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Vegan Food Blogger Taking a “Souljourn”

By Jasmin Singer — May 03, 2010

Vegan food blogs are obviously a very popular trend these days, and that’s a good thing. Just by googling “vegan food blog,” I came up with over twelve million results. That’s a lot of tofu.

From time to time, we will feature vegan food blogs we fancy, or ones that are doing something particularly interesting. In the mean time, please feel free to comment and tell us some of your favorites!

One vegan food blog that has caught our attention recently is The Voracious Vegan, written by the self-described feminist, activist and vegan, Natasha (“Tasha”) Burge. Tasha — who currently resides in Saudi Arabia — caught our attention not only because of her informative, witty, and delicious blog, but because of her current project: Tasha is taking a “Souljourn.”

According to her website, a Souljourn is “A mental journey undertaken with great care and consideration to learn and grow as a person and ultimately become a better denizen of Earth. A time to reflect, reevaluate, and make changes or sacrifices to live our lives to the fullest, and reaffirm our commitment to making the world a more peaceful and equitable home for all.”

Tasha’s decision to take this journey — and to document it in her blog, as well as in The Conducive Chronicle — is to bring awareness to the realness and horror of world hunger. “As I research the myriad causes and potential solutions to the devastating phenomenon of chronic hunger,” Tasha explains, “I will eat the staple foods of the regions hardest hit by food insecurity and concentrate my daily allotment of less than 1,000 calories into one evening meal to adhere to the typical habits of those afflicted with hunger.”

The irony, of course, is that meat production is directly connected to world hunger. So if, say, a voracious meat-eater wanted to take a stand against world hunger, going vegan is the best thing she or he could do. Though the issue is obviously a complex one (food distribution is a major issue), going vegan is a necessary step toward — oh, okay, I’ll quote Gandhi — being “the change you wish to see in the world.”

As for The Voracious Vegan, kudos for taking a vegan food blog — which in and of itself is activism — and bringing it to the next step. Helping people to see all of the many profound intersections between consuming animal products and so many other things that are wrong with this planet — problems that could be significantly minimized by going vegan — is a pretty groovy way of inspiring change.

I look forward to following The Voracious Vegan’s Souljourn.

Photo: The Voracious Vegan

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(6) Readers Comments

  1. May 3, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Wow, thank you so much for this! I'm glad people are spreading the word, it would be great to see a whole movement of people taking on world hunger souljourns. Awareness is the key! It is not right that 1 out of 6 human beings is living with chronic hunger and we can stop it! And you are so right, there is more than enough food for everyone, it is the distribution that is a problem. That is the topic that I covered in my Day 2 post. Thank you for mentioning how much of an impact going vegan can have - so true! You really made my day with this and put a huge smile on my face, and on a day when I'm going hungry and there is no chocolate in sight, that is quite a feat! Thank you!

  2. May 3, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Tasha -- thank you so much for everything you are doing. I'm really enjoying your journey, and I'm inspired by it!! Keep up the amazing work. There are a lot of us rooting for you!! xo

  3. May 4, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    thanks for posting this, I immediately followed the link and started reading...what an amazing way to raise awareness...

  4. Gabrielle
    November 28, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Jasmin, please do an update to comment on Tasha's new "Souljourn" to carnism. It's causing quite an uproar and "vegan backlash", dare I say it. Thanks!

    • November 28, 2010 at 4:19 pm

      Can't tell you how disappointed we were to hear this. Reminds me of the button, "Never trust an ex-vegan."

  5. Gabrielle
    November 29, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I like that, and it's true. I've been reading her Twitter feed, trying to figure what went wrong and when - I'm finding the whole topic endlessly fascinating on so very many levels. It feels more like confusion and intellectual distraction combining with poor diet, rather than anything to do with veganism. It's a shame veganism is taking the brunt of it all. She turned feminism/veganism/world hunger upside down and 'round back again, and then swallowed it and regurgitated it, and it's now like a jigsaw puzzle with many pieces missing. The important thing to note is that one cannot survive on "green smoothies" and ice cream, vegan or otherwise, alone. Ms. Voracious did not have the best diet, if her Tweets are any indication. Again, fascinating, and yes, disappointing that veganism was so publicly used and abused this way.

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