For Mark Magliocco, World Vegan Day is about much more than just food.
"According to [Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations] data, 14.5% of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions are attributable to livestock farming," Magliocco said. "So to me, World Vegan Day is a celebration of a new path towards global environmental sustainability."
World Vegan Day is a global event recognised annually on 1 Nov. It's a chance to celebrate veganism while also raising awareness.
Magliocco, a senior accountant at Dart, has been vegan for more than two years. He said he made the decision to become a vegan in hopes of a lifestyle change.
"I used to get a lot of anxiety so I decided to try some different health options. After switching to vegan I found a lot of my anxiety went away," he said.
For the estimated 88 million vegans worldwide, simply finding vegan options can be the hardest part of being a vegan, which includes abstaining from the use or consumption of food or other products derived from animals.
Fortunately for Magliocco, there are plenty of options at Camana Bay, including the The Edgy Vedge, which specialises in plant-based meals.
"I was really excited to have a restaurant full of vegan options," he said.
"It's really amazing to see how far vegan food has progressed where you can now replace most food items with something equally as delicious but vegan."
His go-tos are usually the Mediterranean pizza, the Impossible burger with cheese or the buffalo chicken sandwich. He added that the vegan burger at Agua and the Foster's lunch buffet are also good options for those looking to keep it strictly plant based.
This article was featured in the November 2023 issue of Camana Bay Times.