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Zero Waste Group Hosts Presentations On Going Plant-Based – Brevard, NC


Last updated 1/27/2020 at 3:44pm

A local zero-waste collaborative, Moving to Conservers, has partnered with Wolfbrew Bottle Shop to bring an educational series on plant-based diets to the community in February and March.

The two-month series is titled, “Plant-Based Diets and Sustainability: What’s the Connection?”

The gatherings are hosted on the first Thursday of every month and include a zero-waste potluck and a presentation. Topics will focus on ways for individuals and the community to move to zero-waste.

Educators for February are Noel Thurner and Patrick Horan.

Thurner will share some ideas about how to segue into a plant-based diet without pain or suffering.

And how folks can become better citizens with less meat consumption.

Thurner began consuming a vegetarian diet in 1973 for ethical reasons. As time marched on, she became more aware of both the health benefits and the environmental impacts of such a diet.

In 2000 she began fermenting vegetables, and this has led her to the growing knowledge about the importance of the gut biome and intakes of whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits in supporting human health and wellness. She realizes that a plant-based lifestyle supports not only the human body and its gut biome but also the planet and its inhabitants.

Horan is using his research background in human demography and ecology to examine the impact of the Western “industrial diet” on human health and wellness.

The second part of this discussion will continue on March 5th with speaker Evan Parker.

Parker’s presentation will focus on how in the modern world, agriculture is a double-edged sword. It is a miracle that allows us to feed billions of people, yet it is likely the most environmentally destructive human activity on the planet.

This poses one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. How do we continue to feed a growing human population while reducing the environmental impacts of agriculture? Parker explores one of the most promising strategies for meeting this challenge: plant-based diets.

The presentation will help attendees discover how adopting a plant-based diet may be the single most impactful action the can take to cultivate a sustainable society.

Parker is currently the executive assistant at Conserving Carolina, a land trust in Hendersonville.

In addition, Parker has an M.S. in Sustainability Studies from Lenoir-Rhyne University.

His master’s thesis explored the intersections between veganism and sustainability.

Parker is particularly knowledgeable about the environmental impacts of animal agriculture, and the environmental benefits associated with transitions to plant-based diets.

As an environmental professional, Parker views veganism as both a necessary social justice philosophy and as a powerful strategy for sustainability. Overall, Parker is interested in cultivating a sustainable world in which all life has the ability to flourish.

All are welcome. A social begins at 6 p.m., followed by a zero-waste potluck at 6:30 p.m.

The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. If able, please bring a dish to share and with a non-disposable place setting.

Attendees do not need to bring food or a place setting to enjoy dinner.

There is always plenty to share and the organizers encourage all to join them for a community meal.

Organizers encourage attendees to bring a favorite plant-based meal to share.

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