Project Vegan

VeganAs you all probably know, I may just be the most non-vegan person on earth.  As I sit, ponder and look around my apartment; I see a cow hide rug on the floor in front of my leather couch with an additional calf hide draped over the back and two sheep pelts on a chair next to about 5 pairs of exotic cowboy boots.  Along with all of this I just sat my drink down on a hair-on-hide coaster and hung my jacket on a coat hanger that is edged with cow hide.

Now, the fact that I’m a meat scientist aside, I open my refrigerator and see milk, eggs, cheese (ok LOTS of cheese), bacon (one of life’s little treasures) and an array of meat based products.  So I think it’s safe to assume that “Vegan” is not a term that I cope well with.

With this said, this “Non-vegan” bacon loving cheese eater is going vegan for two weeks.  Yeah, you read that correctly, I’ll be going vegan for two weeks after the holidays.

I, along with my good friend Danielle Beard will be in this together.  We will be starting our vegan adventure together on January 14th with a video blog and will be blogging about our vegan adventures along the way.  You can follow her vegan adventure on her “High Heels and Shotgun Shells” blog.

What’s the point? Why go Vegan?

Just like the population of our great country, agriculture’s customers are very diverse.  Agrarians cater to omnivores, herbivores and locavores from coast to coast.  Everyone including meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans are directly affected by the Ag industry, in very different ways.

The best way to relate to something is by experiencing it firsthand.  This is why my friend, Danielle Beard and I have decided to “Go Vegan” for two weeks.  This will give us the opportunity to relate to a much larger variety of our customers.

Veganism is not just a thought process, rather a way of life.  Just as I am passionate about the Agriculture and livestock industries, vegans are equally as passionate about the life choices and sacrifices they are making.

I feel that our passions shouldn’t blind us from that of others.  I hope this experience will open my eyes to the thought processes that weigh on this portion of our customers minds on a daily basis.

Danielle and I will be tweeting and blogging about our two week adventure be sure to follow us and share your thoughts along the way.

@DavidHayden7

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27 thoughts on “Project Vegan

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  2. Very cool. I’m sharing this on Danielle’s blog too. I’d like to hear what items you are surprised to learn are non-vegan. It’s always interesting to hear just how many items contain animal-derived products.

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  6. This is a very eloquent paragraph:

    “I feel that our passions shouldn’t blind us from that of others. I hope this experience will open my eyes to the thought processes that weigh on this portion of our customers minds on a daily basis.”

    Without this attitude, blogs meant to further awareness of agriculture end up just preaching to the choir. We can’t expect others to be open to our ideas when we aren’t willing to listen to theirs. Can’t wait to see how Project Vegan goes…all I can think is that when it is over your first steak/hamburger will taste incredible! Good Luck!

    • Thank you Alishia, I appreciate that compliment and I couldn’t agree more. I’m trying to be as open minded to the thoughts and beliefs of everyone of our customers. As you said, we expect them to listen to us but we often don’t listen to them.

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  8. Good luck to you during these next two weeks. I decided to try veganism for 3 months last July (2012) because of health reasons. Now, 6 months later I am still a vegan and I feel great!

  9. I question your passion for the consumption of animal flesh. Have you tried bush animal flesh? In Africa, monkeys are a delicacy. What about dogs and cats? Have you tried their flesh? If you are disgusted by these type of animal flesh, ask yourself why.

    • Richard, thanks for following along with our progress. to answer your question, Eating things like monkeys, dogs or cats, isn’t something that’s on my to do list, but at the same time it doesn’t disgust me either.

      I understand that there are cultures around the world that are very different to ours. For example, in some cultures it’s an abomination to consume any product from a cow. While beef is a main staple protein source for meat eaters here in the US, I’m sure they have no desire to consume such a product. In other cultures the consumption of said animals from above are staple. This type of consumption has been a staple for many cultures for hundreds of years, just like our consumption of beef here in the states. I don’t feel the need to discriminate on their practice of animal consumption as I would hope they wouldn’t discriminate on our practices here in the US.

      Again, Thanks for following along on our short vegan journey.

  10. My husband and I have been vegetarian for 10 years, vegan for one year. I’ve found great recipes on the website findingvegan.com (VegNews calls it “vegan porn” lol). Vegan food bloggers post photos and link to their blogs – you can find great food bloggers to follow. Good luck!

  11. I, for one, don’t feel deprived by my veggie based diet. I’m not sacrificing much. I eat a well and varied diets rich in lots of foods, and this makes me very happy. Good luck. I posted some links on Danielle’s blog. Check out the post punk kitchen for tasty and easy recipes.

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  13. This is a cool thing you two are doing. I strongly recommend use of good veg cookbooks – winging it is at the stove is not so easy. (Going to restaurants will be an adventure, depending on where you live.) Mark Bittman’s “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian” is indispensable – he’s not vegetarian himself, but his cookbook is a great all-purpose veg cookbook. Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s “Vegan With a Vengeance” is full of terrific recipes and her two marinades for oven-baked tofu are just fantastic – that’s the “post-punk kitchen” author reference by Amanda above. Have fun – learning to cook vegetarian is a real eye-opener about what ingredients and methods you’ve sort of come to think of as defaults!

  14. I just want to applaud you for being open-minded enough to give it a shot! Lots of people just say, “Oh, I could never do that” but never see if they COULD (assuming they want to). Bravo! And I hope you will be pleasantly surprised by the food…I have had the BEST food I’ve ever had since going vegan 2 1/2 years ago. And I feel better than ever! Enjoy!

  15. I’m vegan because the resources consumed for animal agriculture is unsustainable. Then when you consider the personal health benefits, there really is no reason to ever eat meat. “Because I like it,” is certainly a selfish, unconsidered response. My advice to a new vegan is to transition using substitutes, but eventually, you’ll discover that the paradigm of having a meat “centerpiece” on the plate (surrounded by a starch and a veggie) goes away. Happy cooking! P.S. Why not go for thirty days and share your cholesterol numbers before and after?

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