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From: Cru
Sent on: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 11:29 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Viva La Vegan PORTLAND - Metro!


When: October 7,[masked]:45 PM

People's Co-op
3029 SE 21st Ave.
Portland, OR 97202

This is a great resource with fantastic and extensive information. Tell your friends, drag your family with you. It can be life-changing (it was for me). I liked it so much I'm volunteering for some of the classes this time!

A Sustainable Approach To Food
Fall Session 2009: Wednesdays, Oct. 7 - 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 2009 is open.

If you are interested in registering for the Fall 2009 session, send an email to Susan Hanson at susan [at] nwveg [dot] org or call her at[masked]-1941. On receiving your registration information, Susan will let you know if there is still space available in this class, and will give you a mailing address for your payment. The cost is $50 or $25 for students with ID and people on low income.

Sessions will be held one night each week from 6:45 to 8:45 pm for nine weeks. 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.

Registration for the program is $50 per person, or $25 for students and low income, and scholarships for people who help organize. "Low-income" is self-determined, but for guidelines, we suggest using twice the federal poverty guidelines.

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.


Day 1: Introduction. October 7
People's Food Co-op, 3029 SE 21st

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)

Why Go Veg: Introduction to a Plant-based Diet. Brief introduction to program, overview of environmental, health, and animal treatment issues. Peter Spendelow

Joys of Vegetarian Food: A fun introduction and cooking demo by Chef Al Chase and Donna Benjamin

Day 2: Vegetarian Nutrition. October 14
National College of Natural Medicine, 049 SW Porter

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

Day 3: A Vegan Approach to Chronic Disease Prevention. October 21
People's Food Co-op, 3029 SE 21st

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

Day 4: Environment. October 28
National College of Natural Medicine, 049 SW Porter

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

Organic Standards and Organic Agriculture. Andrew Black, Oregon Tilth
What is the National Organics Program?
How is organic food certified
To what extent does the Organic Food Act concern itself with animal welfare?
Oregon Organic Farming

Day 5: A New Species of Thought. Philosophy on the Rights of Animals. November 4
National College of Natural Medicine, 049 SW Porter

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

Philosophical Perspectives on Animals. Ramona Ilea, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Pacific University
Brief 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).

Day 6: Additional Health and Nutrition Topics. November 11
Whole Foods, 1210 NW Couch

A Naturopath's View of Vegetarian Living. Sussanna Czeranko, N.D.

The Cancer Project Cooking Demonstration. Margarita Castro

Day 7: Animal Farm. Living Conditions for Farm Animals. November 18
People's Food Co-op, 3029 SE 21st

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

Day 8: Food Issues. December 2
People's Food Co-op, 3029 SE 21st

GMO foods, Fair Trade Issues, Farm Bill update. Don Merrick, Northwest VEG

"Processed People" film showing or Animal Law lecture (TBD)

Day 9: Education and Promotion. December 9
National College of Natural Medicine, 049 SW Porter

Marsha Rakestraw, Certified Humane Educator

Vegetarian activism; introduction to non-profits who work for health, consumerism, ecological, sustainable living, and animal welfare/rights issues.

Discussion of possibilities for volunteer opportunities for serving the 16 hours needed for earning the Master Vegetarian certificate.

Course wrap-up

Field trips:
Saturday, date TBD, Proper Eats Market & Cafe hosted by Piper Dixon. 8638 N. Lombard Ave., Portland
Saturday, date TBD, Ayers Creek Farm - an organic farm in Washington County, hosted by Anthony Boutard. 15219 SW Spring Hill Road, Gaston, Oregon

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