meat myths

anonymous asked:

Someone told me that raising someone vegan is unfair to them because it robs them of the ability to make the choice of what to eat because if they've never had it, by the time they're old enough to choose to their bodies won't tolerate it. How do you respond to something like that?

What really bothers me about this argument is that it assumes that only raising your child vegan is a choice, as if raising them to eat animals isn’t also making a choice on their behalf. All parents try to impart their values onto their children, that’s part of what parenting is. How many kids are raised on processed meats and then when they’re older don’t even have the choice to be healthy because their diet has permanently damaged them? Those numbers must be in the millions, but this argument is never used against people who raise their kids to eat known carcinogens. We have parents contributing to a global health crisis by raising their kids to be addicted to sugary and fatty animal products to the point where they don’t want to eat anything else, and dooming them to unhealthy lifestyles; but vegan parents teaching their kids to enjoy fruits, grains and vegetables are the issue?

Besides, the idea that vegan bodies won’t tolerate meat is a myth; plenty of people start eating meat later in life as unfortunate as that choice is, and besides some early sickness most people can adapt to it over time, it’s not the case that you can just never eat meat again. People who go vegan later in life often experience some sickness too because it comes with any radical dietary shift. This is nothing more than another excuse for people to criticize vegans for their lifestyle, and the idea that it comes from a place of concern about the health of our children is utterly ludicrous considering the fact these same people don’t say a word about parents feeding their kids a diet of chicken nuggets and hot dogs. 

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anonymous asked:

okay. let's talk about being vegan. i think it's great & amazing, & a right thing to do. BUT vegan people love to say how you'll find a way if you care, you'll find an excuse if you don't care. but have vegans ever considered that the majority of plane't population are poor people? and being vegan is at least 10 times more expensive. i can't afford to be vegan no matter how hard i try. i tried to just not eat the meat and ended up wiht anemia, because i can't afford the substitute for meat.

One of the myths about the vegan lifestyle is that it’s too expensive for the average or low-income family. Perhaps this is because many people relate the term ‘vegan’ or a plant-based diet to pre-packed vegan spreads, meat alternatives, vegan dairy substitutes and the cost of some fruits and veggies*.

While it is important to note that veganism is not a diet, but rather a life philosophy, we all have to eat and a plant-based diet is an essential part of living as a vegan. With that said, there is no single ‘plant-based diet’ and there are plenty of ways to eat vegan on a tight budget including or excluding prepackaged food items.

The first thing to do when we want to change our eating habits, is to learn about it; is not that easy as just buy meat substitutes. I barely eat substitutes, I make all my patties from lentils or chickpeas, which is a really accessible grain that can be prepared in many ways.

Follow foodstampvegan for helpful ideas and see how to eat vegan on a actual budget. And here are some other links that can help a bit more.

quicksternickster  asked:

So I want to become vegan because i don't like what the animals have to go through in a lot of the farming industry. But i would still eat meat if it came from small farms where i know animals are treated right. Is that wrong of me?

Hi quicksternickster ! It is wrong because veganism is about not exploiting animals, not about exploit them nicely. They will end up in a slaughterhouse and killed, in the same way, just to satisfy people’s cravings for meat, not for survival reasons. 

Animals are not here for us, we raise them with the only purpose of taking their lives away so we can eat them. It’s awful and it should stop. 

The humane meat doesn’t exist. We keep looking for the right way to do the wrong thing.