Are you a vegan? Chances are that even if you’re not, you know at least one. Even in Nigeria where our dishes rely heavily on meat, vegans, or at least vegetarians, are beginning to emerge.
So why would someone decide to one day stop eating meat and cut out all animal products from their diet and lifestyle? For one, some vegans do it for ethical reasons. Almost, if not all the vegans I know tow this line. The Vegan Society encourages people to go vegan for their health, for animals and for the environment. Some of the claimed benefits of veganism include younger looking skin and the reduced risk of contracting certain diseases such as obesity and type-2 diabetes. However, these can still be achieved with other diets.
Since I am interested in sustainability and the environment, the most important benefit of veganism would be the fact that it’s a good way to reduce our individual carbon footprints. A practical example to illustrate this would be cows. Cows produce methane which is a greenhouse gas that exacerbates global warming. Rearing of these cows also means that a lot of land is cleared and as a result, we lose carbon sinks while simultaneously releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Therefore, a vegan would not contribute to this problem.
Personally, I can understand the motivations behind going vegan and I largely don’t have a problem with it. In fact, veganism has been beneficial for me with cosmetic products and eating in non-muslim countries (can we give a shout out to vegan desserts?!?). I am also not a big meat eater (as highlighted in this post) so I think I could adopt a vegan diet sometimes (Chubbydija here: Guys, she likes her dairy products!). My main problem with veganism though is how some vegans try to force their opinions down your throat or how they seem to feel like they are on a higher level with regards to morals. One only needs to look at the interesting people at PETA to get a sense of what I’m referring to.
I also had a personal experience with a vegan when she blatantly said that protein deficiency wasn’t a thing. That rubbed me the wrong way so bad! I do have to add that after I made it known to her that kwashiorkor was a thing, she later asked if there was research she could read on the topic in order to learn.
Now, this post is not aimed at bashing veganism. I believe that there is a lot we can learn from the lifestyle and the earth will be much better for it. We really do not need to consume so much meat as it definitely isn’t going out of fashion. Our indulgences can be transferred to other aspects of life. We also collectively need to treat animals better, some videos on the treatment of cows and chickens can put one off consuming them for life.
What are your thoughts on this? If you’re a vegan, why did you choose to become one? If you’re not a vegan, would you consider becoming one? Is there anyone who’s vegan not by their own choice? Do you have a dissenting view about veganism in general? Let’s discuss! Leave a comment below dear reader. 🙂
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