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Trying to navigate the day care menu

Last week I had good news. My youngest child decided to have a ceasefire on his war on vegetables. This is good news for more than one reason.

Apart from being a relief to me and ensuring that he will now absorb more vitamins and minerals without as many tears being shed, it has given me a moment’s relief from my status as a social pariah.

This is because recently, after moving house for the second time in his short life, he and his sister have started a part-time playgroup.

Settling a child into day care can present a minefield of challenges for any parent. I myself was not looking forward to having to settle two children in respective playgroups at the same time. A few hours of relative peace in a silent and nappy-free environment where I could get any chores done at my own speed was no doubt appealing. The thought of maybe even taking a nap and catching up on some of the sleep I have missed in the last two or so years had also become a siren-like light at the end of a long tunnel of keeping myself awake with principally sugar. However, I dreaded saying goodbye and closing the door on their little faces. And I was not sure I could cope with the guilt of leaving them.

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The vegan momentum keeps building. We have seen a huge increase in our numbers over the last few years, and now there are more and more plant-based projects hitting the mainstream consciousness. One of the most exciting is film Carnage by comedian Simon Amstell released earlier this spring. This excellent mockumentary (which is available on BBC iPlayer) has won acclaim from vegans and carnists alike. It is witty, intelligent and acerbic, being both informative and entertaining while never venturing into the dreaded ‘preachy’ territory. Our roving journalist (and vegan pioneer in her own right) Louise Wallis attended a special press screening with Mr Amstell himself. Her report makes for fascinating reading. Also highly visible in the mainstream are Go Vegan World posters and campaign materials. Many of you have spotted (and snapped) these images on billboards, bus shelters, newspapers and even taxis, but the biggest spot of all was at a huge international rugby match. We sat down with Go Vegan World founder Sandra Higgins to discuss how her work is changing hearts and minds. We had a very special guest come to Vegan Life HQ for a photoshoot – and you can see the results on the cover of this issue. World class athlete and vegan activist Timothy Shieff is an inspiring figure for so many in the community, so it was a privilege to chat with him for a special feature profile. There’s lots of evidence to show that more consumers (vegan and otherwise) are starting to embrace plant-based products – especially dairy alternatives like soya and almond milk. This seems to have hit a nerve with some in the dairy industry who are starting to hit back, with the National Farmers’ Union calling campaigns like the ones by Go Vegan World ‘disheartening’ for dairy farmers. We decided to dig deep into this growing tension between the dairy industry and vegans to bring you an in-depth feature. Have a great month.