The rain forests are the primary source of oxygen for the entire planet; the very survival of the Earth is linked to their survival. The forests also provide ingredients for many medicines used to treat and cure human illnesses, and these resources have yet to be explored for their full potential.


Much of the excrement from "food" animals (which amounts to 20 times as much fecal matter as human waste) flows unfiltered into our lakes and streams.

The production of one pound of beef requires 2,500 gallons of water. It takes less water to produce a year's worth of food for a vegetarian diet and even much less for a vegan diet than it does to produce one month's food for a meat-eater.

Humanitarian Concerns

Raising animals for food is an extremely inefficient way to feed a growing human population. The U.S. livestock population consumes enough grain and
soybeans to feed more than five times the entire U.S. population. One acre of pasture produces an average of 165 pounds of beef; the same acre can produce
20,000 pounds of potatoes.


If Americans reduced their meat consumption by only 10 percent it would free 12 million tons of grain annually for human consumption. That alone would be
enough to adequately feed each of the 60 million people who starve to death each year.

Be Healthy and Humane
When you consider the serious health risks of a meat and dairy-based diet, the environmental devastation caused by animal agriculture, the huge waste of
resources in a world faced with chronic human starvation, and the violence to and the suffering of billions of animals kept cruelly confined on "factory farms," the switch to vegetarianism makes perfect sense.

Conkling, Winifred, "Uninvited Guests," American Health, October 1994.
Ibid. 3.McCarthy, Colman, "Dioxin Burgers," The Washington Post, Sept. 24, 1994.
Information taken from John Robbins, Diet for a New America (Walpole, N.H.:
Stillpoint Publishing, 1987). Available from PETA or from the EarthSave
Foundation, P.O. Box 949, Felton, CA 95018-0999.



member’s corner

Hi, I was wondering if you could list a new vegetarian restaurant that recently opened up in Center City in your dining guide. It's called Govinda's Cafe and it's at 1408 South Street. Everything is lacto-vegetarian or vegan and it's good eatin'. The ambiance is really nice and service is great! Let me know if you can list it. It's so wonderful that I think a lot of vegetarians will appreciate.                                                                                                                                                      Thanks,
                                                                Reynate                                                         You just missed the new updated dining guide. However, we have added Govinda’s to our dining guide on our website at Thank you for informing us of Govinda’s, we appreciate imput from all members.


Thought our members would like the following information:

Dupont to sell FMC’s soybean herbicide.

Dupont Co., Wilmington, agreed to distribute and sell FMC Corp’s sulfentrazone herbicide in the US soy bean market.  Details of the 7 year contract were not disclosed.  Dupont hopes the chemical will be used on 5-7 million acres of soybean crops in 1999 and growing to 30 million acres in a few years. Dupont spokesman Mike Ricciuto said an estimated 73 million acres of soybeans are planted in the US each year.  FMC will also continue to market the herbicide for the US tobacco market.                                              The Phila. Inquirer

All the more reason to purchase organic food!



Are we the only people who had horrible cooked food and cheap box mixes of cake going to Bermuda on the Royal Caribbean line cruise ship.

Let me know, write Wilma, Box303, 11 Chestnut Street, Cherry Hill 08002

Would like to hear from readers who have taken a vegetarian friendly cruise.



I am unable to drive and it would be great to have a carton of tofu delivered to my house. Can you give me a phone number of a business that can do this?
                                                                Frank Vento
Although I prefer fresh tofu I think asceptic packaging would be the way to go for mailing purposes. Mori-Nu tofu can be purchased by direct mail. It comes 24 packages to a case at $36.00 - shipping and handling included. (Or, they can ship a 6-pack for $9.95.) They ship by UPS ground service only.  You can call Linda  Muir in Customer Service  (800) 669-8638 to order or if you need more details.


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