Thank you for making Vegan Futures amazing

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Thank you for making Vegan Futures amazing

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Wow! That was amazing. We can't thank our speakers, sponsors and all of you enough for coming along and bringing such amazing positive energy to the festival. 

We know there was a long waiting list and not everyone could get in this time but Robbie and his team from People of London are busy pulling together podcasts and video from the day. 

In the meantime check out all these amazing vlogs from speakers and attendees. We appreciate these so much and honestly we are overwhelmed by all of your kind words.

More updates from us coming soon but for now enjoy these videos.






 

 

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Ecotricity backs Vegan Futures Festival to “change minds and diets”

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Ecotricity backs Vegan Futures Festival to “change minds and diets”

We're delighted to announce Britain’s leading green energy company, Ecotricity as our headline festival sponsor.

It was important for us that our lead sponsor reflected the values of the festival. Ecotricity share our values of tackling climate change and promoting the benefits of a vegan lifestyle.

As the lead sponsor of the festival, Ecotricity will also contribute towards a free festival goody bag, including gifts from the Ecotopia store, half price tickets to Ecotricity’s local football club, Forest Green Rovers FC, who currently top the National League, and a sign up offer for people interested in switching their energy supply.

Ecotricity’s work goes well beyond that of a traditional energy company and focuses on three key areas – energy, transport and food, which together make up for 80% of all of our personal carbon footprints. 

Ecotricity’s founder, Dale Vince, is a committed vegan and since becoming chairman of Forest Green Rovers FC in 2010 has introduced the country’s first vegan football club menu to much acclaim and turned the club into the greenest in the world.

Dale Vince, Ecotricity founder, said upon the announcement of the partnership: “Not eating animals isn't just an animal welfare issue - it's not just good for animals.  As the report from the WHO this week makes very clear, eating meat is bad for humans, too - it causes cancer. The evidence of this is very clear. 

“It's bad for us in another way, too - it's one of the biggest causes of climate change. The world’s livestock industry produces more greenhouse gas emissions than all cars, planes, trains and ships combined.

“And all the good things that we’re told we need to eat animals to get, the animals themselves get from plants – meat is just the middleman and as with all middlemen there is inefficiency. Plants are actually better sources of calcium and iron, for example, not to mention protein. 

“The Vegan Futures Festival is great opportunity to learn more about these issues – and see how a plant-based diet can unlock a brave new world of healthy food.”

Damien Clarkson, Co-Founder of Vegan Futures said of the partnership: “We’re delighted to have the support of Ecotricity for the inaugural Vegan Futures festival.

“We believe tackling climate change is the greatest challenge facing our generation. A global shift towards a meat-free diet will play a significant role in reducing global greenhouse gases. This means we can address the threat of climate change in a way that stops the suffering of animals and preserves our natural habitat for future generations. 

“Together with Ecotricity, we hope to inspire people to get more plants in their life for their health, the animals and the planet.”

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Interview with Vegan Futures Partner London Bio Packaging

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Interview with Vegan Futures Partner London Bio Packaging

When we set about creating Vegan Futures it was important to us that we found partners who cared about protecting the environment. 

As soon as we started speaking to London Bio Packaging we knew that they were a perfect fit and we wanted to share their story with you guys. 

  • How was London Bio Packaging born?

A guy called Marcus Hill started London Bio Packaging in 2005. He had completed a MSc in Sustainability and Business and he was concerned about the amount of packaging he found himself throwing away after a trip to the supermarket. So he set about researching biodegradable and recycled plastic packaging and started the business from his parent’s garden shed. 

  • Have you seen a rise recently in more people purchasing environmentally responsible / ‘eco’ friendly packaging since you started in 2005?

Yes. ‘Sustainable packaging’ has gone from being a ‘novelty’ idea or a product that was ‘on-trend’ before the recession to now being considered as the ‘norm’ or expected. These days, more and more consumers expect responsibly sourced products and they at least expect to see the recycling logo at the bottom of their packaging. 

  • Why did you want to partner with Vegan Futures? 

Vegan Futures has the power to tap into an increasingly environmentally conscious population to help solve a global environmental problem. London Bio Packaging set out help solve this problem in 2005. Our customers are inherently interested in both food and the environment, so being able to cross-educate and promote your message in this way is valuable to us and our brand. 

  • A vegan diet is one of the easiest ways for people to reduce their personal carbon footprint. What do you think are the biggest barriers to people adopting a vegan way of life?

Being the only person at the table who doesn’t eat meat or dairy could potentially make you feel alienated, especially if people constantly question your decisions or if the host or the restaurant can’t cater for you. Another barrier could be the cost of suitable alternatives e.g. soya and almond milk are more expensive than milk. Also, it’s probably very difficult to stick to the habit of being rigorous about checking labels and asking questions. Not sure how easy it would be to refuse a jaffa cake or a custard cream (they are rife in our office!) 

  • We love that your Sustain™ packaging is made entirely from plants and that your Revive™ packaging is made from recycled materials such as plastic bottles. Are the people who invented these types of packaging environmental campaigners/activists? 

We can’t speak on their behalf but generally speaking, the people who manufacture these products are responding to consumer demand as well as the oil price which (until now) has been on the rise. When the oil price is high it makes it more expensive to manufacture ‘virgin’ plastic so it’s in their interest to engage with different materials including reused materials. 

  • As a company do you have a list of environmental blogs/websites your regularly look through? 

The Caterer
Packaging Digest
Chartered Institute of Waste Management
Street Food News 
Packaging News 
WRAP
Ellen MacArthur Foundation
The Great Recovery 

  • Have you seen documentaries like The Story of Stuff and Tapped that provide information about how certain packaging is causing catastrophic damage to the environment? 

Yes. We all know the oil industry is helping accelerate climate change and the concept and marketing behind bottled water is definitely questionable.

Packaging can escape conventional waste streams and end up in the wrong place, damaging the environment. The plastic in our oceans harms wildlife, is thought to be toxic and scientists are still researching how those toxins might be moving up the food chain, damaging human health. Unfortunately, change isn’t that straightforward. Our economy is dependent on oil (plastic), the convenience of fast, packaged food and our society is hell-bent on buying more and more ‘stuff’. 

Food waste is a global issue that needs tackling especially as there are 800 million people in the world who don’t have enough food. That’s where packaging can help solve an environmental problem. Packaging prolongs the life of food, thereby reducing waste. It is also a useful marketing tool for those in the foodservice industry. Transparent and well branded packaging, sells food.

So, there is no quick solution. If you don’t use packaging, you waste food. If you do use packaging, you have to be careful about how you dispose of it. A good start is if it’s made of a material for which there is a waste stream readily available and to continually encourage behavior change (via legislation and education) to adopt a more responsible and ‘circular’ approach to their consumerism. 

  • Can you see a link between environmentally sustainable and the vegan lifestyle? 

Absolutely. The environmental and human health argument for following a vegan lifestyle completely stacks up when considering a more sustainable future. 

  • Plastic non recyclable packing is prevalent in supermarkets. Do you see supermarkets and food manufacturers starting to shift to bio-degradable packaging?

Supermarkets and food manufacturers will start to take more action on their packaging, especially because of all the food waste they generate. There is research being undertaken with one supermarket into bioplastic made from crop-waste. Last year, the government set out requirements for any organisations over a certain size to be more responsible with the packaging they handle. The producer responsibility requirements are intended to help organisations reduce packaging, reduce how much of it goes to landfill and increase the amount of it that is recycled and recovered. 

The bioplastic/biodegradable packaging industry is young compared to the petroleum-based plastic industry, which means it is relatively expensive and research is ongoing into how to manufacture the most suitable material. Bioplastic does not cope well with high temperatures and is not as rigid as rPET, so until a biodegradable material which can match many of the properties of conventional plastic (including price) is available, it’s unlikely there will be any large scale or quick shifts to biodegradable packaging. As you know, Rome wasn’t built in a day! 

  • Landfill is a huge environmental problem we are leaving for future generations. Why do you think this isn’t really a political issue which people are concerned about?

Perhaps because they don’t know about it. The problem isn’t marketed or communicated to the general public via dedicated campaigning showing the scale of the problem. Householders and businesses want to recycle but who knows if they are thinking particularly about landfill when they are separating their waste. Perhaps it isn’t such a political issue because waste is increasingly being considered as a ‘resource’ (e.g. recycling industry, composting industry, agricultural industry, energy from waste). This is a positive thing because materials are far more likely to be recovered if they are valued as a ‘resource’ and not just seen as ‘waste’.  

  • What are your hopes for London Bio Packaging in the future?

That is a secret! Watch this space ☺ 

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Riding fast and fixed with Lina from Velociposse

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Riding fast and fixed with Lina from Velociposse

Courtesy of Oakley In Residence

Courtesy of Oakley In Residence

Lina and Jess from the UK's first women's Fixed Gear racing team will be speaking at Vegan Futures. Ahead of the festival we sat down with Lina to discuss her passion for racing bikes fast and veganism. 

What first got you interested in fixed gear bikes?

I was dating a guy 2 years ago, who had two really nice fixed gear bikes and I was getting a new bike for commuting through cycle scheme, so he encouraged me to try riding fixed bikes. And it was an article by a bike wizard Sheldon Brown, that completely convinced me to take the plunge and soon enough I was hooked.

The Redhook Criterium race came to London for the first time this Summer and Lina you took part. How would you describe the experience of racing there and later in the year in Barcelona?

The London race was the first ever time I raced on a bike, so it was a little intimidating with all top athletes there. I really didn’t know what I was letting myself in for, but as long as I was doing it with my mates, it was going to be fun!

It was a really tough race, but being on the home turf helped a lot with loads of friends supporting and screaming your name on every corner. Barcelona was a lot different, with the course being a lot more technical, hairpin turns and tricky corners it ended up in a couple of nasty crashes. Women this time were really fighting for it and you could really tell from the many attacks made.

The race got also stopped after 12 laps due to a crash and a couple of women were allowed to come back to the front and complete the race. I was hoping to do a little bit better in Barcelona, but the second crash on the last lap didn’t help and I ended up 24th out of 41 women. Not too bad for someone who just started racing this July hey?

Velociposse is the UK's first women's fixed gear racing club. What has the response been from the cycling community so far? 

Everyone has been really supportive and I feel like the women field has been growing a lot more lately with various teams popping up and many more female riders at other races too. We are really thankful to all of the people who stand behind us and support everything we do. We have some really exciting things in the pipeline for 2016, so watch this space!

Who are your cycling heroes?

Anyone doing awesome things out there, from films like Mash and Macaframa, to people riding in the mountains on fixed gear bikes (Patrick Seabase) to track cyclists like Laura Trott or badass friends completing mad adventures (yes I’m looking at you Joseph Kendrick).

Do you have any crazy cycling ambitions? 

Nothing out of the ordinary I guess – London to Paris or Amsterdam is on the list, maybe some awesome cycling holiday next year in Europe. Other than that I would love to start doing really well on the track and also attend all RedHook Crit races next year starting with Brooklyn in April.

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Courtesy of NLTCBMBC

What's your advice for someone interested in starting to ride a fixed gear bike? How do you get a good bike and master stopping safely?

The only advice is just to do it! It’s the best way to commute in a city, simple, yet makes you fitter than riding most other bikes as you don’t get to coast, so you need to pedal all the time.

Bike maintenance is also very minimal and you get to learn how to fix your own bike pretty quickly as there are very few parts and few things that can go wrong. I think most of us started with the simple beater (that’s what you call a bike you’re not afraid to trash around on) and then moved on to building our own bikes the way we want it.

Once you get into it properly, you will find that you want to have more than one bike for different things. But really the best way to getting a good first fixed gear is perhaps speaking to people in the community (we have an awesome East London Fixed community page on facebook) as well as a couple of bike shops we trust – Cycle PS Battersea (speak to a guy called Ian, he knows his stuff and is a massive fixed gear hipster), The Red Bike Shop, possibly Condor Bikes too. These guys will be able to give you more advice based on your budget.

What is the best bit of cycling advice you have ever received?

That’s a tough one! I guess something that Durian rider (a famous vegan youtuber) and Freelee always say – just get out there and do it.

Veganism is an increasingly popular choice for endurance athletes. Do you think we will see more cyclists choosing a vegan lifestyle?

Oh definitely! I’m seeing more and more of my friends, who are into fitness starting to appreciate the lifestyle and reap the benefits of it. Now we have 3 people in the crew who are vegan, so that’s almost a third. When you eat plant based, you recover a lot quicker and are able to train for hours. Who wouldn’t want that?

In one sentence tell us why anyone and especially women should start cycling? 

Best high intensity, low impact, fun training you can ever do without getting various injuries, whilst being able to travel to awesome places. 

What started both of you on your Vegan Journey?

I was vegetarian for about a year for health reasons, but then I came across Durian Rider and Freelee the banana girl, who advocated a high carb low fat low protein wholefood kind of lifestyle and it was something I could easily stick to. It was also thanks to many really helpful documentaries like Forks over Knives, Cowspiracy, Earthlings, that I’ve decided it was time to ditch diary and eggs. 

What is your favourite on the bike snack?

I really like some of the protein bars like the vegan Bounce Ball, Cliff Bars or The Primal Kitchen stuff. Other than that I’m a big fan of bananas and medjool dates! And in terms of drink I totally swear by Vita Coco.

If you could manifest one thing in your life instantly what would it be? 

Ooohhh interesting! Never really thought of it, but I would absolutely love to travel all around the world on a fixed gear bike making a long stop in Japan – totally in love with this country! 

Lina and Jess from Velociposse will be speaking at Vegan Futures- make sure you get one of the last remaining tickets to discover more about their story: https://veganfutures01.eventbrite.co.uk

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Vegan Futures moves to a new venue: The Trampery in Old Street, Hackney.



After some consideration we decided to upgrade the venue for the festival to make sure we deliver a truly stunning experience for people attending.

The festival is now more centrally based at The Trampery just 2 minutes walk away from Old Street tube station in Shoreditch, London.

The new venue means we will have more space for talks and workshops. We will be reviewing the programme and announcing more details about the festival in the coming weeks. 

The most important thing for us is that we create a festival that inspires and creates a stronger Vegan community. With this new venue we are poised to deliver amazing networking, food and a day of inspirational education.

Keep your eyes peeled for lots of new announcements in the next couple of weeks as we get closer to the festival. And with just under 4 weeks to go until the festival, tickets are selling fast: https://veganfutures01.eventbrite.co.uk

In the meantime check out the new venue pictures and we can't wait to see you all there.

Damien, Jen and Judy

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A Life of Activism with Viva! Founder and Director, Juliet Gellatley

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A Life of Activism with Viva! Founder and Director, Juliet Gellatley

Juliet Gellatley, Founder and Director of Viva! has been at the forefront of plant-based activism in the UK for decades. In this interview she discusses her history as a campaigner, raising Vegan children and the future of Vegan advocacy in the UK.


Viva! have done many revealing undercover investigations into the animal agriculture industry in the UK. In the United States attempts have been made to pass ag-gag laws making it illegal to undercover film animal agriculture. Clearly industrial farming is running scared.

Do you lobbyists and the animal agriculture industry looking to do the same here?

Ag-gag laws are whistle-blower suppression laws; they aggressively criminalise first hand documenting and/or reporting of the day-to-day activities of factory farms, while doing nothing to stop the abuse. It is extremely concerning that the UK will attempt a similar attack on freedom of speech. For Viva! and the animals it would be exceptionally bad news. Viva! investigates the reality of farming and slaughter – and it’s often the big names who are the worst offenders.

If farmers have nothing to hide, why do they fear being filmed? Tragically, the industrialised nations have created a system in which standard factory-farming practices are diabolically cruel. I feel though, that the tide is slowly turning – there will come a point when factory farming collapses in a miserable heap, to be swept away by a more knowing, caring, wise global society.

What would your advice be to aspiring animal rights activists? How can their campaigns have the biggest impact possible?

Use your talents, imagination, plan and be bold. Don’t be afraid to ask others for help because if they say no, you’re no worse off but they may well say yes. Campaigning is about persuading people to change – so it means engaging with them. Decide who you want to influence, with what message and then do what is right for you – and that audience. Put yourself in their shoes – how will they feel when they see your message? And when they see it, what do you want them to do? (Eg if it is to go vegan you could tell them about free help at: www.viva.org.uk/30dayvegan

It can help joining in with Viva!’s campaigns – so you meet likeminded people; strengthen the campaign (unity is power); and you get used to campaigning. Viva! has always relied on its supporters – we are our supporters! Two examples:

1. Viva! investigated foie gras production (ducks are force fed grain until their liver is ten times its natural size and then killed for their fatty liver) – activists use our footage to show restaurateurs and ask them to stop selling foie gras. If this doesn’t work they use their imagination to campaign locally against that restaurant. Viva! supporters and activists have persuaded about 1,000 restaurants to pull foie gras. And on a national level, Viva! persuaded Amazon and famous chefs to withdraw, resulting in global media coverage.

2. Tesco sold kangaroo meat in about 700 stores. It was only by activists joining our Days of Action on a local level, that Tesco withdrew all kangaroo meat. It took determination and persistence. Not one Day of Action – several. (That involved photo calls and colourful demos outside about 200 stores on the same days.)

My other bit of advice – don’t give up!

What would be your advice to mothers who want to raise their children Vegan or Vegetarian but face hostility from friends and family? 
 

Arm yourself. I have twin boys and found any criticism evaporated as soon as people realised I knew my stuff! A great starting point for pregnancy and weaning is our Mother & Baby Guide –  http://www.viva.org.uk/resources/campaign-materials/guides/vegetarian-and-vegan-mother-and-baby-guide  

And for veggie and vegan kids 0-16 years, see

http://www.viva.org.uk/resources/campaign-materials/guide/healthy-veggie-kids

It’s a funny thing, but people who know nothing about nutrition suddenly become experts when you have children! Stay calm; explain to them that a varied vegan diet is ideal for children and adults because it is packed with disease busting, body and brain nurturing nutrients. Just as importantly, a vegan diet particularly lacks the nasties you want your child to avoid - saturated fats, cholesterol, concentrated pesticides, cancer promoters, dioxins and mercury. The latter two are in practically all fish.

And few people realise that cows’ milk contains 35 hormones and 11 growth factors, including those linked to breast and prostate cancers.

Also, never be defensive.  You don’t need to be. The government’s National Diet and Nutrition survey shows what most children in the UK eat and it’s not good. A third are overweight or obese. A third don’t have a daily bowel movement. Calories, animal protein, salt and saturated animal fats too high from red and white meats, burgers, kebabs and sausages. In fact, over 90 per cent eat too much saturated fat. And over half of children consume more than the recommended amount of salt. So take heart in your child’s healthy vegan diet!

We believe Veganism is capturing the cultural zeitgeist now. What has accelerated this interest in Veganism in your eyes?

There seem to be basic principles involved in all major non-violent social change. Steps to effecting change include gathering information; education; taking direct action; negotiation and reconciliation. Viva! has been deeply immersed in all these steps for 21 years and so have many others. It is can seem like a massive struggle to create the ripples needed to form the waves of change. But there comes a tipping point. And that starts to happen when ‘ordinary’ people realise that change is not a threat, but essential and positive. We are getting to that point.

The information is overwhelming. Animals are treated abysmally and have their lives taken needlessly. The planet is being assaulted. And chronic illness has never been higher. Social media has assisted with global education and direct action on all of these issues. Also the situation is becoming so dire that urgency is kicking in.

In terms of negotiation, in our case this has meant food manufacturers, supermarkets and restaurateurs, for example, providing a profusion of vegan options compared to 20 years ago. So, on the one hand we have provided the information, education and action and on the other we and many others are making it easy for people to change.

A major obstacle to social change is when people feel the problems are ‘too big’ and rely on others to find the solutions. With veganism we have certainly exposed that the issues facing us are mammoth but that the answer is within each and every one of us. We all make a choice of whether to destroy animals, the planet and our health, each time we food shop. People are realising that they cannot blame cruelty, destruction and sometimes their own ill health on others. We are increasingly taking responsibility for our actions.

Change is happening because we are getting to the point where ‘ordinary’ people realise that the vegan movement is about compassion, wisdom and taking back power from greedy, murderous governments and multinationals. It is about the very survival of our planet.

What is your favourite on the go snack?

Bananas

What Vegan musician would you most like to see perform?

Not a musician but I’d like to see him perform! Tim Shieff.

What gives you hope for the future?

The gargantuan shift in attitude towards veganism in the last 20 years. This is just the beginning. The tide is turning.




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Interview with Vegan Futures Speakers Wrapped In Newspaper

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Interview with Vegan Futures Speakers Wrapped In Newspaper

  • Tell us how you first became interested in Veganism?

It often feels that most people tend to come to veganism gradually, going vegetarian and then making the decision to go fully vegan. But for us it happened pretty much overnight, we went from full meat eaters to vegan. We had rescued some chickens and it was the realisation that chickens had personalities too, that made us question why some animals are deemed “okay” to eat and others aren’t. Shouldn’t we look after them all? Reading into it further, we realised how terrible intensive farming is, not only for the animals but, also to the environment - we really had no choice but to become vegans and we haven’t looked back!

  • What inspired your name 'Wrapped in Newspaper'?

When we started the blog it was as much about sharing ideas on how to live a more ethical lifestyle as it was sharing recipes. Wrapped in Newspaper came about as a name that reflected repurposing things in a creative way.

  • Do you think Veganism has improved you as chefs? 

Yes, becoming vegan has made us look more at where all our food comes, making sure we buy seasonal, organic products. This means we cook from scratch everyday and are thinking of new meals that are delicious and full of flavour. It doesn’t mean we spend hours cooking each night (we have lives!) we just cook simple tasty food with fresh ingredients that is also vegan.

  • What has been the biggest change you have noticed in yourselves since going Vegan?

We have both got into fitness since becoming vegans. Amy really enjoys road cycling and Veronica likes to run. This has definitely comes from a focus on what we feed our bodies and moving onto how we treat ourselves and how best we can look after our bodies.

  • What excites you about taking part in Vegan Futures?

We’re really excited to get involved with Vegan Futures, and the focus on people rather than products. We’re excited to hear other people’s stories as well as share our own. It will be a great day! 

  • What has been the reaction of your family to both of you going on a Vegan journey together?

I think people generally go through stages of responses and it was the same with our family. With Amy going vegan first they weren’t so shocked when Veronica decided to. But with Amy it went something along the lines of: denial, shock, worry, fear, acceptance, then maybe I could do that? It’s surprising how people have such a strong opinions on something that really doesn’t affect them at all. Our parents have both cut out meat, they would still eat it if they were out and served it, but don’t really buy it anymore - quite a difference from their initial reactions!

  • Tell us your weirdest vegan recipe: 

We’re don’t really have a weird vegan recipe that we cook, but we have definitely been served up some random food when eating out. The one thing you do have to accept, being a vegan sometimes means when you eat out you are going to have a rubbish meal - normally something like salad and chips. But what we generally find when eating somewhere that isn’t used to serving vegans, is how accommodating people will be if you let them know you’re vegan (preferably in advance). 

  • Have you ever had any disasters in the kitchen? 

YES! I made some super healthy cupcakes, that were absolutely disgusting I’m afraid to say they ended up in the bin, they were so inedible.

  • So you are sisters - who is the older one? 

Veronica is oldest in terms of number, but Amy is more of the older one mentally! There is actually only 21 months between us, so at our age that is no difference at all. 

  • What are you currently growing in your allotment? 

Nothing! I’ve not been growing my own veg this year, which makes me really sad. When it was prime allotment getting ready time, I was deep in London Marathon training and I just couldn’t cope with working, running, blogging AND growing veg, so I had to say give it a miss this year, which was really sad and I have missed it greatly. Sometimes you just can’t do everything. I’ll find out if I get a place in the marathon again soon, so will know if I have the time next year or not.

  • Name the top 5 ingredients you couldn't live without:
  1. Oats - we basically live off porridge for breakfast - which gets us round our cycle rides or long runs.
  2. Chickpeas - they are so versatile, from a simple hummus, to salad, to curry so much to do with them.
  3. Lentils - even if your cupboards are bare, you can rustle up something if you have lentil. Amy nearly always makes dhaal on a Tuesday, the day before her veg bag arrives.
  4. Almonds - super nutritious and again so versatile! You can make your own nut butter or milk or blend them with dates to make a cheesecake base or just have them as a snack.
  5. Berries - pick them in the summer and freeze for the winter to brighten up those short, dark winter days. 
  • Is there a particular song/film/podcast/book that inspires you to get in the kitchen and cook? 

We’re big fans of cookbooks and follow lots of blogs, and love looking at different recipes for ideas. We love instagram too, it’s a great way to keep inspired day to day.

There’s nothing like a good documentary to get you inspired to change your habits and try something new in the kitchen. Some that inspire us are Food Matters, Earthlings, Cowspiracy. 

Thanks so much,
Veronica and Amy :)

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The Vegan Futures Animal Playlist

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The Vegan Futures Animal Playlist

In the Vegan Futures team we love animals and well... We love music as well. So we thought what better way to end the working week than by creating a Spotify playlist with some of our favourite songs mentioning animals. 

Admittedly some of the references to animals in the song are loose at best but we hope it makes for some fun animal themed listening at some point during the run up to the Vegan Futures festival.

Please feel free to suggest your favourites and we will add them to the playlist.

Have a lovely weekend and we're looking forward to meet you all at the festival. Super Squirrel tickets are selling fast, make sure you secure yours soon



 

 

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The best of YouTube at Vegan Futures

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The best of YouTube at Vegan Futures

At Vegan Futures we are delighted to be showcasing some of the best and brightest creators from the UK YouTube Vegan community.

By attending Vegan Futures you will get to hear from all the amazing talents below on the day and you will have the opportunity to converse with them in real life.

In the meantime and to get you in the mood for the festival, sit back and enjoy these videos.

1) Claira Hermet: Claira is a TV and radio star on a mission to build people's self confidence and regain her fitness with her Fit State Of Mind series. 

2) Kerry McCarthey (Kerry McCarpet): Broadcaster Kerry, delivers witty talks on Veganism, how to survive the future and generally shares her insightful musings with the world.

3) Ali Tabrizi (The Friendly Activist): Ali is a man on a mission to speak the truth. In his videos he can be  found showing slaughterhouse videos to people eating McDonalds or witnessing Cattle export demos. His recent video Seapiracy has been causing waves and his Vegan #ThugLife videos are always fun to watch.

4) Timothy Shieff: is a professional athlete and philosopher. On his channel he shares his views on Veganism and explores the world through running, parkour and mindfulness. 

5) Klaus Mitchell (Plant-Based News) “Klaus in the greenhouse”: Earnest and funny, Klaus has his finger on the pulse in the Vegan community. Check him out for the latest Vegan news. 

Tickets are selling fast- make sure you don’t miss out by securing your place today.

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Vegan Futures Top 6 Inspiring Vegan Films

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Vegan Futures Top 6 Inspiring Vegan Films

In recent years inspiring films have been made by professional film-makers and undercover campaigners, which have laid bare cruelty to animals and the environmentally destructive impact of the meat and dairy industry.

Here are 6 films that have inspired us - Damien, Jen & Judy - on our vegan journey: 

1) Forks Over Knives
Researchers explore the possibility that people changing their diets from animal-based to plant-based can help eliminate or control diseases like cancer and diabetes.

2) Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret
This groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary follows intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today, and investigates why the world's leading environmental organisations are too afraid to talk about it.

3) Earthlings
Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, EARTHLINGS chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit.

4) The Ghosts In Our Machine
Activist and photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur uses her camera to document the plight of abused and exploited animals and advocate for their rights as sentient beings.

5) Speciesism: The Movie
Filmmaker Mark Devries investigates the underworld of "factory farming" and soon discovers a growing political and intellectual movement that considers animals as important as humans.

Please let us know which films have inspired and educated you in the comments below and don't forget to grab your Vegan Futures ticket now! 

Much love, 

The Vegan Futures Team x

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Vegan Futures - London's new Vegan lifestyle festival

Welcome to the Vegan Futures blog. Over the coming months we will share with you our favourite resources and tips to help you thrive on a Vegan lifestyle. And we will bring you guest blogs from some of our star speakers.

But first we thought it would be good to share with you why we felt the time was right to create the Vegan Futures festival.

We are both passionate about advocating a Vegan lifestyle. We are constantly telling our friends and family how great this lifestyle makes us feel physically and mentally.

Also more widely our society is facing a crisis of conscience as millions of animals suffer every day and we are in a midst of an environmental and health crises.

We both believe that a societal shift towards eating more plant-based foods and eventually going Vegan is the best way to swiftly improve the planet we live on.

You don’t only stop contributing to animal suffering, you improve your physical health and reduce your impact on the environment.

We wanted to curate a day that celebrates people thriving on a Vegan lifestyle. Hence why we created Vegan Futures it's essentially all about creating a better, healthier more compassionate world.

With 20% of 16-24’s now identifying as Vegan the tide is turning. Momentum is gathering behind the belief that you can be fit and healthy and not eat animal products. In shops the shelves are packed with plant-based cookbooks and professional athletes are turning to a Vegan diet to achieve new levels of endurance.

Our goal is that people walk away from Vegan Futures having made new friends and feeling inspired by the ideas and experiences that have been shared throughout the day.

If that happens we will be happy. As getting people to eat more plant-based foods and eventually go Vegan is the driving purpose of both of our lives.

 

Damien and Jen, Co-Founders, Vegan Futures

 

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