Your Thoughts Thursday: Non-Vegan Companies
Obviously, as a vegan, you’re not going to go out and spend your dollar on a cheeseburger. But what about buying a vegan meal at a place that also sells those cheeseburgers? I’m not talking about contamination; It’s about the dollar. Imagine it’s 100% guaranteed the meal is vegan, and every measure has been taken to ensure separate preparation. Do you purchase it? They aren’t sitting behind the counter separating vegan dollars from meat slab dollars. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard, “Well, that’s not vegan because it was cooked on the same surface meat was once cooked.” Okay, then by that thinking, is it not vegan because you’re paying the guy or corporation buying all that meat in the first place? Of course this would extend beyond food. Clothing, shoe, cosmetic, household product companies, all tend to go both ways to please both crowds. Are we voting with our dollar to support more vegan choices or are we just paying for the steak without eating it?
- Do you try to buy from an all vegan company before searching for options from predominately non-vegan sources?
- Even if you’re vegan or vegetarian simply for the health benefits, do you have any opinions on the source of your food outside of it meeting your dietary requirements?