Vegan Fest held: No animals hurt

Weavers Way held its second annual Vegan Fest this past Sunday (3/18). Vegetarian starter kits were available for those not quite ready to make the full commitment of a vegan diet. Vegans do not eat animal products or by-products.

The event highlights the many vegan products offered at the two Weavers Way stores in Northwest Philadelphia. Weavers Way is a member-owned food cooperative based in Mt. Airy.

To help you understand where you are on the Veggie-Vegan scale here are a few lifestyle options you can pursue:

VEGETARIAN:Vegetarian is a blanket term used to describe a person who does not consume meat, poultry, fish, or seafood.

This grouping includes vegans and the various sub-categories of vegetarian; however, it generally implies someone who has less dietary restrictions than a vegan.

SEMI-VEGETARIAN:The term semi-vegetarian is usually used to describe someone who is a vegetarian who consumes dairy products, eggs, chicken, and fish, but does not consume other animal flesh.

OVO-LACTO-VEGETARIAN:Ovo-lacto vegetarians are vegetarians who do not consume meat, poultry, fish, and seafood, but do consume eggs and milk. This is the largest group of vegetarians.

OVO-VEGETARIAN:Ovo-vegetarian is a term used to describe someone who would be a vegan if they did not consume eggs.

LACTO-VEGETARIAN: Lacto-vegetarian is a term used to describe someone who would be a vegan if they did not consume milk.

VEGAN:Vegan is the strictest sub-category of vegetarians. Vegans do not consume any animal products or by-products. Some go as far as not even consuming honey and yeast. Others do not wear any clothing made from animal products.

(Categories and descriptions provided by vegetarianvegan.com)

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