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May HOC Meeting: Why Vegetarianism?

Our theme this year is food, and we continue with a talk by Kate Lawrence and Keith Akers on one of their favorite topics: Vegetarianism.

Reducing or eliminating the eating of meat and other animal products is important for a number of reasons.  We’re spending several trillion dollars annually on health care, much of it due to diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity, which are largely preventable on a healthful vegan diet.  We’re devastating the environment with livestock agriculture; most agricultural land in the United States is used for livestock, and about half of all greenhouse gas emissions worldwide are due to livestock. Factory farms produce horrible living conditions and frightening, traumatic deaths for billions of animals every year.  "On Eating Animals," a feature article in The Humanist, can be found here:  The author of the article recommends the online video“Farm to Fridge—The Truth Behind Meat Production,” by Mercy for Animals; narrated by James Cromwell, at

Join us on May 18 to watch a short video "A Life Connected," try some vegetarian foods,  and find out how to "veganize" familiar dishes.  Pick up a free copy of A Vegetarian Sourcebook and other literature, and bring your questions for discussion.

Kate Lawrence and Keith Akers have both been vegans and activists for decades.  They currently are organizers of the Meetup group at, which has over 525 members.

In keeping with tonight's talk, we ask that all potluck dishes be vegetarian.


Venue Instructions: Parking is available on the side of the building, on the street, in the lot across the alley, and in the lot across 31st street. Please do not park directly behind the building, under the stairway to the upstairs apartments.

Potluck dinner at 6 pm. Program at 7 pm. Potluck instructions are based upon the first letter of the last name. Please do not bring drinks for the potluck. Drinks will be available as concessions, so bring a few extra dollars for some soda or coffee.

A-B) Dessert 
C-D) Main Dish 
E-J) Main Dish 
K-R) Side Dish or Salad 
S-Z) Side Dish, Bread or Chips

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  • Kate L.

    Thanks for some great questions at last night's talk about meat eating! Here are some links I mentioned during the talk that you may be interested in:

    11-min. video of Peter Singer and Richard Dawkins on vegetarianism, animal rights, slavery and living an ethical life: (the one we watched at the meeting)

    3-min. video of Sam Harris on "Can You Defend Eating Meat?":

    Vegan baking substitutions list:

    1 · May 19, 2014

  • Kate L.

    Veggies--and beans, nuts, grains--become much more appealing the more you get to know them and how to prepare them. We'll be bringing samples of new Tofurky products: their quiche, pot pie, and spinach pesto meatless sausage. Come check them out--give peas a chance!

    1 · May 12, 2014

    • Dru W.

      Actually, my Mom made sure I got to know veggies (why I hung around with my Dad at the grill), but surely your point is well taken -- the relentless progress of science should finally be able to make veggies taste better than veggies. And no, I am not oblivious to the health benefits, so as I age and my body and brain rot more and more, I will try harder and harder, to give peas a chance (very nice :)).

      May 12, 2014

  • Dru W.

    Ahh, yes, I do dream of that day, that day when those wacko GMO scientists will finally identify the BBQ gene to implant in veggies to cover up that veggie taste, then we could all live happily ever after.

    May 12, 2014

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