Reader's Blog: Put humane foods onto your weekly shopping list

The words of the French poet, novelist, and dramatist Victor Hugo — “There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come” —are not something you call to mind when doing the weekly grocery shop.

But the idea of humane eating has finally arrived in Irish supermarkets.

V-shopping sees vegan and vegetarian products becoming mainstream in our supermarkets. Shoppers can now find an animal by-product free alternative to the animal-derived product.

From milk to sausages the number and variety of humane products is increasing and at a price not too demanding on the financial purse.

As ever some vegan/ vegetarian products are overpriced but thankfully everyday humane food items are at a budget-friendly prices.

Supporters of violence free food should support the effort by supermarkets to bring humane to the grocery aisles.

Buying vegan/vegetarian products on a weekly basis sends out a visible message that if the supermarkets stock these products they will be bought.

Even people who want to try humane eating one day a week can be an untapped market for the supermarkets in their constant struggle for market share.

Getting your nutritional needs satisfied by availing of vegan/vegetarian dishes shows that you reject meat for what is really is — death warmed up.

Never forget for that trite statement, farm to fork to exist, a heartbeat must be stilled.

John Tierney

Waterford Animal Concern

Church Road

Waterford

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