Eating vegan for the environment
Replacing animal products with the huge diversity of vegan food out there could be the biggest thing an individual can do to slow global warming and improve the environment.
There has been a huge growth in information on this, and we will link to the most pertinent and well respected sources here, for anyone to refer to, inluding students, teachers, activists, environmentalists and aspiring vegans and veggies.
- Vegetarian Society's snappy summary with links to statistics
- Summary of how eating vegan could be the biggest thing you can do for the planet (includes an original graph)
- YouTube video of presentation on livestock and the environment and the current lack of focus on it.
- Latest veggie environmental news
- Animal Aid's wrecking the planet factfile.
- United Nations report highlights livestock as the top contributor to global warming.
- Compassion in World Farming reports - to encourage people to at least meat reduce for the planet (5 meat reducers = 1 vegan in eco terms).
- IVU's listing of key sites on meat eating and global warming.
display and presentation materials
- T3V environment posters - A series of A4 smart high-visibility posters on this subject by Stephen of Thames Valley Vegans & Vegetarians.
- Contact us and we may be able to email you powerpoint presentations available to us.
public speakers and cookery demonstrators
- Animal Aid can provide a speaker on eco-vegan issues and a very wide range of animal and ethical issues.
- Viva! and Vegetarian and Vegan Foundation speakers' network
- Vegetarian Society speakers' network
- T3V speakers in the Thames Valley & Berkshire area providing a wide variety of workshops, debating sessions and cookery demonstrations for schools and adult groups of all sizes.
- Michael Gregar MD, from the USA, who sometimes does UK speaking tours and has excellent in-depth DVDs, mainly of a medical nature
what else should be listed here?
Contact us if you have or know about more excellent resources, or good websites to link to for listings of environmental events active vegans can join in with.
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Veganism is often heralded as a very healthy way to eat. It certainly can be, and has more chance of being so than standard western eating habits. It avoids many of the dangers of omnivorous diets, as well as containing much better quantities of most essential nutrients. However, there are still some key nutrients we need to search out and help other vegans be aware of, to keep us in tip top condition and avoid risks. Then it can be a healthy diet for life for us all.
That's why we developed this key vegan nutrition page for everyone.
Most medicines are tested on animals and many contain animal ingredients. We vegans and vegetarians all have to make our own minds up about the medicines we use, by being well informed and listening to all views.
Widely varying opinions exist on the pros and cons of different medications, particularly vaccinations. These lead to different conclusions from different people, with strong views even amongst professionals on each side, even before you get to the animal welfare issues. We will not pretend to know the efficacy and potential side-effects of drugs here.
Being vegan or vegetarian does not mean you automatically doubt the value of any vaccination and western medicine per se, any more than it means you will believe in every alternative that comes along. This is a separate consideration.
We have a growing set of articles on common vegan issues for parents. Do contact us if you have anything to add to the articles we already have or any feedback - we'd love to hear from you!
There are some enterprising vegans out there wanting to make and sell lovely products. ActiVeg claims no great knowledge about setting up businesses, so always get professional advice and talk to others who have done similar. However, here are a few ideas to consider to get you going. Feel free to add your experiences and comments below.
This document highlights the changes made to LVW when it matured into ActiVeg Network
There are many animal products in food production and cooking used for their particular structural or chemical characteristics, which often have good animal-free alternatives.
This article will help manufacturers consider alternatives to animal products so as to increase their market share, by improving food choice for religious and food intollerance groups, without exiting the food's main market, as well as raising awareness of both the animal-based products and equivalents from plants, minerals and synthetic compounds.
What works for me to solve every day maladies, or at least lighten them. Check with a doctor and all that jazz.