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Amy’s Kitchen

These are ready made meals that are often microwavable, or sometimes require a toaster oven (such as with the vegan burgers).

They are not all vegan, but again it is appreciated that they are very clear about their ingredients and are helpfully labeled when they are vegan.

If you click through you can even search based on identifiers such as “vegan” or “gluten free”. It is too few and far between that more ubiquitous companies provide such clarity and recognition of healthier and more food conscious points of view, so even if it isn’t truly a vegan company, it’s honesty and openness goes a long way. Because, again, I think that’s what we can all agree on, that we merely want to be Thoughtful Eaters, knowing what we are feeding ourselves and being fed.

It is my understanding that some of these are available on campus at RIT at the various cafeterias and convenience stores. Unfortunately I could not find a list of products from RIT about what their stores are stocked with, which I think would be an amazing help, and is not out of the question in our day and age and especially at a technical institute. Being able to see the entire stock listing and researching products on your own without having to go to the store and spend so much time reading labels and trying to figure out what that weird word is and worrying that if you buy it you’re gonna be eating something bizarre like the crushed up bones of dairy cows or something terrible.

I am trying though, and I’m sure I’ll get some help, to focus more on what’s available at RIT, what’s quick and easy to make for vegan meals, and even some recipes available with a microwave or without any cooking besides just ready made meals.

If you have any suggestions please feel free to contact us at the email address listed on the right.

Meat Market: Animals, Ethics, And Money

This book was suggested to me, and it is the book that made me want to be more active in spreading information about veganism. It is about 200 pages for the book, and then another hundred pages of various essays.

The author, Erik Marcus, is the owner and operator of a great website with often daily news updates on animal ethics and food issues.

The facts are presented clearly in this book with little sway towards veganism, though clearly since the author is vegan it is hard to escape that set of ideals, however while reading through it I noticed that it wasn’t ever pushed as a necessity but that the idea of knowledge and understanding was key. And though I personally wish more people would be vegan, I agree that the point here is knowledge and understanding.

A well-informed omnivore is in a better position than an uninformed vegan in my view. You should always know and reflect on what you’re doing before you do it. Otherwise, what are you doing?

Jason Natural Products

Another great brand of cosmetics and toiletries, again not completely vegan, but they are also refreshingly clear and open on all their packaging and their website about their ingredients and sources.

And very similar to Kiss My Face, both companies seem to promote naturalism over chemicals, which can always be a great health benefit.

However there’s always more to be told, especially in a capitalist market (which isn’t a bad thing). What we always want though is to seek out information and be aware of what it is that we’re feeding ourselves with and putting on or in our bodies.

Rationality is seemingly our species gift, so why abandon it? We should take advantage of it at every possible moment.

Kiss My Face

Kiss My Face is a mostly vegan brand of cosmetics and toiletries that is easily found around Rochester in at least Wegmans and Target.

Their website is very nice as they do have a section explaining their products ingredients, which ones are considered vegan, and their goals for being cruelty free and environmental conscientious.

Obviously not perfect, but the clarity and ease of understanding presented on the website and on the labels on their products is reassuring and refreshing compared to the ubiquitous brands out there.

Click the image to go to where there is an alphabetized searchable list of commonly known non-vegan ingredients to watch out for in your foods.

Be aware that some ingredients such as certain proteins and acids do have vegan alternatives, so that vegan brands of foods will have some of these items listed in their ingredients, but they will be from vegan sources.

For example, cosmetics and deodorants commonly contain variations of stearate also called quanternium, and while cruelty free cosmetics and deodorants while list them as ingredients they would come from the plant sources for those brands.


Carmine may be prepared from cochineal, by boiling dried insects in water to extract the carminic acid and then treating the clear solution with alum, cream of tartar, stannous chloride, or potassium hydrogen oxalate; the coloring and animal matters present in the liquid are thus precipitated. Other methods are in use in which egg white, fish glue, or gelatin are sometimes added before the precipitation.

Carmine is used in the manufacture of artificial flowers, paints, crimson ink, rouge, and other cosmetics, and is routinely added to food products such as yoghurt and certain brands of juice, most notably those of the ruby-red variety.

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First (Unofficial) Club Meeting !!!


This is Tommy, and we’re finally going to get things moving forward and start to meet as a club, even though by my count I think there’s only about 5 of us, including myself.

I’ll try to keep this site updated and as accurate as possible, as well as just post a lot of great links and info and recipes.

The point of this club is to just get information out there and to try and make people into Thoughtful not Thoughtless eaters. And the not-so-secret underlying hidden agenda of the club is for me to convince everyone to go vegan and never look back and ultimately live a life of happy, healthy, guiltless joy.

But as for the meeting(s) I thought we could figure out things like where and when to meet next, figure out official club stuff so we can become an official RIT club (if only for passive means of advertising its existence), discuss information about veganism and any tips or suggestions or questions anyone has, and basically just do what we can and (most importantly) want to to become thoughtful eaters.

I’ve only been vegan for the past 2 years and 5 months and I am by no means an expert on health, or Rochester, or RIT, or veganism in any way, shape, or form. But I think that I’ve been through enough vegan trials and tribulations to pass what I can on to anyone who will listen or who asks, so please ask anything and ask as often as you want because I do tend to forget a lot.

My hope is ultimately that this will almost be like a support group for being vegan in Rochester and at RIT, in the sense that we’ll all help each other and get the word out as often as possible. I’ve recently realized that my aims for veganism extend beyond my personal achievements and to really be true to my principles and sense of morality I really need to do as much as I can to get the information out there. I by no means want to force anyone’s beliefs, change should come from within, but without the information it’s hard for that change to ever happen.

So our first (unofficial) club meeting will be Monday February 8th, from 3pm to 4pm at Java Wally’s in the RIT Library. If it’s too crowded we’ll move into the so called “Idea Factory” in the Library. I plan to make a small sign to put on the table where we’ll be sitting just to make it clear, and feel free to invite anyone Vegan, Carnivore, Omnivore, Herbivore, Whatever-vore. It’s all about information and discussion.

Hope to see you there !!!

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