The New York Times “Dining and Wine” Wednesday feature is right: animal rights/welfare/vegetarianism is getting more press in the last six months than possibly ever before. Of course, three makes a trend–this week, we’ve got five. There’s New York City veggie burgers mapped on Gridskipper (hey, ours is better); “vegan for your heart” in AM NewYork; ambivalent vegetarians on MSNBC; the Times’ Farm Sanctuary versus happy meat piece; and in Food and Wine, the meat-eating “vegetarians” who are convinced by those welfarist foodie arguments.
Ultimately, 40% of the Gridskipper burgers aren’t vegan, amNY has bad facts (“Nuts, avocados, oil: Taboo… In other words, he was asking me to become a vegan”), and half those MSNBC readers are just as meat-eating as the Food and Whiners. Shit, is it summer trend backlash already? It’s not even August.