(US/sc) Vegan movement grows in Greenville
- When Justin Timberlake hosted �Saturday Night Live� recently, one of the
skits, �Bring It on Down to Veganville,� featured the performer dressed as
a giant slab of tofu, dancing the �vegan shake� and singing about the
merits of a �meat-free zone� to a sausage seller. Links to the sketch went
viral. Tofu hamming it up on late-night comedy television? It�s just the
latest sign of veganism�s growing popularity.
Vegans don�t consume animal products � no meat, fish, eggs, dairy products
or honey � and a few years ago, that meant settling for a salad and plain
baked potato at many restaurants. But the prevalence of plant-based diets
is changing the dining landscape everywhere.
�There are definitely people moving here from out of state who are vegans,�
says Carol Kelley, a South Carolina native and vegetarian who has lived in
Greenville for 30 years. Kelley, who organizes a monthly vegetarian and
vegan potluck through the social networking site �Meetup,� says one reason
for the increasing popularity of plant-based diets is award-winning
The 2011 feature film �Forks Over Knives,� for example, examines the claim
that most of the degenerative diseases that afflict Americans can be
controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed
foods. And Kelley says even omnivores are eating more vegetables.
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