Corn, baked potato, watermelon…food options are limited if you’re vegan at Stagecoach 2022. Of course, you could also grab a salad, tater tots, fries or onion rings – beware ! They can be egg-battered – and at least one vendor serves veggie burgers.
Stagecoach officially lists over 15 vegan vendors on its website, but some of them serve nothing but lemonade or fries. Another, Spicy Pie, a slicer pizza vendor, told The Desert Sun that he doesn’t actually serve vegan slice pizza or list vegan options on his menu (other than lemonade), but he keeps the vegan cheese on hand in case someone asks for a custom pie.
All things considered, vegan “main dishes” are rare around the Empire Polo Grounds. It’s a stark contrast to last weekend’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which VegNews called “the ultimate vegan food festival.”
Granted, the country music festival is known for its meaty barbecue. Celebrity chef Guy Fieri has a “smoking room” tent on the grounds between the two main music stages, and his cooking demonstrations draw large crowds.
However, the festival presents itself as inclusive for all and sustainable. Stagecoach states on its website: “Each year we aim to better use resources more responsibly and reduce our impact on the earth.”
We know that vegan meals are accessible to most diets and generally produce fewer land use impacts and lower carbon and methane emissions than meat-based meals. The Economist reported in 2021 that cattle farming produces 31 times more CO₂ emissions per calorie than tofu production and only generates 5% of the calories needed to produce it. The same outlet reported in January that if everyone were strictly vegan, the world would only need a quarter of the farmland it uses today.
Meanwhile, agricultural expansion is driving 90% of global deforestation, a far greater impact than before, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has said. ‘last year.
Jonathan Horwitz covers education for The Desert Sun. Contact him at [email protected] or @Writes_Jonathan.