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Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc.
38 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, New York 12572 USA -  845-876-2626
Vegetarian - Vegan - Animal Rights - Health - Nutrition - Environment

The mission of the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc. is to promote the vegetarian ethic in the Mid-Hudson (New York) region, educate the community and aid anyone in the pursuit of a totally vegetarian (vegan) cruelty-free and healthful lifestyle.

Newsletters
Summer 2002 Issue

ENVIRONMENTAL MESSAGE
by Rich Conte

I guess most of us heard by now that Burger King has introduced a veggie burger into their food lineup.  What do I think about it?

Funny you should ask!

Well, when Iím thinking like the vegetarian purist that I love to be, my mind says, "A Burger King veggie burger?  Thanks, but no thanks."  When Iím thinking in terms of my favorite restaurants and their unique dishes; Burger Kingís veggie burger doesnít even remotely enter my consciousness.  But, when Iím thinking about saving animalsí lives and eliminating a fraction of their misery, then this veggie burger takes on a whole new meaning.

I actually got very excited that mainstream America can now choose a sandwich that will not result in the loss of a life.  Is it the perfect answer?  Of course not! This sandwich needs work. The bun is not vegan, I would bet the mayo isnít either, and the burger is grilled on the same grill as the animal burgers.

Is it better than the alternatives that Burger King has to offer?

How can we possibly say no?  Tomorrow, tens of thousands of kids and adults are going to go into a fast food restaurant (unfortunately); at least they now have a vegetarian choice.  The veggie burger itself doesnít seem half-bad: total fat-4 grams, saturated fat-0.5 grams, sodium-440 mg, total carbohydrates-13 grams, protein-9 grams, dietary fiber-2 grams, cholesterol-0 grams, and calories-140. If you stop by a Burger King, they will give you a list of the ingredients. (and if you order one; I recommend holding the mayo).

ACTION ALERT:

There is legislation to impose a 5-year moratorium on the planting of genetically engineered crops in New York State.  The bill number for the Assembly is (A.5741) and for the Senate itís (S.3016).  Also, there are bills before the Senate and the Assembly that would require the labeling of genetically engineered foods.  The bill before the Assembly is (A.6778), and the bill before the Senate is (S.3348).

If you would rather your legislator vote to not allow companies to play God with our food supply, or if you would just like to have foods that were tinkered with labeled as such, then please contact your elected public servants and let them know.  You can contact your State Senator at: 518-455-2800 or www.senate.state.ny.us .  And your N.Y. State Assemblyperson at 518-455-4100 or www.assembly.state.ny.us .

To learn more about these critical issues contact: Environmental Advocates of NY at 518-462-5526 or www.eany.org .

For all life on this Planet, Richie

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