I went to the Sacramento 2018 Vegfest and it was a fun event! I’m trying to go to more vegan and veg events this year so I can meet new plant-eating friends and discover new foods. Sacramento is not known to be a huge veg town so it’s great to see that in its third year, the crowds were pretty big for something like Vegfest.
I thought it was particularly wonderful to see so many families and kids. In fact, there was a whole area just for kids to play games and learn more about vegan living.
Some of my favorite vegan foods had a booth there like Cultured Kitchen who makes a vegan butter called “Better Buttah.” There Garlic Chive buttah is so good and makes an amazing garlic bread!
Jada Spices who makes a vegan Chicken seasoning salt in various flavors that has a remarkable chicken-like flavoring. The salt is great for the flexitarians who are transitioning away from meat yet still want some meat tastes.
There was also a vegan Ethiopian food booth, and I wanted to get a plate but the line was so long the whole time I was there. You’ll see their food in the video. The line for vegan Soul Food was three times as long. Wow!
It’s exciting to see people here in Sacramento lining up for delicious vegan food.
At this year’s United Nations COP23 event in Bonn, Germany, there was an official side event called “Reducing Livestock’s Long Shadow.” The event was sponsored by ProVeg International and Green Course.
This event was the only official side event at COP23 about animal agriculture and climate change. This topic should be a main COP event because industrial animal agriculture impacts climate change more than the entire transportation sector according to the UN FAO.
But hey, let’s find ways to make industrial animal agriculture’s impact on climate change a bigger topic globally so that next year at COP24, this topic does get a main event.
Thankfully, the “Reducing Livestock’s Long Shadow” event was recorded and it’s on YouTube. The video includes the talks from the panel members and audience discussion. The panel was excellent and there was so much great information not only on current data but also on possible action items.
The panel speakers included:
Helen Harwatt, Environmental Science, BSc Honors, PhD, of Planet Friendly Food.
Dr. Marco Springmann, Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food project.
UNFCC Nutrition in National Adaptation Programmes of Action
Besides this “Reducing Livestock’s Long Shadow” event, Brighter Green wrote up this great blog post of other food and climate change related events.
Less Meat Less Heat did this great re-cap post with photos of their launch of Put Climate on Pause Coalition that proposes the adoption of a two-valued reporting standard for Global Warming Potential (GWP), that includes both 20- and 100-year timescales to give a broader view of the impacts of SLCPs (short-lived climate pollutants), including methane and nitrous oxide from agriculture.
When methane and nitrous oxide are included in the short-term 20 year picture, the impact of industrial animal agriculture on climate change bumps significantly because the leading cause of both gases are from guess what? Yeah. Methane has 86 times the warming potential of CO2 over 20 years (GWP20) versus 34 times over 100 years. (GWP100).