Inquiry: Respect for religious and philosophical beliefs while eating in care

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The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Vegetarianism and Veganism provides a forum for discussing issues around vegetarianism and veganism. The group is funded by The Vegan Society and Vegetarian for Life. The Vegan Society serves as secretariat.

Next Meeting

Is food security an issue for vegetarians and vegans?

December 7, 2020 3:00 pm

via Zoom video-conferencing

This online webinar event will take place on 7 December at 3pm via Zoom video-conferencing and is planned to last just over an hour.

The World Food Summit of 1996 defined food security as existing “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life”. During the COVID-19 pandemic, issues around access to food have become more widespread, including government-provided food parcels that did not cater for specific dietary needs.

The number of people needing to use food banks has also increased dramatically – calling into question food banks’ standard supplies of vegan food, and prompting vegan and vegetarian groups to become more actively involved in supporting people in the community.

But what can we learn from these projects? And even without a pandemic, is food security an issue for older or institutionalised vegetarians and vegans, or those who depend on services?

The event will be chaired by Christina Rees MP and we’ll be joined by our panel of speakers:

  • Nathaniel Harper, Worthing Vegan Food Bank
  • Jen Elford, The Vegetarian Society
  • Yasmine El-Gabry, V for Life

This event will take place via Zoom video conferencing. Follow this link to register. Shortly after registering you should receive an email with a link to join this Zoom meeting. 

If you have any questions about the event, or the APPG, get in touch at VegAPPG@vegansociety.com

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How to Get Involved

We very much welcome attendees with an interest in vegetarianism, veganism, or special diets; public health; the environment; and animal welfare. Meetings will usually take the form of presentations by speakers and then a Q&A with the floor. However, parliamentarians do have priority in asking questions.

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How the Group Works

We hope that meetings will be attended by a range of parliamentarians and stakeholders. Potential topics for discussion include food and medicine labelling, vegetarianism and veganism as protected beliefs, impact of diet on climate change, and institutional catering provisions. This is not an official website of the House of Commons or the House of Lords. It has not been approved by either House or its committees. All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups of Members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed in these web pages are those of the group.

Officers

  • Baroness Hussein-Ece – Vice-Chair
  • Kerry McCarthy MP – Vice-Chair
  • Henry Smith MP – Vice-Chair
  • Alex Sobel MP – Vice-Chair
  • Thangham Debbonaire MP

Chair

  • Christina Rees MP

Previous Meetings

Veganism in the workplace

8th September 2020

via Zoom video-conferencing

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Inquiry: Respect for religious and philosophical beliefs while eating in care

28th January 2020

Portcullis House

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Annual General Meeting Jan 2020

28th January 2020

Houses of Parliament

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Veggie Vurger, anyone? EU proposal to restrict plant-based descriptions

17th July 2019

Houses of Parliament

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Annual General Meeting July 2019

17th July 2019

Houses of Parliament

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Eating away at climate change with negative emissions: Repurposing UK agricultural land to meet climate goals

1st May 2019

A celebration of the growth of veganism and the vegan market

9th January 2019

Houses of Parliament

Joint letter to Minister for Women and Equalities, Penny Mordaunt, from the officers of the APPG

5th December 2018

Documents from the meeting

Public procurement: do public authorities have a duty to supply vegan food?

16th October 2018

Documents from the meeting

Is it time for a legal definition of veganism?

18th July 2018

Houses of Parliament

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Joint letter to Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, from the officers of the APPG

5th April 2018

Documents from the meeting

A celebration of the growth of veganism and the vegan market

17th January 2018

Houses of Parliament

The environmental impact of livestock farming

17th October 2017

Houses of Parliament

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Annual General Meeting Jul 2017

17th July 2017

Minutes of AGM July 2017

Joint letter to Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, from the officers of the APPG

28th February 2017

Documents from the meeting

Annual General Meeting Jan 2017

18th January 2017

Minutes of AGM January 2017

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