I’m preparing for a mini-lesson (in Spanish) and I need to present this dish (for vocab building) that is usually made with pork or chicken, and I can’t decide how I should convey that. I want to show a cute little pig and chicken, but I hate the idea of having to refer to them as ingredients! But at the same time, I don’t want to use images that objectify these creatures or represent them merely as food (i.e. images of packaged meat or chicken and pork that you’d find in the super market).
This is why I hate teaching food! I feel like I can’t do it with a clean conscience. If I didn’t teach “meats” I’d be doing the students a disservice (which I simply cannot do), but when I do teach all the meat-related vocab as it was meant to be taught, then I feel like I’m betraying my own ethical code. But then I think that the language classroom is no place for this kind of discussion anyway, and I’d only be taking advantage of the power I have as a teacher (and authority figure to some?) (which would also be unethical). But then I think that getting this conversation going does matter and it should be held more often, and people need to be aware that the mere idea of speciesism does exist. I just can’t find a way to reconcile the two sides, and feel “okay” about how I’ve taught it. At least it’s only one chapter, right? And I can let me students know that I’m vegan in the appropriate context (i.e. when I’m sharing about myself or when we are talking about our favorite foods in the target language), and that I’m open for discussion about anything that comes up in class, right?
Rant done. I’ll probably use my passive-aggressive cute animal images and make no reference to them being anything other than… ingredients.
I hate teaching food.
I made the switch from vegetarianism to veganism in October but I’m still having trouble getting dairy completely out of my diet. The first time i did it a year ago i had absolutely no problems.
Help me with tips to get rid of cravings? Good substitutes? Any other helpful tips or motivation? thanks <3
These are some alternatives for dairy. There are others like rice milk and hemp milk but I haven’t tried hemp milk yet. My favorites are almond milk and hazelnut milk or soy milk with vanilla, they taste great!
You can find rice, soy, hemp, almond, cashew, hazelnut, or oat milks at your local specialty/health food store or grocery. If you looking for vegan cheese, yogurt, or creamer, you can also buy them at specialty/ health stores like Whole Foods. You can also make your own vegan cheese or non-dairy milks!
If you’re not near a Whole Foods or your other local health food store doesn’t sell many vegan dairy alternatives you could order some at veganessentials.com. If it’s ice cream your after, I love the coconut milk ice creams! It can be hard to give up old favorites when you first go vegan, you just have to remind yourself why you’re doing this; remind yourself where that cheese, milk, eggs, chocolate, ice cream, yogurt (or whatever) came from, and how good you’ll feel when the “craving” lifts and you didn’t give in! Also, start hunting for vegan recipes and try out new ones often. Once you start expanding your options, and you find some delicious favorites, you’ll start to just crave those.
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Best of luck to the both of you. <3
I can’t help but roll my eyes when a carnivore claims to be “pro-life.”
“Vegan alternatives are not inherently better for animals or the planet. Pleather and faux fur—staples of vegan fashion—are petroleum-based products. The environmental devastation caused by petroleum—climate change, oil spills, toxic water, acid rain, genetic mutations—are well known and vast. While many vegans will tout the environmental values of hybrid cars, bicycling, reusable shopping bags and eliminating demand for factory farms, the analysis rarely curbs the demand for couture. Sure, cows were not slaughtered for our beloved shoes, coats and belts. However, plenty of other animals were destroyed when their habitats were ransacked, covered in oil, poisoned and abandoned.
If the world as we know it were to go vegan, the dietary shift would not save animals or preserve land. Many of the plant-based products that vegans rely on come from subsidiaries of the largest food corporations. General Mills, Kraft, Heinz and ConAgra—big hands in animal industries—are the purveyors of some of the most popular soymilk, tofu, prepared food and meat substitute brands.”
An interesting read about:
Too bad Zoe thought it would be a good idea to use one source for her article on veganism. Not that I wear a pleather suit with faux fur trim most days, but I highly doubt the about of patroleum used to make vegan friendly clothing come’s anywhere near the about of fossil fuels that are used by animal industries. The same can be said for Zoe’s misinformed conclusion that eating soy products is terrible given that so much deforestation takes place for the sake of growing soy beans (last time I checked, I ate way less than any cow). The gist of the article is that there is no way to do anything good for the world unless you join a commune somewhere, and that it is possible to do more harm than good as a vegan. I guess, on the internet, anything can be published by anyone. Oh you silly, silly, carnivores, when are you going to come to the light?