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Recent research into animal feeds and animal grazing shows the impact farming animals has on our planet, and strengthens the case for meat and dairy-free diets. The WWF reported recently that crops used to feed animals puts an enormous strain on our natural resources. The biggest environmental impacts of diets rich in meat and dairy-products comes from growing the crops used to feed the animals. 


 As the Great British Bake Off returns the Metro newspaper asked a great question – When are we going to get some vegan cooking shows on TV? With the wealth of creativity shown on vegan cooking blogs (such as this, this or this) and YouTube cooking videos (such as this or this) there is clearly a wealth of talent and creativity out there. It is hard to keep up with the ever more delicious vegan recipes being developed and posted online, some vegan adaptation of existing dishes and others completely new creations. A vegan bake-off would show just how mainstream veganism is becoming and could provide real inspiration to those people learning to cook vegan or thinking of going vegan, or cutting down their meet and dairy. What better way would there be to really show just how delicious vegan food could be? 

When I visited Shoreditch’s Boxpark a few weeks ago I was exciting by one of its vegan restaurants – Cook Daily. They had a varied menu of popular dishes from around the world adapted to be vegan, including one of my favourites – Pad Thai – which I grew to love when backpacking around Thailand some years ago before I went vegan. The atmosphere in the shipping container restaurant is great – t-shirts and graffiti on the walls, and communal tables. It was great to see a really positive write up of the restaurant recently in the Guardian  who note that the restaurant is doing well as it is so popular with a varied crowd of people.  As the Guardian writes “it’s the unofficial headquarters for a new tribe of proud vegan”.