Northwest Veg
May / June 2009
Vol. 36
"The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
-Mahatma Gandhi

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» What is Happening to the Rainforests?
» VegFest 2009 Is Growing: grainier, greener, sweeter and legal
» Keep an eye on those omega-3s and 6s
» What's in a name? A roast by any other name may not sound as appetizing
» Community staple: Bob's Red Mill befriends Northwest VEG
» Sanctuary seeks garage sale items
» Volunteer Spotlight: Becky Kent
» Jeans Day brings donation from Capital Pacific Bank
» What's for breakfast? A green stir fry
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What is Happening to the Rainforests?
By Hannah Zellmer, NW VEG Intern

Thirty percent of the earth's surface is land; the other 70 percent is water. At one time, 14 percent of the land surface was rainforest; today it covers just six percent. Some estimates predict that the remaining rainforest will disappear within 40 years. Deforestation

The causes of this massive ecological change are fairly well established, but what some people do not understand is that they themselves are contributing directly to a looming catastrophe through their food choices.


VegFest 2009 Is Growing: grainier, greener, sweeter and legal
VegFest It may seem like a long time until September 19 and VegFest 2009, but work is well underway with the support of the following four Sponsors:

Gold Sponsor:
  • Bob's Red Mill - A VegFest Sponsor for the last three years. Feature article below.
Silver Sponsors:
  • ReDirect Guide - This is the Healthy and Sustainable Lifestyle Guide and Business Directory's second year as a VegFest Sponsor, as well as a continuing NW VEG Business Partner.
  • Coconut Bliss - Sponsoring for the third straight year, Luna and Larry's Oregon crafted organic Coconut Bliss is a rapturously creamy, healthy alternative to dairy and soy-based frozen desserts, and always a crowd favorite.
  • Welch, Bruun & Green - This is the vegan-friendly Portland law firm's first year as a Sponsor. They have more than 30 years' experience representing injured persons in their claims for workers' compensation, auto accidents, other types of personal injury and social security disability.

Keep an eye on those omega-3s and 6s
By Tammy Russell, R.D., Contributing Writer

For many, omega-3 fatty acids are kind of an afterthought. Popular magazines remind us to keep up our consumption of fish like salmon to ensure enough omega-3 fatty acid consumption. Vegetarians and vegans abstain from eating fish and shellfish, which is one way to avoid over-fishing our seas and polluting them with contaminants like PCBs, mercury and dioxins.

The real truth, though, is that most Americans don't get enough omega-3 fatty acids and even worse, over-consume another kind of fatty acid called omega-6. Although there are many healthy foods that contain omega-6 fatty acids, overeating vegetable oils and processed foods with high concentrations of omega-6 fatty acids imperils all of the potential benefits we could get from omega-3s.


What's in a name? A roast by any other name may not sound as appetizing
By Susan Bliss, Contributing Writer

Children love farm animals. At least grown-ups think they should, considering the galaxy of toys, books and games devoted to pigs, cows, sheep, chickens and all the other domesticated creatures that live in the country. The market provides an unimaginable variety of farm-themed products to acquaint even the most citified youngster with life on the farm.

For toddlers, there is Fisher-Price's "Barnyard Bowling," complete with a mooing "cow ball"; and John Deere makes the "Feed 'N' Fun Pop-Out Barnyard" so children can "feed" a cow, pig, chicken and horse while "The Farmer in the Dell" sounds from the barn.


Community staple: Bob's Red Mill befriends Northwest VEG

Join us in welcoming Bob's Red Mill as our most recent Business Member, as well as our first Gold Sponsor for VegFest 2009.

Bob's has a serious commitment to healthy eating and lifestyles, which led to their early support of NW VEG when we brought T. Colin Campbell (author of The China Study) and Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. (author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease) to Portland for VegFest 2007. Although their products are internationally distributed, Bob's is a locally-based company, headquartered in Milwaukie.

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