Happy World Vegan Day!

Today, plant-eaters everywhere are rejoicing for World Vegan Day! The first person to coin the term “vegan” was Donald Watson. Watson was a man quick to become an animal advocate after witnessing his furry friends’ lives first-hand between local butchers and his uncle’s farm. Eventually, Watson decided that people who went beyond abstaining from just meat needed to be recognized and collected, for what he said was “the beginning and end of vegetarian.” After what was clearly a world-changing conversation between he and a small group of other non-animal product consumers, they settled on the name “vegan,” which was derived from the word “vegetarian.” Bummer for us vegans, “Dairybans” and “Benevores” were tempting runner-ups! Within just a few years of the terminology being established, they also put in place that the vegan movement was a movement of people who choose not to partake in animal slavery and exploitation. Like any other vegan, Watson tended to not keep quiet!! 😉 He even got his siblings to convert! He was an active animal rights speaker and leader who went on to be one of the creators of the Vegan Society and their newsletter, The Vegan News. Also like most vegans, Donald Watson led a thriving long life as a plant-eater! He even climbed mountains and refused medications at the age of 92! How much more rad could a 92 year old be?!

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A following chair to the Vegan Society, Louise Wallis, started the tradition of celebrating “World Vegan Day” on November first in order to commemorate the establishment of the Vegan Society, and the terms ‘vegan’ and ‘veganism’ being brought about. This year marks the 73rd year of celebration! With the community and awareness growing every day, veganism continues to come such a long way since the November of 1944! So today, let your veganism (or vegan curiosity) thrive! Read up on the facts, spread awareness to family and friends, donate to an animal sanctuary, cuddle up with a vegan documentary, and pig out on killer (not literally, of course!) vegan food! Increased liberation of our furry friends and enjoying the company of fellow plant-eaters is definitely worth celebrating!

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Sammi

The Truth Behind Backyard Chicken Eggs

Of all the animal products vegans choose not to consume, I think it’s safe to say that the refusal of eggs from the neighbor’s backyard chicken coop seems to stir up the most omnivore confusion! Now how do these eggs from physically healthy, home-grown, free-wandering chickens still not get a vegan’s approval?! There are a few extra things vegans have taken into consideration to keep our feathered friends as happy as can be!

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Most egg-eaters might not know that chickens are cannibals! After laying her round of eggs, a hen’s (lady chicken friend) body will be exhausted and at a complete loss of calcium. In order to restore her calcium so she can prevent herself from illness, a hen will eat some of her eggs to receive all the nutrients that are vital for her to stay healthy and disease-free. Beyond just physical health, though, these beautiful feathered birds are ridden with anxiety when their eggs are taken away from them! They could be her children, after all. Hens become so sad, in fact, that they stress themselves to lay more eggs. The hens forcing themselves to lay eggs also takes a huge toll on their immune system, but more than that, their reproductive system becomes heavily damaged and will no longer be in their control.

Like any other food-like product vegans choose not to consume, the base of why we pick tofu scramble over eggs is simple: we do not take what is not ours! Those lady-birds sure need those eggs more than we do. They certainly don’t give humans any additional nutrition, seeing as they cause an egg-xstraordinary amount of threatening build up in your arteries! And after all, eggs are pretty much just chicken periods! Gross! And with so many great alternatives like the vegan egg and tofu scramble and alternative binders like bananas, aquafaba, applesauce, the vegan egg or flax seeds, who needs the chicken periods, am I right?

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Plant-Based Food Association

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V-Grits is so lucky to be a part of the Plant-Based Foods Association! This association aims to stabilize fairness to companies that produce alternatives to animal products, such as plant-based meats and cheeses! The PBFA also makes efforts to educate consumers on why plant-based foods exist; and how they are comparatively beneficial to human health, the environment, and ethical stances. It could come as a surprise that there is a large amount of lobbying done by the animal agriculture industry, with a misleading goal of convincing consumers that animal products are a positive contributor to a healthy diet! Just in the past year, the dairy industry alone has spent an astounding $13 million dollars between lobbying and campaign donations (holy guacamole)!

In order to spread the truth about the mysteries within factory farming practices and assure plant-based companies are treated fairly, the PBFA was founded by the creator of Tofurkey to do their own sort of “lobbying.” However, rather than buying into keeping opposing companies under the radar, this association was made to assure we are still on the radar within government, media and consumer outreach. Despite the astounding growth in demand, this association acknowledges that plant-based foods are still made to be alarmingly taboo in current society, and challenges that the government needs a political revolution in order to “fix food.” The Plant Based Food Association has recently made a brief challenging Ag-Gag Law, or various laws put in place in order to limit journalism, investigation, knowledge and reports of and within animal agriculture. They have also found that the plant-based food industry has funded $13.7 billion dollars into the United States economy. An association like this is incredibly important to ensure that vegan companies are treated fairly and are well heard, especially seeing as plant-based foods are still more or less the new kids on the block, taking a stand for the animals, our health and the environment! Read more about their goals and accomplishments on their website, we could not be prouder to be a member of this awesome organization!

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Sammi

Vegan-Friendly Restaurants in Louisville

When I first visited Louisville, I was floored by the overwhelming number of vegan options in town! It seemed as if I could eat anywhere, without having to check twice, or call ahead in fear of the dreaded vegetable plate! If only everyone knew! Here are all the vegan-friendly places (or soon-to-be places, hint hint 😉 ) in the 502!

  1. V-Grits
  2. Half Peach Bakery & Cafe
  3. Lovafare
  4. Flora
  5. Ramsi’s
  6. Dragon King’s Daughter
  7. The Meridian Cafe
  8. Silver Dollar
  9. The North End Cafe
  10. The Mayan Cafe
  11. P.F Changs
  12. BoomBozz
  13. SnoWhat Snowballs
  14. Queen of Sheba
  15. Garage Bar
  16. Little Jerusalem
  17. Germantown Crafthouse
  18. Addis Grill
  19. Abyssinia
  20. Roots
  21. Heart and Soy
  22. Annie’s Cafe
  23. Cafe Mimosa
  24. El Camino
  25. Bean
  26. Steel City Pops
  27. Zoe’s Kitchen
  28. California Pizza Kitchen
  29. Please & Thank You
  30. Proof on Main
  31. Joy Luck
  32. Tom & Chee
  33. Simply Thai
  34. Time 4 Thai
  35. Heitzman’s Bakery and Cafe
  36. Havana Rumba
  37. Chipotle
  38. Wendy’s
  39. Seviche
  40. Varanese
  41. Qdoba
  42. Lydia House
  43. Slice
  44. Kentucky Taco Company
  45. RedTop Hotdogs
  46. The Fishery
  47. Dairy Kastle
  48. Dakshin
  49. Shalimar
  50. The Grape Leaf
  51. Chopshop
  52. Noodles & Company
  53. Taco Bell
  54. Pieology
  55. Wild Rita’s
  56. Shiraz
  57. Martini’s Italian Bistro
  58. Blaze Pizza
  59. Mellow Mushroom
  60. Quills
  61. Joella’s
  62. Royal’s
  63. Louivino
  64. Four Sisters
  65. Zen Garden
  66. Nam Nam Cafe
  67. Bluegrass Brewing Company
  68. Against the Grain
  69. Holy Grale
  70. Wiltshire
  71. The Hub
  72. Whole Foods
  73. Rainbow Blossom
  74. Annie May’s
  75. Sweet Surrender
  76. BarriCibo
  77. Heine Brothers
  78. Highland Coffee
  79. Vietnam Kitchen
  80. The Irish Rover
  81. Sapporo
  82. Wild Ginger
  83. Sake Blue
  84. Kansai
  85. Asahi
  86. Salsarita’s
  87. Panera
  88. Pita Pit
  89. The Falafel House
  90. The Three Amigos
  91. El Mundo
  92. Yang Kee Noodle
  93. Comfy Cow
  94. The Weekly Juicery
  95. Graeter’s
  96. Olive Garden
  97. Buca Di Beppo
  98. McQuixote Books & Coffee
  99. Feast
  100. Zad’s
  101. Mt Fuji
  102. ToGo Sushi
  103. Barcode 1758
  104. Corbette’s
  105. Arctic Scoop
  106. Oishiii
  107. Super Chefs
  108. Ginza
  109. Osaka
  110. Shogun
  111. Charim
  112. Fun Mi Cafe
  113. Olive Leaf Bistro
  114. Bunz Burgers
  115. Skyline
  116. La Bamba
  117. Spinelli’s
  118. Granville Inn
  119. Pizza Donisi’s

Happy cruelty-free eatin’ folks!

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Sammi