There are many choices that we can make. What you choose to put on your plate is definitely one of them. While almost everyone who has chosen to forgo animal products grew up eating those same products, however, at some point these people made a choice to not add to the violence and destruction that is so pervasive in the world. After all, if you can choose to not cause harm to anyone else – including other species, why wouldn’t you? When I finally confronted that question myself, I knew that I had to get off the Vegetarian diet and become Vegan.
This was a hard decision, not because of myself, but because of the other people in my life, and others in general. The meat and dairy industries generate a lot of money, approximately $864.2 billion annually in the U.S. alone. Think of the incentive there is to vilify vegans, along with doctors who speak out against these industries, and you will see where the pervasive negative attitudes come from. Not only are vegans portrayed in various media outlets as being slightly insane and/or obnoxious, but there are numerous examples of how extreme veganism is. Why being vegan is considered extreme is beyond my understanding. Isn’t raising an animal for the sole purpose of killing and eating that animal extreme?
Not only are there the ethical questions regarding killing an animal that doesn’t want to die, but if you add to that the environmental damage done by the massive world-wide meat and dairy industry, you can see how the destruction becomes unsustainable.
Now, back to my question, does peace begin on your plate? My answer is yes, of course it does. There is only so much in the way of sustainable food, and when one country has a problem with consumption that causes others to suffer peace also suffers. I’ve left links below for you to read. Look up other information and decide for yourselves whether or not you believe that peace begins on your plate.