Veganism - To be, or Not to be?

Imagine a world where people had zero tolerance for any products that come from animals; food, cosmetics, even clothing. Wildlife would almost be untouched. That world can be close to coming to life.

Veganism is the practice of avoiding the use of animal products. This practice is implemented in one’s daily lifestyle, where any form of animal exploitation is strictly excluded from the vegan’s life. This can be food, clothing, or any other form. The purpose behind this, evidently, is to avoid animal cruelty as much as possible in their own will, as per their beliefs.

A vegan’s diet consists of a great variety of kinds of fruits, vegetables, grains, and pulses. This variety can be implemented in creative recipes that can cook up all lot of food, from pastries to pizza, all made up of plant-based ingredients.

However, one must not be fooled by the similarities between vegans and vegetarians. Vegetarians only implement plant-based food to their diet, and are less strict in what they eat; some vegetarians consume dairy products and eggs. On the contrary, vegans have a high tolerance level not only in what they eat but what they wear and do in their daily lives. This also includes taking in medicines that do not contain animal products like gelatin and glucose, and not supporting forms of entertainment that include animal misuses, like aquariums and horseback rides.

Being a vegan has many perks to the environment, such as the production of vegan food requires less resources like crops and water, thus reducing carbon footprints. With the world meat production rising to enormous amounts, being a vegan can balance the demands of water needed for production. The demands are so concerning, that a 2018 report by WWF states that 60% of animal populations have been lost since 1970. It is not only land animals endangered, aquatic systems are at the brink of collapsing from overfishing, and fishing practices, like seafloor trawling and use of nets.

Veganism might seem the perfect solution to end animal cruelty and other environmental problems, but it might not be as feasible we think it is. Having a population with a plant-based diet demands large acres of land and a portion of this land needs to be left for grazing land. This land may not accommodate the rising populations.

In my opinion, veganism is an amazing way to promote a greener environment, one person at the time. Vegans certainly have high resistance to the richer things in life that, unfortunately, come with a price, and I admire that. However, the cultural world involves so many dishes that can’t entirely be vegan. Vegans also have a less proportionate nutrient content in their body, thus they will have a slightly higher need for certain vitamins and minerals, like iron and B12.

Vegans certainly are people of great power.