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Updating Your Wardrobe?

Are you in need of some new threads? Perhaps you are putting together a vegan fashion wishlist. Save yourself some time and check out this blog from The Minimalist Vegan. You can drool over the different vegan brands here.

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Is A Vegan World Even Possible?

Animal Think Tank, founded while pondering this very question, uses the lens of social movement theory to dissect how the vegan movement could be made even stronger through using tactics that helped past historical movements to succeed. These include social, political, and economic disruption, with references to Black Lives Matter and Extinction Rebellion. The authors emphasize the crucial nature of people power, rather than relying on slow-moving institutions. They urge people to be solution-focused and connect through shared values to build support. Read this important article here.

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The Vegan Roadie

The Vegan Roadie is now in its third season. Created and hosted by Dustin Harder, it takes viewers on a vegan culinary journey. The plant-based version of the popular Food Network series, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, showcases vegan food across America and Italy.
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Fall in Love with Vegvisits

When you travel, do you prefer a more personalised approach to accommodation? Vegvisits is the vegan equivalent of AirBnB with hosts in over 80 countries. Wouldn’t you rather know that your host can provide not only vegan accommodation, but give you firsthand advice on the local vegan scene? We sure do!
Jump on their platform here to book your next vegan holiday!
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SO NAUGHTY, SO NICE!

Vegan Arancini!

What is arancini? Only the best thing you’ve never heard of! In short, they are delicious Italian fried rice balls. Dip them in some marinara, kick back, and transport to the Mediterranean.

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Defending Veganism, Defending Animal Rights

Gerfried Ambrosch dives into some of the criticism that the vegan movement has surprisingly faced from the left, given its focus on social justice and dismantling oppression. He explains how to combat their arguments in this short book/essay. Check it out here.

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50s are the new 30s when you’re Vegan!

Despite being well into his 50s, Grammy award winning singer,
Lenny Kravitz, sports a physique that would make many men in their 20s jealous. The singer is able to achieve this by regular exercise and following a healthy, vegan diet. Not only does Kravitz avoid all animal products in his meals, he also favors a raw food diet. On the subject of what he eats, Kravitz says:
“I’m very careful about what I put into my body and how I take care of my body, so it’s a combination of eating all these things… and working out and keeping my muscles and my joints in shape so that I can do what I do, which is get up onstage and play music, and have a body that feels free so that I can express myself.”
Lenny spent a large part of 2020 living in the Bahamas, where he worked-out daily outdoors and grew a lot of his own food. Amongst the tropical fruits he grows is Soursop, also known as Custard Apple. “Soursops are my favorite. Soursop is good for you,” Lenny said.
Kravitz’s other endeavours, apart from music, include acting and writing, and he has recently released his autobiography, “Let Love Rule.”
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We Love You Joaquin Phoenix

Actor Joaquin Phoenix is proof that animal products are not necessary to live a healthy life, as he has spent the vast majority of his life as a vegan.
Famous for his many starring roles, including the Roman Emperor Commodus in the movie Gladiator, and, more recently, as the troubled Arthur Fleck in the movie, Joker. The actor has been vegan since he was three years old and has described animal agriculture practices as being “absurd and barbaric.” When witnessing fish being killed as a small boy, he knew he wanted to live a life that didn’t involve cruelty to animals.
In his many roles as an actor, Phoenix always avoids wearing animal products and requests that his costumes are not made using leather or other materials sourced from animals. He has also used his platform to highlight the terrible damage to the environment caused by animal agriculture, describing the effect as “devastating.”
When accepting the award for best actor for the film “Joker” at the 2020 Oscars, Phoenix took the opportunity to talk about the cruelty of the dairy industry. The actor told the audience in attendance and all those watching around the world “I think that we’ve become very disconnected from the natural world, and many of us, what we’re guilty of is an egocentric worldview, the belief that we’re the centre of the universe. We go into the natural world and we plunder it for its resources. We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow, and when she gives birth, we steal her baby, even though her cries of anguish are unmistakable, and then we take her milk that’s intended for her calf and we put it in our coffee and our cereal.” He went on to say, “When we use love and compassion as our guiding principles, we can create, develop, and implement systems of change that are beneficial to all sentient beings and to the environment.”
Phoenix also played a big part in encouraging the Golden Globes awards ceremony in Hollywood to adopt a plant-based menu. While accepting his award at the event in 2020, again for the movie, Joker, he thanked the organisers for the vegan menu, saying, “It’s a very bold move making tonight plant-based. It really sends a powerful message.”
Phoenix is also an activist for animals, appearing at animal rights marches, campaigns for PETA, and contributing to documentaries such as Earthlings.

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