Is it the who or the what?

Outside of the work I do professionally, I do not discuss veganism a whole lot. Really, I spent enough time with that as a college activist. And I grew weary of vegans, honestly. Of course many of my friends are vegan and it is an admirable way for people to eat for many reasons.

But the stereotypical vegan who defines himself by what he eats and judges others solely by that measure, annoys me. I would go as far to say that their behavior is detrimental to animals because they turn so many intelligent people off. Or that the candle that burns the brightest is the first to go out. Many of my friends who quietly eat a predominantly vegan diet have been doing so for over a decade and many of the die-hards are long gone.

There is an article in today’s New York Times called,
Rethinking the Meat-Guzzler.

Here is one of many good quotes:
Animal welfare may not yet be a major concern, but as the horrors of raising meat in confinement become known, more animal lovers may start to react. And would the world not be a better place were some of the grain we use to grow meat directed instead to feed our fellow human beings?

You do not have to identify as some whiny, scrawny vegan (I sure as hell don’t)to eat more plant-based vegan foods.

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  1. And the writer isn’t even vegan… (which is perhaps why he doesn’t seem to be claiming that annoying moral high ground…) Heard him discuss his new book on the radio the other day- he talked a bit about the horrors of industrialized farming while promoting his new vegetarian cookbook.