This isn’t the first time we’ve talked about vegan cookies, and it won’t be the last! Simply put, vegan cookies rock. And what better way to get in the holiday spirit than baking some delicious cookies?
While they will never be a health food, vegan cookies are often a more…
Tip for Thanksgiving
Don’t make a turkey. That was a creature who lived, breathed, knew happiness, sadness, fear, and pain. Squash and sweet potatoes didn’t and they’ll be better for you even if you eat way too much.
So you think that veganism is a privilege?
There are many nuanced reasons why some people choose to disregard this information and keep eating meaty meat diets. That doesn’t change the facts.
Meat is for the Upper Class
How could we have forgotten that Henry VII sat down to banquets of whole pigs, cows, pheasant, geese, chicken, etc. while his people lived off of potatoes and grains? Meat was once thought of as a luxury. A symbol of one’s wealth was the amount of animal products on their table. It was mostly for holidays and celebrations; but only if one could afford it. Abundance was symbolized by a large roasted turkey on Thanksgiving. In times of war and famine, meat, eggs, and dairy were the first things to be rationed.
Meat is for Men
Meat has been associated with masculinity for ages. We’re told that men hunted while women harvested, that hunting is preferable and more important than harvesting, that men need meat to grow big and strong, that vegetarianism is feminine, that hunting is a manly “sport.” Men are told to “beef up” while women are told to slim down with fruits, grains, and vegetables. Cookbooks will recommend a salad for Mother’s Day and London Broil for father’s day. More importantly: when meat was rationed, it went to the grown men, and not to women and children. Even today, there are many more women dying of starvation than men.
Meat is for Imperialists
A diet of beans, rice, potatoes, soy, and/or grains was associated with the indigenous peoples of the Americas, of Asia, and of Africa. Even the Irish were looked down upon for being dirty and eating “potatoes.” Part of the “White Man’s Burden” was to encourage the people they subjugated to bring more meat into their diets and move “higher up the evolutionary scale” by eating things “higher” on the food chain; imperialists considered indigenous people as lowly as they considered animals, in part because they “ate similar food.” An abundance of meat was considered a hallmark of “civilization.”
Meat is for the Western World
It is no secret that the Western diet is animal-product heavy, however, many people underestimate the true disparity of the level of meat consumption across the world. On average, across continents, Americans, Australians, and Europeans consume 10 times the amount of meat per capita than Africans and Indians, around 3 times the amount of meat most of Asia consumes per capita, and around double what South Americans consume per capita. It is no coincidence that these three continents/countries are the wealthiest in the world.
Meat is Resource-Heavy
Why is meat a luxury? An acre of soy can produce 356 lbs of usable, complete protein, while an acre of grass-fed beef or an acre of wheat grown for feed will only produce around 20 lbs of usable animal protein. It takes 2,400 gallons of water to produce 1 lb of meat, while it takes 25 gallons to produce 1 lb of grain. It takes 16 lbs of grain to produce 1 lb of beef. 70 percent of grains and cereals grown in the US are fed to farmed animals. With the resources it takes to feed one omnivore, 25 vegans could be fed a nutritionally complete, zero-cholesterol diet.
Meat is Subsidized
With the level of factory farming going on in industrialized countries today, one might claim that meat is no longer a luxury. However, this claim fails to recognize that the meat, dairy, and egg industries are all heavily subsidized by the government, with taxpayer’s money. The level of subsides going to meat/dairy/eggs is exponentially higher than what goes towards raising vegetables, grains, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes, etc. Most of us pay the price of meat when we fill out our tax forms. Meat is certainly still a luxury. With the imminent water shortages, the drought across the midwest, the environmental implications of factory farming, we’re seeing scientists and leaders like the UN urge the public to move towards a vegan lifestyle; some even suggest it’s inevitable. There’s a worldwide shortage of pork imminent, the price of meat, dairy, and eggs have all gone up with the drought in the Midwest, and the long-term cost of a cholesterol-heavy diet is becoming more and more apparent with rising cases of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
Vegan is Cheap
Even with factory farming and subsidies, the cheapest things on the market are still rice, beans, leafy greens, bulk whole grains, legumes, pasta, etc, which are all vegan staples. Almost everyone that switches to a vegan diet finds that their grocery bills go down, and with the long-term health benefits of a diet high in nutrients and low in cholesterol and saturated fat, people are finding that they certainly save money in the long-run. Though it is true that not everyone has direct access to these staples, a huge majority of the Western world does. A person that has access to any regular grocery store and that buys their own food can definitely afford to go vegan, and in doing they shrink their negative impact on the environment, and on the species we subjugate for personal gratification.
Vegan Rage: Charities that test on animals (tw: animal abuse)
“March of Dimes
The March of Dimes funded a study in which the eyes of kittens were sewn shut for one year, to prove that loss of normal vision alters the brain development of cats. Science long ago established that loss of vision alters brain development of humans, but now we know it does the same thing in cats. The kittens were killed after one year. The March of Dimes also funds studies in which drugs and alcohol are given to pregnant animals to prove that these substances harm developing babies, something we all know harms humans.
Many people are surprised to learn that the Red Cross funds experiments on animals, but they do. In one experiment, researchers drained 30 percent of the blood volume of rabbits every two weeks to see how it affected them. Other experiments funded by the Red Cross involved mice, rats and toads.
Shriners Burns Institutes
Shriners Burns Institutes have studied the effects of burns on rats, guinea pigs, dogs and sheep for years. In one study, rats were burned so that the effects of a particular drug on wound healing could be studied. Since the drug was already being used on humans, one is left to wonder why the researchers didn’t just study the effects of the drug on them.”
I AM PISSED OFF AND GROSSED OUT
The next time someone asks you to like, donate a dollar for cancer or diabetes research, keep in mind that lots of popular organizations and charities are not actually in it for the “greater good.” Please be aware of where your money goes.
“How are you going to tell me to ‘eat like a man’ when you aren’t even weaned off of milk? Step down, boy.”