Category: Vegan Outreach (page 1 of 6)

Farming for a Future

News that the Vegan Society is working with a farm in Derbyshire to transition from beef to vegan organics is the icing on the (vegan) cake of all our years of campaigning. It shows the great value of networking both within the vegan movement and with movements beyond in the wider world. 

Veggies met up with farmer Jay when catering at Northern Green Gatherings at his inherited family farm. The farm near Ashbourne, Derbyshire is also one of a number of locations used on rotation for Earth First! Gatherings. As vegan campaign caterers Veggies has catered for EF! since the very first gathering in 1991, helping in a small way to maintain a vegan ethos in the grass roots eco-action movement.

There was concern amongst animal rights campaigners invited to share space at the 2015 gathering due to the venue being a beef farm, but we knew that both EF! and Jay we’re doing their best is difficult circumstances​ – finding a vegan friendly location for a gathering of up to 500 people is not an easy task with so much land controlled by agencies outside of our circle of influence. In a vegan future  hosting Gatherings can provide a useful income stream for vegan landowners.

It was through the involvement of long term Veggies member Cathy in another Vegan Society project (hospital catering) that the opportunity​ came about to mention in conversation the potential to veganise Jay’s farm. The rest is, as they say, history, and hopefully a turning point in the transition of many more livestock farms to the compassionate and efficient farming of Food for a Future.

Since 1984 Veggies has saved hundreds of cows by simply selling, with vegan attitude, possibly half a million Veggies Burgers. All those lives were unknown to us but the path has led to 70 individual living, breathing lives that you can now meet at Hillside Animal Rescue:

We have been asked to take in a herd of 70 cattle, including 30 pregnant cows, to save them from the slaughterhouse.  This has been brought about by a massive turnaround in thinking by a farmer who became vegetarian and could no longer send his cows to such a cruel fate.  The farmer was in consultation with the Vegan Society, who contacted Hillside to ask if we could give the cows a permanent safe home in the sanctuary. 

 Please sponsor Hillside supporter Andy Pemberton and friends, to help the cows – please click here or telephone the Hillside Cow Rescue Helpline on 01603 736200 (9am to 10pm).

Please Help the Cows

You may donate by phone 01603 736200  (9am – 10pm every day)

Or by Bank Transfer Donation to…
The Co-operative Bank
Account No: 69668302
Sort Code: 08-92-99

(If donating by Bank Transfer, please state your postcode or Supporter Number, if known)

Or by post to…
Hillside Animal Sanctuary
Hill Top Farm
Hall Lane
Frettenham
Norwich
NR12 7LT

We’re pleased to accept

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

Vegan Christmas

Very vegan christmas image
Jump to: Festivals & Fairs . Veggies Nut Roast . Shopping . Not Shopping

Read on for Recipes and a whole lot more…

A request for a vegan Christmas pudding recipe was the starting point for a round-up of references for all your vegan Christmas enquiries.

The first stop on our tour takes us to the Yuletide recipes and advice from the Vegan Family’s Christmas website, with everything from Cashew Nut Roast with Sage and onion stuffing to the Christmas Pudding recipe.

You’ll find lots of other useful advice at the VeganFamily site, including info for kids, a full range of family-friendly recipes, shopping sites, books and more, and there’s an Easter section too. To be honest their site is much better than this!

Other good sources of information include:

Viva's Christmas GuideViva!’s Vegan Christmas Pages, including many recipes from their Vegan Recipe Club and Viva!’s mini-guide to a veggie Christmas which you can read online.

VeggieKids, a project of Viva!, is a one-stop shop for young veggies or vegans — and their parents and carers. Whilst not recently updated it is still worth a visit to the Veggie Kids website, though many of the resources are moved to a new location

Teen Vegan Christmas PartyMore & current info for young veggies & vegans may be found from the TeenVGNs, including their Christmas Party on 20th December in Cardiff.


For recipes for such delights as Tofu Turkey, a speciality of our Steve, and Christmas Cup Cakes, visit the Vegan Easy website.

Cooking For Vegans offer good advice on how to accommodate vegans and omnivores at the same meal on their Vegan Christmas Dinner site.

Christmas recipes are provided by Animal Aid, the Vegan Society and Viva! for starters, main dishes, side dishes, stuffing, gravy and desserts.

The Vegetarian Society have a Christmas Guide, including some exciting Christmas recipes. Not all of them are vegan but they label the ones that are or can be made vegan.

Vegetarian and Vegan France even have a recipe for Christmas Pudding Porridge. They say that this is not as ridiculous as it may seem, as before the 16th century porridge was the original christmas pudding – dried fruit and spices work as well in porridge as in a pudding!

For many more ideas simply add ‘vegan recipe’ to anything you fancy on an internet search, often finding good results on the BBC Food website, which currently includes 842 vegan recipes!

To spread the word, the Vegetarian Society’s Christmas Resources are available for individuals, or for stalls and displays, whilst their True Cost of Christmas report has more direct information on the plight of animals eaten in a traditional Christmas dinner. It is available as a pdf download.

UrangutanSome recipes include vegetarian suet, made from palm oil. If you’d rather avoid palm oil to protect the forest home of threatened urangutans, try the suet-free Christmas pudding recipe from Fairfoods and/or Veggies Nut Roast (below). Read more about Palm Oil at Ethical Consumer.

Veggies Nut Roast


We at Veggies Catering Campaign have put together a nut roast, now available by mail order!

We have used 47% organically grown ingredients, all that can be, except the nuts. Organic nuts would make it prohibitively expensive, but we welcome feedback, or can consider special orders…

The mail order price is £5, enough for 2-3 generous portions, or £2.70 if bought in conjunction with other items.

See details of Veggies Nut Roast by mail order

Nut Roast


Vegan Christmas

For yet more info, Adrian’s Vegan Christmas website includes:

VeganChristmas.co.uk/ was put together by the co-founder of Bluebird cafe Nottingham’s almost vegan restaurant, where you can be assured of a great celebration meal.
Bluebird cafe logo

Vegan Christmas Fairs

These events from the the Vegan Outreach Diary provide an excellent opportunity to find dozens, or even 100+ vegan friendly groups and businesses under one room, often with free food samples, talks, films and cookery demonstrations too.

For more events visit the Vegan Outreach Diary

More Christmas Shopping

Plamil Santa AdventYou’ll find lots of Christmas Treats from these vegan stores:

Vegan Advent Calendars are available from Plamil, an all-vegan company, They also create dairy-free hampers for special occasions such as Valentines, Easter and Christmas.

For vegan chocolate, sweets & snacks from a grass-roots vegan campaigner, support Lakeside Ethical Treats

For new and exciting, all-vegan products including a Christmas Plum Pudding, Advent Calendars, Chocolate Apricots and Chocolate Coin Bags visit the Animal Aid Shop

Choose gifts for life from the Viva Shop and the Vegan Society Shop.

Find Kids books, t-shirts chocolate and more at Veganfamily.co.uk. They also have links to other ethical shopping sites.

Vegan Christmas Gifts from Shop Vegan include perfumes, shoes, Booja Booja Chocolates and even give sponsorship for Hillfields Animal Sanctuary.

Santa is Vegan logoFor Santa Is Vegan Christmas T-Shirts and Gifts visit the vegan owned & operated Veggie Shirts (from the USA).

For Holy Cow Chocolate Santas, Chocolate Xmas Tree Decorations and a whole the more visit the Vegan Store.

Veggies ScofferFor more useful & random items Buy Stuff from Veggies, including Veggies Scoffer recipe book, an excellent stocking filler and tummy filler!

If you know other vegan, Christmas themed recipe sites, events or distinctive online shopping, please contact us.


A great vegan christmas message from Vodaphone.

To make Christmas even better, Vodaphone – Pay Your Tax!


Don’t Buy Stuff At All…

Vegfam logoWhilst this roundup aim to encourage (relatively) ethical consumer choices, another option is to ‘Live simply so that all might simply live‘.

Please give the gift of life with a donation to VEGFAM, to “feed the hungry without exploiting animals”. VEGFAM helps people overseas by providing funds for self-supporting, sustainable food projects and the provision of safe drinking water.

[Support Vegfam here]


Published on: Nov 19, 2012
Update annually, including Nov 27, 2015


Food for a Future

Food for a Future imageFor over 20 years at Glastonbury Festival, Veggies has invited different groups to campaign alongside us, including Camp for Climate Action, Bicycology, Animal Aid, Indymedia, Calais Migrant Solidarity and many more.

This year we were going to invite ‘Food for a Future‘ to work with us, but their proposal was so amazing we think it would be lost in Veggies cafe space.

We suggested that they go it alone and pitch their ideas directly to the Green Fields team. They said “YES”, so we are excited to look forward to seeing a unique new campaign space at Glastonbury Green Futures, which we think would add something exciting and new to the great diversity of things that already take place at the event.

As well as running this space at Glastonbury Festival, we are keen to invite the Food for a Future team to work alongside us at our many other other green-orientated events on our tour, including the Green Gathering, the Northern Green Gathering and Nottingham Green Festival

They say:

“Essentially we would like to empower people to make green lifestyle choices through what they eat, something simple anyone can do at home that would have a positive impact on the environment. Current estimates for the global greenhouse gas emissions for animal agriculture are at least 20%, which is more than all the world’s transport combined.

Therefore a green cookery, talks and workshop space would be very appropriate for an ethically-minded event such as Nottingham Green Festival. We would like to show people in a creative and interactive way how ethical food choices can create a greener, more sustainable planet.

All workshops and resources will be available just by donation, with any proceeds likely going to Vegfam, a registered humanitarian charity that helps people overseas by providing funds for self-supporting, sustainable food projects which do not exploit animals or the environment.

“We have a large recycled canvas tent, which would be an ideal space for hosting talks, workshops and environmental documentaries. We would like to put together a programme of activities including ‘Ethical Eating Cookery Workshops’, which would teach people how to cook creatively with plant-based foods and reduce food wastage, raw food demos, and ‘Greener World Talks’, which would include talks by eminent nutritionists, green athletes and green campaigners about how a plant-based diet is the most healthy and sustainable for the planet and the issues surrounding this.

“The ultimate aim of our space is to give festival goers a fun, creative experience, combined with information and skills to lead a greener, healthier and more compassionate life. The leading of such a life will benefit the individual, the planet’s rainforests, oceans and air, and its animals.”

We look forward to hearing your feedback.

The ‘Food for a Futures’ campaign team.

Weirdigans Tent

Follow Foodforafuture on Twitter and on Facebook


Glasto Vegan

We’ve launched @GlastoVegan on Twitter to connect the great #Vegan groups, foods, performers & followers at #Glastonbury Festival. If this includes you, tweet or contact us!


See also


Womens Lib = Animal Lib

Published by Veggies for Derby Womens Day 2015

Animal Lib Human Lib logo“As women enjoy the gains we have made in the path to our own equality, we must continue to assert our own presence and recognize our uniquely personal stake in fighting for those who are still being silenced.” – How Sexism and Animal Cruelty Coexist by Theresa Noll

“Why vegan? We maintain that Nonhuman Animals represent a distinct at-risk social group. Fighting against human inequality makes no sense so long as we perpetuate the inequality of other animals. What we eat, what we wear, how we entertain ourselves, etc. is so often built on the oppression of Nonhuman Animals (which also oppresses vulnerable human groups). Speciesism, racism, sexism, disableism, heterosexism, classism, etc. are all rooted in the same source operating with similar ideologies and mechanisms” – Vegan Feminist Movement

“A noun is a person, place, or thing,” we obediently recite as children. What, then, are nonhuman animals? They aren’t people or places, so – convention tells us – they must be things. Current English usage is speciesist. It glorifies the human species and belittles all others. Just as sexist language demeans women and excludes them from full consideration, speciesist language demeans and excludes nonhuman animals. When we consign other animals to the category thing, we obscure their sentience, individuality and right to autonomy.” – On The Issues Magazine: A Magazine of Feminist, Progressive Thinking

Feminist Animal Liberation LogoAn interesting read about the connections between Feminism and Animal Rights is, ‘The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory’ by Carol Adams. The award-winning book explores a relationship between patriarchal values and meat eating by interweaving the insights of feminism, vegetarianism, animal defense, and literary theory.

What’s Wrong With the Dairy Industry?

Dairy cow and calf“After repeated cycles of forced impregnations, painful births, relentless milkings, and crushing bereavements, their spirit gives, their bodies wither, their milk dries up. At the age when, in nature, a female cow would barely enter adulthood, the life of a dairy cow is over. When her milk ‘production’ declines, she and her other ‘spent’ herd mates are trucked off to slaughter. Some are pregnant. All are still lactating. As they are shoved towards death, they drip milk onto the killing floor… All dairy operations, including Organic, exist solely by doing to millions of defenseless females the worst thing anyone can do to a mother.”

“Milk Comes from a Grieving Mother” ~ leaflet by Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary

Most people can see the animal exploitation inherent in the meat industry, but the dairy industry isn’t immediately obvious. Dairy cows are portrayed as having an idyllic life but the reality is that cows (like all mammals) only produce milk for their young in response to giving birth. The animals are kept in a cycle of near constant pregnancy and lactation (meaning huge physical and metabolic stress, often leading to disease and exhaustion). Each cow also suffers the separation from their young, calling for each other desperately – something which has been studied and even the dairy industry themselves admit it causes emotional stress. Male calves are often unwanted ‘by-products’ of the dairy industry and are shot at only a few hours old.

Feminists for animal lib photo

Photo: 1980's 'Feminists for Animal Rights' - a network of women striving to live cruelty-free lives.

Want to Ditch the Meat and Dairy?

Visit the following websites for more information:

Vegan Society – www.vegansociety.com
Viva! – www.milkmyths.org.uk
Vegan Kit – www.vegankit.com

Vegan RevolutionYou can buy lots of alternatives to meat and dairy in supermarkets – many sell their own brand products and also other vegan brands. But for the most ethical option we recommend shopping at your local independent health food shop. In Derby we support the vegan shop Sound Bites on Morledge.

Most meat-based meals can simply be veganised using meat-free alternatives such as veggie mince (such as Veggies burger mix, veggie burgers and tofu.

Vegan alternatives to milk

altThere are a great variety of milk alternatives that are widely available. Most people know about soya milk, but there is also oat, coconut, rice, hazelnut, almond and hemp!

Vegan alternatives to butter

There are soya, sunflower, olive and coconut blend spreads.

Vegan alternatives to cheese

There are all kinds of cheese substitutes – cheddar, edam, mozarella, parmesan, spreadable soft cheeses and meltable cheese for pizza. Some are soya based and some nut based.

Vegan chocolate!

Lots of dark chocolate is already vegan but there is also a wide range of vegan chocolate, with milk chocolate, white chocolate and every other variety under the sun.

There there are also vegan alternatives to dairy yoghurt, cream, ice cream, cakes, mayonnaise… anything you can think of really! What’s more, there are exciting new products all the time.

Feel free to Contact Veggies for any help or advice.

Download the flier – 3 jpg files

Women's Day flier Women's Day flier Womens Day flier

or download as pdf file here


Nottingham Green Festival

Note: this article by Veggies refers to the 2015 Nottingham Green Festival..

The 2016 Green Festival will be at The Arboretum on Sunday 11th September 2016. Details at www.NottmGreenFest.org.uk

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Vegan Athletes for Peace

On 21 January 2015 we received this from Neil Robinson:

My name is Neil Robinson and I’m a vegan former professional footballer. Myself and another vegan former professional footballer, Dean Howell, are undertaking a charity cycle challenge, starting on May 22 2015, cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats and to be completed in 9 days.

See our website for further information: http://veganathletesforpeace.com

vegan-athletes-for-peace logoWe’re doing the cycle challenge to raise awareness of the benefits of a vegan lifestyle for the health of humans, animals, and the planet. Also, to raise funds for a variety of charities who are doing great work to bring about the healing of the planet and all who live on it.

You’ll see from our website that we’ve chosen your charity as one of our 13 supported charities, and our grand plan is to raise £2,000 for each charity. If you agree to being one of our supported charities, we would be very grateful if you could help to promote our website and our cycle ride through your website and social media pages.

I’ve attached a short ‘media pack’ for your info too.

Many thanks!

Regards

Neil Robinson

Neil Robinson

Website: http://neilrobinsonvegan.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NRobinsonVegan
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/neilrobinsonvegan

Vegan Athletes for Peace

http://veganathletesforpeace.com

The Peaceful Planet

Website: http://thepeacefulplanet.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thepeacefulplanet
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thepeaceplanet

Veggies reply to Vegan Athletes for Peace

Thank you so very very much for including Veggies amongst the great charities that you are supporting on your vegan charity cycle challenge from Land’s End to John O’Groats in May.

We have worked with almost all of those charities & campaigns over our 30 years of “networking for humans, animals & the environment”, so i find it hard to convey how honoured we are to be included alongside them.

We will of course do all we can to spread the word, including a listing on Veggies diary, on the UK Vegan Outreach Diary and on the Animal Rights Calendar (these are integrated listings).

I have also started a conversation on @VeggiesNottm Twitter feed, which I hope will be picked up by our 1600 followers. Once we get it out to the 122,000 AnimalRightsUK facebook followers, combined with the efforts of all the other charities, the effect should be a huge vegan outreach opportunity!

Please pass on our enthusiastic gratitude to Dean too.

best wishes

Pat and the Veggies Crew

Vegan Athletes for Peace Charities
Vegan Athletes for Peace Charities


Happy New Year / December review

We hope everyone had a nice and peaceful Christmas

xmas meal 2014

Here at Veggies we all get on so well we even have Christmas Day dinner together Thanks to Chrissy for the amazing event – the food (obviously all vegan!) was amazing and the table was beautiful! to all you guys and see you on Veggies 2015 tour soon! …more…


operation safe winter

What a truly heartening afternoon to see so many caring and compassionate people out in force to make ‪#‎OpSafeWinter‬ Nottingham a success today.

It was beautiful to see the massive pile of donated warm clothing, sleeping bags, food and other items that people had given. We were so pleased to have been able to contribute to the day with free food and hot drinks for those in need. …more…


Derby & Kensington

What a fantastic couple weeks of vegan outreach we’ve done! Last weekend we were at Brinsley Animal Rescue Christmas Open Day, and this weekend just passed we catered at the annual Compassionate Derby vegan festival on Saturday and yesterday at Animal Aid’s ‘Christmas Without Cruelty’ Fair.

All three events were busy for us so we’re lucky to have such a dedicated volunteer crew. Twenty different crew members helped out over these three events! …more…


Sumac Winter Crafts Fair on Sunday 14th December, with beautiful handmade gifts from local craftspeople, socialise and enjoy yummy Veggies food. …more….


Archive of all past Veggies Events


Latest News Tweets

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.

Follow our news at http://twitter.com/veggiesnottm or on Facebook.

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The Vegan Side of Twitter

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.

…more…

See also Interview at Farm Sanctuary on YouTube.


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