Vegan Deli

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Raising Vegetarian Children
by Jo Stepaniak, M.S.Ed., & Vesanto Melina M.S., R.D.

Raising Vegetarian Children

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Bloom or Gloom?

What is the vegan standpoint on buying cut flowers? Is it wrong to take them from nature?

Flowers are beautiful to behold and add much pleasure and joy to our lives. They also provide food for insects, such as bees and butterflies, and many other animals. Flowers are the fundamental component in the pollination cycle. Without flowers, the world would not only be dreary; life as we know it would cease to exist.

In moderation, there should be no harm in bringing a small bouquet into our homes to give us cheer. Most flowers have a short life span that can sometimes be extended by careful tending when brought indoors, and nearly all cut flowers can be dried and enjoyed for years, thereby eliminating the need to continually cut more.

Surprisingly, the flower industry is one of the heaviest users of agricultural chemicals. In addition, more than half of the fresh-cut flowers sold in the United States are imported from countries whose environmental standards are much less stringent than ours. Chemicals that are banned in the U.S. often find their way into the country through imported fruits, vegetables, and flowers.

There is nothing inherently unvegan about purchasing fresh-cut flowers, but as with most vegan concerns, we must take into account the broader picture. It is important to be aware of the ecological impact of our floral purchases and, whenever possible, to know their source. At the same time, we must also acknowledge the delight we derive from flowers -- whether in a garden or in a vase -- and learn how to maintain a comfortable and responsible balance between austerity and excess.




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