Master VEG Program 2016 ScheduleAll classes will be Wednesday evenings, April 6 - May 25, 2016, from 6:00 to 8:45 pm. There will be a snack and social period before each class from 5:45-6:00pm. All classes will take place at the People's Food Co-op located at 3029 SE 21st Ave in Portland.
Week 1: Class Introduction and Plant-Based Diets as a Path to Health. April 6, 2016Peter Spendelow, Northwest VEG Board Member
- Introduction to the program. Overview, logistics, schedules, and expectations.
- Discussion of vegan nutrition and research supporting plant-based diets
- Components of a healthy vegan diet
- Address issues such as dietary supplements and getting enough calcium, protein, B-12, Omega 3s, fat, etc
Week 2: Diet and Chronic Disease. April 13, 2016Ole Ersson, M.D.
- Diet and chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis
- A cooking introduction on How to Demo
Week 3: Food Choices and the Environment, plus Food Policy. April 20, 2016Peter Spendelow, Ph.D., Northwest VEG Board Member
- Introduction to Ecological Footprints and food choices
- Environmental impact of plant and animal-based agriculture: water pollution, air pollution, animal agriculture and global warming, resource consumption, habitat loss, water conservation, use of toxic substances in agriculture.
- Other environmental aspects of food choices - buy local, buy seasonal, buy organic
- Food Policy.
Week 4: Animal Law and Animal Consciousness. April 27, 2016Kathy Hessler, Professor, Lewis & Clark Law School
- Animal Law and Agriculture
- An Introduction to Animal Consciousness and Awareness.
Week 5: Impacts of Animal Agriculture on Humans and Fish and Fishing. May 4, 2016Marsha Rakestraw, Certified Humane Educator
- Impacts of Animal Agriculture on Humans.
- Fish and Fishing - What is happening in our oceans?
Week 6: Philosophical Perspectives on Animals: From Pythagoras to Peter Singer, and Vegan-Owned Business Panel. May 11, 2016Ramona Ilea, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Pacific University
- Philosophical Perspectives on Animals.
Vegan-owned Business Panel
- Herbivore: Michelle Schwegmann and Josh Hooten
- Food Fight Grocery: Chad Miller
- Vtopia Cheese: Mark Jordan and Imber Lingard
Week 7: The Lives of Farmed Animals. May 18, 2016.Marsha Rakestraw, Certified Humane Educator
Dr. John and Kit Collins, owners of Out to Pasture Farm Sanctuary
Week 8: Living as a Vegan and Effective Activism. May 25, 2016.Jaclyn Leeds, Northwest VEG Executive Director
- Effective activism and communication
- Discussion of possibilities for volunteer opportunities for serving the 16 hours needed for earning the Master VEG Certificate.
- Course wrap-up
Field trips:Out to Pasture Farm Sanctuary Private tour and work party (hours will go towards MVP certificate)
When: Sunday, May 29 @ 1pm-4pm
Where: 33190 SE Regan Hill Rd, Estacada, OR 97023
Ayers Creek Farm hosted by owner Anthony Boutard
When: May 8 @ 10am-12pm
Where: 15219 Springhill Road, Gaston, Oregon (directions and map) Meet at the big, red building down the farm road.