Food and Drink Blog: Veganism – it’s not as hard as you think

Like many people, watching What the Health had me suddenly eyeing the food in my fridge with suspicion. Released in March 2017, the pro-vegan documentary directed and produced by Kip Anderson aims to persuade viewers to take up a solely plant-based diet by presenting them with scary statements about the havoc animal products can purportedly wreak on the human body. Among its shocking claims, the documentary states that eating one egg is as bad for your health as smoking five cigarettes per day and that consuming dairy can increase your risk for certain types of cancer. Growing up, my family had largely avoided eating pre-packaged foods in favour of home-cooked meals with fresh ingredients, but we had always eaten animal […]

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Abstentions latest to offer a vegan option on campus

With the recent addition of vegan ice cream at Abstentions, the convenience store joined the likes of Mike’s Place and Rooster’s as restaurants that offer vegan food at Carleton. Not to be left out, Carleton University Dining Services, the organization in charge of the cafeteria in Residence Commons among other on-campus locations, has offered vegan options for a while now. Jane Skapinker, a registered dietitian for Dining Services, said they are always trying to offer more vegan options. “While we may not have used the term ‘vegan,’ we have always made an effort to incorporate a variety of foods, including plant based foods,” Skapinker said, “and as the demand has grown for vegan foods, so have our options.” Indeed, the […]

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Eating vegan on campus: Are there any options?

The transition into university can be difficult on its own, but factor in a vegan lifestyle and it can be even more difficult to adapt and find places to eat on campus that accommodate different eating habits. Over three per cent of North Americans are now vegan, compared to 1.5 per cent in 2009, according to the Vegetarian Resource Group, a non-profit organization that aims to educate the public about issues related to veganism.  These numbers may seem small, but as they continue to rise post-secondary institutions like Carleton University are being pressured to provide ethical and raw foods for their students. Eating vegan while living on residence Breanna Jones is a second-year health sciences student at Carleton who said […]

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Why Carleton students chose to go vegan

Typically there are three reasons why someone chooses to go vegan: the environment, their own health, and for the sake of the animals. But every vegan has their own reasons. The Charlatan spoke to various students at Carleton University about why they chose a vegan lifestyle. Shannon LeBlanc, third-year psychology “My family runs a special medical needs animal sanctuary, so when I was eating meat, I was always faced with moral conflict,” LeBlanc said on why she was drawn to veganism. “It left me wondering, why eat some animals and save the others? Doesn’t that seem kind of arbitrary?” She added that being vegan has “allowed her to adopt a healthier lifestyle” and made her more of a compassionate and […]

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Opinion: Factory farming affects us all

Last month, Mercy for Animals Canada, a new national organization based in Toronto, released their second undercover investigation into a Canadian factory farm. This time, it was at Burnbrae Farms—McDonald’s Canada’s egg supplier—in Alberta, where egg-laying hens face daily violence and confinement, restricting birds from performing any of their natural habits. Approximately 700 million animals suffer in factory farms in Canada each year. Egg-laying hens are often de-beaked with a hot blade, confined in battery cages and male chicks are often ground alive, as they are useless to the industry. Most pigs raised for food in this country live their entire lives in gestation crates, unable to turn around and are castrated, usually without anesthesia. Chickens raised for meat are […]

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