Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Plant-based Eggs and Confrontational Conversation Bombs

The Baltimore Jewish Times ran an article today about preparing Thanksgiving dinner for a group that includes omnivores as well as vegetarians. Hilary Belz (described as a former vegan) was interviewed for supposed tips on how to accommodate. The piece was weirdness incarnate on many levels. For instance, the founder of EarthSave, Baltimore is quoted as saying that some vegetarians "will put a piece of turkey (on their plate) so as not to make waves in the family" at Thanksgiving. Where the article mentioned vegans, however, is where it got my attention: "Vegans don’t eat any animal products but, in addition, some won’t eat eggs and/or honey either."

So, um, do eggs and honey grow on trees?


This student commentary in The McGill Tribune was a nice change from most of the muck that comes up in in online media concerning veganism. I can completely relate (as I'm sure that many other vegans can) to the experience of having non-vegans feeling compelled to share with you stories of the most delectable (to them) dead animals they've enjoyed in the past, whether to tempt or taunt you. That being said, I can't help but think about possible opportunities for vegan education that could arise if more vegans were comfortable defusing sometimes apparently (and sometimes obviously) confrontational conversation bombs. Any tips or tricks anyone would like to share in comments are most welcome!


veganf said...

Maybe she likes those cute little easter egg eggplants. What an idiot!

kelly g. said...

I stumbled upon this shirt the other day, Mylène, and immediately thought of you:

Philip Steir said...

What about the strange fact that the omnivores always ask us what do we eat if we don't eat animal products?
Is this really their best response?
Why are we ethical vegans never asked what we feel?
When I tell someone I don't eat animals for moral or ethical reasons I've never understood why I'm immediately asked well... what is it that I eat? Huh?
Do they really lack the knowledge or information about plant based foods??

I think a great way to get right to the HEART of the issue is to explain what it is we feel.... and not who... we don't eat.
One thing is we should NEVER start listing the plants that are available for us to eat here in the 21rst century.

I wrote more tips and tricks concerning this here....



Vanilla Rose said...

As we found out re the Australian example recently quoted, where the journalist (or sub-editor?) couldn't even get the interviewee's name right, it is hard to tell when the problem is the journalist and when it is the interviewee.

mv said...

I'm used to this kind of thing so, I rarely react anymore. The thing that raised an eyebrow, however, was that some people who don't eat meat would put it on their plates anyway not to "make waves".

I haven't the words.

M said...

Kelly, I love it! :-D

Thanks for all of the feedback/comments, everyone.