Sunday, 30 December 2012

Something inspirational

How many people can resist temptation and stick to their principles? Of those, what percentage are politicians?

Well, here's one. The world's 'poorest' president, who gives away most of his salary and doesn't see himself as poor. He's also a vegetarian and cares about sustainable development. If all politicians had similar ethics then we'd be in a much better place. Fingers crossed for 2013!

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Something tasty - Fry's products

We've been meaning to start doing reviews on the blog for a while. Time to get started!

Imitation meat products serve a few useful functions. Although some vegetarians avoid them, preferring to explore all of the exciting meat-free cuisines and ingredients from around the world, some people who have gone vegetarian for ethical reasons (rather than health or because of just not liking the taste of meat) find that they miss the tastes they grew up with. Meat substitutes can be a great comfort food, meaning that you can give up the cruelty of meat production without having to miss out on the flavours you are used to. It is also handy when creating meals for unadventurous non-vegetarians who are adamant that every meal should contain something meat-like. You can then knock up a meal that they'll be familiar with. The very good news is that nowadays the quality of meat substitutes are amazing. Some companies make products so realistic that occasionally vegetarians have a hard time eating them!

Linda McCartney foods have done a good job of creating fake meats to entice non-vegetarians to switch, or cut down on meat, for over 20 years; the products can now be found in every supermarket. However, there are plenty of other companies which make even better products, and we hope to feature some of them. One of those companies is Fry's, and you're sure to see their distinctive green packaging in more and more places. One of the great things about them is that all their products are suitable for vegans as well as vegetarians; whereas Linda McCartney foods, and supermarket-brand equivalents, are often not suitable for vegans due to small amounts of unnecessary animal products. Also the Linda McCartney foods brand is owned by a company which also farms meat, whereas smaller, independent companies like Fry's have no connections with killing animals. Quorn is another widely-available brand that is owned by a multinational company and whose products aren't suitable for vegans due to the use of eggs (which were from battery-farmed hens for many years). So Fry's win out: life is simpler when a company's whole range is suitable for vegetarians, vegans and meat eaters! You can find out more about Fry's here, and note that in the last Ethical Consumer round-up of fake meat products (2006) they got a really good ethical score - see below.

Some of the Fry's products