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Press Release: New African American Vegan Starter Guide Launches

September 28, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 28, 2016



Tracye McQuirter, MPH, By Any Greens Necessary, 202-615-5496, tracye@byanygreensnecessary.com



New African American Vegan Starter Guide Features Guidance from Black Vegan Experts on Simple Ways to Begin a Plant-Based Diet


Comprehensive new guide empowers African Americans, who experience the highest rates of preventable, diet-related chronic diseases in the country, to take charge of their health


Washington, DC – Today Tracye McQuirter, MPH, national best-selling author of By Any Greens Necessary, vegan for 30 years, public health nutritionist, and national food hero changing the way America eats for the better, according to Vegetarian Times, unveils a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind, free guide featuring  40 pages of guidance from a host of African American vegan experts, along with recipes from some of the nation's top black vegan chefs, about simple ways to begin a plant-based lifestyle. The new guide aims to show African Americans, who experience the highest rates of preventable, diet-related chronic diseases in the country, why we have the most to gain from the health benefits of plant-based food. Tracye McQuirter created the guide in partnership with Farm Sanctuary.


The guide answers common questions about how to transition to vegan food, including everything from why to do it, what to eat, how to get all the nutrients you need, how to make it affordable and delicious, how to eat out and socialize as a vegan (including how to navigate family reunions), and how to raise vegan children. It also highlights well-known vegan influencers, including Russell Simmons, Cecily Tyson, Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Kimberly Elise, Forest Whitaker, NBA legend John Salley, Angela Davis and U.S. Senator Cory Booker.


"An estimated 1.4 million African Americans (3%) are vegans and vegetarians and nearly 15 million African Americans (32%) always or sometimes eat meatless meals when eating out,” says McQuirter. “I welcomed the opportunity to create this groundbreaking African American Vegan Starter Guide, in partnership with Farm Sanctuary, to help empower even more people to take back control of their health, to recognize that plant-based foods are a part of our cultural heritage and to realize that African Americans benefit the most from eating a plant-based diet, which enables us to live longer, healthier lives." 


Studies show that eating a healthy plant-based diet, along with exercising at least 30 minutes a day, not smoking, and not being obese, can cut a person’s risk of disability and death from chronic diseases by up to 90%. And of these, eating a healthy plant-based diet is the most beneficial.


The guide also highlights compassion for animals and protecting the planet as vital reasons to go vegan. Every year in the United States, more than 9 billion animals on factory farms are cruelly produced, raised and killed for meat, milk and eggs. And according to the United Nations, factory farming causes more global warming emissions than all of the world’s transportation combined. As a result, the UN is urging the entire world’s population to eat more plant-based food and less meat and dairy to save the planet.


“Most of us grow up eating animal products and unwittingly supporting an abusive factory farming system that causes people and animals to suffer enormously, but it doesn’t have to be this way,” says Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur, who was recently selected by Oprah Winfrey to join her SuperSoul 100 dream team of “100 awakened leaders who are using their voices and talent to elevate humanity.” “Farm Sanctuary is thrilled to partner with Tracye McQuirter of By Any Greens Necessary to produce this comprehensive African American Vegan Starter Guide, which furthers Farm Sanctuary's mission of promoting the benefits of plant-based foods. We are grateful to join in the decades-long efforts of communities of color in this vital work.”


In an interview featured in the guide, renowned physician Dr. Milton Mills says, “Studies have shown that when African Americans eat a diet that is consistent with the traditional West African diets of our ancestors—that were entirely or primarily plant-based—we have very low rates of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and cancer.”


The African American Vegan Starter Guide is available as a free download at africanamericanveganstarterguide.com, byanygreensnecessary.com and farmsanctuary.org.



A vegan trailblazer, public health nutritionist,  speaker, author and 30-year vegan, Tracye McQuirter, MPH, was named a national food hero changing the way America eats for the better by Vegetarian Times, and her national best-seller, By Any Greens Necessary, was the number one recommended vegan book on The Huffington Post. She co-created the first vegan website by and for African Americans in the 1990s and directed the nation’s first federally funded vegan nutrition program. To learn more about Tracye, visit byanygreensnecessary.com.


Founded in 1986, Farm Sanctuary works to change how our society views and treats farm animals through rescue, education and advocacy. The organization provides lifelong care for animals rescued from abuse at four sanctuary locations in New York, California and New Jersey; promotes compassionate vegan living; and advocates legal and policy reforms. To learn more about Farm Sanctuary, visit farmsanctuary.org.


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