1. Chicago Vegan Foods Says No to Palm Oil! 
  2. F.E.P. Executive Director Tunes Listeners in to Chocolate Issues 
  3. Earth Day – Vegan Style! 
  4. Fashion for Food Empowerment 
  5. Appetite for Justice 
  6. Thanks to Everyone Who Attended the Benefit at Saturn 


1. Chicago Vegan Foods Says No to Palm Oil! 

Most vegans know Chicago Vegan Foods for their Dandies marshmallows and delicious non-dairy cheeses, and with a recent suggestion from F.E.P., customers will be pleased to know that CVF has agreed to remove palm oil from their products. The troubling practices involved with palm oil production include the destruction of rainforest habitats in Southeast Asia, where indigenous communities and animals like Sumatran tigers, elephants and orangutans pay the price.

Big thanks to CVF for making vice-worthy treats and for taking a stand.


2. F.E.P. Executive Director Tunes Listeners in to Chocolate Issues 

Food Empowerment Project founder and executive director lauren Ornelas took to the airwaves last month on Animal Voices Vancouver Radio to discuss the dark side of the chocolate industry. Ornelas could be heard throughout British Columbia and northern Washington talking about what consumers need to know when buying chocolate. You can subscribe to the show and listen through iTunes, or simply click the link below.

http://animalvoices.org/2013/02/love-hearts-sex-chocolate/


3. Earth Day – Vegan Style! 

Whether you want to brush up on how veganism and environmentalism intersect or watch cooking demonstrations to learn how to make healthy snacks, the third-annual Berkeley Vegan Earth Day will host engaging speakers and interactive sessions for vegans of all stripes on April 20th from 4pm – 9pm.

In addition to meeting people and learning new tricks, you’ll be able to stop by the Food Empowerment Project table to chat and catch a dynamic session with lauren Ornelas.

 


4. Fashion for Food Empowerment 

Vegan owned and operated, Compassion Company makes cool t-shirts that you won’t find anywhere else, and from March to the end of May, 5 percent of every sale will go directly to F.E.P. The shirts are made with the highest-quality materials and processes that honor sustainability concerns and equitable labor practices.

The nice folks at Compassion Co. chose Food Empowerment Project to be their featured organization because, in their words, “F.E.P. truly gets to the core of the vegan ethic in ways that are often overlooked yet are extremely important.” So pick up a shirt for you or a loved one and support F.E.P.!

 


5. Appetite for Justice 

Don’t forget to check in with lauren Ornelas at the Appetite for Justice blog. In her latest posts Ornelas discusses F.E.P.’s recent connection with one of the founding members of the Black Panther Party, David Hilliard, and the Intercommunal Institute for Research and Social Change. In another post, she discusses the recent passing of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian food revolution.

 


6. Thanks to Everyone Who Attended the Benefit at Saturn 

It was great to see everyone on February 20th and thanks to Casy Gorman for organizing.

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