1. VMF 

Check out the newly re-launchedwww.veganmexicanfood.com.

We are truly excited to share with you the newwww.veganmexicanfood.com, with easy-to-read recipes and even photos showing the various delicious dishes from the site. Even better is how easy it is to share these recipes with others via email, Facebook and Twitter!

We need to shout out a few thank yous. First, thanks to all of the volunteers who donated the recipes, and a special thank you to the Animal Welfare Trust for making this new site possible. Thanks to Cathy O’Brien, our volunteer grant writer, Jake Conroy for the design and to Kiel MacDonald, our volunteer webmaster, for his incredible work putting this all together. And a thank you to our board member Valerie Belt for all of her input. A great big shout out to the volunteers who quickly made the recipes and took photos for us: Katherine Connors, Ryan Frazier, Mark Hawthorne, Marina Moro, Erica Schroeder, Ellen Sweeney, and Melissa Taylor. And one last thanks to Margoth González Woge for her translations!

Check it out in either English or Spanish!

2. The Dark Side of Chocolate Screening
As Valentine’s Day approaches, have you ever wondered where all that chocolate comes from and who harvests all those cocoa beans?Friends of Film and Food Empowerment Project are holding a screening of The Dark Side of Chocolate, a documentary that can answer those questions and more. If you’re in Los Angeles, save the date on Thursday, February 9th at 7pm and join us at the Aldersgate Retreat Center. This film will help you understand the continuing problem of child labor and human trafficking in the cocoa fields that affects millions of children. We’ll be raffling off a basket filled with slave-free chocolate, and we’ll also have Food Empowerment Project slave-free chocolate bars for sale!

Location: Aldersgate Retreat Center, 925 Haverford Avenue, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

For more information, email valerie@friendsoffilm.com


3. Upcoming Conferences 

32nd Annual EcoFarm Conference 
lauren Ornelas, Executive Director of Food Empowerment Project, will be speaking at the 2012 EcoFarm Conference held in Pacific Grove, CA, February 1-4, 2012, at the Asilomar Conference Center.

This important talk, Access for All: Bringing Relief to Food Deserts, will take place on Thursday, February 2nd from 10:30am – noon. Other presenters include our friend Raul Lozano from Verde Valley and Paula Lukats with Just Food in NYC.

For more information on the conference, check out: www.eco-farm.org.

Conscious Eating: Local, Organic, Plant-based – What is truly sustainable? 

Hosted by United Poultry Concerns, In Defense of Animals, Berkeley Organization for Animal Advocacy and Food Empowerment Project.

Saturday, February, 18th
Registration begins at 8am
Conference runs from 8:30am – 6pm
University of California, Berkeley, Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Union, 4th floor
Free to students with valid ID

For more information go to:

Come by our table (check out our t-shirts and chocolate bars) and hear lauren’s talk Food Justice: Eating with a Conscience.

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