|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)|
A Spotlight on Vegan Companies and Businesses
throughout the United States and a few beyond - updated May 2006
by M. 'Butterflies' Katz
co-author of Incredibly Delicious; Recipes for a New Paradigm
by Gentle World www.gentleworld.org
I sent out a questionnaire
to hundreds of vegan companies and businesses that I searched for on-line.
As I read the questionnaires when they came in, I knew this article was
going to be more interesting than I had even imagined. Pulling them together,
from uniquely differing paths, but all achieving the same thing; A VEGAN
BUSINESS OR COMPANY, made for very interesting reading. There are vegan
boutiques, several vegan donut bakers, vegan bakeries, a vegan camp, vegan
chocolate companies, vegan retreats and B&Bs, etc. I was pleasantly
surprised to learn of so many vegan restaurants. However, most of the
vegan restaurants did not reply. I know (from being the chef of The Vegan
Restaurant on Maui, Hawaii when owned and operated by Gentle World) that
having a restaurant means long hours of work, leaving little time for
filling out questionnaires.
There were companies that replied to my questions that produce mostly vegan products that, for one reason or another, deserve to be mentioned. These companies will be listed at the end. There were many vegan companies and businesses that were too busy selling all their vegan wares to respond to my survey. However, all the companies mentioned in this article did respond to my questions. So sit back, and read each individual company's story. Then, think of the 'Bigger Picture' and what it represents that all these companies are emerging!
[note from the editors: Long distance shopping burns fossil fuels in ships, aircraft and trucks. IVU therefore encourages everyone to buy as locally as possible.]
In conclusion, I would have
to say that the one thing all these people and companies have in common,
is that they care.