Rich Hardy From Undercover Journalist to Vegan Farmer

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Visit to Rich Hardy in Cornwall where he shows us how he’s turned half an acre of land into a small scale 100% veganic veg box scheme

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Rich Hardy, Lazy Meadow Farm

From Undercover Journalist to Vegan Farmer

For two decades I lived a double-life.

And with the help of a hidden camera, some water-tight cover stories and a little luck I traversed the globe working undercover to document the damage factory farming was doing to the planet and the billions of suffering animals used to feed and clothe us. My images and testimony helped shape some pioneering legislation and were used by global animal charities to generate hard-hitting media exposés. But while it helped create change and promoted vegan lifestyles, it came at a bit of a personal cost.

Burnt out and in need of a change I turned to growing. Partly to help heal my soul a little after what I had witnessed but also as a challenge to the cruel factory farming model that growing food needn’t involve animal suffering or be so destructive. So, with my partner Pru, and taking an activist-inspired approach, we’ve set up a vegan farm in Cornwall that is half-way through its first season. Using veganic techniques and operating under a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model we harvest weekly and deliver veg boxes in and around Falmouth, Redruth and Truro.

Cherry and Dan from VON went to visit Rich on his land this summer to see how he was getting on in his first year as a veganic farmer.

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Save our Wildlife Arts Competition-Youth Groups and Home Educators

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Plant power!

Exciting environmental competition for young change-makers  

Do you have a passion for our planet, an affection for our animals, and a natural love for nature?

There’s no greater feeling than doing something good for our planet. And a new, whole-group initiative is pretty exciting, too!

Take part in our creative ‘Save our Wildlife’ competition this August, and your young environmentalists can raise their voices, save our planet, and win some incredible prizes.

Get involved in the 2021 Save our Wildlife Youth Arts Competition!

We are pleased to announce that our first Save our Wildlife arts competition is open to all home educators and youth groups.

Submissions are accepted in most art forms – let your imagination run WILD!

Our competition is suitable for all ages and will be fun and educational for younger children and challenging and engaging for older students.

One winner in each of the 5 key stage groups will receive a day with willow artist Cherry Chung or £250.00. We will also have gift voucher prizes for the top 15 entries from individuals.

COP26 Climate Change Conference is in November 2021.

HAVE YOUR SAY: through YOUR ART!

Did you know ONLY 4% of ALL MAMMALS are WILDLIFE, 60% are FARM ANIMALS and 36% HUMAN?

Click Here to Find out Why.

Join our competition, learn how even the littlest change can make a huge difference, and play your part in creating a more sustainable future.

Help students become better-informed about the environmental crisis we’re in, and the part they can play to help solve it.
Explore the impact of what we eat and the way food is grown, and take steps towards a healthier future.
Support your geography and citizenship curricula, and get help teaching engaging, accurate sustainability topics.

Use the competition to support your school’s Eco-Schools Green Flag accreditation application, and showcase your environmental actions to your school community.

Can what we eat really help save wildlife?

Winning entries will demonstrate how we can save our wildlife and care for our common home.

Who can enter?

Young people can enter individually, in pairs or in groups.

We welcome entries from young people of all abilities , from age 3 right up to age 19. We can only accept a maximum of 10 entries per group – so be sure to whittle them down to your best creations!

Gifts for entering the competition

The first 150 groups to submit their competition entries will receive a twisted living willow wand plant, a bird box and a copy of Growing Green International Magazine and seeds to plant.

Prizes & judging

Entries will be split into age groups for judging, with one main prize winner per key stage, and five prizes per age group in the following categories (20 in total)

Prizes are as follows, with a total of 20 prizes awarded:

Age groups: 3-7, 7-11, 11-14, 14-16 and 16-19 year olds

  • 5 x Individual winners, 1 per age group- £20 voucher
  • 5 x Paired winners, 1 pairs per age group – £10 voucher each
  • 5 x Group winners, 1 per age group – Prizes decided on a case by case basis, and will be a £50 voucher, or cheque for the school to choose appropriate prizes
  • 1 winner in each age group will receive a day with Willow Artist Cherry Chung or £250, 5 in total (international groups will receive the £250 prize)

What we eat and how we grow our food today will decide the future of tomorrow!

Resources:

Eco-Schools Green Flag

Animal Free Farming

Living Planet Report 2020

Act Now!

How to Save Wildlife

Watch Time is Running Out

Saving Earth Wildlife through Radical Change

Animal Aid: educational resources

Save our Wildlife Schools Arts Competition

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Plant power!

Exciting environmental competition for change-making students

Do you have a passion for our planet, an affection for our animals, and a natural love for nature?

There’s no greater feeling than doing something good for our planet. And a new, whole-school initiative to start off the next academic year is pretty exciting, too!

Take part in our creative ‘Save our Wildlife’ arts competition this September, and your young environmentalists can raise their voices, save our planet, and win some incredible prizes.

Gifts for entering the competition

The first 150 schools to submit their competition entries will receive a twisted living willow wand plant, a copy of Growing Green International Magazine and seeds to plant.

Get involved in the 2021 Save our Wildlife Schools Arts Competition!

We are pleased to announce that our first Save our Wildlife arts competition is open to all schools, home educators and youth groups.

Submissions are accepted in most art forms – let your imagination run WILD!

Our competition is suitable for all ages and will be fun and educational for younger children and challenging and engaging for older students.

One winner in each of the 5 key stage groups will receive a day with willow artist Cherry Chung or £250.00. We will also have gift voucher prizes for the top 15 entries from individuals.

COP26 Climate Change Conference is in November 2021.

HAVE YOUR SAY: through YOUR ART!

Did you know ONLY 4% of ALL MAMMALS are WILDLIFE, 60% are FARM ANIMALS and 36% HUMAN?

Click Here to Find out Why.

Join our competition, learn how even the littlest change can make a huge difference, and play your part in creating a more sustainable future.

Help students become better-informed about the environmental crisis we’re in, and the part they can play to help solve it.
Explore the impact of what we eat and the way food is grown, and take steps towards a healthier future.
Support your geography and citizenship curricula, and get help teaching engaging, accurate sustainability topics.

Use the competition to support your school’s Eco-Schools Green Flag accreditation application, and showcase your environmental actions to your school community.

Can what we eat really help save wildlife?

Winning entries will demonstrate how we can save our wildlife and care for our common home.

Who can enter?

Pupils can enter individually, in pairs or groups, or as whole class, year or as a school.

We welcome entries from pupils of all abilities and any school type, from age 3 right up to age 19. We can only accept a maximum of 10 entries per school – so be sure to whittle them down to your best creations!

Prizes & judging

Entries will be split into Key Stages for judging, with one main prize winner per key stage, and five prizes per key stage in the following categories (20 in total)

Prizes are as follows, with a total of 20 prizes awarded:

  • 5 x Individual pupil winners, 1 per Key Stage – £20 voucher
  • 5 x Paired winners, 1 pairs per Key Stage – £10 voucher each
  • 5 x Group/Class/Year/School winners, 1 per Key Stage – Prizes decided on a case by case basis, and will be a £50 voucher, or cheque for the school to choose appropriate prizes
  • 1 winner in each Key Stage will receive a day with Willow Artist Cherry Chung or £250, 5 in total (international schools will receive the £250 prize)

Closing date: Sunday 31st October 2021

 

What we eat and how we grow our food today will decide the future of tomorrow!

Resources:

Eco-Schools Green Flag

Animal Free Farming

Living Planet Report 2020

Act Now!

How to Save Wildlife

Watch Time is Running Out

Saving Earth Wildlife through Radical Change

Animal Aid: educational resources

Save our Wildlife Video Competition for Schools

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The future is uncertain for us all, how we act now will determine the planet our children inherit.

COP26 the UN Climate Change Conference being held in Glasgow this November, will make decisions that will effect us all, that is why we think it is important for children and adults to have a voice.

Have you ever wondered what the ratios between wildlife and livestock were? Well, in 2018, three scientists did and they carried out some research to find out the answer.

4% of all mammals are wildlife

36% of all mammals are human

60% of all mammals are farm animals

We want schools and children to take part in our Save our Wildlife short video competition, and help send the message to delegates attending COP26 the UN Climate Change Conference:

To Save our Wildlife we must move to a Plant Based Food System

Schools taking part will receive a Save our Wildlife educational pack, a BOB box and a Willow Wand. The winning school entry will receive a day with willow artist and environmentalist Cherry Chung.

Schools taking part can submit up to five videos, children and teachers are also welcome to enter our main competition.

Be as creative as you like, videos must be 60 seconds or under. We have created some scripts which you can use for inspiration.

Our film competition aims to spread the message that:

To Save our Wildlife we must move to a Plant Based Food System.

Of all mammals on Earth, ONLY 4% are WILDLIFE, 60% are farm animals and 36% are humans.

By adopting a plant-based food system, land used by farm animals can be converted to wildlife habitats.

  • 80 percent of the world’s agricultural land is used for farming animals (livestock farming).
  • When we remove the farm animals from our food chain, corn and soya fields required for animal feed can be transformed into nature reserves.
  • World agriculture must move towards “people nourished per hectare”.
  • Veganic agriculture is green, clean and cruelty free, it uses less land, water and fossil fuel resources than farm animal (livestock) dependent systems and creates a wildlife friendly environment where nature can thrive.

Read: Saving Earth Wildlife through Radical Change

Make a short film and help spread this urgent message to your friends, family, community and to politicians around the world.

How to enter Save our Wildlife Video Competition:

  1. Make a short video 60 seconds or under, which communicates that: To Save our Wildlife we must move to a Plant Based Food System.
  2. Your video can be reportage, documentary, narrative (scripted) as well as an animation or a song or dance. There are no limits to your creativity, you can even submit multiple entries to the competition, spread your wings!
  3. Top entries will be posted on our website and social media channels so the public can support their favourite idea. This will be taken into account when the judges choose the winners.
  4. Closing date midnight 6th November 2021.
  5. Read article below: Saving Earths Wildlife Through Radical Change.
  6. Watch Time is Running Out
  7. Be creative, share your video, get the message out and be the difference.
  8. Winners to be announced in Vegan Organic Network Newsletter October 2021 .
  9. Competition open to all ages and nationalities.

How to enter competition:

Email a copy of your video to events@veganorganic.net.

Post and share your video on all your social media platforms.

  • Facebook: Like and follow Vegan Organic Network Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/VeganOrganicNetwork)
  • Instagram: Follow Vegan Organic Network Instagram (@veganorganic.net), upload video to your Instagram account and tag #veganorganicuk and other tags about wildlife, sustainable living, farming and being vegan. Set your account to public, so we can see your video!
  • Youtube: Upload your video send link to events@veganorganic.net and share on your email and social media platforms.

Tag your friends and tell them to enter too!

For further information contact: events@veganorganic.net


Saving Earth’s Wildlife Through a Radical Change

Have you ever wondered what the ratios between wildlife and livestock were? Well, in 2018, three scientists did and they carried out some research to find out the answer. Yinon Bar-On, Rob Phillips, and Ron Milo from Israel and California estimated the biomass of all living things on the Earth. Now, biomass is the weight or mass of a living being. It was the first study of its kind and it gave some rather interesting and alarming results. Their research was published in a journal called The Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS). The research was so significant that it was summarized in The Guardian.

Of all life forms on Earth, comprising animals, plants, bacteria, fungi and viruses, they found that plants made up for 82% of all life on Earth. Bacteria came in second with only 13%. The remaining fraction of 5% comprised everything else including all animals fungi and viruses.

But what made this study so disturbing was the fact that of the mammals, 60% were livestock , 36% were humans, whilst only a mere 4% were wildlife. This is a huge disproportion between livestock and wildlife. These researchers revealed that of the birds, a staggering 70% were being raised as farm animals for food whilst only 30% were wild birds living freely outdoors.

Image: Guardian Graphic; https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/21/human-race-just-001-of-all-life-but-has-destroyed-over-80-of-wild-mammals-study
Image: Guardian Graphic; https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/21/human-race-just-001-of-all-life-but-has-destroyed-over-80-of-wild-mammals-study

The research also revealed that of all living things on Earth, humans made up for only 0.01%. And yet, since humans appeared on the Earth a few million years ago, they have been responsible for the extinction of a whopping 83% of all wildlife. This is a huge figure. The WWF estimates that 10,000 species go extinct every year. This figure represents both plants and animals, but it is still a massive number.

So, what exactly is driving all of this? Why are so many species becoming extinct? The answer, quite simply, is our lifestyles and the way we grow our food.

Vegans have been blamed for deforestation of vast swathes of land to grow soya. But the actual truth, according to Greenpeace, is that 80% of all soya grown is fed to farmed animals, most of whom are in factory farms. Only about 6% of all soya ends up on our plates. Deforestation leads to animals losing their natural homes, their food sources and their protection. Invariably, this will lead to many, many species dying out. There is nothing to sustain them. Deforestation is carried out not only to grow soya (and also corn which is fed to livestock), but also for mining, logging, urban development and building of roads and railways.

It’s estimated that around 80 Billion land-based animals are killed to feed a burgeoning human population every year. And, until their untimely death, they need feeding! So, you can imagine how much land is used to grow food for them! This land that could be used to grow healthy plant-based food to feed humans. In some countries of the world, global poverty and hunger is rife.

A plant-based diet is highly recommended; it uses up a lot less land to grow enough food for human consumption. Wildlife is thus supported and the threat of extinction of species is greatly reduced.

It’s not only our dietary preferences that need addressing; it’s also agricultural systems as a whole. Growing crops responsibly and veganically supports the emergence of a myriad of both plant and animal species in the surrounding areas. Veganic growing does not use any animal-based fertilizers, any animal manures or any agrochemicals at all. Ecosystems are healthy and biodiversity is given the chance to thrive.

It has generally been accepted that the Earth is experiencing the Sixth Mass Extinction Event. Global ecosystems have become unstable and wildlife is disappearing at an exponential rate. In order to prevent any further biodiversity and wildlife loss, organizations such as the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) are strongly advocating a move to a plant-based diet, rewilding of Nature and eco-friendly agricultural systems.

The evidence is there. There needs to be a radical change in mindset. Humans need to go vegan and we need to reform our agricultural systems. And the sooner this is done, the more chance we have in preventing any further wildlife loss.

References:

Bar-On, Yinon M., Phillips, Rob and Milo, Ron; 2018; The biomass distribution on Earth; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; 115 (25); 6506-6511; https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1711842115

 Humans just 0.01% of all life but have destroyed 83% of wild mammals – study; The Guardianhttps://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/21/human-race-just-001-of-all-life-but-has-destroyed-over-80-of-wild-mammals-study

Deforestation and food: your questions answered; WWF; https://www.wwf.org.uk/food/deforestation-and-food-your-questions-answered

Are vegans and vegetarians destroying the planet?; Greenpeace Video; https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/news/soya-meat-vegetarian-vegan/

Food System Impacts on Biodiversity Loss: Three levers for food system transformation in support of nature; Chatham House Report, February 03, 2021; ISBN: 978 1 78413 433 4; https://www.chathamhouse.org/2021/02/food-system-impacts-biodiversity-loss


Save our Wildlife Script

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Save our Wildlife Script Ideas

To enter competition:

Switch on your phone/video and read out one of the script’s below, be creative, send in as many entries as you like, all entries will be entered into the draw for the £200.00 prize, the top two prizes will be for the two best videos.

All entries received before midnight 1st of August will be entered for the draw to win two tickets to Vegan Organic Fest, in addition to being entered for the main competition.

Script 1:

Hello people 🙂

Did you know?

Of all the mammals on earth only 4% are Wildlife, yes Of all mammals on Earth,ONLY 4% are WILDLIFE!!

36% of mammals are human.

And 60% of mammals on the earth today are farm animals.

Farm animals take up too much space.

80 billion farm animals are slaughtered each year.

Its time we moved to a plant based food system to save our wildlife.

Stop eating animals if you care about wildlife.

Grow Veganic and Save the Planet.

Please share this video and make your own.

Script 2:

We are living in an emergency, a wildlife emergency!!

Of all mammals on Earth, ONLY 4% are WILDLIFE, yes Of all mammals on Earth, ONLY 4% are WILDLIFE

So what are the rest?

60% are farm animals, 36% are human

Farm animals are taking up all our space, destroying wildlife habitats and the environment.

80 percent of the world’s agricultural land is used for farming animals.

80 billion farm animals are slaughtered every year.

COP26 the UN Climate Change Conference is being held in Glasgow this November.

Lets send the delegates a clear message:

We must move to a plant based food system now!!!

A plant based food system with veganic agriculture at its heart.

For the animals, people and planet.

Please share this video and make your own.

Script 3:

It’s time we moved to a plant based food system

With veganic agriculture at its heart

So nature and animals can thrive

Currently 80 billion farm animals are slaughtered each year

Only 4% of all mammals are wildlife

60% of mammals are farm animals and 36% human

Message to COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow this November

Stop Farming Animals

Grow Veganic and Save the Planet

Script 4:

There is a Wildlife Emergency

Can you believe it?

Of all mammals on Earth

Only 4% are wildlife.

You heard me right only 4% of all mammals are wildlife

So what are the rest

36% are humans

And 60% of all mammals are farm animals.

To save and create space for wildlife

Humans must stop eating animals

Make your own video and share this message

Save our Wildlife

Go Vegan

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