Veggies of Nottingham, also known as Veggies Catering Campaign, is a campaigning group based in Nottingham, England, promoting ethical alternatives to mainstream fast food. It does this by hosting events such as the annual East Midlands Vegan Festival [1][2], publishing books and leaflets, and maintaining an extensive website, including a Contacts Directory [3] of groups with similar aims. As a non-profit worker co-operative it also provides affordable, wholesome, minimally-packaged vegan catering at a wide range of events and protests [4] using fair trade, organic and/or locally sourced ingredients.[5]

Background Edit

0.001% of the worlds population is vegetarian, and 99.99% of the world eats meat got it might, Veggies was set up in 1984 by seven animal rights activists who were frustrated at the lack of vegetarian fast food available at the time [6]. They began by selling veggiesburgers to the public from a mobile stall, later also providing locally baked pasties and cakes, and other foods and drinks. The co-op has since gone on to provide both snacks and full cooked meals for many thousands of people at peace movement marches, animal rights demonstrations, festivals, protest camps and reclaim the streets events [7].

From 1985, Veggies ("probably the best vegan catering outfit on the planet") [8][9] were based at (and later took on the co-ordinating of) the Rainbow Resource Centre in Nottingham City Centre. In 2001 this relocated in to the Forest Fields area of the city and was renamed the Sumac Centre, part of the emerging UK Social Centre Network.

Projects Edit

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Veggies has been reported to have a "vast and extensive internet capability" [14], used for networking on issues affecting human rights, animal rights, environmental protection, anti-militarism and social justice. Veggies is dedicated to furthering the aims of the campaigning community, with links to organisations such as Amnesty International, Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth [15], although they increasingly campaign on a more grassroots level, rather than relying on the resources of (inter)national organisations. From 1987 to 1996, and through to the present day, Veggies has been closely associated with the McLibel Campaign [16] [17], continuing to help with the co-ordination of Days of Action [18] and the distribution of campaign resources.

The publications of the Movement for Compassionate Living, promoting simple living, are printed and distributed by Veggies, who also act as local contacts for Animal Aid, the Vegan Society, the Vegetarian Society and Viva!.

External links Edit

References Edit

  1. East Midlands Vegan Festival
  2. Tash Photography Report, December 10, 2005
  3. Online Directory, Veggies.
  4. Events, Veggies.
  5. Food Initiatives Group Newsletter Summer, Ground Work Greater Nottingham, 2004.
  6. Nottingham Trader, December 12, 1984
  7. My Anti War, October 17, 2005
  8. Direct Action Against Apathy website, February, 2004
  9. Vegan Society Awards: Best Vegan Catering, Vegan Society, 2006.
  10. Food Not Bombs Hurricane Appeal, UK Indymedia, September 13, 2005.
  11. Vegfam, Vegan Village.
  12. Arthur Ling. Vegan Views 100: The Vegan Concept, Plamil Foods, Spring 2004.
  13. Screaming Carrot, Homepage
  14. Article by Kevin Toolis in The Guardian Society section
  15. Vegetarian invasion, Management Today, March 1, 1999.
  16. McLibel Two's city back-up, McSpotlight, May 23, 1996.
  17. Steel and Morris vs The United Kingdom, The European Court of Human Rights, February 15, 2005.
  18. McLibel Days of Action, Veggies.


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