Italian chef says he wants to “kill” all vegans

A popular (and, in my opinion, very sad) Italian chef called Gianfranco Vissani has been criticised after he likened vegans to members of a sect and claimed he would “kill them all” during a TV cooking show.

The restaurateur made the comments during a discussion on cooking programme ‘In Onda’ about molecular gastronomy. Molecular gastronomy is a subdiscipline of food science that seeks to investigate the physical and chemical transformations of ingredients that occur in cooking, but it is also known as multi-sensory cooking, culinary physics and experimental cuisine. So it really has nothing to do with veganism in particular, which makes Vissani’s outburst all the more sudden and bizarre.

So here’s what happened! Vissani responded to his co-presenter’s description of molecular gastronomy as a lifestyle and said, “What do you mean, like vegans? Vegans are like members of a sect, they’re like Jehovah’s Witnesses.” Another chef, Davide Oldani, told him not to say such rubbish and Vissani responded by claiming: “But it’s true. And I mean vegans, not vegetarians. What would I do with the vegans? I would kill them all.” A ray of sunshine, isn’t he?

chill out

He received backlash for his ridiculous comments (rightly so), and he only succeeded in coming across as irrationally violent and ignorant of veganism. Who knows, maybe that was his intention, but probably not.

I feel we’re going to see more and more of this nonsense as veganism grows in popularity. The problem, in my opinion, is that omnis who are vehemently anti-vegan are usually that way because of two reasons:

1) They have never looked into veganism. As humans, they like to think they are good people and not causing harm to anyone, and the prospect of that belief being turned on its head is shocking to them, so they reject it. What else are they to do? I understand, I was the same way before I was a vegan.

2) They know that veganism benefits human health, the environment and spares sentient creatures from being killed for their flesh, and because they have no facts to back up why they still insist on eating meat, they attack vegans as being “extremists” or “a cult”. They can’t find a negative side-effect of veganism, so instead they attack vegans individually. It’s a pattern I see constantly. 

Although I think the rise of veganism will result in a lot more negative commentary, it is also obviously a good thing as more and more people are becoming aware of what they’re putting in their bodies and are questioning where it comes from (or, more accurately, who it comes from).

Gianfranco Vissani

Recently, the media peddled many articles on how Italy was going to jail all the vegans if they “forced” their children to be vegan as well. I didn’t want to contribute to such nonsense so I didn’t address it before now, but I’ll tack my two cents on here. Obviously it’s just sensationalist clickbait and the media, as it usually does, made a mountain out of a molehill. The topic “went viral” after Elvira Savino of the Forza Italia party called for parents who give their children what she believes to be “an inadequate diet” should face up to four years in jail. Anti-vegans decided to latch onto it and make it out to be a certainty rather than the silly proposal that it was.

The Mayor of Turin, on the other hand, has encouraged vegan and vegetarian diets in the city for the protection of the environment, animals and people’s health. It’s always great to see people in positions of influence encouraging veganism.

As for Vissani? I hope he either looks into veganism and sees the truth for himself, and if he already has, I hope eventually he will see the damage he is doing to the animal populations, his own health and the health of his customers, and our world.

 

Chef fired for bragging about feeding vegans meat

A chef called Alex Lambert was recently fired after bragging about feeding meat to vegans. And rightly so, in my opinion, as I can’t imagine being so hate-filled that you choose to tamper with someone’s food based on assumptions about their person because they’re vegan.

Lambert, who was terminated from his job at the Littleover Lodge Hotel in the UK, made the comments during an argument with what he called a “militant vegan” on Instagram. According to the Telegraph, he told the woman he was arguing with that “being a vegan is a minority” and that “my personal favourite is feeding vegans animal products and them not knowing”.

you got problems

He insisted his comments were untrue and that he had never tampered with vegan food at the hotel, but I don’t believe him. Chefs and people in general who work with food are in a position of trust, and not just for vegans. What if someone had asked for a vegan dish knowing there would be no dairy in it and then had a reaction because they were lactose intolerant? Would he think it was so funny then? My friend has a son who can’t touch dairy without ballooning up like a red lobster and I shudder to think of any other malicious chefs like Lambert in charge of his food. Would he sneak bacon into a muslim’s dish? Is it just vegans he has this twisted vendetta against?

What’s almost funny is that he claimed that “for the record” he has “nothing against vegans”. Right mate, jog on.

Although I’m glad The Telegraph covered the issue, I’m really disappointed by a quiz that was embedded in the middle of the article. It asks if you currently eat meat and then when I clicked ‘no’ it presented me with a slide that said ‘But it’s good for you!’ Surprised, I clicked ‘no’ again when the question asked if I would eat meat now. In total, there were four slides trying to convince me of reasons why meat is good for me.

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Mind blowing. No word at all on the health, environmental and ethical benefits of a plant-based diet and yet they go out of their way to include a quiz designed to convince you that your lifestyle choice is ill-informed.

Leather Made Out Of Pineapple Leaves Is The Next Big Thing

A company called Pinatex is now using pineapples to make faux leather. Yes, you read that correctly!

The company uses the pineapple’s leaf fibres to create the material and big brands like Puma have started to make prototypes. Pineapple leaves are usually left to rot as an unneeded byproduct of farming pineapples and no extra land, water, fertilisers or pesticides are required to make it.

The company is the brainchild of fashion designer Carmen Hijosa. On a trip to the Philippines, she was introduced to the locals’ method of using pineapple fibres to create material, and was enamoured with the easy, ethical production. And so Pinatex was born!

pineapple leather

Not only will this wonderful fabric  lessen suffering for cows (and hopefully eradicate it over time), it also provides extra income for farmers and creates a new industry for countries that produce pineapples. Win-win!

Not only is the material ethical, but it’s also biodegradable and environmentally friendly! I think we could learn a lot from knowing we can create useful and ethical things from everyday waste.

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