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Vandhana Bala, Mercy For Animals attorney speaks powerfully at JAINA 2017

Vandhana gave three thoroughly researched and well delivered talks at JAINA 2017,  of which we are posting two. The first talk  was regarding the suffering of farmed animals with an emphasis on dairy and egg production. The  second talk, for a Women’s Forum program, connected the exploitation of female animals in milk and egg production with the moral choices Jain women can make to avoid the violence.

Sagar Shah from UK Jain Vegans at JAINA 2017

Sagar Shah gave a number of presentations at JAINA 2017 in New Jersey. Here is one on environmental an ethical issues in modern food production that we recorded . In this talk Sagar presents a compelling comparison of the killing of dairy cows and male calves in meat, milk and cheese, namely that 6 pints of milk = 350 g cheese = 1/4 lb steak (the numbers in the talk below are slightly outdated).  A few people commented on how powerful this was, since Jains would never consider eating steak moral. Subsequent to the presentation, he has updated the slides ( 2017.07.03 – Environmental and ethical issues in modern food – how Jainism helps (11 Aug update)) and here are the detailed calculations (Data and methodology – equivalence of beef and dairy in killing cows ) and (Data and calcs on equivalence of eggs and chickens).

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Ahimsak Eco-Vegan Committee Booth and Vegan Panel at JAINA convention 2017

We had a panel on veganism for the youth program. Here is the video

Many people helped make our display boards for the convention during the holiday weekend and they served as a focal point for conversation.IMG_2379

MILK – The White Gold or The White Lie?

This short film made in India about milk reminds me a lot of our year in India. We saw cows eating plastic garbage daily, and saw various organizations that considered giving kids a daily glass of milk as a great service. It is great to see Kuntal Joisher, the first vegan to climb Everest who we met at in Milipitas in the movie. Also Nandita Shah from Sharan who we saw speak in Ahmedabad.

Interview with Sunny Gurnani

Today we met Sunny Gurnani at the Oakland VegFest. Sunny is the founder of GoVegan.in, a company in India that sells organic soy-milk, tofu and ice-cream. While we were in Ahmedabad last year we regularly got soy-milk from them (see the next post about it.

Here is a picture of the assorted of Soy Milk we purchased from them in Ahmedabad.Various soy milks from GoVegan

Ahimsak Diet

Dr Jina gave a talk at the 11th anniversary of the Jain Center of Northern California on the Ahimsak Diet. The slides are available here:Ahimsak Diet and Nutrition and you can see the talk at the following YouTube links:

part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHcnDkswFpQ
part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMFK-ZcGDfo
part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTzTK6ua0b8

For those who are interested in preventing diabetes by choosing healthy Indian foods, Asha Jain has provided some recommendations :

carbohydrate & Caloric Content of common Indian foods-JAIN 2011

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Jeffrey Masson talking about pets and veganism

U.S. Heart Disease Costs Expected to Soar

I just read an articlein Businessweek today, titled “U.S. Heart Disease Costs Expected to Soar. Will triple by 2030, report says; experts urge prevention efforts”

The cost of treating heart disease and stroke in the United States is expected to triple in the next 20 years, to $818 billion, a new report says.

According to the American Heart Association, which issued the policy statement, this $545 billion increase in costs for treating heart disease and stroke is largely due to the aging of the population.

“The burden of heart disease and stroke on the U.S. health care system will be substantial and will limit our ability to care for the U.S. population unless we can take steps now to prevent cardiovascular disease,” said Dr. Paul Heidenreich, an associate professor of medicine at Stanford Medical School and chair of the American Heart Association panel issuing the policy statement.

One easy and proven way for prevention of course is a whole foods plant based diet…..

Pudla for breakfast

This morning I felt like having some savory pancakes for breakfast. Luckily I had Nila Aunty’s recipe in my files. It is such a simple and delicious breakfast that I wanted to share it with you.

Pudla
– Chickpea flour, 1 cup
– Cream of wheat 1/4 cup
– water, 1 – 1 ¼ cup
– salt, 1tsp
– lemon juice, at least 2 tsp, more to taste
– green chili or dry cayenne pepper ½ tsp, more to taste
– tomato,one, chopped, more to taste
– cilantro, for garnish, or mix in 1 Tbsp to batter
– chopped greens, ½ cup, add more if desired
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Processed Soy

A couple of months ago Dr Jina wrote a short post on soy and health issues. Recently we went to the pre-screening of a great movie about plant based diets called “Forks over knives”. Afterwards there was a Q&A with Oncologist Carl Meyers and author Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. One audience member asked the question about the issues of processed soy and health. Both Carl Meyers and Colleen responded to the question. It was great to hear about the fears of cancer related to soy from a cancer doctor. Both panel members agreed that soy is not unhealthy, but that processed soy foods with Soy Isolate Protein are probably best avoided.

You can hear the five minute recording here.
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