February 22, 2005


Children 'harmed' by vegan diets (Michelle Roberts, 2/21/05, BBC News)

Putting children on strict vegan diets is "unethical" and could harm their development, a US scientist has argued.

Lindsay Allen, of the US Agricultural Research Service, attacked parents who insisted their children lived by the maxim "meat is murder". [...]

Professor Allen said: "There have been sufficient studies clearly showing that when women avoid all animal foods, their babies are born small, they grow very slowly and they are developmentally retarded, possibly permanently."

"If you're talking about feeding young children, pregnant women and lactating women, I would go as far as to say it is unethical to withhold these foods [animal source foods] during that period of life."

She was especially critical of parents who imposed a vegan lifestyle on their children, denying them milk, cheese, butter and meat.

"There's absolutely no question that it's unethical for parents to bring up their children as strict vegans," she told the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

The decline of the Left becomes easier to explain.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 22, 2005 1:20 PM

Would explain in part why all of Clinton's male spin doctors during the Monica scandal looked like Ichibod Crane (well, except for Carville, who looked like a atomically mutated Marvel super-villian...)

Posted by: John at February 22, 2005 1:57 PM

An alternative is to lower the standards for insect part and rodent feces contamination of foods intended for "vegan" use only.

I remember hearing long ago that vegetarians from India had problems with protein deficiencies in this country when they tried to maintain the same dietary habits they had back in the old country. Seems the FDA has done too good a job.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at February 22, 2005 2:13 PM

Manufacturing milk, cheese, and butter don't kill any animals???

Posted by: Bartman at February 22, 2005 2:38 PM

My apologies..."doesn't kill..."

Posted by: Bartman at February 22, 2005 2:40 PM

Pass the BBQ sauce, man. We're doing our part to reverse the trend.

Posted by: John Resnick at February 22, 2005 5:11 PM

oops. here's the corrected, shameless plug. Beef: It's what's for breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Posted by: John Resnick at February 22, 2005 5:19 PM

Q: "How can you eat animals?"
A: "That's why God created barbeque sauce."

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at February 22, 2005 5:41 PM


Mmmm. Do you do long distance delivery?

Posted by: Peter B at February 22, 2005 5:47 PM

Peter: We're mostly local, but I've shipped a couple of briskets to my brother in Temecula,CA and we did about 14 smoked turkeys for friends and family for Thanksgiving, a few of which "flew" via UPS 2-day down to CA as well. It's pretty spendy to ship though.

Posted by: John Resnick at February 22, 2005 6:38 PM

Tying back to the previous Simpsons post: when Lisa annouces that she's become a vegan, Homer asks, "Can you eat pork chops?" Lisa: "No, Dad." Homer: "Ham?" Lisa: "No." Homer: "Bacon???" Lisa: "Daaaad...they all come from pigs!" Homer:"Oh sure, Lisa, like there's one maaagic animal that gives us all those foods..."

Posted by: Foos at February 22, 2005 7:25 PM

Foos: Indeed. Pork Fat Rules.

Posted by: John Resnick at February 22, 2005 7:30 PM