1. Veganism is not affordable
False. So, so, so absolutely false.
Veganism is typically seen as an ‘upper-middle-class, privileged white diet.’
In fact, a good portion of the world is vegetarian or vegan. In third-world countries, the vegan diet is the most affordable to feed the population. India is the most vegan/vegetarian-friendly country with 40% of its population following those diets, Israel in second with 13% of the population, and in third Australia, Italy, and Sweden at 10-11%. Rice and beans are extremely inexpensive, a large portion of a well-balanced vegan diet.
2. Veganism is not sustainable
If one of the largest reasons people go vegan is for human/environmental rights, let’s do some math here. There are approximately 7 billion people on the planet, and we have the resources to produce food for 14 billion. Why is there such a deficit? More than 56 billion farm animals are slaughtered each year excluding seafood, which one could assume takes up a ridiculous amount of the earth’s resources (water, grain, etc.) to raise all of these animals for slaughter. Around 1/3 of the earth’s usable/farmable land is dedicated to animal agriculture; a ‘staple’ in the Western diet.
3. Veganism is not cruelty-free
So we’ve already established that every human’s life matters. While it is true that some companies, countries, etc. have poor working conditions or abuse their workers who tend fields/harvest crops, the same is true for slaughterhouse workers in factory farms. One can only imagine the psychological toll this type of work takes on a person, let alone the hazards and poor health standards. Needless to be said, the animals are at the brunt of this abuse as they are raised for humans to use, without a thought of them being sentient beings who want to enjoy their lives. So are we as the human race going to belittle a movement that doesn’t support 2/3 of these kinds of abuse just because non-vegan diets support all 3? The ‘quinoa argument’ above that only ‘white vegans’ eat quinoa is absolutely ridiculous; plenty of people of color eat quinoa as it has become a large part of the American diet – gluten or grain free ingredients in food products are most likely quinoa. Why are we fighting with each other when we supposedly have the same goal? Don’t we all want to stop human and animal suffering?
4. Veganism is not for everyone
If done correctly, we do believe veganism can be for everyone. Before you completely blow off veganism, give the diet a real and honest try for yourself to see how it works for you. If you are not vegan and decide it will never work for you, all I ask is that you please refrain from spreading more negativity about how much you ‘hate vegans.’ At the end of the day, it is my body and my choices are my own on what I decide to eat and not eat.