Hey I want to eat more plant based/vegan/vegetarian because I want to care more about my ecological footprint. Do you have any good guides/resources to start?
Hi !! I’m sorry, I just saw this ask omg, but yes I can help you out! I hope it’s ok if I post this publicly since it could provide good resources for others as well.
Here is a link that I think is helpful to learn about veganism and what it really is. It also has some helpful links about finding vegan foods, and how to properly go about transitioning to veganism. Also wonderful links about environmental aspects of the movement
Choose Veg is full of good resources on vegan foods and starter kits. Here’s a free vegetarian starter guide that you can have mailed to you!
There are also a lot of vegan food blogs that can be found right here on tumblr that I love and have actually gotten my lazy ass to try and branch out and make fun recipes lol. Also a good tip I think is to remember that substitutes, while they certainly aren’t necessary or accessible to everyone, can be really good when transitioning! Here’s a wonderful list of some really tasty substitutes, so keep an eye out for vegan brands such as these.
Transitioning to a more eco friendly, plant based diet is different for everyone. Some people rely heavily on substitutes, and some never touch em. If you think vegan cheese tastes nasty the first time around, go without dairy for about a month or two and try it again lol, your tastebuds will change significantly. Don’t be afraid to try foods two or even three times! It takes a lot of getting used to, but once the food habits are formed, it’s smooth sailing from there, trust me.
hi all! so a few months ago i made ahandy shopping list for vegans (but really, for anyone!), and enjoyed it so much that i started drawing up and drawing out plans for more infograph type things. besides the “WHERE DO U GET UR PROTEIN” question, the one i get asked most frequently is “how do you make tofu do the thing?” and in this little guide, i tell you how to make tofu do the thing!!
these are all pretty basic instructions + ideas for flavorings. by no means are they law, nor a guarantee your tofu will come out amazing or taste great. this is what has worked for me! if i can’t cook for as many people as i want to, i would like to share what knowledge i’ve learned from my experiences.
Okay, so I got to wondering about the whole vegetarian Junkers thing. (if you’re wondering where this came from, please see this post here.) I’m really wondering if their vegetarianism is due to choice or necessity. See, radiation is a funny thing. After a catastrophic event such as, oh, say… A nuclear reactor meltdown, all kinds of nasty shit is spewed out for hundreds of miles. We’re talking radioactive iodine, caesium, strontium, and plutonium, none of which you really want to be putting in your body. The radioactive iodine decays rather quickly, usually in the span of a few years, but others like caesium will stay in the soil for hundreds of thousands of years unless all of the contaminated soil is completely replaced.
So, what happens is this radiation gets absorbed by any plants that grow in that soil, and that radiation in turn is transferred to the animals that eat the plants, then to the humans who eat both. There’s no way to “cook” something like Caesium-137 out of food, whether it be plant matter or animal meat. Once it’s contaminated, that’s it. Can’t do anything about it. But what you can do is set up a sealed area isolated from the radiation, import some non-contaminated soil, and grow safe fruits and vegetables. Now, this would probably be extremely difficult to pull off for a group of essentially outlaws like the Australian Liberation Front and later the Junkers, so they’d probably cherish those growing operations like they were the Holy fuckin’ Grail. I also can’t imagine they’d go through the trouble of growing food only to feed it to livestock, so they’d stick to fruits and vegetables as a matter of practicality and convenience.
Since I’m sure there will be those who use the information in this post for stuff like Junkers-centric fanfiction, here’s a few other related factoids you can use:
The two types of plants that absorb the most radiation are mushrooms and berries, so those would be something they wouldn’t even get close to, let alone eat. Seriously, a mushroom growing in the surrounding areas of Chernobyl will make a Geiger counter click like fucking crazy, and I imagine the area around the Australian Omnium wouldn’t be much different.
They would avoid running into or laying in grass for similar reasons as above.
Rainwater would be iffy at best and would have to be filtered through activated charcoal several times before it would be considered safe.
Newly-dug wells, however, would be relatively safe, as almost all of the radiation would remain only in the topsoil. It would have to be dug very carefully, very deep, and well-shielded by concrete towards the top.
Iodine pills and activated charcoal would be considered essential equipment for Junkers.
Radiation has a strengthening effect on metals, but also makes it more brittle. Therefore Junkrat probably has to rebuild his leg and replace shattered parts quite often.
Metals also tend to hold onto radiation, and will usually cause a rash-like burn if kept close to skin for extended periods, even when separated by clothing.
Main building materials for Junkertown would likely be concrete, since it wouldn’t be affected by the radiation.
Abnormal growths and probably cancers would be commonplace among the Junkers and surrounding wildlife.
Whatever Junkrat found in the Omnium is likely to be EXTREMELY irradiated and likely highly dangerous if only because of this fact.
And before you ask; yes, I am one of those sick dorks who obsessively researches nuclear disasters like Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, Hiroshima, ect. I’d like to think I know a thing or two about this stuff.
i got an idea or two and made up a handy list for first-time vegans, or for old vegans, or for anyone who finds it hard to make shopping lists/know what to get. i consider most of these staples–we get them every time we do a shop. when you’re at the store, either get these things, or the next best–but definitely let yourself explore. check for sales or coupons, look for organic or locally grown produce (but also try pineapples and coconuts and tangelos), and see if your favorite brand names exist as generics.
i love love love when someone expresses interest in going vegan, and they’re like, “i’d do it if i just knew more”–i can work with that! let me be a resource!
the transition to veganism and plant-based eating does not need to be hard, and really, going vegan was one of the best decisions i’ve ever made. being vegan made me a better/creative cook, a more careful cook, and it really encourages broadening cuisine styles and flavors. better tastes, better economic and ecological impact, and it saves thousands of lives every year. xx
To produce a ¼ pound burger requires immense natural resources. Water is needed to grow the alfalfa and grains fed to the cows. Water is needed to hydrate the bovine himself (and they drink 20-30 gallons a day). Plant-based foods generally require less water and are less resource intensive. Eat vegan!
Friendly reminder that while vegan food has been proven to be more affordable than eating animal products, that does not mean it is more accessible. As a working class person in Northern Virginia I have access to a variety of grocery stores with fresh produce, as well as farmers markets and even Costco!
If you are living in a food desert without transportation where you have to do your grocery shopping at a gas station or corner market, no, veganism is not more affordable and certainly not any healthier. Nor do people experiencing poverty have the time, skills, or resources to make nutritious vegan meals for themselves and their families.
We all know veganism is more affordable. Now it’s about giving everyone access to that affordability.
Affordability is not an argument for working to middle to upper class white people like myself–those are the ones using price as an excuse not to change their behavior. People in poverty are not.
“This inescapably controversial study envisions, defines, and theorizes
an area that Laura Wright calls vegan studies. We have an abundance of
texts on vegans and veganism including works of advocacy, literary and
popular fiction, film and television, and cookbooks, yet until now,
there has been no study that examines the social and cultural discourses
shaping our perceptions of veganism as an identity category and social
practice. Ranging widely across contemporary American society and
culture, Wright unpacks the loaded category of vegan identity.
She examines the mainstream discourse
surrounding and connecting animal rights to (or omitting animal rights
from) veganism. Her specific focus is on the construction and depiction
of the vegan body—both male and female—as a contested site manifest in
contemporary works of literature, popular cultural representations,
advertising, and new media. At the same time, Wright looks at critical
animal studies, human-animal studies, posthumanism, and ecofeminism as
theoretical frameworks that inform vegan studies (even as they differ
The vegan body, says Wright, threatens the
status quo in terms of what we eat, wear, and purchase—and also in how
vegans choose not to participate in many aspects of the mechanisms
undergirding mainstream culture. These threats are acutely felt in light
of post-9/11 anxieties over American strength and virility. A discourse
has emerged that seeks, among other things, to bully veganism out of
existence as it is poised to alter the dominant cultural mindset or,
conversely, to constitute the vegan body as an idealized paragon of
health, beauty, and strength. What better serves veganism is exemplified
by Wright’s study: openness, debate, inquiry, and analysis.”