Gone Vegan

Lindsay Hutton discovers the politics and pragmatics behind a meat and dairy-free diet.

Oh, PETA. You’ve really done it this time. "Trying to hide your thunder thighs and balloon belly is no day at the beach," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "PETA has a free 'Vegetarian Starter Kit' for people who want to lose pounds while eating as much as they like.” This is a family show, but I imagine you too will let the expletives fly. 

As vegetarian diets gain visibility in our culture, school boards are taking notice and offering more veggie options to kids south of the border. “A new nationwide survey by the School Nutrition Association says almost 2 out of 3 U.S. schools now offer vegetarian fare for lunch on a regular basis. That's a 40 percent increase since 2003, the first year veggie meals were tallied by the nonprofit group.” Let’s hope Canadian school cafeterias, the bulk of which are run by large corporations, break free and follow suit. At least it should take some of the guesswork out of the origins of the mystery meat.

Activist, conservationist and Animal Planet TV Host, Capt. Paul Watson, runs a vegan seafaring vessel. Everyone aboard the good ship Sea Shephered eats vegan, even employing a vegan chef who formerly worked for Anthony Kiedis (this could be a good or bad thing). Says Watson: “It’s not for animal rights [but] to try and get people to think about the connection between what they eat and what we’re doing to the oceans. I personally feel that it’s the most important cause on the planet; more important than anything else for the simple reason as this – if the oceans die then we all die.” And here I am wondering if the person who hides away some beef jerky is made to walk the plank.