Resources for vegetarians and vegans

 

The Vegetarian Resource Group
The Vegetarian Resource Group is an amazing resource for anybody learning how to be vegetarian or vegan. Its website is brimming with information about nutrition, recipes, cookbooks, and vegetarian restaurants and food stores in the U.S. and Canada. The site also includes information about the societal aspects of veganism and how to raise children on a vegan diet.

 

The American Dietetic Association position paper on vegetarian diets
This paper summarizes recent scientific findings on the health aspects of vegetarianism and veganism. It explains which nutrients are most important to pay attention to in planning a vegan diet, and it lists foods that are helpful in providing those nutrients.

 

The Mail Order Catalog
For a free catalog of more vegan ingredients, cookbooks, and dietary books than you ever would have imagined possible, call 1-800-695-2241.

 

The International Vegetarian Union
This page (available in several languages) contains an index of hundreds of vegan recipes from around the world. It has dozens of links to international organizations, journals, and newsgroups.

 

rec.food.veg.cooking
This newsgroup is dedicated to the topic of vegetarian and vegan cooking. Unlike most other vegetarian newsgroups, it is modified to weed out the flaming and off-topic posts. This is a great place to find recipes and ask specific questions about vegetarian cuisine.

 

United Poultry Concerns
United Poultry Concerns is a rescue and education organization. It fights for legislation to ban cruel farming practices such as the forced molting of laying hens. Karen Davis, the president of UPC, has written several books on factory farming and cooking without eggs. Her book Poisoned Chickens, Prisoned Eggs is undoubtedly the most disturbing and powerful thing I have ever read. Based on information I have received from the poultry industry and various state departments of agriculture, I believe that the concerns she raises in her book are accurate.

 

The Farm Sanctuary
The Farm Sanctuary operates two shelters, one in upstate New York and one in northern California. These shelters are home to hundreds of farm animals rescued from stockyards, factory farms, and slaughterhouses. The animals receive rehabilitation and life-long care. The sanctuary helps to educate its many visitors about the needs of animals and the dangers of factory farming. This group has authored several cookbooks, including my much beloved Vegan Vittles.

 

Dr. Temple Grandin's Web Page
Dr. Grandin is one of the world's leading experts on humane slaughter methods. She has helped to design livestock handling facilities in the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries. Her numerous articles on livestock behaviour and the needs of animals in handling facilities contribute a balanced perspective to the debate over animal welfare.