Not So Random Thoughts and Recipes


 August 6, 2012

Subway World Headquaters
Fred DeLuca, Founder/President
325 Bic Drive
Milford, CT 06461

RE: Vegan and gluten-free options

Dear Mr. DeLuca:

Thank you for testing vegan options in the Washington DC area. I heartily encourage you to continue offering this healthy alternative in D.C. and to expand your vegan menu to other Subways throughout country.

Ike’s Place is a sandwich shop that recently opened in Santa Rosa, CA. There are three other Ike’s locations throughout the Bay Area. They offer humane meat options and nearly every option has a vegan counterpart. They have an exclusive vegan menu that is outstanding. I’ve never tasted a better sandwich vegan or otherwise.

Subway offers so few vegan options that I rarely eat at your restaurants. Subway has so much to gain here in California by expanding the menu to include vegan and gluten-free meals. As a blogger and activist, I would be happy to announce the great news if Subway offered vegan fare. After completing this letter to you I will compose a letter to the editor about our fabulous new Ike’s Place sandwich shop in town to alert vegans, vegetarians, and meat eaters alike of a new great place to eat. If Ike’s Place does well I’m assured of a great place to find a delicious casual vegan meal for under $10. I urge you to check out Ike’s Place at: to get a good idea of what is hugely successful in our area.

Thank you for taking the time to consider my viewpoint. I would greatly appreciate a written response.

Sincerely yours,

cc:    Kevin Kane, Public Relations Manager
        Suzanne Greco, Vice President of Research and Development
        Tony Pace, Chief Marketing Officer

May 2011

Environmental Protection Agency
Administrator Lisa P. Jackson
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460

RE: Methyl iodide ban

Dear Administrator Jackson, 

I strongly urge you to speak out against the use of methyl iodide. Methyl iodide is a known carcinogen and neurotoxin that causes late-term miscarriages. I support the ban of all uses of methyl iodide (iodomethane) in the United States. Methyl iodide is far too toxic to be used safely as a soil fumigant pesticide, and has no place in our food chain.

Last year the state of California, the nation's largest producer of fresh fruits and vegetables approved methyl iodide, a potent carcinogen and neurotoxin for agricultural use on strawberries. This chemical is banned in New York and Washington. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now reconsidering this approval because of a significant outcry from scientists and consumers throughout the country. We need to demand that the EPA follow through and ban this chemical permanently.

I urge you to initiate Federal spending that would instead support forward-thinking farmers who grow food without relying on pesticides and chemicals and scientists who document effective practices for fumigant-free farming. These farmers and researchers steward our natural resources and offer important mechanisms for rural economic growth.

I respectfully ask that you protect the American’s health and safety and ban methyl iodide.

Thank you for taking the time to read my letter and consider my concerns. A response would be greatly appreciated.

Respectfully yours,