Kaepernick, Veganism, and Nike: It’s All About Character

Colin Kaepernick throws pass at Super Bowl XLVII

If the past year or two has taught us anything, it’s that flawed and damaged people are everywhere. Collectively, we once knew that, but somehow society forgot. There’s a reason why every American high school student is assigned Hawthorne’s short story, “Young Goodman Brown.” Understanding the story takes you into adulthood. When you think of… Read more »

Show Me a Sign

While hanging out in Chiang Mai, Thailand last month I suddenly found myself hungry. I had only been in town a couple days and didn’t yet have a good handle on the local vegan scene, so I checked Google and it turned out there was a vegan place called Ming Kwan within a ten minute walk…. Read more »

It’s Time for Bacon to Carry Warning Labels

For more than a generation, meat has been linked to a variety of ailments. But not all meat is equally risky, and it’s been clear for some time that cured meats like bacon, ham, and sausage carry far greater health risks than other types of meat. It’s never been terribly difficult to imagine why, since if you… Read more »

On Regarding Farm Animals as Your Clients

The most useful metaphor I’ve heard used to describe the work of an effective animal advocate is that we serve as criminal defense attorneys for animals. But unlike an actual public defender, every last one of our clients is 100 percent innocent. The reason that this is such a helpful metaphor is that public defenders… Read more »

Add a Zero

I began doing vegan advocacy in 1991. It was a different world then. Nobody knew what a vegan was, much less how to pronounce the word. And the first generation of vegan meat and cheese products was simply vile. I remember craving cheese once and paying a small fortune for a block of vegan cheese. I stuck… Read more »

How Far We’ve Come

I’ve never started work on something with such mixed feelings, but two-and-a-half years after I quit blogging I’ve decided, for reasons probably not worth getting into, to have another go at it. Maybe this will last for weeks or months, but I doubt it’ll last for years. Blogging makes me uncomfortable, but I feel like… Read more »

Paula Deen’s Downfall and the Food Movement’s Future

I went walking with my mother yesterday, and the subject of Paula Deen’s sudden career implosion came up. My mom doesn’t follow food politics nearly as closely as I do, but she offered a perspective that I think is more perceptive than any journalistic analyses I’ve yet encountered of this past week’s events. Regarding the… Read more »

On Scarcity

Here I think about how some of our choices to protect animals can lead to scarcity-based thinking, which in turn makes it tough to accomplish big things for animals. (3 Minutes.)

Just Walk Away

Is something you’re spending lots of time doing making you sad? Then you need to step through your fear and stop doing it. You will find something better, that accomplishes more and brings you joy. (5 minutes.)

Coping with Thanksgiving as a Vegan

Thanksgiving inflicts all sorts of emotional distresses on vegans. This video talks about how to channel your sadness and disgust in a way that will help as many animals as possible. 11 minutes. Mentioned in this video: Vegan Outreach’s Adopt A College Program. Change of Heart The Ultimate Vegan Guide