Vegan

Today: The Los Angeles Times carries an op-ed from our friends at the Good Food Institute, about the dairy industry’s attempt to own the word “milk.” And the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Food Section cover story is about an increase in the number of men going vegan!The Los Angeles Times op-ed, by Emily Byrd, is titled “Can you call soy milk ‘milk’?” (Page A11.) As with her piece, last year, on the attacks on clean meat, Byrd uses a light manner including some laugh-out-loud lines to make an important point.

She opens with:

“About once a week, I pick up a half gallon of soy milk from the market. I do this of my own free will, fully cognizant of what I’m buying. But 32 members of the House of Representatives worry that consumers like me are confused by the word ‘milk’ on the label; they think we’re laboring under the false impression that the carton contains dairy from a cow.”

She lets us know, “Whatever lawmakers may say, they’re trying to protect the dairy industry, not consumers.” And we learn that while the dairy industry struggles, the dairy alternative industry thrives.

Check out the fun Los Angeles Times op-ed at http://tinyurl.com/gu7mu7n, share it widely, and please send a letter to the editor using the op-ed as a launching pad for any point you wish to make on government subsidies, healthy eating, or on what happens to cows so that humans can drink their milk.

That’s unless you live in Philadelphia, or are a man doing wonderfully on a vegan diet, in which case I hope you will respond to the delightful Philadelphia Inquirer Food Section cover story on men going vegan. (Or why not respond quickly to both? I know some of you resolved to do even more for animals in 2017, right?)

The article, by Elisa Ludwig, is titled “Vegan eating: More men are going animal-free.” (Page F01.)

It tells us that “a Vegetarian Resource Group poll in 2011 found that more men reported never eating animal products (3 percent of men polled vs. 2 percent of women), and that demographic shift is evident at some of the area’s restaurants offering plant-based options.”

We read:

“Vedge and V Street owner Rich Landau reports that he now sees about 60 percent men coming in – as opposed to the random boyfriends accompanying skinny vegan women he used to see years ago at his previous restaurant Horizons.”

His wife and business partner, Kate Jacoby says, “People are not as strict or as judgmental about veganism as they used to be. That makes it feel much more inclusive, and we’re not scaring off people. We’re inviting everyone in.”

Yes!

Inviting, is the tone of the whole article. It’s at http://tinyurl.com/ho62gsa . Please share it widely, and don’t miss the opportunity to send a letter to the editor about your reasons for being vegan. As animals are not the focus of the article, you may wish to make them the focus of your letter.

The Los Angeles Times takes letter at letters@latimes.com

The Philadelphia Inquirer takes letters at inquirer.letters@phillynews.com and asks that they be under 150 words.

Always include your full name, address and phone number (for verification not publication).

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