January or Veganuary?

Published on by Aishah Rahman (author)

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The Veganuary campaign is encouraging people to turn vegan for a month, and this is commonly associated with resolution and change.


But can a diet that’s lacking meat, fish, and dairy do any good?


Set up by the charity Veganuary, campaigners say: “We hope to inspire people to turn vegan, not just for January but throughout the rest of the year”.The charity says there are many reasons to turn vegan, which could involve the animals, health, environment, and nutrition.


One common concern for vegan diets is whether it provides all the vitamins and minerals the body needs.According to doctors, 7 supplements are needed including Vitamin D, Omega-3s and iron, in order to reach the daily nutrient requirement. 


Papa John’s Pizza responds to a Vegan cheese petition which had almost 30,000 signatures. This petition was set up by animal rights organisation: Animal Aid and Vegan Food.The Hastings fast food manager says: “After hearing of the petition we thought the start of the new year would be a perfect opportunity to try out vegan cheese on our pizzas”.


Isobel Hutchinson, Director of Animal aid says: “We are thrilled to see that Papa John’s has reacted positively to our petition and they are looking to introduce a vegan cheese alternative. By adding vegan cheese to their menu, Papa John’s will be showing that they are up to date with the fast- growing vegan movement, and will appeal to a much wider audience.


The demand of plant-based products is booming, as the number of vegans in the UK has skyrocketed to more than 3.5 million this year.More and more people are choosing to ditch animal products more than ever. 14,000 have signed up to the Veganuary campaign and have been vegan this month.

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