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                             VNV Update (Issue 5, April 2002)
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Hello there!

Here is the next issue of VNV Update - Vegetarian Network Victoria's email
newsletter.

In this issue:

   1  Upcoming Social Events
   2  VNV Business Directory - Free Listings!
   3  Free Vegetarian-Related Classifieds
   4  Soy Yogurts - Did You Know...
   5  Vegetarian Restaurant Update
   6  Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants - Your Help Still Needed
   7  Recipe Page Updated
   8  Concerned About Iron?
   9  Good Nutrition May Help Prevent Cancer
   10  What About Soy?
   11  Quotes Recently Added To Our Website
   12  New Links Added To Our Website
   13  Some Of The Questions We Have Been Asked Recently
   14  Swamiji Australian Tour 2002
   15  Volunteers Wanted
   16  About VNV

If you have received more than one copy of this newsletter, or would like to
be taken off our mailing list, please just reply to this email and let us know.

Regards,

David Ogilvie
Vegetarian Network Victoria


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1  UPCOMING SOCIAL EVENTS

NEXT EVENT - SOCIAL LUNCH, CERES ENVIRONMENT PARK
Date:  Saturday 27 April
Address:  8 Lee Street, East Brunswick (Ph: 9380 8861)
Time:   12.00pm
Meeting point:  Meet at the cafe
Melway ref:  30 B7
For more info phone 0500 834 437

For details on other upcoming events go to www.vnv.org.au/SocialEvents.htm.

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2  NEW VNV BUSINESS DIRECTORY - FREE LISTINGS!

Need a mechanic, hairdresser, plumber, naturopath, veterinarian, masseur...
And wondering how to find one that is vegetarian/vegan too? Just for
personal choice? Then, why don't you advertise your own trade, profession
or business in the new VNV Business Directory, so that other like-minded
vegetarians/vegans can find you. It's Free!

Please send the following details to info@vnv.org.au:
- your name or business name
- what suburb/town your business operates from (or full address if
  applicable)
- telephone number(s)
- fax number
- email address
- website address
- a paragraph detailing the business or service you offer

The VNV Business Directory will be online at
www.vnv.org.au/BusinessDirectory.htm.

Even if you don't have your own business, but you know of a business that
is run by vegetarians or vegans, we would love to hear from you!

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3  FREE VEGETARIAN-RELATED CLASSIFIEDS

Would you like to meet people in your area who are veggo?  Do you want to
start a band with other vegetarian musicians?  Would you like to get in
touch with other parents who have vegetarian kids?   Whatever it is, if it's
relevant to vegetarians why not advertise it on our website - it's free!  Simply
send the ad via email to info@vnv.org.au and we will put it online.

Current classified ads are online at www.vnv.org.au/Classifieds.htm

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4  SOY YOGURTS.  DID YOU KNOW...

Most soy yogurts use a starter culture that is raised on a dairy protein base
which may leave a trace of milk protein in the final product (approx. 10-20
parts per million).  As far as we are aware, Kingland Soy Yogurts are
currently the only soy yogurts in Australia that use a non-animal starter
culture and are therefore technically suitable for vegans.  Soyganic (the
makers of Soygurt) and Soy Life are currently working with their suppliers to
obtain a non-dairy culture for their products.  We will keep you informed of
their progress...

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5  VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT UPDATE

We have recently added the following eateries to our Restaurant pages:

BLAZE'S STUDIO & SOUP KITCHEN
584 Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick, 03 9533 0552

FO GUANG YUAN ART GALLERY
141 Queen Street, Melbourne, 03 9642 2388

FO GUANG YUAN VEGETARIAN FOOD CENTRE
1st floor, 233-237 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, 03 9663 1733

MANDARIN CAFE
Shop 3, 13-15 Thompson Street, Frankston, 03 9770 5538

For more info on each of these establishments refer to our "Restaurants By
Name" page (www.vnv.org.au/RestByName.htm)

MIRACLES CAFE
In issue 4 of VNV Update we stated that Miracles Cafe had changed name
to Healthy Gourmet Cuisine.  Due to a misunderstanding this is not
actually the case.  The cafe is still known as Miracles Cafe, but has a new
sub-name of Healthy Gourmet Cuisine.  Sorry if this caused anyone any
inconvenience.

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6  VEGETARIAN-FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS - YOUR HELP STILL NEEDED!

In issue 2 of VNV Update we asked readers to send in details of any
"vegetarian-friendly" restaurants they know of.  By 'vegetarian-friendly' we
mean establishments that do serve meat, but also cater well for
vegetarians and vegans.  Usually this will mean they have wide range of
vegetarian and vegan dishes on the menu (i.e. not just garden salad or
steamed vegies!), and they actually know what "vegetarian" and "vegan"
means!

These places are handy to know about for those occasions when dining
with friends and family who do not want to go somewhere vegetarian.  By
going to a 'vegetarian friendly' restaurant everyone is (relatively) happy.

Thank-you to those people who have sent in details already but we would
still like to hear back about more establishments as we know there are
heaps more out there.  So if you know of any additional places, please
email us the details at info@vnv.org.au.

Details received to date have been added to our website at
www.vnv.org.au/RestFriendly.htm.

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7  RECIPE PAGE UPDATED

We have recently added some new recipes to our Recipes page
(www.vnv.org.au/Recipes.htm).  If you have a favourite recipe you'd like to share
please email it to us at info@vnv.org.au and we will put it online.

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8  CONCERNED ABOUT IRON?

As well as the two VNV articles on iron (refer
www.vnv.org.au/NutritionInfo.htm) the following Vegetarian Resource Group
(VRG) articles may be of interest too:

"Are You Getting Enough Iron, or Perhaps, Too Much?"
(www.vrg.org/journal/iron.htm)

"Iron in the Vegan Diet"
(www.vrg.org/nutrition/iron.htm)

Both of these articles are written by qualified dietitians.

VRG also has other interesting articles on Vegetarian Nutrition (refer
www.vrg.org/nutrition)

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9  GOOD NUTRITION MAY HELP PREVENT CANCER

The old saying "you are what you eat" has gone another step further as
more and more studies are showing a relationship between eating habits
and cancer.

Dr John Costanzi, Austin, says one common denominator of the studies
shows diets high in animal fat are detrimental to health. Saturated fat found
in animal and dairy products is the most dangerous, and, according to Dr
Costanzi, "may cause cancers of the colon, breast, and possibly others."

Although no specific diet exists to guarantee cancer prevention, studies
show a low-fat diet high in fruits, vegetables, and fibre may help reduce the
risks. In addition, these dietary recommendations are similar to those for
heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and weight management.

For the full article refer to www.texmed.org/has/pin/car/gnc.asp.

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10  WHAT ABOUT SOY?

We have recently discovered an excellent article about soy. It is titled
"What About Soy?" and is written by well known author John Robbins.

In the article the following topics are covered:
- Are soy foods a blessing or a curse?
- Does soy inhibit mineral absorption?
- Does soy protect against heart disease?
- Does soy protect against cancer?
- Does soy case birth defects?
- Infant soy formulas:  Birth control pills for babies?
- Does soy cause Alzheimer's?
- Cows' milk vs Soy milk
- Frankensoy? Genetically engineered soy

The article is located at www.foodrevolution.org/what_about_soy.htm.

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11  QUOTES RECENTLY ADDED TO OUR WEBSITE

"The thinking man must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply
rooted in tradition and surrounded by halo. When we have a choice, we
must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another, even the
lowliest creature; to do so is to renounce our manhood and shoulder a
guilt which nothing justifies."
- Dr Albert Schweizer

"When a man wants to murder an animal, it's called sport, when the animal
wants to murder him, it is called ferocity"
- George Bernard Shaw

"For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he
who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love."
- Pythagoras

"Of all the creatures ever made he (man) is the most detestable... He is
the only creature that inflicts pain for sport, knowing it to be pain"
- Mark Twain

Our Quotes page is located at www.vnv.org.au/Quotes.htm.

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12  NEW LINKS ADDED TO OUR WEBSITE:

The following links have been added to our Links page (www.vnv.org.au/Links.htm):

THYLAZINE"S PHOTO GALLERY (Australia) (www.thylazine.org/photogallery)
Thylazine.org is a website that covers "Australian Arts and Literature on
Landscape and Animals". It includes some excellent photo galleries that
highlight the reality behind some of the animal industries in Australia.
Galleries cover "Happy Hens" Egg World (Victoria), "Nature's Dozen"
battery hen farm (Victoria), Foti's Egg Farm (Western Australia), Montalto's
Poultry Farm (Victoria), Bunge Piggery (New South Wales), Boen Boe
Stud Piggery (see "Babe's" real mum) (New South Wales), Dandenong
Stock Market (Victoria), Wollondilly abattoir (New South Wales) and Red
Lea chicken slaughterhouse (New South Wales).
Many other places are covered too.
It's a great site to refer people to when they ask why you're vegetarian!

TEEN VEGETARIAN (USA) (www.geocities.com/HotSprings/2657)
"Teen Vegetarian is a web page on all aspects of the vegetarian movement,
written entirely by and for vegetarian teens."

VEGETARIAN BABY & CHILD (USA) (http://vegetarianbaby.com)
"Raising healthy kids the vegetarian way". Free email newsletter;
Vegetarian & Vegan Parents Online Database (find friendly veggo families
in your area (mainly US)); subscribe to Vegetarian Baby and Child
Magazine (selected articles from back issues of the magazine are available
online).

The links below have been added to our Nutritional Information page
(www.vnv.org.au/NutritionInfo.htm):

RAISING A VEGETARIAN FAMILY (www.vrg.org/family/index.htm)
The Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG) has some great articles on raising
a vegetarian family. Topics include:
   - Feeding Vegan Kids
   - The Vegan Diet During Pregnancy and Lactation
   - Vegetarian Diets During Pregnancy, Lactation and Infancy
   - Vegan Nutrition in Pregnancy and Childhood
   - Vegetarian Nutrition for Teenagers
They also have a vegetarian parents email list.

VEGETARIAN VITALITY (www.vegsoc.org/health/vital1.html).
This extensive Vegetarian Society of the UK report covers the health
benefits of the vegetarian diet and the nutritional requirements of
vegetarians.
Topics include:
   - Vegetarian Health - Mortality, Cardiovascular Disease, Obesity,
                                      Hypertension, Diabetes, Gall Stones, Diverticular
                                      Disease and Bowel Function, Cancer, Colon and
                                      Rectal Cancer, Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer,
                                      Lung Cancer, Osteoporosis
   - Healthy Eating
   - Vegetarian Nutrition - Energy, Fats, Essential Fatty Acids, Carbohydrates
                                          and Dietary Fibre, Protein, Vitamins, Minerals
   - Special Dietary Groups - Pregnancy and Lactation, Infants and Children,
                                             Therapeutic Diets
   - Further Resources and Materials.

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13  SOME OF THE QUESTIONS WE HAVE BEEN ASKED RECENTLY

Uncle Dave has recently been asked the following questions:
- Is there a vegetarian alternative to marshmallow?
- Where can I get a mail order catalogue of vegan foods?
- Do you know of any companies that sell Gelozone (gelatine alternative) via
  mail order?
- Which soymilk making machine is the best?
- Is there anything nutritional that is helpful in the prevention of skin cancer?
- Is vegetarianism beneficial both mentally and physically?
- Why do they make some meat alternatives look and taste like meat?
- Are Kingland soy cheeses really suitable for vegans?
- What is the ingredient "culture" in soy yogurt?
- Which margarines are suitable for vegans?
- I have hemochromatosis and am confused about the value of iron that
  veggies have?

The answers can be found at www.vnv.org.au/UncleDave.htm.

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14  SWAMIJI AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2002

Swamiji, a spiritual leader and tireless advocate of world peace, has
dedicated his entire life to serving humanity. He has been vegetarian all of
his life and speaks strongly on this subject as it part of the Yoga philosophy
and practice. He says "Vegetarianism is very, very important because it is
the divine law. It is a reflection of the highest principles. No one wants to die
and no one wants to live a life of suffering. Just because of your food you
should not kill animals... It is very important for our spiritual development
and protection from various diseases and because of ethical principles. We
should not kill because of love for animals and respect for life."

As part of Swamiji's Australian tour he will be giving a Public Talk and
Meditation Workshop in Melbourne.
When:  Wednesday 17 April, 7pm
Where:  Yoga in Daily Life centre, 232 Bridge Rd, Richmond
For more details call (03) 9427 0977 or visit www.swamiji.com.au

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15  VOLUNTEERS WANTED!

We are in need of some volunteers!  We would love to hear from anyone
with ideas and enthusiasm who would like to get more involved with VNV,
such as helping to organise social events, assisting a Committee member,
or even becoming a Committee member. In whatever capacity you are able
to help we would love to hear from you! Please give us a call on
0500 834 437 or reply to this email.

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16  ABOUT VNV

Vegetarian Network Victoria (VNV), established in 1998, is a not-for-profit,
volunteer organisation based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is run by
people who care about human health, animal welfare and the environment.
Our aim is to promote the many benefits of vegetarianism, and provide
quality service, information and support to vegetarians.

Vegetarian Network Victoria
Promoting a healthy and compassionate lifestyle
GPO Box 2633, Melbourne, Victoria 3001, AUSTRALIA
Telephone:  0500-VEGIES (0500-834437)
Email:  info@vnv.org.au      
Web:  www.vnv.org.au

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