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What Does Being Vegan Mean?

January 2, 2019

“...veganism gives us all the opportunity to say what we ‘stand for’ in life. The ideal of healthy, humane living is now easy with modern transport bringing us vegan foods from all over the world.

         Join us and add decades of health to your life, with a clear conscience as a bonus.”

— from an interview with Donald Watson, founder of the Vegan

Society and originator of the word “vegan,” August 11, 2004.

 

Veganism: A philosophy and way of living that seeks to exclude the exploitation of animals for entertainment, food, consumer products, or any other use by humans.

         The term “vegan” first came into use in 1944 when the British Vegan Society coined it from the first three and last two letters of word “vegetarian.” It originally meant “non-dairy vegetarians” but has since come to represent a philosophy and a lifestyle as well as a diet, all of which have well-defined parameters.

         While animal rights issues are central to the vegan ethic, mainstream consumers are beginning to support the Green Movement and moving towards veganism as they learn more about how many resources are consumed and how much pollution is generated by factory farming. Clearly, with every E. coli and mad cow item in the news, people are thinking more about and making conscious changes to the food on their plates. And they are gravitating to foods that sustain healthy, fit bodies — plant foods low in the cholesterol-forming saturated fats, drugs and synthetic hormones found in industrial meat.

         To me, veganism means a humane, responsible and connected way of living that shows reverence and respect for all life and the planet that sustains it. Vegan cooking is the act of preparing strictly plant food with care and conscience.

--Pat Crocker, author of The Vegan Cook's Bible


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