A vegan diet is critical for our future prosperity

Recently we started working on ‘Veganuary‘, a non-profit campaign encouraging people to adopt a vegan diet for the month of January. The campaign offers a wide variety of recipes and great resources to guide people through a month of veganism.

As part of our work over the course of the next couple of months we will be running lots of exciting competitions and outreaching to influencer communities. SO If you want to be involved drop us a tweet or leave a comment in this blog.

As a vegan led organisation we believe veganism is vitally important for building a pleasant for future generations. The latest IPCC report highlights the scale of the environmental crisis we face. The predicted 4 degrees temperature increase by the end of the century equals millions of climate refugees and widespread famines as the cost of everything on our plate soars.

Sadly we are set to see people starving on a scale the world has yet to witness. At the same time the world faces the challenge of feeding an extra 3 billion people by 2050. So how are we going to do this? We don’t have the right in the West to sit here and say people in the global south must eat a different diet to ours, because well we got rich first and screwed up the planet badly. We need to find a smarter way of eating which enables us to thrive in harmony with the planet without degrading our environment.

Although figures differ; the meat industry is responsible for between 10-25% of yearly global greenhouse emissions. The rearing of livestock plays a key role in deforestation, decertification, whilst also using up water and soya to grow the animals which could be used to feed people. This interesting Friends of The Earth report puts the combined, nitrous oxide, methane and carbon dioxide levels from livestock rearing at around 18% of greenhouse emissions. (Page 15/16)

One of the ways we can seriously combat climate change and global world hunger is through veganism. A vegan diet is starting to be seen as achievable and desirable to follow as a way not only to save the lives of animals but to lower your carbon footprint and reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes. Forbes recently described vegan food as a mega trend of 2014 and the first vegan supermarket is due to open in London in 2014 and Jay-Z and Beyonce have just embarked on a 22 day vegan challenge. Elite vegan athletes are becoming more commonplace and they are not just taking part they are winning major sporting events. It is no surprise that Al Gore and Bill Clinton, the former President and VP of America have gone vegan. They know the figures for the health and the planet; they know it makes humanitarian sense.

The bullet points below take you to fact filled information from the Veganuary outlining how by trying a vegan diet you could be helping the planet become a better place.

We all have to make our own decisions in life about what we do and how we eat. I can just say from my own experience a vegan lifestyle is great if you want to feel healthy and live an environmentally friendly life.

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In June Social Chic, Director, Damien, decided to make the step from vegetarian to vegan. Below he discusses why he made this choice and shares some of his favourite vegan social media accounts and websites.

Going Vegan

I have been thinking about veganism for a long while but I always managed to find excuses. However recently after speaking to my vegan friends and visiting Berlin where I found lots of vegan inspiration, I felt ready to make the step.

I can honestly say it has been an amazing experience, I feel full of energy and happy to be living a cruelty free lifestyle and reducing my own carbon footprint. I have a love of cooking and have already discovered a number of amazing new vegetables.

I believe we’re living in the mist of an environmental crisis, whether it is hurricanes Sandy or Katrina, or wildfires in Australia, what is clear is that we are experiencing extreme weather on a regular basis. Floods, droughts and changes in the climate are threatening our ability to feed a growing population. It is widely acknowledged that we will have an extra 3 billion people to feed by 2050.

With this in mind, I believe everyone should eat less meat. If everyone was to do this we would reduce our global carbon emissions and have more food to share with our neighbours in developing countries. Currently around 80% of world soya production is used to feed livestock, I believe this should be used to feed people.

Everyone has their own choice to make regarding the food they put in their body. However if you have ever been interested in vegetarianism or veganism, I would urge you to give it a try. I believe you will feel healthier and happier as a result and you will be treading lighter on the earth and disengaging from a system which is cruel to animals.

So these are some of my favourite websites and vegan social media resources.

1) Barnivore– This is a brillant resource for checking if you beer is vegan. It seems most decent beers in the UK are. You can download the app so you can check the beers you are unsure of before putting in that order.

2) Vegan Peasant Catering– I first came across these guys when I attended a Healthy Planet event last year. The food was delicious and they tweet loads of interesting vegan articles and meals.

3) Vegan Food Everywhere– This website looks in a early stages but really interesting. Basically it a crowdsourcing project encouraging people to upload pictures of where they have eaten out and had vegan food.

4) Post Punk Kitchen– I have a huge sweet tooth so being able to make tasty vegan cakes is important to me. PPK have loads of great recipes and advice on creating tasty vegan dishes.

5) Thug Kitchen– This website has garnered plenty of attention of its foul language and great vegan food. I love the approach of just improvising and using whatever you have in your cupboard to make the dish work.

Greenfingered kids with the Secret Seed Society

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Imagine a world where kids love vegetables…. how healthy and sustainable it would be…meet the Secret Seed Society, our super organic, veg loving studio friends. They are leading the way to make growing and cooking vegetables the coolest past-time for children.

Since 2009, mother and daughter team Amy and Shena have embarked on a mission to inspire young children to discover the magic of growing vegetables. They have used the power of storytelling and beautiful illustrations to engage children in nature.

The storybooks are designed for 3-8 year olds, but we think they’ve got novelty value for older folk. They also have some helpful tools which are carefully sourced from the UK and holland for their environmental qualities.

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The traffic light propagator kit is a great way to start your seeds off. Make use of any indoor space, a windowsill or your desk.

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The storybooks are beautifully illustrated featuring vegetable characters such as Rio Rocket, Carla Carrot and Rudi Radish and after reading the stories together you and your child plant seeds which grow into the leading vegetable.

We told Secret Seed Society how amazing our readers are and they’ve given us a 20% discount code for their shop : SocialSeeds

Please feel free to share this discount code with friends and happy growing this spring.