Dr. Craig McDougall, MD
Placing a strong emphasis on prevention and treating problems at their cause. Dr. McDougall reserves prescribing medications and surgeries as a last resort. He believes diet is the cause of most common diseases, including overweight, high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol and diabetes. He recommends that his patients eat a starch-centered diet, supplemented with fruits and vegetables. Dr. McDougall also encourages his patients to eat less meat, dairy foods, and limit refined oils.
Dr. McDougall will be talking about the health benefits of plant-based and 8 tips to help when transitioning to a plant-based diet. There will be time at the end for questions and discussion.
Deb has a passion for helping people learn to play with their food through private classes, group classes, workshops, and demonstrations. Deb Kay is a Certified Vegan Fusion Cooking Instructor trained with award winning vegan chefs: Mark Reinfeld, owner of Vegan Fusion and author of five cookbooks including the 30-Minute Vegan Series, and Chef Al Chase, owner of the Institute of Culinary Awakening. These workshops are full days of intensive hands on training designed to give you the tools to create wonderful vegan meals quickly and easily any time.
“I decided to go with a plant based lifestyle to improve my health. Now, I’m the only one of five siblings without diabetes. Of course, I was not satisfied with veggie burgers and green salads, so I diligently sought out the tastiest recipes I could find and redesigned how we eat and live. Cooking and sharing great vegan food is a daily adventure and I love to play with my food. Now, I’m sharing what I’ve learned with others.”
Deb, assisted by Kristi Draper of VegfulLife, will be sharing how to prepare a delicious and nutritious raw Alfredo and other yummy plant-based treats. Yes, of course, there will be samples so you don’t want to miss it!
Former Pennsylvania-based biomedical scientist, Cathy recently founded PDX VEG, an outreach organization that will offer a free 22 Day Veg Challenge beginning June 22, 2019 and an ongoing Vegan Mentor Program. Since relocating to Portland, OR, she has found many inspiring opportunities for activism such as teaching an online course in plant-based nutrition and serving on the board of Northwest VEG.
In her talk, she will offer tips on how to overcome challenges to becoming vegan and describe what the Veg Challenge and Vegan Mentor Program can offer to aspiring vegans as well as anyone else who wants to reduce consumption of animal products.
A graduate student in the Applied Ethics program at Oregon State University, Bjorn has also held several research fellowships at the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. His research focuses on animal ethics, environmental and food justice, ecofeminist theory, and 19th-century continental philosophy with a focus on Søren Kierkegaard. Some of his most recent work has explored ethical issues related to cultured meat.
He has presented at numerous conferences including the International Conference on Cultured Meat, the International Association for Environmental Philosophy, and the European Society of Agricultural and Food Ethics. Bjørn believes very strongly in breaking down the borders between academia and grassroots advocacy, and frequently engages in animal rights activism in his free time.
Bjorn will be joined by colleagues in the animal ethics community for a panel discussion at Cherry City VegFest to discuss animal ethics and food systems.
Ecological Footprints, Global Warming, and Food Choices. How what we eat affects us all.
Global warming, water pollution, air pollution, habitat destruction – all of these environmental issues are strongly affected by what food we eat and how we grow it. Worldwide, animal agriculture is one of the largest producers of greenhouse gases, causes of habitat degradation, and contributors to eutrophication of our waters and creation of low-oxygen dead zones off our coasts. We’ll talk about the effective steps we all can take to reduce our environmental footprint and lessen our impact on the planet.
Peter Spendelow earned his doctorate in zoology, specializing in ecology, and for the past 34 years has been an environmental scientist at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, working on issues related to materials management and solid waste reduction. Peter has also been on the board of Northwest VEG since 2004, and has been President or Co-President of Northwest VEG for 12 years.
Sarah Hanneken is an attorney based in Portland, Oregon, where she uses her law degree to protect the interests of animals and advance the animal liberation movement. Sarah uses her creativity and extensive advocacy experience to develop novel legal strategies designed to shift people’s perception of the non-human species with whom we share our homes, neighborhoods, and planet.
For 4.5 years, Sarah worked in the Litigation Program at the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), where she honed her skills as a litigator and activist. She continues to work on cases for ALDF on a pro bono basis. Sarah received her law degree from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics with a minor in Biological Sciences from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.
Sarah is also a member of the National Lawyers Guild and volunteers her free time to support activists’ rights. When she’s not working to improve the world through the legal system, she enjoys sewing, hiking, yoga, and spending time with her rescue dog, Lily.