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Actor Alan Cumming is supporting a scheme delivering hundreds of vegan pies to university students, say reports.

It is a joint initiative by Vegan Outreach Scotland and Million Dollar Vegan. They have also partnered the Vegan Bay Baker (aka Steve Buchan). He is providing 800 vegan sweet potato and lentil curry pies for this purpose.

The pies will be handed out to Aberdeen University students at Hillhead Student Village on Friday, between 12pm and 2pm.

Alan Cumming

X-Men star Alan Cumming spoke following the announcement of the scheme. He said: “The consequences of trashing the natural world are already around us. 

“[They include] Climate change, deforestation, species loss, pandemics. We have the power to change this, to protect the Earth and ourselves.”

Moreover, he added, we can start now, chiefly by changing the way we eat.

“All power to the vegan pie,” he said.

Vegan pies

Rebecca Knowles is the founder of Vegan Outreach Scotland. She said: “A global shift from current diets to diets that exclude animal products would reduce food’s greenhouse gas emissions by up to 73 percent and food’s land use by 76 percent.

“Meat from cows and sheep has up to 100 times the environmental impact as plant-based foods.

“In Scotland, rewilding the land formerly used to graze these animals would offset the equivalent of 35.5 years of Scottish CO2 emissions.

“We have enough arable land in the U.K to grow food to meet the nutritional needs of our entire population. The lentils and sweet potatoes in these pies are two tasty examples – so, what are we waiting for?!”

‘Protect ourselves’

Kate Fowler is director of communications at Million Dollar Vegan. Discussing the vegan pie scheme, she said: “What we choose to buy and eat has profound consequences. They go way beyond our taste buds and waistlines. It affects both our short-term and long-term health.”

Furthermore, she added, our diets not only affect the health of our landscapes but, also, how long we will have workable antibiotics.

In addition, our diets can impact when another pandemic will come and whether we will be able to slow down climate change, for instance.

“These are the biggest issues we face, but we are not helpless. We can each play a part in protecting ourselves, our planet, and our future,” she said.

Maria Chiorando

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.