Wednesday, December 23, 2009

UPDATE: Should we all be vegans-PART II?

The interviews, with Paul Shapiro of The Humane Society and Lauren Ornelas of the Food Empowerment Project, conducted in July, 2008 have been updated and the program rebroadcast on December 16 on WPKN and are available as a podcast.

Lauren reports:
This year we began our first effort to work on the importance of access to healthy foods in low-income communities. Using over a dozen volunteers in Santa Clara County, CA we surveyed over 120 grocery stores, liquor stores and convenience stores regarding access to fresh, frozen and canned fruits and vegetables, as well as vegan options.

FEP have also completed the first three issues of the newsletter Food Chain—linking the issues to "help you go and stay Veg."


Through Erin Williams of HSUS, Paul reports some of this year's major accomplishments from The Humane Society:

We have a major corporate campaign asking IHOP to start moving away from eggs from caged hens. It’s a big organizational priority now. Some other updates:
· October 2009—Michigan legislature approves bill to ban battery cages, gestation crates, and veal crates (with a phase-out).
· May 2009—Maine legislature approves bill to ban gestation crates and veal crates (with a phase-out).
· May 2009—In response to an HSUS-led campaign, Wendy’s starts using some cage-free eggs.
· November 2008—Nearly two-thirds of California voters pass the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act (Prop 2), which bans battery cages, gestation crates, and veal crates throughout the state (with a phase-out).


Link to VegGuide.Org to find a vegan or vegetarian restaurant or grocer near you.