Are You An ‘Ethical Vegan’?
How do you feel about the idea of being vegan, but only 95 percent of†the time?
Authors of The 95% Vegan Diet Dr. Jamie Noll and Caitlin Herndon believe that you†can be a successful vegan by only following the lifestyle only the†majority of the time. This is in direct conflict with the traditional†vegan mindset which is more of an all-or-nothing view, creating two†factions of vegans, dietary and ethical.
On their website, the authors differentiate between dietary vegans and†ethical vegans. They say their diet plan is for dietary vegans,†therefore does not have to adhere to the stricter guidelines followed†by ethical vegans. “Many people would like to ‘go vegan’, but they†don’t even try because they feel they could never give up certain†foods forever,” Dr. Noll said. “As you know, in science we allow a†five percent variance before we consider the data to be significantly†different…In fact, there are no 100 percent vegan cultures in the†world.”
The creators of the 95 percent vegan diet and its followers are dietary†vegans, sticking to a mostly vegan lifestyle for the nutritional and†health benefits, though the ethical reasons may have played some part†in their decision. According to Dr. Noll in a post on the 95 percent vegan†blog, ethical vegans follow that lifestyle because of their†convictions first, and health benefits second. Dietary veganism is controversial because those who follow a vegan†lifestyle completely feel that the 95 percent vegan diet is a†misrepresentation of vegan culture.
“Based on the feedback of those who live a fully vegan lifestyle†(ethical vegans), the title of the book was changed from 95 percent Vegan to†The 95 percent Vegan Diet – just to make clear the focus of ‘going vegan’ is†based primarily on health concerns,” Dr. Noll said. “The vegan diet is†100 percent plant-based. The 95 percent vegan diet is 95 percent plant-based.†No offense was ever intended. ‘Going vegan’ in the public vernacular†generally refers to diet.”