Lovers of plant-based food that is vegan product lovers are usually frustrated to see their food relegated to a tiny little section in conventional grocery stores. But all bad things come to an end: Portland in Oregon will soon be hosting an entire huge vegan supermarket!
You may have already heard about our vegan star: it is called Veganz and it is the 1st world’s largest vegan grocery store chain. It is going to set up shop in the renowned crunchy city late this year. Along with the abundantly-stacked supermarket, Veganz is also planning on opening a shoe and clothing facility and a vegan restaurant in Portland.
Isn’t that wonderful?
Europe’s first and largest 100% vegan and cruelty-free supermarket is at the doorstep of the U.S.
Note: In the animal rights movement, cruelty–free is a label for products or activities that do not harm or kill animals. Products tested on animals are not considered cruelty free, since these tests are often painful and cause the suffering of millions of animals every year.
The vegan chain was all set up in the month of February 2011, in Berlin, Germany by the former Mercedes-Benz manager Jan Bredack, ensuing his founding of bountiful vegan options during his travels around the U.S. and Russia, as the German news site The Local reported.
Mr. Bredack, who by the way personally went vegan in 2009, said he found it difficult to “shop normally” at home. It doesn’t come as a surprise as Germany, after all, is the meat-loving cradle to as many as 1,500 different types of sausages (wursts) and cold cuts!
Bredack added that he wants to make vegan shopping much easier for everyone like him and noted that his stores appeal to omnivores (including both animal and vegetable tissue in the diet) as well, estimating that 80% of his customers are neither vegan nor vegetarian. “It should be really simple,” he told The Local. “People shouldn’t have to cut out anything.”
Or as Paul Rozin once put it: “Humans are quintessential omnivores!“
Facts about Veganz chain
Veganz imports goods from 30 countries from all over the world and offers thousands of vegan products, including: plant milk and cream, fake meats and fish, vegan ice-creams, vegan cheeses and sweets, as well as all natural toiletries and cosmetics.
Presently, over 10 branches are operating across Europe, including big cities such as Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Essen, Cologne, Prague and Vienna. Veganz’s first branch in the U.K. will reportedly offer amazing 6,000 + vegan items!
Despite the fact that the U.S. is still heavily a “nation of meat eaters”—vegans make up roughly 6% of its great population— the Americans have certainly reduced their meat dishes in the recent years.
Besides a growing list of health concerns and medical conditions, more and more people are also considering the environmental consequences of having meat and animal products (like milk, cheese, curds, and so on) on their menu. That’s because a Western-style diet (very rich in meat and dairy produce) will lead to an 80% increase in greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, as stated by Tim Redford of the Climate News Network.
A recent research paper titled Livestock—Climate Change’s Forgotten Sector, issued by the U.K. Chatham House in 2014, explained why it may be necessary for a lot more people to go vegetarian, or at least dial down their consumption of meat and dairy products:
The study said, “Greenhouse gas emissions from livestock account for about 14.5% of the global total, more than direct emissions from the transportation sector and more than all the emissions produced by the U.S.- which is considered the world’s biggest economy.”
In the video below Mr. Bredack, talks about his plans to take Veganz food products “on-the-go” with their food truck for festivals, music and sports events.
Chatham House: Livestock—Climate Change’s Forgotten Sector
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