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ON “MAY CONTAIN TRACES OF MILK”…

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you would think that the veganness of a product would be fairly obvious. honey and gelatin? not vegan. whey and rennet? not vegan. dairy, fish and meat? obviously not vegan. peanut butter? yes vegan. i would add “obviously,” but i’ve been asked so many times whether or not peanut butter is vegan that i guess some people just don’t get it. anyway, it seems pretty black and white, right?

but sometimes you’ll get through the ingredients ok, only to find this waiting for you at the end:

MAY CONTAIN TRACES OF MILK.

shit.

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SUBVERT – GROW YOUR OWN FOOD

one of my college professors once told me that veganism is “a radical political statement.” i like to think that growing your own food can be just as political. when you plant your own vegetables, you don’t have to think about GMOs, pesticides, herbicides, food miles, government subsidies or unfairly compensated farmers because you have almost complete control over each step of your food production. incidentally, it’s also really fun. once you’ve got all your tools (i only really even use my hands and my garden shears) and soil it’s pretty affordable. composting your kitchen scraps makes the soil part even cheaper. you also have a much wider range of choices when you grow your own vegetables. i’d suggest planting the most expensive grocery store produce yourself. leeks, heirloom tomatoes, or whatever rare species that looks cool. green zebra tomatoes. watermelon radish. cosmic purple carrots. chioggia beets. get weird with it. Continue reading

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