Great post! I do think meat analogues can be useful for some people in the beginning, it eases what can be a very shocking transition for people used to a diet of animal based junkfood. Whole foods are absolutely the way to go but processed foods can be good 'training wheels' for people not quite ready to plunge in to a new way of eating. I know that for me being able to have coconut milk ice cream and veggie burgers was a huge deal, they may not be healthy but they sure are tasty and it's a lot easier for me to stick to ethical and healthy choices when I know I have vegan junk to cheat with sometimes.Originally Posted by Josh James xVx
Ellen is what Nick Cooney would consider a connector.She is a person of wealth and status who uses her fortunate situation in life to spread a positive social message to exponentially more people than the average grassroots activist could, which is important in the long campaign to normalize vegan eating among the general public.
As for Silva's concern, here is a good article about why vegan activists promote meat analogues to potential new converts. Many of us are trying to spare the most possible animals, not to promote a specific diet. By promoting foods that are already similar to what many omnivores already eat, we can "push the bean forward" at a better rate.
I do think that's true for many people, however we're all so different a variety of approaches is good too. Just like how some people will watch Meet your Meat and go vegetarian and others will shrug their shoulders, some people won't be swayed by the health argument but might be swayed by ethics and the promise they can still eat burgers and cupcakesOriginally Posted by silva
Werewolf linked this on another thread, Yest another amusing ex-vegan:
The comments from omnivores are mostly against the use of fake meats. The omnis I know will only give a veggie-burger an OK.
The foods I bring for people to try, however, have all gone over well. I know because they're cooking more veg.
I really think by promoting foods that people see as no better than meat can have a backlash effect. It's only when people understand vegan foods are as varied as any you'll get with meat that it becomes interesting.
Health is an issue for almost everyone. Once they understand a plant based diet can improve their health, and be delicious and easy, they'll do it, at least mostly.
I don't think enough people are willing to put animal rights ahead of tradition; fighting diabetes, cancer, cholestrol and other issues I think will.