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Novo Meetup: NW Veg's THE MASTER VEGETARIAN PROGRAM - education with certificate

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Sent on: Friday, September 24, 2010 3:05 PM
Anunciando um novo Meetup para Viva La Vegan PORTLAND - Metro!

What: NW Veg's THE MASTER VEGETARIAN PROGRAM - education with certificate
When: Ter?a-feira, 28 de Setembro de[masked]:45
Natural College of Natural Medicine
049 SW Porter St
Portland, OR 97201

This is a great resource with fantastic and extensive information. Tell your friends, drag your family with you. It can be life-changing. Volunteers also welcome!

A Sustainable Approach To Food
Fall Session 2010: Tuesdays, September 28 - Dec. 9

Sponsored by Northwest VEG
Co-Sponsored by People's Food Co-op
and the National College of Natural Medicine

The goal of the "Master VEG" Program is to provide information on following a plant-based diet. It is aimed at people who want to find out how our food choices affect our health, the environment, and our relationship with animals. The program is also service-oriented, and attendees will be expected to contribute at least 16 volunteer hours to a nonprofit organization that concerns itself with one or more of the issues discussed in the course.

Registration for the Master Vegetarian Program Fall 2010 is open.

The cost is $55 or $25 for students with ID and people on low income.

  • Sessions will be held Tuesday evenings from 6:45 to 8:45 pm for eight weeks begining September 28.
  • Classes will meet in the People's Food Co-op Community Room, 3029 SE 21st, Portland, OR 97202 or at the National College of Natural Medicine, 049 SW Porter, in Portland.
  • Each session will have an introduction by the coordinator and then a talk by one or two guest speakers knowledgeable about each subject, followed by discussion.
  • There will also be two field trips occurring on Saturdays.
  • The main subject areas will be nutrition, effects of diet on health and chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes, the environmental effects of food choices, issues on animal treatment and animal agriculture, and information on how to demonstrate a healthy diet, including limited cooking demonstrations.
  • Resource lists will be provided for each session, and there will be short bonus activities to be worked on between sessions.
  • Persons completing the course work are expected to contribute at least 16 volunteer hours to sharing the information learned or assisting in events or activities as part of their certification.
  • A "Master Vegetarian" certificate will be presented on completion of training and volunteer work.


Week 1: Introduction, Environment and Food Policy. September 28
National College of Natural Medicine, 049 SW Porter

Introduction to the program. Overview, logistics, schedules, and expectations.

Quick class introduction and activity. Remarks about what will be discussed, and what will be omitted due to time constraints (we are dealing primarily with food and food production issues)

Diet Effects on Environment and Global Warming. Peter Spendelow, Ph.D.

Introduction to Ecological Footprints and food choices

Environmental impact of plant and animal-based agriculture: water pollution, air pollution, animal agriculture and global warming, resource consumption, habitat loss, water conservation, use of toxic substances in agriculture.

Disease transmission and creation in animal agriculture

Other environmental aspects of food choices - buy local, buy seasonal, buy organic

Food Policy. Don Merrick, Northwest VEG

Week 2: Animal Law and the Impacts of Animal Agriculture on Humans. October 5
National College of Natural Medicine, 049 SW Porter

Animal Law and Agriculture. Kathy Hessler, Professor, Lewis & Clark Law School

Impacts of Animal Agriculture on Humans. Marsha Rakestraw, Certified Humane Educator

Week 3: Vegetarian Nutrition. October 12
People's Food Co-op, 3029 SE 21st

Basic nutrition concepts. Tammy Russell, R.D.
Discussion of vegetarian nutrition, including the vegetarian food groups.
Address issues such as getting enough calcium, protein, B-12, Omega 3, fat

Week 4: Cancer Project Cooking Demonstration. October 19
People's Food Co-op, 3029 SE 21st

The Cancer Project Cooking Demonstration. Margarita Castro

An Introduction to Animal Consciousness and Awareness. Peter Spendelow, Ph.D.

Week 5: Animal Farm. Living Conditions for Farm Animals. October 26
National College of Natural Medicine, 049 SW Porter

Understanding the Lives of Farmed Animals. Marsha Rakestraw, Certified Humane Educator

Week 6: A New Species of Thought. Philosophy on the Rights of Animals. November 2
National College of Natural Medicine, 049 SW Porter

Philosophical Perspectives on Animals. Ramona Ilea, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Pacific University
Historical overview of philosophical perspectives on animals from Pythagoras to a variety of contemporary thinkers. A more detailed overview of major philosophical objections to meat-eating: that animals have inherent moral value and rights (Tom Regan) and that animals deserve equal moral consideration, (utilitarianism and Peter Singer).

Fish and Fishing - What is happening in our oceans Peter Spendelow, Ph.D.
Brief summary of how fishing practices have changed over the past 100 years, and the impact that has had on our marine environment.

Week 7: A Vegan Approach to Chronic Disease Prevention. November 9
People's Food Co-op, 3029 SE 21st

Diet and chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis. Ole Ersson, M.D.

Week 8: Communication and Vegetarian Living. November 16
People's Food Co-op, 3029 SE 21st

Marsha Rakestraw, Certified Humane Educator, plus panelists
  • Communication
  • Vegetarian activism; introduction to non-profits who work for health, consumerism, ecological, sustainable living, and animal welfare/rights issues.
  • Panel discussion on "Tips for Vegetarian Living"
  • Discussion of possibilities for volunteer opportunities for serving the 16 hours needed for earning the Master Vegetarian certificate.
  • Course wrap-up

Field trips:
2 Saturday field trips, to be announced.

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