Master VEG Program 2017 ScheduleAll classes will be Wednesday evenings, April 5 - May 24, 2017, 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. This is a preliminary schedule, and the order of talks is subject to change.
Week 1: Class Introduction and Diet and Chronic Disease. April 5, 2017Peter Spendelow, Northwest VEG Board Member
- Introduction to the program. Overview, logistics, schedules, and expectations.
- Diet and chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis
Week 2: Plant-Based Diets as a Path to Health. April 12, 2017Daniel Redwood, D.C., Director of the Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine program at the University of Western States.
- 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
- How to veganize your recipes: a cooking demo
Week 3: Food Choices and the Environment, plus Philosophical Perspectives on Animals: From Pythagoras to Peter Singer. April 19, 2017Peter 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
- Philosophical Perspectives on Animals.
Week 4: Animal Law and Animal Consciousness. April 26, 2017Kathy 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 3, 2017Marsha Rakestraw, Certified Humane Educator
- Impacts of Animal Agriculture on Humans.
- Fish and Fishing - What is happening in our oceans?
Week 6: Food Policy, and Outlets for Animal Activism Panel. May 10, 2017Don Merrick, former Northwest VEG Vice President
- Food Policy.
M Lee Beebe, Dianne Lamberty, Jess De Noto, Sandy Miller
- How to engage on behalf of animals
Week 7: The Lives of Farmed Animals. May 17, 2017.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 24, 2017.Northwest VEG Volunteer Coordinator
- 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: May 6 @ 1pm-4pm
Where: 33190 SE Regan Hill Rd, Estacada, OR 97023