Magazine article Vegetarian Times

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Magazine article Vegetarian Times

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Go Slow

So, something I have enjoyed doing for years ("Slow Food," September 2003) has an official fan club-wonderful! Good, lovingly prepared meals are a celebration of life that can be shared with friends and family, no matter what your dietary orientation.

Brenda Schweitzer

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Eat and Run

As a long-time vegetarian and VT subscriber, I'm sad to say that I was completely disgusted by your article "Fast Food" (September 2003). I couldn't care less if McDonald's cooked up a vegan seitan burger on a whole wheat bun with nayonnaise and organic lettuce and delivered it hot to my house in an eco-friendly hybrid car-I will never eat their food! The author claims that the "ill will" engendered by McDonald's ... "may take some time and effort on McDonald's part to overcome." But for me, putting a dry veggie burger on an over-processed white bun in "some" locations isn't quite good enough. I could go on and on about how the demand for Big Macs contributes to the desertification of Third World countries and how their use of star athletes lures children into their clutches in a country where childhood obesity is at an all-time high, but I suspect that most people who read this magazine know this already. I'm heartened, however, to hear about a chain such as O'Naturals, which seems to have started out with a commitment to healthy options for vegetarians instead of being forced to back-peddle into it because of consumer trends.

Lisa Utman Randall

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I was extremely happy to see the BK Veggie pictured in the September 2003 issue. Although Burger King is not as compassionate and health-conscious as vegetarians would like it to be, it is important that we support its efforts to offer healthier, more humane fare. By adding the BK Veggie to its menu, Burger King is showing skeptics that vegetarian food is delicious and mainstream, and it is paving the way for other fast food restaurants to offer more plant-based options. …

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