Notes from the Scientific Department

The Vegetarian Resource Group in the News

Vegetarian Resource Group Nutrition Advisor Reed Mangels, PhD, RD was quoted in the July 2017 issue of Consumer Reports in an article title, "Healthy Shopping Strategies for Vegans." She was also interviewed for a piece for Organic Life Magazine about the safety issues of kids going vegan.

A reporter for NACS MAGAZINE (National Association of Convenience Stores) interviewed VRG Co-Director Debra Wasserman for a trends column about how convenience stores can respond to the growth of consumers who are vegetarian and vegan.

A reporter for the Wall Street Journal contacted VRG, looking for data on veganism and vegetarianism in the U.S. and how this compares with 20 years ago. A writer with GateHouse Media, writing an article available to more than 600 digital and print publications in 36 states, asked us about vegetarians' and vegans' opinions on "reducetarians," which they say is a person mindfully eating less meat.

Vegan Outreach

Vegetarian Resource Group Nutrition Advisor Reed Mangels, PhD, RD presented to the University of Massachusetts Plant-Based Nutrition Club on the myths and facts about vegetarian diets.

VRG's FoodService Advisor Nancy Berkoff, EdD, RD is working on developing some vegan projects with the Humane Society. She is also consulting for a company in Russia who is looking to increase the availability of plant-based milks in Moscow.

We had a productive and enjoyable fun time in our office conducting an in-service for nine dietetic interns from the University of Maryland. We gave them an abundance of resources, which they will be able to use when they are practicing registered dietitians. A vegan company with a head looking to retire touched based with us concerning possible successors.