Intelligence and Empathy in Vegetarians

A neurological study published last week showed more empathy-related brain function in vegetarians than in meat eaters when both groups were presented with scenes depicting suffering. PsychologyToday.com has published two blog entries this week: one about intelligence in vegetarians, and the other in response to the empathy study. In evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa Kanazawa’s post […]

Graham Hill on Becoming a Weekday Vegetarian

Not the greatest ‘go veggie’ talk you’ll ever witness, but still a nice four-minute video to show omnivores who, hearing veganism framed as an all-or-nothing choice, will use the concept as an excuse to do nothing. This talk is also a great reality check for vegans—as Graham Hill makes clear, some omnivores know the vegan […]

The Salt Lobby

The New York Times has a terrific piece about the food industry’s persistent, effective, and slimy efforts to fight off government attempts to regulate salt. This article offers some great insights into how heavy salt use has become so deeply entrenched in the processed foods industry: Salt also works in tandem with fat and sugar […]

Weekly Ad: This Week’s Amazon Bestsellers

Our top-selling items from the past week from Amazon’s selection of vegan books and vegan groceries, all priced well below retail with free shipping available: Books: Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World 45% off! Vegan on the Cheap: Great Recipes and Simple Strategies that Save You Time and Money The Kind Diet: A Simple Guide […]

Moby: The Apologetic Vegan

Moby, the multi-platinum selling musician and the author of Gristle created a food diary covering four days over the past week. I’ve always found food diaries to be oddly compelling, and Moby’s self-deprecating tone plays off nicely against his simple but satisfying meals. He may have misfired by calling fish-eaters “normal people,” while asserting a […]

Using Facebook for Animal Advocacy

I know I’m far from the only person who is still in a state of shock over Mercy For Animals’ Conklin Dairy Farms cruelty video. As I write this, more than 500 Vegan.com readers have clicked the “Like” button beneath my write-up from yesterday. Many animal advocates have caught on to the fact that Facebook […]

Subway’s Five Dollar Fuck You

If I was incapable of keeping my true thoughts to myself when ordering at a Subway restaurant, this is how I’d order: I’d like a Veggie Delight, you know, the very worst sandwich deal you’ve got since it’s almost the price of a meat-based sandwich but only contains your pathetic vegetable selection. And since I’m […]

Confronting Pollan’s Paradoxes

I’ve blogged repeatedly about Michael Pollan’s refusal to engage vegetarian and animal welfare concerns in a substantive way. But sadly, as the world’s most influential writer on food politics, Pollan has pretty much gotten a free pass on the topic. UC Berkeley grad student Adam Merberg has shared my frustration over Pollan, and he’s just […]

Pollan Giveth, Pollan Taketh Away

Michael Pollan’s got a new article out that is, as usual, at once enlightening and infuriating. The enlightening and supremely useful part is his unified vision of the food movement, and his description of how people with wildly different goals and agendas are nevertheless managing to push in the same direction: Where many social movements […]

Weekly Ad: This Week’s Amazon Bestsellers

Our top-selling items from the past week from Amazon’s selection of vegan books and vegan groceries, all priced well below retail with free shipping available: Books: Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar: 100 Dairy-Free Recipes for Everyone’s Favorite Treats Vegan on the Cheap: Great Recipes and Simple Strategies that Save You Time and Money The […]