Why vegan? In America, ten billion land animals are killed for food every year, and over 98% of meat comes from factory farms. No one denies that factory farms are a nightmare. Those who speak of “humane meat" are referring to the living conditions of animals; they do not account for the fear they experience when betrayed, their terror during shipping, or the horrors of their slaughter.
When it comes to dairy: Most vegetarians don't realize that there is far more animal suffering in a cheese omelet than there is in any steak. Most people are unaware of the cycle of violence (rape, confinement, kidnapping, and infanticide) that is the standard industry practice required to steal the breast milk and eggs of another species.
Sadly, it’s not just the farmed animals that suffer from our animal-based diets. Animal agriculture is a leading cause of habitat loss, wildlife depletion, and mass extinction worldwide.... not to mention the decline of human health. The proteins in animal-derived dairy cause as much cancer as smoking cigarettes; and fat and cholesterol in animal products is the major contributor to heart disease, our nation’s number one killer.
Now that you know why eating a plant-strong diet might be for you, you might want to know how to do it. Vegans Rock Montana can help you find like-minded friends in your community - and check out our Discussions Page to enjoy and share your favorite recipes (https://www.meetup.com/Vegans-Rock-Montana/messages/boards/)!
The Great News: It's easier than ever to go veg. Every grocery store you’ve ever been in has an enormous vegan section… (it’s called the produce department!) But seriously, in Livingston and Bozeman, we are SO lucky to have soooo many fabulous organic and vegan items at great prices, at Town and Country Foods.
The Live and Let Livingston Potluck meets at 4:30pm on the Second Sunday of every month at the Park County Senior Center (https://www.facebook.com/ParkCountySeniorCenter/). We share DELICIOUS FOOD, vegan cookbooks, recipes, information, and have a 5-minute food demo at 4:45pm. Plates, silverware, napkins, cups, coffee, and tea are provided at our potluck. Each month there is an (optional) fun theme, and usually 4-5 dozen people attend. There are often several gluten-free and raw options, along with traditional favorites, and of course… cupcakes!
** All who choose kindness are welcome; families, tourists, animal lovers, and the veg-curious. **
BRING A FRIEND, and a 100% plant-sourced dish free of flesh, fishes, eggs, animal-derived dairy, and honey.
For the benefit of those with allergies, attendees are asked to bring their recipe or a list of all ingredients used. The theme is always optional, and those who don't want to cook can bring something to drink.