As new-wave vegans buy into Big Food and Agribiz, Tara Garnett asks whether ‘salvation by consumption’ is a false prophet?

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The realisation struck me over a drink with a friend the other evening: when I mentioned I was trying to eat vegan-only food two days a week, this friend, a longstanding and committed environmental activist, made a sort of grimace. She looked disquieted, uncomfortable. That word, vegan. Somehow, for some environmentalists, vegan has become difficult, almost a dirty word.

In fact, even the way I just phrased the first sentence — ‘trying to eat vegan-only food’ rather than ‘be vegan’ — implies a certain distancing on my part too, a fear of the word’s newly enveloping negativity. As further demonstration…

Image credit: IISD Reporting Services — International Institute for Sustainable Development, COP22 Marrakesh

All the evidence points to the urgent need to transform the way in which we produce and consume meat and dairy if we are to tackle the enormous challenges we face. At stake is our ability to keep global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius, and to feed the world and its growing, more affluent population, healthily, fairly and sustainably. But policy responses to galvanise this necessary transition are woefully inadequate.

This is a reposting of a blog-post published on the Food Climate Research Network website (Original Source) It is written by FCRN member Sue Dibb, Executive Director of Eating Better, the UK civil society alliance of over 50 organisations that are working together to help people move towards eating less meat and dairy foods and more food that’s better for us and the planet, as part of the vital task of creating sustainable food and farming systems.

On November 6–17 global leaders converge on Bonn for this year’s round of climate talks to enact the climate agreements made in Paris…

Does the production have to take place within a “natural” environment?

This is a blog-post by Adrian Muller (senior researcher at FiBL -Institute of Organic Agriculture and ETZ Zurich) for the FCRN Food Climate Research Network. Source:

Agriculture is linked to soils and natural processes, but this provides little guidance on what sustainable agriculture should be

What is sustainable agriculture? Many implicitly assume that it somehow has to do with a “natural” environment wherein production takes place, with close linkages to soils and ecosystems. But why should this be so? If sustainable agriculture is claimed to be linked to soils and natural environments, arguments for this need to be given. This blog post is based on a recent opinion paper in Land Use Policy* where we address these issues. We…

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