With a colourful and interactive stall run by staff and volunteers, The Vegan Society handed out resources about veganism to visitors at the Green Party Conference in Brighton as well as goody bags filled with products generously donated by several of our vegan trademark holders (Clearspring, Original Source, Koko Dairy Free, and Creative Nature).
Our debate, ‘Public Health and Sustainable Food Production: A Plant-Based Solution’, was one of the best-attended fringe events of the conference. The lively discussion featured Dr Matthew Cole, Professor Claire Molloy, and Dr Kate Stewart of The Vegan Society’s Research Advisory Committee. They put forward that The Green Party should propose a ban on all advertising of meat and dairy products, as well as processed food, on television before 9pm.
Their second proposal was that instead of asking people to add fruit and vegetables to meals, the panel recommended that meals should be planned around them, aiming to include eight to ten portions of fruit and vegetables each day. Ruth Semple, Head of CPPR, networked with Green Party representatives who were pleased to see The Vegan Society making our voice heard at this level. We hope to build on this and strengthen these relationships at future conferences.
“Very professional, clear and articulate. I particularly liked the emphasis on health and prevention of diseases.” – Member of the audience at our discussion.