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December 2002/January 2003
Vegetarian Advocate: How One Vegetarian Makes a Difference

By Jack Rosenberger


Seeking to improve the spiritual ambiance of my home office, I recently taped a small, see-thru cellophane envelope containing a block of four Dutch postage stamps honoring Anne Frank, to the front panel of my computer monitor. For me, the Anne Frank stamps are a daily reminder of how one person can make the planet a better home for all of us.

The odds that a single person can influence the world on an international scale, like Anne Frank did, are remote. But the publication of her diary—a teenager’s thoughts recorded in a humble, plaid journal—has influenced and moved millions of people. In addition, the Anne Frank House, located in Amsterdam, is one of the most popular tourist sites in the Netherlands, and operates as a cultural force against human injustice.

I thought of Anne Frank and other kindhearted souls recently when I interviewed Johanna McCloy, an actor who is making the U.S. a better place for vegetarians and nonvegetarians alike. During the 1999 baseball season, McCloy caught a Los Angeles Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium. A longtime vegetarian, she was pleased to discover a cafeteria in Dodger Stadium that sold meatless entrees. The following year, however, when McCloy went to see the Dodgers, the vegetarian-friendly cafeteria was gone, having been replaced by luxury suites.

“I walked the length of Dodger Stadium in search of vegetarian food other than Cracker Jacks and other non-meat snack food,” recalls McCloy. “I walked the full length of the stadium, knowing full well the odds were not in my favor. I was amazed by the abundance of food and the absolute lack of anything vegetarian or healthy.”

McCloy’s hopes for vegetarian fare were raised when she encountered a Subway food stand, as she knew Subway sells vegetarian sandwiches. However, the sandwiches being sold were pre-prepared—and none of them were vegetarian.

McCloy politely spoke with a Dodger Stadium concession manager about the lack of vegetarian food. A sympathetic and caring soul, he appreciated McCloy’s concerns. Soon after, the Subway stand started selling a vegetarian submarine sandwich.

The incident at Dodger Stadium was the beginning of McCloy’s mission to persuade Major League Baseball teams to sell vegetarian food in their venues. Today, ten Major League Baseball stadiums sell vegetarian entrees, particularly veggie dogs, due in part to McCloy’s efforts. Via her Web site, McCloy is persuading other baseball teams, minor and major, to offer vegetarian food at their venues.

The ten teams that offer veggie dogs and other vegetarian fare are: Chicago White Sox (Comiskey Park), Cincinnati Reds (Cinergy Field), Florida Marlins (ProPlayer Stadium), Houston Astros (Minute Maid Park), Los Angeles Dodgers (Dodger Stadium), Milwaukee Brewers (Miller Park), Oakland Athletics (Network Associates Coliseum), San Francisco Giants (Pacific Bell Park), Seattle Mariners (Safeco Field), and Toronto Blue Jays (Sky Dome). In addition, the Norfolk Tides, a Triple A team, now sells veggie dogs at Virginia’s Harbor Park.

McCloy is the first person to admit that persuading a large, multi-faceted business organization to offer vegetarian food is a difficult and time-consuming ordeal. It’s one, she’s discovered, that requires patience, diplomacy, and a lot of persistence. One formidable obstacle is that sports stadiums, as a rule, have a no-compete clause with the companies that supply meat to them. Typically, this means that a stadium can’t offer competing products, including vegetarian ones, throughout the duration of a meat supplier’s contract. McCloy, though, has succeeded in getting veggie dogs and other vegetarian food into stadiums by being polite and non-confrontational, informed (one of her most persuasive arguments is that many nonvegetarians want meatless options), and tenacious.

While McCloy initially focused on baseball stadiums, she’s expanded her efforts to include other public venues, such as zoos, where food is sold. “I want to get vegetarian food into mainstream venues,” says McCloy.

One of the most valuable lessons McCloy has learned from her experience is disarmingly simple: Speak up. “People’s voices have a lot more power than they know,” says McCloy. “One voice does make a difference.”

Thanks to McCloy and the many compassionate persons who have contacted teams through, more and more persons will be able to participate in a new American tradition—attending a ball game, amidst the noisy crowd, and being nourished by a cold beer, a bag of unshelled peanuts, and a veggie dog. To me, that sounds like a fun thing to do on a summer afternoon.

For detailed team and venue information and resources, including contact information for the New York Mets and Yankees, neither of which offers vegetarian entrees, visit

War Resisters League Offers Vegetarian Calendar

Want a 2003 desk calendar that’s totally vegetarian? Pick up a copy of Nourishing the Nonviolent Revolution, a spiral-bound 5” x 8” calendar and cookbook being sold by the War Resisters League, a nonviolent anti-war organization founded in 1923 [see Benn and Jameson in Satya, November 2002]. The 128-page weekly calendar contains vegetarian recipes for main dishes, soups, salads, and other entrees. Half of the recipes are vegan.

Calendars cost $12.95 and are mailed bulk rate. All proceeds benefit the War Resisters League. Allow four weeks for delivery or enclose an extra $2.50 per calendar for first-class postage. Send your order electronically via, or via mail with payment to War Resisters League, 339 Lafayette St., New York, NY, 10012, or fax your order with credit card number (Visa or Mastercard) to (212) 228-6193.



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