I got rather hepped up tonight – – over a post by one who is vegan. And I started to leave a comment, then realized it was rather rude to do so, in their cyberspace, given my take on the issue – so here’s my thoughts, on my own blog, where I’m allowed both freedom of speech and the right to say what I want without insisting it be heard in someone else’s house….You clicked here, remember?
“I abhor the conditions in factory-ranching/dairy operations – I buy direct from humane ranchers/farmers, but I seriously want to know, are you aware of the indignities done to plants and humans, through genetically modified seeds, fertilizers and pesticides (forgive me, Herbicides, as is politically correct now)?
Are you aware of how many water ways have been ruined through factory vegetarian farming practices? How many gallons of oil are wasted shipping veggies back and forth across the continent? Processing them? Keeping them fresh?
Did you know that plants dance, communicate with each other and form lasting relationships with their offspring and the people who water/feed them? That my Devil’s Ivy droops if I spend too many days being good?
I’m not trying to be hateful, but until humans learn how to live off air and sunshine, exclusively, we will continue to be a predatory species – –
And while I understand the difference between the feed lot and the local organic CSA, I still do not see how calling for world-wide veganism is somehow a better step than eating locally sourced foods – until, of course, our body chemistry has evolved to the point where we can live off totally renewable, non-polluting, non-god-playing-in-the-laboratory activities- like sunshine, rain and air.
How will any of us (plants included) survive toxic water and unfiltered UV rays? How will any of us live on volcanic or snowball earth?
(Watch “How the Earth Was Made – the original – you’ll understand…)
And crying out for those who are not vegan to get with the program is just another ‘Us vs. Them” battle to muddy the waters regarding subjects we can actually do something about NOW.”
I realize we evolve a little at a time – maybe I am a cretin for eating meat… and cheese….and eggs….
But I still really, REALLY! want to know the answer to this…
How is being vegan any less predatory than being a Locavore? How many people source their strict veganism close to home? Do all vegans make sure the vegetables they are eating were planted, raised, harvested and processed by those who made at least minimum wage for their labor and travel a minimum of one quart of fossil fuels? That the plants who fed them felt validated and valued during their short growing season?
I want to KNOW, because the only vegans I’m on close terms with happily shop at Whole Foods and like outlets year round, and I’m tellin’ ya – Mother Nature never intended you to have fresh lettuce, in December, if you live in Aspen…I don’t care how ‘politically correct, Free-trade” that lettuce is…
But perhaps you or your neighbor has a greenhouse….where and how were those glass plates manufactured, anyhoo?
Thanks – I now await the firestorm that always follows questioning those who wish to convert you….
P.S. – If you are vegan, eat exclusively out of your own garden, source everything you consume locally, and/or spend all your charity dollars towards providing the poor with ground, tools, education and heirloom seed starter packets to raise their own food, (because only with heirlooms, can the poor save their seed for next year’s planting/harvest) then this was NOT MEANT FOR YOU!
P.S.S. This occurred to me while I was furiously typing out my ire…
“At this moment in time, in order for me, you – us – to live, something is going to die. We can argue about what is going to die and how it’s going to die, but in the end, the only thing that matters is, did we honor the perfection of that which provided us sustenance? Did we make sure its time here was as pleasant as possible?
Did we fashion our lifestyles around consumption that allows our fellow biosphere inhabitants their own chance of living and a planet for our grandchildren to live on? Did we acknowledge we are all in the circle and not only took advantage of those who fed us, but stepped up, eager to be the next burst of energy for the circle of life?”
That is, really, all I want to know.”