Go Vegan! Or Not.by Karyn Zoldan on Mar. 10, 2011, under A Tisket, A Tasket, Food Festivals, Health, Life
I’m not a vegan or even a closet vegetarian for that matter. I eat meat. I am conflicted because I hate animal cruelty – dog racing, puppy mills, horse racing, harness racing, cockfighting, dog fighting, rodeos, circuses, dog sledding, shooting at wolves from an airplane.
I don’t eat meat every day and often times don’t even buy meat but then do eat fish, dairy, and eggs. Most meat doesn’t taste as good as it used to especially after seeing the movie, Food, Inc. Those images and facts were troubling at best.
New York Times writer and cookbook author Mark Bittman claims to be a flexitarian whereby he eats vegan all day until dinner and then can eat and drink whatever he wants on the days he wants to do so. His book, Food Matters explains the concept.
We live in crazy times. It’s probably going to get worse before it gets better especially here in Arizona. I don’t know who came up with this idea but someone suggested that Pima County or Southern Arizona secede from the rest of Arizona. Some went wild with the concept and others said it was stupid. Whatever. Like when can we ever agree on anything anyway?
PETA heard this idea and as always wants to get involved with their own spin – for Baja Arizona to “Secede from Cruelty: Go Vegan.” According to PETA, the new 51st state should be free of racism and speciesism. PETA contends that the new Baja Arizona—whose mission statement includes being “friendly to its neighbors”—would be more friendly to all its neighbors if the residents of dairy-farming Pima County dumped dairy products and adopted cruelty-free vegan diets instead.
PETA is currently looking for a billboard to shower us with their message. When the billboard is up, let me know and I’ll announce its location.
For people who are curious about living a vegan lifestyle, A Symposium for Conscientious Eating happens on Saturday, April 30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Windmill Suites at St. Phillip’s Plaza, 4250 N. Campbell Ave.
Topics to be discussed include: prevent and reverse heart disease; how to eat plant perfect; the China Study; the Engine 2 Diet; the truth behind type 2 diabetes, and how to keep things moving and grooving below the belt (ahem).
There will also be a screening of the documentary called Chow Down.
The event is sponsored by Vegan Source, Whole Foods Market, Bluezone Organics, Rachael Laing, Lovin’ Spoonfuls, YogaOasis.
If you’re a vegan, please share how you made the leap to that lifestyle. I see more vegan options on local Tucson restaurant menus. Is dining out more user-friendly? Also if you’re a vegan caterer or a caterer with vegan options, please post a comment so I can contact you for a possible event I am planning. I know about Lovin’ Spoonfuls but want to check out other sources.