Are all vegans “missionaries,” and why do they bother everyone with their eating habits?
Please note I’m making an effort to write this as objective as I can. As I am vegan, I probably cannot be neutral but lean on one side. However, for this experiment, please play along.
Imagine you know something of which you think it’s essential and everyone should know it.
Let’s say, for example, you’re a dentist and know how bad sugar is for our teeth or how important it is to brush and floss daily to prevent cavities and support oral hygiene.
Or let’s say you’re a nutritionist and you know people eat too little fruits and veggies at negative cost on their overall health.
Maybe you’re an athlete, and you’re passionate about sports. You know how many health benefits exercise has and want to motivate others to take charge of their fitness or even weight since everybody seems to complain about it.
Maybe you’re a sleep scientist, and you’re aware of how devastating too little sleep is for our physical and mental health.
I think you get the idea.
You know something and are convinced it is crucial, and if everyone knew the facts, they’d most likely act differently.
What would you do?
From my perspective, it’s the same with veganism. There are many objective reasons why veganism makes a lot of sense.
Fewer resources for the production of plant-based food are needed, deforestation of rainforests is mainly avoidable, plus we can get some of nowadays biggest killers under control when switching to a whole food plant-based diet and whilst these are all things people like to argue about, here’s a final one: why would you kill somebody who doesn’t want to die when there’s absolutely no necessity for it?
We don’t need to eat animal products to survive, nor do we need them to be healthy. But when eating them, we directly support an industry most responsible for climate change, groundwater pollution, and wasting resources.
Moreover, we are paying someone to kill animals for us when most of us wouldn’t be able to do so ourselves.
I get that „taste“ is one of the main arguments, but are 20 minutes of gustatory pleasure worth taking an animal’s life?
Plants can taste just as good, provide you with lots of nutrients, secondary plant substances, antioxidants, and fiber (let’s clarify animal products are almost entirely lacking these).
To sum it up, we can say people who have read the facts on animal agriculture are usually so stunned because it is a topic that is everywhere. From climate change to public health to ethics. Our parents haven’t told us about it, teachers and public institutions have failed to do so either, and most doctors are still entirely unaware as well.
If a topic is so broad yet deeply hidden in society grounds, how not to feel the need to talk about it?
Let me know what you think in the comments below. I’d be happy to hear your opinion on this little stream of consciousness.
I’m also aware of the long-time without a blog post or post on Instagram. I’m sorry! Thanks to everyone who’s sticking around and taking the time to read my thoughts. I appreciate it.
Lots of love,
Niki (from @nutriousniki)