Arguably one of the greatest ways to reduce your carbon footprint is by limiting your intake of animal products, whether you choose veganism, vegetarianism, or simply opt to cut meat out whenever you can. As advocators for sustainability and the environment, we were psyched to visit the annual event Boston Veg Food Fest this past Saturday and Sunday.
The event, sponsored by the Boston Vegetarian Society, was held in The Reggie Lewis Athletic Center, offering ample space for vendors to set up booths. All sorts of vegan and vegetarian products were marketed—tank tops, faux leather bags, lotions and soaps. Maybe most eye-catching were the food choices: delicious African cuisine from Global Village Cuisine, samples from the addictingly caffeinated peanut butter brand STEEM, and the Instagram-worthy desserts from Vegan Treats, a Pennsylvania-based bakery whose booth boasted a line that went all the way out the door and up the street.
Because veganism is closely aligned with animal rights, there were many activist groups present with information on how to take action against harmful practices. For example, The Humane League was advocating for well-known restaurants like the Capital Grill and Olive Garden provide better conditions for the chickens they use. Many groups offered volunteer opportunities to work on farms or protest against non-animal-friendly organizations.
The environmental aspect of veganism and vegetarianism was also clearly present: the event was largely waste-free, with a multitude of compost and recycling bins for the disposal of food, dishes, and sample spoons.
In addition to the exhibitors, the event featured talks by well-known guest speakers, like Michael Greger, author of the best seller How Not to Die.
The greatest thing about Boston Veg Food Fest was that it was open to everyone, with the mission of promoting vegetarian practices. The event showcased the many different perspectives and motivations surrounding the choice to be a vegetarian or vegan, as well as the incredible benefits of choosing those lifestyles. The atmosphere was inclusive, thought-provoking, and wholeheartedly positive in message. We left at the end with lots of pins and flyers, but also with the hope that events like this one will inspire others to adopt practices friendly to animals and our planet.
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