people are always sending me messages like “am i a bad person for eating meat” and.. no. but it’s not that simple. you’re not a bad person but it’s complicated.
yes, i obviously believe killing and abusing animals is wrong and very very bad, but it’s for a lot of reasons. obviously the one that comes to most people’s minds is “animals”, but it’s also about earth and humanity in general— it contributes to overfarming, waste, poisoning water and land, pollution, etc, and also preys on areas that are typically poor/red tape racism in a lot (lot, lot, lot) of places, often abuses workers without visas, and actually makes food less valuable while raising prices on anything nutritious.. it feeds into poverty, abuses the impoverished and it makes only non-vegan (processed/unhealthy) options accessible (affordable due to abusing the concept of living wages), keeps ppl poor so it can use them and then it winds up killing poor people (directly related to poor working conditions and diet) thru food deserts and other arms of capitalism. eating a typical western diet contributes directly to the oppression, silencing, abuse and pollution of the homes of everyone else in the world. it’s not just about animals. it’s complicated.
similar things happen with vegetable farming, that is undeniable and would be horrific to blow off. just as the “am i bad for eating animals” bit, it’s complicated. racist agricultural practice is the result of straight up capitalism and systematic oppression that has been abusing poc and poor people since its inception. it is wildly important to not erase this issue, but it is a classist fallback that is used far too often to discredit veganism entirely. if you live in poverty, it is difficult to avoid because of the aforementioned design of capitalism. if you have any other information on brands or methods to help solve this issue, please let me know. otherwise, here are many small ways you can help:
- garden yourself (or make friends who do!)
- go to farmers markets
- find ethical brands
- don’t buy up foods such as quinoa and kale that is imported from countries that depend on it (and can’t afford it anymore)
it could be summed up that the issue with western/white veganism is that it, too, is in the wheel of capitalism and as such if you are thoughtless with it can continue to contribute to all those same issues as above. it also often becomes a class issue, as processed vegan food is much more expensive than processed omnivore food, and the class system is designed in such a way that people in lower class situations have less time to cook due to being overworked and underpayed. however, here are some things to consider if it is possible for you:
- going vegan, even if you are not able to get access to a garden, local market or other sustainable food sources will dramatically cut down the amount you contribute to this mess
- going vegan is typically cheaper (and this example didn’t even really shop smart) and can be done for $120/mo (i’ve done cheaper, but this is a good start! also, if you don’t track your own groceries or don’t yet buy them, that might sound like a lot of money, but to give you an idea of what the government expects poor people to spend on food, SNAP benefits for a single individual are on average $130/mo and most people have to spend more than that). this neat woman made a menu for vegans who had less than £1 a day to live on!
- going vegan— like eating any other way that requires cooking— requires access to electricity, water and some time, BUUUUUUT it doesn’t require tons of time at all NOR a fancy full sized kitchen. here’s an example of cheap meals that take less than 20 minutes, cooking without a stove, and cooking in a dorm room (cooking GF vegan in a dorm room here)
anyway, that’s me debunking some misconceptions about the lifestyle that ppl often bring up with me. thank u and hope this answered some questions.
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