In this episode I’m sharing a talk I gave last year at the World Vegan Day festival in Melbourne, Australia, called ‘Will vegan capitalism save the world?’
It’s a bit of a controversial topic, but one worth exploring as multi-national corporations not known for their ethics in regards to animals, people or planet are jumping on the plant-based trend, bringing out their own animal-free versions of popular products, investing in vegan businesses or buying vegan companies.
One of the issues that keeps coming up in discussion is the impact this will have on independent, ethical, vegan businesses.
For example, renowned vegan bakery store Ms Cupcake in the UK has just announced it will be closing the doors to its Brixton location in London, saying that after 10 years it had achieved its goal of making vegan products mainstream and customers could now buy vegan treats at the supermarket nearby.
In this 20-minute talk, I look at:
• The pros and cons of large corporations getting in on the vegan and plant-based trend
• What it means for independent, ethical, vegan businesses and what they need to do to stay ahead of the game
• What we need to ultimately happen and how that’s starting
• And more
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