I don’t necessarily believe in veganism as a sustainable whole-lifestyle choice. At least not for me. I certainly think it has applications; it’s a good diet model for people with serious obesity health concerns. With respect to animal welfare it is possible to find animal products from humanely raised animals so I don’t think someone has to cut all cheese out of their diets for this reason. As for killing animals for food…well I don’t have a problem with that aspect of it but I’m not going to judge anyone who does. Still that only means that people really need to go vegetarian if they are controlling where all the animal byproducts they consume come from. But again that would be at home. I really doubt Denny’s is getting their half & half from free-range, grass grazing cows
Yet still it has happened. I’m a social vegan. Oh you’ve never heard that term? Well basically when I eat out I stay on a vegan diet but at home I’m happy to go about my omnivore ways. Strange isn’t it? Typically you’ll hear about people doing the opposite—eating vegan at home but relaxing out in company because eating vegan socially is fucking hard. But my reasons make sense I swear… See here’s the thing I don’t have a problem with eating meat or byproducts from livestock. I do have serious problems with how the majority of livestock in this country is raised. I object to it on a number of levels and decided that if I’m going to be morally consistent at all then I need to start really watching what I eat when I’m eating out because that is where I have no control over where my food came from. Thus when I’m at home and I’ve bought the food myself, I’ll grill up a steak and slather it with blue cheese and runny quail egg. But if I’m out grabbing a bite at some corner diner? Odds are I’m asking for salad and a fruit cup. So what prompted this?
Aside from some of the more well-known humane issues with modern animal husbandry, there are political ramifications that break my libertarian heart from the terrifying corn industry we’ve concocted to feed these animals. The biologist in me abhors the antibiotic abuse and the nutritionist in me objects to the idea of eating such unhealthy meat when better options exist. The environmentalist in me, who is a very small me all things considered, hates the waste and destruction the factory farms cause. The agriculturalist and botanist in me hates the way monoculture is destroying our farmlands and finally the foodie in me bemoans the loss of variety of food monoculture causes.
Confused? Don’t worry this week I’m going to take some pulpit time from my blog to break down some of my concerns to explain why these issues matter to me, why they might matter to you and try out some vegan recipes in honor of the Oakland Veg week happening here in Oakland. http://oaklandveg.com/ It’s a pretty cool initiative sponsored in part by whole foods and a slew of local, organic, vegetarian companies.
Hold on now Olivia. If you’re eating vegan out, but omnivore when you stay in, then why bother with the vegan recipes?
Well it’s a theme remember? Plus I will admit that eating meat and dairy products that are only sourced from my hippie farms gets expensive. I’m sure I’ll be eating more meals without them to save money so it’ll be good to have a few tricks up my sleeve for months when I just can’t afford free-range chicken every night of the week. Plus it’s useful to know a good baking recipe for those days when you wanna make muffins but don’t have any eggs or butter on hand. Like this classic recipe with a not-so classic vegan twist:
All Ameri-Vegan Apple Pie Muffins
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