More and more people are becoming vegan and for all kinds of reasons. The great news is, all of them are positive! Eliminating animal products from our lives is good news for the environment, for our health and for the animals. Plants can provide all the nutrition we need. There are new food groups to discover and new taste sensations to explore. Find some inspiration here. Here’s what some others have said about becoming vegan
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The vegan society magazine, Vegan New Zealand, is sent out with your vegan society membership. You can also order online and read past articles.
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The Vegan Society Aotearoa NZ has made a submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. We feel this could be a very important piece of legislation and one that should be reducing our dairy herds but is not. We would like to see the government incentivising farmers to diversify and produce more crops, creating a transition away from animal based agriculture, this Bill is a potential start for that. Thus we are suggesting our supporters might like to make their own submissions on this Bill.
We have included some points that you may wish to make and some longer paragraphs and further reading to help with your submission. Read more and make your submission
Last year we brought you the inaugural Vegan Pie Awards for World Vegan Day. This year we bring you the inaugural Vegan Society Sausage Awards, to be judged on 21st June at the end of Meat Free Week. There are some fabulous vegan sausages available in our supermarkets, shops and markets these days, and we would love to encourage more people to give them a try. We want to award the country's best sausages and their makers. Read more here
So said Jacinda Ardern at the Just Transition Summit last week. To be honest, she's not the only one. As any vegan will tell you, it's pretty much what everybody says if you suggest they go vegan to help the environment. I have always replied to these people, so go vegan apart from cheese then. It actually works. I have “converted” a few people by this method. Many are now full time vegan, having overcome their cheese addiction (and make no mistake, it IS an addiction, there are opioid compounds in cheese that the body becomes addicted to).
We are sending a gift pack of the nation's finest vegan cheeses to Jacinda Ardern
We were interested to hear about the Zero Carbon Bill, hoping that it would show leadership for the world on how we tackle our emissions. Unfortunately, the Bill does not go far enough to actually make much difference. In spite of a 70% increase in dairy cow numbers over the last decade, the Bill does not suggest a reduction of stock, and barely a reduction in methane emissions, just 10%!
This lack of action is exactly why we need to declare a climate emergency.
Auckland - Vegan living public meeting | Saturday, 29 June 2019
Auckland - Auckland Potluck | Saturday, 6 July 2019
Auckland - West Auckland Potluck | Saturday, 20 July 2019
Auckland - Auckland Potluck | Saturday, 3 August 2019
Auckland - West Auckland Potluck | Saturday, 17 August 2019
See the events page for more events and details.
Our next Vegan Sausage Award contender is the new kid on the block: Howler Hotdogs' Vege Dogs. A mighty meatless sausage covered in crispy, dairy-free batter and served on a stick, these veganised classics come in both regular and 'Mini Munchers' size. When you hear "hot dog", does your mind go to the on a stick or in a bun variety first? The future is vegan 😎🌻
Our next entry to the NZ Vegan Sausage Awards is something a little different: Field Roast's Smoked Apple Sage sausage. Created with a grind of the company's own grain meat and seasoned with vegetables, herbs and spices, these snarlers are a unique taste experience. Has anyone sampled any of Field Roast's sausage flavours? The future is vegan 😎🌻
Our next contender for the NZ vegan sausage champion title is TONZU's Organic Vegan Sausage. This dairy free, gluten free sausie is made with BioGro Certified Organic ingredients by staff that are paid a living wage ❤️ What's your favourite classic sausage dish to veganise? The future is vegan 😎🌻
One News' latest multimedia Consumer Series looks at how we can become more conscious consumers, including ditching dairy! It's a nicely put-together resource, check it out. The future is vegan 😎🌻
We're not closed-minded in our search for NZ's best vegan sausage, so today's entrant comes in roll form: The Fry Family Food Co. Meat Free Sausage Rolls! A delicious plant-based take on a traditional fav, these sausages rolls pack succulent sausage filling into a flaky puff pastry wrapping. When do you like to bust out a solid sausage roll serving? The future is vegan 😎🌻
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