Ethical meat eating (?), vegan athletes, and dining out: Vegan News You Can Use (3/25/12)

by JL Fields on March 25, 2012

This week’s Vegan Links and News

The New York Times has issued an essay challenge  Calling All Carnivores:  Tell Us Why It’s Ethical to Eat Meat: A Contest.  My friends Jasmin and Mariann of Our Hen House responded with an alternative contest:  Calling All Herbivores: Tell Us Why It’s Unethical to Eat Meat: A Contest.  I anxiously await the results for both contests.

The article Scientists working on meat-mimicking foods to tempt carnivores includes these good-news stats:

• Interest in a vegetarian diet almost doubled between 2000 and 2009.

• 44 percent of American eaters aged 18-29 choose to eat meatless at least once a week.

• 13 percent of Americans over 20 eat meat with fewer than half of their meals.

• 25 percent of Americans over 20 say they are “working to eat less meat.”

Sources: Innova insights, Vegetarian Research Group

And it looks like the tide is turning in the U.K., too:  Brits Are Opting For Plant Based Foods Over The British Banger.

Links for the home cook:

Speaking of Hudson Valley dining, I’ve been guest-blogging on The Journal News Small Bites blog for Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 2012.  I signed up so that I could see how accommodating establishments would be to both the vegan and the omnivore. So far, so good!

Zitoune in Mamaroneck: Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 2012

Haven in Pleasantville: Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 2012

Elsewhere, on Tuesday my Tofu Tacos were featured on DailyBuzz Healthy Living’s Terrific Tofu and on Friday I shared The Top 3 Reasons I Love My Pressure Cooker on Better with Veggies.

This week on the blogs

JL goes Vegan

Stop Chasing Skinny

Saturday morning on the The Today Show there was a terrific segment on body image featuring Shannon Bradley-Colleary.  Her story is on Stop Chasing Skinny this week:  Shannon’s Story: Am I Really Fat? (the nude photos)

I’d love to hear your thoughts on her story.  As always, I’m looking for submissions! Have you stopped chasing skinny? Submit your story today!


Finally, I got an email this week from an Etsy entrepreneur who makes darling vegan jewelry!

Jen wanted me to share her store with my readers and to offer a 10% discount coupon: ETSYVEG10 (valid for one use, 10% off the entire purchase).  Shop here (thanks, Jen!)

  • Love these! Thanks for keeping me up–to-date on what is going on since I don’t have any time lately to be on the internet! <3

    • JL

      Glad to help, Christy!

  • shanna

    My Dad’s girlfriend is converting. She ate the SAD diet, along with her two young adopted grandchildren until recently. She’s seen how I’ve healed cancer, and eczema, and soon, congestive heart failure, partially because of my high raw, mostly vegan, vegetarian diet. She started with green smoothies about six weeks ago, I bought her one of Natalia Roses’ books with a 21 day detox and she and her daughter did it together. She threw out all the meat, eggs, and has been converting to alternative milks and such. She’s started cooking vegetarian meals, still learning about veganism and teaching the little kids about why they are doing it. She watched all the horrid food and animal films and has just gone full blown this past month. I am incredibly proud. I also find it funny because my Mom is a vegetarian, so he basically left one vegetarian household for another. LOL. Luckily he’s not picky and enjoys the meals and does green smoothies too. 

    • JL

      Hi Shanna! This is really great for you family! I’m glad you shared it.

  • Super excited to read the vegan athlete articles, I’ve been on a Brendan Brazier kick lately!

    • JL

      Within one week of going vegan I had his two Thrive books in hand!

  • feedthebf

    I love those vegetarian statistics!  I’m definitely an omnivore that’s leaning more towards a plant-based diet!

    • JL

       Love the way you’re leaning! 😉

  • Love that you’re writing for The Journal News! And love all of the links, esp. Jasmin and Mariann’s contest.

    • JL

      Thank you!

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