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I'm just curious if there's anyone out there still listening to this community, and any interest in reviving it?! I'm looking to connect with other vegans on DW and maybe have a place to discuss vegan issues.

Thanks!

Veganomnom

May. 5th, 2011 12:49 pm
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Want some inspiration for your vegan cooking? This site does it for me: Veganomnom - the blogger cooked every single recipe from Veganomicon and blogged about it, with photos.

Veganomicon's already pretty much my favourite cookbook, but I thought I'd discovered all the recipes I was going to try from it (probably about a quarter?). Now I'm inspired to dive back in and check out the rest!
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Of course it would be after I recommend [community profile] politics that a post brings out the speciesists there. People are justifiably pissed off about food issues, but ignoring the significant amount of intersectionality around animals is not the way to go about it.

I'm dismayed that when faced with a problem, people think that we can solve it through competition with other humans or other animals, rather than through standing in solidarity with every one of them.

The idea that the products of other animals' bodies can be food for us is a sham perpetuated by dietary speciesism. - Vegan Ideal
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http://animalrights.change.org/blog/view/really_want_to_help_people_trash_the_send-an-animal_catalogs

Please tell Neil Gaiman, Joss Whedon, and others who support Heifer that livestock is a lose-lose proposition; poor people lose, animals lose.
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http://www.supportmfm.org/news/after-brussels-a-statement-of-intent-from-paul-pachauri-and-the-european-parliament.cfm

Following a successful address to the European Parliament earlier this month, Paul McCartney has called on local and national governments to do more to combat the effects on the environment of industrialised farming practices, and urged people around the world to go meat-free for one day a week in order to reduce harmful emission and to halt climate change.

The Meat Free Monday founder made a joint statement with European Parliament vice-president Edward McMillan-Scott and Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, who also spoke at the Less Meat = Less Heat hearing in Brussels on 3 December.

In it they called on EU governments and all those represented at the UN climate change negotiations currently underway in Copenhagen to “adjust their agriculture, development, environment and public health policies to reflect the role of livestock production in climate change."

(further links from the link above).
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OK, this post is all over the place: I'm trying to refine a few theory-twinges of late, feel free to criticize.

It seems to me that something in human nature doesn't jibe with human culture. And that something is a growing, unconscious awareness of our own herbivory.

Maybe it's just wishful thinking on my part. However, I'm really starting to doubt the whole "overcoming our savage natures by becoming vegetarian" narrative that has traditionally defined us ethical veggies. You know... we're more advanced, we're spiritually enlightened, ascetic, intellectually developed, all that crap. I can't claim that I ever really felt that way. Because it seems to me that my savage nature... is vegan.

When we take off the layer of conditioning we have about nonhuman animals, we start to question thoughts like "it's my right to eat animal products". Or "animals have a better life as our property anyway." Or "animals aren't like us, so they don't really have a say". We question, because like characters in a rubber-reality movie, we know something is a little too perfect, a little too clean about those justifications. We stop and think "is this really necessary?". Because underneath the hierarchal, competitive premises we've built up through our history, we're designed to stop and think about how our actions affect another. Evolutionary biologists call it a theory of mind; laymen call it empathy. We are wired to understand animal feelings, smart enough to know that we're all animals, and compassionate enough to have qualms about killing.

It's not clear to me that morality, the human social construct, enters into the choice to be vegan. If anything, "morality" as we understand it hurts animals by placing the inventors of morality, humans, at the center and non-humans on the outside, recipients of our charity. It's not charity not to swing your fist at someone. But our culture has made not eating an animal into an act of charity: a supra-ordinary display of morality, rather than the challenge to morality it actually is. We vegans upset the apple cart. We deface temples, set bombs under pyramids.

And we create existential unease at the same time as we ease consciences. Eating the Other resolves the tension between multiplicities, puts subject and object in their proper place, and (in a profoundly ritual sense) gives humans a role to play in the drama of life and death. If we are not the subject that eats the object -- if we do not have a fixed role in our conception of Nature -- then what are we? I think it is for this reason that so many environmentalists eat animals. The alternative is the uncertainty of being something never before seen on planet Earth: the ethical vegan.
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[personal profile] lyras
Hi everyone. :)

Quick intro: I've been vegan for almost three years, and I love it. I've discovered a whole new world of eating thanks to places like the Post Punk Kitchen and various vegan blogs, and my omni boyfriend is generally happy to come along for the ride while the food's this good. While I'm vegan for ethical reasons, I've recently noticed that my complexion looks miles better than it used to. I'm not particularly hung up on my appearance, but it's nice to know that I might be a good advert for veganism among people who know me. :)

Anyway, I'm in the market for a good book on being vegan - on living vegan, if you like. I have Becoming Vegan, which is a great nutritional reference, but now I'm looking for more thoughts on the lifestyle side of things. When I first went vegan, I did it without any research and picked things up as I went along, which meant I made a lot of mistakes, both nutritionally and otherwise. For example, I ate honey for about a year while calling myself vegan, simply because I didn't think about it. I think I basically have things sorted now (and it's about time!), but I'd like to make sure I'm not missing anything - and also, it'd be great to have some help with the ethical arguments for when I have to deal with those annoying, "but vegetables have feelings too" people.

Any recommendations for general books on veganism? Thank you in advance!
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Hello all,

I am not sure if the intent of this community is to be geared more towards vegan discussion rather than recipe sharing. So I went ahead and made a community for just recipes, all recipes, all the time:

[community profile] vegan_recipes

I hope to see you (and your recipes) there!

Cross-posted to: [community profile] rawvegan & [community profile] veganism.
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The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily so they can meet their quota of getting free food donated every day to abused and neglected animals. It takes less than a minute (about 15 seconds) to go to their site and click on the purple box 'fund food for animals for free'. This doesn't cost you a thing.

Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for advertising.

Please pass it along to people you know. Mark it as a favorite and start every day with this simple act that will help our furry friends!

http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/

Please pass along this request to your friends as well.
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[personal profile] piggy
Preamble )
(modified from How It All Vegan)

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 t. dried oregano
  • 2 c. cooked black beans
  • 1/2 c. corn niblets
  • 1/2 c. bread crumbs
  • 1/4 t. cumin
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 2 t. chili powder
  • 1/2 c. flour
  • olive oil


Directions

  1. Sautee onions and oregano in oil (about 1 T.) until onions are translucent. Add garlic and sautee for another minute. Remove from heat.
  2. In a large bowl, mash beans with a fork. Stir in corn, bread crumbs, cumin, salt and chili powder.
  3. Form four patties. Coat in flour.
  4. Preheat a pan on medium heat. Add about 1 T. oil and burger patty. Cook for three minutes on each side.
  5. Eat. Try not to let eyes roll to the back of your head.


Nutritional Info (per burger)
Calories: 260.7
Total Fat: 2.6 g.
Saturated: .5 g
Polyunsaturated: 1.1 g
Monounsaturated: .5 g
Sodium: 576.8 mg
Potassium: 463.4 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 49.0 g
Dietary Fiber: 10.6 g
Sugars: 1.1 g
Protein: 12.2 g

I might post pictures later, if I manage to get to my camera before the burger gets to my mouth.

Welcome!

May. 1st, 2009 12:36 am
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[personal profile] piggy
Welcome to the Vegan Community!

What is a vegan? As mentioned at the Vegetarian Resource Guide

Vegans, in addition to being vegetarian*, do not use other animal products and by-products such as eggs, dairy products, honey, leather, fur, silk, wool, cosmetics, and soaps derived from animal products.


*Vegetarian does not eat meat, which includes beef, poultry and fish. Yes, we all know that your cousin's sister's boyfriend's Aunt Betsy's friend's daughter Jane eats chicken and she's "vegetarian," but she's not. Really.

I hope that this will be a place where we can encourage and inspire each other on this lifestyle choice we have made.

(I will probably come back when I am not sleep deprived and write a final sentence that isn't so corny.)

Hello!

May. 1st, 2009 05:43 pm
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May I plug a good source of information about healthy diet choices for vegans and non-vegans alike: http://www.vegansociety.com/food/nutrition/

and some useful material on definitions:
http://www.vegansociety.com/business/trademark/opportunities/standards.php

and some great tips on vegan baking:
http://www.theppk.com/veganbaking.html
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