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Lee Williscroft-Ferris samples the vegan delights of Reykjavik

Iceland is not a country known for its culinary prowess. Indeed, so barren is the landscape, many basic fruit and vegetables cannot be grown there in the conventional manner. For years, the population relied on extortionately priced imports before discovering the miracle of geothermal greenhouses. This has enabled the Icelanders to harness their natural resources and grow beautiful produce sustainably and inexpensively on home soil.

There exists countless misconceptions about the eating habits of this North Atlantic island people. There is a lingering stereotype among many that whale meat is a widespread source of nourishment, perhaps with a side helping of puffin. Although you may encounter such dishes on some menus, this is usually catering to the tourist market. Indeed, one Reykjavik-based whale watching company operates under the slogan ‘Meet and greet us, don’t eat us’. However, those with a basic knowledge of Icelandic culture may have heard of Þorramatur, Iceland’s annual celebration of its Viking heritage, featuring an array of non-vegan culinary curiosities from liver sausage to boiled sheep’s head (this is, bafflingly, also available at the main bus station). In reality, though, Iceland is a very vegan friendly place.

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Welcome to the July issue of Vegan Life. We are constantly bombarded with ideas and images about the perfection of youth. There seems to be a golden age, after which people (mainly women) seem to become invisible in the wider eyes of society. But ageing is a privilege, and not one that everyone gets to experience. With this in mind, I wanted to look explore the world of older vegans in this issue. Veganism is often written off as a fad, or a trend for young people (or that most overused and clichéd of phrases: ‘millennial snowflakes’). Well, as we all know, compassion isn’t a fad, it isn’t for the weak and it certainly isn’t limited to the young. Inside we speak to some inspirational older vegans, as well as taking a look at the benefits and challenges of this lifestyle. Every issue we like to feature an artist, and I am really excited about the snapper we have spoken to this time. Anja Riedmann is an up and coming photojournalist and portrait photographer. Inside we share one of her recent projects - a series of portraits of activists. Her work is utterly compelling. On a different note, something a few people have talked to me about recently is when accidents happen, and vegans end up consuming animal products, often as a result of restaurant error. This can be extremely upsetting – but how do you deal with it? Our article digs into this topic. In this issue we are going global, transporting you around the world with recipes for Vietnamese pizza and Lebanese bread salad as well as reviews of new vegan destinations in London and Paris. Who says you need to board a plane to travel? Finally, we are exploring the use of microbeads in body scrubs and how they can impact on the health of our oceans. If you want silky, smooth skin this summer, without causing harm to animals or the environment, this feature is a must-read! We hope that you enjoy the issue.