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An honest conversation on veganism with Heather Mills – New Food

In light of her upcoming contributions to Food Integrity 2020, Heather Mills, Owner of VBites Group, discusses all things vegan with New Foods Sam Mehmet.

After losing my leg in 1993, I was told I had to go vegan, Heather Mills, Founder and Owner of vegan brand, VBites, revealed.At the time, veganism was virtually unheard of, most people could not even comprehend the concept or its reasonings, Mills toldNew Food.

The advice to go vegan was given to Mills as a way to help heal the infection in her leg created by a road traffic amputation. Theres always an extreme reason for going vegan; its usually for health, animals or the planet. For me, it was health initially, she said. Back then I didnt know anything about animal cruelty or the environmental problems, I just thought, well, Ill try anything to improve my health. My diet started to include things like raw wheatgrass, ingredients that were entirely new to my palette, and within two weeks, my leg had healed.

After deciding to remain a vegan, Mills described becoming more and more frustrated with the lack of choice available on the market. She decided to take things into her own hands, going onto study food science and eventually replicating meat products such as burgers and hotdogs using plant-based ingredients.

Mills had 130 recipes by the end and started to approach large-scale companies around the world in an attempt to demonstrate that she could replicate their products without even thinking about animals.

Now its proving to be big business, the big players all want to step in and take a piece of the vegan pie

In early 2000, she toldNew Foodthat she almost came to an agreement with McDonalds but was informed the move to plant-based was too early. It was this that inspired her to open her own cafes, start producing products herself and invest in a factory.

I began producing vegan fish steaks, vegan duck, chorizo, different cheeses and so on. I knew that the meat and dairy industry would be against my developments because of the misinformation about meat and dairy alternatives, but I continued my journey, she said. I started exploring microprotein isolates from algae, mushroom protein isolates, oat protein isolates and so on.

I decided I had to go big or go home; I knew that the conglomerates would finally wake up to the plant-based movement. I was also sure that they would not invest quickly enough to have plant-based only facilities.

Mills went on to purchase a number of factories from the likes of Walkers/Pepsi-Cola and Coty. Today she has four different factories, one of which is an allergen-free environment to ensure no cross-contamination.

Theres always an extreme reason for going vegan; its usually for health, animals or the planet. For me, it was health initially.

Our facilities have always been 100 percent plant-based, but unfortunately not everyone that goes into vegan manufacturing actually cares about being vegan for the right reasons. Theyre just looking at it as profit, Mills contended.

In my opinion, the only reason for the plant-based boom is money.Now its proving to be big business, the big players all want to step in and take a piece of the vegan pie. Some of them have left it a bit late, and we have had to help out.

Although industry is witnessing a plant-based market boom, Mills said the vegan uptake is still not high enough. She vented her frustration over those who say I cant go vegan because it is now easy due to the now diverse range of great products available, such as the likes of VBites.

Mills also voiced her pride over VBites focus on attaining local procurement. We want to make each country sufficient on the plants that they have within their own countries, she said, and for those without plants, we have developed algae that we can make into supplements and then the biomass into products. The protein isolate will become the future of all plant-based product because you dont need to procure internationally. You can grow it anywhere, in any country.

Every two and a half tonnes of algae grown depletes CO2 by one and a half tonnes, Mills explained, and it is said to use just a tiny quantity of water, which is also recycled.

If everyone ate algae, it would take three years for world starvation to be eliminated, she continued. The answers are there, its just the greed of the big corporations that dont want to give simple solutions that is causing delay. They want to control the market.

She continued, We have been duped for so long with milk, being told its good for us and full of calcium, but we havent been told its full of antibiotics. We havent been told it depletes more calcium from our bones than we actually have, which is why countries that do not drink milk do not have the same osteoporosis and brittle bone problems we have in the UK.

If everyone ate algae, it would take three years for world starvation to be eliminate.

To normalise veganism, Mills states that stakeholders at every level must collaborate. It is about education and sharing knowledge and experience. The people that annoy me the most are the hierarchy vegans, who basically were not vegan but suddenly discovered veganism as a trend and are now judgemental and critical to the people that havent yet educated themselves, for one reason or another. Life is not just about being vegan, unfortunately.

We can educate people by holding their hand, and not slapping them in the face for doing the wrong thing.

If people are actively researching how to move to plant-based alternatives in a way that is best suited to them to stick to it as an individual, any changes are better than none and are making a huge difference to the animals, the environment, and to everything else. While consumers can educate themselves and their peers, Mills explained that the entire industry supply chain also has a responsibility to ensure that every step of a food products journey is completed in a way that is as optimal to the environment as possible. Its got to start from the origin supply chain into manufacturing, and then into the supermarket, she said. The supermarkets squeeze the farmers and the manufacturers so much that they are the only one stopping everything from being plastic free. All the technology is there, all the machinery is there; the consumer can still get food for a good price and the ethical ones are willing to pay a few pennies more. But right now, the pressure is all on farmers, manufacturers and consumers. The supermarkets are the ones making the humongous margins, while they shout out we plan to go plastic free by 2030, she contended.

Supermarkets squeeze the farmers and the manufacturers so much that they are the only one stopping everything from being plastic free

I have seen so many companies go under recently because of statements like that and then others that are new and excited to be working with a big supermarket then that supermarket dumps them. I have saved about five families through some horrific treatment of certain stores, where they had been supplying supermarkets for 10 years and then they just de-listed them with two weeks notice.

Mills believes veganism to have a prosperous future ahead and predicts ingredient innovation goes hand-in-hand with this increased uptake.

It will move in this order: soy first, pea protein second, and then coconut..It will then move forward with more advanced technology into mushroom based products, then oat-based and finally algae.

Mills was optimistic of algaes future, envisaging it to be the next big thing. Its literally the most ethical, sustainable and incredible product that we can use to make meat, fish and dairy alternatives. I am positive we are going to see much more of algae and very soon.

Heather Mills is the Founder of the plant based ethical Vegan food company VBites. She has encountered an unusual life of extraordinary circumstances. In 1993 Heather suffered the loss of her left leg below the knee due to an accident. To save her amputated leg from constant infection she went on a plant-based diet and subsequently created the pioneering international plant based ethical Vegan food company, VBites, which now exports to 24 countries, offers 130 plant-based products and has won 80 awards.

Heather will be speaking on day two (19 March) of Food Integrity about ethics and sustainability. To find out more about Heathers contributions, and to view the full agenda for the event, click here.

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Three ways to survive as a vegan at UMass – Amherst Wire

Being a vegan college student is easier than you think.

AMHERST Being a vegan or a vegetarian is often thought of as too difficult a lifestyle to live out in college. Dining halls typically cater to people who eat animal products, buying groceries can get expensive, and going out to eat with friends can get tricky if you dont know what youre doing.

Luckily, this is the University of Massachusetts Amherst, land of number one dining, and there are plenty of ways to keep to a low budget while buying groceries, not to mention, Amherst has a ton of vegan friendly places to eat.

1. Dining Halls

Ive been a vegan for four years now, and Ive only gotten better at it with time. Truthfully, at first I had no idea what I was doing, but by the time I had read a few articles and a book or two, the whole lifestyle had fallen into place. Although I didnt choose UMass because of its famous dining halls, its been convenient for me nonetheless because they do a great job labeling their food and having vegan options.

Personally, I think Franklin Dining Commons has the best vegan section on campus out of all the other dining halls. Almost every time I go to Frank, their vegetarian/vegan line is all vegan whereas at the other dining halls you have to double check and make sure what youre getting is what you want. Typically Ive found that their options are more appealing too, rather than steamed vegetables or salads most days.

But if were talking pizza, Worcester Dining Commons is the place to go. Hands down, they have the best vegan pizza Ive ever had, and its even better when they put all those veggies on it!

At Blue Wall there are several different meals you can get as a vegan, but the tofu pho from Star Ginger is definitely my favorite. I love their vegetarian broth, which is actually vegan, because its salty and adds a lot of flavor to the meal. Coming in at number two would be the pre-packaged meals at Harvest. Whether its the dumplings, pesto risotto or one of the pastas like the pad thai, these little meals are easy to grab on the go, fill you up and taste amazing!

2. Grocery Shopping

I live in the North Apartments on campus and am lucky enough to have a decent size kitchen that I love to use. However, one of the arguments I hear against veganism in college is that buying vegan food is expensive. Im here to say, thats not really true.

Yes, buying vegan food can get expensive if youre buying Beyond Burgers or sausages everytime you go grocery shopping. It can even get expensive if youre buying any of the bigger brand names, like JUST Egg or Daiya. Even though I really like the Beyond Burger, JUST Egg, and Daiyas vegan cheeses, I dont buy them everytime I go food shopping because I see them as more of a treat yourself kind of thing. Plus, theyre not all that healthy.

I typically buy produce from Trader Joes. If you havent been enlightened to the establishment that is Trader Joes, youre missing out. I think that Trader Joes is the best place to get groceries in the Amherst area because its way more affordable than any other grocery store Ive been to. Plus, they have a lot of their own cool little vegan snacks (my mom always gets me the Trader Joes soft-baked snickerdoodle cookies when I come home). This time of year, fruit can get very expensive even at Trader Joes, so I do my best to look for good sales and stay away from fruit such as raspberries, which are overpriced at the moment.

I always make sure to have a package of tofu or seitan in my fridge along with some lentils in the cabinet. As long as you have good spices to cook with, youre looking at a good meal. If you dont know any good vegan recipes, check out Pinterestthey have a solution for everything. Vegan pancakes? Covered. Vegan stir-fry? Covered. Vegan buffalo wings? You guessed it, covered.

3. Where to Eat Out

When you and your friends wake up on that dreary Sunday morning and everyone wants to go out to breakfast, I suggest you either go to the Lone Wolf in Amherst center, or Cushman Cafe in Amherst. Both places have an additional vegan menu, and some of the best breakfast food ever. At the Lone Wolf they have everything between vegan omelettes and a tasty french toast. My favorite sandwich to get at Cushman Cafe is the Primrose, described on their menu as; On a Roll- Fakin bacon w/hash brown patty, pepper-jack cheese, tomato and spinach on a roll.

For lunch and dinner, Ive found Pulse Cafe in Hadley to be especially vegan friendly, because theyre plant-based, and delicious. My favorite place to go for sushi with my friends is Ginger Garden in Amherst, where the sweet potato roll and crunchy tofu roll are to die for.

So when it comes down to wondering whether a vegan lifestyle is maintainable in college the answer is yes! Whether you like the dining halls, cooking at home, or going out to eat every now and again, theres always an option at a university like UMass.

Email Elisabeth Morgan at [emailprotected] and follow her on Twitter @lizziewmorgan and on Instagram @elisabethmorgan.

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The Vegan Diet A Complete Guide for Beginners

The vegan diet has become very popular.

Increasingly more people have decided to go vegan for ethical, environmental or health reasons.

When done right, such a diet may result in various health benefits, including a trimmer waistline and improved blood sugar control.

Nevertheless, a diet based exclusively on plant foods may, in some cases, increase the risk of nutrient deficiencies.

This article is a detailed beginner's guide to the vegan diet. It aims to cover everything you need to know, so you can follow a vegan diet the right way.

Veganism is defined as a way of living that attempts to exclude all forms of animal exploitation and cruelty, whether for food, clothing or any other purpose.

For these reasons, the vegan diet is devoid of all animal products, including meat, eggs and dairy.

People choose to follow a vegan diet for various reasons.

These usually range from ethics to environmental concerns, but they can also stem from a desire to improve health.

There are different varieties of vegan diets. The most common include:

Although several variations of the vegan diet exist, most scientific research rarely differentiates between different types of vegan diets.

Therefore, the information provided in this article relates to vegan diets as a whole.

Vegans tend to be thinner and have a lower body mass index (BMI) than non-vegans (2, 3).

This might explain why an increasing number of people turn to vegan diets as a way to lose excess weight.

Part of the weight-related benefits vegans experience may be explained by factors other than diet. These may include healthier lifestyle choices, such as physical activity, and other health-related behaviors.

However, several randomized controlled studies, which control for these external factors, report that vegan diets are more effective for weight loss than the diets they are compared to (4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13).

Interestingly, the weight loss advantage persists even when whole-food-based diets are used as control diets.

These include diets recommended by the American Dietetics Association (ADA), the American Heart Association (AHA) and the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) (4, 5, 6, 7).

What's more, researchers generally report that participants on vegan diets lose more weight than those following calorie-restricted diets, even when they're allowed to eat until they feel full (4, 8).

The natural tendency to eat fewer calories on a vegan diet may be caused by a higher dietary fiber intake, which can make you feel fuller.

Adopting a vegan diet may help keep your blood sugar in check and type 2 diabetes at bay.

Several studies show that vegans benefit from lower blood sugar levels, higher insulin sensitivity and up to a 78% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than non-vegans (14, 15, 16, 17).

In addition, vegan diets reportedly lower blood sugar levels in diabetics up to 2.4 times more than diets recommended by the ADA, AHA and NCEP (5, 6, 18).

Part of the advantage could be explained by the higher fiber intake, which may blunt the blood sugar response. A vegan diet's weight loss effects may further contribute to its ability to lower blood sugar levels (4, 6, 9, 10).

A vegan diet may help keep your heart healthy.

Observational studies report vegans may have up to a 75% lower risk of developing high blood pressure and 42% lower risk of dying from heart disease (16, 19).

Randomized controlled studies the gold standard in research add to the evidence.

Several report that vegan diets are much more effective at reducing blood sugar, LDL and total cholesterol than diets they are compared to (4, 5, 9, 20, 21).

These effects could be especially beneficial since reducing blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar may reduce heart disease risk by up to 46% (22).

Vegan diets are linked to an array of other health benefits, including benefits for:

That said, keep in mind that most of the studies supporting these benefits are observational. This makes it difficult to determine whether the vegan diet directly caused the benefits.

Randomized controlled studies are needed before strong conclusions can be made.

Vegans avoid eating any animal foods, as well as any foods containing ingredients derived from animals. These include:

Health-conscious vegans substitute animal products with plant-based replacements, such as:

Favoring a well-planned diet that limits processed foods and replaces them with nutrient-rich ones instead is important for everyone, not only vegans.

That said, those following poorly planned vegan diets are particularly at risk of certain nutrient deficiencies.

In fact, studies show that vegans are at a higher risk of having inadequate blood levels of vitamin B12, vitamin D, long-chain omega-3s, iodine, iron, calcium and zinc (44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56).

Not getting enough of these nutrients is worrisome for everyone, but it may pose a particular risk to those with increased requirements, such as children or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Your genetic makeup and the composition of your gut bacteria may also influence your ability to derive the nutrients you need from a vegan diet.

One way to minimize the likelihood of deficiency is to limit the amount of processed vegan foods you consume and opt for nutrient-rich plant foods instead.

Fortified foods, especially those enriched with calcium, vitamin D and vitamin B12, should also make a daily appearance on your plate.

Furthermore, vegans wanting to enhance their absorption of iron and zinc should try fermenting, sprouting and cooking foods (34).

Also, the use of iron cast pots and pans for cooking, avoiding tea or coffee with meals and combining iron-rich foods with a source of vitamin C can further boost iron absorption (57).

Moreover, the addition of seaweed or iodized salt to the diet can help vegans reach their recommended daily intake of iodine (58).

Lastly, omega-3 containing foods, especially those high in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), can help the body produce longer-chain omega-3s such as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

Foods high in ALA include chia, hemp, flaxseeds, walnuts and soybeans. However, there's debate regarding whether this conversion is efficient enough to meet daily needs (59, 60).

Therefore, a daily intake of 200300 mg of EPA and DHA from an algae oil supplement may be a safer way to prevent low levels (61).

Some vegans may find it difficult to eat enough of the nutrient-rich or fortified foods above to meet their daily requirements.

In this case, the following supplements can be particularly beneficial:

To help get you started, here's a simple plan covering a week's worth of vegan meals:

Remember to vary your sources of protein and vegetables throughout the day, as each provides different vitamins and minerals that are important for your health.

Dining out as a vegan can be challenging.

One way to reduce stress is to identify vegan-friendly restaurants ahead of time by using websites such as Happycow or Vegguide. Apps like VeganXpress and Vegman may also be helpful.

When dining in a non-vegan establishment, try scanning the menu online beforehand to see what vegan options they may have for you.

Sometimes, calling ahead of time allows the chef to arrange something especially for you. This permits you to arrive at the restaurant confident that you'll have something hopefully more interesting than a side salad to order.

When picking a restaurant on the fly, make sure to ask about their vegan options as soon as you step in, ideally before being seated.

When in doubt, opt for ethnic restaurants. They tend to have dishes that are naturally vegan-friendly or can be easily modified to become so. Mexican, Thai, Middle-Eastern, Ethiopian and Indian restaurants tend to be great options.

Once in the restaurant, try identifying the vegetarian options on the menu and asking whether the dairy or eggs can be removed to make the dish vegan-friendly.

Another easy tip is to order several vegan appetizers or side dishes to make up a meal.

Snacks are a great way to stay energized and keep hunger at bay between meals.

Some interesting, portable vegan options include:

Whenever planning a vegan snack, try to opt for fiber- and protein-rich options, which can help keep hunger away.

Here are some frequently asked questions about veganism.

Absolutely not. Although some vegans choose to do so, raw veganism isn't for everyone. Many vegans eat cooked food, and there is no scientific basis for you to eat only raw foods.

A vegan diet that emphasizes nutritious, whole plant foods and limits processed ones may help you lose weight.

As mentioned in the weight loss section above, vegan diets tend to help people eat fewer calories without having to consciously restrict their food intake.

That said, when matched for calories, vegan diets are no more effective than other diets for weight loss (65).

There are many plant-based milk alternatives to cow's milk. Soy and hemp varieties contain more protein, making them more beneficial to those trying to keep their protein intake high.

Whichever plant milk you choose, ensure it's enriched with calcium, vitamin D and, if possible, vitamin B12.

Soybeans are great sources of plant-based protein. They contain an array of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds that are linked to various health benefits (66, 67, 68, 69, 70).

However, soy may suppress thyroid function in predisposed individuals and cause gas and diarrhea in others (71, 72).

It's best to opt for minimally processed soy food products such as tofu and edamame and limit the use of soy-based mock meats.

Fermented soy products such as tempeh and natto are especially beneficial, as fermentation helps improve the absorption of nutrients (34).

Chia and flaxseeds are a great way to replace eggs in baking. To replace one egg, simply mix one tablespoon of chia or ground flaxseeds with three tablespoons of hot water and allow it to rest until it gels.

Mashed bananas can also be a great alternative to eggs in some cases.

Vegans can ensure they meet their daily protein requirements by including protein-rich plant foods in their daily meals.

Check out this article for a more in-depth look at the best sources of plant protein.

Calcium-rich foods include bok choy, kale, mustard greens, turnip greens, watercress, broccoli, chickpeas and calcium-set tofu.

Fortified plant milks and juices are also a great way for vegans to increase their calcium intake.

The RDA for calcium is 1,000 mg per day for most adults and increases to 1,200 mg per day for adults over 50 years old (73).

Some argue that vegans may have slightly lower daily requirements because of the lack of meat in their diets. Not much scientific evidence can be found to support or negate this claim.

However, current studies show that vegans consuming less than 525 mg of calcium each day have an increased risk of bone fractures (55).

For this reason, vegans should aim to consume 525 mg of calcium per day at the very least.

Vitamin B12 is generally found in animal foods. Some plant foods may contain a form of this vitamin, but there's still debate about whether this form is active in humans (74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80).

Despite circulating rumors, there's no scientific evidence to support unwashed produce as a reliable source of vitamin B12.

The daily recommended intake is 2.4 mcg per day for adults, 2.6 mcg per day during pregnancy and 2.8 mcg per day while breastfeeding (81).

Vitamin B12-fortified products and supplements are the only two reliable forms of vitamin B12 for vegans.

Unfortunately, many vegans seem to fail to consume sufficient vitamin B12 to meet their daily requirements (82, 83, 84).

If you're unable to meet your daily requirements through the use of vitamin B12-fortified products, you should definitely consider taking a vitamin B12 supplement.

Individuals may choose veganism for ethical, environmental or health reasons.

When done right, the vegan diet can be easy to follow and may provide various health benefits.

As with any diet, these benefits only appear if you are consistent and build your diet around nutrient-rich plant foods rather than heavily processed ones.

Vegans, especially those who are unable to meet their daily nutrient requirements through diet alone, should consider supplements.

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How Veganism Can Be a Tool of DecolonizationAnd Delicious Too – Chowhound

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If youre looking for an intersectional view of veganismand a leader who wears many hatsmeet Dr. A. Breeze Harper. A national speaker who has given many workshops, shes also a critical race feminist scholar in cultural food studies, and a strategic diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant with a heavy focus on animal rights, tech, and plant-based foods sectors. In addition, she edited Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health and Society and her social fiction book Scars: A Black Lesbian Experience in White Rural New England was groundbreaking in how it used food and veganism to explore racial oppression and rural identities.

Shes currently at work on her third book, Seeds of Sankofa, which she describes as an Afro-futuristic framing of what it means to have a future of veganism in the USA within the rubric of racial capitalism; the premise being that you can have an entirely vegan USA and still have human oppression as long as capitalism (especially based on the antebellum plantation model) exists as the only economic system.

We spoke with her about her personal vegan journey, veganism through an intersectional lens, and tips for going vegan yourself.

Whats your vegan story?

I became vegan about 15 years ago, after I was diagnosed with fibroid tumors. I had been introduced to the book Sacred Woman which focused on plant-based dietary philosophy for people with wombs (as not all with wombs identify as girl or woman). Queen Afua, the writer, emphasized that reproductive health issues such as cysts and fibroids could be cured or alleviated through a holistic plant-based diet focused on super greens like kale, chlorella, and spirulina, coupled with whole grains and purified water.

I was introduced to the book at work, after my colleague found me in a fetal position under my desk, suffering from killer menstrual cramps exacerbated by my fibroids. So, I began [a vegan diet], adhering to the regimen in Sacred Woman. I ended up curing my fibroids and this was verified via an OB/GYN who performed a special ultrasound, 2 in one year to verify that hed never seen something like that before and [said], Whatever you are doing, keep on doing it.

It then occurred to me if Id never been taught that what I eat can affect my menstruation so negativelywhat else had been lied about? I dig deeper into vegans, going from dietary to understanding it politically, ethically, and historically. Dick Gregorys work pushed me to start thinking about my own commitment to social and racial justice, as he was vegan and promoted veganism as a way to address multiple levels of oppression: against nonhuman animals and against the nutritional racism that [the] Black community [experienced]. This was powerful how he and Afua helped me engage in veganism through an intersectional lens.

How would you say you are trying to change lives through veganism?

I am not trying to change anyones lives as much as share my knowledge and awareness of how veganism can function as a decolonizing tool for our minds and bodiesand how to understand that the way non-human animals are treated is part of the machinery of systemic oppression (racism, sexism, classism) that often goes unrecognized by the mainstream.

What can people do to make their transition to veganism easier?

This is a good question and there is no universal answer. First of all, I come from a place of economic privilegeIm lower middle class and I have access to food choices via Trader Joes, Whole Foods, and farmers markets. I have access to my own car and/or public transportation. I can really only give my suggestions within the positionality. My transition was made easier because I had the privilege of choice and accessand, I also had a supportive boyfriend (now husband). Be gentle on yourself, as most people dont do anything 100 percent and make an overnight change.

Surround yourself with others with similar ethical beliefs about eating, as it can be hard if you are the only one. For a lot of us ethnic or racial minorities, we face being seen as sell outs or not appreciating our cultural foods (if they are carnicentric). Cultural identity is important. There are a lot of vegan chefs and blogs out there that connect veganism to ones specific ethnic food ways.

Make sure you are getting the nutrition you need for your unique body and situation. Everyone is different. Are you lactating? Make sure you are getting enough good fats, minerals, and calories to support yourself and your new baby. Are you a hill runner? Make sure you are getting plant-based sources of magnesium, protein, calcium, etc. that is necessary for optimal performance. If its in your budget or if you have access to health care insurance, think about connecting with a vegan nutritionist. I have a twin brother and he is a bodybuilder. His dietary needs are completely different than mine (a mom of 4 biological kids who is a hill runner and has been nursing nonstop for 11 years).

Related Reading: How Do Vegans Get Enough Protein?

What was your biggest challenge when going vegan, and how did you deal with it?

I have to be honest and say I had not many challenges. I was confident in my decision, as I was in so much pain from my tumors and didnt want a hysterectomy like my relatives, who had the same issues at such a young age. A big challenge for me is that Im a black feminist theorist. Integral to my studies is how race and gender shape experience in the USAthis includes veganism. When I first transitioned, it was hard to navigate a world of post-racial post-class vegan blogs, sites, books, etc. that assumed everyone was [a] white middle-class person who had that type of relationship to food. Furthermore, a big challenge was trying to integrate intersectional approaches to veganism without being told race and gender have nothing to do with veganism.

What are your best, most practical meal-planning tips for vegans?

Again, I can only speak for myself and from a place of economic and geographical privilege. Gain nutrition knowledge. If its in your budget, dont be afraid to experiment with different types of plant-based options. Go online and learn how to make something from a recipe blog if you are able to.

Also, there is a lot of hype about packaged vegan foods. Yea, they are convenient, but they are uber expensive and you dont need to purchase that. I make most of my food from scratch. Buying organic vegan made ice cream, cookies, burgers is expensive and I prefer to just make my own and I love it. Its like chemistry.

As a busy mom (3, 6, 8 and 10 year olds) I often dont have a lot of time for breakfast for myself in the morning. I am into smoothies as a meal replacement in the morning. I will steam of bag of kale for 5 minutes and then throw it in the blender with 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds, 1/3 cup of hempseed (hulled)which is 20 grams of proteina big chunk of fresh ginger, chlorella, spirulina, a whole grapefruit, 1 or 2 pitted dates, lots of fresh mint leaves, 1 teaspoon of turmeric, some water. Its nutrient dense and a complete fresh meal. Im not really into protein powders.

What are some of your favorite vegan dishes?

[A] homemade tempeh dish with pumpkin seeds, tomatoes, garlic, and basil, slowly stewed. I really enjoy making my own ice creams out of hemp seeds and dates as fuel for my hill running. I like combing 1 cup of hulled hemp seeds, lots of fresh ginger, and a few dates and turmeric. Its high in protein, minerals, and ginger and turmeric are anti-inflammatory.

What are your favorite food indulgences?

Definitely vegan and ethically sourced chocolates (at least 72 percent dark) and homemade vegan ice cream.

Who in the vegan movement inspires you?

Aph Ko, Lauren Ornelas, Carol Adams, FFAC, Queen Afua, Bryant Terry, Dr. Ietef Vita, Pattrice Jones, Angela Davis, and Keith Tucker to name a few.

What are some of your accomplishments you feel especially proud of?

I am proud of my work on Sistah Vegan, as well as the last 12 years of integrating racial justice and inclusion into vegan culture studies and practices. Ive come a long way. When I first started with Sistah Vegan, mainstream vegan USA was irritated and annoyed that I dared to bring in race and gender into what was constructed as an objective, raceless, and genderless practice/philosophy. There was much hostility primarily from white people, when I first proposed the Sistah Vegan book anthology.

Im proud that I didnt just run away and instead, proposed this radical idea that being racialized and gendered in a white settler patriarchal nation like the USA will produce a different relationship to most practiceseven veganism and animal rightswhen we collectively look at Black folk vs white mainstreamor men vs other genders. I am proud that I was able to have multiple vegan pregnancies and have the confidence to do them, as well as create webinars for pregnant people who want to be vegan during pregnancy as well as lactating. Im also proud of creating a specialized diversity, inclusion, and consulting service that focuses on veganism and plant-based businesses and organizations.

What empowers you in your work?

Knowing that its alleviating suffering.

What do you wish every reader knew about veganism?

Its a type of ethical philosophy that does encompass diet, however, it is not the only thing. Veganism is tasty, fun, and for many, can improve many nutritional related diseases. However, it takes time to transition to a new anything, so just be gentle with yourself and try not to surround yourself with those who are judgemental and enjoy pointing out every little thing you do WRONG (supposedly) as you try to figure it out.

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.

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Four Restaurants in the UK Certify Vegan with BeVeg – VEGWORLD Magazine

Uk vegan Restaurants Seeds for the Soul, Peppercorn, The Place to VE, and Excalibur Certify Vegan and Join the Global BeVeg Vegan Only Establishments!

BeVeg international is a vegan certification firm with standards managed by lawyers. As the only law firm in the world to specialize in vegan certification, regulation, and advocacy, BeVeg is paving a path forward for veganism that is clearly defined and trusted.

While BeVeg focuses on vegan product certification, the restaurant vegan certification process is a service for the consumer who is searching for vegan only establishments, rather than places with just vegan friendly options. That means a vegetarian restaurant with vegan options will not be considered for BeVeg vegan restaurant certification. That also means a restaurant with a shared kitchen, which chances cross-contamination will also not be considered.

The purpose behind the global vegan network and free consumer restaurant app is to encourage vegans to patronize other vegan establishments to drive a vegan economy, which will ultimately drive the kind of change vegans wish to see in the world.

BeVeg exists to raise the standard for consumer transparency and is on a shared mission to make this world more compassionate and kind through legal advocacy and analysis. BeVeg demands honest information and only licenses use of its logo to conscious companies in alignment with the set out BeVeg vegan standards, as outlined at http://www.beveg.com.

BeVeg continues to be mentioned as the GOLD STANDARD for vegan certification in well- known news outlets like Forbes, California Winery Advisor, PETA, CBS, NBC, Social Life Magazine, LiveKindly, and the MinnesotaGrowler, VegNews, to name a few. In addition, BeVeg is used by celebrity supermodel, Christie Brinkley, and vegan icon from What The Health documentary, KipAnderson.

Likewise, our Founder and CEO is a former professional ballet dancer, turned super lawyer, TV legal eagle and vegan from birth and has been featured in many publications for her efforts in developing laws around veganism. Apart from her book: Vegan Law Know Your Rights, Carissa is also co-authoring a Vegan Law book with another vegan legal expert in Europe who is working with BeVeg, PETA, the ISO, and other organizations to develop a legally binding vegan standard.

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15 Vegan Women Activists of Color You Need to Know About – VegNews

Women have long been the heart and soul of the animal rights movement and a huge catalyst for the shift to mainstream veganism, and these brilliant and brave women-identified activists continue to make veganism more accessible, widespread, and approachable. From literary theorists to undercover investigators, and so much more, these fifteen incredible vegan activists are proving that in order to make history, you must first disrupt the status quo.

1. Aph KoDecolonial theorist, independent digital media producer, author, and public speaker are just a few of the many roles Ko holds. She founded Black Vegans Rock in 2015 to spotlight the voices and experiences of Black vegans after writing the first article that listed 100 Black Vegans, and she is a founding member of the North American Association for Critical Animal Studieswhich is a conference that takes place every other year for anti-speciesist research in human-animal relations. Her newest book, Racism as Zoological Witchcraft: A Guide to Getting Out (a combination of critical race theory, social commentary, veganism, and gender analysis), was published late last year.

2. Rubaiya AhmadThis Bangladesh-based animal activist was spurred to action more than a decade ago, after one of the dogs she cared for was killed by government cullers as part of an ineffective effort to control the countrys rabies problem. In 2009, she founded the countrys first animal welfare organization, Obhoyaronno (meaning Sanctuary), and started a program to sterilize and vaccinate free-roaming dogs against rabieseventually petitioning Dhaka city to end dog culling, which is now nearly nonexistent across the country. The organization has spayed or neutered more than 16,000 dogs to date. She also works continuously to help local schools adopt Meatless Monday and to get giant grocery chains to install vegan sections, and plans to focus on legislative reforms in the future.

3. Angela DavisBest known for her racial justice and human rights activism, Davis is also a longtime vegan, saying in a 2012 interview with Grace Lee Boggs:

Her long history of social justice works includes being the author of over ten books on class, feminism, and the US prison system; co-founding Critical Resistance, an organization working to abolish the prisonindustrial complex; and working as the department director of the feminist studies department at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

4. lauren OrnelasAn animal rights advocate for more than 30 years, Ornelas is the founder and executive director of the Food Empowerment Project (FEP), a non-profit food justice organization that encourages consumers to choose compassionate food choicesboth for human workers in the food system, and for the animals. Shes been credited with making Whole Foods CEO John Mackey go vegan, and has campaigns against chocolate produced by labor of West African slavescreating a list of approved, vegan, truly cruelty-free chocolate. Through FEP, Ornelas also helps organize an annual school supply drive for the children of farm workers, as well as a food drive.

5. Aryenish BirdieBirdie is currently the founder and executive director of Encompass, an organization that works to foster greater racial equity and inclusion in the animal rights movement and support activists of color. She previously worked as the Research Outreach and Legislative Policy Manager at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), promoting human-relevant alternatives to the use of animals in testing procedures, and helped secure legislative victories for lab animals. While part of PCRM, she was part of a four-woman team that worked to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act, ensuring that animal protection language was integrated into the law.

6. Dr. Amie Breeze HarperWith over 15 years of experience as a diversity, equity, and inclusion expertworking on everything from conference planning and publishing books and articles, to workshop design and facilitationHarpers experience is vast. Her work creating and editing Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak On Food, Identity, Health, and Society, a series of literary reflections from North American black-identified vegans, brought to the forefront a diversity of voices not previously given a platform by the vegan community. Harper currently gives talks that encourage literacy around how systemic racism operates in even the most ethical spaces, and offers consultancy services to help organizations with inclusion, diversity, and equity.

7. Michelle CarreraThis queer Puerto Rican vegan food justice activist founded NYCs Chilis on Wheels, an organization that works to make veganism accessible to communities in need by offering free plant-based meals, and the organization has since grown to 14 chapters in various cities. After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in September 2017, Carrera traveled there to provide food relief through Chilis on Wheels and helped serve over 15,000 meals in nursing homes, orphanages, domestic violence shelters, and other institutions. But Carrera didnt stop there! In 2018, she also founded Casa Vegana de la Comunidad in Puerto Rico, a permanent headquarters for Chilis on Wheels, and a vegan sustainability-focused house which hosts a micro-sanctuary for rescued animals.

8. Brenda SandersSanders is the founder and president of Afro-Vegan Society, a non-profit organization that makes the vegan lifestyle accessible and approachable in predominantly Black areas and neighborhoods, and is also co-founder and co-coordinator of Thrive Baltimore, a community resource center that provides education and support to those interested in adopting a healthier lifestyle. Sanders also helped organize and start the first Vegan SoulFest, an annual festival that celebrates culture and veganism. She is a founding member of PEP Foods, now called A Greener Kitchen, a collective of vegan food activists who aim to produce healthy foods that offer an affordable alternative to animal products in the Baltimore area. And thats just a few of Sanderss many accomplishments.

9. Jaya BhumitraWith nearly 20 years of experience with campaigns and public affairs, Bhumitras work for animals is multifaceted. From serving as Director of Corporate Outreach for Mercy for Animals and Director of Campaigns for Compassion Over Killing (now called Animal Outlook), to her current role as the Managing Director for Animal Charity Evaluators, a non-profit whose mission is to find and promote the most effective ways to help animals, she has worn many hats. In 2016, Bhumitra also established the corporate outreach department at Animal Equality, and in just three years, led 24 people across eight countries to achieve 120 animal welfare policies from the worlds largest food companies. She currently also serves as an Advisory Council Member for Encompass, an organization focused on racial equity in the animal rights movement.

10. Toni OkamotoThis multi-time cookbook author, former Food and Lifestyle Coordinator for Vegan Outreach, and founder of Plant Based on a Budgeta website that creates free and low-cost resources for individuals on a budget that demonstrates easy, affordable, plant-based eatingis on a mission to make veganism accessible for everyone. Okamoto created the Plant-Based on a Budget Meal Plans, which have helped thousands of people greatly reduce the costs of their grocery bills. She currently co-hosts The Plant-Powered People Podcast and regularly speaks at institutions and conferences about ways to make a plant-based diet healthy and affordable.

11. Dulce RamrezIn 2013, the Mexico chapter of Igualdad Animal (Animal Equality) was founded, with Ramrez leading the charge. In the seven years since its founding, she has worked with her team to end the use of animals in circuses in the state of Jalisco, develop educational programs, petition for legislative changes, and work with companies encouraging them to adopt policies that benefit animalssuch as offering more vegan options. Ramrez is one of only a few female investigators in Mexico working to document the lives of animals on factory farms, turning that footage into public campaigns.

12. Pei-Feng SuSu is the Executive Director and co-founder of ACTAsia, an organization dedicated to humane education in Asia, who puts her focus on educating young people to help them understand the interdependence of all living things. Since the organization was founded in 2006, they have taught more than 65,000 students and trained over 1,000 teachers, in addition to having more than six years worth of humane curriculum being taught in 130 schools. In 2011 the organization launched Fur Free Life, an anti-fur campaign that has recruited 30 retailers in Asia to commit to using ethical alternatives to fur.

13. Dr. Charu ChandrasekeraDirector of laboratory science with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and the Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada, Chandrasekera is working towards a future without animal testing. Her early-on first hand experience in labs showed her how animals are ineffective as models for human disease and now she works on biomedical research, regulatory testing, and developing courses and degrees focused on shifting away from the use of animals in labs and finding human-relevant alternatives.

14. Sneha ShresthaSnehas Care is the shelter for Nepals street dogs that Shrestha founded in 2014 and runs outside of Kathmandu with a team of veterinarians and technicians, caring for more than a hundred dogs with varying degrees of medical issues such as paralyzation and missing limbs. Since she cant buy dog wheelchairs in the country, she imports them for dogs in need and works to educate the public and improve the perception of street dogs in their community, who are often subject to horrific abuse. Her work with street dogs encouraged her to adopt a vegan lifestyle and she has campaigned for many animal rights causes, such as getting the Nepalese government to adopt the countrys first ever animal protection law.

15. Seble NebiyeloulNebiyeloul co-founded International Fund for Africa (IFA) in her native Ethiopia, an organization that has a large vegan food and health program for school children which serves two vegan meals a day to hundreds of children, works to improve sanitation in schools, helps girls make reusable menstrual pads, provides mobile clinics for sterilization and vaccinations for street dogs, and so much more. Today the organization works with A Well Fed World, a food security and environmental advocacy organization, to continue their sustainability focused work. She hopes to expand her activism to one day open a vegan restaurant and a sanctuary for unwanted and abused donkeys and horses.

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Taco Bell Adding Vegan Meat To Over 5,600 US Locations – Vegan News

In the fall of 2019, Taco Bell announced the addition of a vegetarian menu to their already veg-friendly standard menu that includes the ability to order an item as Fresco which removes the dairy products and adds a fresh pico de gallo in its place.

In early January of this year, Taco Bell said they were going to be providing the most vegetarian choices which involves changes to their menu and app that makes it even easier for customers to order vegan and vegetarian options.

As plant-based diets and veganism skyrocket in popularity setting both consumer demands, expectations and predicting where this new decade is headed Taco bell is embracing the meat alternatives as their new chief executive officer (CEO) announces their new plans.

The Yum! Brands Inc. owned company is adding plant-based vegan proteins in the next year said Taco Bell CEO Mark King in an interview with Bloomberg.

Thats a huge reversal from Taco Bells previous management strategy earlier that revolved around sticking to a vegetarian-only marketing strategy.

We definitely see that plant-based protein has a place on the menu, King said.

King has taken meetings with plant-based vegan meat manufacturers Beyond Meat Inc. and Impossible Foods in the past few months.

King and the company have yet to make a decision on what mock meat will be featured on the menu he explained in the interview.

Yum Brands is placing a lot of importance on Taco Bells growth as they are struggling to revive brands like Pizza Hut with store remodeling that focuses on takeout.

They also are looking to make Pizza Hut carbon neutral and dairy-free in the UK by 2030 they recently announced.

Along with capitalizing on delivery through apps, Taco Bell has also recently begun to use many more digital options to entice their customers.

That has helped the chain widen their customer base in the highly competitive fast-food industry with store sales jumping up 4% in their last quarter.

While Taco Bell weighs their decision on which alternative meat to choose competitors are also racing into the new exploding plant-based market as consumers choose more cruelty-free, healthier, and environmentally friendly options at the drive-thru.

McDonalds is testing their PLT Beyond Meat burger in Canada as is Wendys, while Burger King already had a blowout success last year when testing their Impossible Whopper.

So much so that Burger King launched it nationally in the U.S. at their more than 7,000 location to even more success.

Kentucky Fried Chicken is also getting in on the action with more than 70 cities in the U.S. testing their Beyond Meat Beyond Fried Chicken, followed by many restaurants like Dennys carrying Beyond Burgers.

King said he sampled Beyond Meats items just last week and hes a fan.

I tried all the food which was really exciting, and way beyond my expectation, said King, the former Adidas CEO who took over at Taco Bell back in August.

Monthly average searches for the word vegan with the name of a major fast-food chain included alongside it rose 12 percent from 2018 to 2019 according to Fast Company.

Checking Google stats show that the search term Vegan Taco Bell is ranked number one with 456,500 total searches from January 2018 to August 2019.

In comparison Vegan Starbucks came in second with 216,500 total searches, and Vegan Burger King came in third with 127,700.

Taco Bell bringing plant-based vegan meats to the U.S. comes hot on the heels of their Oatrageous Taco launch in Finland, Spain and other countries throughout Europe which actually came as quite a surprise after the company said they wouldnt be adding vegan meats to their menu.

The Oatrageous Taco is made from oats and beans with a marination in a sauce of secret Taco Bell spices. The oat meat can be substituted in place of any of the traditional animal flesh-based menu items.

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Veganism is now protected by law following a row over pensions – The Canary

Veganism is now protected by the Equality Act 2010. The change has come following an employment tribunal involving anti-bloodsports organisation the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS). And it could have significant effects on workplaces, schools, and other public spaces in the UK.

On 3 January, Jordi Casamitjana won the first part of an employment tribunal against LACS. The case established that ethical veganism is a philosophical belief deserving protection under the Equality Act 2010. BBC News reported at the time that the tribunals judge agreed ethical veganism fulfilled several criteria:

including that it is worthy of respect in a democratic society, not incompatible with human dignity and not conflicting with the fundamental rights of others.

The BBC report also pointed out that, although an employment tribunal ruling isnt a binding legal precedent, the judges decision would have far-reaching impacts.

HR sector news website Personnel Today quoted Casamitjanas lawyer Peter Daly, who said:

The recognition of ethical veganism as a protected characteristic will have potentially significant effects on employment and the workplace, education, transport and the provision of goods and services.

Protection under the Equality Act means people with vegan ethics will be afforded the same legal protections as those with religious beliefs.

The court case was prompted by LACS dismissing Casamitjana in 2018 following a row over pension contributions. As vegan news website Plant Based News explains:

Casamitjana told the tribunal that he asked for his personal contributions to be stopped in January 2017, and LACS said this would be arranged. However, by October, he discovered that his contributions had not been stopped, and he had personally contributed 1,766.

At this point, he alerted his colleagues, saying ethical vegans should promote ethical consumption in others. As a result, he was dismissed on the grounds of gross misconduct.

LACS pensions at the time were invested in companies that test on animals including GlaxoSmithKline. The pension fund also invested in tobacco firms and Royal Dutch Shell. Casamitjana claimed from the outset that LACSs dismissal amounted to discrimination. However, the company denied this and said it fired Casamitjana because of gross misconduct. LACS maintained this in a statement on 2 February 2020, saying:

The only reason for the dismissal of Mr Casamitjana in 2018 was his communications to his colleagues in relation to our pension arrangements.

However, the second half of the employment tribunal on 2 March saw LACS admitting that Casamitjanas sharing of information wasnt wrong. As a result, the two parties agreed on an undisclosed settlement.

Following the 2 March result, Casamitjana said he feels totally vindicated. This outcome shows that even an apparently ethical organisation such as LACS can fail in applying its ethics throughout its infrastructure. And it will provide better footing for the UKs growing vegan community to stand up in workplace disputes.

Were in a period when the animal industry needs to take a long, hard look in the mirror for its contributions not only to animal abuse but also the climate crisis. So Casamitjanas victory couldnt have come at a better time.

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VegFest 2020 brings vegan education to UM campus – The Miami Hurricane

Vegans, vegetarians and the vegan-curious alike gathered for Miami VegFest 2020 at University of Miamis Lakeside Patio on Saturday, Feb. 22.

VegFest, short for Vegan Festival, is an annual event focusing on educating the public on the benefits of eating a plant-based diet.

This year marked the first ever VegFest held in Miami, with roughly 1,500 attendees and 21 vendors selling vegan-friendly food, beauty and fashion products.

The event also welcomed 10 guest speakers, including three medical professionals, who gave presentations surrounding plant-based eating and vegan activism.

Mike Young, a Florida, native, organized the event as part of his non-profit organization, aPlantBasedDiet.org. The organization, headquartered 60 miles north of Orlando, Florida, focuses on educating the general public about veganism through vegan-centered events.

Vendors sell plant-based food and beauty products on UM's Lakeside Patio for VegFest 2020. Photo credit: Essien Duke

Since its founding in 2014, Young has spent most of his time planning annual vegan events across the nation. He is also the founder of SWFL VegFest, which hosts VegFest events in the southwestern region of Florida.

When we started planning all of this 6 years ago, there were hardly any people who were interested in this lifestyle, Young said. Ideally, the goal is to show people that the plant-based lifestyle is fun and doable.

Young hopes to plan another VegFest at UM in hopes of getting more Miami locals involved in the initiative.

We want to get that spark going in people. We want to reach out to everyone, not just preach to the choir who are already into this, he said. As long as people look at this with an open mind, the more they may realize that this is the direction theyre meant to go towards.

Part of Youngs vision for VegFest is to invite prominent researchers, medical professionals and people who have made a significant impact in the vegan community, to speak at the events.

Dr. Michael Klaper a physician trained in surgery, anesthesiology and orthopedics was one of them, invited to Miami VegFest 2020 as the Keynote speaker.

According to Young, Klaper, 72, is a prominent figure in the vegan community and has been invited to speak about veganism at worldwide events.

At Saturdays event, Klaper presented about the benefits of a plant-based diet and gave advice for people who want to improve the status of their health.

Klaper, a vegan of 39 years, decided to switch his lifestyle after being impacted by what he saw while observing a surgery.

Dr. Michael Klaper a physician and vegan advocate prepares to speak at VegFest 2020 as the Keynote speaker. Photo credit: Essien Duke

One day Im in the operating room, watching the surgeon remove a slithery piece of fat from the persons artery, he said. And I thought, That looks an awful lot like chicken fat.

Klaper also reflected on person experiences, citing them something else that shaped his views on eating animal products.

My dad died of clogged arteries, he said. I knew I was going to end up that way unless I made a change.

According to Klaper, he has not faced significant backlash from the medical community for advocating for a vegan diet. However, he does emphasize the importance of spreading truthful information to his medical students and patients.

Its unethical to withhold information that can drastically change peoples health for the better, he said. Im the happiest doctor I know, because my patients get healthy!

Klaper challenges UM students to make small changes in their nutrition and to advocate for introducing more vegan foods in the dining halls.

Going vegan changes everything for your body, changes everything for the animals, changes everything for the future, he said. Stop doing things that hurt you, and make a move towards health.

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Is the vegan diet as sustainable as promised? – Times of India

A dietary trend that caught wind over the last few years, veganism, is believed to be the most environment friendly among all diets. Even though the production of meat and dairy does produce a large percentage of greenhouse gases responsible for the global climate change crisis, veganism, does not pose as the most effective solution. The vegan diet, limiting the intake of all animal produced foods, leaves a large number of resources unutilized. The diet might not be as sustainable as the world thinks.Diets with meat can feed more peopleThe most pressing puzzle faced by man, today, is ensuring the production of enough food for everyone. However, the amount of agricultural land on Earth may not suffice for everyone. In such a scenario, if a majority of the population convert to veganism, agriculture might not be able to provide for everyone. Diets which have a component of meat or dairy mean more amount of food for more number of people.

Providing vegan food all year longFollowing a vegan diet is a yearlong commitment to consuming only plant based food like fruits, vegetables, nuts and soy. A privilege provided to modern man allows us to get the same produce all year round. With the rising popularity of veganism, the world need to be producing all kinds of fruits and vegetables all year-round. However, unprecedented amounts of energy is used to grow these produce when they are not in season, which when coupled with packaging and shipping waste, have the same deteriorating effects on the environment.

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