I was thinking about my last post as I was walking the dog and I wanted to add a few more thoughts…
Reading labels is part of a vegan lifestyle and while I will admit that it’s kind of a drag sometimes to look for hidden non-vegan ingredients in products – it’s part of the commitment we make when we decide to go vegan.
I think it’s really fantastic that suddenly there are all kinds of vegan products in the stores that have the word “vegan” used as part of their labeling because it sure makes searching for items a lot easier.
But with the word “vegan” becoming the newest catch-phrase to sell products – one of my concerns is that we as a community will become lazy when it comes to reading labels.
It’s important to remember that we’re not just reading labels for non-vegan ingredients but also to read what company produces that product.
Companies that continue to test/abuse animals should not be supported and that is why I use my hard earned money to support vegan-friendly companies.
I think that’s all for now … Have fun shopping.Â *laugh*
Thats why I just read your blog and do what ever you do. I do eat fish though but I am trying! <3
Fantastic Fergus picture, and yes, I think that it’s sometimes easy to forget that we need to be looking at the bigger picture as well when it comes to choosing the “appropriate” vegan foods to purchase. Traditionally, probably only ethical companies started out to make foods labeled “vegan”, but now that this is becoming a slightly mainstreamed food choice and all kinds of companies are seeing the monetary profit in going in this direction, we have to look further. So, information like your last post is very helpful! I would have never have thought that about Becel if you hadn’t written about it. Let’s spread the information and let these companies know that we care.
I am bothered by the issue too. How can something be labeled as vegan when most vegans wouldn’t touch it due to the issues you mentioned? Ugh! I am glad that they are trying, but wish they’d get it right.