‘I found myself surrounded by good, caring people who were participating in hideous acts of violence’

An occasional series in which ordinary people talk about living a plant-based life Argentinian traveller Manu, the latest contributor to our series, sees veganism as the next stage in human evolution and is optimistic about its growth My name is Manu, I’m 25-years-old, and I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Currently, I’m happily settledContinue reading “‘I found myself surrounded by good, caring people who were participating in hideous acts of violence’”

‘It was not difficult to grasp – if the original, perfect humans could survive just fine on only plants, so could I’

An occasional series in which ordinary people talk about living a plant-based life US police dispatcher Liz, the latest contributor to our series, says that, strangely enough, her evangelical Christian upbringing made becoming a vegan perfectly logical My name is Liz and I work as a police dispatcher in a decently sized county in Maryland,Continue reading “‘It was not difficult to grasp – if the original, perfect humans could survive just fine on only plants, so could I’”

‘People get upset about other cultures eating dogs, yet do not make the link with any other animal flesh’

An occasional series in which ordinary people talk about living a plant-based life English chef Amy, the latest contributor to our series, explains how she went from being a meat eater to vegan overnight and what it means to her I turned 30 this year; my immediate family is now just my brother and myContinue reading “‘People get upset about other cultures eating dogs, yet do not make the link with any other animal flesh’”

‘What does science have to say about eating meat? Put simply, it’s not only unsustainable, it’s dangerous’

An occasional series in which ordinary people talk about living a plant-based life My name is Aaron McMurray and I’m from Northern Ireland. I’m a 29-year-old theoretical physics graduate and PhD researcher studying laser driven ion acceleration, which basically means I shoot high intensity lasers at thin metallic targets to accelerate protons and carbon ions.Continue reading “‘What does science have to say about eating meat? Put simply, it’s not only unsustainable, it’s dangerous’”

‘If a child gets it, adults should surely more than understand the horrors behind eating meat and dairy’

An occasional series in which ordinary people talk about living a plant-based life The next in our series is Sudip,right, a 36-year-old broker, who lives with his wife and two young daughters. Bardo Burner: You’re vegan now; were you previously vegetarian? Sudip: I have been vegetarian my whole life, and turned vegan a few monthsContinue reading “‘If a child gets it, adults should surely more than understand the horrors behind eating meat and dairy’”

‘I didn’t know how cruel the meat and dairy industries are… but it’s different now – the information is out there’

An occasional series in which ordinary people talk about living a plant-based life I’m Debby Montenegro, I’m 53 and I was raised in Torbay in Devon. I’ve lived in a few places around the world but I always gravitate back to Devon; it’s the sea, I love living near the beach. I have a daughterContinue reading “‘I didn’t know how cruel the meat and dairy industries are… but it’s different now – the information is out there’”

A new series in which the ordinary people driving the rise of plant-based living tell us how it is for them

This is the first post in an occasional series – to which we would welcome any contributions – about everyday vegans; the ordinary people driving the current wave of enthusiasm for a plant-based diet. What leads people to choose this path and what are their experiences of living in an omnivore world? For many ofContinue reading “A new series in which the ordinary people driving the rise of plant-based living tell us how it is for them”

An interview with Dr Anthony Hadj: why a whole-food, plant-based diet is best for our health and the planet

The food we eat has long been used to prevent and manage health problems, and now there is a growing movement of medical people who believe wholefood, plant-based diets not only prevent but can sometimes reverse a lot of the chronic illnesses associated with western lifestyles. They believe a change of diet can treat ailmentsContinue reading “An interview with Dr Anthony Hadj: why a whole-food, plant-based diet is best for our health and the planet”

It’s only by speaking up that we’ll drag companies into the vegan future

What started life as an article ranting about a recent train trip from London to Edinburgh, and the different attitudes of the two train companies I travelled with – Virgin and CrossCountry – has become a piece about the power of the vegan voice, and why we must not just speak up, but positively yell.Continue reading “It’s only by speaking up that we’ll drag companies into the vegan future”

An awkward compromise for vegan cat owners: the pet meat industry

I’m a vegan with four cats. Every morning, one of the first tasks of my day is a gruesome one, as I rip open pouches of meat and squeeze them into bowls; every morning I go against everything I believe in, every principle by which I live the rest of my life, and I doContinue reading “An awkward compromise for vegan cat owners: the pet meat industry”