Privacy Policy & User Agreement

The following terms (“Terms of Use”) constitute an agreement between Michelle Westerhausen dba Vegetarian Ventures. (“Vegetarian Ventures”), and you that governs your use of this website and all of its associated services, content, and functionality. This policy applies to the website administered by Vegetarian Ventures (“Website”), located at https://vegetarianventures.com.

 

Your use of the Website constitutes your acceptance of, and agreement to, the following Terms of Use. Vegetarian Ventures reserves the right to modify, alter, amend or update its Website, policies and these Terms of Use. These Terms of Use are subject to change without notice. If you do not agree with or do not accept any part of these Terms of Use, you must not use the Website.

 

PRIVACY POLICY

 

What Personal Information Does the Website Collect and How Is This Personal Information Used?

The Website may receive and store information that you voluntarily submit through the Website for the purpose of subscribing to the Website to contact Vegetarian Ventures or for the purpose of leaving comments on blog posts.

The Website may receive and store certain types of usage-related information when you interact with the Website, including, but not limited to, your computer’s IP address and browser information. The information we collect is used to customize the content and/or layout of our page for each individual visitor.

The Website uses Google Analytics to track statistics regarding our audience and Website traffic. No personally identifiable information is transferred from the Website to Google Analytics. For more information on Google’s Analytics privacy policies, please visit this site.

The Website uses cookies to store visitors’ preferences, record user-specific information on what pages users access or visit, ensure that visitors are not repeatedly sent the same banner ads, customize Website content based on visitors’ browser type or other information that the visitor sends. Cookies may also be used by third-party services, such as Google Analytics, as described above.

The Website uses third-party advertising companies, such as MediaVine, to serve content and advertisements when you visit the Website, which may use cookies or web beacons. No personal information is shared with the Website’s ad providers.

From time to time, the Website may engage in sponsored campaigns with various influencer networks, brands, or agencies. All sponsored content is duly disclosed in accordance with the FTC’s requirements. From time to time, these sponsored campaigns utilize tracking pixels, which may contain cookies to collect data regarding usage and audience. This information is collected by the sponsoring company to track the results of the campaign. No personally identifiable information collected by the Website is used in conjunction with these tracking pixels.

The Website may engage in affiliate marketing, which is described more fully below. If you click on a link for an affiliate partnership, a cookie will be placed on your browser to track any sales for purposes of commissions.

From time to time, the Website may engage in remarketing efforts with third-party companies, such as Google, Facebook, or Instagram, in order to market the Website. These companies use cookies to serve ads based on someone’s past visits to the Website. At any time, you may opt out of Google Ads by modifying your Google Ad settings.

Third-Party Use of Personal Information

The Website may provide personal information to an applicable third party in order to provide services. Currently, the Website uses the services of Mad Mimi for delivery of email updates. Mad Mimi’s use of your personal information is subject to Mad Mimi’s privacy policy.

 

At this time, your personal information is not shared with any other third-party applications. If a new service provider is engaged, these terms will be amended accordingly.

 

Will the Website Share the Personal Information It Collects?
Except when required by law, the Website will not sell, distribute, or reveal users’ email addresses or other personal information without their consent.

Vegetarian Ventures may disclose or transfer personal information collected through the Website to third parties who acquire all or a portion of our business, which may be the result of a merger, consolidation, or purchase of all or a portion of our assets, or in connection with any bankruptcy or reorganization proceeding brought by or against us.

Modification or Deletion of Personal Information
You can decline to submit personal information at any time. If you decline, Vegetarian Ventures may not be able to continue to provide service to you. You may request deletion of your personal information by sending an email to [email protected], but in some cases, we may be required to keep your information by law. In such a case, it would no longer be active and would be kept separately in an archive.

CHILDREN’S INFORMATION
The Website does not knowingly collect any personally identifiable information from children under the age of 13. If a parent or guardian believes that the Website has personally-identifiable information of a child under the age of 13 in its database the, please contact us immediately [email protected] and Vegetarian Ventures will use its best efforts to promptly remove such information from our records.

AFFILIATE MARKETING

From time to time, the Website may engage in affiliate marketing. This means that if you use an affiliate link to make a purchase, the Website will receive a commission on that purchase. All efforts are made to ensure that affiliate links are disclosed in accordance with the FTC.

 

Michelle Westerhausen is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and link to Amazon.com.

 

FTC DISCLOSURE

From time to time, the Website may post sponsored content from an advertiser. This means that an advertiser, which may be a brand, agency, or influencer network, will contract with Vegetarian Ventures to create content featuring certain messages or product placement. Pursuant to the FTC’s requirements, all such advertisements on the Website are clearly and conspicuously disclosed.

 

Even though compensation (e.g., cash, free product, or services) is received for in exchange for this sponsored content placement, Vegetarian Ventures gives its honest opinion, findings, believes, or experiences in such content. All views expressed on the Website are those of the content creator. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider, or party in question.

 

GENERAL DISCLAIMER

Vegetarian Ventures has made every effort to ensure that all information on the Website has been tested for accuracy. Vegetarian Ventures makes no guarantees regarding the results that you will see from using the information provided on the Website.

 

The Website disclaims liability for incidental or consequential damages and assumes no responsibility or liability for any loss or damage suffered by any person as a result of use of the information provided on the Website. The Website assumes or undertakes no liability for any loss or damage suffered as a result of the use of any information found on the Website.

 

NUTRITION DISCLAIMER

All information provided regarding nutrition on the Website is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Content related to nutrition is not medical advice nor is it intended to replace medical advice. The Website is not intended to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, condition, illness, or injury. Before beginning any diet program or modifying your diet, including following the nutrition information available on the Website, you should seek advice from a licensed professional.

 

The Website is not responsible for any liability, loss, or damage, caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application, or interpretation of the nutrition information available on the Website.

 

The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated the statements contained in any information on the Website. Individual results may vary.

 

RECIPE DISCLAIMER

From time to time, the Website will publish content with recipes. All such recipes have been tried and used successfully, but results may vary from person to person. Consult your medical professional before using any recipe if you have concerns about how you may individually react to any particular recipe or ingredient. By voluntarily creating and using any recipe provided here, you assume the risk of any potential injury that may result.

 

Vegetarian Ventures features both vegetarian and vegan recipes, which are provided for informational purposes only. It is your sole responsibility to ensure that a particular recipe complies with your personal dietary needs and restrictions prior to preparing or consuming any recipe presented on the Website. Vegetarian Ventures assumes no responsibility for ensuring that information on the Website is compliant with your personal dietary restrictions.

 

YOUR RESPONSIBILITY

The Website was developed strictly for informational purposes. You understand and agree that you are fully responsible for your use of the information provided on the Website. Vegetarian Ventures makes no representations, warranties or guarantees. You understand that results may vary from person to person. Vegetarian Ventures assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions that may appear in the Website.

 

USE OF THE WEBSITE

Unless otherwise stated, Vegetarian Ventures owns the intellectual property and rights to all content and material on the Website. Subject to the license below, all intellectual property rights are reserved.

 

You may view, download (for caching purposes only), and print pages for your personal use, subject to the restrictions set out below and elsewhere in these Terms of Use.

 

The following uses are not permitted:

 

From time to time, the Website will utilize various plugins or widgets to allow sharing of content via social media channels, email or other methods. Use of these plugins or widgets does not constitute any waiver of Vegetarian Ventures’ intellectual property rights. Such use is a limited license to republish the content on the approved social media channels, with full credit to Vegetarian Ventures.

 

You must not use the Website in a way that causes, or may cause, damage to the Website or impair the availability of access to the Website. You must not decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble or otherwise reduce the Website, except to the extent that such activity is expressly permitted by applicable law. You must not use the Website to copy, store, host, transmit, send, use, publish or distribute any material that consists of (or is linked to) any spyware, computer virus, Trojan horse, worm, keystroke logger, rootkit and/or other harmful code or malicious software.

 

You must not conduct any systematic or automated data collection activities, including, but not limited to scraping, data mining, data extraction or data harvesting on or in relation to the Website without Vegetarian Ventures’ express written permission.

 

You must not use the Website to transmit or send any unsolicited commercial communications.

 

You must not use the Website for any third-party marketing without Vegetarian Ventures’ express written permission.

 

COPYRIGHT

Unless otherwise noted, the design, content and all components of the Website are copyrights owned by Vegetarian Ventures or third parties and are protected by United States and international copyright laws and should not be reused or republished without express written permission.

 

TRADEMARKS

Vegetarian Ventures’ trademarks and trade dress may not be used in connection with any product or service that is not Vegetarian Ventures’, in any manner likely to cause confusion among consumers, or in any manner that disparages or discredits Vegetarian Ventures or Michelle Westerhausen.

 

From time to time, the Website will legally utilize trademarks owned by third parties related to Vegetarian Ventures’ services. These trademarks are the respective property of their owners.

 

GRANT OF RIGHTS

You grant Vegetarian Ventures a worldwide, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, adapt, publish, translate and distribute any content you contribute to the Website. This includes, but is not limited to, text, images, audio material, comments, video material and audio-visual material. This license extends to all known and future media. You also grant Vegetarian Ventures the right to sub-license these rights and the right to bring an action for infringement of these rights.

 

CONTENT CONTRIBUTED TO THE WEBSITE
Any content you contribute to the site, including, but not limited to text, images, audio material, comments, video material and audio-visual material, must not be illegal or unlawful, may not infringe on any third-party’s legal rights, and must not be capable of giving rise to legal action whether against you or Vegetarian Ventures or a third party.

Vegetarian Ventures reserves the right to edit or remove: (i) any material submitted to the Website; (ii) stored on Vegetarian Ventures’ servers; or, (iii) hosted or published on the Website. Vegetarian Ventures takes no responsibility and assumes no liability for any content posted by you or any third party.

 

Notwithstanding Vegetarian Ventures’ rights under the Terms of Use, Vegetarian Ventures does not undertake to monitor the submission of all content to, or the publication of such content on, the Website.

 

COMMENT POLICY

The Website offers the option for you to leave comments, engaging with the Website’s posts. The following types of comments will not be tolerated and will be deleted:

 

Vegetarian Ventures’ sole discretion will be used to determine if a comment is in violation of this comment policy. Any comments in violation will be promptly deleted and no further explanation will be due to you if your comment was determined to be in violation with this policy.

 

TAKEDOWN REQUESTS

From time to time, the Website will publish posts with images from other third-party websites. Any such use is intended considered fair use under copyright laws and is fully attributed to the owner. If you believe that your copyrighted work has been used on the Website in a way that constitutes copyright infringement and falls outside of fair use, please send a request to [email protected] and we will remove the image within 24 to 48 hours.

 

COMMUNICATION

If you send Vegetarian Ventures an email, register to use the Website or provide your email to Vegetarian Ventures in any other way, you consent to receive communications from Vegetarian Ventures electronically. You agree that all legal notices provided via electronic means from Vegetarian Ventures satisfy any requirement for written notice.

 

THIRD PARTIES

The Website contain links to third-party websites that are not governed or controlled by Vegetarian Ventures. You represent and warrant that you have read and agree to be bound by all applicable Terms of Use and policies for any third-party website that relates to your use of the Website. Vegetarian Ventures assumes no control or liability over the content of any third-party sites. You expressly hold harmless Vegetarian Ventures from any and all liability related to your use of a third-party website.

 

Prior to engaging in any events or commercial transactions with any third parties discovered through or linked on the Website, you must complete any necessary investigation or due diligence. If there is a dispute for any events or commercial transactions with a third party discovered through or linked on the Website, you expressly hold Vegetarian Ventures harmless from any and all liability in any dispute.

 

NO WARRANTIES

The Website are provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis without any representations or warranties, expressed or implied. Vegetarian Ventures makes no representations or warranties in relation to the Website or the information and materials provided therein.

 

Vegetarian Ventures makes no warranty the Website will meet your requirements; will be available uninterrupted; timely and free of viruses or bugs; or represents the full functionality, accuracy, and reliability of the Website. Vegetarian Ventures is not responsible to you for the loss of any content or material uploaded or transmitted through the Website. The Website is written in English and makes no warranty regarding translation or interpretation of content in any language.

 

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

VEGETARIAN VENTURES WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, EXEMPLARY, PUNITIVE OR SPECIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, HOWEVER CAUSED, INCLUDING LOSS OF PROFITS, REVENUE, DATA OR USE, INCURRED BY YOU, WHETHER UNDER THEORY OF CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), WARRANTY OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF THE OTHER PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

 

INDEMNITY

You agree to defend, indemnify and hold Vegetarian Ventures, its members, employees, officers, directors, managers and agents harmless from and against any and all losses, claims, suits, actions, liabilities, obligations, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses) which Vegetarian Ventures suffers as a result of third-party claims based on: (i) your negligence or intentional misconduct, (ii) your breach of any provision of the Terms of Use (including representation or warranty); (iii) materials prepared or provided by you including, but not limited to, any claims of infringement, or misappropriation of copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, or other intellectual property or proprietary right, infringement of the rights of privacy or publicity, or defamation or libel; or (iv) death, personal injury, or property damage arising out of, or relating to, your obligations hereunder.

 

ARBITRATION

The Terms of Use will be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Indiana. Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to the Terms of Use, or the breach thereof, shall be settled by arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) under its Commercial Arbitration Rules, and judgment on the award rendered by the arbitrator(s) may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. The place of any such arbitration shall be in or near Monroe County, Indiana. The parties also agree that the AAA Optional Rules for Emergency Measures of Protection shall apply to the proceedings.

 

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

If any provision(s) of the Terms of Use is held to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, the remaining provisions shall be severable and enforceable. If a provision is excessively broad, such a provision shall be limited or reduced in scope so as to be enforceable.

 

The Terms of Use may not be assigned by you without Vegetarian Ventures’s prior written consent, however, the Terms of Use may be assigned by Vegetarian Ventures in its sole discretion.

 

The Terms of Use are the final, complete and exclusive agreement of the parties with respect to the Website offered by Vegetarian Ventures.

 

All notices with respect to the Terms of Use must be in writing and may be via email to [email protected] for Vegetarian Ventures and to your email address.