Veganism has been gaining popularity across the nation as well as the globe, and Michigan folk have been adapting to it. According to The Vegan Society, veganism is defined as “a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose.”
For some people, the transition to a plant-based diet is easy, such as the experience for cardiologist Joel Kahn, who has been eating a plant-based diet for over 40 years. “It was a coincidence of walking into the University of Michigan dormitory cafeteria and revolting at all the grey food, and I started only eating from the salad bar,” said Kahn. For others, the transition to an all plant-based diet took more time, as it did for Tom Progar, president of VegMichigan. “I was pizza and burgers and everything growing up and then I kind of made this change and had to re-learn how to eat,” said Progar.