It’s coming to the internet live, on an elongated weekend beginning tomorrow and wrapping up Sunday: Veganpalooza! Presented by VegWorld Magazine, this international gathering on the web of the world’s foremost experts on living and eating without harming any of our animal friends is guaranteed to be the best value you can find for healthy information for some time. Granted, there are fees for those wishing to have more access to the event than the live, real-time possibilities, in case they can’t make it for the whole four days. But for most people the opportunities offered will be sufficient.
The festival, beginning on Thursday, August 15, and ending on Sun., August 18, is being hosted by author and musician Dr. Will Tuttle, developer of the World Peace Diet, along with Steven Prussack, founder and editor-in-chief of VegWorld Magazine. Such luminaries of the vegetarian/vegan world (those who eschew not only meat, poultry, fish & seafood, but eggs, dairy products and all other possible animal-source items) as James Cromwell, John Salley, U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich and his wife Elizabeth, and many others who are involved in natural health and nutrition areas will be among the guests featured.
The vegan lifestyle is about more than refusing to consume meat or other animal foods. Many of this persuasion also feel, by their conscience’s guidance, they should avoid clothing and other items made from leather. They may also not wish to use medications that are tested on animals, or which use any parts of animal or insect bodies or derivatives. Since quite a few vaccines are developed not only through testing on animals but by culturing in eggs, or in blood or other serum obtained from animals, and in some cases even human embryos, they may not only be unprotected against certain diseases but can be found in violation of laws for child health. Some people are persecuted over such beliefs, and risk being fined, jailed, and/or having their children taken away from them. Whether it is based on their religion or other beliefs, or simply wanting to avoid what they feel is unsafe, such actions are discriminatory.
Whether or not you are vegan yourself or curious about this practice, it is highly recommended you at least learn more about veganism. Considering the dangers being found so frequently in processed foods, genetically modified organisms (GMO), the controversies concerning vaccines, and many other health issues where animal rights are involved, we are all responsible links in the food chain. What many choose to ignore today may very well come back to slap us around eventually. It’s best to learn what the facts are now before it’s too late.
For further information, registration and schedules for Veganpalooza, see: http://www.veganpalooza.com