If you are concerned about animal suffering, one of the most straightforward things you can do to help our non-human brethren is to go vegan. A couple of Sundays ago the Greater Lansing Vegan Dinner Club had its monthly vegan potluck, offering an opportunity for members of the community to do just that, even if just for one evening.
Marian Erickson, the group’s organizer, said that most people tend to start experimenting with a vegan diet primarily for health reasons. Still, there are others who approach veganism with an eye to preventing the suffering and death of farm animals, not to mention to help mitigate the devastating effects of factory farming on the environment.
The group began in 2010, organized by Erickson and Scott Harris. As with other potlucks, members are invited to bring a dish to share.
Erickson cites the difficulty of finding a decent vegan meal in the Lansing area as one of the reasons for starting the Club. She said that people appreciate the opportunity to meet other vegans, share recipes and connect with like-minded folk from the community. Though none of the food brought to the potlucks contains animal products, the group itself is open to non-vegans. In fact, during the meet and greet, while some folks explained that they had been vegan for over 40 years, others admitted to having only been vegan for “the last two hours,” or just for this evening.
The club’s members welcome all guests and they hope to grow the movement. So if you are not a vegan or even a vegetarian, you will have the opportunity to taste how delicious cruelty-free food can be.
The next meetup for the Greater Lansing Vegan Dinner Club will be on Sunday May 4, 2014 at 6pm. More information can be found here. Simply join through the meetup.com website and connect with one of the friendliest and best-tasting organizations in the area.