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Doctor Who, Veganism, and the Great language divide

http://www.planetclaire.org/doctorwho/ninth_doctor.php

Dr. Who -BOOM TOWN (season 1)

Margaret: I spared her life.
The Doctor: You let one of them go but that’s nothing new. Every now and then a little victim’s spared because she smiled, ’cause he’s got freckles. ‘Cause they begged. And that’s how you live with yourself. That’s how you slaughter millions. Because once in awhile—on a whim, if the wind’s in the right direction—you happen to be kind.
Margaret: Only a killer would know that.

It’s amazing the way your mind wanders, how little things…quotes from t.v. shows and bits of blogs, make you think of the strangest things.

I’ve been studying Esperanto lately with my little boy, and we’ve been having a lot of fun.  And it didn’t occur to me until after we’d begun studying that the first time we’d heard of it was actually years before through Scifi. Red Dwarf features it as a second language throughout the show and Harry Harrison talks about it as the Galactic secondary language in his Stainless Steel Rat book series.  After we’d begun studying the language, I began to understand why.

Esperanto was created as a supplementary language to facilitate peaceful relations between people of different language backgrounds and cultures.  It’s not meant to replace anyone’s native language, but rather to ease communication while preserving the linguistic and cultural identity of its speakers.  In fact, Esperanto has a culture of it’s own.

Because of it’s original peaceful intent, its sometimes referred to as a Peace Movement itself.  Because it doesn’t belong to any one country, nor is it a requirement, the people who study it tend to be self motivated activists and idealists.  There are a lot of vegetarians and vegans in the Esperanto movement.

Which led me to thinking of the similarities between Esperanto and veg*nism. Both movements are considered somewhat on the fringe.  Both are taken up by a small fraction of the overall population of the Earth.  Both are considered by many as a good idea though unattainable “in real life.” Both have lofty, noble, peaceful goals.

Which led me to remember the Doctor Who quote above.  You may wonder why I’ve cited it in a post about Esperanto and Veganism; Then again, you may not.

What struck me about that conversation, the very first time I heard it, was how it illustrates perfectly the compromises and double-think we’re all guilty of in our everyday lives.  How many times have we cried out enraged against cruelty to animals while simultaneously filling our bellies with their flesh?  How many times have we fed the ground remains of some animals to the animal companions within our own homes?  The pressure for this kind of double-think is so rampant throughout our society, that most of us are completely unaware that we do it.  We’re immersed in it; it’s become part of the way we think, or rather the way we double-think ourselves, in order to rationalize our actions and be “normal” members of society.

But what is so “normal” about our society?  When our society is fractured and split by the great language divide, when our compassion is split between the animals that need to be cared about and the ones that can be abused, is being “normal” a worthy goal?

What is “normal” anyway?  I’m going to be cliche here and quote from Merriam-Webster Dictionary…

  • Main Entry: 1nor·mal

1 : perpendicular; especially : perpendicular to a tangent at a point of tangency
2 a : according with, constituting, or not deviating from a norm, rule, or principle b : conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern
3 : occurring naturally <normal immunity>
4 a : of, relating to, or characterized by average intelligence or development b : free from mental disorder : sane**

Here, I believe, lies the fundamental difference between the idealist and the “normal” people.  “Normal” to most people equals conformity and sanity, while the idealist sees conformity as insanity. How is it sane to settle for the way things are when the world could be so much better- if everyone just lived the values they already profess to cherish?  Normal people see seemingly unattainable goals (that go against the mainstream of society) as impractical.  Idealists see the seeds of change in thoughtful choices and small everyday acts of kindness.  Even Cyrano himself (in the play Cyrano de Bergerac) claims:

What say you? It is useless? Ay, I know
But who fights ever hoping for success?
I fought for lost cause, and for fruitless quest!

What does it matter if the numbers are few? If society frowns upon the person who devotes time to causes that seem fringe, hopeless and impractical?  Some things are worth fighting for.  Some things are worth speaking out for.  I may have begun studying Esperanto purely as a hobby, but I still respect it’s ideals and culture and would never disparage it.  I became vegan for other reasons: for the animals; for my conscience; and for a better, more peaceful world.  And unlike Cyrano, I don’t NEED to fight.  All I need to do is be true to myself and my ideals.  Whether or not something is attainable in my lifetime (or even at all) is irrelevant. Some things are worth doing simply because they are the right thing TO do.

And maybe, just maybe, our small numbers will make the difference.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does.” —Margaret Mead

I think The Doctor would approve.

**In the above Merriam-Webster definition, I made the text that I wanted to draw attention to both bold and italicized.

LINKS:

To learn more about Esperanto:
http://www.lernu.net

To learn more about Veganism:
http://www.veganoutreach.org
http://www.compassionatecooks.com

Downloadable Podcasts:
Food for thought

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Just 2 more months til the Walk for Farm Animals!

Well, If you want to be precise, just slightly over 2 months to the Cleveland Walk and around 1 or 2 months to the various other walks around the country (USA).  What is the Walk for Farm Animals?  Well, once a year, during the months of September and October, Walk(s) for Farm Animals are held in various large cities around the country.  The idea is to have the walks around October 2nd in honor of World Farm Animals Day.  Participants generally walk somewhere between three to six miles in order to raise money for Farm Sanctuary.

I had the very deep honor and pleasure of visiting Farm Sanctuary last July (2008) for their Fourth of July Pig-nic! It was wonderful to see how beautiful and peaceful everything was.  The animals living there are cared for unconditionally, given whatever medical treatment and/or diet required to help them lead decent lives, and (hopefully) adopted into loving homes.  The ones that are not (or cannot be) adopted still have a loving home for life at the Sanctuary.

Please, if you’ve ever wanted to help animals in need, either participate in the Walk for Farm Animals or donate to Farm Sanctuary either through my donation page or through the primary site.

For the animals, Thank you.

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Language, Animals, and Veganism

Have you ever noticed how language affects people’s perceptions?  How it reflects how people and society in general think as well as influences the thoughts themselves?  I’m sure that you have, and I’ve given this a fair bit of thought lately.  As a vegan, I sometimes have to watch the way I phrase my words so that other people are not offended.  It’s not that the content of my speech is untrue or the concepts they represent are foreign to the people I’m speaking to.  It’s simply a matter of bluntness and a reflection of the difference between how most (AR) vegans and omnivores view the world.

When I look at someone eating a chicken sandwhich, I don’t think “chicken/food” sandwhich.  I think a sandwhich made from birds/chickens.  So while an omnivore might say they eat “chicken”, I would say “chickens.”  You’d be surprised how that one extra letter changes people’s perception.  I remember once, my family went to Denny’s.  I gave the waitress a “Go Veg” card and she asked me if I ate meat.  “No,” I answered.  “I don’t eat flesh or secretions.”  “Wow! That makes it sound really unappetizing!” was her response.  Well, yeah. And the funny thing was, it didn’t occur to me that I was saying anything odd.  That’s honestly how I view meat and dairy. I mean, that is what it IS. But when you phrase things to reflect the being that existed BEFORE he/she became someone’s food, it chips away at the little wall that people build up around the whole subject of animals and food.

My little 8 year old son made a similar observation not long ago.  We went to a festival and overheard a woman talking about her rabbits.  She kept talking about how “it” acted, what “it” liked and didn’t like, how some were good for food and others for pets.  My little boy turned to me and said, “I don’t like when people call animals ‘it’!”  It’s another manifestation of cognitive dissonance. If someONE becomes a someTHING, it’s okay to do whatever you want to them; right?  ‘It’ can be used for humans too, especially when the gender is unknown, but generally people refer to animals as ‘it’ even WHEN they know the sex.

I was almost thirty before I decided that eating meat (and later dairy) was not a moral thing to do, especially when we can live just fine (and in most cases BETTER) without animal products.  It took slow chips over my lifetime, and eventually a couple big dents, to destroy my cognitive dissonance so that I saw the animal on my plate.  Our whole society tells us it’s okay, so it’s only natural that people shield themselves from the unpleasant truth about meat and dairy.  Chickens become “chicken.”  Cows become “meat”, “beef”, or “steak”.  Cow’s milk simply become’s “milk” and baby cows become “veal.”  If we are truly okay with the way we treat animals as food, then we shouldn’t be afraid to call them by their proper names.  It’s not extreme, or at least it shouldn’t be.  It’s simply honest.  And if we can’t be honest about our own actions, perhaps we should rethink them.

About a year ago, on our way to Farm Sanctuary, someone told me that something I said was “Extreme.”  So I wrote a poem about how I felt.  I think it ties in to this subject perfectly, so I’ll end by reprinting it.  I hope you like it.

Extreme

Extreme… what does that word mean anyway?
You use the words that others don’t use
Live what you think, and mean what you say
Call things what they are and not hide your views

Dairy and cheese are secretions from cows.
Meat is flesh. Call it by its proper name.
“Beef” once was living, Pork- hogs, piglets, sows.
Nice euphemisms are used to kill blame.

Walk past the mass grave marked “Meat Department”
Put “Go veg” cards on the Live Lobster tank
Feel their cold prison with your fingers bent
doomed to die so butchers go to the bank

In a world where innocents have no voice,
being extreme is the only sane choice.

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Why I went vegan

What really did it was the cat, but I think it started before that.  I remember, when I was little, asking my parents why we ate animals.  When you are really small, you just see food, but as you get older you start to wonder about all the cute little farm animals you learn about in elementary school.  I remember making the connection between the burger on my plate and cute cows.  My parents assured me that people were meant to eat animals, that’s why they were here, and it was just the way it had to be.  People needed to eat meat in order to be healthy.  I believed what I was told, just as my parents did, and quickly pushed the question from my mind.

Later on, my friend went vegetarian, and I was worried about her health.  She later went vegan and continued to thrive on the diet.  I still worried and wondered what on earth she could possibly eat if she didn’t eat animal products.  What was left?  Grass?  I certainly could never do that.  I didn’t even like tofu.

She later lent me some of her Animal Rights newsletters, but I didn’t believe them.  After all, everyone knew that AR groups were biased.  They obviously took the very worst cases of animal agriculture, the exceptions to the rule, and published those as if they were the norm.  They had an agenda and couldn’t be trusted.

So I continued to eat whatever I wanted.  I worked hard.  I deserved it; right?  My friend went out to the food court with me, and I remember eating a chocolate chip cookie.  I asked her if she “could have” one, and she said it wasn’t vegan.  So I ate it in front of her.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I thought she was a little self righteous.

When I went home, I complained to my husband about how annoying I found her veganism.  After all, I reasoned, people didn’t WANT to hurt animals, but sometimes it was necessary.  No one wanted to be cruel, but people obviously needed to eat animal products.  Animal testing was a necessary evil, because we needed to test on animals in order to develop cures for human diseases.  My husband, playing devil’s advocate, said that was the same reasoning the Nazis used to justify vivisecting the Jews.  I told him, “That’s different.  They didn’t have the right.”  My husband said, “Do we?”  I poo-pooed him and promptly “forgot” about it.

Later that same night, I flipped through the channels and stopped on a story about a cat.  THE cat.  Her name was Scarlet. Books have been written about her, but her story that night was really very simple.  She was burned badly in the fire, but despite that, she went back in for her kittens.  Again.  And again.  Her paws were hurt, her fur singed, and her ears were practically burned off.  But she kept going back until she brought every single kitten to safety.  She was a hero.

So I ate my dinner while watching tv and wondered.  Why was it okay to hurt animals for the good of humans?  Didn’t Scarlet prove that animals could be just as heroic?  I thought about what my husband had said about rights but quickly put it out of my mind.

After that night, I couldn’t eat meat anymore without getting sick.  When I’d take a bite, I’d see a vision of burned and bleeding Scarlet.  I was eating the dismembered body of an animal.  It was disgusting.

I still didn’t want to give up meat.  All my life, I’d wanted to fit in.  I never wanted to be different or stand out.  I didn’t WANT to be vegetarian.  I LIKED eating meat.  To my everlasting shame, I tried to ignore my conscience and continue eating meat.  Fortunately, my body had more ethics than my mind, and I was forced to stop.

I looked up animal agriculture on the Internet.  I researched what happened to the animals we use for food.  I tried to find nonbiased sources.  The AR sites all said that the animals were horribly treated in “factory farms” but I wanted to find out what the animal farmers themselves said.  I wanted to hear their side of the story.  Sadly, most animals were raised intensively and treated as “tools of production” instead of living creatures.  Profit almost ALWAYS came before compassion.

I gave up eating flesh, but I continued to use eggs, honey, and dairy.  After all, those things didn’t require that an animal die to produce them.  Technically that was correct, but really it was a lie.  Egg laying chickens lived in tiny cages in long metal sheds by the hundreds.  Their bones became brittle from intensive egg laying.  Their bones broke.  They died, but more chickens just replaced them.  How could anyone say an egg was NOT meat?

Dairy cows only produce milk if they have a baby, and if the baby is male it’s sold for veal.  In order to continue making milk, cows must be kept continuously pregnant, doomed to have their babies taken from them.  If they have female babies, they’re still separated early so that humans can drink their mother’s milk.  The veal industry wasn’t possible without the dairy industry.  Every glass of milk had blood in it.

So I stopped consuming those things: eggs, dairy- even honey.  Why take the bee’s foodsource for myself when it was easy enough to simply use other sweeteners?  I wasn’t against the use of animals as long as they were treated humanely, but that obviously didn’t happen as often as I wanted to believe.

Most animal foods came from intensive farming methods (factory farming), but even small family farms killed animals for profit.  That was the whole point.  Animals were sold for meat.  Dairy cows were impregnated only to have their babies and the products of their bodies taken from them.  After their bodies start to decay or their profitability goes down, their final degradation is to be killed and sold for their skin and low quality hamburger meat.

I began seeing things in a different light.  All that death and suffering, and for what?  Just because humans think animals taste good?  I started going on the Internet, sharing recipes, blogging, and trying to raise awareness.  I started seeing the correlation between our attitude toward non human animals and our attitude towards other human beings.  I became more aware of Human Rights because of my research into Animal Rights.

Today, I blog weekly, write, and distribute literature about veganism, Animal Rights, and Modern Human Slavery.  I read labels.  I try to do what I think is right in every aspect of my life. I make mistakes every day, but I do the best that I can.  I certainly can’t hold myself up as a perfect example, but I do feel like I’m a better person today than I was before I went vegan.  It’s not difficult to stop eating meat.  I thought it would be.  I was a self professed “carnivore,” but it wasn’t hard.  Leaving out other animal products was just one more step.

Unless you have some extreme dibilitating disease or iive somewhere with a food scarcity, there is no reason to eat animal products except for taste.  Most of us have loved an animal, whether it was a dog, cat, or bird.  We’ve recognized individuality in someone of another species.  Including non human animals in our circle of compassion isn’t just “a nice thing to do.”  It’s a moral imperative.  And that means we need to stop eating them.  We need to stop wearing their skins, testing our products on them, or breeding them for profit while killing millions of them for not being profitable enough.

Most of us say we are against animal cruelty. We need to live our values in our everyday lives, with everything we say, everything we buy, everything we don’t, and every action we take. If we truly believe it’s wrong to harm animals, we need to say it with more than words.  We need to live it.

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Slavery in the U.S… today!

An online friend pointed out this latest article about slavery in the U.S. Please follow the link.

http://www.kansascity.com/637/story/1220197.html

Sadly, this illustrates a common method of luring people into slavery worldwide, not just in the U.S. Other examples can be found in books about modern day slavery such as Enslaved (put out by the AASG) and Not For Sale (by David Batstone of the Not for Sale campaign).

Please read this and spread the word. Thank you.

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Vegan Easter

For anyone who isn’t familiar with the term, a vegan avoids the use of animal products (or items tested on animals) to the best of their ability. That includes meat, fish, eggs, dairy, silk, fur, and leather.

In the time of chocolate eggs, colored eggs, chicks and bunnies… what is a beleagered vegan to do?

Don’t worry. It’s not as big a deal as it seems. While it’s disturbing to see eggs and slave chocolate in virtually every store – never fear. There are vegan alternatives to the animal product deluge of the holiday. Your Easter basket and Easter egg hunt can still go on – but cruelty free!

What I do for my little guy is buy hollow plastic eggs and fill them with small toys (like Hotwheels) or candies like (vegan) jellybeans. For his Easter basket, I usually load it up with a book (or two) and toys. Stuffed animals and games work nicely. Themes are a good idea too if your child loves cars, Tech decks, or Shrek. This year, my son’s basket will be filled with puzzles and projects. I’m making his candy eggs myself.

For the holidays, I’ve recently discovered that you can get a mold for pretty much anything. For Easter, the stores carry molds for eggs and Easter bunnies! Just check your local kitchenwares store or craft store.

As stated earlier, you can still have your Easter egg hunt, but use the plastic eggs that you fill yourself! A scavenger hunt for the Easter basket is another fun idea. Just write clues and hide them around the house. Your child has to follow the clues from point A, B, and C to figure out where the basket is hidden. It makes everything much more exciting!

And, a gentle reminder, animals do not make good gifts for the holidays. That cute bunny or chick is a long term commitment that a child (and many adults) may not be ready for. Also, buying animals (instead of adopting) is not vegan because it supports the industry that exploits them. If you are planning to adopt an animal from a shelter, please consider the responsibility carefully. It is a lifetime commitement.

So go have an Easter EGG-stravaganza… but use vegan “eggs”! You’ll have a blast!

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Silk: It's not simply worm cast offs.

Veganism deals with the concept of ahisma or dynamic harmlessness. This includes avoiding all animal products to the best of your ability. When this is explained, most people understand why vegans do not consume cow’s milk, cheese, meat, and eggs… but silk?

When people think about the rights and welfare of animals, they rarely picture insects. Let’s face it. It’s easier to empathize with a cow than a bee or a caterpillar. In fact, people frequently pay to get rid of insects in their home. They can be a nuisance, getting into food, eating up your garden, and just generally biting and making you miserable. There is a certain “Ick” factor. Why should we care about insects?

Because how we live our lives and treat others reflects the type of people we are. Everyone should try to live their values. And while most people will swat a mosquito that’s biting or spreading a disease, that’s quite a big difference from supporting an entire industry based on killing animals for completely frivolous reasons.

First of all, silk is not simply something the “worms” produce for human use. Humans don’t harvest this particular product without harming the “worms”. The “worm” is actually the caterpillar of the domesticated silkmoth, and silk is taken from the cocoon.

The “worms” are BOILED ALIVE in order for their silk to be “harvested.”

From http://www.galenfrysinger.com/shanghai_china_silk.htmAfter the complete cocoons have been gathered, the initial step in silk manufacture is to kill the insects inside them. Thus, the cocoons are first boiled or treated in ovens, killing the insects by heat. The silk fiber is obtained from the cocoons by a delicate process known as reeling, or filature. The cocoons are first heated in boiling water to dissolve the gummy substance that holds the cocoon filament in place.

Again, why should anyone care?

Apart from the “ew” factor of a product created by boiling insects, it’s completely unnecessary. To use silk because it gives pleasure regardless of the hundreds or thousands of insects killed specifically in its production is the moral equivalent of killing insects with a magnifying glass because it’s fun. There is simply no other reason to do it other than pleasure. And to cause another pain because it gives you pleasure is immoral. At least it is in my book.

Don’t buy silk. Avoiding it causes you no harm and avoids causing harm to others. What better reason could there be?

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Shopping with a conscience

These days, it seems like that’s pretty hard. I don’t want to support companies that exploit humans or animals. So I try to avoid businesses that sell or use animal products such as dairy, eggs, honey, leather or silk. I read labels to make sure I’m not consuming products that have been animal tested. I do my best to support ethical companies. Yet, my conscience is constantly barraged with yet MORE things to watch out for. It’s like those As seen on TV commercials – A constant bombardment of “But wait! There’s more!”

I find a vegan chocolate and carefully check the ingredients. No milk or other dairy. Good. Is it okay to buy? No – the company sources it’s cocoa from The Ivory Coast where child slavery is used to harvest the cocoa beans. So I keep looking until I find a chocolate bar that doesn’t hurt animals OR humans. I find one – Fair trade or organic. My wallet hurts a little. A little less chocolate for me overall, but that’s okay. I can always snack on something else if I need to.

I decide to make my spending dollar go a little farther by purchasing some goods through a charitable site. I’m discouraged by the fact that many (if not most) of the goods sold use leather, silk, or other animal products. Why can’t sites that see the evil of human slavery make the connection that killing an animal for his skin is wrong too? I keep searching. There are other purchases I can make from those sites to support the cause without compromising my principles.

At times, I’m inclined to agree with Mark Twain’s view of a conscience. It’s like an anvil that weighs me down, inconvenient, a nuisance. Life would be so much easier without it. But I doubt the world would be the kind of place I’d like to live in anymore. No – Give me my conscience any day. It’s worth reading a few extra labels to work toward a better world.

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Other similar blog posts:

Human Trafficking: What it does and doesn’t mean

Stop Supporting Slavery!

Charitable Giving Ideas for the Financially Strapped

Make the world a better place in ten minutes or less a day.

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Vegan Cottage Cheeze with Pineapple Chunks

Here is one of my favorite snacks. It’s inspired by the Creamy Cottage Cheez recipe (p. 46) in The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook by Jo Stepaniak. My version is a little lazier, but it’s still high in protein.

Vegan Cottage Cheeze with Pineapple Chunks

1 14 ounce tub firm (or soft) tofu

1 20 ounce can sweetened pineapple chunks

salt and pepper to taste

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Drain out most (but not all) of the syrup from the can of pineapple chunks.

In a colander in the sink, crumble the drained tofu between your fingers. The colander will catch the tofu and let the liquid drain out. Crumble it in your fingers until it’s the consistency of cottage cheese.

In a bowl, combine crumbled tofu with the pineapple chunks and syrup (little bit left in can). Mix together. Salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy by itself or with your favorite soup, salad, and/or sandwich!

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Nutritional Yeast: the surprisingly yummy vegan treat!

Normally, I prefer to use ordinary, everyday ingredients in my cooking. You know what I’m talking about. The type of ingredient that you can get at virtually any grocery store, whether it’s in Los Angeles or the most out of the way town you can find. Things like flour, spinach, apples… heck, even vegan soy milk can be found in almost any store nowadays. They sell it in Target! But one of the few products I try to always keep on hand, even if I have to drive out of my way to get it, is Nutritional Yeast. Why? Well, there are several reasons.

First and foremost, it’s yummy. I am completely serious. I know the name sounds unappetizing, but that’s not the point.

Nutritional Yeast usually comes in bags or a plastic container that you can buy at your local health food store, co op, or even order online. You can sprinkle it on salads or add it to dishes like soups and sauces for additional flavor. Sometimes I like to sprinkle it on dishes just because it makes the presentation pretty. It looks like golden colored flakes or powder.

That’s important. Nutritional yeast comes as pretty golden flakes or a fine golden powder. It is NOT the granular yeast you get to make your bread rise. If you get that stuff and use it as a condiment, you’ll be very disappointed.

Nutritional Yeast lives up to it’s name because it’s very, you guessed it, nutritional. Mainly, it contains a ton of B vitamins, as well as being cholesterol and fat free. And tasty. Did I mention tasty?

The flavor has been described as both nutty or cheesy. I think it has a hint of both. It’s used in a lot of vegan cheesy-ish type recipes for soups, sauces, and even faux cheeses. Honestly though, if you really want to know what it tastes like, you’ll just have to taste it. You can usually get a small bag of nutritional yeast for a few dollars.

Now, I’m not telling you to rush out, buy a bag of nutritional yeast, and just eat it straight. But as a condiment? Heaven! I find it combines nicely with vegan margarine on mashed potatoes or popcorn, but I’ve also loved it on salads, soups, and even in brown gravy!

Among vegetarians and vegans, Nutritional Yeast is a staple for the simple reason that it’s an easy and versatile source of B12. I’m not going to go into incredible detail about why vegans need to make sure they have an adequate source of B12. Just trust me. It’s important. It’s not difficult either since many cereals, soy milks, and other staples are already routinely fortified with B12. As I said before though, Nutritional Yeast has other benefits.

On the B12 note though, let me mention one more thing. Not all Nutritional Yeasts are created alike. The Red Star Vegetarian Support Formula Nutritional Yeast contains B12, but some of the other ones do not. Some stores even carry (for some unimaginable reason) Nutritional Yeasts that contain non vegan ingredients such as whey and other dairy products. So it pays to read the label.

So let’s sum up. Nutritional Yeast. It’s nutritious. It’s a great source of B vitamins – especially B12. It’s versatile, yummy, and last but not necessarily least, it’s pretty.

What are you waiting for?

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