Portland, OR (USA)

Emily Paxton, a self-proclaimed pure vegan, vows not to consume any vegetables that have not been grass-fed. “I like knowing that my vegetables enjoyed natural food not pumped with hormones, and that those greens have a free range. The thought of those plants cramped up like that makes me shudder. The inhuman acts done to carrots, broccoli, and radishes today are astonishing. I am surprised more people aren’t vegan.”

Paxton is just one of Portland’s vegans who have embraced an equal right for vegetables. Together with a few other members of her co-op she founded PETVLF: People for the Ethical Treatment of Vegetables, Legumes, and Fruits. “Plants are people too, and they shouldn’t be treated like second-class citizens. And I surely am not one to endorse any market who abuses their plants.” Paxton cites examples of how few hours of sunlight plants are allowed, notably potatoes, carrots, and turnips.

“Another concern is crowding”, Paxton explains. “Especially grapes, which are forced into clusters at a very young age. They have virtually no range of motion and these vineyards, or as I call them, slave plantations. These vineyards in California exploit these grapes in unspeakable ways. Something needs to be done, plants need to be a priority!”

Paxton’s message was heard widely, and evidently, some advocates are now forming to protect animals from cruelty as well.

Phil Biedron