101 -Reasons to Go Vegan
Once we started eating organic, it became very clear to us that along with eating organically grown food, it was equally important to eat the right kind of food. So, what IS the right kind of food? This question begs another question – before finding out what to eat, we need to analyze what not to eat? Just like everybody else that we know of, we’ve been eating meat and dairy products along with the green leafy vegetables and fruits that our mommy and daddy taught us were so good for our body. Believe me, once you start questioning the way our food is grown, you also start questioning everything they told us about what is and what isn’t good for us. So, then we started doing research into this and found out that knowing what kind of food we should be eating, it became more important to find out what kind of food we should NOT be eating and boy did we get our eyes opened once we started hunting for information about Vegan Diet.
Before finding out what to eat, we need to analyze what not to eat?
There is a lot of information scattered all across the internet-verse about why we should eat vegan and putting it all together in one article would’ve been a herculean task. Fortunately for us, we came across this presentation by ARFF (The Animal Rights Foundation of Florida) presented by Humane Educator, James Wildman, simply called – ‘101 Reasons to Go Vegan’. This is by far one of the most engaging presentations that we’ve seen so far addressing this topic and we agree with everything that Mr. Wildman has to say about our eating habits. Below I’ve broken down the presentation based on each topic he picks up to educate the audience. The entire video is available on youtube and you can view it by clicking here. James brings to us a very serious moral dietary issue in a humorous way which is very relatable and immediately connects with the audience. He starts by giving the ‘Matrix Reference’ explaining how we are constantly programmed to believe things that may or may not be true about our diet. He touches on how we become insensitive towards certain animals that we are programmed to consider our food.
There is nothing called humane killing as there is nothing humane about killing…!!!
In the next section of the presentation, James introduces us to the meat we so blatantly eat. The 3-minute video that is shown, takes an unfiltered look at the abysmal conditions that the animals find themselves in, at our hands, in an ‘Animal Farm‘. If this doesn’t make your heart skip a beat then we don’t know what will. Please be advised, people who don’t have a stomach for heart-wrenching cruelty may skip this clip. He also mentioned another source; if you want to find out a more extensive research done into Animal Farming, head over to www.meat.org. Making a reference to the killing of foxes for making fur coats, James implores us to analyze if it is “necessary” for us to kill and eat animals to survive – the point of course is, no, it is not.
The next part of this presentation might be a little disgusting for some readers. James picks up the specific industry of Poultry Farming and explores the conditions in which chickens are being farmed to fulfill the demands of our chicken and egg consumption. The reality about eggs might be very disconcerting but it is, none the less, true. See it for yourself…!!!
Now the focus turns to Dairy Farming. Again, we’ve gone past every possible moral barrier for procuring milk from animals (one in particular – cow), starting from artificial insemination (a.k.a. rape if done without consent) to separating a calf from its mother to injecting the cows with an endless supply of hormones to increase productivity. Again we are faced with the same question – is it “necessary” for us to drink other animals milk to survive – and just like the last time the singular answer is, no, it is not. James also addresses the ill-effects of cow’s milk to our body including the increased cases of Osteoporosis in countries where milk is consumed the most. Just when we are about to lose all hope and go into depression over what we’ve been eating all your life, he gives us the first positive note in the form of a replacement for cow milk – plant milk (Soy, Almond etc.). Although he does point out that even that is not necessary.
We’re the only species in the world who continues to drink milk from other species after infancy…!!!
Finally bringing up the point of how many people are suffering from various kinds of diseases due to consumption of animal products, James explores the fundamental difference between our digestive system and that of carnivorous/omnivorous animals.
Once you’ve explored what we should NOT be eating, it’s now time to find out what is it that we SHOULD be eating. The answer came in the form of Vegan diet (more info). We will explore this in detail in Part 2 of this article.