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Vegan Magazine Caught Using Real Meat In Recipe Photos

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Ever wonder how VegNews gets some of their faux-meat recipes to look just like the real thing? I think you know where this is going.

In an embarrassing reveal that’s pissing off a whole lot of people, website QuarryGirl yesterday posted an article exposing the veg-centric magazine for passing off stock photos of meat dishes as plant-based alternatives.

“It’s sad, then, that the pictures we’ve been drooling over for years are actually of MEAT!,” the article reads. “Veg News has written tens (possibly hundreds) of articles extolling the virtues of a vegan lifestyle, while purchasing rock-bottom priced stock photos of MEAT, EGGS, DAIRY and other completely non-vegan things.”

QuarryGirl goes on to post examples of meaty images taken from iStockPhoto (a cheap, online photo sourcing service) and used in such recipes as “Vegan Spare Ribs”, “Fast Food-style Vegan Burgers”, and “Vegan Stews”. They even cite an example where the bones were photoshopped out of one of the images.

Another puzzling question: Does VegNews then even bother to make the very recipes they’re gushing about? One commenter on the QG site said that this basically confirms why her meat-free dishes were never able to come out at all like the photos.

It’s also coming to light that the practice of using meat images as vegan ones has been happening for quite some time.

“As a former VegNews intern I can tell you that this magazine doesn’t deserve the benefit of the doubt,” said one commenter named Kristen. “Everyone involved in its production is fully aware of the “meat and dairy photo policy” and they actively encourage their art director and interns to search for pictures of meat and dairy foods to masquerade as pictures of vegan food.”

VegNews has yet to comment on their photo policy. Check out the full article over on QuarryGirl.

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