Debate exists in the animal advocacy community over whether or not we should buy vegan food from non-vegan companies. Do you believe we should buy their food? Or should we only support vegan companies making vegan food? Is it a realistic expectation for people who don’t live near a Whole Foods and do their grocery shopping at Target or Wal-Mart?
How are we perceived by people who eat animals who see us refuse to buy vegan food from non-vegan companies? Does that perception impact their view of the exclusivity and difficulty of veganism?
If vegans don’t support non-vegan companies selling vegan food, will demand for vegan food from non-vegan companies be significant enough to sustain their vegan food offerings and inspire the non-vegan companies to offer more vegan food products? Or if vegans help keep vegan products from non-vegan companies with familiar brand names on shelves, does it open the possibility for more non-vegans to try them? Could the demand even spur investments in more vegan options and a gradual shift away from animal-based foods?
None of these questions assume answers. They are posed solely for the purpose of asking your opinion. If you are familiar with related research on the impact of consumer demand that is applicable enough to help us make a more informed decision, please share it.
Setting aside that ice cream is unhealthy, would you buy the new Ben & Jerry’s dairy-free ice cream? Would you recommend it to friends who eat animals? Why or why not?