There has never been a better time to try plant-based food – it’s delicious, it’s healthful, and it’s all around you! From children to grandparents and couch potatoes to athletes, millions of people are choosing to eat a vegan diet. Maybe you’ve thought about it too. If you’re curious about vegan living or just want to try new foods, browse this website for inspiration and resources to help.
To learn more about vegan options when eating out in the Fresno, California area, please visit the Where to Eat section. Be sure to also check out the Grocery Store section for more good spots for purchasing vegan products.
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*Please note that this website is currently under construction. Feel free to browse the site because there are still a lot of awesome resources available, but know that updates are coming to make the site even better, so be sure to check back again soon!
What is veganism?
Throughout history, there have been many people who have done their best to live without animal products. However, the term vegan (pronounced VEE-guhn) was not defined until the 1940s by The Vegan Society. The word came from the first three and last two letters of vegetarian – “because veganism starts with vegetarianism and carries it through to its logical conclusion.” While being a vegetarian or and plant-based is usually understood only in terms of diet, veganism is also a worldview and a moral commitment.
The Vegan Society defines veganism as, “a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.”
Vegans respect and value the lives of all sentient beings, including human beings. We strive to live as peacefully with all the inhabitants of this planet. Toward that end, vegans abstain from all goods produced by exploiting or intentionally harming conscious non-humans as far as possible and practical. Those goods include (but are not limited to): fish, milk, cheese, butter, eggs, honey, wool, down, leather, and products tested on animals.
All animal agriculture, however traditional or well-intentioned, involves unnecessary, unjust, and cruel treatment of other sentient beings. No matter the label, animals farmed for profit are forced to endure painful mutilations, social deprivation, violation of their reproductive freedom, followed by slaughter.
When we choose not to buy products derived from animals, we make a stand for justice. Boycotting businesses that abuse animals for profit supports and shows that there is a demand for plant and mineral-based goods.
Veganism is not just beneficial for the animals though. It’s also one of the best things that you can do for the environment and often results in great health benefits as well.