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The temperature was just above freezing, and it was raining. Hard.
Even though visibility was low, I could see an 18-wheeler up ahead on our right.
As we got closer, I realized with dread that it was a slaughter truck.
Seeing these trucks always makes me sad, but the suffering inside this particular one was even worse than normal.
I could see through the slats that pigs were packed inside tightly. Their ears flapped in the whipping wind and water streamed down their sides.
As we pulled into my grandparents’ driveway, I did my best to shake it off so that I could enjoy my time with extended family.
My Grammy had picked up dinner for us from my favorite all-vegan restaurant, Plant. We enjoyed the great food and conversation, which eventually circled around to the weather.
It was getting colder out there, and snow was expected any minute. I thought about the pigs.
One of my cousins asked:
“We were wondering, what would you have eaten if this snowstorm knocked the power out and we were stuck here? What if it had stayed out for a long time? Would you eat non-vegan food to survive?”
We talked about how that subject would make a good blog post – a list of vegan things that you could eat at someone else’s house in an emergency.
Everyone added an idea: peanut butter, crackers, Cheerios, bagels, potato chips, canned beans, Triscuits…
But there’s already a good list of “accidentally vegan” items out there that are pretty common. (Check it out to see what’s vegan in your cabinet!)
I thought about the rest of the question. In this extended snow storm thought experiment, what if the vegan food ran out? Would I eat non-vegan food to survive?