All Things Vegan ~ Show Notes ~ September 11, 2012 ~ Author and activist Arthur Poletti reports: Israel goes vegan with Gary Yourofsky

Author and activist Arthur Poletti reports: Israel goes vegan with Gary Yourofsky. And water shortages may force the world to go vegan.

In today’s show, we talk with author and activist Arthur Poletti. Arthur is  a passionate follower of Gary Yourofsky, who is best known for his viral video, Best Speech You Will Ever Hear. We also discuss why the world may have to go vegan within the next 35 years. And, of course, we highlight the latest News from the Vegan Frontier, let you know about vegan related happenings in and around Central Oregon, and more!



Arthur Poletti

Arthur Poletti

Author and activist Arthur Poletti reports on the incredible changes that are taking place within the hearts and minds of the people of Israel, owing to a video that has gone viral featuring Gary Yourofsky, an outspoken and somewhat contentious animal activist, who has served jail time due to his animal liberation actions.

After viewing the video, Best Speech You Will Ever Hear, a large amount of people, particularly from Israel, are reporting that they have gone vegan. The video has received the largest number of YouTube hits ever in Israel.

Gary Yourofsky politely declined to be interviewed by All Things Vegan, stating that he “hates preaching to the choir,” preferring to put his efforts into educating those who have not yet heard the information.

Gary Yourofsky

Gary Yourofsky

To view the video yourself:

Best Speech You Will Ever Hear

For more about Gary and Israel:

Gary’s website


Gary Yourofsky Hebrew video still

Gary Yourofsky


News from the Vegan Frontier:

Veg Out ‘N About:

Featuring Mazza Bistro, on Brooks Street in downtown Bend. Vegan options include the falafel wrap, grilled vegetable wrap, and the Mazza plate (can be ordered without cheese): hot crisp falafel, stuffed grape leaves, tabouli, and baba ganoush.

For more information, see MazzaBistro on Facebook, email, or call 541-639-8444.

News around Town:

Ginger’s Kitchenware in the Old Mill hosts cookbook author Robin Asbell for The Big Vegan Flavor Extravaganza! September 18 at 6p. Reservations are required for this class.

Portland VegFest, Oregon’s largest plant-based food event, is coming up soon! Sep 22 – 23 at the Oregon Convention Center. VegNet Bend and All Things Vegan Radio will be sharing a table—please come say hello.

COCC Community Ed is offering a new class: Thrive on a Plant-Based Diet with Sharon Eddleston. Learn how to thrive on a plant-based diet which can prevent and even reverse disease, increase energy, help you lose weight naturally and generally improve overall health. Whether you want to incorporate healthier eating habits, look better, feel better or eat with less impact on the planet, this class will show you how to obtain balanced nutrition and achieve optimal health. Final class session will be a field trip to a grocery store. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-8p, September 25 – Oct 6. For more details, see COCC Community Education.

VegNet Bend will hold their monthly meeting and potluck at 6p, Sep 26, at The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas in Bend. Bring a vegan dish to share and your recipe or list of ingredients. For more information about this event, see VegNet Bend Group on Facebook or email

Mark your calendar for great food, live bands, and lots of fun at the 3rd Annual Bend Honda FurBall, presented by Bend Veterinary Clinic. There will be a large silent auction with over 100 items and a raffle for an Eight Weeks to Wellness package, donated by Freedmon Wellness, which includes one-on-one personal training, nutritional counseling, a weekly massage, and more. The Furball will be held September 26th from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Century Center in Bend. For more information, please see or call 541-617-1010.



Vegan Smythe

Vegan Smythe

“Animal Lover” 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, musical clips, and “One World One People” courtesy of Paul Seymour. To learn more about New Zealand / Australia based Paul or his music, please visit

Paul has new music he’d love you to listen at YouTube,, or iTunes.




All Things Vegan airs on KPOV, Bend Community Radio.

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