Anonymous asked: Being vegan isn't cheap, and it won't cure hunger and that's a fact. There's enough good for everyone, it's just unevenly distributed, that's why people in africa are hungry. Vegans don't change anythibg
Explain that to the 4 million people on this planet who live on an almost exclusively-vegan diet due to poverty. The amount of vegetable protein fed to the US beef herd would feed almost the entire populations of India and China. Most of the UK’s animal feed protein concentrates come from poor countries – often those where children die from starvation. If Britain went vegetarian less than half the farm land would be needed; vegan, less than a quarter. It is estimated that 40 million tonnes of grain would be needed to end world hunger. This sounds like a lot, but 540 million tonnes of grain are fed to animals in the West.
Meat and dairy are viewed as luxury items, because it takes so many resources to get such little back from the animal. For example, a single pound of beef uses up to 13 pounds of grain, and if you include the cooking processes and other things used to make that one pound of beef, it takes an incredible 2,400 gallons of water. For people who live in dire poverty and need to conserve as much food and clean water as possible, eating meat or other animal products simply does not make sense. The food and water used to feed one cow, and get little in return from them, can help feed a whole village. As a result cows and other farm animals are not slaughtered regularly, because they take up too many precious resources such as land space (which instead can be used to grow crops and feed more people), water, food and energy to care for them.
And Africa isn’t the only continent where people are suffering, starving, exploited and dying…
It’s funny that you guys say we don’t change anything, yet you feel the overwhelming need to come to our own blogs directly to tell us this. Clearly we’re making enough of an impact to have you waste your own precious time.
'Let me spew my uneducated and ignorant opinion on anon and expect you to take it as fact'
Ugh shut up
India has 500 million people living on a plant based diet due to poverty. So shut the fuck up, anon.
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thom4s asked: I appreciate you taking the time to reply tp my posts, i found it very insightful and not at all militant, thank you!
You are welcome! I like having conversations about those kind of issues. I feel that the connection between social justice and the animal agricultural industry is hard to see, and as such is forgotten. Thank you for messaging back. I hope to hear from you again in the future!
If your identity revolves around what kind of food you don’t eat then you’re a boring-ass person
Perhaps it wouldn’t be such a big deal if when people asked why I don’t eat meat they didn’t respond with veal jokes. Perhaps it wouldn’t be such a big deal if people didn’t ask me if I could swallow when they find out I’m vegan. And heck, perhaps it wouldn’t be such a big deal if when someone finds out I’m vegan they didn’t spout every reason why they aren’t vegan when I don’t ask or care.
People’s reaction to my veganism plays a huge role in why my diet is a major part of my identity.
PS. -ism is a suffix that means not only a practice but a set of beliefs. Veganism is strongly associated with the idea that animals have rights, that our dietary choices effect the environment, and that the animal agricultural industry is deeply connected with social justice issues. Such beliefs extend beyond dietary choices and effect how a person interacts with others and views the world.