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400 Million Fewer Animals Were Killed for Food Last Year vs. 2007 Because People are Eating Less Meat

From comments by Governor Brown to reports from the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, there’s widespread agreement that everyone needs to eat more plants.

Where there’s less consensus, however, is how to effect change. While many vegans believe Meatless Mondays and other cutting-back-consumption campaigns don’t push enough of a paradigm-shift, others argue that these are crucial first steps towards a more compassionate world.

Given that around 93 percent of people still eat meat, it’s difficult to imagine that everyone will cease doing so anytime soon. A world that eats far less meat, however, is already on the way. Meat consumption has been steadily declining in the U.S.—by 10% per capita since 2007, in fact.

In that year, for example, the U.S. raised and killed 9.5 billion land animals for food. As of 2014, that number plummeted by a whopping 400 million (to 9.1 billion — click here to view the statistics), says Paul Shapiro, Vice President, Farm Animal Protection for The Humane Society of the United States.

“What that means is that compared to 2007, last year almost half a billion fewer animals were subjected to the torment of factory farming and industrial slaughter plants–and that’s despite the increase in the U.S. population,” Shapiro explains.

“That’s more animals than are experimented on, hunted, used in circuses, puppy mills, and end up in animal shelters each year in the U.S.—all combined.

 

 

VegMichigan Member Appreciation Give-away

TalThis month, members are eligible to win the beautifully illustrated cookbook, The Conscious Cook by Tal Ronnen. Chef Tal became known nationwide as the chef who prepared vegan meals for Oprah Winfrey in 2008. He shows readers that avoiding the health risks and ethical dilemmas of eating meat and dairy does not mean sacrificing taste or satisfaction. His recipes for starters, soups, sandwiches, entrees and desserts offer a culinary adventure in vegan food.
 
Enter to win The Conscious Cook cookbook by sending in your favorite recipe using spring vegetables to info@vegmichigan.org. You must be a VegMichigan member to enter. Winning recipe will be randomly selected and featured in an upcoming e-newsletter.
 

SCALLOPED POTATOES WITH CASHEW CHEEZEY SAUCE

SCALLOPED POTATOES WITH CASHEW CHEEZEY SAUCE

· 4 medium baking potatoes
· 1/4 cup vegan butter spread
 
Cashew Cheezey Sauce:
· 1/4 cup cashews
· 2 cups water
· 1 4-ounce jar diced pimientos, undrained
· 2 1/2 tsps. kosher salt
· 1 tsp. onion powder
· 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
· 3 Tabs. cornstarch
· 1/2 tsp. black pepper
 
Peel and thinly slice potatoes. Place potato slices in an oiled casserole dish. Dot with the vegan butter.
 
Place all ingredients for the Cashew Cheesey Sauce into a blender and process until smooth. Pour over the potato slices. Cover and bake 1 hour at 400 degrees.

VegMichigan Billboard Campaign

 
We have received confirmation that our previous donor has once again come forward and offered to match dollar for dollar amounts with anyone who contributes to the VegMichigan Billboard Campaign.
 
Please consider giving a donation, in any amount, for this worthy outreach. VegMichigan is a 501(c)(3) organization and your donation is tax deductible. No matter how small or large, your amount will be doubled. Giving to this cause allows our six billboards to continue to be visible throughout the community promoting a plant-based lifestyle.
 
It’s easy – just click here to donate electronically or simply send a check to VegMichigan, P.O. Box 2161, Royal Oak, Mi. 48068. No fees will be taken from your donation because we are a totally not-for-profit, all volunteer organization.
 
To view some of the billboard designs scattered throughout the Metro Detroit area, click here.

STRAWBERRY SPINACH SUNFLOWER SALAD

STRAWBERRY SPINACH SUNFLOWER SALAD

· 6 cups baby spinach
· 1 cup sliced organic strawberries
· 1 cup diced fresh nectarine
· 3 Tab. toasted sunflower seeds
 
Dressing:
· 3 Tab. canola oil
· 1 Tab. balsamic vinegar
· 1 Tab. fresh lemon juice
· 1 tsp. sugar
· 1 tsp. dry mustard
 
In a large bowl, combine spinach, strawberries, nectarine and sunflower seeds.
 
Whisk together the dressing ingredients. Just before serving, toss to coat salad evenly.

VegFest 2014 Photos

View photos from VegFest 2014

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Eating Vegetarian at “VegFest”

VegFest pic

My TV 20’s Jorge Avellan spoke to vegan chef John Health from Jazzy Veggie and organizers of VegFest about eating less meat.

 

Vegan Easter Baskets

IMG_6024_largeGourmet Vegan Easter Baskets

Presenting …Gourmet Vegan Easter Baskets!
Thanks to some wonderful animal-friendly companies, SASHA Farm was able to assemble these baskets of gourmet vegan treats for you to enjoy.  Learn More

 

VEGAN VANILLA CAKE

· 1 1/2 cups turbinado sugar
· 1/2 cup vegan butter spread
· 1 Tab. baking powder
· 3/4 tsp. salt
· 2 cups vanilla almond milk
· 1 Tab. vanilla extract
· 1 tsp. almond extract
· 3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
 
Place the sugar and vegan butter into a mixing bowl; cream together using a hand-held mixer until light and fluffy.
 
Add the baking powder, salt, almond milk, vanilla and almond extracts.  Beat again until all ingredients are mixed well.
 
Stir in the flour by hand until just combined.  Pour into an oiled 9″ x 13″ baking dish.
 
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  If making cupcakes – bake for 20-25 minutes or until the center springs back when lightly touched.

VegFest is Sunday, April 13

Mark your calendars for VegMichigan’s VegFest. This year, doors will open earlier at 10:30 a.m. Many new and exciting exhibitors, restaurants, cooking demonstrations and speakers will be participating.

Actress Daryl Hannah will be our featured celebrity speaker along with presentations by John Salley (former Detroit Piston), Dr. Joel Kahn (Cardiologist) and Jill Fritz (Michigan Director for Humane Society of United States).

Vegan, cooking demonstrations will be provided by Chef Erica Boyd of Detroit Vegan Soul, Chef Robert Hindley of Henry Ford Hospital, West Bloomfield and Chef John Heath of Jazzie Veggie in Ann Arbor.

Please check the VegFest website for further details.

To inquire about being an exhibitor, participating in the food court or becoming a sponsor, please complete the application form by clicking here.

How to Attend VegFest for Free

Don’t forget that single VegMichigan memberships ($25) get into VegFest for free and family memberships ($35) get two free entrances. A single VegMichigan membership is a $46.00 value which includes a bi-monthly subscription to VegNews magazine. It’s easy to become a member, simply click here.

Upcoming Events

Jul
1
Sat
all-day VegMichigan’s July Oakland Commu... @ Oakland Community College LIbrary Display
VegMichigan’s July Oakland Commu... @ Oakland Community College LIbrary Display
Jul 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Oakland Community College Library, 2900 Featherstone Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326. ... Read More >
Jul
11
Tue
1:00 pm Presentation and Vegan Food Samp... @ Williamston Library
Presentation and Vegan Food Samp... @ Williamston Library
Jul 11 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
VegMichigan Board Member and Humane Educator Kim Korona will be giving a presentation to teenagers about the health, environmental, and ... Read More >
Aug
1
Tue
all-day VegMichigan’s August Allen Park ... @ Allen Park Community Center Library Display
VegMichigan’s August Allen Park ... @ Allen Park Community Center Library Display
Aug 1 all-day
Please check out our library display, located at the Allen Park Community Center, 15800 White Ave., Allen Park, Mi. 48101. ... Read More >
all-day VegMichigan’s August Oakland Com... @ Oakland Community College Library Display
VegMichigan’s August Oakland Com... @ Oakland Community College Library Display
Aug 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Oakland Community College Library, 2900 Featherstone Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326. ... Read More >
Aug
6
Sun
11:00 am VegMichigan’s Free Summer Festival @ Madonna University
VegMichigan’s Free Summer Festival @ Madonna University
Aug 6 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
VegMichigan's Free Summer Festival @ Madonna University | Livonia | Michigan | United States
Come enjoy your favorite summer foods, live music, fun games, and more!  Free Admission!
Aug
8
Tue
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Aug 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods | Auburn Hills | Michigan | United States
Attendees will learn how to prepare tasty and nutritious vegan dishes from VegMichigan instructors Vera and Jeff Hampton and will get ... Read More >
Sep
14
Thu
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Ann Arbor Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Ann Arbor Whole Foods
Sep 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Attendees will learn how to prepare vegan dishes from VegMichigan instructor Jeri and taste samples of the prepared food. These classes ... Read More >
Oct
1
Sun
all-day VegMichigan’s October Alfred Nob... @ Alfred Nobel Public Library Display
VegMichigan’s October Alfred Nob... @ Alfred Nobel Public Library Display
Oct 1 all-day
Please check out or library display, located at the Alfred Nobel Public Library, 32901 Plymouth Rd., Livonia, Mi. 48150. (734) ... Read More >
all-day VegMichigan’s October Ferndale P... @ Ferndale Public Library
VegMichigan’s October Ferndale P... @ Ferndale Public Library
Oct 1 all-day
Please check out our library display located at the Ferndale Public Library, 222 E. Nine Mile Rd, Ferndale, Mi. 48330. ... Read More >
Oct
3
Tue
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods | Auburn Hills | Michigan | United States
Attendees will learn how to prepare tasty and nutritious vegan dishes from VegMichigan instructors Vera and Jeff Hampton and will get ... Read More >
Nov
1
Wed
all-day VegMichigan’s November Canton Pu... @ Canton Public Library Display
VegMichigan’s November Canton Pu... @ Canton Public Library Display
Nov 1 all-day
Please check out our library display, located at the Canton Public Library, 1200 S. Canton Center, Canton, Mi. 48188. (734) ... Read More >
Nov
9
Thu
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Ann Arbor Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Ann Arbor Whole Foods
Nov 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Attendees will learn how to prepare vegan dishes from VegMichigan instructor Jeri and taste samples of the prepared food. These classes ... Read More >
Dec
5
Tue
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Rochester Hills Whole Foods | Auburn Hills | Michigan | United States
Attendees will learn how to prepare tasty and nutritious vegan dishes from VegMichigan instructors Vera and Jeff Hampton and will get ... Read More >
Dec
14
Thu
7:00 pm Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Ann Arbor Whole Foods
Veg 101 Cooking Class @ Ann Arbor Whole Foods
Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Attendees will learn how to prepare vegan dishes from VegMichigan instructor Jeri and taste samples of the prepared food. These classes ... Read More >

 

 

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