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 →

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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 →

[Racial Reality] Check Out At a Berkeley Organic Grocery Store…and the Challenge of ‘White’ Apology vs. Engaged Compassion


Another thought-provoking and critical piece by Dr. A. Breeze Harper that challenges the very notion of "healthy eating" in a country dominated by state violence, violence, and the demonization of Black bodies. This quote sums the piece up nicely: I think about all the symbols and suggestions of healing and health in this Berkeley store that I frequent that... Continue Reading →

“I feared for my life”: Racism, Speciesism, and the Pretext of Self-Preservation


One common and troubling obstacle that human and non-human animal rights advocates face is the insistence that violence against others is "justified" because of some perceived or imagined threat. Exploitation and killing of marginalized people and animals often hinges upon the claim that “I feared for my life,” or “it was my life or theirs.”... Continue Reading →

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