Blade Runner and the Vegan World

One of my favorite movies of all time is Blade Runner and with the sequel due in October i remembered a few things about this amazing movie.  In short, Harrison Ford plays a specialized detective who hunts down “clones” of humans. The movie is shot in a futuristic depiction of LA and shows how people live in this high tech urban sprawl.

While not intending to portray all citizens as vegans, there are some subtle points in the movie that reveal how people treat animals. Throughout the movie you are greeted with genetically modified or cloned animals. These animals are only affordable because they are not real. Real animals are out of reach for most people due to their scarcity in the future world.

In the infamous “Voight-Kampff” test. Ford asks the would be clone or “replicant” (Sean Young) what she would do if someone bought her a Calf-Skinned wallet for her birthday. She replied

“I wouldn’t accept it, also I’d report whoever gave it to me to the police”

The questions almost all revolve around animals, you can see where she fails the test.

Earlier in the film another replicant is interviewed. This time explaining the hypothetical situation where a turtle is stuck on its back in the hot sun, but he does not help them. The replicant is profoundly insulted to why he would not be helping the turtle. This further shows the society is well in tuned with animal protection and security.

While vegan undercurrents are not at all the point of this film, the reality stands. Even in 1982, someone figured that we could progress to a point where animals are so scarce they can be illegal to consume or use. The scary part is, because its so briefly mentioned, it can become all too normal in the future world. This cannot happen!

-Jason

I’m so glad i Found this Hidden Gem

When i desire a city life experience, i usually head north rather than south. Milwaukee, WI may be a farther drive than Chicago, but its so much more rewarding when arriving. I can park anywhere, the roads are open, traffic is minimal, i can go on and on. One of the best things about this great town is the food and boy did i find some great vegan options. One of my favorites is this little gem in the RiverWest Neighborhood called River West Co-op.

Easily missed while driving by, this place is an amazing find. Housing a very modest but wonderfully selected grocery section, River West Co-op showcases organic produce, vegan products from many different sources, and a wonderful drink selection. Along side the grocery section is the cafe. A full Vegan menu made to order contains some of the best food i’ve eaten in this city. I recently tried their take on the Philly Cheese steak. Needless to say its as good as it looks.

Every time i head back to this city i stop here and every time i stop here i literally park right out front. This is such a win for anyone heading to the Milwaukee Area.

Midwestern Journey for Vegan Food!

Living in the Midwest (Chicagoland Area), it can be very tough to find places that support this wonderful lifestyle. Once known as the meat packing center of the US, Chicago has slowing started to accept this lifestyle and support it little by little. Outside the city limits, however, the options are few and far between. The next few posts will focus on wonderful places i have discovered in the Chicago/southern Wisconsin area. The first on my list will be Pig Minds Brewing Co. just outside Rockford, IL.

Shortly After going vegan my search for a vegan restaurant was in full effect! I did some research and did not want to drive 90 minutes to locations in the City of Chicago. Alas i found Pig Minds Brewing Co. Micro-Brewed beer….and Vegan food? Start the car!, i left immediately.

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Upon arriving i was welcomed with a “sit anywhere make yourself at home” policy. Presented with the full menu and beer list i noticed that not only the beer was all made in house, the variety was unparallelled. I ordered a Type of imperial stout and proceeded to the menu.

This is Bar food! Vegan Bar Food! Talk about a win. I indulged in a BBQ Chik’n Sand which and drank a few too many beers. I also must note, when the bill came it was far less than any other brewery i have ever attended. Just the perfect experience for my new journey.

Scrambled eggs for breakfast? Why not? It’s just as healthy as taking a smoke break

I recently watched the documentary What the Health and learned a great deal about the false claims the food industry makes about “healthy” foods. One that caught my attention is the fact that eggs are considered socially to be a healthy part of breakfast. To my surprise i learned that one egg can contain as many carcinogens as FIVE cigarettes. If i wasn’t eating eggs before, i definitely wouldn’t be now. Below are some resources supporting this claimed used in the documentary

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/eggs-and-cholesterol-patently-false-and-misleading-claims/

Welcome To Honestly Vegan

Hello Everyone!

My name is Jason Weingartner and I would like to introduce an exciting new project that i am extremely passionate about! Honestly Vegan is a platform for Vegan awareness and products that support a vegan lifestyle.

The vegan life is not only about saving innocent animals and health. Being a vegan means you personally can help save the world step by step. This platform will show you how using a variety of web resources.  You will be able to easily tap into the wealth of knowledge already out there and immerse yourself in the most rewarding journey.

I do hope you enjoy this website and decide to take action in your own way!

Always

Jason