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Welcome to the Vegan Organic Network (VON) Newsletter!

 

VEGAN ORGANIC NETWORK AT PLANT POWERED EXPO 2020

The Vegan Organic Network (VON), the only organisation in the UK solely dedicated to working for vegan food to be grown the veganic way, will be at Plant Powered Expo 2020, with a wonderful selection of books and free information. Come along to the VON stall and find out more about how to grow your own. There will also be a selection of fresh veganic veg on sale at the stall.

Also make sure to attend the talks and panel on veganic growing hosted by VON in the Plant Powered Planet room on Sunday, offering information on agroecology, permaculture, home growing and community living, providing practical advice on creating abundance while working with nature.

 

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Australia is burning due to climate change 

A call to shift to plant-based foods accords with the views of the chairman of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Dr Rajendra Pachauri, who has described eating less meat as “the most attractive opportunity” for having an immediate impact on climate change. Clearly, given the magnitude of the threat of climate crisis and the havoc it’s already wreaking, eating zero animal products ought to be our goal.

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Former Meat and Dairy Farmers Who Became Vegan Activists

Novelist and slaughterhouse journalist Upton Sinclair once wrote, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” But while it may be difficult, it is not impossible. The following profiles are hope-filled proof that even those who stand to lose most by renouncing animal exploitation are capable of being brave and caring enough to do so.

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Want to double world food production? Return the land to small farmers!

All over the world, small farmers are being forced off their land to make way for corporate agriculture, writes GRAIN - and it's justified by the need to 'feed the world'. But it's the small farmers that are the most productive, and the more their land is grabbed, the more global hunger increases. We must give them their land back!
On the ground - whether in Kenya, Brazil, China or Spain - rural people are being marginalised and threatened, displaced, beaten and even killed by a variety of powerful actors who want their land.

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It’s Time to Replace Slaughterhouses With Greenhouses

One of the most popular justifications for eating animals that we encounter from the “ethical meat” crowd is that “livestock can be grazed in areas where crops can’t be grown,” a.k.a. “marginal lands.”

Bear in mind that many of the folks asserting this argument live in regions where crops can and do grow in abundance, making this in many cases a disingenuous justification for exploiting and killing animals we have no need to use or harm.

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Are vegetables vegan? The man taking aim at animal products in organic farming

Will Bonsall is a homesteader and 45-year vegan living in rural Maine with a message for Americans – your vegetables are “very un-vegan”.

“There’s a little bit of a disconnect, even hypocrisy, in vegans … We vegans like to put on our plates [vegetables] grown in methods that are very un-vegan,” Bonsall said.“Most organic agriculture is focused on moo poo,” said Bonsall. “Cow manure, animal manure, but also blood meal and bone meal,” he said.

“The next logical step from that is growing organically but without animal manure,” said Jenny Hall, a trustee of the Vegan Organic Network based in the UK, and co-author of Growing Green: Animal-Free Organic Techniques.

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It's time to Rebel for Wildlife 

Interview: Stéphane Groleau of the Veganic Agriculture Network

Stéphane Groleau is the cofounder of GoVeganic, a Veganic Agriculture Network established in 2008 promoting plant-based farming and gardening in North America. A vegan since 2001 who also recognized a lack of information in French, particularly in his home region Québec, he launched the French website www.veganequebec.net and in 2003 launched  www.vegeculture.net, the first French website about vegan organic farming and gardening.

In brief, veganic farming aims to grow organic food for human consumption without animal inputs, in respect for the environment and the biodiversity. There’s no one approach. It can be done on a small-scale (garden, containers) and large-scale (commercial farms, greenhouses) and for any culture (vegetables, herbs, grains, fruit trees) and using different techniques. Moreover, we should always adapt our growing method with the surrounding environment.” -Stéphane Groleau, Veganic Agriculture Network

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Veganic Gardening Tips for January

  • Plan your planting for next year.
  • Turn your winter compost heap
  • Provide food and fresh water for the birds

*We are referring you to Garden Organic's excellent growing know how but please be aware they recommend techniques that are not always veganic in regards to fertility or pest and disease.

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IT’S TIME FOR AN AGRICULTURAL REVOLUTION!

“Global food production threatens climate stability and ecosystem resilience.  It constitutes the single largest driver of environmental degradation and transgression of planetary boundaries.“  At the same time, “Unhealthy diets are the leading cause of ill health worldwide, 800 million people are currently hungry, 2 billion malnourished and a further 2 billion people overweight or obese”…..Taken together the outcome is dire. A radical transformation of the global food system is urgently needed. Without action, the world risks failing to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement.“ – Lancet Commission Report, 2019.

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WILL 2020 BE THE BREAKTHROUGH YEAR FOR ‘VEGANIC’ AGRICULTURE?

UNTIL NOW RELATIVELY FEW VEGANS HAVE PROBABLY GIVEN SERIOUS THOUGHT TO THE SUGGESTION THAT THE FRUIT AND VEGETABLES THEY EAT MIGHT TECHNICALLY BE UN-VEGAN

But growing awareness about ‘veganic’ (or stockfree) agriculture could mean this is all about to change. 

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Veganic talks, farm visits and events

VON are putting on a series of talks, farm visits and events, which will be announced in next month’s newsletter and in our magazine Growing Green International.
Please get in touch if you are a veganic farm (allotment or garden) and have an open day, event or course, which we can promote.
Also, we are putting on a series of talks, we would love to hear from speakers who can inspire and educate others.
Any other ideas of how we can move to a green, clean, creulty free world welcome.
Contact: events@veganorganic.net

The Vegan Organic Network is the only organization in the UK working for vegan food to be grown the veganic way.
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