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NOVA Next: Going Vegan Isn’t the Most Sustainable Option for Humanity

The vegan diet uses no perennial cropland, making it a less effective use of land than you might suspect.

Researchers found that the carrying capacity—the size of the population that can be supported indefinitely by the resources of an ecosystem—of the vegan diet is actually less substantial than two of the vegetarian diets and two out of the four omnivorous diets they studied.

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it’s weird that everybody supports boycotts in pretty much any context (movies, restaurants, businesses, even just the practice of using ‘no link’ urls for shitty websites to not give people ad revenue) until someone reveals that they’re boycotting an animal product & then everybody jumps in to say boycotts don’t work and there’s no ethical consumption so no point in changing who you buy from

tiers of vegan blogs

shit tier: gore porn vegans who collect graphic imagery to use as a shock tactic and somewhere along the way desensitized themselves to it and use the vague concept of veganism to bludgeon over other people’s completely valid boundaries

low tier: #discourse and petty insults; vague, out-of-context quotes about compassion over pictures of pigs; hit or miss rants on nutrition 

mid tier: recipe blogs; occasional political or news posts; cute animal pictures

high tier: thoughtful intersectional discussion on contemporary animal rights and food justice issues; stories of animals responsibly saved through illegal (alf) or legal (farm sanctuaries) means 

top tier: incorporating veganism into critical leftist theory as a component of broader anti-capitalist political action; helping vegans with dietary restrictions, mental illnesses, physical disabilities, abusive life contexts, or very low income to survive; real-world information on workers’ rights and a genuine understanding of boycott; supporting incarcerated vegans; prioritizing vegans of color in community discourse and in veganism’s global history; recognizing wlw as an integral part of vegan communities 

i’m not against any type of veg*nism. as a matter of fact, i think that those who can do it are good for doing so as long as they are well read and can maintain their health. i do, however, have a huge problem with how exclusionist the veg*n movement is, and the fact that its main tactics involve either shocking people, mass use of misinformation, or saying “you have no say in animal welfare because you support animal cruelty.” that alone ostracises people, but it also forces people to admit this or that about themselves to not seem horrible when pressed to answer why they aren’t veg*n (“why aren’t you veg*n? why do you support animal cruelty?” “because i cannot afford or manage it in my current situation/my medication doesn’t let me take on the title/i’m AVAP but don’t consider myself worth the label”)

the veg*n movement steeps in the idea that it is something much more than just a personal diet preference, but that’s wrong. there are too few people (because of the strong exclusionism rampant in all veg*n walks of life) to make an impact and, ultimately, even if 30% of the western world abstained from all animal products, little about the industry will change because demand would still be high enough for it to go on. this is why i will always encourage selective omnivory. just like teaching safe sex is more effective than teaching abstinence, thoughtful purchasing of ethically-sourced animal products is something exponentially more people are willing (and able!) to do.

if you really want to make a change, make it so that more people can join your efforts.