Welcome to V Stars.
Being the first newsletter it’s important to share the journey of V Stars, and what we are all about.
V Stars started four years ago in form of the original Meetup group for those interested in Veg food and lifestyle. Whilst many attended the events to meet like minded people to socialise, by coming together we started learning from each other.
Typically, Veg*n fans were either spiritual or from animal loving (cruelty free) space. Whereas V Stars have many members who join from the health and environmental perspectives as well. We see these topics as a confluence of matters, which are interrelated.
Health: It’s clear our excess consumption of animal products, high process foods and sedentary lifestyle is resulting many diseases. Many with a variety of auto-immune diseases and cancers have turned to wholesome plant based diet to help them heal.
Environment: The world wide Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) released a paper in 2006 (Livestock Long Shadow), which stated that nearly 18% of all green house gases are produced by the animal agri-industry. This figure has since been revised to 14.5% in 2013. Both these figures are higher than the transport industry. This is before considering the land degradation and the water used to raise animal livestock.
Animals: In the US alone, every year 10 Billion animals are killed for food. As the world moves to eat like us, in the West, the devastation for animals all over the world will be unparalleled in human history.
Building Community: For those who have volunteered for community projects or alleviating extreme poverty through the Make Poverty History campaign, a trend is indeed rising to move towards a more plant based diet because of all the reasons above. We also showcase social entrepreneurs who are sharing different models of earning a living. The planet cannot afford to have the developing nations use existing models of growth based on consumption.
Fun: We like to have a lot of fun along the way, whilst doing our part to change ourselves and the world.
V Star Website & Communities
In the last 4 years, I have learned so much from the members and other change makers in Sydney. When I talk to friends about this, I was told I lived in my own world.
So I thought lets create a place to share the good news about natural wellness, sustainability and stories of people doing good in one site. Hence, the V Star Site.
I have shared some of the other groups who are doing amazing things. These are mentioned in the Member Villages
Hurdles – Initially, as the site was being built, the concept was my own creation (ie without following web rules). I am working on revision of the current site to be released later this year.
41st World Veg Festival
In the 1st week of October, the 41st World Veg Festival was held in KL, Malaysia. I had the honour of speaking about a topic which is rarely talked about in the Veg community, and that is how to build more vibrant communities.
Speakers from all around the world attended this event. There were medical doctors and other health professionals who shared the stats on the growing epidemic of ‘western lifestyle diseases’ now growing in developing nations.
I’m currently away in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, following my heart and my girlfriend who is based in KL. I’m missing so many friends along the way.
I look forward to updating you more from across the seas next week.