The picture shows a burger meal I had in Bali some months ago. One of the best burgers I have had actually! And it was vegan. As some of you have noticed already I have thought a bit about food lately. Quite a lot actually. I also remembered what I learned in school about food. When talking about the food pyramid, I remember the teacher telling us: “-You can also be a vegetarian but it is very hard and you need to know a lot about nutrition.” And I cannot remember any meals in the canteen being without meat. Well, I guess that made sense in some way as the schools are sponsored by the dairy industry. But I did not know that back then. Thinking about food have been fascinating and below I have listed a few of my favourite questions. Challenge yourself and see if you have your own answers in place.
A few questions of mine…
If science states that a dog and pig are equally intelligent, why do dogs get to live in our homes and be our companions while most pigs do not even have a legal right to see daylight during their lifetime? How come it is considered humane to kill animals that do not want to die (eg. a regular farm animal), but not accepted to support voluntary euthanasia for a human who is suffering and want to die? Why are so many people reluctant to watch a movie from the slaughter house but happily buy their products? Why to many people become so defensive when discussing food choices? Why do some vegans seem to require perfectionism instead of encouraging people who are moving in that direction? Is it consistent to teach children to be kind to animals, let them enjoy Peppa Pig on TV and then serve hot dogs for lunch? If milk is good for strong bones, how come countries with a high milk consumption have a higher rate of osteoporosis than countries with a low milk consumption? If FAO states that livestock production is one of the major causes for environmental problem such as rain forest deforestation and loss of biodiversity, would it make sense to limit and reduce this industry? Why do people think it is good that plastic bags are being banned but do not want to cut down meat consumption even though it is said to be more important what you put in the bag that what kind of bag you use?
Several people have asked me why I am moving in the direction of only eating plant based food. I guess the simple answer is that it just make more sense to me. I have spent quite a lot of time educating myself about food production. I have read books and watched documentaries. I have done this because I do not want to be unaware of what it is that I am paying for to eat. I want to see the food industry with open eyes. I want to know how it works. And with time and knowledge it has become more and more clear to me that animal agriculture is an industry I do not want to support. Therefore it is about time that I align my actions with my values. And by the way, plats are yummy!
“You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.”
/Morpheuos to Neo in the movie The Matrix