Planck’s non-vegan baby mobile. I sure wouldn’t give it to my kid.
In her “Death by Veganism” piece in the New York Times today, Nina Planck lambastes the validity of vegan pregnancy and parenting: not just by convicted baby killers Jade Sanders and Lamont Thomas, but by everyone. With few exceptions, the coverage of Sanders and Thomas has read like “Death by Vegans” but with little to no facts on the health issues involved in vegan pregnancy and breastfeeding. Planck does nothing to shed light on these issues, though she purports to be an objective presenter of the facts: that a vegan diet during pregnancy is devoid of dozens of nutrients vital to in utero health, and that vegan breastmilk is just as lacking after birth. She all but blames veganism for “retarded growth, rickets and nerve damage” in children. Maybe because she’s neither a physician nor a nutritionist.
As a former vegan and current parent working on a new meat and dairy-heavy book Baby Food, Planck is the perfect person to present(/create) this side of the argument. But I do agree with her on one point: “Though it’s not politically correct to say so, all diets are not created equal.” Some rely on exploitation at the expense of animals and the environment.
This is the number one most e-mailed story on the New York Times‘ website right now. Please let them know that it’s a shitty one: write a letter to the editor, and one to Nina Planck. Maybe she’ll include them in her new book. And check out responses to the piece by some of our favorite vegans: Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Mary Martin.
Update: The Times published a smattering of letters on Planck’s idiocy.