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New Vegan Book for Kids Brings Out the Haters

Posted by April Peveteaux

vegan book for kidsOh, vegans. I do admire you so and honestly wish I could do what you're doing. So much so that on occasion, I give it a shot. Admittedly, I just polished off a breakfast of bacon and eggs, but I do have much love for you and your kind. Except for the judge-y ones. You people can suck it.

Which is how most of you guys are going to feel about Ruby Roth's upcoming children's book, Vegan Is Love, I just know it. And Ms. Roth does herself no favors in this TODAY show interview where she comes off as just a wee bit sanctimonious.

I take no issue with the statements made in Vegan Is Love. I don't think we can argue the fact that animals do, in fact, die when they are prepped for our dinner table. And any death that is not natural and at the hands of a weapon is surely violent. I don't even think some kids will blink an eye at this information. After all, it's much more difficult to explain the opposite to a child -- that we kill and eat animals by choice.

So how come this book is bugging me and will surely bug many of you?

It could be my own waffling on the issue and therefore guilt seeping in that I enjoy burgers against my better judgment. But it's also that this book feels condescending to parents making different choices than the author. And we don't need any more of that. So the best thing to do is to leave this book to the vegan families and ignore those cute animals staring out at us from the book shelves.

Who am I kidding? This thing is going to sell a million copies, mostly to people who want to use it to light up their grill.

What do you think about teaching kids to be vegans?

by on Apr. 21, 2012 at 1:41 PM
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by on Apr. 24, 2012 at 1:43 PM
Vegans can't eat twinkles, they have animal fat.
If your friend ate a Twinkie, she wasn't vegan.
If your friend ate a fish, she wasn't a vegan.
Quoting mem82:

I had a friend that was vegan but ate Twinkies, lots and lots of twinkies. LOL

Quoting Ashley4584:
The Japanese consume little to no dairy and have the lowest rates of osteoperosis in the world. How do you know they may not have already had a preexisting condition and they may have been trying to reverse or help that with a vegan diet. The people you know may not have been healthy vegans, just like there are very unhealthy people on the SAD diet who are afflicted with cancers, heart disease, diabetes and obesity

Quoting badgermom2012:

Not a fan of veganism.  I've known various people who claim it's healthy, but then had all sorts of health problems as a result.  One friend is 40 and has been doing it 20 yrs--she is now in the early sttages of osteoporisis, which usually affects much older women.  She also hasn't menstuated regualarly for at least 15 yrs and was never able to become pregnant.  So, I don't really think it's the healthy alternative people claim.  

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by on Apr. 24, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Thanks for breaking that down for people.  I personally do not care what others eat.  It just pertubes me when people say they are mostly vegan but eat fish, dairy, etc, b/c that is obviously not vegan.  And twinkies contain animal products as well, so anyone eating those and also claiming to be vegan is misinformed too.  Generally speaking, if I'm going to be preached to about the vegan diet I'd rather it come from someone who is actually vegan!  And having said that, bonafide vegans have no business preaching either.      

Quoting mem82:

1. Pescatarian (also spelled pescetarian)

The word “pescatarian” is occasionally used to describe those who abstain from eating all meat and animal flesh with the exception of fish. Although the word is not commonly used, more and more people are adopting this kind of diet, usually for health reasons or as a stepping stone to a fully vegetarian diet.

2. Flexitarian/Semi-vegetarian

You don’t have to be vegetarian to love vegetarian food! “Flexitarian” is a term recently coined to describe those who eat a mostly vegetarian diet, but occasionally eat meat.

3. Vegetarian (Lacto-ovo- vegetarian)

When most people think of vegetarians, they think of lacto-ovo-vegetarians. People who do not eat beef, pork, poultry, fish, shellfish or animal flesh of any kind, but do eat eggs and dairy products are lacto-ovo vegetarians (“lacto” comes from the Latin for milk, and “ovo” for egg).

Lacto-vegetarian is used to describe a vegetarian who does not eat eggs, but does eat dairy products.

Ovo-vegetarian refers to people who do not eat meat or dairy products but do eat eggs.

4. Vegan

Vegans do not eat meat of any kind and also do not eat eggs, dairy products, or processed foods containing these or other animal-derived ingredients such as gelatin. Many vegans also refrain from eating foods that are made using animal products that may not contain animal products in the finished process, such as sugar and some wines. There is some debate as to whether certain foods, such as honey, fit into a vegan diet.

by on Apr. 24, 2012 at 6:04 PM

 hahahahahahahahah mem, thats funny!!!!

Quoting mem82:

Funny story: Way back when Missie was just starting, I took her to a park class on carnivores. My sister in law went with me and brought along a McD's Quarter Pounder Meal. Well, no one really sat close to up or looked at us, but I didn't think too much of it. So the second question asked was, Do you know what a vegetarian is? Then, are you a vegetarian?

More than half the people raised their hands and said they ate no meat, while my SIL sat there with her huge cheeseburger. LOLOLOLOL She was so embarrassed.


by on Apr. 24, 2012 at 7:47 PM

We eat meat but free range or organic and wild fish, not farmed. The animals in these situations are treated so much better. I am not ashamed to eat meat and I have strict vegan friends and I respect them for their choice as well. I have tried to go vegan but get too weak. I also have allergies to many of the protein based bean including soy and do not tolerate nuts well. It does not work for everyone.

by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 7:57 AM
Interesting! Our 16 yr old daughter decided to "go vegan" last fall and she's now eating better/healthier than ever before. And she's cooking now too!
Oreos are vegan. ;)
by on Apr. 25, 2012 at 11:39 AM

 dont you love it when something inspires the kids!!!

oreos are vegan!! who would have thought!!!hahahah

Quoting awilliams77:

Interesting! Our 16 yr old daughter decided to "go vegan" last fall and she's now eating better/healthier than ever before. And she's cooking now too!
Oreos are vegan. ;)


by on Apr. 26, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Vegan is love :-) and healthy. I would absolutely read this to my kids and I do teach them veganism/vegetarianism and love for all living things.
This book looks good, but I think my kids are a little young for it just yet.
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by on Apr. 27, 2012 at 12:45 AM
I have a friend who has been Vegan since he was 20. He is now 42 and as healthy as a horse. He is also a Family Practioner for a large healthcare system.

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