For us, the past two years have consisted
of a painstaking collection of data and research. As before, space
constraints have required us to exclude a lot of helpful articles
in their entirety. However we have taken the cold hard facts of
these articles and included them here. A complete listing of these
articles can be found in the back of this book and we do recommend
that you take the time to dig them up and read them.
We have attempted not to write an
animal rights book, but a clear, concise reference Manual. Our views
on animal rights should be self-evident.
As thorough and complete as we have
attempted to be, no one list on the subject can ever be considered
absolutely complete. Industry is creating new ingredients every
day. With this in mind, you will find a bit more explanation in
this edition to aid in making the many educated guesses that a vegan
is faced with on a day to day basis. Starting with some nutrition
facts to help dispell myths about how unhealthy not eating meat
is, we go on to bring fact to the fiction (or non-fiction) of many
rumors that we have all heard many times and even some that we were
surprised to hear. Regardless of how outrageous a reported rumor
would sound, we went to lengths in checking it out through the FDA,
the manufacturer, and wherever else we could find the information.
Most of the FDA boards that review
products and make policies regarding their labeling are typically
all ex-food product executives. This fact alone makes the FDA an
unreliable source of information. In the current political climate,
and with capitalism at it's strongest, the FDA is often pressured
to make decisions biased to the manufacturers liking. Often a good
deal, if not all of the research on any given product is done by
the manufacturers themselves. So the bias should be obvious. Food
manufacturers also use tactics (coined by Procter & Gamble)
like contributing large amounts of capital to key members of the
Congress to gain lobbying power.
The manufacturers were not helpful
in finding out specifics on particular products as they went to
every extreme to protect their products and maintain the salability
to all consumers. Of course, any food product from any major manufacturer
(ie. Proctor & Gamble, General Mills, etc.) will have most likely
been tested on animals regardless of whether or not there are animal
derived products in it.
It is best to buy food products from
the smaller companies out there, or try your hand at organic gardening.
Unfortunately these two alternatives are not always feasible depending
on where you live. That's why we've worked so hard to pull a book
like this together.
In researching this book we have been
astounded at some of the inventive places animal products can pop
up. Our diets have changed in the course of compiling the information
here, as we were surprised to find many ingredients that we were
eating contained animal products.
We have continued to be as thorough
and correct as possible. All information contained in this publication
is from reliable sources, all of which are documented at the end.
Most have been double checked with our own resources, If you find
any additions or corrections let us know at: E.G. Smith Press, P.O.
Box 82026, Columbus, Ohio, 43202 USA - please include sources and
As far as we know,
the E.G. Smith collective does not exist anymore, and can not be
contacted at the above address
Introduction To The
The purpose of this pamphlet isn't
to preach about why you shouldn't eat animals and how animals are
tortured because of society's consumption of them. It has been compiled
as a working reference for those who are most likely vegan, and
who wonder if Dihydroxyethyl Soyamine Dioleate in their favorite
potato chips is vegan (which it isn't)
This pamphlet is comprised of several
different articles from all over the country. There were a lot of
things that we had collected that we wanted to include but due to
the space constraints we were forced to carefully select articles
that stayed consistent with the original goal we had set out to
The Possible Animal Derived List in
this pamphlet requires some explanation. This is a myriad of ingredients
that fit into two categories. The first, are ingredients that are
most likely animal-derived, but no confirmation has been given by
the manufacturer(s). The other are ingredients that in some cases
are animal-derived, but not always. Usually it is best to use your
judgement. Lecithin for example will say Soy-Lecithin if it is not
derived from animals, on the other hand some ingredients offer no
clue to their origins. It is usually best to avoid most of the products
listed in this section, just to be safe.
The booklet focuses mainly on food,
but it also extends somewhat into shampoos and other products that
even people of the meat-eating culture wouldn't normally eat. We
have tried to be as thorough and correct as possible, all the information
contained in this publication is from reliable sources, all of which
are documented at the end, and most have been double checked with
our own resources. If you find any additions or corrections please
direct them to E.G. Smith Press, P.O. Box 82026, Columbus, Ohio,
43202 - please include sources and explanations.
As far as we know, the E.G. Smith
collective does not exist anymore, and can not be contacted at the
- E.G. Smith Press Collective
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