SWFL Vegfest will showcase the benefits of a plant-based diet and vegan lifestyle for our health, compassion for animals and protecting our planet.
There's no greater gift you can give to our planet than a plant-based diet.
It may not be as widely known, or understood, but conventional animal farming is one of the most destructive forces our planet faces. The resources used to produce animal based food products are neither sustainable nor necessary. Everything from water, to land, to food itself is being used at levels that we simply cannot maintain. Reducing demand for animal-based products could have immensely positive benefits for our planet.
“One animal facility with a large population of animals can easily equal a small city in terms of waste production.” – US EPA : Risk Assessment Evaluation for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (2004)
“The production of animal protein requires significantly more water than the production of plant protein. …water inputs for livestock production are substantial because water is [also] required for the forage and grain crops. Each year the total of 253 million tons of grain are fed to U.S. livestock requiring a total of about 250 x 10^12 liters [over 66,000,000,000,000 gallons] of water.” – Water Resources, Agriculture and the Environment, New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University
(You’ll notice this amount only covers water use for forage/feed for livestock, not direct animal water consumption)
We are very passionate about preserving our environment, and we plan to lead by example with the SWFL Veg Fest. Aside from the impact reduced by not serving or selling animal-based products, we are implementing many initiatives that will save valuable resources and help protect our planet.
We are working with all of our vendors to minimize trash going to the landfill. For disposable items being given out, mostly with food items, we are going to be using compostable products. For the most part, these items will break down quickly and return to the soil. We will also have recycling bins available for items that are not compostable. There will be no styrofoam or conventional plastic ware being used. There will be no standard one-time use plastic bottled water available for sale or handout. These are just a few of the ways we are helping to minimize the waste stream this year and in the future.
We are prioritizing alternative transportation to and from the event. Walking, bicycling, public transportation, and carpooling will be the preferred methods for our guests to arrive. We will have special accommodations and incentives for you to do so. We will have maps available showing where infrastructure is in place to accommodate bicycle parking.
The most important thing we are doing for the environment is providing only plant based foods at our festival. No animal products will be allowed to be sold or given away by any entity involved with the Veg Fest. This is a very important part of this festival. However, there will be no shortage of delicious, healthy food…and a sweet treat or two, too.