Why Society Accommodates Vegetarians but Not Vegans: A Sad Theory

Full disclaimer: I am speaking from my own lens as someone based in Portland, Oregon—a liberal city voted the most vegan-friendly by a recent media platform. In my experience, the society that often flanks me is incredibly accommodating to vegetarians, but not nearly as much to vegans. Think restaurants, dinner parties, or the constant revealing…

My Veggie Tale

Few westerners are born vegetarian or vegan. Unlike my husband, a Gujarati Jain from India who was born into a family and community that’s been diligently vegetarian for thousands of years, I have a “becoming vegetarian” story. My very own veggie tale. When I first started getting asked for this story—a story vegetarians are asked…

Vegan by Circumstances

I don’t have a personal moral objection to consuming dairy—in theory. However, the practice of dairy farms in the vast majority of cases (and increasingly in more and more countries) has rendered me a vegan via circumstances. We’re conditioned, by both factory farms and family farms, along with the media, our culture at large, most…