“This book is for anyone who wants to raise their kids to love deeply, think critically and act responsibly.” – Ruby Roth
We don’t have to fear anything that we have the power to change.
One of those books, Vegan is Love, has received a lot of attention in the press. This first interview is with two anchors who obviously trying to take an aggressive stance against Ruby’s book in order to curry favor with their viewers:
Ruby annihilates this interview. She is so poised, so calm, and manages to be completely frank without seeming confrontational. I love that she highlights how unhealthy American children are and how it’s pretty ridiculous to call a vegan diet “restrictive.”
If it’s too scary to talk about, it’s too scary to eat.
Fortunately, this CNN interview is much more professionally handled and more neutral, even leaning towards positive, about Ruby’s book and veganism in general:
I’ve watched several other interviews with Ruby, some of them (*cough* Fox News! *cough*) are just too infuriating to post, but in all of them, the main argument for the other side is this stupid wringing of hands over children’s nutrition. These people who feed their kids McDonald’s, frozen pizzas and other packaged, processed foods are suddenly worried that switching over to a veggies-based diet is going to hurt them?!
By calling my book controversial, we’re actually admitting on a national level, that what we’re doing to animals is scary, too scary to talk about.
That’s why I think it’s genius that Ruby makes it clear that veganism has it’s own food pyramid/guide. She says people mistakenly think veganism is the Standard American Diet minus meat and dairy – she makes it clear this is not the case.
I haven’t had a chance to read her books yet, although I did buy one for my friend who had a baby this year. I hope to do so soon so I can review them on this site. But regardless, I’m a huge fan of Ruby, for what she is fearlessly doing for our movement. Addressing these issues with children is of the upmost importance and, of course, is extremely controversial. I applaud her for giving us resources to have these conversations with. If I have children someday, I’ll be thrilled to have these books to use to help me explain why we live the lifestyle we live, so they can make their own informed choices every day.
Ruby is a wonderful vegan ambassador. She inspires me. I want to be a spokesperson for veganism someday and I hope to have half her poise. I’ll leave you with my favorite quote:
You don’t have to be vegan to make vegan choices
What vegan icon do you guys love? What amazing interviews or speeches for veganism have you seen? Leave me a link in the comments below so I can watch!