Northwest Veg
Vol. 61
Invite everyone you know to the 7th Annual Portland VegFest!
--Sept. 17 & 18

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» Portland VegFest: Sept. 17 and 18!
» VegFest Volunteers Needed!
» NW VEG Events and Bites
» Should Dairy Products be Part of a Healthy Diet?
» Our Kinship With Animals: Wayne Pacelle Presents at VegFest
» VegFest: A Whole Lot of Fun for the Whole Family
» Oregon, Washington Battery Cage Initiatives Lead to Historic Agreement
» Thanks to our 2011 VegFest Sponsors!
» Veganic Gardening Tips
» Business Partner Spotlight: Dave's Killer Bread
» Recipe of the Month: Low Fat Pesto
» Check out our Business Supporters
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Portland VegFest: Sept. 17 and 18!

Join in the fun at Portland VegFest from 10am-6pm at the Oregon Convention Center. This year's fest will include hundreds of free food samples, engaging speakers and chef demos, veg-savvy exhibitors, restaurants, family activities, and teen activities, too. Check out some of the event's exciting features:

- Learn to make healthier food choices with our slate of speakers sharing their expertise. Get ready to "Kickstart Your Health" with Neal Barnard, MD, discover food's role in cancer prevention with Johanna Lampe, PhD, and learn all the ins and outs of healthy nutrition with Vesanto Melina, RD.
- Tantalize your tummy with free food samples of delicious main dishes, decadent desserts, fresh organic produce, veggie burgers, non-dairy cheeses, milks, and ice creams, fruit smoothies, hummus, whole grain breads and gluten-free crackers, tofu spreads and dips, nut and seed butters, energy bars and on-the-go snacks, raw snacks, and so much more!
- Savor the tasty dishes you'll learn to make from our entertaining chef demonstrators, including local superstars Julie Hasson of the Native Bowl cart and Aaron Adams of Portobello restaurant.
- Catch a showing of the highly acclaimed documentary Forks Over Knives!
- Visit more than 100 veg samplers, vendors, non-profit groups and restaurants.
- Add to your knowledge about nutrition, health, fitness, and gardening at the Ask the Experts table in the main exhibit hall.

Admission is only $6 per day. Children ages 10 and under are free. Download a coupon and check out the full weekend's schedule of speakers, cooking demos, classes, and experts at Make your visit even eco-friendlier: ride TriMet, show your ticket, and receive $1 off admission.

VegFest Volunteers Needed!

We're nearing the final week before VegFest (Sept. 17 & 18) and we need your assistance! If you're interested in making VegFest 2011 the best yet, consider lending a hand. Email Ashley at to sign up. One 3-hour shift earns you FREE admission to both Saturday & Sunday, along with a heartfelt thank you from all at NW VEG.

The following positions are open, please see below for thorough descriptions: Leafletter; Setup Crew Member; NW VEG Representative; Food Sampler; Runner; Children's Activities Assistant; Recycling Coordinator; Cleanup Crew Member.

We need postcards distributed at upcoming Portland events! Email Ashley for more details.

NW VEG Events and Bites

Dine-out at Curry Leaf
Join NW VEG at the Curry Leaf on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 6pm. Curry Leaf is an all vegetarian/vegan Indian restaurant with delectable dishes like Cashew Pakora for an appetizer, Poori Masala (bread deep fried with Potato Bhaji), and Bhindi Masala. If you're interested, email Cat at before Sept. 9 for a reservation.

Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition 2011
Northwest VEG and Adventist Health have again teamed up to co-sponsor a conference where health care professionals (MDs, NDs, DOs, RNs, RDs, etc.) can learn about caring for patients via plant-based nutrition. Five highly-regarded presenters -- Neal Barnard, MD, Johanna W. Lampe, PhD, Amy Lanou, PhD, Marnie Loomis, ND, and Jack Norris, RD -- will discuss the latest clinical research on preventing and treating cancer, overcoming nutrient deficiencies, reversing diabetes, overcoming food addiction, achieving bone vitality, and motivating patients to change. This conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16 at Adventist Medical Center located at 10123 SE Market Street in Portland.

Vancouver Potluck and Lifestyle and Diet in China Presentation
Join NW VEG for our monthly Vancouver potluck on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 6:30pm. The potluck will be followed by a special presentation by Sharon Methvin, PhD, as she shares several customary practices in China that greatly contribute to the quality of life most elderly Chinese experience. The potluck and presentation will be at the Clark Public Utilities Service Center, 1200 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA 98663. Click here to read more.

Should Dairy Products be Part of a Healthy Diet?

Dr. Amy Lanou is not only a professor of health and wellness at the University of North Carolina, she also serves as senior nutrition scientist for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and recently published Building Bone Vitality: a revolutionary diet plan to prevent bone loss and reverse osteoporosis. Dr. Lanou took time to answer a few questions before her upcoming presentations at the Professional Health Conference (Sept. 16) and Portland VegFest (Sept. 17).

Q. Healthy bones, drinking milk, and calcium are all synonymous phrases in our culture. Has it been challenging to convince people that dairy products are not our only source of calcium nor the solution to preventing osteoporosis? What have been reactions from other health professionals as well as laypersons?

A. People generally are aware that some other foods contain calcium, but often they have been misled to think that they would have to eat enormous portions of those foods to get appreciable calcium, which, of course, is not true. In Mexico the primary source of calcium in people's diets is corn tortillas, for example. The two most important missing pieces of information relative to calcium sources are that many vegetable and legume sources of calcium are absorbed at a higher rate than the calcium in cow's milk or non-dairy milks. Most of the cabbage family vegetables have calcium absorption rates of 50 to 65%, while the calcium absorption from cow's milk is about 32%. This means that a cup of cooked kale, for example, has about 1/2 the calcium in amount, but delivers the same amount of absorbable calcium as a cup of cow's milk or fortified orange juice.

Our Kinship With Animals: Wayne Pacelle Presents at VegFest

Even as a child, Wayne Pacelle was interested in animals. But it wasn't until his sophomore year at Yale, after reading about industrial farming in Peter Singer's Animal Liberation that Wayne decided to go vegan. The following summer, after spending months as an intern ranger at Isle Royale National Park, his views were further cemented. "It was a Thoreau-like experience," Wayne remembered. "You see this pristine environment, and it is absolutely magical. At that point I just kind of dedicated myself."

Returning to Yale, Pacelle founded the Student Animal Rights Coalition, protested against the use of animals in research at the Yale Medical School, and got vegan meals instituted in the university's dining halls. His rise from there has been meteoric. At age 23, he was hired by Cleveland Amory to be national director of the Fund for the Animals. Five years later, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) hired him away to be its vice president of communication and government affairs. This gave Pacelle a key role in influencing federal legislation, as well as working through the initiative process in states. These earlier efforts dealt mainly with wildlife issues including trapping and bait hunting, and also banning cockfighting. The first effort to pass an initiative to protect factory farm animals did not happen until 2002, when HSUS and other groups successfully passed a ballot measure to ban gestation crates in Florida.

VegFest: A Whole Lot of Fun for the Whole Family

Get the family ready, because this year's VegFest will be the most fun ever for children AND teens!

The schedule is shaping up with hourly children's activities from 11am-4pm, including old favorites like face painting, Veggie Twister, and storytime. This year, Rick Reynolds, author of The Evergreen Twins Activity Book, will tickle your fancy with brain-stretching Eco-doku puzzles, Pollination Mazes, and Worm Bin Magic! Throughout the day, you can express yourself with coloring pages, creative arts supplies, and even make-your-own bookmarks, as well as educate and amuse yourself in the reading area. Parents also won't want to miss this year's talk on raising vegan children.

This year's VegFest includes special features for teens as well. We're hoping to have a bike blender for some "wheely good" smoothies, so please email if you own one or know someone who does. For teen activists, check out H2Origami with teens from RFH Roots & Shoots to take action to protect the Columbia River Gorge and the animals who call it home. You won't want to miss the How I Became An Elephant movie screening on Sunday, plus teen Veggie Twister, a scavenger hunt, and other cool stuff. If you're a teen who has more ideas or wants to help organize, we'd love your input!

Oregon, Washington Battery Cage Initiatives Lead to Historic Agreement

On July 7th, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the United Egg Producers (UEP) announced an agreement to jointly seek federal legislation to ban battery cages for egg-laying hens. In return for federal protection for hens, HSUS agreed to not file the 355,000 signatures that were to be filed that day to put Initiative 1130 on the ballot in Washington, and also agreed to suspend signature gathering in Oregon on a similar measure.

HSUS had been using state initiatives to provide protection for egg-laying hens, starting with California's highly successful Proposition 2. That proposition still holds the record for the largest number of "yes" votes ever in any state initiative campaign in the United States. As Wayne Pacelle of HSUS explained to initiative supporters the night before the agreement was announced, the Washington and Oregon measures together would have protected the 9 million hens in those states, but states like Iowa have 55 million egg-laying hens, and have no initiative process to allow taking this campaign directly to the people. Most battery-cage hens are given only 67 square inches per bird to live out their entire life in battery cages, but some of these Iowa birds are crammed so tightly into cages that each bird has only 48 square inches. A national agreement was the only way to provide a better life for these birds.

Thanks to our 2011 VegFest Sponsors!

We want to say a tremendous thank you to the sponsors of our upcoming Portland VegFest on Sept. 17 and 18. We couldn't do it without your support! We're pleased to have our long-time sponsor Integrated Medicine Group returning as our top level sponsor. Please check out their wonderful vegan medical practice in NE Portland.

Our amazing top level sponsors also include: VegNews Magazine, the premier magazine that focuses on veg lifestyles; TriMet, making our region a better place to live ("Go eco-friendly. Take TriMet."); and KBOO community radio, Portland's listener-supported community radio station.

A huge thanks to our Gold Sponsors: Bob's Red Mill, the wonderful whole-grain company, Dave's Killer Bread, creator of oh-so-delicious organic breads, and Turtle Mountain, maker of delightful non-dairy milks and desserts. And our wonderful Silver Sponsors: Book Publishing Company, supplying veg books galore; Earthly Gourmet, distributor of vegan foods including Butler's Soy Curls, Flamous Brand's Falafel Chips, and Sift Bakery; Jaan J., furnishing an awesome non-silk vegan tie collection; Organically Grown Company, provider of delicious organic produce; Prasad restaurant, offering organic and sustainable nourishment in the Pearl; The ReDirect Guide, your go-to guide for green living; Sweet Lemon Vegan Bistro, cookin' up creative asian fare; Toby's Family Foods, purveyor of delicious tofu pate and Genesis Juices; and Turtle Island makers of can't-live-without Tofurky.

We're grateful for our sponsors' generosity and their commitment to nurturing compassion, sound environmental practices and healthy living in our community and beyond.

Veganic Gardening Tips

Join us at VegFest on Sept. 17 & 18 as Helen Atthowe, Organic and Veganic Farming Consultant, will be giving two fun and highly informative presentations on growing your own organic garden without animal by-products.

Now is the time to think about soil fertility in our veganic gardens. The most important place to start is with organic matter. Good soil is kept healthy with annual organic matter applications. The obvious choices are composts that don't contain manure, green manures, and mulches, including leaves, straw, and hay. Some of these choices are more challenging to handle. Let's look at some of the best veganic gardening choices in detail.

Grow your own fertilizer! Green manures can include vegetation you plant, such as clover or ryegrass, or they can be a patch of lawn that you till in for a garden area. Thinking of getting rid of lawn for a garden next year? You are looking at green fertilizer gold! Mow as short as possible and cover with an 8" deep layer of mulch or black weed fabric (available from most nurseries and garden supply stores). Wait until vegetation just starts to green up in the spring, then remove the mulch and till in the lawn on a warm, dry day.

Business Partner Spotlight: Dave's Killer Bread

When I pulled up to the Dave's Killer Bread (DKB) bakery in Milwaukie to interview Dave Dahl himself, I have to admit, I was a bit nervous. After all, Dave is quite the local celebrity, and his large frame cuts an imposing presence even if you have no idea who he is or where he's come from. But between the delicious aroma of freshly baked whole grain bread that greeted me as I walked towards the entrance and the warm smile and handshake he gave me upon meeting him, the nerves disappeared, and I relaxed into an informative and inspiring visit with one of the best-known and admired business owners in the city.

We started with a chat in his office. He sat at a large desk that was covered with thank you cards (no doubt for the many charitable donations DKB gives out). The wall behind the desk was a collage of photos (Dave with friends and family, Dave at events meeting people, and a large photo of a beloved dog) and press clippings of his inspiring story, and one of the many awards the business has received for the sustainable practices they engage in or the many ways they give back to the community.

Recipe of the Month: Low Fat Pesto

This wholesome pesto is rich with flavor, not fat. And the nutritional yeast flakes add a parmesan-like flavor. Serve over brown rice pasta, whole grains, or veggies. Be sure to check out Chef David Gabbe's demo at VegFest on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 2:00pm. Recipe from David's Vegan Home Cooking:

2 cups fresh basil (or arugula)
1/2 cup walnuts (or other raw nuts)
1/2 cup parsley (or cilantro)
1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
1/4 cup each: lemon juice and water
1/4 cup cashew or almond butter
2 medium garlic cloves (finely chopped)
2 Tablespoons olive oil (or other plain oil)
1/2 teaspoon salt
pinch of ground black pepper

1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
2. Add a little more water, as necessary, for smooth consistency.

Yield: about 1 1/2 cups; Note: Refrigerate leftovers and use within 2 days

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