This Zoom gathering is on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
If you are curious about vegan cooking, this club is for you! Each month participants make three recipes from popular cookbooks then share their reflections with the group. Novice to expert cooks are welcome, as are interested non-cooks. Registration not required.
This month’s selection is: Happy Herbivore Abroad, 2012 by Lindsay S. Nixon
Wholesome Minnesota (WM) Director, Jodi Gruhn presented at the Minnesota Public Health Association’s state conference in May 2022. The theme was, “Together, for Planet and Community.” This opportunity allowed her to highlight WM’s vision with an influential audience. The audience included representatives from state, county and city public health departments, the health plans, University of Minnesota and other colleges’ students, instructors and administrators, elected officials, and stakeholders from the fields of nutrition, economics, environmental health, to name a few.
Jodi’s talk focused on eating plant-based as an environmental justice strategy. She shared how diet choices impact the most vulnerable. Her point was that a shift toward a plant-rich diet can support environmental justice.
Chicken Run Rescue is one of our local animal sanctuaries. Their goal is to “foster an evolution in critical thought about who is food and who is friend through rescue, rehabilitation, sanctuary and education.” Recently their work has been severely impacted by the Avian Influenza (AI) outbreak.
This disease has no cure and kills between 90-100% of the infected birds. The AI Death Toll so far in Minnesota is 2,895,350 —nationwide it is 37.87M birds. It has affected wild, farmed, sanctuary and backyard birds. It has also spread in isolated instances to other animals, including humans.
The deaths are mostly due to government decree, not the virus itself. Mass killings are mandated as an attempt to stop the spread of the disease and to protect factory farms. The killings are often done in cruel and inhumane ways.
Many experts believe that the conditions of factory farms encourage the spread and mutation of such viruses.
Ibtisam Brown (she/her) is volunteering as Food Vendor Coordinator for this year’s Twin Cities Veg Fest. She enjoyed working with the vendors last year and signed up again.
When she was new to the Twin Cities six years ago she attended the Festival and got hooked! “I was looking for ways to connect to the local vegan community and loved how inclusive and empathetic the members of CAA were,” she shared.
We asked her some questions so that we can get to know her better:
Spring Farm Sanctuary (SFS) in Long Lake, MN was founded in 2016 by Robin Johnson. SFS has been committed to ending farmed animal cruelty and promoting vegan living through their rescue, rehabilitation, and education efforts. They have provided a loving home for abused and neglected farm animals. In addition, they have encouraged the community to connect with animals and realize how sensitive, emotional, and caring they are. Over these years they have rescued and provided a home for over 25 chickens, cows, steer, turkeys, sheep and goats.
On Wednesday May 4 CAA celebrated a major event: Your Body in Balance.
Your Body in Balance event was a big success!
Over 50 people attended this information packed event. For many it was their first event with CAA. 100% of survey respondents said they “learned a lot”! When asked what they liked about the event most replied “everything!”
The event focused on the health/diet connection. New York Times bestselling author Neal Barnard, MD shared the science behind how common hormone-related conditions can be improved by simple diet changes. Other experts provided inspirational stories of transforming their health through nutrition.
A big shout out to the participants:
J. Selby’s for their donation of yummy nachos with whole foods plant-based cheese dip and chocolate chip cookies
Recently Rooster Redemption announced that they will be moving from Minnesota soon. CAA has been happy to partner with them on several initiatives over the years and their presence will be missed. In particular it has been wonderful to tour Rooster Redemption to help the community know about their wonderful sanctuary.
Rooster Redemption is a rooster rescue facility. Why a special sanctuary for roosters? They cite:
Roosters (male chickens) are the most abandoned, unwanted, exploited, and stigmatized land animal on the planet.
Due to their need for specialized care and accommodations, they are extremely difficult to find homes for.
We devote our time, energy, and patience toward these birds who are the underdogs in the rescue world.
We strive to amplify their voices.
We celebrate roosters as colorful companions with misunderstood personalities.
We interviewed them to find out more about their move:
The new issue of Twin Cities Veg Living is chock full of useful information and inspiration! Donors receive it in the mail. It’s available for pickup at The Herbivorous Butcher, Coconut Whisk, and at every event during Veg Month! Or check it out here:
Mayor Carter declares April 22 Plant-Based Wellness Day
On Earth Day, April 22, Mayor Melvin Carter issued St. Paul’s First Plant-Based Proclamation. In it he encourages residents to consider increasing consumption of plant-based foods.
Mayor Carter cites plant-based eating as tied to better environmental and health outcomes. He connects this dietary change to the future well-being of the community. St. Paul’s Climate Action and Resilience plan also encourages increased plant-based eating.
The proclamation was the result of a team effort. CAA Board members Henry Patterson and Julie Knopp partnered with Phillip Prospers, CEO of Living Naturally Abundant. They were inspired by successful efforts in other cities and states. Over the last few months they worked to educate and inspire Mayor Carter and his staff about this issue.
The proclamation raises the visibility of the connection between a plant-based diet and improved health and environmental outcomes. Tying these vital issues together is key. It provides more reasons for people to consider a more compassionate diet. Informing and inspiring change that benefits both animals and the planet.
CAA is here to help! Take the Explore Veg Challenge. Get 15% Off at Local Restaurants During May’s Veg Month + Free Recipe and Shopping Guide! Sign up now!
Sabrina Beres is on the Twin Cities Veg Fest Committee as one of the Social Media Coordinators. We are lucky to have her bring her professional expertise in this area to our team!
She found out about CAA through her exposure to our social media campaigns. What she read fit with her long term passion for animal rights and veganism.
One of her favorite activities with CAA has been bringing her friends to the Twin Cities Veg Fest. She enjoys helping them find that vegan foods can be tasty and fun.
Why she volunteers: “I love that I can really have a chance to make an impact on something I care about! And social media platforms offer a fun way to interact with your audience and get personal about these objectives” .
We wanted to get to know her better so had her answer some questions: