23 June 2011

Tal Ronnen in LA Times interview ‘Be a vegan who eats bacon’

Vegan superstar chef Tal Ronnen apparently is part of a growing number of plant-based eaters that are attempting to steal away the movement from the more militant membership.

In an interview with the LA Times Ronnen described a new, more inclusive form of veganism.

“So many people tell me, 'I could be a vegan if it weren't for bacon,' and I tell them, 'Be a "vegan" who eats bacon,'” said Ronnen.

The chef who catered Ellen’s wedding and one of the creative minds behind the new LYFE restaurant, acknowledged that “real militant vegans hate” when he says that “but if you are cutting back on the amount of meat that you eat, you're still doing something great for your health, for the planet and for the animal."

Throughout the interview the theme is simple, make veganism more mainstream by relaxing some of the unwritten stringent rules that make the movement undesirable to the average Joe or Jill.

I could go on for hours on this subject but this time I’m putting aside my opinion in favor of yours. What do you think of the interview? (But please read the entire interview at the LA Times before commenting on our site so you get the full feel of the piece.) How do you feel about this supposed move to overthrow the so called militant members? We truly want to know what you think. Just remember to be civil.

Eric Fortney | @elfortney | email
Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

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