Oh the debacle. I have been going around and around this for many many months: Should to become a full on vegan?
I am already basically there because of many reasons which I feel I have never explained, and I think by the end of writing about all of them…may convince me to essentially become a full vegan! Hah…oh the irony. Anyhow, there are several overall reasons why I decided to go vegetarian almost 9 years ago, and vegan now. Let me explain!
1. The Environment
– You all know how important the environment is to me. I live to preserve what is left of every unique wild area and to restore the areas that are in dire need of help and rescue. I have read so many articles about how 70% of the original Amazon Rainforest has been deforested and is now geared towards agriculture and growing livestock for human consumption. There are also studies that talk about the amount of pollution occurring from livestock fecal runoff creating dead zones and irreversible topsoil erosion, that 8% of the global freshwater sources are used on livestock, and contributing to greenhouse gas emissions aiding in climate change. My heart hurts just thinking about all of deforestation occurring, the loss of so many endangered or threatened species, and the suffocation of our coral reefs on every coast.
-To me, not eating meat is only one part of the equation of being vegan. Some may say that I’ve taken it to the next level or too extreme, etc. but I believe that going local and organic is also a big part of being vegan. By limiting the amount of miles that your food has to travel and what is used to grow it is important to really making an impact with this way of life. I believe that without the use of herbicides and pesticides on our food we are decreasing our likelihood of getting cancer, diabetes or a plethora of other diseases. Not only that, but you limit the amount of pollution and rises in levels of nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen that suffocate various plants and fish. Plus, you can also get to help out the people in your community and learn more about your food from them first hand!
3. Animal Cruelty
This is another huge factor for me. I’ve read the books and articles, watched videos by various organizations like PETA and documentaries like The Cove, and seen and smelled the dairy and meat farms first hand from the highway. The conditions in which these animals are housed in, the torture they go through and how their lives are ended to become something on your plate just isn’t something I could ever stomach (no pun intended, hah). I don’t think that anything with a working nervous system should have to live a life in a hell like that, it just isn’t humane when you could simply just, not eat them.
So, my problem right now that is keeping me from becoming a full on vegan is one thing: Eggs. Most people have a problem with giving up cheese, but since I have never been a big cheese person, it wasn’t hard for me eliminate. But eggs… When I do eat them, I try to eat the best eggs I can find, which are cage free and organically fed but still, sometimes I think that well…that could have been a chicken. Sometimes I get cravings for eggs and I guess that I have found that when I am sick with my GI issues (that are still being investigated, news to come) eggs are the only thing that sits well and keeps me from feeling too weak and even more sick.
So this is where my problem lies, I don’t know if I want to give up eggs. I feel like a hypocrite sometimes when I talk about eating them even though I try and buy the ones that are better than the regular ones you buy at the grocery store…Sigh. I know I can compensate for it’s nutrients with other delicious foods like the ones I’ve eaten below over the weekend…
So, eggs? No eggs?