Alicia Silverstone talks about being vegan. She’s on The View surrounded by four talkative omnivores, some of whom asked the same old, tired questions:
“So, what do you eat? Is it healthy”
Duh. Veganism is very healthy and widely acknowledged as such.
“Do you wear leather? Oh no, that’s good, because I hate vegans who wear leather.”
Alicia is smart to point out that veganism, like other positive actions you can take to benefit yourself and others, exists on a continuum of thought and action. You can go vegan now and forever, or you can just do it on Wednesdays. Either way, it’s better than eating meat all the time.
You don’t have to choose whether to do good or to not do good, you can choose how much good you want to do in this world. It’s totally up to you.
“But Eggplant Parmesan is vegan and not healthy. It’s all fried and breaded…”
a) Totally not vegan. Eggplant Parmesan is made with cheese. You can make a vegan version with soy cheese, but traditional Eggplant Parmesan is not vegan.
b) There are plenty of unhealthy options in any diet. It’s about making the healthy choices. For example, meat-eaters can choose to eat bacon every morning or they can choose to eat chicken once a week. Both choices belong in the omnivore diet, but one is obviously a healthier choice. Going vegan doesn’t automatically make your dietary choices good ones, but it removes many of the bad choices.
Rosie mentioned that her daughter went vegetarian at age three. I think that’s interesting because it’s something I’ve seen in my own personal life. I went vegetarian at age 6 and my little nephew just went vegetarian, he’s 8. I think many children see the connection between animals they love and animals they eat. And when they’re allowed to make the choices for themselves, many will choose vegetarianism.