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I was just wondering if some of the brands that sell canned/frozen vegetables (Green Giant, Del Monte, Sweet Pea, etc.) are part of larger companies that own the meat processing plants. Its a bit counter-productive going off meat if your money is going to those companies.<br><br><br><br>
Any idea which ones are safe?<br><br><br><br>
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P.S. Sorry if this is in the wrong forum.
 

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Depends on how you look at it. Some people think buying veg products from companies who sell meat (like Burger King with their BK Veggie) will show them that vegetarian products are in demand and can be profitable.<br><br><br><br>
Besides, I think there are probably bigger issues with fruits and veggies, like how workers are treated/compensated.
 

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I think what you're referring to is oligopolies. Would <a href="http://www.oligopolywatch.com/2005/10/06.html" target="_blank">this</a> website help?
 

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Another thing that spurred this was that I was discussing my decision to go vegan with a friend the other day and they brought up the fact that Im still giving money to the same companies.<br><br><br><br>
Part of the reason I went vegan was because I felt like a hypocrite being a vegetarian. And if Im supporting these companies still, then I need to rethink what I buy. I dont believe there are enough of us to sway the amount of meat processed. In fact, I read just the other day that meat consumption is going up in America.
 

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A little bit of searching will help you find the answers. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Green Giant is owned by General Mills, which also produces <a href="http://www.generalmills.com/corporate/brands/view_all_brands.aspx" target="_blank">these brands</a>.<br><br><br><br>
Del Monte is its own company and brand, which also produces <a href="http://www.delmonte.com/Company/Brands/" target="_blank">these brands</a>, including StarKist tuna and several companion food brands.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
My advice is to avoid these companies and eat fresh fruits and vegetables whenever possible. I agree that it is undesirable to send our money to companies that support and profit off of the death of our fellow creatures on Earth. So, if/when you have a choice, just reach for the fresh stuff! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Another thing that spurred this was that I was discussing my decision to go vegan with a friend the other day and they brought up the fact that Im still giving money to the same companies.<br><br><br><br>
Part of the reason I went vegan was because I felt like a hypocrite being a vegetarian. And if Im supporting these companies still, then I need to rethink what I buy. I dont believe there are enough of us to sway the amount of meat processed. In fact, I read just the other day that meat consumption is going up in America.</div>
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Then you may also be interested in looking into companies that do and don't perform animal tests and experiments, if you haven't already. Here is a good place to start: <a href="http://caringconsumer.com/resources_companies.asp" target="_blank">http://caringconsumer.com/resources_companies.asp</a>. (Side note: I'm not too fond of the "cruelty-free" label that PETA puts on these companies, because some of them do not exclusively sell vegan products. Thankfully, they put an asterisk beside the ones that do. It is a great list to use when deciding what to buy.)<br><br><br><br>
It may seem a little overwhelming at first, but you're right - part of being a vegan means taking the time to rethink where our dollars go. However, it is worth the time spent, as there are millions of animals out there waiting for you and me to act. I wish you the best of luck with this new journey! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Thanks for the info, veggiejanie. I'll look into these. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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You're welcome! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hamster.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hamster:">
 

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While I generally avoid these companies due to things like GMOs and general dislike of these extremely huge companies, I don't think it holds up exactly that you're defeating the purpose of being vegan by giving these companies money when you buy veggies. What's most important is what you're giving them money FOR, and if it's not for dead animals and their secretions, you're doing pretty good. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> But there are lots of non-vegan related reasons to avoid them.
 

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Something else you may want to consider is voting with more than just your dollars. Losing a couple of dollars of business won't mean much to these big companies, especially if they don't know why. Make a point of telling the companies why you've stopped buying from them. That way, at least they know, and they can consider making changes to the way they do business. For meat companies, that might not be relevant, but for companies that do animal testing or whatever, a few letters might actually make a difference.<br><br><br><br>
--Fromper<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Robot</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Another thing that spurred this was that I was discussing my decision to go vegan with a friend the other day and they brought up the fact that Im still giving money to the same companies.<br><br><br><br>
Part of the reason I went vegan was because I felt like a hypocrite being a vegetarian. And if Im supporting these companies still, then I need to rethink what I buy. I dont believe there are enough of us to sway the amount of meat processed. In fact, I read just the other day that meat consumption is going up in America.</div>
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See if there are any CSAs near your town and whether they sell meat. You'd be supporting a local business and not contributing to large distributors of meat.
 
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