Despite the present pandemic, The Vegetarian Resource
Group continues to be very busy on a daily basis. Below are some examples of
successes and activities. Your support through Combined Federal Charity (CFC)
or your Local/State Campaign is greatly appreciated! You can also donate
directly to VRG at vrg.org/donate
a sampling of some of our accomplishments and outreach:
VRG Nutrition Advisor Reed Mangels, PhD, RD, did a webinar on a Plant-Based
Diet for 31 Days. Reed also spoke at six virtual seminars for the San Jose
Public Library in California. There were separate sessions for teens and
parents. VRG interns assisted. Reed also supervised a Mexican graduate student
intern from Wageningen University in the
Netherlands who completed an extensive project on vegan
Latin American foods high in calcium.
Our VRG volunteer health coach Marcia Schveibinz conducted a webinar for the
Lafayette, Louisiana Public Library.
● VRG commissioned a YouGov national youth poll to
find out how many 8- to 17-year-olds are vegan or vegetarian. Results are
published in Vegetarian Journal and
● The Vegetarian Resource Group submitted comments to
the Food and Drug Administration on Labeling of Foods Comprised of or
Containing Cultured Seafood cells. See: vrg.org/blog/2021/03/10/the-vegetarian-resource-group-submitted-this-testimony-to-the-fda-concerning-labeling-of-seafood-produced-from-cultured-seafood-cells/
● VRG researcher
Jeanne Yacoubou did a podcast with one of VRG’s interns discussing the
environmental impacts of diets. Based on his questions, Jeanne will also be
doing some updated research on chocolate, bone char, and gelatin. We’ll report
on this in the future. Jeanne also compiled a list of several recent (2015 to
the present) scientific reports that reveal the relationships between dietary choices
and our climate crisis. See vrg.org/blog/2021/02/24/vegan-and-vegetarian-diets-and-our-climate-emergency-scientific-updates-2015-2021/
donated money to Land of Kush (a vegan restaurant in Baltimore, MD) to give away
vegan meals to needy individuals. We also sent I Love Animals and Broccoli and
El Arco Iris Vegetariano coloring books to a group in Florida coordinating
Vegan Restaurant Week in their area, and that wanted to give a packet to
families as they picked up meals. VRG exhibited at the Richmond VegFest in
Virginia. Finally, VRG hosted over 25 virtual interns/volunteers this past year.
They all worked/ are working on a number of exciting projects!
This is just a small
sampling of what we are doing at VRG every day. Thank you so much! We couldn’t
do this without your support.
You can donate directly
to VRG at www.vrg.org/donate
You can also mail
donations to The Vegetarian Resource Group, PO Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203 or
call in your donation to (410) 366-8343 Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm EST.