This article was featured yesterday on the BBC Magazine Online and was written by Vanessa Barford. I’ve come across so many people who’ve said “I could easily be vegan, except for cheese…” Or “I’d love to be vegan but I could never give up eggs..”. This notion that it has to be all or nothing is really problematic (and another reason why labelling these food choices – vegan – is so dangerous) as it’s stopping people from making any changes whatsoever for fear that they can’t do it all. We have to invent new labels – part-time vegan, flexi-vegan etc. Why not be vegan at home and eat whatever you want when eating out. Or avoid animal products before 6pm each day and don’t worry about it in the evenings. This kind of gentle leaning into veganism should be encouraged. Just think – if everyone in the UK decided to cut their animal product consumption in half, then it would be like half the population were vegan!
Any small steps towards an animal-product free lifestyle is a step in the right direction and whether it’s ‘Meat Free Mondays’, ‘Veganuary’ , ‘Beyoncé & Jay-Z’ or peopl’s own moral conscience that is inspiring them, it’s all good!