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Vol. 82
I am a vegan. I respect the environment and do my best to spread the importance of such an issue.
--Jared Leto, Actor and Musician

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» NW VEG Events
» Race For The Animals - Register Today!
» Master VEG Program Returns June 11
» Community Events
» Ask the RD: Brenda Davis
» Health Conference Registration Open!
» Welfare Ranchers, Wolves, and the Externalization of Costs
» Dietary Carotenoids Linked to Reduced Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
» Recipe of the Month: Raspberry Bliss Bars
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NW VEG Events

Westside Portland Potluck and Father's Day Demo
When: Sunday, June 16, 5-8pm
Where: West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (8470 SW Oleson Rd., Portland)
Details: Following our usual potluck we will welcome Andrea Wyckoff, aka Betty Rawker, who will make us some amazing raw dishes that incorporate the perfect foods for the fathers in your life! Andrea will show us how to make her Rawk Candy Cups and raw vegan "Chickin Salad" with homemade sunflower "veganasie." Just prior to Andrea's presentation, there will be a brief annual membership meeting for Northwest VEG and announcement of the results of the 2013 Northwest VEG Board of Directors Election. Click here for more information.

June Dineout
When: Thursday, June 20, 6:30pm
Where: Vege Thai, 3272 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Details: Come join us at Vege Thai as they've supported us at VegFest each year! Vege Thai is a local Thai place with friendly staff and a menu with lots of variety. Please remember to RSVP on our meetup page.

Vancouver Vegan Potluck
When: Thursday, June 27, 6:30 - 8:45pm
Where: Clark Public Utilities Service Center, 1200 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA 98663
Details to come. Click here for more information.

4th of July Vegan Potluck Picnic
When: Thursday, July 4, 1-5pm
Where: Raleigh Park, 3500 SW 78th Ave. (between Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy and Canyon Rd)
Details: Come join in the fun at Northwest VEG's annual 4th of July potluck picnic and celebrate the spirit of independence with delicious plant-based food. Click here for more information.

Race For The Animals - Register Today!

Eventbrite - Race for the Animals

Join in the fun at Northwest VEG's 4th annual Race for the Animals event on June 30! This year we are changing this up and heading to Mt. Tabor! So lace up your shoes and come run or walk an extinct volcano! Enjoy chip trails, pavement, stairs and lovely views around Mt. Tabor's three reservoirs and the summit. Finish the fun with a post-run/walk vegan picnic of fruit, breads & spreads, and sweet treats. A great time for the whole family!

The mission of this fun 5k or 10k run/walk is to generate awareness of a plant-based lifestyle and to raise money for Northwest VEG's education and outreach campaigns. Part of the proceeds will also benefit Out to Pasture Sanctuary!

Click here for more information and to register.

Interested in becoming a race sponsor? Or volunteering at the event? Please email

Master VEG Program Returns June 11

Registration is now open for the next session of Northwest VEG's highly acclaimed Master VEG Program beginning Tuesday, June 11. This action-packed eight-week program will provide you with in-depth information on a healthy, environmentally-sustainable plant-based diet. Presentations cover plant-based nutrition, the link between diet and chronic disease prevention, the environmental impacts of the foods we grow and eat, the lives of farm animals, animal rights/welfare philosophies, answering the tough questions about plant-based diets, a Food for Life cooking demo and more.

A key component of the program is the service-oriented project, where attendees are expected to contribute at least 16 volunteer hours to a nonprofit organization that concerns itself with one or more of the issues discussed during the course. See for details and to register.

Community Events

Meet Rip Esselstyn at Whole Foods
When: Tuesday, June 4, 2-4pm
Where: Whole Foods Laurelhurst, 2825 E. Burnside
Details: Rip is currently promoting his highly anticipated new book My Beef With Meat. There will be copies for purchase so you can get it signed from Rip himself. Click here for more information.

Eat and Greet with Rip Esselstyn
When: Tuesday, June 4, 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Whole Foods Bridgeport, 7380 SE Bridgeport Rd, Tigard
Details: (See above.) Plus there will be some delicious and healthy plant-strong snacks provided by Whole Foods. Click here for more information.

3rd Annual VegQuest
When: Saturday, June 29, 10am-3pm
Where: Colonel Summers Park, SE PDX
Details: Join your fellow veg-head adventurers in taking on vegan Portland. In this race organized by Try Vegan PDX, teams of 2-4 people will solve clues and complete challenges, which will lead them to vegan businesses in Portland. Click here for more information.

Ask the RD: Brenda Davis

Brenda Davis is a Registered Dietitian and nutritionist. She is the co-author of 8 books, including Becoming Vegan, Defeating Diabetes, Becoming Raw, and The Raw Food Revolution Diet. We are very excited to announce that Brenda will be presenting at both our Health Conference and Portland VegFest, September 20-22!

Q: What are the best fats and oils for vegetarians and vegans, and is it always better to follow a low fat diet?

A: Let's begin with the question of low fat diets always being better.

Very low fat diets have been popular among vegetarians because of their proven effectiveness in treating severe coronary artery disease. People often assume that such diets would therefore be the best choice for all vegetarians. But what’s best for healthy vegetarians, particularly growing vegetarian children, can be quite different from what’s best for people with serious chronic disease.

Health Conference Registration Open!

On Friday, September 20, Northwest VEG and Adventist Medical Center will host our 4th annual professional conference, Enhancing Health with Plant-Based Nutrition. This conference is aimed at doctors, nurses, dietitians, naturopaths, and all other health professionals who would like to find out the latest information about plant-based diets with respect to clinical nutrition, chronic disease prevention and control, and designing an optimum plant-based diet. Once again, we have a stellar list of speakers with exciting talk titles lined up for this year's health conference including:

  • John McDougall, MD Multiple Sclerosis and Autoimmune Diseases: The Impact of Diet.

Welfare Ranchers, Wolves, and the Externalization of Costs

by George Wuerthner, ecologist with a special interest in predator ecology

Cows are routinely left to forage without any supervision, making them vulnerable to predators. We continuously hear the livestock industry talking about “problem” wolves—those animals that attack untended livestock. Yet the real issue is “problem ranchers” who externalize one of the costs of doing business—namely operating a livestock operation in a manner that reduces or eliminates predator opportunity.

To make an analogy think of how we used to let polluting industries use our rivers as open sewers, often resulting in fish kills and polluted waters that were unfit for swimming and domestic water use. Thankfully, we passed legislation that made many of these industries internalize the cost of production by making it illegal to dump pollutants in our waterways. Thus far, however, we have not applied the same legal requirements upon ranchers who have successfully transferred one of the legitimate business costs of livestock production—namely animal husbandry practices that result in a reduction of predator opportunity—on to the public at large, and on to the backs of predators.

Dietary Carotenoids Linked to Reduced Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

by Lily Dyke, Contributing Writer

While there are many reasons to adopt a vegan diet, health considerations is one of them. There are various health benefits associated with a vegan diet, largely down to the fact that our diet is lower in total and saturated fat, yet packed with micronutrients. Admittedly we have our critics and we might come under fire from some people for avoiding all animal produce, as potentially this can put us at risk of a deficiency of iron, zinc and vitamin B12; though as we all know, careful food choices and making use of fortified items can turn this into only a theoretical problem. However, our intake of vitamins and minerals from plant foods more than makes up for this, which is why we are less likely to develop heart disease or suffer a stroke. Many people also don’t realize that owing to a high intake of carotenoids from fruit and vegetables we are also at lower risk of developing diabetes.

Recipe of the Month: Raspberry Bliss Bars

by Andrea Wyckoff, aka Betty Rawker

This bar tastes just like a jelly-filled donut, in a grain-free, raw vegan sort of way! Come hear Andrea present at our June 16 potluck.

Base Layer:
  • 1 cup dried coconut
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 9 medjool dates, pitted (about 1 cup)

Blend coconut, vanilla, cinnamon, & sea salt together in food processor for 30 to 60 seconds. Add in walnuts, blend. Then add in 9 pitted medjool dates. Press mixture into a wax/parchment lined pan. Set in fridge to firm up.

Raspberry Layer:

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