Resources for Schools
Vegetarian and vegan food and ethics are increasingly part of the curriculum. Discussing them in class opens up minds to new food ingredients, religious diets, environmental awareness, healthy eating, food intollerance and catering for everyone.
School caterers also often benefit from support and information when catering for vegetarian and vegan diets.
Coursework and Talks
There are a wide range of people who can give talks, cookery demos and support on vegan and vegetarian topics. See our guide to getting vegetarian presentations and cookery demos.
Support for Caterers
There are many resources available for caterers wanting to do good vegan and vegetarian dishes, as well as covering for dairy intollerance and other special diets. We'll be listing them here shortly. Meanwhile, contact activeg for support.
Support for teenagers and students wanting to eat vegan or vegetarian
Particularly when you first go veggie, it can be hard to get the support and information you need from those around you to make it straightforward. Existing veggie and vegans understand and can help. See our young veggies and vegans page for further details of how to get the support you need. Also we give ideas and resources to help you encourage your school to get more veggie input in the curriculum and kitchen.
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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.