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Viva! campaign to protect against future pandemics

Calderdale based group 3 Valley Vegans are backing the Viva! campaign which highlights the risks from the coronavirus to those with underlying health conditions.  A healthy vegan diet can help you lose weight, reverse type 2 diabetes, and protect heart health, reducing your risk of severe Covid-19.

Viva!,  the UK’s leading vegan campaigning charity,  have written an open letter to Boris Johnson, urging the government to support and encourage plant-based food initiatives to transition our food system and eradicate our reliance on unsustainable animal agriculture.

Covid-19 is just one of many zoonotic diseases including SARS, MERS, Ebola and HIV – all of which came from animals – and new viruses are appearing with increasing frequency. It is a stark warning of what’s to come if we don’t act now.

In their letter, they state that

“…across the globe animals are kept in horrific conditions in factory farms and wildlife markets. These settings provide a fertile environment for the transmission of viruses between different species and are the leading contributor to global heating. Meat and dairy production are responsible for 60 per cent of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions, while the products provide just 18 per cent of calories and 37 per cent of protein levels around the world (Poore, 2018).”

Avian and swine flu are particularly worrying due to the often thousands of chickens and pigs kept in one shed, with over 800 mega farms in the UK. In Cheshire recently an avian flu outbreak, although so far not posing a risk to humans, has resulted in the culling of 13,000 chickens at one farm, and an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) has now been declared across the whole of England meaning that it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers to follow strict bio-security measures to help contain the disease.

Bird flu hit the headlines in 1997 when it was found that a strain of flu virus was spreading from poultry to humans in Hong Kong.  Luckily this strain didn’t spread quickly between humans and therefore didn’t spark a global pandemic, but Dr Greger has warned of this possibility in the future, in his book published in 2006 “Bird Flu, A Virus of Our Own Hatching” especially as chicken consumption has increased dramatically.  Swine flu in 2009-10, however, did become a global pandemic originating in Mexico, near some of the largest pig farms housing thousands.

Ending factory farming of animals is the only way to prevent future pandemics.

For more information visit Viva.org.uk

2 May: Q&A panel session online: Vegan Question Time

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You are invited to our online Q and A panel session to ask questions about adopting or maintaining a healthy vegan lifestyle especially during COVID-19.

  • Are you finding it difficult to go or stay vegan during lockdown or generally?
  • Would you like to meet other new or aspiring vegans?
  • Are you curious or interested in plant-based lifestyles?
  • Would you like to learn about the connections between eating meat and the source of COVID-19?
  • Would you like to safely practise using a new technology to engage with other members of your local community?

If any of those points apply to you, please join us for Vegan Question Time:

  • Saturday, 2 May from 8pm to 9pm
  • Online using Zoom Video Conferencing
  • Free (using your computer or phone and internet connection)

To register and receive the meeting ID and password, please email us info@3valleyvegns.org.uk and, if you have a question to share with the panel, include it in your email.

See also the facebook-16 Facebook event

Update: View the facebook-16 live recording on Facebook


Getting started with Zoom

We will be using Zoom Video Conferencing to host this panel session. After registering, we will send you a link to use when the panel begins, and a password. You will need a computer or phone with speakers/headphones and an internet connection (Wi-Fi or wired network is best).

We recommend you prepare in advance by installing the ‘Zoom Client for Meetings’ app on your PC or Mac, or ‘ZOOM Cloud Meetings’ app for Android, or iOS or  Kindle Fire. If you cannot install applications, you can use the web browser instead.

The video above explains the basics of using Zoom for the first time. Our session will also ask you to enter a password when you connect (not mentioned in the video).

  • After you connect to the session, you will be invited to join with your webcam; this is optional, you do not need to share your face on video.
  • When you are in the session, you will be invited to connect with computer audio; this means that you will use your computer or phone’s speakers/headphones and microphone to hear everyone. The other option is to dial into the Zoom switchboard on your telephone (we do not recommend this).
  • When you connect with computer audio, your microphone will be muted. We request that everyone in the session mute their microphone unless the Chair invites them to speak. This will help us to keep order and avoid unnecessary background noise.

Coronavirus: The 3 Valley Vegans guide to safe, vegan-friendly eating and shopping in Calderdale

As you know, many local and national businesses are closed or otherwise disrupted at the moment. We recommend you check with individual shops for their opening and availability, while following government advice to stay indoors except for essential permitted purposes. In addition, we would like to highlight a few places that, at the time of writing, were still open.

Is your business still serving food, perhaps just for key workers? Please get in touch to appear here, or post to our Facebook Group up to once a week.