Veggies Twitter Account includes news of Veggies Events and other activities, and substantial items from like-minded friends.
As we are busy people, and expect that you are too, we do not tweet too often. We do not intend to document the trivia of our daily lives! Likewise we tend not to follow others on twitter who tweet too often.
Twitter co-founder, Biz Stone, went vegan in 2001 after visiting Farm Sanctuary.
Biz Stone is also lobbying for vegetarian meals in school lunches. He sent a letter to Rep. George Miller, chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, writing: “Hundreds of thousands of students across the country don’t eat meat, according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. However, these young vegetarians often can’t find healthy, meatless meals in the school cafeteria.”
Biz Stone obviously believes in the power of lunch, because Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters provides free vegan lunches to its employees.
Warmest wishes and motivational ‘Go Team Veggies!’
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th July
Peace in the Park – Oxfordshire
A Buddhist event at the Global Retreat Centre with a mix of music, talks and meditation pavilions. Events and activities will include ‘Mindset Talks’, new ‘One Question’ events, woodland activities for children and adults, story-telling from ancient lands, an open air chill-out meditation lounge, sacred music in the grounds, and the hugely popular ‘Meditation & Music for the World’ event.
Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th July
Northern Green Gathering
Derbyshire Dales, Nr Ashbourne, Derbyshire
A small volunteer-run environmental/educational gathering, a 4 day event on a beautiful new site, focussed around sustainable living and green campaigns. There will be environmental workshops & campaigns, permaculture, organic veggie cafes, stalls, healers & alternative therapies, kids space, theatre & circus workshops, and a showcase of environment living in action, including solar power and wind power.
Thursday 31st July to Sunday 3rd August
Green Gathering – Chepstow, Wales
At the Green Gathering you can rediscover ancient skills and explore
pathways to future sustainability; talk with key speakers from the Green movement and engage in lively debate at the Green Forum venue and inform yourselves about current issues and causes with groups in the Campaigns area, which will include a Co-ops Camp, co-ordinated by Radical Routes.
Thursday 31st July to Monday 4th August
Peace News Summer Camp 2014 – E.Suffolk
Event to help build a radical movement for the future by building a living community today, with local activists – top trainers – revolution – non-violence – learning from other movements – community – glorious countryside.
Thursday 14th to Wednesday 20th August
Reclaim The Power – location TBA
August will see thousands ‘Reclaim the Power’ and stand in solidarity with communities opposing fracking. Camp will be a hub for skillshares, workshops, entertainment and direct action. There will be a probable Veggies Cafe space & action catering.
Thursday 28th to Monday 1st September
Earth First Summer Gathering
The Earth First! Summer Gathering is the place where people involved in radical ecological direct action – or those who want to be involved – get together for five days of time and space to talk, walk, share skills, learn, play, rant, find out what’s going on, find out what’s next, live outside, strategise, hang out, incite, laugh and conspire. The workshops, networking and planning of actions at this low impact eco-living camp is organised non-hierarchically.
Medium sized room for rent in a comfortable semi detached house. The room has spacious, modern built-in wardrobes and a south-facing large window overlooking the garden (patio, lawn and gravel area). There are two living rooms in thee house, one with a multi-fuel stove. Parking is on the road, outside. Ideally, the house would suit a vegetarian/vegan female who would be friendly with the two cats, who also live there. Rent: £360 pcm (inc bills). Current household = 1female.
Room available in shared furnished Vegan house in Carrington Nottingham. The room is modestly sized in a large 3 bedroomed house which would accommodate any furniture you wished to bring along.
Currently occupied by two friendly males aged 26 and 45, involved in vegan and social justice campaigning, we`re open to companion animals dependent on type and number.
House has regular bus routes 3 minutes away, close to local amenities, vegan bakery and vegan social centre. No driveway but parking outside.
Telephone: 07955994289 or 07955994289
Email: richard-redmore [at sign] hotmail.com
Entry Date: 8/11/13
There are room at the Sumac flat from time to time, waiting for a new person to fill it with their life, habits, routines and furniture, if you like the room, the room likes you (is a criteria as well!) and you and the flat seem to be a good combination to have.
To check current status, for more details, enquiries and all other sorts of questions related to a soon-to-be-empty-and-available room, please email email@example.com.
Neds Housing Coop (Nottingham)
Neds is a Housing Co-operative in the Forest Fields/Basford area of Nottingham, formed in 2002, at the same time as the nearby Sumac Social Centre. Based in and around a mid-1800′s house, there are 11 residents, one of whom is moving on in June. Neds is a vegetarian & vegan household and members have a strong commitment to working for positive social change, with respect, co-operation, non-hierarchy and mutual aid in their everyday lives and within the co-op.
There may be vacancies from time to time.
To check current status please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0115 978 0019.
Applicants would be invited to tour the house and have a discussion with existing members about Neds commitments and the joining process.
Veggies Catering Campaign is in its 30th year of supporting grassroots campaigns and activists.
Entirely not-for-profit and led by volunteers, ‘Veggies’ uses great quality vegan fast-food as a catalyst for discussing a broad spectrum of issues with patrons. The range of campaigns supported by ‘Veggies’ includes (but is not exclusive to) Vegan Outreach, Animal Rights, Human Rights, Anti-Vivisection and Environmental.
Commotion for the Ocean would like to introduce to you the following amazing organisations:
The Black Fish
The Black Fish is an international marine conservation movement on a mission to end the industrial overfishing of our oceans. Using drones, citizen inspectors, boats and social media, their investigation and action expose and challenge illegal and destructive fishing practices. Their grassroots campaigns and educational projects are aimed at empowering individuals to get actively involved in conservation work and help build citizen-led conservation communities. Illegal overfishing is a global problem, threatening fish populations, coastal communities and causing major destruction to the marine biodiversity. Fishing crime needs to become a political priority.
Sea Shepherd’s mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife around the UK’s coastline and across the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. Innovative direct-action tactics help Sea Shepherd to investigate, document and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities committed against marine wildlife and habitats. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced oceanic ecosystems, Sea Shepherd UK works to ensure their survival for future generations. It is also the charity’s goal to outreach to the UK public via talks, presentations and events to educate people about the importance of marine conservation.
The Captive Animals Protection Society uses a variety of methods aimed at creating a world without cages. Undercover investigations, research, campaigns, political lobbying and education are the bread-and-spread of this fantastic organisation. CAPS’ ‘Sea Lies’ campaign focuses on the UK’s largest chain of aquariums, Sea-Life. Their most recent investigations found that animals are still being taken from the wild to stock aquariums, animal welfare provision was lacking and that a generally poor standard of educational information was provided to visitors, further to this claims about conservation were questionable.
Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) is an environmental charity protecting the UK’s oceans, waves and beaches for all to enjoy safely and sustainably, via community action, campaigning, volunteering, conservation, education and scientific research. SAS create volunteering opportunities for individuals and communities to be involved with activities that safeguard our seas, coastlines and beaches. Regularly engaging with school children and universities, SAS’s educational sessions provide real-life actions for the public to utilise in their day-to-day lives that help tackle marine pollution.
Blue Ocean Planet’s primary aim is to educate, raise awareness and ultimately help protect marine environments and its wildlife. Workshops focus on the major ecological issues we are now facing, for example: plastic pollution and its widespread impacts upon marine species. Eco-clubs, self sustaining community groups and public events are just some of the forums where Blue Ocean Planet are able to encourage members of the public to take action. Their ‘Coral Triangle Project’ is all about reef conservation and awareness programmes. The project supports coral reef communities to provide holistic management of the wonderful ecosystems, resident and migratory mega fauna.
Animal Aid is the UK’s largest animal rights group and one of the longest established in the world, having been founded in 1977. Animal Aid has been instrumental in some of the biggest positive changes to treatment of animals in the UK. They continually conduct undercover investigations and produce detailed reports of their findings. Their ‘Dark Waters’ report details the impact of eating fish on Animal Welfare, Human Health and the Environment. Leaflets produced by Animal Aid allow grass-roots groups around the country to inform the public that ‘Fish can feel pain’.
Fin Fighters UK started life as a small grassroots group known as Fin free Cambridge with the intention of making Cambridge the UK’s first officially fin free city. In 2013 they successfully petitioned the city council to pass a motion that strongly condemned the sale and distribution of shark fin within its city limits, thereby creating the first legislature in the UK to protect sharks, and setting a milestone for marine and shark conservation in England. They are now gathering support for a nationwide campaign, and are putting all their efforts into this mission – ending the distribution and sale of shark fin the UK totally by the year 2020.
Viva! Campaigns for a vegan world free of the suffering endured by farmed animals across the world. One of the ways they do this is by producing literature on the many aspects of animal agriculture. The resources that Viva! provide for campaign groups are an invaluable tool for raising the awareness of the public. Viva!’s leaflets help to remind the public of the sentience of marine animals.
Veggies Catering Campaign catered at Glastonbury Festival from 9am Wednesday to 6pm Monday, in the Green Futures Field, at the opposite end of the site from the Pyramid Stage, towards the ‘Stone Circle’.
Veggies has been at Glastonbury since (about) 1987!
Every year we give over a share of our space, and some of our crew, to running an information/workshop space with displays and activities in support of active groups working for positive social change.
The Beehive Design Collective – ‘The True Cost of Extreme Energy‘
A visual tour using stunning graphics of the connections between extreme energy, climate change, community action, and an ever expanding economy.
Our workshop space has to be paid from our £4,632 fee, whilst providing crew to run the activities means we have to close for a few hours each day.
Our core times are likely to be 10am to 4am, with the interactive space running from 10am to 6pm.
To be kept updated look out for this QR Code
For more campaign presentations check out the Speakers Forum, including:
Wednesday 4pm: Calais Migrant Solidarity
Thursday 10am: Small Wind Turbine Design – Dexter Dixon
Thursday 2pm: Reclaim Our Energy Future – Theo Simon, Stop Hinkley
Friday 5.15pm: Arrest That Poet – Danny Chivers
Saturday 2.15pm: Undercover Policing – Jenny Jones & Merrick Badger
Saturday 3.15pm: A flavour of the Green Futures Field…more info…
And no doubt we’ll gatecrash Seize The Day’s gigs for a campaign shout out!
The Green Fields are at the opposite end of the site from the Pyramid Stage, towards the ‘Stone Circle’; cross the ‘Old Railway Track’ – Green Futures is on the right.
Those in the know, know that the field is packed full of venues, spaces and healthy food. There is Groovy Movie, The Mandala, Small World, Permaculture, Henry’s Beard, A pedal powered Laundrette, Rinky Dink, The Tin Village, Lunched Out Lizard, Speakers Forum, Astrologers amongst many.
“Not to mention the World’s finest Vegan Burgers from the Veggies Catering Campaign”.
Veggies has catered in the Green Fields at Glastonbury Festival since 1987.
In 1990 tickets cost £38, our trading fee was £600 and our burgers cost £1.00!
Animals can often be used to make people stay in abusive relationships. Threats, actual abuse or neglect towards pets can force survivors to remain in dangerous situations or put themselves in danger by returning to feed or care for their animals. Most refuges and hostels are unable to house animals.
The Pets Project helps women and their children, reluctant to leave abusive relationships because of their pets, by providing a fostering home for their animals. Pets are cared for by volunteers who have been checked for their suitability whilst the women continue to pay for their animals feed. Every attempt is made to find appropriate foster homes for each animal and we are always looking for fosterers for all types of animals.
Stop The Badger Cull Campaign
The impending badger extermination is harrowingly cruel, farcically unscientific and frighteningly undemocratic. It must be fought on all fronts, but this cannot be done effectively without funding.
Activists will travel to the cull zones to engage in legal, non-violent, direct action to protect the badgers, whilst street campaigners keep the public fully informed of exactly what the government is unleashing in the countryside against totally unambiguous public opinion.
For the tens of thousands of badgers in the final countdown to a brutal massacre, it is now or never!
Find out about these great groups at Speakers Forum Saturday at 3.15pm too:
Please describe the food you wish to sell from your stall.
Ethically sourced vegan foods, including our own hand made Veggies burgers, cakes baked on site from organic ingredients, pasties & samosas, pedal powered smoothies, fair trade organic teas & coffee.
Have you traded at Glastonbury before?
We have traded at Glastonbury Green Futures since 1990, using our award winning vegan / organic / fair trade catering as a base for campaign outreach for the many groups with whom we work.
In 2013 we were at pitch Q1/32 [Green Futures Field at junction of Old Railway Track with pathway to the stone circle]
Have you traded at any other festivals in the past 2 years?
Glastonbury is the only ‘commercial’ festival at which we cater, other than Splendour, held locally to us in Nottingham.
We cater over 70 other events each year: green events (eg Nottingham Green Festival), action camps (eg Peace News Camp / Climate Camps), indoor fairs (eg Animal Aid Fair / London Radical Bookfair), local community events (eg stuff of Life) and on-the-streets campaign catering (eg No Dash for Gas / Uncut).
The Vegan Society was founded in November 1944 and we’ve made tremendous of progress since.
When Veggies first hit the streets of Nottingham in 1984, vegetarian were still seen as cranks and vegans were from another planet! Partly due to our work, and that of the Vegetarian and Vegan Societies, vegetarian food is mainstream and Vegan widely understood. Indeed it is reported that there are more google searches for “Vegan” than vegetarian, and more books published with Vegan in the title!
Veggies continues to support this major social change by taking accessible and popular catering to some 70 events each year – from campaign rallies to community festivals, from family celebrations to green gatherings. We offer tasty, wholesome snacks, as well as information exploring the links between diet, animal suffering and the environment.
Veggies strives to be an ethical, wholefood supplier and stock only vegan food, with a preference for fair trade and/or organic where appropriate. Many of our customers share our concern to help animals, people and the planet.
We therefore have rigorous guidelines to help us avoid paying for goods and services which are known to cause harm, suffering and destruction.
This has been guided by Ethical Consumer since the publication of issue #1 of the magazine in March 1989.
When Juliet Gellately founded Viva! back in 1994, she promised that they would campaign non-stop to save animals’ lives, in whatever way was most effective, to the very best of their ability. We have shared that work and with your support, Viva! (and Veggies) have helped many people go vegetarian and vegan, thus saving thousands upon thousands of animals’ lives.
15 years ago the first products bearing the FAIRTRADE Mark hit the shelves. In 1994 Green & Black’s Maya Gold chocolate, Cafédirect medium roast coffee and three varieties of Clipper tea (all stocked by Veggies) were the first goods sold in the UK to carry the FAIRTRADE Mark.
By that time Veggies Catering Campaign had already spent 15 years using nothing but Fair Trade teas & coffees, ever since day one, sourcing (and distributing) it from pre-existing projects such as Tradecraft.
Thanks to its supporters, the Fairtrade movement has gone from strength to strength and today shoppers can choose from more than 4,500 Fairtrade certified products including cotton clothing, bananas, wines, ice-cream and cosmetics.
On April 20th 2014: It is nineteen years since live animal exports resumed from Dover, with the exporters using their own ships after the ferry companies had banned them in 1994.
They had been running out of Shoreham since the end of 1994, but that was unsustainable as the geography of the place made it that there had to be 1,000 police officers every day to get the transporters to the port.
Since those heady days when Veggies were regulars at Shoreham, Dover and Coventry Airport, we continue to support the campaign, listing the regular First Saturday Monthly protests on our Animal Rights Calendar, as well as the KAALE vigils, which are held whenever there is a sailing of live animals from Dover.
Donations may be sent to support the work of KAALE via either of these pages.
We also remember that January 15th 2014 should have been the 50th birthday of Jill Phipps whose life was so tragically taken whilst campaigning to protect veal calves heading for continental Europe via Coventry Airport.
Tuesday 1st 2005 was the 10th anniversary of the tragic death of the dedicated animal rights activist, Jill Phipps. As most people will be aware Jill campaigned tirelessly for animals in Coventry (her home town) and across the country. It was was whilst protesting against live exports at Coventry Airport that she died under the wheels of an export lorry.
The founders of Veggies hatched their plans at meetings of Nottingham’s Vegetarian Society and Nottingham Animal Rights Group in 1984.
Between then and now Nottingham Vegetarian & Vegan Society merged with Veggies, becoming the centre of Vegetarian & Vegan activities in Nottingham. Veggies is now the formal Local Group of the Vegetarian Society of the UK as well as an accredited member of the ‘VegSoc Approved’ Food & Drink Guild.
We particularly remember David Lane, a stalwart support from the start, who we sadly lost this year.
On Fri 10 January 2014 the show featured Jhon Cosgrove, comical guitarist of the Petersfield based UK pop-punk band Mike TV. Jhon made vegans proud, sharing a table with three meat eaters, making a splendid vegan meal that even slightly older male citizen Anson couldn’t argue with (and they in turn had to make a vegan meal for Jhon).
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After an active period travelling all over to support everyone else’s vegan festivities, ending with the Worcester Vegan Fair, Veggie are looking forward to kicking back on Saturday 21st December.
Our friends at our Sumac Centre home base will be celebrating the longest night of the year with a festive bring-a-dish-mega-meal at the Sumac Centre!
The bar will be serving mulled wine and mince pies along with it’s usual fare, we’ll have fire in a barrel in the yard for you to warm your hands and there’ll be fairy lights, bunting and candles galore as we transform the centre into a festive wonderland.
The sumac cafe will provide enough roast potatoes and gravy to feed the masses but the rest is up to you!
So bring a vegan dish to share of your festive favourites, savoury or sweet, and join in the feast!
This isn’t a regular People’s Kitchen and there are limited spaces for the meal so if you’d like to be part of it, please buy your ticket in advance.
We have 50 tickets which we’ll be selling at the bar over the next two weeks or you can reserve your ticket by emailing email@example.com. There’s a suggested donation of £3 and all money raised will go towards the new Sumac boiler fund so feel free to give more if you can!
To ensure you get a slice of ALL the action, arrive on time at 7pm.
We’ll be decorating the centre, chopping, baking and generally merrymaking from 2pm so come get stuck in!
There are also a few spaces at the Christmas Day get-together at Sumac Centre on Wednesday 25th December. Veggies’ Chrissy is heading up a vegan Christmas Feast, to contribute between £5 & £10, according to their means.
For more info or to express your interest contact us.
For more ideas and info to celebrate a Caring and Compassionate Christmas. visit our Vegan Christmas blog.
That’s all folks, for 2013, but we already have over a dozen events on Veggies 2014 events diary, including our own 30th Anniversary!
So, our thanks and best wishes go out to all our volunteers, friends and supporters. If you can’t make it to one of the end of year celebrations, we look forward to seeing you next year,
Last week saw peaceful days of action co-ordinated by the ‘Stop the Arms Fair Coalition’ in response to the bi-annual arms fair DSEi (Defence & Security Equipment International) at the London ExCel Centre. DSEi is the world’s largest arms fair and it exists so that arms buyers and sellers can come together, network and make deals.
From ‘Campaign Against the Arms Trade’ (CAAT): ‘DSEi 2013 featured 1,500 exhibitors from around the world displaying arms ranging from rifles to tanks to fighter jets to battleships. They were joined by “trade visitors” and military delegations, including countries involved in conflict and from human rights abusing regimes, as well as those with desperately underfunded development needs.’
On the Sunday 8th September the week of action was kicked off with a demo organised by Occupy London: Occupy vs the Arms Trade. Volunteers from Nottingham-based Veggies, the vegan catering campaign, went down to London on this Sunday to provide food by donation for the peaceful protesters. Veggies has been supporting campaigns for humans, other animals and the environment since 1984.
On Sunday 8th September, Veggies of Nottingham packed up their vegan cakes and samosas and headed down to London to give their support to the hundreds of peaceful protesters campaigning against the immoral and unethical DSEi arms fair.
At least two Nottingham companies had stalls at DSEi. Heckler & Koch and Ergo Computing exhibited their wares to military delegations from around the world. H&K, which is based in the Lenton Lane industrial estate, sells assault rifles and submachine guns to repressive regimes such as those in Bahrain and Egypt.
Campaigners were very happy to see the Veggies team (and their delicious vegan food!) along on the day. The team provided a boost of morale to those that had been out protesting since the early hours of the day and hadn’t had anything to eat. In fact people were so happy to see Veggies that the stall was swamped with those eager to get hold of food by donation and all boxes of food and trays of cake quickly sold out.
People were also very interested in the campaign literature the team had brought along, as human rights and animals rights campaigning is all part of the same struggle against needless suffering and injustice. Animal Aid’s purple poppies, sold to commemorate the many animal victims of war, were available on the day and people donated generously for these.
If you would like to join the friendly Veggies team to campaign against social injustice, animal abuse and enviromental destruction then you can contact them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For almost 30 years Veggies of Nottingham have been working to promote compassionate catering. In all those years we have never used calves milk, nor any other animal products. In 1984 this was unheard of, but now customers rarely ask “do you have normal milk” – Plant Milk Is Normal.
The choice is no longer soya milk or calves milk. With Oat Milk, Hemp Milk, Coconut Milk, Rice Milk, Soya Milk, Spelt Milk, Almond Milk, Hazelnut Milk and many more widely available why would any one choose to cause suffering to cows and their calves.
With the support of Granovita (soya milk), Koko (coconut milk) Good Hemp (hemp milk) and others, Veggies continues to bring these many choices to vegans and non-vegans alike.
Different milks may be preferred for different purposes. Some are better to make smoothies or ice-cream, for cooking, on cereals, or for use in tea & coffee.
This non-dairy milk spotter chart is from the Stop the Cull facebook page. For a discussion of many more choices and preferences visit the Stop the Cull site.
The dairy industry is pressing for the killing of 70% badgers in cull zones, but what else can farmers do to ‘protect’ their cows? When they have killed ‘their’ cows at an unnaturally young age (when their milk production falls), they could grow almonds, hazelnuts, oats or hemp instead. The efficiencies of growing food for direct human consumption might free up land for wildlife, and even for ex-dairy cattle to live out their lives in retirement.
Tips for successful use of plant milks
These days people understand that soya milk may separate in coffee – they rarely complain, but they do seek the solution.
The factors behind soy milk separating are acidity and temperature.
The solution: the optimal temperature to brew coffee if about 93 °C – not boiling.
If your milk separates simply add more milk, allow coffee to cool or make it less strong. Some milks settle, so it is always worth giving a quick shake before use.
The report includes info on ‘Who makes what, soya sourcing & GM policies’.
For example Dean Foods, who own the Alpro, Provamel, Soya Soleil and White Wave brands, is a massive dairy company in the USA, reported to control up to 90% of the processed milk market in some states.
As at 20th November 2013, the live scores available to Ethical Consumer subscribers indicated that the Best Buys for soya milk are: Plamil, The Bridge, Soyatoo! and Granovita.
For other non-dairy milks the Best Buys are Good Hemp, EcoMil, The Bridge, Oatly and Rice & Rice.
Johnny: “To support unhealthy industrially farmed milk full of puss the centre of nottingham was blocked off with barriers, goodness knows how the elderly& physically disabled coped. No wonder cows get TB, if you want to help stop badger culls avoid most milk, please.”
TomClements: “The Milk Race”. What a joke. Trying to propagandize milk as some sort of health-giving food, despite the world’s healthiest societies being entirely dairy-free and supported by largely plant-based food. Dairy only does us, the environment and the animals that produce it massive amounts of harm. It’s a vile industry that wields far too much power over people and governments.
"water footprint of soy-milk sample 28% of average cow milk. Water footprint of soy burger 7% of average beefburger" http://t.co/zRXCtDHttn