South Asians: Awesome Amit Gupta needs your help! »
Right now, Amit needs our help. As he says:
I have a couple more months of chemo to go, then the next step is a bone marrow transplant. As Jay and Tony describe below, minorities are severely underrepresented in the bone marrow pool, and I need help.
A few ways to help:
If you’re South Asian, get a free test by mail. You rub your cheeks with a cotton swab and mail it back. It’s easy.
If you’re in NYC, you can go to this event my friends are putting on.
If you know any South Asians (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, or Sri Lanka), please point ‘em to the links above. Thank you.
Check out our interview with Amit to see how amazing and awesome he is. Really, I can’t say enough about what a really wonderful person he is, and if you can please get tested and/or spread the word, that would be wonderful. Thank you!
Now, please enjoy a picture of Amit wearing an early prototype of the Vegansaurus t-shirt, which he inspired us to make happen. <3 <3 <3
Pigs in your blankets, our jerk governor, stopping animal-torture porn, chocolates good and bad, and hottt vegan action in this week’s HUGE-ASS link-o-rama! »
Hey North Bay, busy on Monday, Sept. 21? There’s a sign-making party in Petaluma for World Farmed Animals Day (coming up!) that you could attend. Contact Kate Danaher for further information—location, supplies needed, etc.— and be ready for action from 6 to 9 p.m.
Win an ice cream party with Coconut Bliss ice cream! You guys this stuff is AMAZING, the cappuccino flavor is the best coffee ice cream I’ve ever tasted. Enter the contest, invite Vegansaurus, have the NIGHT of your LIFE.
California passed Prop. 2 in November, totally awesome! Going further, the state legislature recently passed a bill banning tail-docking in the dairy industry—just the kind of action we hoped the vote would spur. UNFORTUNATELY, our meathead (hilarious!!!) governor still has not signed that bill into law. All kinds of good-looking and/or famous people support it; join them, California residents, and tell that overtanned insanator to end the needless suffering of dairy cows already.
Farm Sanctuary’s newsletter, incidentally, is attractive and informative; if you need more email, this is something worth reading.
SF Appeal ran a great piece about how to get vegan options into restaurants, and it includes an interview with Laura so what’s not to love? No, really. SAY IT TO MY FACE. Signed, Laura.
What’s wrong with the world: Torture porn is back! Or, “back,” because, what in the HELL? Help HSUS remind Congress that filming the cruel deaths of animals for people’s sexual gratification is FUCKED UP BEYOND BELIEF and should be banned forever, no question. Honestly, what kind of freakshow wouldn’t ban this?
Ezra Klein, Vegansaurus’ honorary little brother, is extremely concerned by all the antibiotics in your animals—a full 70 percent of antibiotics in the U.S. are used in “food animal production,” which is dooming meat-eaters to death by super-bacteria, like, tomorrow. Whoops, guys.
Meat chocolate. With salami aftertaste. On purpose. Gag.
An employee of a Brazilian McDonald’s sued the company, using Super Size Me as evidence to prove that eating the devil’s own food-type products daily for two years had deleterious effects on his health. Ooh, someone sued McDonald’s, thrilling—except, he didn’t introduce the film until his appeal, which he won. Fuck yeah, little guy.
The Oakland Fire Department responded to a “shots fired” call in May, and found the victim to be an itty bitty pit bull puppy with multiple gunshot wounds! They named him Remy, and thanks to their efforts he is better, but not fully recovered. Oakland Animal Shelter is asking for donations to cover the costs of the many surgeries poor little Remy has had and will need. If everyone who entered our contests donated $5, it’d be really helpful. You cannot deny the puppy in a cast.
Did you know that Vegansaurus (OK, Meave) loves the opera? SFMike of Civic Center blog says that opening night is a terrible time to go, but Leah Garchik reports a bright spot: While “[f]ewer than 10 dinner guests had RSVP’d pledges of allegiance to broccoli; at dinner, 170 declared themselves veggies.” It appears as if the upper echelons of San Francisco society have decided eating veg is in (again?), to which we say, lay off the fur and we can be BFFs, you beautiful lunatics.
Vegan.com brings us news from Harvard, specifically that The Crimson editorial board supports campus-wide “Meatless Mondays” and demands more and better vegetarian dishes in the dining halls. You smartypants overprivileged Muppet Babies have your hearts in the right place; demand and ye shall receive! (that’s how it works for you guys, right?)
Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma traced what happened to the body parts of a specific commercially raised pig and discovered a lot more than packaged meat. As savvy Vegansaurus readers will already know, that single pig wound up in 185 items. SO GROSS. The best/worst part is all of the non-food items the pig is used in automobile paint, cigarette filters, chewing gum and best of all, BULLETS. It’s extremely frustrating being vegan in a world like this.
Several Football stars are going (mostly) vegan. I mean, bros who play football are like, the very definition of manly, right? I mean they beat each other up and grab crotches all day long and these ones (the manliest of all!) happen to sit down to organic, vegan meals. How delightful! Is fuckyeahveganfootballplayingbros.tumblr.com taken?
*yow! The link-o-rama is racy today! all making painful jokes with single-entendres and using words like “racy.” The heat is getting to us!
**the only difference between this scenario and Saturdays at Vegansaurus HQ is that our frosting, ahem, “escapades” involve swimsuits and aprons instead of matching onesies. yow!
Interview: Amit Gupta! »
We love Amit Gupta. Like, hearts and stars love. The kind of love you would kill a man for. That’s how we love Amit Gupta. He is a vegetarian entrepreneur…do you really need to know anything else? Any veggies out there who get out of bed everyday with the intent of kicking that day’s ass in a variety of ways are good by us. To elaborate, he started Jelly and organized the first two NYC BarCamps. He’s also a giver. He worked with Seth Godin to start a non-profit called ChangeThis. See how he gives back?? What a giver! He currently runs Photojojo, it’s about photography and is a site that is truly helpful to anyone who has ever taken a photo. You must subscribe. He lives in San Francisco, right down the block from Vegansaurus HQ and we occassionally get to bask in his awesomeness. It is a delight. He takes photos, twitters, and sometimes blogs. Oh he also tumbles. WHAT DOES THIS GUY NOT DO HE IS TRYING TO TAKE OVER THE INTERNETWORLD? Oh well, we can’t think of a nicer internetbro to do this. GO FORTH AND CONQUER WITH YOUR BAD VEGETARIAN SELF, SUPERAMIT. Read this interview to learn about dinosaurs, bunnies, and what the next big veg business idea is. DO IT.
How long have you been vegetarian?
Since I was born. 1,000 years ago.
Are you vegetarian for health, environmental, animal rights reasons, or a combination?
I’ve never had meat (as far as I know) and I don’t see a good reason to switch. Animals seem pretty cute and furry and why would you want to kill them anyway? But when we can finally grow hamburgers and steaks and stuff in meat production vats, I’ll probably eat tons of that shit. I hear it’s hella tasty. Srsly. I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE MEAT VATS.
What is your favorite animal?
Do you have any super cute photos of animals to share with us? I mean, you’re really into photography, right?
Duh, yes. I hear you’re into bunnies. So here’s some photos of bunnies! (I took them while visiting my brother when he was working at a wildlife rescue and rehab non-profit in Texas.) [Ed.: THOSE BUNNIES ARE SO HELLA CUTE]
Favorite vegan food to make?
This amazing veggie pot pie.
I used to cook all the time when I lived in the zü (a co-op in college) but I never cook anymore, because I just steal pies from NATALIE “GALETTE” GALATZER.
Favorite vegan dish at a restaurant/fave vegan restaurant?
Whatever’s being served that day at Strictly Roots in Harlem. The drumsticks at Red Bamboo in Greenwich Village (amazing veggie soul food) — fried breaded soy protein wrapped around raw sugarcane. But seriously, how can you not want to eat every single thing on this menu? [Ed.: WE LOVE RED BAMBOO! And also, strongly endorse VP2 next door which got Vegansaur Laura through college. Well, that and cheating.]
You travel a lot for work. Based on food options alone, which is your favorite city to travel to?
Did I mention the Vegetarian Dim Sum House? I didn’t think it was possible to have so many vegetarian turnip cakes in one sitting that you actually didn’t like them anymore, but it is. So don’t have that many. [Ed.: WE ALSO LOVE VEGETARIAN DIM SUM HOUSE. <3 Turnip Cakes <3 and <3 Coriander Ham Rolls <3! If you love the Turnip Cakes there, have you tried the ones from Big Lantern in SF? They have delicious Turnip Cakes with chunks of meatless chicken! They are on the Dim Sum menu! Not quite as delicious but some of us have NEEDS.]
Do you have one food photography tip to share?
The more photos you take the more likely one of them won’t suck. And I heard they use Elmer’s glue in place of milk when photographing cereal.
You start and contribute to a lot of businesses. Do you have any entrepreneurial tips to share?
Pick something you really want to make happen and just start working on it right now. Don’t wait for the right time or the right opportunity or the right anything else because if you wait it’ll just be too late.
If you were gonna start a veg-centric business right now, what would it be?
I think it’d be cool to make a veggie or vegan recipe translator. Like Google’s translation, you’d give it a URL, and it’d feed you back the same page, but instead of making all the Japanese into broken English, it’d turn a regular recipe into a vegetarian one, or a vegan one. It’d have to be smart enough that it wasn’t doing straight-up substitutions but looking at what else was in it and trying to figure out what was being made, so it could make smart suggestions. Perhaps it’d have access to a library of recipes in meat and veggie versions to learn about the differences.
It’d be hardest with baked foods, but I bet it’d do an okay job with the rest… recipes are pretty structured as data goes. [Ed.: This is a fantastic idea! Who is on this!? Email us! We’d like to take credit/split royalties 80/20]
What project are you the most proud of?
I’m most proud of Photojojo… it’s the first time I started with my own money and built something slowly and sustainably. It’s got a long way to go, but it’s been really satisfying to see it grow. I took VC with my first company (and dropped out of college to start it) and while I’d consider it again, I think VC is kind of like pesticides. In the short term it’s great and your apples are all shiny and red, but in the long run unless you’re really lucky you’re probably giving your company cancer or something. Grow organic!
What exciting upcoming projects can we look forward to? Because we do look forward to them.
They’re secrets! But the next big launch is our new book [Ed.: BUY IT!!! But maybe wait for it to be in the Photojojo Store so
they make more money off you you can support them!], which hits bookstores on September 15th. (And we just recently found out we’ll be taping a bit on the CBS Early Show that day!)
Are you willing to have Vegansaurus over and cook us a vegan feast? If so, what day?
LAURA YOU SAID YOU WERE GOING TO COME OVER AND MAKE ME A DELICIOUS FAKE MEAT FEAST?! [Ed.: Soon! Promise!]
Any questions for Vegansaurus?
When can I buy a t-shirt? [Ed.: Soon! Promise!]
And when are you starting the SF Vegansaurus Vegan Street Meat Cart? [Ed.: Soon! Promise! errr….]
Thanks, Amit! These interviews with awesome veg people doing amazing things are part of our ongoing effort to bring you some hope in this miserable pit of a world. Check out our interviews with Minty Lewis and Sharon Troy of Veg Table too!