Thanks so much to everyone who came to the San Diego VegFest!
VegFund was a sponsor; here is the speakers’ table:
I gave a version of this talk: Embrace and Encourage: Lessons from Three Decades.
And met with lots of people at the VegFund table!
Hope to meet with more of you in the future!
Do our morals drive our choices, or vice versa?
An interesting look at the interaction between ethics and diet – useful to keep in mind for our advocacy!
Ginny has a great new post up: Celebrities, Weight Loss and Penn Jillette’s New Vegan Diet.
[Penn's] current diet doesn’t exactly create a compelling picture of the joys of vegan living. In fact, it sounds like a great way to discourage people from ever considering this way of eating.
I have to say, I simply do not get this “celebrities and weight loss” brand of vegan activism. It sets vegan diets up to fail, because that’s what happens when vegans (especially those in the public eye) get sick or gain back their weight or start eating meat and eggs again. It presents veganism as the most unattractive eating plan on earth. And it turns its back on the core value of veganism, which is animal rights.
Many, if not most, environmental arguments tend to focus on the serious impacts of beef. Although we see a vegan diet as optimal, most people instead see chicken as being vastly superior to beef (and increasingly cheaper than beef). Any time someone replaces beef with chicken, many many more animals suffer.
Here is a great argument that actually helps chicken, from New Scientist (March 21, 2015, p. 44):
Such a switch [from chickens to plant-based substitutes] could make a difference to the environment: if we all swapped chicken for beans, for example, greenhouse gas emissions would be much lower. Chicken is responsible for 6.9 kg of greenhouse gases per kg of meat, compared with 2 kg for bean protein.