Vegan Olympians: Too Good to Check?

At The Vegan Option, I’ve try to get facts right – and that includes talking about vegan Olympians in our shows about the Olympics. Where I could, I checked with the athletes themselves.

Over the course of the Olympic sites including EcoRazzi, VegNews, FourGreenSteps, and BigCityVegan have posted lists of vegetarian and vegan athletes and Olympians. I’d be happy to hear references that show otherwise, but putting them on a list could be confusing. I’m particularly proud that one of our listeners, Marcus Dredge, joined in the fact-checking. more

London Olympics: interview with Kara Lang, vegan Olympian, Canada soccer team

Kara Lang holds the record as the youngest woman ever to score a goal in international soccer – but her passions also include vegan cupcakes.

Now retired from football, she took time out from her busy schedule as part of Canadian station CTV’s Olympic team to talk to me about her story, touring, and the vegan mentor she improbably found in her own national squad. more

Is cheese really addictive?

In our Cheese show we considered the suggestion from tPhysicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) President Neal Barnard that dairy cheese is addictive.

I looked into the references from Dr Barnard’s book that PCRM was kind enough to send. But the analysis I offered in the show made a case that the idea that cheese is addictive is at best overstated and at worst wrong. more

Shot of the Olympic stadium

London Olympics

Athletes from across the world are coming to East London – where we produce the show – but what are the vegan perspectives on the Olympic games?

We talk to Sandra Hood, the Olympic torch bearer who wrote the book on raising vegan children; Ian visits the father and daughter who are supplying the Olympic games with the vegan option; find out what the staff in the nearest vegan cafe to the games think of it; and update you on the stories with a vegan perspective – Venus Williams, the Chinese volleyball team, and the Opening Ceremony. more

Pizza with three different vegan cheeses on it

Vegan Cheese: Casein, Casomorphins, and the Daiya Redwoods Vegusto Taste Test

How do they make vegan cheese that stretches and melts?

Why is cheese such a challenge for new vegans?

Can Ian convince anyone who makes cheese to share their secrets? What’s the past, present, and future of vegan cheese.

And if you brought together the leading vegan cheeses from Europe and the Americas – products that – like Redwoods Cheezly or Vegusto in Europe and Daiya in the Americas – aren’t even sold in the same country, who would win?

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Diana with two vegan parents at VegfestUK

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

We took the show on the road to VegfestUK to find out how vegan parents met the challenges of raising children vegan in a non-vegan world – such as what they told their children about how the rest of the world treats animals.

Ian talked to Mair Perkins – who featured in case studies of vegan babies last century – and to Ruby Roth, who has defended her children’s book “Vegan is Love” on US Networks from Fox to NBC.

And Diana talked with an adorable vegan family on their trip to VegfestUK Bristol. more

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. To summarize, we asked people about their food choices (whether they were meat eaters, vegetarians, vegans etc.) and then we asked if they would eat lab meat, why or why not, and if they would eat lab meat if it caused no more animal death than eating plant food and why or why not. more

Couple, two children, and grandma

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

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 more