Veganuary 2018 has been a record breaker. An incredible 120,000 people signed up for the challenge this year, double last year’s number. And if you haven’t heard of Veganuary you must have been asleep for the last month. Every day there has been some reference to it in the media. In short, the country has been abuzz with news of veganism. Today is the last day, so how have our own Veganuary challengers got on – and will they or won’t they stay vegan? Read more ›
Last week chef Laura Goodman posted a couple of tipsy comments on Facebook and Twitter and reaped the social media whirlwind. “Spiked a vegan a few hours ago” she said on Facebook. “Pious, judgmental vegan (who I spent all day cooking for) has gone to bed, still believing she’s a vegan” she posted on Twitter. Not surprisingly, there was an outcry.
Laura, who co-owns the restaurant with her partner, was bombarded with hate mail and death threats and was forced to resign. Her partner said that Laura didn’t actually put meat into a vegan’s food, but that one of the vegan party herself ordered and ate a pizza which wasn’t vegan.
Whatever the truth, I’m sure Laura deeply regrets her ill-advised post. But what’s going on here? Why is there such hostility to vegans in the restaurant industry? Read more ›
Meet Saharla Ismail and Sarah Starling, our Veganuary challengers.
We had a great response to our call out Read more ›
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In the last 10 years, the number of people with diabetes has more than doubled. It is estimated that, in 2016, the number in the UK was 4.5 million. Of those, 10% have type 1 diabetes which is not preventable. However, 90% have type 2 diabetes which, in most cases, is. According to Diabetes UK the disease is “the fastest growing health threat of our times and an urgent public health issue”.
But here is some good news: a vegan diet can reverse type 2 diabetes. Read more ›
Over the last few years people have been telling me why being a vegan is wrong. Here are some of the most common arguments I hear.
“You won’t get enough protein”
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So when did vegans stop being objects of ridicule and social pariahs? At what point did people realise that veganism makes sense? I can’t put my finger on it but it’s quite recent and it’s quite big. Read more ›
Your typical vegan?
People are surprised when I tell them I’m a vegan. I’m not what they were expecting; I don’t fit the stereotype. It certainly makes me think that there remain a lot of misconceptions around veganism. Here are the most common ones I come across: Read more ›
What The Health?, the new Netflix documentary, has allegedly been turning dedicated meat-eaters into vegans overnight. I was naturally curious to see what it was all about.
From the same team that brought us Cowspiracy, which exposed the horrors of the dairy industry, What the Health? focuses on the all too cosy relationship between the American food and drug industries. Big Farmer and Big Pharma are very close indeed and the health of that nation is suffering. Read more ›
It’s not easy being a vegan in Spain. There I’ve said it. I love Spain, and I particularly love Galicia in the northwest corner where we have an ancient house in a tiny village near a beautiful river. I love the people, I love the fiestas and I love the wildness of the landscapes. But, Read more ›