3 Valley Vegans Newsletter
Great Rock in Todmorden
Welcome to the August newsletter


We hope you are enjoying the summer weather. Before we dive into this issue, I'd like to make a quick shout out to a new group Calder Valley Hunt Saboteurs. They are busy defending wildlife from unlawful and cruel activities and would welcome any donations or volunteers. Sadly, the hunting season is upon us, and Calder Valley is no stranger to such ecologically damaging activities.

Coming up in this issue, the last one for a while:

  • 3 Valley Vegans takes a break to recharge and reflect
  • Blog: Adapting to climate change: the vegan answer to declining agricultural yields
  • Blog: Vegan school meals: why should they be available for all and how can I help?
  • Blog: Diabetes and whole foods plant-based diets - an interview with Dr Bharati Kolte
  • Links: Ethical shopping on a budget
  • Call: Can you help Vegan Organic Network by translating, checking, or advertising their magazine in another language?

Phil and 3 Valley Vegans

Image by Robert Freeman / CC BY-SA

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3 Valley Vegans takes a break to recharge and reflect

Did you know, 3 Valley Vegans has been running for six and a half years now? In this time, we have delivered countless workshops, stalls, talks, films, our own music concert and our own festival. We have spoken to hundreds of people in the upper Calder valley and beyond, with visitors to our website from as far away as China, India and Australia. (Quick fact: our most viewed recipe is for Dorset apple cake.) Furthermore, there are over 200 posts on our blog, and we have a volunteers award from The University of Manchester.

Over these years, we have seen the vegan landscape shift. Supermarkets are reporting staggering increases in sales of plant-based alternatives. There are more people eating vegan food and following a vegan lifestyle than ever before, some inspired by the time to reflect during lockdown for COVID-19. At the same time, the impact of climate change only increases, while both systemic and localised animal welfare issues continue to cause concern.

The core group of members who arrange, plan, organise and review the online and face-to-face presence of 3 Valley Vegans has recently shrunk and we have decided it is time to take a break. We would like to use the next few months to recharge and reflect on what the aims and activities of the group should be, most appropriate to the needs of the community as it now stands. We are planning to come back around Veganuary 2021, hopefully we will be allowed to conduct one of our ever-popular cookery demos (without the worry of social distancing). 

Until the new year, we will continue to run our Facebook page and Facebook group; in fact, we strongly encourage you to share your news and events or local businesses to our Facebook group. We will keep our Twitter account running, and our eating out guide and shopping guide. If you would like to get involved as a volunteer in the new year, you can tell us at any time! Until then, keep doing what you're doing, talk to each other, and maybe we can all help to realise the recent forecast that 12 million Brits will be meat-free by 2021.

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Adapting to climate change: the vegan answer to declining agricultural yields

By now, most people should be aware of the fact that eating meat and dairy products accounts for at least 14.5% of the global greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change. Therefore, Christiana Figueres, the former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and a key player in getting the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement in place, has made it plain that:
‘If you’re still eating meat, you are not serious about what planet you’re turning over to the next generation’. 

In addition to the drastic steps that need to be taken to minimise climate change, humanity is also going to have to adapt to the changes that are already going to happen over the coming years. These will be the result of historic greenhouse gas emissions and the remaining ‘carbon budget’ that cannot be exceeded if global average temperature rise is to be no more than 1.5 degrees Centigrade above what it was before industrialisation. 

One impact that presents a great challenge to the prevailing human state of mind is the forecast decline in agricultural yields by as much as 30% by 2050 if ambitious action is not taken to limit climate change. This decline would be linked to global demand for food increasing by 50% and prices rising by 20% for billions of low-income people. Read here about why a switch to plant-based/vegan diets is the sensible way to adapt to this challenge:

Image by Pexels from Pixabay

View more about adapting to climate change
Children making healthy food
Vegan school meals: why should they be available for all and how can I help?

3 Valley Vegans is informing parents about campaigns to get vegan school meals on the menu for all school children. Some Calderdale schools are now providing vegan meals for those requesting it, but we believe vegan meals should be available for all, as an option, for the environment, health and the animals.

Image by Andrzej Rembowski from Pixabay

What can you do as parents?
Diabetes and whole foods plant-based diets - an interview with Dr Bharati Kolte

About 4 million people in the UK have a diagnosis of diabetes but over 12 million people are at risk of developing the disease. Over half of these cases could be prevented by lifestyle changes, mainly what we eat.

Plant based diets reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes (the most common type of diabetes) by 60% and can also be used to treat and in some cases reverse the disease.

Dr Bharati Kolte is medical doctor who specialises in lifestyle medicine in the US. Read what she has to say about the role of whole food plant based diets in treating patients with diabetes.

Image © 2018 Flora Medical Clinic

Read the interview with Dr Kolte
carrots, other vegetables and fruit
Ethical shopping on a budget

We have added to the vegan shopping on a budget page of our website. Ethical Consumer released an article Ethical Shopping on a Budget in July 2020. Read their five golden rules for savvy, money-saving, ethical consumers.

Read more about shopping vegan on a budget
VON logo and mistranslated French
Can you help Vegan Organic Network by translating, checking, or advertising their magazine in another language?

يمكنك ترجمة تنمو الخضراء الدولية؟
আপনি কি গ্রীন ইন্টারন্যাশনাল অনুবাদ করতে পারবেন?
Können Sie Growing Green International übersetzen?
¿Puedes traducir Growing Green International?
Can you translate Growing Green International?
Pouvez-vous traduire Growing Green International?
आप बढ़ ग्रीन इंटरनेशनल अनुवाद कर सकते हैं?
Можете ли вы перевести Растущий Зеленый Международный?

Currently the Vegan Organic Network (VON) magazine (GGI) is produced in English which is the third most spoken native language in the world.

Chinese 1.3 Billion, Spanish 460 Million, English 379 Million, Hindi 341 Million, Arabic 315 Million

They tried using “google translate” to reproduce the front cover in French. Clearly automated translation still has a long way to go! For example “Issue 44” comes back as “Problem 44” hence they are looking for volunteers to help with 3 tasks:

  1. Someone to take the original files (Scribus format, a free DTP program) which are used to make GGI and translate them to other languages (Eg French, German, Hindi etc)
  2. Others to check these translated versions.
  3. People to help spread the word about the translated magazine on social media sites in other languages.

They would be very grateful if you can help with any of these. Please contact the editor (Tony Martin) at editor@veganorganic.net for more details.

Contact the VON editor if you want to translate
Keep In Contact

We would like to remind you that 3 Valley Vegans have a Facebook page, a Facebook group and our own website...

Our Facebook page is open to the public and is updated with lots of  events both local and national, interviews, videos, information, news and tips from the wider vegan community. To like, or visit this page please click: Facebook Public Page.

The Facebook group is a closed group and is a good place to air and vent any local vegan issues.
Information relating to local shopping and/or eating out can be posted by members of this group and also if any businesses in the local area would like to promote any vegan products or offers then this is the group to use.
If you would like to join then please click: Facebook Closed Group

On our website you will find local eating guides, recipes, upcoming and past events, blogs and lots of vegan articles.
What our group is all about is detailed on this site along with our contact details. 
To visit the website please click on link: Website

Twitter @3valleyvegns Twitter @3valleyvegns
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Map of Calderdale
UPDATED! Local eating and shopping guides

Eating out and shopping can be tricky when you're vegan, especially when just starting out. To make things a little easier, we have compiled a list of vegan-friendly eateries and shops in Calderdale:

View our Guide to Eating Out in Calderdale

View our Vegan Friendly Calderdale Shopping Guide

Have we missed anything off these lists? Please send your suggestions to tech@3valleyvegns.org.uk 


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