Vegan Alert: Getting Real About Viruses Waking Up Amid Climate Change
Norman and Jeannine recommend eating fresh fruit and vegetables during this time to boost your immune system and stay healthy!
Weavers Way Vegan Meet-Up Group
In light of the coronavirus’s continued impact, the Weavers Way Vegan Meet-Ups have been postponed until further notice. We look forward to meeting again in the future.
Two vegans, one an old-timer (Norman) and another newer to the scene (Jeannine), exchange banter on all things vegan, from products to events to controversial topics to the shelf life of rutabaga fondue.
J: What would you stock up on if you couldn’t leave your home for weeks?
N: Remember those cookies I made for the Vegan swap? They’re indestructible and can last forever with no preservatives.
J: What’s in them?
N: Oats, flour, sunflower seeds, coconut blossom syrup and hemp seed oil. What would you stock up on?
J: Bananas; I’d freeze them, along with other fruit. And can’t forget about beans and rice.
N: What if you didn’t have electricity?
J: I guess your basic peanut butter and jelly then.
N: Speaking of world crises, maybe surviving corona virus is good training for surviving climate change.
J: I’d say so. As the planet warms and the ice thaws, scientists warn that we could see a re-emergence of viruses, which have lain dormant in glaciers for thousands of years. These viruses could “wake up.”
N: Does that make climate change scarier?
J: Certainly. I think it’s a reason for people to wake up and face this reality. The world as a whole needs to make drastic changes. Waking viruses is on a long list of things to watch out for in the future.
N: So global warming can bring us increased viruses, decreases in agricultural production, more pests. The future sounds bright and rosy! What’s a poor vegan to do?
J: Spread the message of veganism and encourage others to jump on board to save themselves from the fiery depths of hell.
N: I just read Chinese state-backed food companies are seeking animal-free protein sources. They’re interested in Just Egg and Impossible Foods. They already had protein shortages due to swine flu and African swine fever and Avian flu. If a lot of Chinese switch to eating Just Egg and Beyond Meat, that’s a lot more mung beans and peas being planted, which I think is good for the climate. Both of them “fix” nitrogen, meaning that they convert nitrogen from the air to make it available for the plant.