Vegan News for May 2019

Interspecies Friendship. Photo courtesy of Laurelee Blanchard, Founder, Leilani Farm Sanctuary.

Interspecies Friendship. Photo courtesy of Laurelee Blanchard, Founder, Leilani Farm Sanctuary.

YouTube educator Mic the Vegan recently visited Maui to bust popular myths about veganism. In light of the recent propaganda push to justify cattle ranching and dairy farming on former Maui sugar lands, it’s a good time to view a couple of Mic’s videos, Ditching Veganism to Raise Grass-Fed Beef for the Environment and Grass-Fed Beef Debunked … Maui resident and actor Woody Harrelson is partnering with vegan chefs to produce a new vegan documentary series. … It’s great to see Carla Tracy’s roundup of Maui plant-based food news in Maui News. She mentions that several graduates of the Maui Food Innovation Center recently pitched original vegan products. …  Two otherwise progressive Maui think tanks want more animal agriculture. Our eleventh Talk Story entry explores The Dark Side of Maui’s New Farming Movement … Congratulations to Erin Pinto, appointed as the newest board member of Leilani Farm Sanctuary. Erin’s bio is here.


This calendar is continuously updated as new events are announced.  Send information about Maui vegan news and events to

Monday, May 6, 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Makawao. Gut Health Affects Your Mood, Immunity and Longevity! Presented by Katharine Clark, RN. $25. Details | Tickets

Thursday, May 16, 7 pm: From Hunter to Gatherer: An Indigenous Woman’s Journey from Omnivore to Vegan Activist & Entrepreneur, Presentation by Antoinette Ortiz-Sharfin. J Walter Cameron Center, 95 Mahalani St., Wailuku. Sponsored by the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii. Free.

Thursday, May 16, 5:45 pm. Paia Bay. Maui Food not Bombs serves free vegan food.

Monday, May 20: Benefits of a Vegan Lifestyle with Kathy Ryan, 9 am – 12 noon, Kaunoa Senior Center, 401 Alakapa Place, Spreckelsville. $5 is payable by May 6.  Class includes a film, Q&A and tasty vegan cuisine. 270-7308.

Sunday May 26: Soulful Sunday, a Benefit for Jeremy Jarvis, vegan activist and radio DJ. Wai Bar, 45 North Market St., Wailuku. Doors open at 7 pm. $20.


Milk Sales Plummet by $1.1 Billion in 2018Dairy Industry Creates 'Calcium Crisis' To Sell Cow's Milk

Egg Company Profits Slashed by $74.3 million: CEO Blames Veganism and 'Challenging Year' 

“Vegan Meat Sector is Gaining Momentum” Says New Market DataPass the tofu: How eating vegan became a billion-dollar business . . . Plant-Based Meat Sales on the Rise

Research Suggests 36% of Americans Open to Plant-Based Eating

“Vegan Cooking Is Obviously the Future” Says Michelin Starred French Chef  … Eating meat will be considered unthinkable 50 years from now 


Vegans are the Healthiest and May Outlive Us All, Says StudyVegans have a 'healthier biomarker profile'

Replacing red meat with plant-based protein lowers heart disease risk  . . .  Diet Rich in Animal Protein and Meat Put Men at a Greater Risk of Death: Study   … Diet Rich in Red Meat Linked to Earlier Death

Mushrooms Reduce Risk of Cognitive Decline, Study Shows


VOMAD – an amalgam of “vegan” and “nomad” -- offers a variety of interesting articles and interviews with veteran vegans about many important aspects of veganism.  Check it out here.

A Prayer for Compassion: The Golden Rule for All is a new vegan documentary.


If you live on Maui or visit regularly, you might consider joining the Maui Vegans meetup group. Additional forums include three Facebook pages, Vegan on Maui, Maui Vegans and the Facebook companion page to this website, Maui Vegan Life.


May 1847 – The first proposal for a vegetarian society is published in a letter from a reader in the English publication The Truth Tester.


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Eric Baizer