I try hard not to be evegangelical, even when the menu has no vegetarian options except french fries. I don't see the point in being pushy and sometimes I wish I could just give up all my economic-social-spiritual-health views that make me a vegetarian -- they are at once liberating and limiting.
But this week I packed a product that I think deserves to be called out: Wegmans' Organic Super Yogurt. I thought I was safe with yogurt, especially organic, especially Wegmans. But instead of ranting, I'm going to give you a break down of the ingredients:
Cultured Pasteurized Grade A Organic Nonfat Milk - hopefully from happy cows
Organic Sugar, Organic Cream, Organic Corn Starch, Organic Vanilla Flavor, Organic Vanilla Beans, Organic Lemon Juice Concentrate - hopefully from happy farms
Inulin (Dietary fiber) - my research tells me this is plant based, usually from roots
Pectin - gelling agent extracted from citrus/terrestrial plants (sounds like aliens)
Organic Locust Bean Gum - luckily not grasshopper-based, but from carob trees
Fish Oil (Anchovy, Sardine) - NOT vegetarian, at least neither are on the overfished list
Kosher Gelatin (Beef, Tilapia) - Seriously? Beef? That doesn't even fly with the pseudo-veggies (pescatarians). If we were in India -- class action lawsuit.
Vitamin D, Contains a Blend of Live and Active Cultures Including: L. Acidophilus, L. Casei, Probiotic Bifidobacterium Lactis - I personally don't count bacteria as animals, so we're safe
I'm not sure the blame here goes to Wegmans. In fact, I thank them for their transparency and lack of HFCS (which despite the ad campaign, is terrible). But I'm not a fan of crossing another item off my list, and I doubt the other 7.3 million veggie Americans are either.