In 2018, scientists released what has been called the most comprehensive study ever of the harm farming does to the planet. The analysis was based on a dataset culled from close to 40,000 farms in 119 different countries. The dataset covers 40 food products, which make up about 90 percent of all the foods humans eat. Joseph Poore, lead scientist on the research concluded that, “A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use. It is far bigger than cutting down on your flights or buying an electric car because those actions only reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
Since the mid ’90’s Denman’s Vegan Community Potluck Series has hosted over a hundred gatherings in our cozy ‘Back Hall’. These 100% plant-based smorgasbords have traditionally been followed by presentations on social justice, environmental issues, or the politics of food…from guest speakers, to slideshows and feature documentaries. Since their inception these community dinners have served as an example of direct community-based action on climate change, and sometimes double as fundraisers.For example, ourmost recent gatherings donated to international tree planting, seed saving and plant-based school lunch programs, as well as legal support for Wet’suwet’en indigenous land defenders. Currently on hiatus due to Covid 19, ourlast community dinner gathering took place on International Women’s Day in May of 2020.
In the meantime, our Denman Island Climate Action Community Vegan Support Page continues to serve as another great place to source tasty 100% plant-based recipe ideas. It also features current articles and event notices pertaining to the politics of food – including related animal, social justice, environmental and climate news of note. One on one support is readily available in our community for folks interested in reducing their animal-product consumption! Info: 335-1209