We’ve adopted “Vegan, Green & Delicious” as the theme for Pittsburgh’s 2009 vegan waffle party, to promote awareness of the connections between environmental responsibility and reduction of animal product consumption. Tell us about your May or June party plans so I can email you the Vegan Waffle Party Host Primer, with several vegan waffle cooking tips and recipes not found on this site.
And if the budget’s tight, see if your event may qualify for assistance through VegFund! While “being green” has dramatically increased in popularity, some very important areas of environmental stewardship remain largely ignored. Among them is the need to reduce our animal product consumption drastically.
When people eat animal flesh, they obtain only a small portion of the plant nutrition, water, and other resources originally consumed by the animal – after all, any living creature needs to use much of its food energy just to sustain itself. By consuming plant-based foods directly, we eliminate the “middleman” (or middlecow) and reduce our impact upon Earth’s resources. By some estimates, it takes five pounds of grain and 2,500 gallons of water to produce each pound of beef (Kostigen & Rogers, 2007). And this one example is just the beginning – practices such as the use of antibiotics and hormones wreak further havoc upon the environment, and many concentrated animal farming practices increase the likelihood of dangers such as species-jumping viruses.
This year, we’re also striving to make our party greener in other important ways beyond the food itself. We’re not trying to be perfect, but are doing things like borrowing dinnerware from neighbors and friends so we don’t have to use so many disposables.
If you’d like to blaze the trail by hosting a vegan waffle party this year, we’d love to hear about it!
Kostigen, T. & Rogers, E. (2007). The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time. New York: Three Rivers Press.