KIN 2015: a big success for the Vegetarian Society
30 July 2015
From the moment the superhero banners unfurled either side of the main stage it was clear that this was not your typical vegetarian event.
Kin 2015 on Saturday 11 July was billed as ‘TED talks for anyone interested in food choices’ and it did not disappoint. A possibly controversial choice, the omnivore Tom Heap of BBC Countryfile and Radio 4’s Costing the Earth was the host for the day and started by saying he hadn’t expected the rock and roll atmosphere.
Tony Juniper (Environmentalist and ex-Vice Chair of Friends of the Earth) was the keynote speaker opening the day asking ‘What on Earth are you eating?’ His talk challenged the role of cheap food production the implications of water usage, the loss of soil and how everything is connected - with food choices having a startling impact.
Over 200 enthusiastic delegates attended KIN 2015 - at the Victoria Warehouse, Manchester. Attendees were curious to address issues and get involved in sparky conversations about the food choices we make - the food we eat, the way it’s produced and the impacts on our health, animals and our planet.
Speakers travelled from across the globe to attend: Dr Neal Barnard MD discussed a plant-based approach to health, Jonathan Balcombe focused on the inner lives of farm animals, while Dos Winkel’s passion is the oceans and Jeff Mannes asked why we love dogs, eat pigs and wear cows.
Lynne Elliot, Chief Executive, the Vegetarian Society said, “We wanted the programme for KIN 2015 to be so packed with top class speakers that it would be difficult to choose what to attend and from the feedback so far it’s succeeded. Attendees were enthused, challenged and hopefully inspired. All the speakers were experts in their fields and they did a great job creating a real buzz about the topics. KIN 2015 was all about facts and evidence - around animal welfare, the environment, the planet, food and our choices. It really was a feast of ideas packed into a day and it would be great to do it again.”
Speaker sessions also covered: the true cost of cheap meat with Philip Lymbery (CIWF); the consequences of food choices with Deborah Doane; Dr Dan Lyons discussed putting animals into politics; Dr Helen Crawley looked at children growing up plant-based; Duncan Williamson from WWF addressed the issue of a shared earth while George Marshall challenged audiences to look at how climate change is discussed, through stories and language used.
It wasn’t just food for thought either; KIN 2015 had a tastier side too with a fermentation workshop and cookery masterclasses led by Alex Connell of the Vegetarian Society Cookery School. The popular masterclasses covered Posh Nosh, Global Veggie, Tofu and finally Vitality.
KIN 2015 was hosted by the Vegetarian Society, a charity that exists to influence, inspire and support people to embrace and maintain a vegetarian lifestyle. Being a vegetarian is a choice that is kinder to animals, to people and to our living planet. Established in 1847 the Vegetarian Society is the oldest vegetarian organisation in the world. Visit www.vegsoc.org for more information.
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