Meat-free education: Vegoforum leads the way

Visitors to Vegoforum festival in StockholmThis weekend’s Vegoforum in Stockholm was a resounding success and has highlighted the advantages of similar events in encouraging new recruits to campaigns like Meat Free Monday.

Organised by Köttfri Måndag, Sweden’s answer to MFM, it offered visitors the chance to learn more about meat-free eating and be inspired by a movement that is taking the world by storm.

There were lectures on the importance of eating less meat for the environment, health and animal welfare, screenings of films including Meat the Truth and Sea the Truth, as well as stalls offering the best meat-free eating.

“If many people have one meat-free day a week, it will have a positive effect on climate change,” said economist Kenneth Hermele of Lunds University, who spoke at the event.

Köttfri Måndag member Sanna Ekedahl, who helped co-ordinate Vegoforum, said its success meant it would become an annual event.

There are plenty of events coming up in the UK that will make it easier for people to get involved in the Meat Free Monday way of life.

March has been designated Veggie Month by animal rights group Animal Aid, while for those meat-reducers who are enjoying MFM so much they don’t want to stop, National Vegetarian Week runs 21-27 May.

Meanwhile Brighton is the place to head on 17 and 18 March, where as many as 6,000 people will be tucking into Vegfest. Get free admission to the best in meat-free eating, featuring 100 stalls over three floors, cooking competitions, talks and presentations, theatre, comedy and free nutritional advice.

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