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Category Archive: History

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  1. In the summer of 2005, the muckrakers at Vegetarians in Paradise discovered that Emes Kosher-Jel, a central ingredient to leading “vegan” marshmallows, wasn’t actually vegan; it contained gelatin, and Emes had been lying about it for decades. Once the deception was made public, Emes closed up shop while vegans all over felt sickened and betrayed and vegan entrepreneurs who had depended on Emes’s Jel as an ingredient were left high and dry. Vegan Supreme Marshmallows (link via the Wayback Machine) promptly went out of business, while Sara Sohn of Sweet & Sara locked herself in the kitchen and committed herself to alchemy until she divined the formula for a truly vegan marshmallow.

    In 2007, journalist Elizabeth Jensen pitched the story to CNBC, and the cable news network decided to investigate. They interviewed Vegan Supreme founder Ming Tran, Sara Sohn (Sara, you look great!) and the folks at Vegetarians in Paradise, putting it all together into a “delectable story everyone will enjoy!” Here’s the first minute and a half to tease you:

    The segment, titled “A Puff Piece,” is part of “Business Nation” and premiers on CNBC Wednesday, May 2nd 10pm Eastern, and will be rebroadcast that night at 1am. Additional May show times (all Eastern): May 7th, 9pm and 12am; May 20th, 10pm and 1am; May 21st, 9pm and 12am; May 27th, 10pm and 1am.

  2. Lady Scouts Cookies

    Paskesz Mint Creme Cookies

    Editor’s Note: Yeah, we’re not too sure these cookies have any real resemblance to Thin Mints, what with the creme and vanilla cookie, but we still hope to inhale a box in the near future.

    One of my happiest childhood memories involves cookies. I was a Girl Scout, and in 198whenever, my mom, who is not usually insane, volunteered our house to be the local distribution center for the annual cookie drive. It was like Cookie Christmas: I woke up one morning, came downstairs and found our entire living room filled, floor to ceiling, with cases of cookies. A whole room of cookies! At first, I was in heaven. Then I got to the part where (much like it is to be vegan now) I wasn’t allowed to eat them and it became torture.

    I held out secret hope that if any cookies went unsold, California’s possession laws would grant me ownership. I turned in my sash and quit the club when those overachievers sold the last damn box. But today I have found redemption! All I need is a stockpile of cash, the room of my choice, and Paskesz Mint Creme Cookies by the caseload. Thin Mints! And the packaging doesn’t lie, they are approximately 3,782 times better frozen. Girl Scout’s honor.

  3. Bush is a meat-eater!

    Bush is a meat-eater!

    Fresh from correcting an article that falsely claimed soy milk is not a nutritionally good alternative to bovine mammary secretions, the venerable New York Times has been called out again for a review of Tristram Stuart’s The Bloodless Revolution that included the bullshit claim that Hitler and his cohorts were vegetarian.

    Instead of simply scrubbing clean the story on its website this time around, the New York Times will be publishing an edited letter of correction from Rynn Berry, local NYC author of such books as The Vegan Guide to New York City and Hitler: Neither Vegetarian Nor Animal Lover and historical advisor to the North American Vegetarian Society, in this coming Sunday, April 14th edition of The New York Times Book Review.

    I think the whole “so and so was a vegetarian, so vegetarianism must be bad” argument is just plain stupid and hardly worth responding to. But in case someone ever says “Hitler was a vegetarian” and you feel like responding like a Jeopardy-worthy history junkie, here’s Rynn Berry’s full letter.

    Updated: Here’s the New York Times Book Review’s edited version of the letter.

    Continue Reading…

  4. In “We Eat Horses, Don’t We?” in The New York Times, Christa Weil explains that contrary to what most Americans believe, our history shows that we have indeed sporadically used horses as food. And as you may know, other cultures, such as the French and Canadians, consider it a delicacy. Like most vegans, when I heard about this bill passed last week in the House, which prohibits the commercial sale and slaughter of wild free-roaming horses and burros, I was ambivalent. Sure, it’s great that this year another 130,000+ horses won’t be slaughtered for human consumption. But what about the billions of farm animals who suffer each day of their lives and die hideous deaths? As Weil points out, “The ill treatment of slaughter-bound horses is bad, but it would be worse still if it made us pay less attention to the undue suffering of other food animals.”

    We don’t eat horses because it’s not part of our culture. But eating cows, chickens and fish is. Culture can be defined as: the word we use to explain something that is otherwise inexplicable or unjustifiable.

  5. Calvin wonders whose idea it was to drink cow pus.

    Scientists are on the case! (Read the full strip.)

    A new study has determined that Neolithic European farmers couldn’t digest dairy. Scientists at University College London and Mainz University in Germany examined skeletons from between 5480BC and 5000BC, in search of the gene that produces lactase (the enzyme which enables the digestion of the milk sugar lactose). Some time between then and now, Europeans mutated to produce the gene, while many non-Europeans never developed it, and have suffered the imposition of dairy on their diets.

    UCL’s Dr Mark Thomas seems hopelessly Eurocentric in his assessment that “this is probably the single most advantageous gene trait in humans in the last 30,000 years.” But some of his other arguments hold more water: being able to digest milk gave ancient Europeans a “big survival advantage” as it was less contaminated than stream water; and it was available year-round, unlike crops.

    So, while civilized people in the rest of the world learned to store crops through non-productive seasons, white people mutated to drink milk.