The Vegan Pod

The UK's oldest vegan charity, The Vegan Society, discussing topical issues from the vegan realm.

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Wednesday Jun 05, 2024

On the latest episode of The Vegan Pod, we’re celebrating World Environment Day by discussing how our relationship with non-human animals contributes to the climate crisis and asking what we can do to change it.
Despite research illustrating the widespread environmental impact of animal agriculture, it is often an issue that gets left out of conversations about the climate crisis. To help us explore why this is and what we can do about it, we're joined by Dr Richard Twine and Dr Heather Marshall from The Centre for Human Animal Studies at Edgehill University.
Together, with our host, they unpack the role that the current relationship between humans and animals plays in the environmental crisis, the impacts of the climate crisis on animals and how education can play a key role in encouraging wider adoption of veganism.
The views expressed by guests on The Vegan Pod are not necessarily the views of The Vegan Society.  

Tuesday May 21, 2024

In the latest episode of The Vegan Pod, we’re talking about cosmetics and asking how we can make more conscious choices in our everyday purchases. Interest in vegan beauty is at an all-time high after growing steadily over the last 10 years but lots of people don’t fully understand what vegan beauty is or why they should be looking out for it.  
To help us dig a little deeper into how our everyday choices can make such a difference to animals, we’re joined by two brilliant guests: Hannah Montgomery, our Campaigns Manager here at The Vegan Society, and Jay Bharj, founder of “Root Minerals” a vegan cosmetics brand. 
The views expressed by guests on The Vegan Pod are not necessarily the views of The Vegan Society.    

Wednesday Apr 10, 2024

In the latest episode of The Vegan Pod we’re turning our sights to the art world and talking to two vegan artists, Rebecca Lanyon Willmott and Philip McCulloch-Downs, about how their veganism intersects with their artwork, about using art as a form of activism and how to ensure all of your art materials are animal-friendly.
The views expressed by guests on The Vegan Pod are not necessarily the views of The Vegan Society.   

Friday Mar 08, 2024

On this episode of The Vegan Pod, we’re celebrating International Women’s Day and talking to two women doing some fantastic work within the vegan movement
Fiona Oakes, founder of Tower Hill Animal Sancturary, and Poonam Doshi, founder of Lola’s Sanctuary, join our host, Maisie, to share their journeys with veganism, the challenges and successes of founding their animal sanctuaries, and to talk about women they find inspiring. 
 
The views expressed by guests on The Vegan Pod are not necessarily the views of The Vegan Society.   

Is vegan cooking difficult?

Monday Jan 29, 2024

Monday Jan 29, 2024

In the first Vegan Pod episode of 2024, we're asking "is vegan cooking difficult?". A common stereotype is that creating vegan meals is complicated and time consuming, but is there any truth to this? As we approach the end of Veganuary, many people who are new to veganism will be deciding whether to continue the lifestyle or return to their old ways, and for a lot of people, convenience and ease can be a huge factor in this.  
Vegan content creators and recipe developers, Madeleine Olivia and Johnny Morillo, join us for this episode to explore this subject and discuss how we can make veganism seem straightforward and accessible to those who might think otherwise!
 
The views expressed by guests on The Vegan Pod are not necessarily the views of The Vegan Society. 

Wednesday Dec 20, 2023

In the latest episode of The Vegan Pod, and the final episode of 2023, we’re getting into the festive spirit and talking all things Christmas.  
Whether you’re planning your Christmas day meal, assembling a gingerbread house, attending your works Christmas party or buying gifts – the holiday period can be tricky to navigate when you’re trying to ensure everything is suitable for an ethical vegan lifestyle!  
So how can we embrace holiday traditions as vegans? What are the best swaps we can make to enjoy vegan festive food? How do we shop for loved ones whilst sticking to our vegan values?  
Joining us to help answer these questions, are Louise Macbeth, owner of Beck Hall – England's first 100% plant-based hotel – and author and recipe developer Katy Beskow.    
 
The views expressed by guests on The Vegan Pod are not necessarily the views of The Vegan Society. 

Tuesday Nov 28, 2023

In the UK, women are around twice as likely than men to be vegan – but why is this? That’s what we’re asking on the latest episode of The Vegan Pod.
To help us explore the barriers that men face when it comes to living a vegan lifestyle, we’re joined by geographer, lecturer, and writer Dr Catherine Oliver and author, academic and spokesperson for Animal Rising, Dr Alex Lockwood.
 
The views expressed by guests on The Vegan Pod are not necessarily the views of The Vegan Society.

Thursday Oct 26, 2023

In the latest episode of The Vegan Pod, we’re discussing the importance of offering nutritious vegan food in public services such as schools and care homes.
Despite the UK’s established and growing vegan community, we continue to face challenges in accessing healthy and nutritious food, with some public sector menus failing to consistently include a single vegan option.
In this episode we’re joined by two guests to help us discuss this issue, both of whom are doing fantastic work in this area to support vegans and increase plant-based options within public services. Colette Fox joins us from ProVeg UK, where she leads its flagship programme ‘School Plates’, and Amanda Woodvine joins us from V for Life, a charity which aims to support, protect, and uphold the rights of older vegans and vegetarians.
 
The views expressed by guests on The Vegan Pod are not necessarily the views of The Vegan Society.

Wednesday Sep 27, 2023

The latest episode of The Vegan Pod explores the plant-based food market, asking whether the “vegan bubble” has really burst amid reports of drops in plant-based sales.
We’re joined by Joe Hill, co-founder of One Planet Pizza and Rik Roberts, General Manager at Crackd The No-Egg Egg, to discuss highs and lows of running a vegan business, to celebrate their successes and to explore what the future of the plant-based food industry might look like.
 
The views expressed by our guests are not necessarily the views of The Vegan Society.

Tuesday Aug 29, 2023

In this episode of The Vegan Pod, we're asking “Should veganism be used as a vehicle for comedy?”.
Does vegan humour reinforce negative assumptions about veganism or help to tackle them? How can we deal with non-vegans who choose to make jokes about the vegan lifestyle? This month we were joined by two long-time vegans and professional comedians, Chris Stokes and Ishi Khan, to help us answer these questions and understand whether it’s possible to toe the line between making people laugh and simultaneously raising awareness around such a serious issue.The views expressed by our guests are not necessarily the views of The Vegan Society.

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