All Things Vegan ~ Show Notes ~ August 14, 2012

Zoe Weil, of The Institute for Humane Education, on doing the Most Good and Least Harm to yourself, other people, other species, and the environment

Zoe Weil has an amazing list of accomplishments: She’s an author, an educator, a speaker, and has a one woman show, called “My Ongoing Problems with Kindness: Confessions of MOGO Girl”. Her greatest accomplishment is co-founding the Institute For Humane Education.

Some of the topics we have to share with you in this episode are:  The firestorm that ensued when a USDA newsletter endorsed Meatless Monday and why the short-lived endorsement was retracted, which celebrities have been speaking up for animals, and we have a new song to share with you—Groovy Vegan Song by Vegan Smythe.

Plus much more news from the Vegan Frontier, Barb’s Out ‘n About in Eugene, and vegan related events around town.



Zoe Weil

Zoe Weil

Zoe Weil is the co-founder and President of the Institute for Humane Education. Humane education enables us to find solutions that work for all by approaching human rights, environmental preservation, and animal protection as interconnected and integral dimensions of a healthy, just society.

In addition to creating the Institute’s graduate and certificate programs and leading its workshops, Zoe is the author of 6 books, including Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life, and Claude and Medea: The Hellburn Dogs, about 12-year-old activists inspired by an eccentric substitute teacher to right wrongs where they find them. She has also given an acclaimed TEDx talk, “The World Becomes What You Teach.” In 2010, Zoe was inducted into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame. In 2012 Zoe debuted her 1-woman show, “My Ongoing Problems with Kindness: Confessions of MOGO Girl,” and now brings humane education issues to communities through an entertaining format.


News from the Vegan Frontier:

News around Town:

VegNet Bend will hold their monthly meeting and potluck at 6p, Aug 22, at The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas in Bend. Bring a vegan dish to share and your recipe or list of ingredients.

This month’s presentation is by Animal Balance founder Emma Clifford. Animal Balance is a unique organization headquartered in Bend, that implements high-volume spay and neuter campaigns for dogs and cats around the world. In 2002, Emma found out that the cats and dogs of the Galapagos Islands were being poisoned—as a result, she founded Animal Balance to address the problem directly and humanely. Since then, Animal Balance has expanded to help in other nations such as The Dominican Republic and The Bahamas. Come hear Emma talk about how spay and neuter campaigns can change the lives of both people and animals throughout a community.

For more information about this event, see VegNet Bend Group on Facebook or email

For more information about Emma and Animal Balance, please see show notes from July 10.


Veg Out ‘N About:

I recently had the opportunity to visit Cornbread Cafe in Eugene, Oregon, home of local organic vegan comfort food. From the friendly smiles of the owner and wait staff to the bright retro diner decor, Cornbread Cafe will leave you feeling happy and planning your next visit.

It would take weeks of daily visits to sample all of the delicious sounding menu items, but since I was only in town for one night, I had to make do with sampling a handful. On the recommendation of my friend VeggieGail (who we interviewed in a prior show), I started with the Eugenwich: a Southern fried tofu patty with melted Daiya cheddar, deep-fried carrot slices, hand-breaded onion rings, lettuce, and tomato with a smoky sauce on a grilled Bread Stop bun. I’m not sure which part of this hearty and satisfying “sammich,” as they call it, was my favorite—the deep-fried carrot “bacon” or the breaded tofu. All together it was a tasty and satisfying meal. For my side, to balance it out a bit, I opted for Uncle Todd’s sauteed Greens. I somehow missed ordering the jalapeño cornbread (and I love cornbread) but since we had the chocolate croissant pudding for dessert, I obviously wouldn’t have had room for it anyway. Next time!

On day two we had chocolate croissants (this time, not in pudding). If I had realized what was on the breakfast menu, instead of running in at the last minute, I would have been all over the Country Combo plate of chicken-fried tempeh & gravy, biscuit & seitan sausage gravy, and herbed potatoes. Or the Classic with scrambled eggfu, herbed potatoes, seitan sausage patty or tempeh bacon, and flapjacks or a Belgian waffle with pure maple syrup. I did order the Shredded Barbeque Seitan Sammy for the drive home. It lasted about a half an hour.

So if you’re ever anywhere near Eugene, stop by the Cornbread Cafe. I plan to make up a reason to drive across those mountains soon – as I’ve got quite a bit of sampling left to do—I’m pretty sure there’s some biscuits and gravy and a Moody Portabella Sammy calling my name.

(Review by Barb)



Vegan Smythe

Vegan Smythe

Groovy Vegan Song is by Vegan Smythe, a Melbourne, Australia based entertainer who’s putting a fresh spin on animal rights through satirical songs and comedy. Vegan hopes his work can be the spark to ignite the underlying vegan in everyone, as well as being entertaining and motivational for those who are already vegan or on a path in that direction.

The project is brand new—he started writing in April of this year, and he’s hoping to start touring his live show, “Vegan Smythe Superstar” within the next 12 months or so. You can find him on Youtube, follow him on Facebook, or, if you’re not on Facebook, join his mailing list via

Paul Seymour

Paul Seymour

Theme song and musical clips courtesy of Paul Seymour. To learn more about Paul or his music, please visit


All Things Vegan airs on KPOV, Bend Community Radio.

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