nik wrote:flanders77 wrote:I just think that there are hardly any situations in our normal lifes where it is impossible to avoid animal derived food.Crash wrote: I have to agree that if you consume any animal or animal byproduct you are not a vegan.
Well, no one in the entire world is vegan then. There are no vegans if we take the technical definition only.
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Nik, imo being a vegan means not knowingly eating anything that has any animal or animal derived ingredients in it. IMO this is the basic meaning of being a vegan. This is not to be snobby or uppity, just what I believe -- that and nobody's perfect. The fact that most of the products listed in your link are canned or frozen, makes me want to buy more fresh fruit and vegetables, preferably from farmers' markets and avoid canned and frozen as much as possible.
Unfortunately this can not include the many products we use in our every day lives, which are not 100% vegan from cleansers and plastics down to the computers we are using to communicate right now. Animals have been shamelessly exploited and used for everything possible.
IMHO the best anyone can do is try to find alternatives and make do with what you cannot find an alternative for -- but keep looking around until you do find an alternative for those non-vegan products.