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Vesanto Melina


Vesanto Melina has taught nutrition at Seattle’s Bastyr University and at the University of  British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She was co-author of the joint Position Paper on Vegetarian Diets of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) and Dietitians of Canada. She is an internationally known speaker and has presented workshops on vegetarian nutrition to over 2200 dietitians throughout North America and received the Clintec award for leadership in dietetics. She is co-author of 10 books on vegetarian and vegan nutrition, that are now in 8 languages. These include the popular “Becoming” series: "Becoming Vegetarian”, "The New Becoming Vegetarian”, "Becoming Vegan” and "Becoming Raw.” ( Her latest book, "Becoming Vegan: Express Edition" with fellow dietitian Brenda Davis, was given star rating by the American Library Association as "the go-to book" on vegan nutrition, won a 2014 Canada Book Award, and was a finalist for ForeWord’s Book of the Year award in the U.S. ( )