Veganism is one of Britain’s fastest growing lifestyle movements according to The Telegraph. November is officially ‘World Vegan Month’ so here’s a quick introduction to why people choose to be animal-free, according to The Vegan Society.
Animals – Vegans don’t eat any meat products and defend the lives of animals. This extends further than just food and includes cosmetics, clothing and even medicines.
Health – A lot of vegans believe that the health benefits of an animal-free diet include increased energy and younger looking skin! Plant-based diets are rich in protein, iron, calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals. Generally, plant-based diets are low in saturated fats, high in fiber and packed with anti-oxidants so can help reduce the chances of such health issues as heart disease and diabetes.
Environment – It’s difficult to deny that eating fewer meat products has a positive impact on the planet and of our carbon footprint. For example, there’s a lot that goes into feeding and rearing cattle – from the crops and water needed to feed the animal, to the transport and other processes involved from farm to fork.
People – This is a factor that people don’t often associate with veganism, but meat eating is said to have a direct effect on the many mal-nourished people in the world. A vegan diet requires a third of the land needed for conventional Western diets, therefore 3.5 billion humans could live off the food currently fed to livestock!
At Cookery School, we believe that it’s important to be aware of where your food comes from and how it is sourced. We only work with the best suppliers to ensure that the ingredients that we cook with are sustainable and ethical to all people and animals involved. In addition to our vegetarian, vegan and healthy eating classes, we offer various meat and poultry classes and are proud to only work with organic farmers.