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Dining at the Whitehouse

Vegetarian Senator Cory Booker

Vegan Senator Cory Booker

When it comes to food served at the Whitehouse, there’s both good news and not so good. A couple of months ago vegan US Senator Cory Booker, from New Jersey, left a White House event early because of the lack of vegan food. “I can tell you that there were no vegan options, so I’m going to have to complain to my congressman,” said Booker. This was especially disappointing since one of the topics for discussion at the dinner was global warming, and raising livestock is a major contributor to this.

However shortly afterward, the president and the first lady welcomed 54 kids from around the country at the Kids State Dinner.  The kids won their way to the exclusive event by providing a winning recipe for the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge competition.

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

“If unhealthy foods can have all kinds of advertisements,” commented the First Lady, “why can’t we do that for fruits and vegetables?” We couldn’t agree more.

A few of those winning recipes were then served at the luncheon, and some of them were vegetarian and vegan. ‘Deliciousness Over Rice,’ for example, submitted by 10-year old Sable Scotton of Alaska, included broccoli, cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables served over rice. ‘Oodles of Zoodles with Avocado Pistachio Pesto’ by Arizona’s Nia Thomas, another 10 year-old, used zucchini as noodles in a pesto sauce. Maine’s Leo Koch, age 8, submitted a ‘Superhero Vegan Soup’ full of vegetables, and other recipes, including nutritious vegan ingredients like faro, quinoa and tofu. To make the meals even fresher, the vegetables used to cook the luncheon were collected from the White House’s vegetable garden.

Hopefully the White House chef wrote down some of the recipes to use for future events!

What a Year for the Veg World!

What a year 2013 was for the veg world! In fact, it’s hard to come up with a more significant year for the vegetarian movement in the last 100 years or more.

We saw Al Gore become the first ever Vice President to go vegan. As one of the leaders of the environmental movement, the significance of this can hardly be overstated considering how resistant many environmentalists have been. The first ever Vegetarian Caucus in Congress was founded, and has been growing by leaps and bounds all year. With interest from the newly elected vegetarian senator Cory Booker, it shows ever-increasing promise for further growth.

The first ever leader of a major global hunger relief agency, Bill Gates of the Gates foundation, came out in favor of the vegan diet as the long-term sustainable answer to the persistent problem of global hunger.

The first all vegetarian public school opened in New York City. Reports later showed improved test scores and health of the students. Though they may have had mixed motivations, we even saw the first ever all vegetarian jail system begin in Arizona.

Health Insurance company, Kaiser Permanente, broke new ground in sending an advisory to all its doctors to advise their patients of the health advantages of the vegetarian diet. In addition, a major breakthrough happened showing how the meat-centered diet fuels breast cancer. Almost as significant, at the end of the year was major research showing the connection between diet and Alzheimer’s disease. We’ll be reporting on these advances, showing the health advantages of the veg diet soon.

The first ever head of state, Benjamin Netanyahu, endorsed meatless Mondays. And, not to be outdone, in Norway the first ever military and NATO member began Meatless Mondays as well.

On the product front we saw the introduction of “hyper-real” meat analogues, plus the development of synthetic eggs so real that no one can tell the difference. While we’re still not sure how we feel about this, the first ever stem-cell grown “meat” was produced.

Meanwhile, public interest in the vegetarian way grows and grows. Hardly a month goes by without another Hollywood celeb or musician jumping on board. In the faith-based community, the influential pastor and author, Rick Warren, jumped on board the vegetarian band wagon with the Daniel Plan diet.

We look forward to 2014 with growing hope and excitement as the veg message gains more and more traction. Happy New Year to one and all.

New Vegetarian Senator

Vegetarian Senator Cory Booker

Vegetarian Senator Cory Booker

We’re happy to announce that vegetarian Cory Booker, former mayor of Newark, has just been elected to the US Senate representing the great state of New Jersey. We’ve written about Booker before, when he was mayor, and we are happy that the US Senate has now gained another vegetarian. We say another because one of the Senators from the other side of aisle has been showing up to dinner meetings at the White House requesting a vegetarian meal! We haven’t found out who it is yet, but we hope to discover just who the mystery Republican veg-Senator is soon. Meanwhile we can report that Heidi Cruz, wife of Republican Ted Cruz, is a long time devoted vegetarian. All this comes on top of the new veg-caucus in the House of Representatives, the growth of which we’ve been following with interest. While recognizing that there’s a long way to go, we’re encouraged that the federal government, where so much food policy is made, is slowly becoming more veg-friendly.