Fak’n Bac’n: to Eat or Not to Eat

August 17, 2012 at 1:42 pm Leave a comment

It’s a big question in the vegan community. Are we screwing “the cause” by eating vegan meat-like products?

I read a blog  a couple months ago and, unfortunately, I cannot find it to post. The entry discussed that very question. After finishing the article, I commented with my most immediate reaction. A good life tip: that’s usually not a good idea. Take a moment and really think about it.

My first reaction to this was go ahead and eat fake meat! It’s a substitution for all the vegans of the world who weren’t born vegan and it eases the switch. More importantly, fake meat is just that – fake! Not one single animal suffers for the production of vegan fake meat. How does this harm our cause at all??

Weeks later, I’ve got to thinking. A couple days ago, I stumbled upon another blog (which, of course, I also can’t remember) that posted a video from Gary Yourofsky. If you’ve never heard of him, he’s a HUGE animal activist and vegan. He started ADAPTT – Animals Deserve Absolute Protection Today & Tomorrow. Among other things, he did a college lecture tour. He’s a fantastic lecturer and I’m sure he convinced many, many students to make the switch. His presentation included two videos: one of a slaughterhouse and the second at a dairy farm. If you’re wondering which was worse for me it was the dairy farm. Seeing the animals get slaughtered was brutal and disgusting, but at a dairy farm in Ohio, workers were literally BEATING defenseless animals for absolutely NO reason. One actually said, “I don’t think it hurts ’em. I just keep going until I hear [moaning cow noise impersonation].” How stupid do you have to be to think that, nevermind actually say it out loud? Let me kick YOU in the head and ribs and we’ll see if it hurts. It amazes me that someone would actually think that an animal wouldn’t feel pain. I mean, we all know animals feel pain. Have you ever stepped on your cats paw? They freak out because they feel PAIN just like us.

Moving on, Gary does a LOT of promotion of several different fake meats, milks, and cheeses, stating that he’s tried all of these products and more and the products he discusses are what he enjoys most. His lectures are done in front of college students, most of which are unlikely to be vegans, so this is a great way to get them to see the options that they may not have known existed. My issue was when he said that these products have the same (or similar) taste and texture as meat. I haven’t tried ALL of the products, but for what I’ve tasted, that’s simply not true. And I think it’s more of a turn off to walk into veganism thinking nothing will change only to find that everything has changed and nothing tastes the same. That would send me right back on the path to Meatville. And it has, multiple times.

Now, back to the question – does fake meat harm the cause? Gary is deep into the cause. He’s been arrested several times and is banned from multiple countries all in the name of animal rights. And here he is fully promoting fake meat products. I honestly don’t believe that consuming fake meat products hurts what vegans are trying to do.

Lately, the vegan movement has become a health movement because that is what people want to hear. “This is healthy and better for your body, and by the way, you’ll be helping the world, too!” People are selfish and want to hear how something benefits themselves first. Well, veganism is the opposite of selfishness; it’s a sacrifice. “I’m choosing to give up foods that I love and traditions that I hold dear to help the animals of the world.” That might be what encourages vegans to not partake in the fake meat industry. They don’t even want to substitute meat. And, truth be told, fake meat isn’t the healthiest stuff you can eat. It’s loaded with sodium and can include preservatives. Some are better for you than others, but nothing beats full on whole foods made in your kitchen.

I think there’s a compromise here, though. Variety. Most of the time, you should be eating whole foods, but sometimes, you can include fake meats. Honestly, I think they are good for meat eaters to get a glance into the vegan world. Tacos with Fieldroast Mexican sausage or with meat crumbles are delicious and the meat eaters in my family enjoyed the sausage more than I did! The important thing is not to take a bite of a chik’n nugget and think it’s going to be identical to a chicken nugget. As for that question you may get from an omnivore, “Why do you eat fake meat if you don’t want to eat meat?” you have the answer: “No animals were harmed in the making of this meat.”

Advertisements

Entry filed under: Vegan Thoughts.

Triumphant Return The Great GMO Debate

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


Welcome to Senza Carne!

Click to follow Senza Carne

Calendar

August 2012
S M T W T F S
« Jul   Sep »
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031  

Tweet Me

Categories

Recent Posts


%d bloggers like this: