This blog shares a wide variety of information about stock-free growing, not limited to vegan or vegetarian farmers. The following animal-positive event in Quebec, Canada, however, is designed specifically for vegans interested in learning about this topic. Teachers are Shantree and Lorenna Bousquet-Kacera of the Living Centre in London, Ontario, Canada. Please spread the word!
Stephane and Meghan founded the Veganic Agriculture Network in 2008 to promote farming and gardening that is free from chemicals and animal by-products. Their websitewww.goveganic.netfeatures profiles of veganic farms in North America, and introduces people to the main concepts of farming and gardening in a way that is environmentally sustainable and compatible with a vegan ethic. In 2004, Stephane visited veganic farms in Europe for 9 months, and began the websitewww.vegeculture.netto promote veganic agriculture in the French language. He has a diploma in Organic Agriculture from the Cegep de Victoriaville and is a frequent writer for the magazines BioBulle and Growing Green International. Stephane and Meghan both garden veganically in the village of St-Casimir, Quebec.
Ken Fern introduces a variety of rare and unusual plants, particularly those which have edible, medicinal or other uses. Practising vegan-organic Permaculture with emphasis on creating an ecologically sustainable environment based largely on perennial plants.
Please scroll FURTHER down for videos specific to stock-free growing!
Below is a clip featuring Dr. Oppenlander from a much longer presentation you can find on youtube. It addresses the question: "Is grass-fed beef really sustainable?"
I've decided to post the following clip featuring ex-hunting guide George Wuerthner on the environmental impact of livestock, since there is so little coverage of this kind of thing in mainstream environmental/ag circles. It was recorded by North West Veg in Portland.
George Wuerthner is a photographer, author of 33 books, and tour guide who writes and speaks on environmental issues facing the West, with degrees in botany, wildlife biology,
and range science.
Goerge Wuerthner, Livestock and the Environment: July 17, 2011.
Also called stock-free farming, vegan-organics is a system which avoids all artificial chemical products (synthetic fertiliser, pesticides, growth regulators), genetically modified organisms, animal manures and slaughterhouse by-products (blood, fish meal, bone meal, etc).
DIVA employs the word 'veganiculture' to reflect the integration of vegan-organics, permaculture techniques free of domestic animals, and the cross-cultural adoption of veganism as a dietary and lifestyle choice where possible around the world.