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“ Then God said, I give whatever grows out of the ground for food”

Maria Slough meets Father John Ryder
Father John Ryder and his wife Brenda

After a challenging journey across the Solent to the Isle of Wight, the church steeple, sheltered between two picture-perfect cottages, is a welcome sight.

When an independant vegan society on the Isle of Wight wrote to the local clergy for support for a Veg4Lent campaign, asking people not to eat meat over the period, they only received three replies — two were hostile, but one embraced the idea. The acceptance was from Church of England vicar, Father John Ryder, from the village of Godshill, where he lives with his wife Brenda.

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About Vegan Life

Welcome to our May issue. It’s undeniable that one of the best ways to advocate veganism to non-vegans is through food. There are so many wonderful and talented chefs creating mind-blowing vegan cuisine — the game has totally changed from a few years ago. The options for eating out have exploded, as we see unlikely meat-based chains even offering vegan options, and gone are the days of nibbling on a side salad, as plant-based food rightfully takes centre-stage in many restaurants. But, maybe you live somewhere with not so much choice, what happens then? Well, thanks to the range of brilliant cookbooks and videos available, anybody, no matter their location, can have a crack at a vegan showstopper. Recognising the need to make vegan food as appealing and appetising as possible, our cover stars, Ian Theasby and Henry Firth, created BOSH!, with the sole mission of bringing meat-free to the masses. We caught up with the innovators. Beauty is an another aspect of veganism that is growing rapidly, as cruelty-free, ethical and vegan products become more and more in demand. We rounded up some of our favourite items, brands and bloggers, as well as the ingredients you need to avoid. Finally, we had a really interesting debate this month, sparked by a feature written by Andrew Miles on the topic — is it easier for women to be vegan than men? Find out his, and our readers’, thoughts.

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