Author: Justin Van Kleeck

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Why Vegan? Because Every Death Is a Tragedy

Despite the big numbers, the awfulness of statistics of farmed and slaughtered animals is a matter of flesh and blood—an inescapable onslaught of pain, suffering, and thoughtlessness. The statistics become terrible every single day, whether we are standing in the midst of a slaughterhouse, or walking down a grocery store aisle, or watching a fast-food commercial on television.

July 27th

Reflections of a Veganic Gardener

For my wife and I, an important aspect of taking veganism beyond diet (sort of) has been “veganic” gardening as a way to grow more and more of our own food. With a little mindfulness, anyone can make growing food a practice in compassionate, sustainable vegan living.

February 13th

Go Nuts (and Go Vegan) This Holiday Season

One of my fondest memories of the holiday season is bowls, jars, bags, and even bottoms of stockings filled with nuts–of all shapes, sizes, hues…and degrees of difficulty to open! Whether it be the smooth, round umber of chestnuts, or the oblong tan of almonds, or the football-like pecan, December was always a nutty month […]

December 9th

That Free Thanksgiving Turkey isn’t Free

As Thanksgiving, aka “Turkey Day” to most Americans, draws near once again, supermarkets across the country are offering free turkeys as holiday promotions. The deal, of course, is that when you spend X dollars in the store, you get a free turkey to feed your family on Thanksgiving day. This enticement not being enough, the […]

November 11th

Book Review: Eating Animals, by Jonathan Safran Foer

Author’s Note: A free review copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher, Little, Brown and Company. Jonathan Safran Foer has received great critical acclaim and worldwide attention for his wring style in novels such as Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel. His most recent book, however, is non-fiction and edgy in its […]

October 21st

Farmed Animals Are “Animals” Too

Ask nearly any school-aged child if cows, pigs, sheep, chickens, and other common farm critters are “animals,” and that child almost surely will tell you, “Yes!” Then she probably will giggle at your silliness or utter a bemused “Duh!!!” to mock your simplicity. Really, this question is a no-brainer… Except, that is, for the United […]

October 13th

New Virginia License Plates for Vegetarians and Vegans

One of the best things about living in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, like almost anywhere else in this agricultural state, is a wealth of fruits and vegetables from local growers. And you can see this natural treasure almost any week at one of the Farmers’ Markets in a given city–lots of green, red, yellow, […]

October 12th