There are a lot of things to eat, to drink and to do in New York City, but veganism isn’t one of them.
For a lot, it’s just not an option.
Veganism has a big impact on the way the city looks, the way people talk, and it affects our health, says Amy McBeth.
“The only thing that makes it seem like a bad thing is when you eat it in the city, because you’re not seeing any difference,” she says.
“But you’re actually being a part of the conversation and talking about it and having it happen, so it’s really a positive thing.”
For a start, it means that most of New York’s restaurants and bars have gone vegan, as well as many of the city’s restaurants, bars and shops.
That has made veganism a way to connect with the wider community and support businesses that are supporting their local communities.
“I think a lot more people are seeing that there are people who actually care about this issue, who care about the planet, and they want to make a difference,” says Amy.
“So it’s definitely a big part of what I do.”
And that’s good news for people who want to help out.
“It’s really exciting to see that a lot people are doing it and it’s a way for people to support themselves,” says Natalie Mihalovic.
She says that while the vegan lifestyle is definitely more mainstream than it used to be, she does see it as a part and parcel of being a New Yorker. “
And I think that’s really cool.”
She says that while the vegan lifestyle is definitely more mainstream than it used to be, she does see it as a part and parcel of being a New Yorker.
“New Yorkers have always been very passionate about food, and I think it’s been a really important part of that.”
And the city has also given a lot to veganism in terms of culture, history and even economics.
“There’s definitely been a shift in the way that people have approached food and the way they eat,” says Karen O’Brien.
“You know, people who were once vegetarians and were vegetarians for a very long time now are really vegan.”
It’s also made for a really healthy lifestyle.
“When you eat a lot it’s kind of like a lot in the world of veganism, but it’s not so much a lifestyle that is about consuming a lot but a whole life in general,” says O’Connor.
“In New York, it might be a little bit of a contradiction to not eat meat or dairy, but people are eating way more protein, a lot less saturated fat and lots of vegetables and fruits and grains.”
Veganism is growing, and there’s a lot going on around it.
“Vegans are now living in New Zealand and the UK and we have a lot coming out of that.
We have a growing vegan community and people are making new connections,” says McBath.
“We’re having conversations with chefs and people who are vegans themselves.
It’s a really interesting time and a really good time to be vegan.”
To learn more about New York veganism and other vegan issues, visit Vegan New York.
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