Tuesday, August 14, 2007

See you in the funny papers

Many vegetarians know that unpleasant animal products can lurk in seemingly innocent foods. Today's episode of my favorite comic strip, "Get Fuzzy," explores that idea. Rob, the strip's main human character and a longtime vegetarian, learns that there is rennet - or as another character describes it, "baby cow stomach" - in his cheddar cheese. You can read the strip in the Journal, or online here for the next 30 days.

Luckily, the episode is funny as well as educational. A friend and I analyze the strip each day, and he enjoyed it even though he isn't vegetarian. (We also talked a bit about vegetarianism and veganism as a result of the strip.) Keep watching, because I have a feeling that this may be the start of a vegetarian storyline for the week.

Meanwhile, if you would like to learn more about rennet, as well as non-dairy cheese alternatives, the Vegetarian Resource Group has a good article here.

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