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You can be vegan anywhere – even Alaska

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We might think of fur-clad hunters when we picture Alaska, but that’s changing.

Alaska Dispatch News shares stories of some of its vegan residents. There’s been a growing popularity of veganism in the state, where it’s been falsely deemed impossible to adopt the lifestyle.

Delisa Renideo organizes the Alaska Vegan Society, originally the Alaska Vegetarian Society, in which she estimates that the snowy state is home to thousands of vegans. More than 100 have attended the society’s annual “Veg Fest,” helping to influence local business to take note. Not unlike other states, many more restaurants and grocery stores are carrying plant-based products to meet the demand. “The more of us there are, the more these things change,” Renideo said.

In the article, an eclectic bunch of vegans are interviewed. AlisaMarie Hanks, her husband, and her two children are happy Alaskan vegans. Despite the challenges others have perceived her and her family would face in making the change, she thinks it’s worth it.

Delisa Renideo, an Alaskan vegan for 25 years, proves it’s been possible for some time. She even extends her passion for veganism beyond her own situation as a life coach. Renideo teaches several classes a week that focus on “plant-based” lifestyles, and differentiating eating well from eating everyone’s favourite accidentally vegan treats.

Katie Henry and her husband put the assumption that it would cost more to be vegan in Alaska to rest in their interview. They subscribe to a weekly produce delivery service, and do monthly trips for staple items elsewhere. “It’s as expensive as you want to make it,” Henry told ADN.

Jon Campobello and his wife Trisha run Middle Way Cafe, a joint that offers the most expansive vegan menu in Anchorage. Trish says their business has improved over the years as the vegan culture has shifted. As more and more people adopt the lifestyle, it becomes more accessible worldwide. When you believe that animals should be free from exploitation, the steps it takes to follow through with living a vegan lifestyle aren’t a burden in any landscape. Wherever you live, go vegan!

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  • stewart lands

    In Alaska, of all places, why would one want to be vegan? Surrounded by wild fish and game which may be consumed with far less destruction of animal life and environmental degradation than results from even plant agriculture, why would one intentionally opt for the more destructive option?

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