What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course. With energy and humor, Pam Warhurst tells at the TEDSalon the story of how she and a growing team of volunteers came together to turn plots of unused land into communal vegetable gardens, and to change the narrative of food in their community.
It was a co-worker’s birthday and I confess that I had a little “revenge” in mind for those who keep making fun of me for being vegan.
I got a vegan chocolate cake – the actual one in the picture above – at an organic grocery store. After lunch, we all gathered around the birthday girl, sang, wishes were made, and slices of The Cake passed around. Everybody was asking me if the cake was vegan and I answered with a face as straight as possible and a little bit of laughter: “No way! I would never do that to you guys!” They all loved the cake and I heard several: “OMG it’s so rich!” “This is delicious,” “Where did you get this cake?” “I need to go to this store to get this cake!”
Once all plates were empty, I asked: “So, how did you like the cake?” Everybody said they loved it! That’s when I told them that it was a vegan cake. Their facial expressions of disbelief were great. We all laughed a lot and it ended up being a fun and positive experience.
Of course, I don’t expect anybody to become vegan because of a slice of cake. But just opening a little door for the possibility of trying something new is already a victory.
My friends will remember the rich taste and texture of the soft mousse chocolate cake dissolving on their tongues, filling them with sweet oral sensations – an exceptional positive sensory experience.
On the other side of the spectrum, some vegans share images of suffering cows and chickens. Most people who watch animal cruelty videos, feel the negative impact of the shocking images on a deep level. They will try to block these images and remember a negative experience for a long time. I’m not saying these images should never be shared.
I agree: animal-cruelty must be denounced!
I just wonder how effective those images are when we are talking about embracing a vegan lifestyle.
Which experience will encourage more people to try vegan dishes?
Since I’m not into cooking, I look for vegan treats I can bring to parties or office potlucks. The same organic market where I got the cake, also offers vegan ice cream, vegan doughnut holes, as well as cute vegan cupcakes for all occasions.
Do you have any vegan dishes you enjoy sharing with your friends?
If you’re a vegan, everyone has likely quizzed you about where you get your nutrients. Plant-based foods provide all of your nutritional needs.
Many say “the cow is already dead, if I don’t eat the meat, it will go to waste.” I can see your point of view. On the other hand, if you keep eating meat, you will be feeding the supply and demand chain. If there is no demand, the cows won’t be killed for meat. Instead of raising cows, those cattle farms could turn to plant farms. Makes sense?
You might say that it will never happen. If you take a look at the food evolution on the last few years, you will notice an increasing demand for organic products, grass fed cows and free range chickens. We have markets exclusively dedicated to organic products. Farmer’s markets are popping all over the country.
News about the dairy industry is starting to mention the raising consumption of soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, and coconut milk.
Change starts with one step in the right direction. Suddenly, it gets a momentum that revolutionizes the old assumptions. At one point in history, people believed the Earth was flat.
Nowadays, we hear more and more about plant-based diets, raw diet, whole foods, non- GMO produce, gluten-free, lactose-free, non-processed foods and the list keeps growing.
I won’t suggest that you change all at once. Start by incorporating vegetables and fruits to your plate and reducing the amount of meat. Once you begin to enjoy it, try to eat vegan for one week. Once feel more energetic and your skin clears up, try it for a month.
Check out the great blogs full of delicious and easy vegan recipes or visit a cool vegan restaurant.
Let me know how it goes.