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Category Archive: Animal Products

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  1. A proto of ribs with the rib-bones rubbed out, as highlighted by QuarryGirl.

    A proto of ribs with the rib-bones rubbed out, as highlighted by QuarryGirl.

    My SuperVegan colleague Samantha Cohen is ready to forgive and move on, and whistleblower QuarryGirl is giving them a second chance, but VegNews‘s recent apology over the non-vegan photos kerfuffle just makes them look worse in my eyes.

    The only problem the letter acknowledges is the one QuarryGirl made it impossible for them to ignore or deny–that they used photos of non-vegan food to illustrate vegan food in a vegan magazine. (Aside: This is the same QuarryGirl who won VegNews‘s Scandal Breaker of the Year award in 2009, for outing other folks lying about what was vegan. She deserves to win it again this year! But of course VegNews awards are for ad-hoc whatever-they-feel-like-promoting achievements, rather than consistent categories of achievement like the Nobels, Oscars, or Pulitzers.)

    I’m glad to see that this second response uses apologetic language, and is signed by actual people (rather than the amorphous “VegNews Team” who signed their first response), publishers Joseph Connelly and Colleen Holland, managing editor Elizabeth Castoria, and art director Sutton Long. I’m also pleased by the active, positive commitment to “build and host a vegan photo bank to assure the availability of vegan stock images.” That’s awesome! If done well, this will be a great resource for photographers and all publishers (both print and online).

    But let’s pick apart the other commitments:
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  2. Here’s what VegNews says now (about the non-vegan photos thing). Thanks, VegNews, for a reasonable response. Now we can FINALLY go back to talking about Natalie Portman.

    April 18, 2011

    Dear VegNews Community,

    We screwed up.

    With regard to our use of symbolic imagery in VegNews, our readers got it right. We wholeheartedly apologize. We assure you that we will never again use non-vegan photographs in VegNews.

    Here’s our commitment to you:

    • Recipes in VegNews will be represented only by custom vegan photography.
    Count on it.

    • All stock images used in the magazine and website will be vegan. We will make sure so that you can be sure.

    • VegNews will build and host a vegan photo bank to assure the availability of vegan stock images. Look for details in the coming days.

    We thank everyone for the invaluable feedback on this critical issue. We exist only to serve you and the vegan cause, and are grateful that you care so passionately about our work.

    The VegNews team is committed to restoring the trust we have earned for eleven years.

    Together, let’s build a compassionate future.

    With gratitude,
    Joseph Connelly, Publisher
    Colleen Holland, Associate Publisher
    Sutton Long, Art Director
    Elizabeth Castoria, Managing Editor

  3. Lukas Volger's Mushroom Barley Burger in all its glory

    Lukas Volger’s Mushroom Barley Burger in all its glory

    With all the delicious vegan fare options these days, I haven’t actually had a veggie burger for a long time. To me they’re more like the default menu option when traveling outside of vegan meccas or when having to make dinner from a box while camping. But lo and behold, people are still eating them, as evidenced from three recent New York Times stories. According to one of the articles, “across the country, chefs and restaurateurs have been taking on the erstwhile health-food punch line with a kind of experimental brio, using it as a noble excuse to fool around with flavor and texture and hue. As a result, veggie burgers haven’t merely become good. They have exploded into countless variations of good, and in doing so they’ve begun to look like a bellwether for the American appetite. If the growing passion for plant-based diets is here to stay, chefs — even in restaurants where you won’t find the slightest trace of spirulina — are paying attention.” (Ah yes, the writer worked in a spirulina reference, conjuring up the tired concept of vegetarianism being the territory of crusty hippies with a fondness for adding strange green powder to their food. Ho hum.)
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  4. Photo by flickr user wonderyort.

    Photo by flickr user wonderyort.

    Are you a member of the Park Slope Food Coop, or do you know other animal-concerned folks who are? Make it a point to get to this month’s General Meeting (Tuesday, March 29 at 274 Garfield Place) to vote in the proposed Animal Welfare Committee.

    The Coop’s Environmental Policy states “the Coop will strive to support the best products and practices in regard to the health, safety, and preservation of humans, animals, and the overall biosphere that it can achieve” and “assessment of products shall be based upon but not limited to… avoiding animal testing by seeking products which have not been tested on animals.” Frankly we could be doing a lot better on these fronts. This new committee is the way to achieve that.

    The Animal Welfare Committee is founded by two people I like very much, who have also written for SuperVegan, Patrick Kwan and Jesse Oldham. They’re both vegan, and ideally part of the committee’s mission will be better labeling, organizing, and ordering of vegan products. But it’s important not to confuse this Animal Welfare Committee with a fantasy “Vegan Committee.”

    The committee will include non-vegan members, and a big part of their mission is to ensure that animal products that the Coop does carry (whether we like it or not!) are as ethical and animal friendly as possible. Right now there is little-to-no assessment of conditions on farms where many of the coop’s animal products come from. And a lot of items that are tested on animals are regularly stocked and unlabeled as such. This situation needs to change for the Coop’s existing mission and policies to be fulfilled, and this new committee is the way to get it done.

    Because it meets this clear need, the new committee has the blessing of the overburdened Environmental Committee. But it’s not at all a sure thing that the new committee will be approved–your vote will be a huge help.

    The meeting starts at 7pm, but the Animal Welfare Committee is the fourth and last item on the agenda, so it’s worth coming even if you can’t be there for the full GM. (Though if you want workslot credit for attending, you’ll need to sign up ahead of time and be there for the whole thing.)

    See you there, and let’s vote this in on a landslide!