Archive | May 2012

Born Vegan at Vegfest UK, with Ruby Roth, Mair Perkins, and a studio audience

Diana with two vegan parents at VegfestUK

Born Vegan: The Parents’ Turn

We took the show on the road to VegfestUK to find out how parents met the challenges of raising children vegan in a non-vegan world. What do they tell their children about how the rest of the world treats animals?

Ian tracked down Mair Perkins from her entry in an old pamphlet of vegan case histories, and talked to Ruby Roth, who has defended her children’s book “Vegan is Love” on US Networks from Fox to NBC.

Diana talked with Lauren and her parents when they came to our recording of the show at VegfestUK Bristol.

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Lab Meat: Survey Results

Last month we created a lab meat survey to take the temperature of both veg*ns and nonvegetarians about attitudes towards in vitro meat and to what extent animal harm played a role in resistance to eating it. I reviewed some of the results in the show but for a more detailed analysis, including graphs, keep reading after the jump.

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Born Vegan: introducing the parents’ turn

After the strong response to our last show (grown-ups remembering their vegan childhoods) and the new children’s book Vegan is Love garnering widespread media attention , we’re talking to the people who are raising vegan children.

What do you tell children about where other people’s food comes from? What happens when they stay over in a friends’ home?

We’re going to discuss these and other challenges with vegan parents at VegfestUK in Bristol England on Sunday May 27th – but we’d really like to hear from people bringing kids up vegan from the rest of the world first.

Please leave us a Skype voicemail (user “vegan.option”), comment on this blog posts, or – particularly if you’d prefer a swift Skype chat to leaving a message, email me (

Born Vegan: from 1976 UK TV to the Hebrew Israelites, three very different vegan childhoods

Couple, two children, and grandma

Born Vegan

What is it like to grow up vegan in a non-vegan world? We hear three stories of vegan childhood:

  • Rosemary- appeared as a baby on a BBC programme about veganism in 1976
  • Elishama  – grew up in the Hebrew Israelites, a religious community trying to rebuild the lifestyle of Eden
  • Andrew – the son of veteran animal activists
(25 min) Play or download (20 MB MP3) (other formats) (via iTunes)