Vegan for a Peaceful World

“Whilst there are slaughterhouses, there will be battlefields” – Tolstoy

Vegan for a Peaceful World

Veganism is a lifestyle promoting peaceful living because it is interconnected with so many important ethical issues. These span animal rights, human rights and environmentalism. In the words of a wonderful farmed animal sanctuary: ‘If we could lead happy and healthy lives without harming others, then why wouldn’t we?

Concern for Animals

More than 70 billion farmed animals are reared annually worldwide. More than 6 million animals are killed for food every hour, in ways that would horrify any compassionate person. Other animals are sentient beings like us, with their own needs, desires and interests. We now know that like us, they can experience a wide range of sensations and emotions such as happiness, pain, pleasure, fear, hunger, sadness, boredom, frustration or contentment. They are aware of the world and what happens to them matters to them. Their lives have intrinsic value – they are not inferior beings nor just here as resources or tools for human use.

Vegetarians and vegans will save anywhere from 100 – 400 animal lives each year.

Concern for People

“The fact is that there is enough food in the world for everyone. But tragically, much of the world’s food and land resources are tied up in producing beef and other livestock – food for the well off – while millions of children and adults suffer from
malnutrition and starvation”.  (Dr W Bello, Director of the Institute for Food and Development Policy)

We are currently growing enough food to feed 10 billion people but worldwide more than 40% of grain is fed to livestock. 82% of starving children live in countries where food is fed to animals, and the animals are eaten by western countries. On a  plant-based diet no one has to go hungry.

Concern For The Planet

Each day, a person who eats a vegan diet saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq ft of forested land and 20 lbs CO2 equivalent. To produce one pound of animal protein vs. one pound of soy protein, it takes about 12 times as much land, 13 times as much fossil fuel and 15 times as much water.

For more info on all of these issues see: / /

vegan for a peaceful world flier

PDF of Flier: Vegan for a Peaceful World

PDF of Vegan for a Peaceful World Flier



From our archives:

February 15, 2003, anti-war protests – Wikipedia

On February 15, 2003, there was a coordinated day of protests across the world in which ….. Demonstration[edit]. The British Stop the War Coalition (StWC) claimed the protest in London was the largest political demonstration in the city’s history.

Nottingham Info : Elsewhere : Nowhere

We’ve been civil; It’s time to get disobedient!

See See for independent info on actions in the uk.

  • Join protests and direct actions to stop war.
  • The conflict in Iraq has been presented in the media as a purely human catastrophe. Other animals have been largely ignored. There is no reason to remain silent in the face of the interlinked abuses of all animals – including humans. Until we get rid of cruelty – all cruelty – we will never end animal abuse. We need to stop being abusers, full stop – not just pick and choose our victims. If the world was vegan and we still waged wars we would not have won our cause. The risk we run is that our circle of cruelty rather than compassion will continue to spread and destroy the world that all creatures inhabit.
  • Disclaimer: Please don’t do anything to stop the indiscriminate killing of men, women, children and animals unless it is specifically authorised by unanimous agreement of the international community.

No War For Oil

Action Against the Oil Trade

  • Farming animals for food wastes a lot of energy. Animals are food and energy factories in reverse – most of the nutritional and energy value of what they eat is used by their bodily functions. It takes about 10kg of prime vegetable protein to produce 1kg of meat protein. Oil-based fertilisers are needed to produce crops fed to intensively reared animals. By burning fossel fuel for unnecessary industrialisation world-wide, the human race is causing a change in climate which, if unchecked, will make life on this planet unsustainable.
  • To get a picture of the scale of the oil trade in Nottingham, you should visit the Colwick Oil Depot photo /map here.

Prevent water wars

  • Not satisfied with overconsumption of the world’s oil supplies, the affluent west exports its wasteful practices to hungry countries. Factory farming systems are being promoted in hot, dry areas, competing with people for limited water supplies. 200 – 250 gallons of water are required to produce a pound of rice, but between 2,500 to 6,000 gallons are used to produce a pound of meat. Future conflicts are predicted for control of water supplies, whilst inappropriate mega-dam projects benefit western construction companies, whilst displacing local peoples.

Info from Movement for Compassionate Living – see

Food Not Bombs

Rice For Peace Food Not Bombs Help Blair get the message: “Send rice to the people of Iraq; do not attack them”.

Send contributions of rice to Tony Blair, 10 Downing St, London SW1A 1AA.

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Why ‘Food Not Bombs’

Anti-War Action supported by Veggies & Sumac Centre

On 15th February 2013, Veggies Crew rose to the challenge of feeding 1000 of those travelling to London from Nottingham. Food was co-ordinated for 20 (out of 24) coaches departing from 4 different locations, including 3 from Hyson Green / Forest Fields, which left from the Sumac Centre.

This was probably our biggest ant-war catering operation since the heady days of the 1980’s when we catered on Nottingham CND’s TRAIN to London. During that same period, we also catered in 6 inches of February snow at Molesworth and at the ‘Reclaim Chilwell’ direct action (events which were co-ordinated out of offices at the Rainbow Centre, the former home of Veggies).

Demo report from Squall website (and much other stop the war news)..

Nottm 8th March - by Tash

An amazing feat of indy photo journalism has been put together by Nottingham based photogapher, Tash. To check out his galleries and slide shows from London, Feb 15th and Nottingham, March 8th [click here].

Saturday 8th March : Despite the wet & windy weather Veggies turn out as Nottingham Marches Against War in probably the biggest protest seen in Nottingham since the days of the Miners Strike.

Read the report from Nottingham Evening Post website

Saturday 15th March : Chetwynd Barracks

Chetwynd Barracks, at Chilwell, near Nottingham, is the national mobilisation centre for the TA & reservists. It is where they are being trained, equipped and receiving medical treatment and innoculations prior to being sent to the Gulf.

It has been the focus of several local actions, including the regional/national action on the 15th March at the Toton Main Gate, Swiney Way, Toton, (with catering by Veggies)

This multimap view includes a photo of the base and a route planner, centred on the Toton Gate. You can zoom out to see more of the surrounding roads. There is another main gate on Chetwynd Road on the Chilwell side of the base.

For future reference: Chetwynd buses: 33/33a/c run from Victoria Centre, via Angel Row & thru Beeston Station, which is adjacent to Beeston Square; 5b from Broadmarsh, via Friar Lane off Market Square, thru to Chilwell Depot Corner. Both services run roughly on the hour & every half hour during the day including saturday.


Saturday 22nd March : Foil The Base

Peaceful, Creative Direct Action Against Menwith Hill, the largest US spybase in the world; operating as US sovereign terrortory (sic) and playing a crucial role in the war on Iraq and a key element in the expansion of the ‘Star Wars’ project.

Indirect Report received by email:

Monsters picture by Chris Croome “I met some of the Nottingham contingent to Menwith Hill after I got back from London, and heard of a good turn out numbering more than 1000. There was some fence damage and digging under. Police response was fairly hands-off but there was still 6 arrests, according to those present, including one from Nottingham.” (nb after staying over in Manchester, he arrived back the next day).

For more info see and Yorkshire CND . Photo of the base and a route planner.

Friday 4 July 2003 : The Gatecrasher’s Ball at Menwith Hill


About 400 people came from all over the country – north, south, east and west to the Gatecrasher’s Ball at the American base at Menwith Hill calling for Independence FROM America. It was a very good day. The weather was kind – blue skies and sunshine. People rose to the occasion and came dressed in wonderful costumes including beautiful, imaginative ball gowns and masks (some men included!) and top hats and tails.

There was a wonderful line up of artists – musicians and poets which was hosted by Mark Thomas who also spoke in his unique way – a combination of humour and political satire. Food was provided by Veggies.

Veggies Catering Campaign gives regular support for peaceful, creative direct action against Menwith Hill, nr Harrogate, the largest US spybase in the world; which played a crucial role in the war on Iraq. After the ‘Foil the Base’ event in March, ‘Independence from America’ on July 4th and ‘Don’t Take the Peace Out of Space’ in October, we look forward to travelling to the beautiful Yorkshire Moors again in 2004.
To join us, contact Veggies at the Sumac Centre.

Grass Roots Anti-War Gathering

A national weekend gathering is to be hosted by the Sumac Centre in March 2004, with Justice Not Vengeance and ARROW (Active Resistance to the Roots of War), for activists to discuss, debate, and share skills, experiences and ideas.

Samosa for Social Change


Through this new and simple initiative, Veggies Catering Campaign raises regular funding for local campaigns for global justice, including donations to Nottingham Friends of the Iraqi People.
For more info on these and other events see our diary at

Other local links in the War Machine

RAF Cottesmore is a key component of Joint Force Harrier, and is currently home to three squadrons of Harrier GR7 aircraft. A significant element of the Harrier force is now in the Gulf.

For more information see and Reclaim the Bases

RAF Cottesmore is less than 40 miles from Nottingham, in nearby Rutland.
For those interested in visiting here is a map and aerial photo of the village and base.

Make Tea Not War

For more info on these and other events see our diary at
Nottingham Stop The War Coalition

Many more anti war links at antiwar subsection

3218 peace groups in 162 countries linked from

War Kills Animals Too

  • Animals are the forgotten victims of war. They are never reported or even mentioned in the casualty figures, despite the fact that the numbers killed must far outweigh the human dead. War is not only an assault on people, it is an assault on the whole of nature, on the fragile ecosystems that all living beings require for their survival.
  • Moreover, even before wars are fought, animals are the victims of weapons’ research. In places like the top-secret Ministry of Defence laboratory in Wiltshire, Porton Down, animals are routinely used in experiments to develop more lethal and efficient weapons of mass destruction.
  • And in the event of a US-led attack on Iraq the US army plans to ride chickens into battle in cages atop Humvees, used as early warning gas detectors – but the plan has been put on hold after 41 of the 43 chickens deployed to the Gulf died within a week of arrival. Still, headed into the fray will be some of the 1,400 dogs who work in the US military – carrying out tasks ranging from mine detection to the rescue and recovery of dead and wounded personnel.
  • The U.S. army unveils its most unlikely mine detector – the Atlantic Bottle-Nosed Dolphin. At the southern Iraqi port of Umm Qasr, secured by U.S and British forces after days of fighting, soldiers made preparations for the arrival of a team of specially trained dolphins, to help divers ensure the coastline is free of danger, before humanitarian aid shipments can dock. U.S. Navy Captain Mike Tillotson told reporters that three or four dolphins would work from Umm Qasr, using their natural sonar abilities to seek out mines or other explosive devices which Iraqi forces may have planted on the seabed … (Reuters) – More on this topic.
  • Animal victims of war are invisible. Our culture conspires to make them so. Animals understand none of it, play no part in any of it, but when they are crushed and mutilated – wilfully or otherwise – there are those who dare tell us to remain silent.
  • We say: dare to speak out for the helpless animal victims and do so loudly and with confidence. Let those who have made an argument for this war, who have helped engineer it, see what war means for species other than our own.

More Comment from Animal AidSee also info on ‘Animals in War’ Memorial at

CarToon by Andy Singer


Although not a permanant solution for our fuel needs, bio-diesel is a much more sustainable system that can decrease reliance on fossil fuels. Veggies & Sumac Centre are founder members of Nottingham’s bio-diesel purchasing collective.

Even the most optimistic commentator forecasts that oil supplies will be exhausted within 60 years. Some say, with a growth of 2% per annum, as soon as 40. So what are our children to use for transport? How is the so-called “sustainable society” to be achieved?

Biodiesel is a sustainable transport fuel made from organic oils and fats, to be used alongside a policy of reduced vehicle usage. Because plants absorb carbon dioxide whilst growing, CO2 emissions are also substantially reduced.

Lets work towards a carbon neutral economy – send for our leaflet or see


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The Growth of Resistance

From the first outing of the Hunt Sabs on Boxing Day 1963 and the beginnings of Animal Aid on Jean Pink’s kitchen table in 1977, the UK Animal Rights Movement entered the 1980’s with an active network of over 200 grass roots local Animal Rights Groups.

This network was ready to put Animal Rights on the streets with the 1992 campaign against Boots the Vivisectors, the cancellation of the Grand National  in 1993, the live exports campaign (which led to the tragic killing of Jill Phipps in 1995) and pickets of half the UK’s McDonald’s at the end of the McLibel trial in 1997.

These campaigns were a testing ground for campaigners tactics and tenacity, resisting the same state and corporate security, and hence crossing over to the growing resistance to road building and GM crops, Reclaim the Streets actions and so on, further united by the  campaign against the ‘Criminal Justice Bill‘, which targeted anti-road protesters, Animal Rights activists, Trade Unionists, football supporters, ravers, ramblers, squatters, & others.

Despite widespread infiltration by Spycops, we entered the internet age ready to inspire new generations with many compassionate people from 6 to 96 using the power of social media to mobilise. New campaigns bring down the walls of slaughterhouses and livestock farming with virtual reality (Animal Equality), by bearing witness (the ‘Save’ movement) and by bringing about half a million vegans (Viva!, Vegan Society, Animal Aid, Veggies Catering Campaign, Veganuary & more). Animals in Circuses have been mostly confined to history (CAPS etc), fur is widely condemned and hunting with hounds is technically illegal.

However where profit and sick kicks prevail we must be ever vigilant. 50 years on the Hunt Sabs are holding back the madness of the badger cull and still facing intimidation from those flouting the Hunt ban. Despite many major victories against animal ‘research’ labs and their suppliers, more animals than ever suffer due to GM research & other new tech. There are so many ways in which animals, other people and the planet itself is under threat, but these evils are being resisted by coalitions of the powerfulus, now, working together in a spirit of mutual respect and cross movement support.


This text forms part of the evolving Resistance Exhibition (fb) as seen at Feb’17 Lush Summit.


Vegan Fivers

Keep old fivers in circulation and support the vegan community

You will have heard that the new five pound notes contain tallow, a rendered form of beef or mutton fat.

This is unacceptable to millions of vegans, vegetarians, Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and others in the U.K.   A petition at calling on the Bank of England to remove tallow from bank notes had received over 134k signatures (at 7th Feb’17)

The Bank of England is treating the concerns with “utmost seriousness” and state that they are looking for “potential solutions”.

However, in all other areas where animal products appear in unexpected places we can make a choice to choose alternatives, but the withdrawal of the old fivers by 5th May 2017 will leave the vegan community & others with no option in handling ‘meaty’ fivers.

The solution is to draw as many old fivers out of general circulation ourselves and retain them to spend amongst our own community, at vegan cafes, shops, festivals, fairs & markets. 

[Vegan Fiver labels here]

How you can help:

  • Keep your old fivers and only spend them at vegan (or veggie) businesses – ask them to do the same.
  • Ask for old fivers when getting change from other businesses.
  • Ask friendly local shops, your post office, cafe, pub, transport provider etc to ‘sell’ you as many old fivers as they can save.
  • Sticker your fivers (see below) to encourage this initiative.
  • Spend your ‘vegan fivers’ in a different veggie / vegan place each time to encourage them to support the campaign.
  • Post pictures of your ‘vegan fivers’ being spent. Hashtag #veganfivers. Linkback here.
  • To add your ideas to support this campaign contact us by email, on twitter, or facebook.

We will list here any places enthusiastically accepting ‘vegan fivers’, including:

To be added to this list contact us.

We also hear that the Rainbow Cafe in Cambridge refuses to take the new £5 note.

After 5th May they  won’t be Bank of England fivers, they’ll be ours, worth £5 to each other, so let’s keep using them, at least until such time as we are given an ethical alternative.

However, even after  5th May,  Bank of England notes retain their face value for all time, so can always be cashed in at most banks, and Veggies Catering Campaign will always accept them in any quantity at the many vegan festivals, markets & fair, and other events on our diary, all over the UK.

Where have you spent your Vegan £ivers?

Tell us on Twitter or Facebook.


We have designed (removable) stickers that can be used to encourage the people to keep the ‘meat-free’ fivers in informal circulation. You could try to print from the downloads versions (see below), if the formatting doesn’t work, do-it-yourself with similar text to this:

Vegan £iver

Spend this £5 at a vegan market, store, cafe, festival or fair.

When given or received as change consider it to be a vegan voucher

For all life on earth – the future is vegan

We are putting a sticker with  the above text on the back so as to :

  • not cover the serial number on  the front
  • not cover the watermark
  • not cover the Queen (no need to cause unnecessary offense or face treason  charges!)

To draw attention to the details on the back we have these small stickers on the front:

Vegan £iver

P.T.O for details


Artwork for stickers for back of fivers : .odt (word format) / pdf
For 21 per sheet 63.5 x 38mm Avery Labels (or equivalent).

Artwork for stickers for front of fivers (2 per fiver) : .odt (word format) / pdf

For 65 per sheet 38.1 x 21.2mm Avery Labels (or equivalent).

If these sticker formats don’t work for you, you could print onto plain paper & use Pritt Stick, or other vegan-friendly gum.

… Or we can send you labels for the cost of printing & posting them:

    • Postage (once) 73p p&p

Annoyingly once you have selected ‘postage’ (above) you will be jumped to the top of the page. Sorry about that. Please then scroll back here to order the labels (below).

  • Labels for 21 Vegan Fivers x 25p (adjust order for number of sheets required)

Beyond meat: The end of food as we know it?

We should not feed plants to animals for meat, cheese, milk &amp; eggs … we should use plants to actually make them!

The Giuseppe program from Chile’s Not Company (NotCo) are replicating animal ingredients, but entirely based on plants.

A group of Chilean scientists are on a mission to change the way that we make food and reduce the impact of animal faming on the environment in the process . The researchers have set up a company that uses artificial intelligence to find a way to replicate animal-based products like milk, yoghurt, cheese and mayonnaise, using plant based ingredients.

Listen to this exciting report 18mins40″ in to this Science in Action program from BBC World Service and read more:meet-the-worlds-smartest-food-scientist-guiseppe.

Talk to Al Jazeera – Beyond meat: The end of food as we know it?

Published on Feb 6, 2016

With the latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence a whole new concept of food may soon radically change what we eat. And at the same time, some experts believe, it could reduce global warming.
No longer based on animal ingredients, this is a food entirely based on plants – although it looks and tastes like the classic food based on ingredients derived from animals.

This is not a new idea, it has been around for about 10 years.

But the breakthrough has been delayed, perhaps one of the reasons is that many consumers still prefer locally produced food, they want to trust the supply chain, and not simply depend on big manufacturers.

However, a group of young scientists in Chile are working on alternatives for a sustainable and meatless future.

Commercial engineer Matias Muchnick and Harvard research associate Karim Pichara are two of the founders of the Not Company.Together with biochemist Isidora Silva they are developing new plant-based food and are determined to bring it to people in their local market.

Part of what motivates them is what they consider to be the biggest drawback of classic animal farming: It requires massive amounts of land and it affects global warming.

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, livestock contributes both directly and indirectly to climate change through the emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide.

Livestock is also a major driver of deforestation, desertification, as well as the release of carbon from cultivated soils. Overall the livestock sector is contributing 2.7 billion tonnes of CO2 emission according to the UN.

“When you get behind the scenes of the food industry, you don’t like what you see. There is a lot of things that we should be knowing… but we are blindsided by a whole industry that is making it really hard for us to see what we are really eating,” says Matias Muchnick.

The main scientist of the Not Company team is a computer, an artificial intelligence algorithm programmed to become the smartest food scientist in the world.

It uses deep learning parameters to understand food at a molecular level, helping the team to deliver tasty and affordable nutrition while using less water, less land, less energy, and without the need to cultivate harmful bio systems like animals.

It’s a complicated process but it’s designed to understand human perception of taste and texture which allows it to suggest clever recipes for sustainable and tasty plant-based foods. And it even understands the availability and use of resources for every single plant in the company’s database.

“We want people to eat better, but without even knowing, that’s the main objective of the Not Company,” Muchnick says.

But does the new model of food production really work? Will it be popular among consumers? What does it mean for the future of food? Are we at the tipping point of a food revolution?

The team behind the Not Company talks to Al Jazeera to discuss their work, their goals and their vision for the future of the food industry.


Veggies Catering at Sneinton New Year Vegan Market

It is great to start the New Year with Veggies Catering at Sneinton Vegan Market.

Happy Veganuary everyone!

This event has been running for over a year now and has become a regular fixture on the vegan outreach calendar. It is especially recommended for all those marking the new tear by taking part in the Veganuary vegan challenge.

Expect some 25 vegan stalls featuring foods, drinks, hot meals, books, toiletries and more vegan essentials, no doubt including cake!

Come and enjoy delicious food, bring any vegan curious friends and show them that we know how to eat!
Bake off and pie
Clemie’s Vegan Cakes
Crocus Cafe
For Precious Life
Good Mood Food
Greens Vegan Catering
Nottingham Animal Rights
Skin Elixir
Veggies Catering Campaign
Vegan Junk
Vegan Pizza Co.
Vork pie


Of course it would be remiss of us not to holla at Veggies Catering Campaign!

The longest serving, hardest working campaign caterers on the block!

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Ever since we started this market, we wanted to bring you pizza and finally we have success. We are so pleased that the fabulous Vegan Pizza Co. are driving all the way from CARDIFF! To join us so come and give them a big vegan market family welcome! Did we mention the pizza is AWESOME??!

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We <3 pie, especially award winning pie from the super lovely Vork pie!

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Joan Court R.I.P

Joan Court & DarrenWe are sad to bring you the news of Joan Court‘s death this month. She died very peacefully, her cats around her. She was ninety seven.
Joan’s Funeral will be on Wednesday 14th December at 12.45 pm in Cambridge City Crematorium, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3 0JJ

 It will be followed by a party to celebrate Joan’s life at Mill Road Baptist Church, 178 Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 3LP Veggies will be providing food and drink but it is strictly non-alcoholic!
All Joan’s friends are warmly invited. If you are able to come, please email
Joan requested donations instead of flowers, to be shared equally between Animal Aid and Hunt Sabs.There will be collection boxes at the party.

 It would be lovely if you could bring something purple (e.g. a ribbon or a flower) to put on her coffin at the crematorium.
We will have Memory Boards at the party, and we hope that you will post a memory or a thought about Joan. After the party we will put these together into a book to celebrate her life.
I do hope you can come, and help us make this a true celebration of an amazing life.
Joan was a tireless campaigner who has supported Veggies Catering on many occasions. Her book ‘In the Shadow of Mahatma Gandhi’ has been available from Veggies bookstall.

Today we say goodbye to a great warrior for the oppressed, Joan Court who was a nurse, midwife and social worker, who walked with Mahatma Ghandi, who fought for the rights of women in India and Pakistan, who fought for children’s rights and for the rights of non humans. In 2013 she came to the Gloucestershire badger cull zone and, we think, in her mid 90s was the oldest sab in the field for the 2 nights she was out. Total respect and love to this wonderful lady, sleep well Joan, you have earned it xxxxx

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A tribute to Joan Court, written by Andrew Tyler of Animal Aid, has appeared on the “other lives” section of the Guardian website & in print edition on 24 December.

My friend Joan Court, the animal and human rights activist, who has died aged 97, was driven by a powerful impulse to expose and remedy injustice and cruelty. She was also, as she put it, a “born sensualist”, her tastes running to strong colours, perfumes and “exciting action”. This, and her desire to do good, underpinned her many adventures.

Her start in life was hard: her father, Cecil Court, a solicitor, took his own life, and her mother, Muriel (nee Gibson), was an alcoholic. She had an older brother, Peter.

Joan’s schooling ended when she was 12, after her father’s death. She and her mother moved from their London home to work in domestic service in Cornwall and then Cape Town, South Africa. Returning to London in 1936, she went on to qualify as a nurse and midwife at St Thomas’ hospital, and as a social worker in Bristol. She practised as a midwife and, funded initially by the Friends Service Council (FSC) and later as a World Health Organisation employee, worked in impoverished regions of India and Turkey, and the Appalachian mountains of North America.

In the 1960s, she was appointed director of the NSPCC battered child research unit, and was influential in gaining acceptance of a then unfamiliar concept in the UK.

In 1946, when she was working for the FSC, organising midwifery services in the slums of Calcutta (Kolkata), she met and got to know Mahatma Gandhi. Joan, a lifelong vegetarian, developed a profound respect for his commitment, compassion and determination to achieve change through non-violent means. She tried to emulate these goals, campaigning first for children and, for the last 38 years, for animals.

In 1978, after seeing a poster describing the horrors of animal research, she took part in an Animal Aid anti-vivisection march in Cambridge. The next day she founded a new Cambridge group, which was soon involved in all animal-related issues, including live exports, hunting, shooting, whaling and the meat and dairy industries.

Her advanced age made her attention-grabbing stunts also irresistible to the media. Her animal campaigning began just before she was 60 – when she gained a social anthropology degree from Cambridge. There were banner-hangs, public hunger strikes and sit-downs in inconvenient
places. She locked herself in a cage and chained herself to railings. In speeches and interviews she refused to apologise for radical direct action, although she was opposed to violence.

Her most lasting triumph was, with Pat Griffin and Sue Hughes, as one of three Cambridge “granarchists” who initiated what became a national campaign of opposition to Cambridge University’s plans for a massive new research facility that would have specialised in invasive neurologicalexperiments on monkeys. The university abandoned the project in January  2004.

At the age of 85, she joined the Sea Shepherd flagship, Farley Mowat, on a hunt for illegal fishing vessels in the South Atlantic.

Joan could be self-absorbed, cantankerous, bossy and infuriating, but her friends were friends for life.


Sneinton Vegan Market + Women’s Day Derby

#FoodByVeggies at two events yesterday. Crew were catering at the annual Women's Day Derby event and the monthly…

Posted by Veggies Catering Campaign on Sunday, 6 March 2016

Nottingham Green Festival

We are delighted to announce that the Nottingham Green Festival will return on Sunday 11th September, following its hugely successful relaunch in 2015.

The event is organised by grass roots, community based volunteers, with no statutory funding, so your help would be most welcome. Whilst we are only a small part of the organising team, Veggies is pleased to provide support by facilitating planning meetings, hosting the website and, of course, providing Food by Veggies on the day!

Due to the withdrawal of funding the event did not happen in 2014, but Veggies covered essential up-front expenses and the Nottingham community rose to the challenge of making it happen in 2015, regardless of the tight budget. However these funds will need to be recouped and recycled long before 11th September to fund this year’s event, so your support is invited:

Show support for the event by making a small donation. Click the button to donate with PayPal or credit/debit cards; send a cheque to “Nottingham Green Festival”, c/o Sumac Centre, 245 Gladstone Street, Nottingham NG7 6HX; or transfer directly to: Nottingham Green Festival, Unity Trust Bank, sort code 08-60-01, a/c no 53110426 …more…

Nottingham Green Festival Ethos

Inspired by the decision by Shambala Festival to be the first mid-scale commercial festival to declare a meat free policy – a position established by Nottingham Green Festival over 30 year ago – we welcome a debate about whether to stay ahead of the game by taking the next logical step, aiming for vegan catering, whilst sharing info inviting other stall holders to leave animal products at home on this occasion.

“Shambala HQ is a mixed bag, with vegans, veggies and meat eaters co-existing harmoniously together, but the whole team agrees that it is important to be bold with our environmental stance, and encourage this debate.”

“The research available clearly demonstrates that overall, a meat-free diet has about half the carbon impact of a meat diet, and a dairy-free vegan diet has a third of the impact.”

Please, see the full meat-and-fish-free-for-2016 discussion.

As Shambala say: “We’re certainly not trying to tell everyone they should become vegan overnight. We are simply not serving meat for [4 days at] the festival to reduce the festival’s impacts, to take a stance, and to encourage an important debate.”

Please let us know what you think:

Nottingham Green Festival Gallery

Veggies is also hosting a mailing list for announcements, news and information about Nottingham Green Festival. (Note: You may get a ‘security certificate‘ warning! Fear not; this is because the list is provided by The Riseup Collective, an activist internet group that doesn’t tick all the corporate boxes). You can safely click through. Honest. Please do subscribe.

Nottingham Green Festival LogoYour support will make all the difference in ensuring the success of Nottingham’s own Green Festival, the place for the whole family to learn, explore and try the latest in everything environmentally friendly and ethical, whilst also having lots of fun in the beautiful setting of the Arboretum Park, Waverley Street / Addison Street, a couple of minutes from Nottingham’s Old Market Square.

With your help, the event will have over 100 product, information and food stalls, kids rides, workshops, natural therapies and sustainable technologies, performers and entertainment throughout the park and live music from the bandstand.

Visit the Nottingham Green Festival website for more event details.

Wild Peak Housing Co-op

In 2012 our friends at Wild Peak (a Radical Routes housing co-op) bought Lawn Cottage on the outskirts of Belper, Derbyshire. The house comes with management of 39 acres of meadow, is adjacent to a Derbyshire Wildlife trust wetland reserve and is two fields away from the Derwent River. The site has lots of sky, wetland birds and views of woods and hills.

They Write:

We’ve got two more spaces available at Wild Peak Housing Co-op…

If anyone’s up for it we’re in the on-going process of building a Housing Co-op. We have a house and out buildings in a beautiful spot at the end of a 2 mile lane, just outside Belper, on the edge of the Peak District, in Derbyshire.

The Co-op owns 69 acres of land running alongside the river Derwent. 39 acres of this is leased to the Wildlife Trust and managed as a wetlands bird reserve, and the other 30 acres is ex-landfill, now grassland, that we’re attempting to manage for conservation, and coppice for our wood fired boiler. This mainly consists of cutting hay, planting trees, and grazing some rescued horses. Our days are touched upon by flights of jackdaws, skeins of geese, the bubbling of curlew, and the passing of badgers. The summer has the added bonus of swimming in the river.

We’re quite unique for a rural co-op in that we have a feeling of rural isolation but with a small town, with hourly train connections to nearby cities, just an easy 10 minute cycle ride away.

The co-op was set up to provide a home for those working, volunteering, or “active” within the environmental “movement”. Wild Peak is a member of the Radical Routes network.

Our current residents include 8 adults and 3 children. We’re also, among other things, a base for Wild Things ecological education collective.

We eat communally every evening. Diet wise we’re a mix of vegans, vegetarians and omnivores, but all communal space is vegan, so you’d have to be happy with that.

By the end of the Summer 2016, we hope to have finished the new extension, which will free up two upstairs rooms in the main house.

As we are a fairly new housing co-op with a lot of land to manage you’d have to be up for having a go at on-going DIY and land management. We’re all learning on the job so an enthusiastic attitude is more important than an existing skill set.

If you fancy finding out more get in touch Wild Peak Housing Co-operative, Lawn Cottage, Wyver Lane, Belper, DE56 2EF.

Tel: 01773 850493. Email:

Follow Wild Peak news at

See also Ecology Building Society: Wild Peak’s story: co-operative living

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Light Night Nottingham

Vegan Catering at Light Night in Nottingham

Kim asked

“Will you be partaking in Nottingham Light Night on 5th Feb? With craft, food and art stalls in the galleries of Justice and surrounding courtyard and streets? It would be so nice to see a veggie food stall there, as the Christmas Market in Nottingham was so dismally full of German Sausages and Ostrich Burgers xxx”

Thanks for your interest Kim

Whilst we weren’t catering at Nottingham Light Night, we hope that you found ‏Pie-eyed Kitchen at the Galleries of Justice, Numinums Pop-Up Cafe at Om Studios (which we enjoyed) or Good Mood Food in Hockley.

Both Numinums, Good Mood Food and Vork Pie Joined us on Sneinton Vegan Market the next morning too, so they most have been very busy baking through the night!

VeganFoodPornNotts report that there was also vegan pizza by Mansfield’s @TheRusticCrust, and we stumbled across Peterborough-based vegetarian caterers strEATfresh for the first time.

Next year we may give serious consideration to getting out there ourselves with Veggies all-vegan Catering & Vegan Outreach!

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