Source: Read This and Hack! A decade ago I screened the documentary, The Dark Side of Chocolate, which marked what I call my "official" entry into intentional activism and scholarship for social justice. The documentary was a follow up to the chocolate industry's fight against a "slave free" label requirement, promising instead to regulate itself... Continue Reading →
Via Grist: The world is on lockdown. So where are all the carbon emissions coming from?
The nonprofit news outlets cautions us to "[a]ppreciate the bluer skies and fresher air, while you can. But the emissions drop from the pandemic should be a warning, not a cause for celebration: a sign of how much further there is to go." Read on…
African vegans are a return to tradition – via This Is Africa
If you really want to be an ethical vegan, research all your food – even the plants. Indeed, a great frustration I have with vegans in the global north is the erasure of human exploitation in food systems. Vegans are typically concerned with the wellbeing of charismatic animals and are unbothered about the plight of... Continue Reading →
What’s the deal with “gluten-free” foods?
When I started out as a new vegan some years ago, I sometimes would get questions about whether or not I also eat "gluten-free" foods. I knew less than a handful of people with Celiac disease who cannot eat gluten, and they ate a standard American diet as closely as they could without wheat—in other... Continue Reading →
“Save an animal, exploit a human”: The problem with one-track-minded, holier-than-thou Global North vegans
Eating animals is wrong, vegans say. But so is eating slave-made chocolate, or wearing sweatshop clothing. Guess which one vegans of the Global North care about? Not that one issue is more important than another, but it is more than frustrating when I see vegans (mostly vegans of the global north) say "this is cruelty-free"... Continue Reading →
Veg Diets Popular Among Lower Income Populations, Students in the U.S.
A common carnist reaction to a vegan/plant-based diet is to claim that it is expensive, despite the fact that meat is more expensive (in terms of money and energy consumption) than plants and that as incomes increase, so does eating animals. It is possible that this misconception comes from the highly-processed mock meats sold at... Continue Reading →