Your Thoughts Thursday: Non-Vegan Companies

May 20, 2010 by Keri

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?
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  1. Well hopefully they keep track of their sales, and we’d be encouraging them to continue selling and expand upon their vegan options!! 😉

  2. askantik says:

    I think we should wholly embrace places that have vegan options. Sure, money still goes to non-vegans, but then, my entire family is composed of non-vegans. Not doing business with anyone who isn’t vegan, in my opinion, A) makes us look like an exclusive club and alienates people, and B) will just keep veganism from becoming more “mainstream” or more into the public eye.

    I don’t even care if my vegan burger is cooked on the same grill as a meat burger. Sure, it’s awesome if they have a separate grill, but I’m just thrilled that they even offer something and know the word vegan. The more people that order vegan food and show that vegans aren’t crazy people who only do business with people just like themselves, I think that we’ll all become more well-rounded, but also more importantly, the more people will think about veganism. And in the end, I think that’s one of our biggest goals.

  3. Amanda says:

    Ahh just another funundrum to think about on my vegan journey. I mean, in a perfect world I’d prefer to eat from all vegan-only establishments. Right now, it’s just not realistic. In my home I try to cook 100% vegan from contamination free companies, however do I just ignore Kashi because they offer chicken dishes? It’s a tough call. I never, ever allow my food to be grilled on a grill that meat has been grilled when I’m present enough to have a choice – but the more I go out to eat the more it bothers me that I don’t know. Unfortunately it’s not a perfect world, and hell, occasionally even my boyfriend brings meat into our home and I can’t disallow that as I’m the one’s whose values have changed (although this happens less frequently). Perhaps Portland is the answer to all these questions 🙂

  4. Melanie says:

    I’ve only been vegan for a shortwhile, but for me there would be very few places to eat out if this was the case. I think it’s important for the cause to support restaurant and establishments that support veganism. I think it’s detrimental to those we might be able to influence to try veganism or even vegetarianism if we are so extreme that we make it look like something that most people couldn’t sustain.

  5. Stefanie says:

    If there were more options then salad, pasta, and a veggie burger I would not have a problem going to a non-vegan resturant. I search for vegan companies but will settle for others if I feel comfortable enough to do so.

  6. Krista says:

    I try not to go to non vegan places but if there was a place that makes and prepares vegan dishes in a vegan way I would support them. It would show them that people want that and it would open up the yumminess of vegan foods to non vegan. Plus, if they see people want vegan food they will possibly spend their money on expanding their vegan options.

  7. Liz says:

    I feel like it’s hard to even know which company is owned by who and all that. Even if you find a place that is vegan, they could be owned by a larger corporation, especially with packaged foods and stuff. But hopefully, they DO keep track of what is being purchased. The more vegan food they sell, the more they will make! So I guess it’s baby steps 🙂

  8. vegmom says:

    Good question. I’ve enjoyed traveling around and looking for “raw vegan” eateries, but for the most part that is not likely.

    So I do eat at places that prepare meat. By eating the vegan or veg fare, I feel like I’m supporting that small part. And I think more people are, because I’m starting to see a lot more veg options in 2010 then in 2008 or 2004 etc. If we didn’t purchase those things, I feel they would stop making them and just buy MORE meat. I don’t know, thats my silly thought process anyway.

  9. Velva Spracklin says:

    Nice post. I like your blog.