FARM’s Sabina Fund Helps Determine Readability of Vegan Literature

Since 1999, FARM’s Sabina Fund has partnered with nearly 150 grassroots organizations across the world by awarding small grants to support their efforts to promote a plant-based diet and animal rights. The Fund honors the memory of FARM President Alex Hershaft’s mother, Sabina. These small grants have produced amazing efforts by creative, dedicated folks who donate their time, talent, and tenacity and require only minimal seed grants to help get their projects started.

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Editorial by Michael Weber: False Dichotomies

In discussing tactics for promoting animal rights and the vegan lifestyle, we are frequently confronted by seemingly conflicting choices:

  • Embrace “humane” animal farming as an incremental step –OR- insist on instant veganism
  • Dwell either on symptoms of animal agriculture –OR- on the philosophy of animal liberation
  • Downplay and apologize for our own veganism –OR- lecture righteously

In short, we are asked to choose between effectiveness and integrity.

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Editorial by Alex Hershaft: “Falling Fruit”

An article by Hal Herzog in Psychology Today quotes a 2005 CBS News survey suggesting that 75% of vegetarians eventually revert to eating meat. Herzog conducted his own survey of 77 “ex-vegetarians,” which found that 40% reverted because of the hassle and social pressure, 35% for health reasons, and 20% just couldn’t resist the taste of meat.

The validity of both surveys is flawed by small sample sizes and their reliance on self-identification of vegetarians. Still our personal experience with the “I used to be a vegetarian” refrain suggests that a substantial number do regress.

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