I also like calling myself "Plant-Based" (as it stresses what I try to include, rather than what I try to exclude). My plant-based diet is (however) 99.9% Vegan-ish (I'm sure there might have been a little milk or butter added to some bread or dish that I occasionally eat). I hate feeling like I should feel... "guilty" (I really don't feel that "evil" ) because of the.1% of "bad stuff" that might find its way into my diet.
Imagine the health benefits, ecological benefits, etc...if America became 99.9% Vegan-ish (sorry...I guess I should have said..."Plant-Based" ).
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One more comment. Just comment from the late Donald Watson who coined the term "vegan". from an interview:
Q: Do you have any message for vegetarians?
A: Accept that vegetarianism is only a stepping stone between meat eating and veganism. There may be vegans who made the change all in one leap, but I'm sure that for most people vegetarianism is a necessary staging post. I'm still a member of the Vegetarian Society to keep in touch with the movement. I was delighted to learn that at the World Vegetarian Conference in Edinburgh the diet was a vegan diet and the delegates had no choice. This little seed that I planted 60 years ago is making its presence felt.
Whatever else we may disagree about the way the term originally was conceived had a higher target, not one that was 100 percent animal product exclusive but also one that from a dietary standpoint included animal products.
My plea, do good, do your best, don't assume any label you are not entitled to.
Sarah here. I re-read my blog, and can see why you would think that I was saying that people can be "percentage vegans," but I'd ask you to re-read it carefully. I have always sided with your complaint, and actually wrote a blog about it back in September called "Vegan-ish", (http://thevegannextdoor.blogspot.com/2011/09/vegan-ish.html) about how I really don't like it when people claim to be partially vegan. As you pointed out (and I agree,) you can't be part-vegan, as veganism is a philosophy. You can be partially eating a plant-based diet, but you can't be partially vegan.
In my recent blog, I point out that there are people who are beating themselves up because they are not 100% vegan. This, which I may not have made clear, means they are now not vegan. So, if you re-read it, knowing my intent, you'll notice several comments:
"...people who USED TO BE 100% vegan but now slip up ..."
"...Just by saying, “I really strive to eat a vegan diet and am about 95% of the way there,” ..."
"Whether you’d like to be vegan, but haven’t yet made the final leap, whether you USED TO BE vegan but have recently fallen to temptation..."
" If and when the time is right for you, you will go vegan."
I believe these comments point out that if you aren't eating a full-vegan diet, you are not technically vegan.
But I believe you missed the intent of my article. My intent, and what I hope you will see too, is that even if a person isn't 100% vegan he or she is still doing amazing work at making a difference. That is what I want people to focus on. You and I may not struggle being 100% vegan, but there are countless people who do. When they are given a hard time because they still put milk in their coffee, they are likely to get discouraged and give up completely. I'd rather take people who are almost vegan and encourage them to keep trying, than to point out their dietary imperfections and have them give up completely and go back to a standard American diet!
I appreciate your willingness to be the devil's advocate. I have a lot of respect for people willing to stand up and speak out.
apologies, last post should have said from a dietary stand pint excluded animal products
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