Vegan Parents: Please Write to Nina Planck
I need your help. Because I don’t have children and my Ph.D. is in Applied Linguistics, not nutrition, a letter from me responding to Nina Planck’s opinion piece, "Death by Veganism," in today’s New York Times won’t pack as much punch as one from vegan parents or people who are experts in nutrition or biochemistry. (This, of course, won’t stop me from writing a letter.)
A couple of comments:
First, contributors to the NYT Op-Ed page don’t usually write their own headlines, so I’m not sure that we can hold Planck responsible for the title. The reason it’s infuriating is that Crown Shakur died from malnutrition (he weighed 3.5 pounds when he died at 6-weeks old). In fact, "[t]he lead prosecutor in the case, Chuck Boring, told the jury, ‘He just was not fed enough. They’re not vegans. They’re baby-killers.’" Yes, that’s harsh, but the point isn’t veganism; it’s ignorance. People who eat meat starve their kids to death, too, but you never hear anyone make the connection between meat-eating and starving children.
Next, because this is an opinion piece, and by design they tend to represent a views that disagree with what is in the rest of the editorial space, don’t think the editors don’t know that Planck’s opinion (which of course she presents as fact) might be a tad controversial.
Finally, because Planck used to be a vegan, and "concluded that a vegan pregnangy was irresponsible" (clearly, she didn’t do her research), AND because she is plugging her book Real Food: What to Eat and Why, and she is working on a new book, Baby Food, about diets for fertility, pregnancy, etc…, she is the perfect contributor for the opinion page.
Go to Nina Planck‘s website to learn more about her. Her opinions make sense, given her upbringing on a family farm. If you’re a vegan parent or a biochemist or nutritionist, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org, and educate her.