Some Jains exclude all root vegetables from their diet.
Theravadan monks are also not allowed to dig in the soil, but they must eat what is given them for dana. (All of the people at the temples know their monks preferences).
It is true that digging in the soil kills many animals including worms and grubs, etc.
My question is: are root vegetables Vegan? In my humble opinion a person that eats root vegetables is not Vegan.