cheese & Onion flavouring is unsuitable for vegetarians (it contains rennet, an enzyme derived from slaughtered calves), they suggested the company clearly label its packets to show which are suitable for vegetarians. Walkers told them that "at the moment we don't have any plans to put a vegetanan symbol on our packets. This is not done with the aim of discriminating against veggies, but more with the aesthetics of pack design." The pupils' teacher, Miss Ela Chauhan, pointed out that " I f Walkers have a promotion on where there is a toy inside a packet of crisps, it is printed all over the front to attract children's attention and make them buy, so to say there is no room for a small veg symbol is nonsense. They are exploiting the innocence o f young children." Birmingham Evening Post 28.1.00


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WHO'S HEP LEAH LENEMAN Sadly, Leah Leneman, whose vegetarian and vegan recipe books have inspired so many of us, died on Boxing Day 1999. Leah worked for the UK Vegetarian Society in the early 1970s before moving to Edinburgh to begin her career as a social historian. But she continued, enthusiastically, in her aim to improve attitudes to veganfoodsand to bring usflavoursomerecipes from around the world. Alongside her many research papers, she published seven cookbooks and numerous articles about her new finds. Herfirstrecipe book, 'Slimming the vegetarian way' appeared in 1980. It was followed by 'The amazing avocado' (1984), 'The international tofu cookbook' (1986) and "Vegetarian pitta bread recipes' (1987), 'The single vegan' (1989), 'The Tofa Cookbook' (1992) and '365 + 1 Vegan recipes' (1993). Many readers will be more than

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SOYA SCHOOL MEALS Federal officials in the United States intend to let schools and day care

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S H A M R O C K FARM CLOSES "Shamrock (Great Britain) Ltd. announces that its primate facility, located in Small Dole, West Sussex, will be permanently closed, in the coming weeks. The effective date of the closure will be dictated by the professional care required to tend to the humane relocation of the animals residing in the facility. We regret the loss of employment in Small Dole resulting from this difficult decision. Some within our small staff have been with us for more than 25 years. We are entering into generous severance arrangements with our employees, and we thank them for their dedication and perseverance. Shamrock is also deeply grateful for the gestures of support and kindness by many local citizens, and for the assistance of the local authorities over the past months. There will be no further comments from Shamrock on this matter, and no spokesperson will be made available." Shamrock (Great Britain) Ltd. Public Statement, March 10, 2000 After more than forty years o f selling primates to vivisection laboratories, Shamrock Farm is closing down. Save the Shamrock Monkeys are grateful to all supporters who have been involved in their long campaign. T h e y will continue to monitor Shamrock and follow what happens to the monkeys currently held there. Information: PO Box 3090, Brighton BN1 3QU Tel: 07020 936956 www.envirouieb.org/arc/Shamrock/iiuiex.lum

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centres serve tofu, veggieburgers and other soya products as meat substitutes in federally subsidised lunches. The Agriculture department proposes to drop its restrictions on soya in these meals — currently it is used only as a food additive and in amounts less than 30%. Beef, pork and poultry producers arefightingthe move, but schools approve because they find it hard to comply with government limits on the fat content of meals.

SCOTTISH SALMON FARMS Salmon farming in Scotland is to be heavilyrestricted,with no new farms allowed on the north and east coasts, because of fears that the industry is destroying the environment. No new new sites will be permitted unless the owners can demonstrate they will improve environmental conditions. The government's decision follows decades of official support for the industry. But several disease outbreaks in wild salmon have forced ministers to take action. Sea lice and the 'fish flu' virus - infectious salmon anaemia - are both thought to have have spread from farmed fish. Fish farms are also implicated in the epidemic of amnesic shellfish poisoning that broke out last summer in Scodand. Human consumption of poisoned scallops can cause vomiting, headaches, numbness of limbs and memory loss. It is thought that high levels of ammonia cause a build-up of toxic algae on which scallops feed. Scottish salmon farming produces 7,000 tones of ammonia which is discharged, untreated into the sea. A Scottish Executive spokesperson admitted "It is true that if you look at where the fish farms are and then examine where we have had outbreaks of amnesic shellfish poisoning, there are some correlations." The new restrictions on salmon farms alsorepresentacceptance that there are too many problems linked to the £250 million industry for it to continue unchecked: production has risen six-fold in past 10 years, and number of farms from 32 in 1980 to 330 today. The Independent 23.11.99

The Labour party has dumped its shares in Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS). HLS's share price is now at an all time low The Cooperative Insurance Society, part of the Cooperative Wholesale Group (and sister company to the Cooperative Bank), still keeps its shareholding in HLS, purchased for around £1 million in 1989 The clone of a cloned bull has been born in Japan. The calf was 'created' from a skin cell taken from a bull calf, itself the clone of a 16 year old bull. Researchers at the Kagoshima Prefectural Cattle Breeding Institute say the succession of clones will help them understand clone genetics and life cycles. Ultimately the Japanese hope to clone herds of cattle commercially. New Scientist 5.2 00 The National Trust council decided in January to maintain its 1997 ban on stag hunting on its land Amtrack has said that it will no longer transport animals for any vivisection company. Save the Newchurch Guinea Pigs campaigners had told the parcel delivery company of their intention to hold demos outside its distribution depots after seeing Amtrack vans transporting guinea pigs from Darley Oaks Farm For information on the campaign, telephone 01902 564734 Farming costs Britain more than £2 3 million each year - £208 per hectare - through the combined costs of cleaning up pollution, repairing habitats and coping with sickness caused by farming New Scientist 18 12 99 Please ask your MP t o support Ken Livingstone MP's Wild Mammals (Hunting with Dogs) Bill at its second reading on 7 April 2000 The Bill is similarly worded to the one introduced by Michael Foster MP in 1997, which aimed t o ban the hunting of foxes, deer, mink and hares with dogs

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GM ROUND-UP More than 50 per cent o f genetically modified crop material - soya, maize, oilseed rape and cotton - grown around the world goes into animal feed. A quarter o f the entire U S soya crop, 55 per cent o f which is genetically modified, is imported by the European Union.

o f products containing GMOs. A holding clause in the treaty says shipments should be labelled 'may contain' GMOs. A detailed labelling rule is to be decided in a few years time. Until then, farmers and traders won't have to segregate products containing G M O s from those that don't

Inscct killing toxins from genetically modified maize plants leak into the soil and persist for weeks, biologists in the U S have found. T h e Bt toxin (a protein normally made by the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis) is being used to destroy moth larvae that burrow into maize stems. But the toxin could also harm benign soil organisms and have widespread effects on soil ecology. B t maize plants now cover six million hectares o f U S farmland. New Scientist 4.12.99

Biotech giant Monsanto is to have a new name and corporate makeover. The company will be known as Pharmacia from this summer after merging its drugs business with Pharmacia & Upjohn. A spokesman denied the makeover had anything to do with public hostility with G M foods. New Scientist.1.2.00

Holiday makers to the U S beware — 6 0 - 7 0 % o f processed food in the U S is likely to contain G M ingredients. The Guardian 19.2.00

The investigation also undermines the claims by many supermarkets, producers and fast food chains to be 'GM-free'. Monsanto's G M soya is transported to the UK via US company Cargill, the world's largest grain carrier. G M contaminated feed is then fed to chickens by Sun Valley, the UK's largest poultry producer, also owned by Cargill. Sun Valley's largest customer is McDonald's.

T h e Biosafety Protocol agreed in Montreal at the end January 2000 is designed to control the international trade in G M O s . The treaty (which covers food, animal feed and seeds.but not pharmaceuticals) allows countries to halt imports o f G M O s that they fear 'may have an advene effect' on biological diversity or human health. Until now, the World Trade Organisation has required that safety bans are backed by 'sufficient scientific evidence'. But "we live in a world in which scientific certainty is not available" admitted the U S chief negotiator, under-secretary Frank Lay.There was no agreement on the labelling

AND THE HUMAN TOLL? Meanwhile, researchers at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the Epidemiology o f Infectious Disease in Oxford have predicted that any epidemic o f new variant Creutzfeld Jakob disease (vCJD) in Great Britain will reach a maximum o f half a million cases. This presumes that the total number o f 1999 deaths will mark a turning point in the course o f G B ' s epidemic. If a similar number o f people die in 2000, they predict a maximum o f 1 4 , 0 0 0 cases. T h e model assumes that only a certain proportion o f people are susceptible to v C J D .

ANIMAL DRUG DANGERS M o r e than 10 0 0 0 tonnes o f antibiotics are used in the European U n i o n each year, roughly half o f

which end up in animals. Up to 5 0 % o f some drugs pass unchanged through our bodies into sewage systems, or onto the land and into rivers in farm waste. Watchdogs such as the Environment Agency express increasing concern over the toxic impact o f drugs in soil and water and their possible role in developing antibiotic resistance in diseases. Europe has no ceiling on the amount o f farm drugs allowed into soils, although the environmental impact is monitored for any compound likely to accumulate at 7.5 grams per hectare. But a new agreement reached last year between veterinary regulators from E U , U S and Japan, will raise this threshold tenfold to 7 5 grams per hectare. New Scientist 19.2.00

A Greenpeace investigation, 'Smuggling G M in through the back door' has revealed a trail o f GM contamination from Monsanto's US laboratories to British consumers of McDonald's chicken McNuggets.

" A few big players in the food industry are keeping alive a market for G M contaminated food despite widespread consumer rejection,"said Greenpeace food campaigner Jim Thomas. "People who have sard 'No' to GM food may find themselves unwittingly tucking into an egg or portion ofchicken McNuggets contaminated by G M O s . . . This trail of contamination is repeated time and time again with our pork, fish, eggs and milk." Greenpeace press release

BSE CASES EXCEED ESTIMATES In 1996, the Anderson Committee predicted that cases of BSE would fall to a few hundred in the early years o f the new century. It now seems there will be at least 1500 cases in the year 2000 and MX) in 2001, and that there will be 'a long tail' to the epidemic. The Florence agreement prohibits the export o f live cattle until cases o f BSE in the U K fall below 200 per year. BBC Farming Today programme, 23.12.99

BADGER KILLINGS M A F F are spending £54 million to eradicate badgers in certain parts o f the country, aiming to prove whether ot not they are carriers o f bovine TB. In the last 25 years around 30,000

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END TO DRAI2E IN SIGHT A cornea has been made in a laboratory using a base o f human cells. Safer than a cornea from a donor, it carries less risk o f rejection or disease transmission. The cornea will first be used by cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies for testing products instead o f using rabbits' eyes in the Draize test. Unilever have said that an alternative to animal experiments is about four years away.

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HUNT SABS WIN HUMAN RIGHTS CASE The European Court of Human Rights found the British Government to be in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights in a case brought by two hunt saboteurs. Joseph Hashman and Wanda Harrup were arrested for Breach of the Peace after using a hunting horn and voice calls to sabotage a hunt. The Court ruled that Dorchester Crown Court's original decision to bind them over 'to be of good behaviour' breached the human rights code, which safeguards an individual's right to freedom of expression. Dawn Preston, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, commented "Yet again we see a case where hunt saboteurs are forced to challenge the legal system to justify their actions, when all they were doing in the first place was trying to save the life of an animal." HSA news release

CALCIUM WITHOUT CRUELTY The US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has stated that soymilk is

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"For the first time, a dietary guidelines advisory committee has acknowledged what many prevention-minded health professionals have long-known: fortified soymilk is a healthy source of calcium and other nutrients. Further, this committee has recognised that dairy consumption is not necessary or appropriate for everyone, and that, for people who are lactose-intolerant or who for other reasons choose not to consume dairy products, consumption of other calcium-rich foods is perfectly fine," said Mandy Kursban of the Washington-based Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

PROTESTS MADE EASY A great new campaign website to check out is Vegan Response. Each month, the site identifies a timely and relevant issue or campaign to take part in and provides contact details and sample texts for your protest letters. "This website is for vegans who want to actually do something, who are prepared to occasionally put pen to paper, or send an email, to protest against some act of cruelty or abuse of animals. It's been set up to make it easy for all vegans to make a protest, so that it is difficult for the abusers to ignore us."

STRAIGHT TO THE HEART "My diet has been completely transformed. I used to eat a lot of meat, but since we started our own berry (arm we have added a lot ofberries to our diet. Ifeelmuch healthier." So says a farmer in North Karelia, Finland, where a heart disease prevention programme has been encouraging dairy farms to diversify into vitaminrich, low fat crops like fruit. The programme is being hailed as a blueprint for the rest ofEurope. North Karelia used to have the world's worst heart disease problems. Now, rates are dropping faster than anywhere else - the number of people dying from coronary heart disease has fallen by 7 3 % since the project began in 1972. "People could see that younger and younger men were dying o f coronary disease. The problem was so obvious that they really wanted to do something" BBC News website, 14.2.00

GAP LEATHER CAMPAIGN

February's campaign targeted the Farm Energy Centre in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, where trials have shown that keeping catde shed lights on for up to 18 hours a day can squeeze as much as 16% more milk out of cows. To make the most of cheap electricity, it is suggested that the cows are put to bed at 6.30pm, and then woken up just after midnight with some nice bright lights.

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Gap, whose recent ad blitz called for 'everybody in leather', is being targeted in a new campaign by PETA. The campaign hasfocusedpublic attention on the cruelty behind the international leather trade. Gap sources some ofits leather from India, where cows were once held sacred, but where Western demand for cheap leather has spawned a cruel underground industry: PETA's evidence shows that, while it is illegal to slaughter cows in most of India, corrupt skin-traders use bribes to smuggle the animals at night across state borders. The cows and calves, bought under the pretence that they are going to rural farms, must walk for days before

slaughter in direct violation of the Constitution of India. When collapsing from exhaustion en route, the animals have their eyes smeared with chilli peppers and tobacco and their tails broken in an effort to keep them moving.

VEGAN DIET EASES MENSTRUAL CRAMPS Women following a low-fat, vegan diet can expect significant reductions in menstrual pain and PMS symptoms, according to a new study in the February issue of the U S journal Obstetrics & Gynaecology. "Approximately 10 percent of all women suffer such severe pain during their menstrual cycles that they're forced to miss work and other activities," says Neal D. Barnard, M.D. Thirty-three women took part in the study and besides a decrease in the intensity of menstrual pain, the women experienced an average o f 1.5 fewer days of pain each month."For some women, the change was profound," Dr. Barnard says. "Their pain was gone or dramatically reduced, something they had not experienced for years. If they needed any pain medicine at all, they needed much less than before." Many women also experienced a significant relief from pre-menstrual symptoms, especially water retention and concentration problems. Increased energy levels, lower cholesterol levels, and weight reduction were also noted. Some women were so pleased with the results that when it was their turn to resume their normal diet for two months, they refused.

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EASTER TREAT First, a n e x c i t i n g n e w t r e a t f r o m G r e e n a n d Blacks t h a t deserves a m e n t i o n all o f its o w n . M a y a G o l d Easter Egg is t h e w o r l d ' s f i r s t f a i r l y - t r a d e d Easter e g g ! T h e f a c t i t is also o r g a n i c a n d a n i m a l - f r e e m a k e s it a n u l t r a - e t h i c a l p r o d u c t . Get d o w n t o y o u r local health f o o d s h o p b e f o r e t h e y sell o u t .

CRUNCHINGLY GOOD CRISPS Fans o f K e t t l e Chips, t h e very crunchy h a n d - m a d e crisps will be d e l i g h t e d t o k n o w t h a t t h e comp a n y have j u s t launched a n e w O r g a n i c Lightly Salted variety a n d h a v e plans t o i n t r o d u c e m o r e o r g a n i c products b e f o r e t o o long. V e g a n flavours in t h e existing non-organic range are Kansas City B a r b e q u e a n d Salsa w i t h Mesqurte. All a r e available f r o m selected h e a l t h f o o d shops a n d supermarkets e v e r y w h e r e .

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LINDA MCCARTNEY MADNESS M a n y items in t h e Linda M c C a r t n e y r a n g e are n o l o n g e r v e g a n . But it seems t h a t Linda M c C a r t n e y f o o d s are listening t o t h e m a n y complaints t h e y are

receiving. They say t h e y are r e v i e w i n g t h e s i t u a t i o n w i t h an eye t o change a n d also b r i n g i n g o u t several n e w a d d i t i o n s t o t h e i r r a n g e of f o o d s t h a t w i l l all be vegan. So remember t o check t h e labels before buying a n d let t h e manufacturers k n o w w h y you can't buy some o f their f o o d any more. Freephone n u m b e r 0800 626 697 ( M o n d a y t o Friday 9am-6.30pm)


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ENERGISE YOURSELF Vandemoortele have launched a new organic energy drink. Provamel Soya Cereal is as ultrahealthy as it is free f r o m genetically modified ingredients. Along w i t h soya, it contains oats, hazelnuts, malt and barley. It is ideal w i t h muesli and other breakfast cereals or can simply be gulped d o w n o n its own. Also new is Provamel's Junior Yofu (in Banana, Peach, Pear and Strawberry varieties).

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ORGANIC SIZZLERS Fans of the Redwood Company's RashersÂŽ meat-free bacon alternative will be pleased t o hear t h a t an all-organic version is n o w available. Also new are Redwood's organic Lincolnshire-style Sausages (a blend of soya and wheat protein, w i t h herbs) and Organic Frankfurter-style sausages.

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The first five readers w h o send their name and address t o the company will receive a selection of goodies f r o m t h e new organic range. Send your envelope or postcard t o 'Vegan Organic Offer', The Redwood Wholefood Company, Earlstrees Industrial Estate, Corby, Northants NN17 4SW. Please include a daytime telephone number so t h a t Redwood can contact you and arrange delivery.

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Diet Matters Sandra Hood answers more of your diet-related queries

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B , 2 deficiency can result in abnormalities in the bone marrow, small intestine and nervous system. However, neurological symptoms are less common. Most epilepsy is o f unknown cause and I am unaware o f any link with B , 2 deficiency.

S e n i o r S t a t e Registered Dietit i a n . Please address y o u r q u e s t i o n s t o her at: Diet Matters, The Vegan, Donald Watson House, 7 Battle Road, St Leonards-onSea, East Sussex TN37 7AA, UK. S a n d r a r e g r e t s t h a t s h e is not available for telephone consultations.

s there something in soya beans / that must be broken down ? W e n d y , Cambridgeshire Soya beans contain large quantities o f trypsin inhibitors. Trypsin is an enzyme present in pancreatic juices that aids digestion. T h e trypsin inhibitor will be destroyed by heat, sprouting or by fermentation.

Rinsing any beans or pulses to remove any grit or din is recommended. Pre-soaking will speed up cooking time. he medics want to stamp me an epileptic. Could this be due to B,2 deficiency? G a r y , Lancashire Vitamin B 1 2 deficiency usually occurs as a result o f acquired gastrointestinal disease resulting in a lack o f gastric intrinsic factor, but this is rarely as a result o f inadequate diet. Many

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N o doubt you are aware o f the many health benefits o f soya beans. T h e y are unique among beans because they contain the eight essential amino acids. Soya beans have been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels and are therefore useful in diabetes. They may help prevent cancer and they contain o m e g a - 3 fatty acids that have been shown to control cholesterol levels. Soya beans are also a useful source o f i r o n , calcium and some B vitamins.

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For the medic to diagnose you with epilepsy, a full detailed history o f two blackout incidents should have been made and any other possible causes eliminated. If you are unhappy about the diagnosis, you should discuss it with your GP.

Unfortunately, I am unaware o f any particular diet or food that helps with knee injuries or benefits knee joints. There may, however, be a herbal or homeopathic remedy that would help with the pain. You state that you "take a lot o f exercise" but not what type o f exercise you do. As an active person, it is important that you consume enough calories (energy) to meet your energy needs and to carry out the specific activity you do. It is also very important that you 'refuel' your body after activity, in order that your energy stores are repleted and ready for your next active session. Ensure your body is hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids (not tea and coffee). Muscles and joints do not work as efficiently if they are dehydrated. There are numerous sports supplements (ergogenics) promoting improved performances, but little scientific evidence to support supplements' claims to enhance muscle size, mass or strength.

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ould you tell me if there is any proven benefit to taking the supplement glucosamine sulphate?

Harvey, Birmingham Glucosamine is a chain of complex carbohydrates (glucos = glucose = sugars (carbohydrates)) attached to a protein (amine = protein) molecule. It is a ground or packing substance that is associated with the structural elements of the tissues such as bone, elastin and collagen. These structural elements are important for holding water and occupying spaces. They cushion and lubricate other structures and accordingly have a very important protective role. T h e body naturally produces glucosamine. The argument manufacturers use to promote supplements such as glucosamine is that the body's ability to produce glucosamine declines as we age. But numerous changes occur within the human body as we age — this does not mean we need to take supplements for this, that and the other. I am unaware o f any studies proving the benefits of taking glucosamine supplements. Nevertheless, i f it was proven that adults needed to supplement their diet with glucosamine, it may not stop there. For example, in order for glucosamine to be utilised it needs to be assisted by other molecules, such as hyaluronic acid, chondroitin sulphate and heparin. So does this mean that one would have to also include these as supplements, and then how does one go about measuring quantities? As you can see, it gets very complicated indeed. N o one nutrient on its own is good or bad. It is a combination of

nutrients as a whole that is important. Therefore I cannot see how just supplementing your diet with glucosamine sulphate would be of any benefit. But, at the end o f the day, if you believe in something and it makes you feel better (and if it has been shown that taking glucosamine sulphate is not harmful) then do it! One's disposition plays such an important role in one's physical state. I have seen people with exactly the same illnesses and the same prognosis, yet those with a more positive outlook have lived longer and suffered less than those with a less positive outlook.

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ike 'Kate', (The Vegan, Spring 1999), I have problems with sensitive teeth and receding gum. Have you any other suggestions? Theresa, M a d r i d

I cannot find any reason why a vegan diet should cause receding gums. When changing to a vegan diet, people do consume extra fruit and, because most fruits contain fermentable carbohydrates (a potent producer of tooth decay) perhaps this may cause problems if teeth and gums are not cleaned regularly. However, on the plus side, a vegan diet is often low in simple sugars and refined carbohydrates - the types o f food that tend to stick around the teeth and form an ideal medium for bacterial growth. There are many factors that can cause gum damage, including stress, saliva problems, poor diet, hormonal and medical conditions. The three most important things to do to protect your teeth and gums are to: • Floss your teeth twice a day. Experiment with different thicknesses o f floss until you find the one that suits you. • Brush your teeth and gums regularly, but avoid hard brisde tooth- brushes because they can cause receding gums. • Visit your dentist regularly.


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And then there were two... Tammi Dallaston Wood introduces the latest addition to her family

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reasts. Aren't they great? For my five-week-old baby, they are the centre of her universe. Within twenty minutes of being born, she was suckling. One of the most energy-dense foods in existence, breast milk really is fast f o o d on tap - infinitely transportable, always at the right temperature and providing the correct mix of nutrients for her particular stage of development. My milk will also prime her immune system, protect against infection and reduce the risk of developing allergies. If it were possible t o buy a complete feed of such superior quality, I wouldn't be able t o afford it. But I don't have to. It's free!

FUTURE HEALTH Research is showing us t h a t a pregnant woman's diet and t h a t of her infant in the first year can affect the child's health 40, 50 or even 60 years into the future. So now, just as much as during my pregnancy, it is important t o really concentrate on what I am eating. A breastfeeding mother needs more calories, protein (at least 56g a day), iron and vitamins A, B complex and C. She also needs an increased amount of a wide range of minerals. It is possible t o buy mineral supplements, but a much cheaper and tastier alternative is t o snack on mixed nuts, dried fruit and seeds and whizz up a banana smoothie (banana, soya milk or apple juice, ground almonds and a teaspoon of blackstrap molasses). Some fuss was made in the media

about babies not receiving adequate iron from breastmilk after 6 months, but the infant can absorb a staggering 50% of iron present in breast milk, compared t o just 10% of that found in cow milk and 4% in ironenriched formula. The high levels of lactose and vitamin C in breast milk also help iron absorption. The World Health Organisation recommends that babies are breastfed for the first t w o years of their lives t o fully maximise their potential for good health in the future, so it is vital that the breastfeeding mother eats a healthy balanced diet, and eats little and often. Current medical advice also recommends that breastfeeding mothers should avoid peanuts t o reduce the incidence of allergies in children. One American nutritionist states that the single most important way t o avoid the development of allergies is t o breast feed. Breastfeeding also seems t o protect against other health problems, such as diabetes. It is thought that certain proteins cause damage t o the pancreas, and the essential fatty acid omega-3 may have a role t o play here, as it helps t o regulate the way that the body handles glucose. It probably contains substances that haven't yet been analysed, but which are essential and not f o u n d in powdered milk. It could be t h a t omega-3 fatty acid is the magic ingredient. Supplies can be boosted in the breastfeeding mother by regularly eating linseeds or taking linseed oil.

Of course, there are a tiny proport i o n of w o m e n who, for whatever reason, simply cannot breastfeed their babies. There is only one soya infant formula on t h e market suitable for vegans - Farley's Soya Formula. However, Plamil soya milk fortified w i t h calcium, and vitamins D 2 , B2 and B 12 can be used diluted for supplementary feeding. Write t o Plamil for further details, as they like t o provide your doctor w i t h product information.

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE? Constantly (or so it seems!) lifting up my T-shirt really makes me empathise with Daisy the cow. She is in calf for almost as long as I was pregnant, but her calf is taken away 1-3 days later and replaced by the milking machine. She can be artificially inseminated as little as six weeks after giving birth, milked throughout the duration of her pregnancy and have the whole process repeated again, and again, and again, until she is worn out. The milk of any species was designed for just one purpose - t o feed its young. Humans are the only creatures on earth that consistently drink t h e milk of other animals, and the majority never wean themselves off of it.

BREAST IS BEST FOR EVERYONE I breastfed my first daughter until I was about six weeks pregnant with my second, when a huge surge of hormones and the increased demands on my body felt t o o much. I began a grieving process f o r losing

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FURTHER DETAILS National Childbirth Trust, Alexandra House, Oldham Terrace, Acton, London W 3 6NH. Can put you in touch with your local group and breastfeeding counsellor. Vegan Families List, Vegan Society, Donald Watson House, 7 Battle Road, St Leonard's-On-Sea, East Sussex TN37 7AA. Network of vegan families who are happy to be contacted for advice and support. Healthy Vegan Infants/ Children, Plamil Foods Ltd., Plamil House, Bowles Well Gardens, Folkestone, Kent. Information booklet 50p + SAE. La Leche League, PO Box 29, West Brigford, N o t t i n g h a m NG2 6FY Breastfeeding help and information.

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In Defence of Laurence Carter-Long believes we've every right to be angry.

' A n y o n e can be angry - that is easy, but t o be angry w i t h t h e right person t o the right degree, at t h e right time, for t h e right purpose, in the right w a y - this is not easy.' Aristotle

'Animal activists, yeah, I agree with a lot o f what you do, but you always seem so emotional. I could never be involved with something that is, I don't know, so angry.' How many times have you heard these words, or the sentiment behind them? Differing approaches to the experience o f anger abound. In childhood, our parents and elders teach us that anger is almost always inappropriate, or worse yet, not allowed. As adults we are told that emotions are dangerous and must be overcome if we are to progress socially or spiritually. Get real. It is our emotions that make us truly alive, rather than just existing. Sometimes anger is justified and sometimes expressing it is more than the right thing to do, it is the only thing to do. Those who can look at pictures of animals caught in traps so that their skins can be stripped off, gawk at whales taken away from their families and forced to live in aquatic prisons, watch majestic elephants be reduced to side-show attractions, or see rats with grapefruit-sized tumours as a result o f artificially induced cancer and not get angry should be checked for a pulse because their hearts have ceased to function properly.

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HOW CAN WE DO NOTHING? T h e absence o f anger in the presence o f injustice is a crime far worse than any words or actions that might offend the public, and in doing so, wake those who now sleepwalk through life. Those who decry the activists' anger the loudest are often those who do the least good for anybody. 'Be nice, be kind to others, don't get angry' — in activism, such wellmeaning suggestions have the inference of'shoulds' cleverly masked as caring. W e run the risk of muting the power that anger can provide us if, in the name o f love and non-violence, we mistakenly suppress it. Anger is a natural emotion. Unless it is rooted in frustrated desire (such as when you curse an uncooperative machine or when a child throws a fit

By denying anger we sadly overlook the fact that problems arise not by experiencing anger, but rather in not being conscious of how best that anger is expressed. Those afraid of right anger, and the insight it represents, often attempt to minimise its power by equating it with less threatening behaviours, such as temper tantrums. But when anger is a reaction to injustice it is much more: it can be a source of strength. It is impossible to be empowered if we are in conflict with our passion. Those who don't attempt to avoid anger may instead try to reframe it as violent or aggressive. After all, anger only overcomes those who lack self control. Or so we've been told. Yet many people speak with clarity unrealised

Getting angry is a positive, understandable reaction to cruelty or injustice because she was denied a cookie before dinner), getting angry is a positive, understandable reaction to cruelty or injustice. This is right anger. Right anger springs from an acute awareness that something is wrong. Even among animal activists, who are some o f the angriest people I know — and I mean that as a compliment — seldom is the value of experiencing anger (without trying to redirect, nullify, or alter it) recognised. Anger is not something to be expelled, removed, ignored, or denied — it is a warning from which we can learn.

while supposedly overcome by anger. Far from taking leave of their senses, as is the common assumption, coming to their senses was, in fact, the reason for the outburst. When such realisations are acted upon, change — even at a personal level — is imminent. Since most people can't even bear to see the formula for Coca-Cola change, it is easy to see why a concept like animal liberation meets such resistance. And because right anger can wake us from complacency, therein lies the threat, not from violence or aggression but from challenging the status quo.

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THE RIGHT KIND OF ANGER N o w before somebody concludes that I am advocating violence, remember that anger does not equal aggression. Aggression involves attack. Anger often comes from a sense o f being attacked, physically, morally, or emotionally. Aggression, even when sparked by noble intentions, will resist any attempt to feel compassion or allow vulnerability. Right anger, the kind that transforms into activism, is by contrast a product o f intense empathy and compassion, however volatile its delivery. Although consciously expressing anger is not aggressive, it is not passive either. Using right anger requires attention. This begins with the acknowledgement that yep, you're angry, and requires enough awareness to understand both the cause and content o f that anger. Right anger is

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a rebellion against injustice, and we need to embrace it and control it rather than allowing unfocused anger to control us. I f suppressing anger and e m o t i o n leads to indifference and inaction, I say go ahead, call us emotional. W e ' v e been called m u c h worse. B e t t e r yet, call us angry. A glance at any page o f this magazine shows us that we have every reason to be. Lawrence Carter-Long is co-ordinator of science and research issues for the Animal Protection Institute, USA.

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Veganism for Life Susie Miller and Dave Snowdon think you should give cooking a rest - for good!

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY So what is all this raw foodism business about? Where did it come from? Why the sudden interest and where's it heading? And with the wealth o f food choices available to us today, why would any sane person want to turn their back on all this and choose a raw diet — especially one that appears to match the 'rabbit food' label that vegetarians and vegans have been fighting for years?

ands up all those who made a New Year's resolution to eat more healthily? N o w , keep your hand up if you're finding it hard work. O K . . . so how would you react if someone told you that you could indulge in fast food as often as you like and feel even better about your health? Well, that's exactly what we're here to tell you! However, we're not talking about veggie burgers and chips here, but the delights o f a fresh raw vegan diet.

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In the good tradition o f media hype, the raw food diet is currently being touted as 'the diet o f the new millennium' and 'the new sex', but, as those who have been experimenting with the diet will testify, this time the promise actually delivers, and not a moment too soon. N o t only is it a totally vegan diet (if kept true to its roots), but it's nutritious beyond compare, absolutely delicious, beautiful to all o f the senses, and you really do feel great on it — not just physically, but mentally, ethically and even emotionally. Sounds a little far-fetched? Just a bit too good to be true? Well in fact, it doesn't get any more simple and straightforward than this: all you need to do is eat a diet as close to nature as possible, that is, raw organic plant foods, and this article will begin to explain why you might just want to do that.

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Well, for a start, the raw food diet is hardly the newest diet known to man. In fact, it was the very earliest diet known to man. Relatively speaking, the discovery o f fire and its use in food preparation came way down the timeline, and somehow we made it that far perfecdy adequately without saucepans lining our cave walls. Indeed, many theories have been bandied around about how and why changes happened, why fire came to feature in our food preparation and why it stayed there, but look at the facts. W e are the only animal that cooks its food or tampers with it in any way, and the only animal — apart from domesticated ones which also eat cooked and processed foods — who needs hospitals to pick up the pieces. This is no coincidence.

The raw food diet is currently being touted as 'the diet of the new millennium'

WHAT'S WRONG WITH COOKING? At first the idea that cooking alone can be detrimental to health is, granted, a hard one to swallow, especially when our focus has previously been on additives and preservatives, pesticide usage and genetic engineering. Most o f us begin processing most o f our foods as soon as we get home from work, often without thinking. Whether we turn on

the hob, oven, grill or deep fat fryer, as soon as we begin cooking we are immediately doing away with a high proportion of the nutrition left in a probably already-processed item. Not only are many of those valuable vitamins and minerals being lost but chances are that if you're heating your food above 48"C - and it's incredibly hard not to — 1 0 0 % of the enzyme content is also being lost (vital for every function within the body), as well as all of its oxygen, much of its water, and the beneficial natural plant hormones which are so good for our psychological wellbeing. Quite an impact! Further still, consider that proteins become denatured and are barely viable to the body once heated, carbohydrates release their sugar more quickly into the bloodstream (which can contribute to diabetes), vital fibre is broken down and no longer serves its purpose, and fats coagulate, leading to no end of health problems. In fact, some experts state that heated fats become carcinogenic. Many studies have been done to illustrate quite conclusively just how damaging or alien cooked foods are to the human body and why they are not 'natural' at all. T o gain some perspective ofyour own, it is well worth asking yourself, 'why exacdy do we feel that we should have to heat or process something in order to make it edible?' Nature provides us with a huge array of wonderful and delicious foods that work in perfect symbiosis with the human body, giving us absolutely everything we need to achieve and maintain optimum health, and beyond.

THE BODY'S RESPONSE O n e very profound example of nature's intentions for us was the discovery of a phenomenon called 'digestive leucocytosis' which occurs every time we eat cooked food. Simply put, this means that


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millions o f the body's white blood cells (leucocytes) rush to the intestines as soon as cooked food enters the mouth - j u s t as if a toxic substance has been ingested. Until the 1930s this reaction was considered a little strange, but 'normal'. Then Paul Kouchakoff, a scientist studying in Switzerland, discovered that when food is eaten in its natural (raw) state, leucocytosis does not occur. This discovery spelled out loud and clear that despite our own personal wishes and assumptions, the body recognises cooked and processed foods as abnormal and potentially harmful to the body. Flaw foods, on the other hand, because their biochemistry is unchanged from their original and natural state, pass through the digestive system easily, with minimum wear and tear on the body.

tional favourites. In time, as they become accustomed to the new diet and their body becomes cleaner, their tastes simplify and they develop a preference for more simple meals, quickly and easily prepared, yet still bursting with flavour. T o make life much easier there is now a whole host o f raw food recipe books containing menus just as mouthwatering as any you would find anywhere else. Y o u can find a recommended reading list opposite, but the two we would definitely recommend are RA W: The Uncook Book by American celebrity chefjuliano, and The Raw Gourmet by N o m i Shannon. Both have stunning photography and would inspire even the most hardened j u n k food addict. An all-raw diet is far from limited. There are hundreds o f different fruits and vegetables to choose from (ever tried a durian or a jakfruit?), and a vast array o f leafy greens, herbs, wild greens, nuts, seeds, sprouted beans, pulses, legumes and grains, spices, dried fruits, flowers, fungi, sea vegetables, oils and other condiments all waiting to be explored.

Both o f us, after years o f research and experimentation, are now vegan 'rawfooders'. From carnivore, to veggie, to vegan and on to raw foodism. It seemed to personify what we felt a great vegan diet should be - simple, healthful, deli-

In the U S A there are already many restaurants serving completely raw menus, such as raw (vegan) versions o f sushi, pizzas and burgers, as well as beautiful living foods salads and to-die-for cakes and desserts.

RECOMMENDED READING:

The Raw G o u r m e t by Nomi Shannon, Alive Books, 1999 RAW: The Uncook Book by Juliano, HarperCollins, 1999 The Sunfood Diet Success System by David Wolfe, M a u l Brothers Publishing, 1999 The N e w Raw Energy by Susannah & Leslie Kenton, Vermilion, 1994 All books are available t h r o u g h FRESH. For further information, contact: The FRESH N e t w o r k , PO Box 71, Ely, Cambs, CB7 4GU, UK Tel: 0870 800 7070 Fax: 0870 800 7071 e-mail: fresh @karenk. easy net

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It's nutritious beyond compare, absolutely delicious, beautiful to all of the senses, and you really do feel great on it cious, ethical and sustainable. T h e fact that it fitted all these criteria was a bonus, but the emergence o f other incredible side-effects was way beyond our first expectations. Like anything in life, firsthand experience is the only way to really know something, and when you try a raw/living foods diet for even just a day you can feel the difference.

WHERE DO YOU START? T h e steps to raw foodism are typically very gradual, though there does seem to be a very definite pattern o f what is commonly referred to as 'transitioning, which is why a support network and meeting others o f a likemind is so important. Initially people tend to crave meals as close to their normal cooked fare as possible, following recipe books to recreate raw versions o f their tradi-

There is also a wealth o f information on the web which gives a much better indication o f how far and quickly the raw food movement is spreading, with impressive and inspirational sites from the U S A , Canada, Australia, Portugal, Sweden, Germany and o f course, the U K . Here, the F R E S H Network (Fruitarian/Raw Energy Support and Help) is the main meeting place for all those interested in raw foodism. It's a rapidly growing organisation with a mailing list o f several thousand, and offers the widest range o f services relating to the raw food diet anywhere in the world! In the words o f one recent convert to the diet, 'I have been a 1 0 0 % raw for only seven weeks but the changes have been astonishing... If you are thinking o f going raw, just get on and do it!'

Karen Knoxvler is the coordinator of The FRESH Network. She has been following a high raw dietfor more than seven years and has beat a 100% rawfooderfor the past two. Her first book, 'Feel-Good Food: A Guide to Intuitive Eating' co-authored with FRESH's founder, Susie Miller, is published in May 2000 by The Women's Press. Dave Snowdon is a freelance writer specialising in information technology, health and the environment. He has beenfollowing a high raw dietfor three years and has beenfollowing an exclusively raw dietfor more than six months. Contact:

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Riverside Vegetaria in Kingston u p o n Thames. And I got a mobile phone - which is proving very useful and fits safely in a fauxleather case. I t h o u g h t t h e millennium celebrations across t h e w o r l d were spectacular - it was as if t h e w o r l d came t o g e t h e r like a community t o celebrate. I spent t h e night in watching t h e events on television, b u t I did g o t o a (belated) party a f e w weeks later.

GOING FORWARD -21ST CENTURY VEGANS It doesn't surprise me t h a t people are still stopping t o think ' w h a t does t h e new millennium really mean t o us?' I'm quite hopeful and w o u l d like t o think t h a t sometime in the new millennium people will realise w h a t f a r m i n g animals for their products is doing and change their ways. I wonder if this century will be t h e time w h e n people change their ways for t h e better... what d o you think? I met up w i t h my Malaysian email friend during the holiday. She came to stay for six weeks w i t h an English family she has k n o w n for years, and it was wonderful t o meet her! She is not vegetarian or vegan, but some of her friends at home are, and Malaysia, having a considerable Hindu population, caters very well f o r them. A lot of vegan

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FRESH GREEN PEA SOUP

& 7 0 0 g / l l b 9oz fresh peas 1.2 litres/2 pints vegetable stock sea salt and freshly ground black pepper chopped mint, for garnish soya c r e a m (optional) • Pod the peas and cook the pods in 570ml/1 pint of the stock until they are soft. • Leave to cool, then blend the pods with the liquid. • Strain through a sieve and reserve. • Now cook the peas in the remaining stock; when just cooked, blend these too. • Mix the liquids together and reheat gently. • Season to taste and before serving scatter the chopped mint over the surface. • A spoonful of soya cream can also be added before serving, if you wish.

CELERY, CARROT AND TAHINI SALAD

2 celery hearts, washed and t r i m m e d 4 o r 5 baby carrots, washed and t r i m m e d few sprigs watercress, for garnish For the sauce: 3 0 m l / 2 tbsp tahini paste 10ml/2 tsp l e m o n juice 7 0 m l / 2 l / 2 fl o z sunflower oil 1 garlic clove, crushed good pinch sea salt few drops Tabasco First make the sauce: • Place the tahini in bowl or blender and add the lemon juice - the mixture becomes very thick. • Add the oil slowly until it becomes a smooth sauce. • Add the remaining sauce ingredients and check the seasoning. • Chop the celery into 5mm/V4 inch chunks and the carrots into thick matchsticks. • Toss together, then add the sauce and garnish.

POTATO AND ONION GRATIN

Variation: Use young broad beans and their pods instead of peas. 3 large potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced 3 large onions, peeled and sliced sea salt and freshly ground black pepper a little n u t m e g 2 9 0 m l / 1 0 fl o z strong vegetable stock 3 0 - 4 5 m l / 2 - 3 tbsp brown breadcrumbs • Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas mark 6. • Place the potatoes in a bowl, cover with cold water and leave for 30 minutes. • Drain and pat dry with a clean tea towel. • Oil a shallow earthenware dish and arrange alternate layers of potato and onion, seasoning with salt, pepper and nutmeg as you go. • Pour the stock over the top, sprinkle with breadcrumbs and place in the oven for 30 minutes.

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RHUBARB AND GINGER ROULADE

& 2 5 0 g / 9 o z frozen puff pastry, thawed 900g/21b rhubarb, t r i m m e d and cut into chunks 6 0 m / i / 4 tbsp ginger marmalade 5 5 g / 2 o z crystallised ginger, chopped 3 0 m l / 2 tbsp currants 3 0 m l / 2 tbsp sultanas 4 5 m l / 3 tbsp caster sugar soya milk, for glazing pansy petals, for garnish • Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas mark 7. • Roll out the pastry into a rectangle. • Mix the remaining ingredients, apart from the soya milk, and spread over the pastry, leaving a 2.5cm/1 inch gap around the edges. • Brush the edges with soya milk, then carefully fold the sides to the middle, pressing the edges together. Brush pastry with soya milk. • Place on a baking sheet with the join beneath and bake for 20 minutes, or until puffed up and brown. • Allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing. • Serve with a sauce made from equal parts of soya cream and ginger marmalade mixed together. • Garnish with pansy petals.

MUSHROOM RISOTTO

4 5 m l / 3 tbsp olive oil 1 large onion, finely c h o p p e d 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 2 5 g / 8 o z field o r cultivated m u s h r o o m s , finely chopped hefty pinch o r e g a n o several sage leaves, finely chopped 2 2 5 g / 8 o z arborio rice 5 5 g / 2 o z porcini, soaked overnight and finely c h o p p e d 4 5 0 m l / 1 6 fl o z strong vegetable stock sea salt and freshly g r o u n d black pepper 4 5 - 6 0 m l / 3 - 4 tbsp finely c h o p p e d coriander • Heat the oil in a pan and saute the onion, garlic and field mushrooms for several minutes. Add the herbs, the rice and stir until the rice has absorbed most of the flavours - about 1-2 minutes. • Then add the porcini with their soaking water and the vegetable stock. • Bring t o a simmer, place a lid on the pan and leave over a low heat for 18 minutes. • Add seasoning to taste and serve sprinkled with the coriander. Note: The risotto should be fairly liquid, and the rice should be al dente

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4 5 0 g / l l b seedless grapes 2 2 5 g / 8 o z tofu 2 2 5 g / 8 o z soya c r e a m 5 m l / l tsp vanilla essence 4 5 m l / 3 tbsp muscovado sugar • Place the grapes in a shallow dish. In a blender mix the tofu with the soya cream and vanilla essence so that you have a thick sauce. • Pour over the grapes and turn them so they are covered. • Sprinkle the sugar over the top and refrigerate for about 5 hours so that the sugar melts into the cream.

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Left Little meets large. Below Mabel (left), rescued by Hillside in an emaciated condition, with Buttercup, one of the Sanctuary's blind animals.

Hillside's powerful pull relies on a carefully put together combination of gentle persuasion mixed with hard facts about the brutal realities of factory farming ucked away in the Norfolk countryside, just north of Norwich, Hillside Animal Sanctuary seems to revel in a low-key, unassuming approach to the mission it is engaged upon. For almost five years now, the Sanctuary has been rescuing animals from suffering and neglect, and steadily building up an army o f committed supporters, dedicated to helping Hillside in each new campaign it launches against animal cruelty, and in particular against the atrocity of factory farming.

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are articles describing the heavily ulcerated stomachs suffered by horses in training in the racing industry (up to 9 3 % have stomach ulcers, and the newsletter carries endoscope photos to prove it), and an article telling o f the fate o f millions of day-old male chicks killed by the U K egg industry (battery and free-range) each year. The article pulls no punches, noting that it remains legal to kill these tiny creatures by putting them live into mincing machines. And Hillside doesn't shy away from the only practical solution â&#x20AC;&#x201D; after all, you can't make an omelette without killing day-old chicks. So, as well as encouraging the Sanctuary's supporters to write to the press and the Agriculture Minister, the newsletter article also asks readers not to subsidise the egg industry: " I f you don't want to support this appaling practice, please consider giving eggs a miss". This drive to enlist consumer power in the battle against intensive livestock farming has been a recurring theme in Hillside's campaigning activities over the years. Governments come and go, and animal welfare legislation sometimes seems designed to be flouted, but the vul-


the quiet crusade! If ever there was an idea whose time has come, then Hillside is it nerability of cost-conscious industrialised agriculture to changes in the public's buying habits remains the true Achilles heel of factory farming. And Hillside knows that people will only stop buying milk, cheese or eggs when they want to; brow-beating the public, or lumbering them with a guilt-trip will never succeed. Nurturing people's instinctive and deepseated compassion for their fellow creatures will win in the end. And how best to nurture that compassion? By inviting people to meet a live individual turkey, or a hen, or calf, or pig — perhaps even Topsy the camel! One to one. It works every time. That look o f delight on people's faces, young or old, when they first encounter Pollyanna

the pig at a Hillside Open Day — "ooohh, her nose is wet — just like Patch's!" Suddenly, their dilemma — " W h o do you pet, and who do you eat?" — is resolved, intuitively, in a flash. N o need for lengthy explanations - Pollyanna is just like Patch.

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS People come back to Hillside's open days again and again, through the warm summer Sunday afternoons. They join the Sanctuary's adoption scheme, first of all adopting Pollyanna. Then, as they make friends with the other animals, perhaps they adopt Topsy the camel (who came to Hillside from Chipperfield's circus) or La Vizelle, a rescued ex-racehorse, great-granddaughter

Above: Topsy (right) and Alice, Hillside's rescued camels. Below. Dennis the donkey, after a trip to the dentist, with some of the hundreds of get well cards he received.

of Mill Reef. Each time people visit, they take back some more leaflets from Hillside's Information Centre, and by the end o f the summer, o f course, they couldn't bear to see pork on their plate - well, it would be like eating Pollyanna, wouldn't it? There are many great reasons for being involved with Hillside, but the best reason by far is that it works! If ever there was an idea whose time has come, then Hillside is it. It uses a knockout combination o f real, live rescued animals (around 7 0 0 , at the last count), some o f whom the public can adopt, coupled with gentle but persistent campaigning. And Hillside is unafraid to lay it on the line when, say, a radio interviewer asks 'tricky' questions: "Surely you're not saying we should all stop eating eggs?" "Well, that's exactly what we're saying, yes." Or: "It's all very well saying 'don't slaughter these baby calves', but the alternative is to stop drinking milk, isn't it?" "Yes, you've got it exactly: people have to make the choice." This simple position makes it easy — not having to side-step these issues, and knowing that the whole Hillside idea will bring people with you. After all, when our supporters already appreciate that every single life we can save, every animal we rescue, is precious, how could they feel otherwise about tiny day-old chicks or baby calves? So, i f you've never visited Hillside Animal Sanctuary, please do come along. We're open every Sunday afternoon, from Easter to the end o f October. In the meantime, write or phone us (details below) to receive Hillside's newsletter, free o f charge, six times a year. There's a quiet crusade going on — do j o i n us!

Hillside Animal Sanctuary is at: Hill Top Farm, Hall Lane, Frettenham, Norwich NR12 7LT. Tel: 01603 891227.

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Unfortunately this rate o f change meant the widespread destruction o f wildlife habitat, the poisoning o f the soil with vast amounts o f chemicals and the loss oflife for millions o f 'farm' animals. Whilst the tide is turning towards a less exploitative lifestyle, the change is slow.

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T o help you 'do your bit', I've chosen a selection o f vegan products which I hope will help you produce succulent vegetables and blooming flowers for the garden this year.

IT'S A BUGS LIFE! I f insects always make a beeline for you, then try some o f the many vegan-friendly insect repellents now available. I must taste horrible because they never bother with me! Lothian Herbs Insect Repellent Aromatherapy Push U p Stick is useful for the active gardener. Just pop in your trug to use as and when required. If you simply can't fit anything else in your trug, smother yourself with Kobashi's Insect Repellent Moisturising Lotion before you venture out.

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Elysa Markowitz's book has a good selection of enticing recipes for the novice raw fooder. Alongside many interesting ideas and creations she also explains how to 'warm' or 'dehydrate' certain foods whilst preserving their nutritional content. As she says in her introduction, "When you say raw or Iving foods to most people, they think salads". Elysa is well-known in the United States where she produces her own public access television programme, Elysa's Raw and Wild Food Show, encouraging America to change its dietary habits towards a more ethical and healthful way ofliving.

This isn't just a cookery book, it is a work o f art! Seventy large glossy pages of vegan recipes, all hand-written and beautifully illustrated by Liz in the same style as her famous nutrition wallcharts.

and healthy family meals.

Raw food earing saves more animals than a vegan cooked diet and is more environmentally-friendly. Less insects are killed, there is less habitat destruction and a fruit-based diet is much more friendly to the environment than a grain or bean based diet. While Warming Up to Living Foods contains a wider and more varied selection o f raw foods than the Raw Energy book by Leslie and Susannah Kenton, the latter contains vital information as to why we should go raw in the first place. That said, the photographs in Elysa's book - of recipes such as Scambled Com with Veggie 'Chips', Cauliflower Casserole and Unbaked beans are beautiful and inspiring, and for those who are transitioning into a raw food diet, having learned o f the health benefits, it is a good start! I must, however, as a health-care professional, warn that caution is needed. Most of the recipes are wrongly combined and contain foods which are poisonous to the human body, such as onions, garlic, peppers, herbs, etc. Also dehydrated foods have been denatured, if only slighdy. Nevertheless, Elysa's contribution to the taw food vegan movement in the United States can only be applauded and is very encouraging - hopefully saving many, many animals from the misery of farming and slaughter. A good book for those starting to gain an interest in raw foods! Gina Shaw MA This title is availablefrom the Vegan Society (01424

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ALSO ON THE EDITOR'S D E S K . . . Incredibly Delicious: The Vegan Paradigm Cookbook, by Gende World Over 500 recipes, plus information on raw food preparation, veganic gardening and inspinng/supportive quotes. Introduction by Michael A Klaper MD. Price $22.50 plus $3.20 shipping from Gentle World, Inc, POBox 238, Kap'au, Hawaii, 96155, USA ( Further details at the web site: http://uuw.planet-hawaii.com/gentleworld/incredibly.html

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The book begins on a very enthusiastic and positive note and it is clear that Liz was motivated to write it by a desire to help and inspire new vegans. She writes, "...it is perfecdy possible to eat wonderful food, much of it easy and simple to cook, and to have an amazingly healthy, well balanced and compassionate diet, without using animal products." Liz then launches into a comprehensive summary o f all the nutrients we need and the foods we can find them in, with explanations o f what some o f the less common foods (such as tahini) are. The savoury recipes range from basic soups and stir fiys to roasts and hotpots. There are a good selection o f sweets and desserts too, from baked bananas and home-made jelly to upside-down pudding. The recipes in this book are designed to be wholesome and satisfying, rather than diverse and adventurous. It is not a book for wildly imaginative cooks who want to stimulate their kitchen creativity; it's more o f a reference point for safe, reliable staple meals. The recipes I tried were certainly tasty, but not exciting or strongly flavoured. This book is ideal for families as the simpleness o f many o f the recipes ensures that children will enjoy them and the bright pictures and easy instructions will probably inspire many very young vegans to take an interest in cooking. In fact, the book is dedicated to the author's eight year old son James, whom I'm sure helped to test and fine-tune all the recipes! At the back o f the book are conversion charts and a suggested 'all you need' shopping list. Overall, this is an attractive, user-friendly and extremely practical cookbook which I find myself continuously wanting to pick up and flick through. Highly recommended. Ronny Worsey This title is availablefrom Stewart Distribution (01273 or direct from the author herself(01273J88 864)

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whose parent companies do carry out animal testing). Mail order and vegan product manufacturers listed. Price £1.50 (inc p+p) from Naturewatch, 122 Bath Road, Cheltenham, Gloucester GL53 1JX Animal Healing No 3 of Chris Burrows' Inner development Videos. 40 minute video on developing techniques to harness positive healing energy needed to work with sick animals. Chris Burrows has studied Buddhist meditation since 1969 and spent 16 years as a Zen monk. Details from The Chris Burrows Foundation, 151 Bumiston Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO!2 6QX

T h e Real Food B o o k by Friends o f the Earth Foreword by Hugh Feamly-Whittingstall. Handbook explaining what F O E believes is wrong with food today, what policies are needed to put it right and what individual consumers can do to ensure they're eating real food. Price £4.99 from Friends of the Earth (Tel: 0201490 1555, email: Naturewatch Compassionate Shopping Guide — 7th edition Lists beauty/skincare/household products not tested on animals (and big name brands

REVIEWERS Ronny Worsey is a Vegan Society Council member, cookery enthusiast and an enthusiastic and friendly vegan campaigner. Gina Shaw MA is a vegan health and nutrition consultant. Her books, The Dangers of pharmaceutical and herbal drugs and the fallacy of animal experimentation' (price £1.50 plus A5 SAE) and 'Animal Intelligence' (price £4.50, inc p+p) are available from GLS Publications, c/o 8 Marston Road, Clayhall IG5 0LZ.

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Brambles

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Mary and John Anderson had always planned to open a coffee shop - until Brambles wrapped itself around them...

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e have been active members o f the Vegetarian and Vegan societies for many years and had a dream o f one day opening a vegan coffee shop. Our children, both vegan, had grown up and moved on, so along with our parents we decided to move into a smaller property. W e searched unsuccessfully for a year until in exasperation the estate agent persuaded us to look at an hotel on a half acre plot. In a quiet location just five minutes from sandy beaches and the town, we felt it would lend itself very well to being run as a vegan guest house. Having to wait until the end o f the season before we could move in enabled us to plan our venture without distraction.

WHERE TO BEGIN? Firsdy, we had to decide if a stricdy vegan guest house was a viable proposition. While we had catering experience (at outside fayres and food demonstrations, etc.) as part o f the Isle o f Wight Vegetarians and Vegans, we had done no market research. Armed with some hurriedly produced business cards and copies o f the Isle o f Wight Vegetarians and Vegans' Meals Without Squeals cookery book which we had helped to compile, we attended the first Vegan Festival held in London. The response was very encouraging and 'Vegan Village' put Brambles on their web site.

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Confident ofits potential, we committed to opening our guest house in May 1999. So, what were the pros and cons? Well, the property was ideally situated on the beautiful unspoilt south coast of the Island. Ferries are frequent and trains run from Ryde through to Shanklin for foot passengers. Sharing our home with strangers was something we had not experienced before but we felt that with our common ideals we would in fact be opening our home to new friends. O f course, we would be tied to the house and restricted to times for breakfast and dinners - and there would be very little time for leisure during the summer season. All the rooms were already en-suite which we felt was a major plus factor. While there was a licensed bar, we didn't want to run it as such, so we decided to turn it into a juice bar, servingjuices, beverages and soya milk shakes. W e both enjoy cooking and had taken a food hygiene course â&#x20AC;&#x201D;John had also taken a wholefood cookery course, so we were confident and enthusiastic about the whole venture. In October 1998, we moved into our new home. Now the hard work really started. We could not open our guesthouse until we had redecorated and refurbished throughout. With the help o f some willing friends we set to, on what appeared to be an impossible task, using every waking hour to accomplish a transformation in seven months. John, who still maintains a dayjob, would arrive home to rooms full of brick dust and stripped wallpaper. We named the property 'Brambles' after removing eleven trailer loads of brambles and ivy to the green waste tip during a four week period. The vegetable patch was prepared in readiness for our vegan-organic crops and a second greenhouse erected.

presented us with the first of several culinary challenges as we have subsequently catered for macrobiotics, raw food diets and diabetics. It has encouraged us to develop a greater knowledge and understanding o f individual requirements.

Advertising is costly but it is essential to starting up any business. Fortunately, veggies and vegans normally look in just three or four specialist magazines for holidays so we haven't needed to explore other avenues. In fact our local newspaper, the Isle of Wight County Press heard about our venture and did a great editorial all about us just after we opened. We consider ourselves to be very fortunate to have the opportunity to encourage a more compassionate lifestyle. We aim to make our guests feel very special by providing a good variety of home cooked vegan meals in comfortable and relaxed surrounding, at affordable prices. For the comfort of all our guests we have adopted a non-smoking and, (much as we love them) a 'no pets' policy. As we are not licensed, our guests are very welcome to bring their own wine to drink with their meals. We had a very enjoyable summer season during 1999 and met some really lovely people. We are really looking forward to our next season, when we hope to meet old friends and new.

OPENING DOORS Although we were committed to open at the beginning o f May, in fact we had our first couple stay with us for Valentine weekend. They were vegan coeliacs which

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Amarjeet Bharma, Atma Institute, 34 Burnham Close, Windsor SL4 4RN Tel/Fax: 01753 831841.10% discount on complementary medicine courses and treatment. Earth Angel, 33 Myddleton Street, London EC1R 1VA. 10% discount VEGANISM may be defined as a way of living which seeks to exdude, as far as possible and practical, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, dothing or any other purpose. In dietary terms it refers to the practice of dispensing with all animal produce â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including meat, fish, poultry, eggs, animal milks, honey, and their derivatives.

and help increase its influence by joining. Increased membership means more resources to educate and inform. Full membership is restricted to practising (at least dietary) vegans, as defined above, but sympathisers are very welcome as supporters of the Society. Both members and supporters receive The Vegan.

Abhorrence of the cruel practices inherent in an agricultural system based on the ab/use of animals is probably the single most common reason for the adoption of veganism, but many people are drawn to it for health, ecological, resource, spiritual and other reasons. If you would like more information on veganism a free Information Pack is available from the Vegan Society in exchange for two first dass stamps.

The Vegan Society Trade Mark is the property of the Vegan Society. The Society is prepared to authorise the use of its trade mark on products which accord with its 'no animal ingredients' and 'no animal testing' criteria.

THE VEGAN SOCIETY was formed in England in November 1944 by a group of vegetarians who had recognised the ethical compromises implicit in lactone dairy-dependent) vegetarianism. Today, the Society continues to highlight the breaking of the strong maternal bond between the cow and its new-born calf within just four days; the dairy cow's proneness to lameness and mastitis; her subjection to an intensive cyde of pregnancy and lactation; our unnatural and unhealthy taste for cow's milk; and the de-oxygenation of river water through contamination with cattle slurry. If you are already a vegan or vegan sympathiser, please support the Society

The Vegan Society Donald Watson House, SOCIETY 7 Battle Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex TN37 7AA, United Kingdom Tel 01424427393 Fax 01424 717064 www.vegansociety.com email: info@vegansociety.com Office hours: Mon: 9.30-5.30; Tues-Fri: 9.00-5.30 Visitors by appointment please Registered Charity No. 279228 Company Registration No. 1468880 VAT Registration No. 448 5973 95

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Send in a photocopy (or original) of the solution t o this crossword, together w i t h your name and address, by 25 April 2000 and you'll be entered in a draw for a T-shirt f r o m Hemp Union Limited (size XL only). Solution in the next issue. Congratulations t o Cathy Bryant, sender of the first correct solution (in spite our deliberate omission of the clue for 7 d o w n ) t o The Vegan Prize Crossword 18 t o be drawn. Our apologies for the error.

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NATIONAL & SPECIALIST GROUPS

VEGAN PUBLICATIONS Vegan Views Informal quarterly. 4-issue sub: £ 3 . 8 0 (non GB — £ 5 ) Flat A15, 20 Dean Park Road, Bournemouth BH1 1JB Figan Cymreig (The Wales Vegan) Bilingual quarterly. Sub: £1.50 Bronyr Ysgol, Montpelier, Llandrindod, Powys, Wales

LISTS Send an SAE to the Vegan Society for any o f the following lists: Animal-Free Shopper Update; Vegan Travel Guide Update; Health Care Professionals; Information Sheets; International Contacts — mainly individuals; Trade Mark — registered users; Vegan Families — child-raising vegans willing to be contacted to provide mutual support.

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VEGAN SOCIETY LOCAL CONTACTS Local Contacts are Vegan Society members who have offered to act on a voluntary basis, as a point of contact for those interested in the Society's work. They are not official representatives of the Society. Their levels of activity and knowledge may vary according to their individual circumstances. When writing to a Contact, please remember to endose a SAE. Full members of the Vegan Society who are interested in acting as a Local Contact are invited t o contact either the National Local Contacts Co-ordinator, George Rodger (see Region 4, ABERDEENSHIRE), or Bill Palethorpe in the Vegan Society office.

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Postbag Contributions to Postbag are welcomed, but accepted on the understanding that they may be edited in the interests of brevity or clarity. Send your letters to: The Editor, Postbag, T h e Vegan', Donald Watson House, 7 Battle Road, St Leonards-orvSea, East Sussex TN37 7AA, UK. Fax 01424 717064.

ITS All TOO MUCH FOR SOME

STAR LETTER

I w a n t t o make a complaint. How on earth a m I going t o keep my current account in t h e black, or stop my credit cards f r o m melting, w h e n you send o u t Vegan Society catalogues full of w o n d e r f u l and yummy items? Will I have t o moonlight so I can keep my dear wife in chocolate? Will I be t h e last vegan on the planet t o wear t h e dead cool Vegan Soc. fleece? Will I have t o have counselling because I cannot decide on whether t o buy t h e n e w range of t-shirts or go f o r t h e xmas hamper. Unfair, unfair!! I t h o u g h t t h e mag and the catalogue were brilliant. A n d the n e w AFS graphics are ace too. Well done Vegan Society. Nigel Bedrock, by email

I d o n ' t think anyone reading Postbag over t h e last f e w issues will have missed t h e numerous letters about differing vegan viewpoints, or your a t t e m p t in t h e A u t u m n issue t o award yourself t h e Star letter, (was t h a t funny?) and d a m p the ongoing discussion d o w n before you get buried in letters.

You rightly pointed out t h a t you have t o address t h e needs of newcomers, vegetarians, and the like, so this is t h e perfect way of spreading our wings w i t h o u t going o f f the

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diate area. 'None of them will serve vegans!'. I said I'd never had any trouble getting something t o eat in a pub before. 'This is a meat eating area,' I was told. 'But everyw h e r e is a meat eating area,' I responded.

I was pleased to find that the good old standby, baked spuds, were mentioned in a pub menu. M y friend ordered his mushroom curry and I said that I was a vegan and could they do baked potato or chips and salad or anything suitable. 'No' was the uncompromising reply. 'Just a baked potato and salad would be fine,' says I.

And w h y did he believe that veggy people (and especially vegans) w e r e dangerous, divisive, subversives w h o w e r e out t o destroy his lifestyle? A f e w years earlier, a girl had stayed for B & B and explained at breakfast that she was a vegan. W h e n he said they didn't have anything for her, she proceeded t o eat (gulp) muesli with (arrrhhhh!) fruit juice. And said she was quite happy w i t h it!! For him, this was the ultimate attack on the Big Breakfast, ordained to be served as part of the B & B industry - four times as much and four times as greasy as anything you'd eat at home.

' W e don't have baked potatoes!' 'Well it's on your menu.' 'No it's not.' 'Look, here it says cauliflower cheese served w i t h baked potatoes or chips.' ' W e don't do t h e m by themselves!'

CAN WE HAVE SOME MORE PLEASE?

W e are all in t h e same vegan boat, but are still in need of more informat i o n t o learn about, and understand t h e differences between us. Surely t h e best way t o improve this situation is t o devote more pages t o these aspects, so w h a t w e need is a bigger magazine! I realise t h a t more frequent publication w o u l d cost a lot more, but adding extra (thinner?) pages t o each issue w o u l d be a cheaper option. This w o u l d give much needed space for us t o educate each other, and t o cover the minority's needs.

Benjamin Zephaniah mentioned a place in Lincolnshire w h e r e t h e locals eat vegans (The Vegan, A u t u m n 1999). It partly explains my experience this summer in the village of Wansford, Lincolnshire.

'Oh.'

It w a s the same in the next pub: 'If it's not on the menu - w e don't do it!' A couple of days later, I was back in the pub w i t h some friends and started chatting to a local at t h e bar. W e had a great discussion about all kinds of things, but as soon as w e touched on vegetarianism, the landlord joined in. He said there w e r e ten pubs in the imme-

track. Maybe another survey would be useful t o find out a bit more about us all! The secrets of a vegan! Keep up the good w o r k Ron Marsh, by email

MUCH MORE THAN A DIET I'm dismayed and taken aback by Alison Ramage's letter (Postbag, A u t u m n 1999). W h o would not want t o campaign for animals? To fight for justice and help defenceless beings, both human and animal? I went vegan for the animals. I hope there are many, many more of us out there. Monica Lilley, Guildford

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So, is Lincolnshire the last bastion of the Dark Ages? Or is this typical everywhere and I've just been lucky in the past? Any communications welcome at: Rob Tyler, by email Rob wins a box of Vegan Society Fine Chocolates to sustain him on his next into deepest darkest Lincolnshire.

AREYOUTALKIN'TOME? Alan Profitt writes that he is a vegan because he believes it is our natural diet. This is actually wrong. We are descended from apes in tropical rainforests, who ate mainly fruit. Even today, we still have 99% of our genes in common with apes, with the same shape of intestines, colon and teeth. Our natural diet is uncooked vegan. Alan is vegan because it helps t o keep us healthy. So he will be very interested that cooking destroys many of the vitamins and all enzymes - he could be even more healthy. He writes 'Let's just stick t o veganism, and develop other interests

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elsewhere.' Is he telling raw food vegans that we are not part of the vegan movement? Amanda Warren, London Surely there are as many reasons for why we eat what we eat as there are vegans on the planet? Being vegan doesn't make us all the same and doesn't mean we'll agree on everything. Live and let live - that's my motto, for what it's worth. Ed. THE DEADLINE FOR THE SUMMER POSTBAG IS 25 APRIL


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