04 July 2007

Going vegan again... I hope.

So after a considerable thought and a little inspiration from Jufran Banana Sauce, I have decided to attempt being vegan again. I originally stopped being vegan after venturing out into the world on my own and quickly finding that I was unable to afford faux-foods (such as soy cheese). I was vegan for about 2 years for my first stint and have been a vegetarian since (aside from time spent on Army deployments where its more or less impossible to be vegetarian).

I have decided this time to rely on a wider range of international foods and hope to not get stuck with the American idea that every meal some how requires meat, cheese, butter, or some type of dairy product (or the appropriate substitute in the case of vegans). So hopefully I can post some good recipes in the coming days.

In case you were wondering, I am vegetarian/hopefully vegan for a variety of reasons.
  1. Animal products cause considerably higher levels of energy to produce (popular belief holds that 1000 calories of an animal product would require 10,000 calories of plant products as foods). I feel that a lot of arable land could be better used to meet worldwide food demands in a sustainable manner rather than for meat production.
  2. I have issues with the idea of raising an animal solely for the purpose of slaughtering and eating them. I manage to maintain a feeling that animals have some knowledge of their own existence as they attempt to avoid death.

Two really good books on the subject are The Omnivore's Dilemma and Animal Liberation (I swear it's not as leftist as it sounds). More to come about my attempt to kick the egg and dairy habit in the coming weeks. Oh and in case you want to see what vegan food looks like check out Urban Vegan and Eat Air - A Vegan Food Log.

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