Monday, May 13, 2013

Name That Fallacy!

A vegan office: How one workplace has moved to get healthier together
Carrie Clyne’s last job was in an office that feasted on a steady supply of junk food. Donuts in the mornings and cupcakes for staffers’ birthdays were the familiar routine.
But in January, when she took a position with nonprofit organization Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, she was pleasantly surprised by her new employer’s decidedly different attitude toward food.
PCRM has an office policy mandating that only vegan food may be eaten in its office. The organization, which advocates for healthy eating, preventive medicine and ethical clinical research, is so committed to the rule that it notifies prospective employees of the policy when they receive an offer letter for a job.

Now, first off, let's get something out of the way right off. The PCRM has every right in the world to keep a vegan office. Their business, their rules. They're not claiming that only vegans can work there, etc., nothing like that, just that the food consumed on premises must be of a certain nature. Again, their business, their rules.

However...

I love the disconnect between the old office that had junk food (ZOMG!) and the new, slimmer vegan office. Newsflash, folks. Potato chips and Cracker Jacks are 100% vegan. One can adhere to a vegan lifestyle and still eat unhealthy foods. Now, granted, it is significantly harder to eat junk foods, as the vegan diet precludes anything made with lard or animal fat - however it is also more difficult to get the necessary RDA of protein and dairy.

If you're not disciplined enough to eat a healthy diet, it doesn't matter if you're a vegan, vegetarian, or carnivore. If you can't pass up the donuts and cupcakes at work, it's not your work environment's fault for offering them. It is entirely up to you and you alone to regulate the fuel that goes into your body, plain and simple. Blaming the office for supplying junk food is a cop-out - as is claiming that a new office with a vegan-only menu helped you lose weight.

Garbage-in, garbage-out doesn't just apply to computer programming...

That is all.

Thanks to #1 blogdaughter for the story!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I suddenly have an urge to send them a case of pork rinds.

Gerry

Healthy people just leave slimmer corpses.

TinCan Assassin said...

Well, it's not Breda, certainly not Myra....

Dave H said...

It is entirely up to you and you alone to regulate the fuel that goes into your body, plain and simple.

This is true. But having the support of the people around you to make a good choice can make a huge difference. There's nothing wrong with wanting to work among like-minded people.

Also, on my programming team, the rule is "Garbage in, diagnostics out."

Anonymous said...

What is Post Hoc ergo proper hoc?

I'll take logical fallacies for $200, Jay.

Joseph in IL

Bubblehead Les. said...

Hmmm. Reminds me to buy some more BACON soon.

Roger said...

The one thing I vividly recall from being around several vegans, is the incredible amount of noxious intestinal gas their diet will produce. The office (as you correctly say) can be run in any way the boss wants it to be. However it might not be an aromatically friendly place to work.

TinCan Assassin said...

@Roger: Maybe it's run on Natural Gas.

Christina LMT said...

Yeah, but it's way easier to be good when there's no temptation.

Daniel in Brookline said...

"Blaming the office for supplying doughnuts is a cop-out..."

All puns intended, right Jay?