A vegan world?

One of the arguments I often hear about veganism is ‘what would happen if everyone stopped eating animal products?’ usually followed by ‘we would have to grow so many plants!’ and sometimes the less thought out ‘what would happen to all the cows?’ Whilst all interesting thoughts, there are more topical issues behind the idea….

Why do we like animals?

When I was thinking about what to write about this week, I considered environmental impacts, cost and other aspects of veganism that I haven’t covered yet. But what I really wanted to talk about was animals, and that’s because they are the main reason why I went vegan. I’ve always been surrounded by animals –…

Got Beef? These burgers are bringing it

There’s been a lot of talk lately about lab grown meats. According to many articles they are the future of the way we eat, once they drop a little in price (the first lab-grown burger patty costing $330,000 U.S in 2013). They require minimal use of animals and are much more sustainable. What also does…

Challenge 2: meat these game changers

What is it about meat? I won’t lie – I missed meat when I first went vegetarian, and when I transitioned to full veganism. I didn’t crave flesh or the taste of animals, but I did crave the satisfying heartiness and flavour that went with it. Luckily, vegan food has a way of satisfying your…

Let’s get raw-dy: raw vs. vegan

I remember the first time I came across a rawtarian. My pre-vegan teen self was deep in a web of tumblr blogs, led by a trail of recipes for banana ‘nice’ cream. I paused to investigate the ‘what I eat’ page of a Danish girl’s blog and was immediately intrigued by her pictures of 10…

If kale could scream: the vegan’s dilemma?

Being a natural history filmmaking student, I’ve seen a few nature documentaries in my time. But one that really stretched my imagination was the BBC’s ‘The Private Life of Plants’. David Attenborough’s voice rolls over and we’re immediately transported to a place of wonder… ‘[Plants] face many of the same problems that animals face throughout…

Cookie crunchtime results: I bet you weren’t expecting this one

It’s time for another weekly weigh up! On the nicest Dunedin day we’ve had in a while, spirits were high and people wore jubilant faces around the university. I had set up my humble stall outside the OUSA Clubs and Societies building, ready to make someone’s day. You see, I had four batches of cookies,…

Challenge 1: cookie crunchtime

It’s challenge time! This week we’ll be looking at vegan egg replacements in baking. I hope you all like cookies! When I first became vegan I had no idea of all the different kinds of replacements for animal-products that existed out there. Some are simple changes – things like swapping butter for Olivani and exchanging…

Try this simple trick to reduce belly fat in less than 3 days

Well, sort of. But now that I’ve got your attention, it’s time for the weekly weigh up! Following on from my first post, we’re going to be comparing different kinds of foods to get to the bottom of how we get our nutrients. Imagine: you’re sitting in your living room, feeling drained after a long day…

Man: thinker, speaker; meat eater?

As a child, I loved pretending to be animals. My favourite was cats, and particularly tigers. I even had a cat-tail with a waistband attached and a cat-eared headband that I wore to school for an embarrassingly long period of time. Seriously. But one day something happened when I looked down at my fingernails: I…