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Vegan Activist to Speak at Georgian Court

Blogger, Vegan Lifestyle Expert Jasmin Singer Examines ‘Where Our Food Comes From’

NOTE: Due to inclement weather, this event has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 17, at 5:30 p.m. in the same location.

Lakewood, N.J., Feb. 2, 2010—Jasmin Singer, campaign manager for the animal rights organization Farm Sanctuary, will discuss “Veganism to Activism,” during a presentation hosted by the Georgian Court University Vegetarian Society on Wednesday, February 10. The 5:30 p.m. event will take place in the Little Theatre, located inside GCU’s Arts and Science Center on the Lakewood campus. It is free and open to the public.

During her talk, Ms. Singer will emphasize the health benefits to eating a plant-based diet and talk about the problems that industrial farming creates for the environment, animals, and consumers.

Vegetarian- and vegan-based diets have become more common in recent years as more people, businesses and organizations focus on sustainable living. The vegan lifestyle nowadays does not mean one has to eat tasteless food; in fact, many vegans find that their palates enjoy natural flavors more than they did before, and that mainstream restaurants often have vegan choices.

According to Ms. Singer, whose organization supports rescued farm animals in Watkins Glen, New York, a vegan holds the power to save over 100 animal lives each year. She adds that empowered vegans can save thousands more lives.

Jessica Caneal, vice president of the GCU Vegetarian Society, points to the impact that animal production has on greenhouse gas emissions and other issues as reasons why people should embrace veganism.

Reservations are required, and participants should submit their name and number of attendees to Ms. Caneal by e-mail. She can be reached at jessica@naturalfoodsolutions.com.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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