The Internet is a virtual hotbed of vegetarian singles websites that boast inspiring success stories of happy couples who've found veggie love online. Many people have memberships with several sites. Here are some of the most popular:
executivevegetariandating.com offers personalized one-on-one service based on traditional matchmaking techniques intended for serious professional individuals who are searching for a friendship, relationship, committed or lifetime partner, or marriage.
greenfriends.com, 'where vegetarian friends and singles feel at home,' touts itself as the 'best place in the world' to find both platonic friendships and romance.
greensingles.com, one of the first green-dating sites on the Internet, lists personal ads for progressive singles in the environmental, vegetarian, and animal rights communities and for those who love the outdoors, holistic living, personal growth, and spirituality.
vegan.meetup.com has more than 9,000 members differentiated by category-straight edge, raw foodists, and environmentalists among them-and includes listings in major cities for a variety of vegetarian events and gatherings.
veggieconnection.com has about 10,000 members from all over the world. With hundreds of new members each month, Veggie Connection was voted 'top spot to find a veggie mate' in the 2005 VegNews Veggie Awards.
veggiedate.com provides a dating service for vegetarians, raw foodists, macrobiotics, Adventists, Bahais, Taoists, Scientologists, Buddhists, and Hindus. More than 16,000 ads are posted on this site, which offers a free two-week trial.
veggielove.com is a vegetarian-owned and -operated singles community where 'single vegetarians, vegans, raw foodists, and others who seek and value a plant-based diet can meet and network for friendship, dating, marriage, and the exchange of information and ideas.'
Reprinted from VegNews (March/April 2006). Subscriptions: $20/yr. (6 issues) from Box 320130, San Francisco, CA 94132; www.vegnews.com.
Organic Labeling and Beyond
Recent legislation has eroded the meaning of the 'organic' food label in the United States. What's more, conscious consumers have become aware of important considerations-local production, biodynamic harvesting, humane work conditions, fair worker pay-in addition to organic growing processes.
The independent Dutch foundation Nature & More has created a labeling system for organic produce that consumers use to trace a product's history.
'Nature & More strives to continuously increase transparency, mutual awareness, and shared responsibility of all stakeholders in the food supply chain with regard to food quality, ecology, and social justice,' the foundation explains on its website (www.natureandmore.com/English.cmt).
The system works like this: A signature purple label with a four-digit code is affixed to, say, an organic kiwi. Consumers can enter the code on the Nature & More website and get to know the individual grower, learn about the orchard, and check the ecological, social, and product quality of the fruit (all rated on a five-star system).
With data available on most major European organic labels, Nature & More is expanding worldwide but has yet to reach the United States. -Laine Bergeson