EP54: Battling the Vegan Backlash with Andy & Stevie!

Red Radio Episode Fifty Four features an in-depth discussion about the recent increase of what Erin Red calls ‘Vegan Backlash’, featuring activist and Compassion Co. Founder Andy Tabar, and co-host of Australian Vegan Podcast Team Earthling, Stevie Schafer!  Listen to the thorough threesome dissect some of the latest big stories in anti-vegan media, uncover the truth about walking the walk, and brainstorm on some solutions for the increasingly mainstream vegan movement.  Heavy stuff, folks!  Plus, Erin Red shares two infuriating animal-related news stories, as well as some of the latest (surprisingly) pro-vegan stories making their internet rounds!  Chock-full, I say!  Please consider supporting Red Radio by visiting Erin Red’s home base erinred.com and clicking the DONATE button, and subscribe to Red Radio on iTunes today!  If you love what you hear, leave a glowing review, or drop Erin Red a line at erinredradio@gmail.com.  You can also read her blog at erinred.tumblr.com, and find her on Facebook and Twitter @erinred.
  • It was great to hear Stevie Schafer talk about Dr Julia Minson’s research on attitudes towards vegetarians. She discovered a whole range of interesting stuff, from how shooting the messenger makes people more receptive to the message (as Stevie mentioned), to how omnivores tend to think themselves more moral than vegetarians, but believe that vegetarians are more moral than average (ie other) omnivores.

    If any listeners would like to hear more, The Vegan Option talked to Dr Minson for our “Judgemental!” episode (which also has Marla Rose and Colleen Patrick-Goudreau). The extended rough edit of Diana’s whole interview with Dr Minson is also online. If you’d like to hear any more about that and “Do-Gooder Derogation” (a different area of research), please have a listen!

  • The quinoa commment piece was from a section The Guardian calls “Comment is Free” – which is partly why it doesn’t seem to have to hold to the standards of The Guardian’s own journalism.

    “Comment is free” taken from half of a saying of a revered former editor, CP Scott. It helps to put the article in context if you know how the saying ends “But”, Scott added, “facts are sacred”.

  • This episode seriously rules. I can relate on so many levels, and I felt that same exact way as you, Erin, when reading both articles (quinoa and 19 things). Not to mention, I completely fell in love with food when I became vegan, where as before I would eat junk all of the time and not many colorful ones to say the least. Bravo!