The Friday 5: Vegan Lovers Edition

A (sort of) vegan-friendly round-up sure to get you talking.

A New York Times article is giving a renewed platform for animal rights activists and vegans worldwide to sound their horns about animals as part of fashion and home decor. With West Hollywood – population 36,000 – leading the charge, Animal Cruelty Activists Spark New Debate For Fashion and want you to pay attention.

To the uneducated, vegan diets are bland, boring and filled with massive amounts of soybean products shaped into blocks that look like astronaut food. In 7 Delicious Meat Alternatives (And Not a Lick of Tofu in Sight), we get to explore quinoa, tempeh and mouthwatering veggie burgers packed with more healthy protein than a meat lover can shake a hot dog at.

When it comes to fashion, eco-friendliness and veganism are often perceived as being in different camps (though some brands are getting better, for sure). Still, it’s a fine line, and in Is Vegan Fashion Sustainable?, we explore why there are still differences in opinion.

Can a principled vegan woman find it within herself to fall for a meat-eating man? “Marinate on that a minute,” says Sex by Numbers columnist Abigail Wick. In Can a Vegan Woman Love a Meat-Eating Man? Wick ruminates “As much as a man’s virtues and joie de vivre might make my heart sing, I simply cannot conceive of spending my life – much less creating a family – with someone who chooses to overlook the implications of his morning bacon and eggs.”

How about if I just pull a quote from the article The Conscious Case Against Veganism: “Eating ethically is not a purity pissing contest, and the more vegans or vegetarians pretend that it is, the more their diets start to resemble mere fashion – and thus risk being dismissed as such.”

And now I’m going to run for shelter.

Amy DuFault

Amy DuFault is a conscious lifestyle writer, consultant and fashion instigator. She resides in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.