The Triumph of the Veggie Burger

It’s a great source of irony that the veggie burger, a subverted form of the macho, all-American staple, is the first vegan dish to go truly mainstream. It’s true that oatmeal is available at any diner (often it’s the only vegan dish at diners, even with their voluminous menus) and that salads (hold the cheese!) … Continue reading The Triumph of the Veggie Burger

Why All Vegans Need to Think Deeply about Waka Flocka Flame’s Falling Out with Veganism.

In a recent interview with Paper Magazine, Waka Flocka Flame renounced himself as a vegan, stating "I dropped the vegan card.” This is definitely a big loss in terms of how veganism is portrayed and perceived in the public. As a vegan, I am processing his comments about veganism and checking myself to make sure … Continue reading Why All Vegans Need to Think Deeply about Waka Flocka Flame’s Falling Out with Veganism.

Why Hunters Don’t Offend Me

As I've talked about before, vegans are stereotyped as overly-emotional hippies that can't think rationally. Compared to the 90% or so of people that aren't at least vegetarian, I suppose this is partly true, insofar as objecting to needless killing renders one "overly-emotional." Though many of us are far more reasonable than we get credit … Continue reading Why Hunters Don’t Offend Me

Why Fast?

Long gone are the days when the benefits of fasting are ascribed to some vague nonsense about “detox” or “cleansing.” The problem with claims of “detoxification,” are that no one can ever identify what toxins are being eliminated. Instead, fasting has evidence-based benefits related to rebooting the immune system, lowering blood sugar, improving insulin sensitivity … Continue reading Why Fast?

Speciesist and Vegan

The title of this post is not a contradiction. Let me back up a minute. According to Wikipedia, there are different uses of the word "speciesism." In one sense, it's the idea that value (or moral consideration) for living creatures should vary depending on their species membership alone. Thus, we may treat a mosquito differently … Continue reading Speciesist and Vegan

The Second Book on your Vegan Bookshelf

If first book on your vegan bookshelf convinces you to go vegan, the second one should tackle the practical problem of making veganism healthy and approachable. This problem is not as easily solved as we would like. 84% of all vegans and vegetarians in the United States return to meat eating. Some develop nutritional deficiencies, … Continue reading The Second Book on your Vegan Bookshelf

Protein

It seems to be the case that the words "veganism" and "protein" are as closely linked as salt and pepper in the minds of nonvegans. Indeed, perhaps the most common question asked once it's revealed that someone is vegan is "where do you get your protein?" The answer, of course, is food. People get their … Continue reading Protein