This is going to sound naive. Dense, maybe. Yet I want to say it and I want to hear your responses.
I belong to a sewing class. About 12- 15 of us get together once a week to sew together, with the help of an experienced, funny, thoughtful teacher. Most of us take two classes, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, and we share a lunch together. From the beginning I have let my veganism be known, and my classmates have been great about it. The teacher never fails to provide for me whenever she brings food for our potluck lunches, and others consider me as well as the gluten-sensitive class member much of the time. I don’t starve.
Last week the gluten-free person told me, during a break, that she had just seen Food, Inc and she is now a vegetarian for real. She was really horrified. I nodded, smiled, generally agreed with her comments but did not add to them.
Today that movie was well as King Corn came up at lunch. There was pretty much universal disgust at the factory farming model. There was discussion of where to get so-called free-range chicken, and some clarification a little of it by me) that free-range means nothing.
This group is intelligent and aware and many have seen these films and more, but they still eat meat (other than the one who went veg). I do not want to become the proselytizer but I feel I can probably do more. I’m wondering what I might do. Bring leaflets? books? I am not a confrontational person by nature and when I do go that way the results are usually disastrous. I would love to be able to handle some of these questions and comments as well as Colleen Patrick-Goudreau does, for example, but I don’t see myself going there.
I bring food to the potlucks and hope that my vegan offerings will make a difference. I prefer to bring food that is friendly and familiar rather than introduce complicated and unnecessary vegan options. Over time, perhaps I will have an effect. Do any of you have these questions? These limitations?