woman at farmers market - types of vegans and vegetarians

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  1. It may be time to add “Alpha-Gal” vegan. We can eat fish and poultry. But generally must avoid mammal products to a varied degree.

  2. You forgot omnivovarian who avoids all things aye right get a life!

  3. You… do realize that Dalai is a meat eater right?

  4. No. In terms of “vegetarianism,” I am born vegetarian – not ethical, not environmental, not for health, and certainly not religious, but purely out of taste. I have all my meals meatless, because it disgusts me. I don’t eat dogs but I’m not against people doing so. Yet I use animal products – leather coats and bags. I’m also against keeping pets, but at the same time I don’t acknowledge animal rights. What does that make me?
    #it’s a big world out there

  5. Sunil Hingorani says:

    There is only one type of Vegan. Ethical. One who does not want to cause pain, just as he/she would not like to receive pain. The rest of your listing is just a hotch-potch of miscellaneous plant based. Please dont confuse the issues.

    1. Hi Sunil, I 100% agree with you. Although culturally, many labels and descriptors overlap with veganism. I thought it worthwhile to share the differences for clarity.

      1. Emeraldmimi says:

        I appreciated this breakdown. I am learning to become a vegetarian. I assume Sunil is like me and prefers things to be kept simple, but the reality is that mankind LOVES to tweak, redefine and label everything. I think the differences between an ethical vegan and a dietary one is important to mention (as you did) because not everyone is cutting out meat to support animal rights. Anyway, thanks for the info because I’m new to this and, whether we like it or not, the labels are already out there. You are simply explaining them.👍

  6. Very informative, especially the part about chickens which i clicked on and read. I never knew how/why chickens laid so many eggs. I’ve been a vegan for 3 years now and I’m in my sixth decade of life…so I certainly had a lot of eggs prior to changing my lifestyle. I hope that more and more people become aware of how interconnected all sentient beings are and stop harming other beings.
    Thanks for your informative blog.

    1. Thanks for taking the time to read our backyard eggs post and for sharing your experience with us. Kudos for changing your lifestyle.

      Things are shifting, albeit slowly. And for a variety of motivations (as evidenced in this article).

  7. I agree, I am vegan for health as well. I’m a #4. Although I have reduced buying products with leather and animal fibers like wool, living in Europe with wide-ish feet makes comfortable vegan shoes and warm enough breathable sweaters a challenge. I do thank the animal for it’s sacrifice and take good care to make my sweaters and footwear to last for many years.

    1. Hi Rhea, thanks for sharing! Yes, I have very wide feet and have struggled to find basketball shoes that fit well and are vegan. I had to resort to purchasing online. Fingers crossed they fit! It’s more inconvenient, that’s for sure.

    1. I think you mean #3. You do not mention whole foods in this section but you do mention the unhealthy use of fast /processed foods. I always tell people I am whole food plant based. I agree with Wade – this deserves its own category.

      1. Apologies. You’re right, Glenda, #3.

        It’s interesting reading both of your comments. I’m all for WFPB, but I didn’t see it distinctively different from someone motivated to adopt a vegan-friendly diet for health reasons — hence dietary vegan or plant-based. I’ll amend this section to make it clearer.