Posted by Cascadian at 11/14/11 05:33:00Hi Jenny,
I am not aware of such a list - please share it if you come across one! Even with such a list, I would be inclined to keep my eyes open as ingredients used in products change, etc.
By simply being vegan, I find it easier to avoid products that use ingredients sourced from animal exploitation. As you point out, more companies seem inclined to mark products as vegan. Perhaps because the term vegan signifies an easier and more broadly agreed upon definition than the term vegetarian?
Personally I generally stick with foods and other items that are either clearly vegan (whole plant foods) or companies/products that have taken a pro-active approach by seeking out and maintaining recognition of their vegan-friendliness. When that is highly impractical, I find what seems to be the best available option and then dont sweat the small stuff.
Anyway, I hope this helps!
Posted by smilingveggie at 11/17/11 20:41:17Thanks :-)
I think my biggest problem here has been with cheese. In the UK most supermarkets are really good with labelling which cheeses contain animal or vegetable rennet; over here i've found most people look confused when i ask which cheese is suitable for vegetarians
I think i will find myself eating more like a vegan over here in the States which i suppose is no bad thing! I've just always been a very strict vegetarian...to the point where i was gradually converting restaurants in my local area to label their wine lists with 'V's next to the suitable options. The only thing i really eat now that is not vegan is cheese and eggs.
Thanks again for your reply :-)
Posted by happycowgirl at 11/18/11 10:25:57Hi smilingveggie,
I know what u mean. Things are so inadequately labeled in the U.S. it's pathetic. When I ate cheese I would just have to scour the ingredient list myself then I'd buy organic like from Organic Valley or Stonyfield Farm figuring it was at least a step in the right direction.
If you're in southern California, you're in vegan heaven. In my experience giving up cheese is not easy, but you couldn't be in a better place to give it a go. If you're interested, I'd take a look at a brochure like this http://www.veganoutreach.org/whyvegan/WhyVegan.pdf
Page through and remind yourself of the unthinkable cruelties of the dairy industry. That's what worked for me, anyway. I would think about the cows who suffered to make that cheese and it suddenly became terribly unappetizing. Then head over to Real Food Daily in Santa Monica, the Veggie Grill, buy some Daiya cheese at Whole Foods, go to Sage Organic Vegan Bistro. I'm so jealous just thinking of all the great vegan restaurants u have access to everyday!
Oh, then read The China Study and see why as a vegan you'll get the last laugh b/c you'll be the healthiest of everyone! : )
All the best,
Posted by happycowgirl at 11/18/11 10:29:24almost forgot...
Speaking of labeling, you might be interested in California's ballot initiative to label GMO's:
Food and Water Watch is also a cool group that's working on labeling issues: http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org