VEGAN – What’s in a Word?, Gentle World

The common usage of the word ‘vegan’ has begun to shift in the last decade, largely under the influence of celebrities and the news media. Instead of a philosophy and way of life that seeks to avoid the exploitation of nonhuman animals, 'veganism' is viewed by many as a fad diet now – and often as one that allows the occasional consumption of products derived from other animals. These recent changes in usage parallel the evolution of the meaning of the word ‘vegetarian’ in surprising ways. The … [Read more...]

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