Thursday, June 2, 2011

Open Letter To Wedge Community Coop

Dear Wedge: someone posted a link to your newsletter today entitled "My Vegan Challenge to Oprah." My curiosity was piqued and I clicked the link. I was disappointed to see, however, that you had already removed the "offending" article, presumably caving to pressure from vegans. How sad that you chose to censor yourself rather than to invite a vigorous debate.

It would have been far better to leave the article and invite another scientist to dispute Ms. Turner's claims. Closing down the discussion before it had even begun is a triumph of orthodoxy over knowledge.

update: luckily, the article can now be found elsewhere.

update 2: I just got a response from the Wedge. It was a kindly note, but it sounds like their vegan customers are quite outraged by the article. Ahh, the intractability of beliefs. That will actually be my next blog topic, by way of a book review.

2 comments:

J G-W said...

Sam -- very informative article.

I've been interested in veganism, though I've always know that it was at best challenging to ensure that you get complete nutrition on a vegan diet. I enjoy vegan cooking as an occasional alternative. There are some really amazing vegan recipes out there! Though we've never seriously considered living on a vegan diet.

Knight of Nothing said...

I know what you mean. I love good food wherever it is found, and I have tried some amazing vegan dishes. But right now, I have become interested in the latest science in nutrition and evolutionary biology, which suggest that a lot of our thinking about dietary fat and animal products are wrong.