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The Vegan Option

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Ian McDonald brings you "Stories, science, and analysis from vegan perspectives."

  • Digital Vegans: with Happy Cow founder, iPhone apps, London Vegans, and Kerry McCarthy MP

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    Digital Vegans

    How has the digital revolution changed being vegan? We talk to Eric Brent, founder of leading vegetarian restaurant finder Happy Cow. Diana reviews smartphone apps. Ian finds out how the digital revolution changed his local vegan groupin London.

    The age of information brings together theBeijing Vegansand theVegan Club of St. Petersburgin Russia and makes being vegan a lot easier. How has veganism changed? And what are the challenges to older organisations?

    Veggie Restaurant Finders

    Happy Cow is the best-known and one of the longest – I interview founder Eric Brentwhere he looks forward to changes for Happy Cow in 2012. It has apps for several mobile platforms.

    VegDining,also launched in 1999. Looking for places to eat in London, I could see some problems with the interface (the seven districts of Londonwere all called simply “London” and some were impossible to select) and content (it listed Otarian London, which closed in 2011, as “opening in 2010″ whereas Happy Cow has removed it).

    VegGuide is a project of Minnesota USA group Compassionate Action for Animals along with national US groupMercy for Animalsand joined this month byVegan Outreach. They’ve been going since 2002, share their information via an open API and a Creative Commons share-alike licence; but have no apps. Their content seems up to date.

    Most local vegan groups list restaurants; that’s too many to mention here. Listener Stephen Fenwick-Paul has createdBunnyGo, whichmaps restaurants in the UK, and has an iPhone app and API.

    Smartphone Apps

    Diana mentioned these iPhone Apps:

    VeganXpresswith vegan options at major chains (mostly in the US), vegan candy/junk food, wine and beer Recipe finders such asThe VegWeb vegan recipe finder VegOut (which Eric said wasn’t being updated; there is the officialHappy Cow app) iVegan and AnimalFreefor looking up ingredients

    Ian mentioned VeganEasy which also uses the alcohol lists from Barnivore.

    VegNews has various articles listing10 Vegan Smartphone Appsand11 iPhone Apps.

    Some of these, such as Animal Free, are also available for Android. Vegan Eating Out offers a similar fast-food list to VeganXpress, although it includes foods with honey. Eric Brent recommended the barcode-scanningVegeble for Android.

    Animal Hack-tivism

    Jasmine Singer reviewed a range of apps in January 2011, suggesting that if you’re a software developer looking to “change the world for animals”, an Android app would be a good place to start.

    A couple of our contributors appealed specifically for volunteers.Eric Brent would like Happy Cow to develop itsAndroid app, and would liketo hear froman Android developer. Stephen Fenwick-Paul is also appealing for folk to help himtest his UK restaurant finder BunnyGo.

    We link to VeganFeed.com‘s list of other podcasts in our “help” section.

    Contributors

    Our thanks to contributors Eric Brent of Happy Cow, Peter Despard of London Vegans, Stephen Fenwick Paul of ActiVeg, Sara from Belgium, and vegan lawmaker Kerry McCarthy MP. Digital media artist Robb Masters wrote our theme.



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