Planting the Seed of Compassion in the Big Apple

Last week, thousands of people flocked to New York City to celebrate compassion at The Seed: A Vegan Experience. The bustling, two-day festival took place at Soho's magnificent 82Mercer and featured delicious vegan foods, inspiring speakers, pro-veg films, and vegan-inspired workshops.

IMG_1432.JPGSeed_2012_054.jpgLongtime vegans and veg-curious attendees alike were enlightened by The Seed's motivating speakers, which included Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Brendan Brazier, Kathy Freston, Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, Victoria Moran, Dr. Michael Greger, and MFA's very own Eddie Garza and Nora Kramer. Film screenings included Marisa Miller Wolfson's film Vegucated, and James Costa's film Lunch Hour.

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The Seed also featured dozens of vegan food companies that are making veganism a convenient way of life, including The Regal Vegan, Vegan Bodega, V-Spot, Foodswings, Blossom, Cinnamon Snail, Candle 79, and Mac'n Food, a vegan food truck that drove in all the way from Miami. Other compassionate exhibitors included Vaute Couture, Compassion Company, Herbivore Clothing, and YEA Camp.

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The mission of The Seed was to provide attendees with "all of the information, inspiration, and empowerment they need to understand why a vegan lifestyle is the way of the future." Considering the legions of inspirational speakers, amazing products featured, delicious food, and captivating workshops, The Seed was an absolute success!

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Congratulations to 82Mercer and The Seed's organizers for putting together a truly incredible vegan experience.

For more information on the benefits of a vegan diet, visit ChooseVeg.com.

Photos courtesy of Splice Photography.