Alan Cumming teams up with vegan groups to deliver plant-based pies to homeless

Alan Cumming teams up with vegan groups to deliver plant-based pies to homeless

Read Time:   |  29th October 2020

Vegan groups unite with Hollywood actor Alan Cumming to deliver plant-based pies to the homeless through charity The Care Hub.

Throughout November (World Vegan Month) campaign groups Million Dollar Vegan and Vegan Outreach Scotland alongside actor Alan Cumming will be delivering vegan pies to charity The Care Hub in Aberdeen.

This compassionate action is aimed at directly helping those worst affected by Covid-19 in Aberdeen, whilst also taking the opportunity to highlight the risks of animal agriculture to human health and the planet.

Steve Buchan aka Vegan Bay Baker, will be providing 150 vegan sweet potato and lentil curry pies per week to The Care Hub, to be distributed to the homeless people they support. He aims to demonstrate that making planet positive choices doesn’t mean sacrificing flavour or enjoyment.

It is estimated that three quarters of all newly emerging infectious diseases are coming from animals, and pandemic experts are expressing serious concern about the dangers of intensive animal farming.

Therefore, Million Dollar Vegan is encouraging the public to #TakePandemicsOffTheMenu and instead try their free Vegan Starter Kit available on their website.

Oxford University concluded that eating a vegan diet is the ‘single biggest thing’ we can do as individuals to help mitigate climate change, and as evidenced by the arctic sea yet to freeze this year, this shift to a global plant-based diet is needed now.

‘Power to the pies!’

Alan Cumming enthused “The consequences of trashing the natural world are already around us: climate change, deforestation, species loss, pandemics.

“We have the power to change this, to protect the Earth and ourselves. And we can start right now, simply by changing the way we eat. All power to the vegan pie!”

‘We are not helpless’

In a statement to Vegan Food & Living, Kate Fowler, Director of Communications at Million Dollar Vegan said: “What we choose to buy and eat has profound consequences that go way beyond our taste buds and waistlines.

“It affects both our short-term and long-term health, the health of our landscapes, how long we will have workable antibiotics, when another pandemic will come and whether we will be able to slow down climate change. These are the biggest issues we face, but we are not helpless. We can each play a part in protecting ourselves, our planet and our future.”

‘What are we waiting for?!’

Rebecca Knowles, Founder of Vegan Outreach Scotland added: “A global shift from current diets to diets that exclude animal products would reduce food’s greenhouse gas emissions by up to 73 per cent and food’s land use by 76 per cent. Meat from cows and sheep has up to 100 times the environmental impact as plant-based foods.

“In Scotland, rewilding the land formerly used to graze these animals would offset the equivalent of 35.5 years of Scottish COemissions! We know that we have enough arable land in the UK to grow food to meet the nutritional needs of our entire population – the lentils and sweet potatoes in these pies being two tasty examples – so, what are we waiting for?!”

Craving a vegan pie now? Here’s our Top 30 Vegan Pie Recipes.

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