You may have heard of veganism. In recent years, the movement has grown considerably throughout the world. A lot of people have abolished the use of animal products and become vegan. But after all … What is a vegan? Today, we have brought the answer to this and several other questions that vegans hear with some frequency.
And who answers all this is the writer Renan Hamann (who writes for TecMundo and the Mega curious). Adept veganism since the beginning of 2013, he abandoned the meat consumption in late 2011 and since then has been studying a lot about veganism issues, vegetarianism and animal liberation. We hope you all enjoy the information brought here.
What is a vegan?
In a very direct way: the vegan (or vegan) is a person who practices veganism in all his actions, whether in power or not. He is strict vegetarian in his diet and also does not use animal products. In the definition of The Vegan Society Vegan “seeks to exclude, as far as possible and practical, all forms of exploitation and cruelty to animals.”
Who is defended by Vegans?
This question is basic and all veganism fans have had to answer it a few times – but it is impossible to talk about it without mentioning it. Veganism is, in short, a movement seeking animal liberation on all possible fronts, including market power, forced labor and entertainment. It is worth mentioning that this does not involve only non-human animals (which are called “irrational” by common sense).
That is, the release of human beings is also stopped. This means that vegans also seek to eliminate the consumption of products derived from companies exploiting the labor analogous to slavery. In addition, there are also movements (such as the Food for Life) that support the universal adoption of veganism as a way to democratize access to food – for about half of the grain produced in the world are used for fattening “meat animals”.
What is the difference between veganism and vegetarianism?
There are many people who confuse the terms and believe that the “veganism” is just a diet. As we have said previously, it is an animal liberation movement. The diet followed by vegan is the “strict vegetarianism” – which is also followed by other people who are not vegan. It may seem confusing at first, but it is easy to understand.
As you can see, vegans – vegan movement and vegetarian diet – are those who do not consume meat, milk and dairy products, eggs and dried egg, honey or any other product that is derived from animal exploitation.
As the “stringent” word is left out in many cases it is necessary to differentiate vegetarians of “lacto” “lacto” or “egg vegetarians”. These three groups do not consume meat, but still consume products that contribute to the exploitation of animals – more on this below.
Underscoring what we said earlier, all vegan is a strict vegetarian. However, not all strict vegetarian is a vegan. This is because there are people who do not consume anything of animal origin in food, but end up consuming leather, wool, silk or go to the circus with animals and other events with exploration (including rodeos, zoos and parks).
Fishes and sea food?
If you are vegan or vegetarian, certainly you heard the question “Neither fish?”. If you are not, you’ve probably asked the question to a friend. And the answer is clear: the vegetarian diet excludes meat of fish and other seafood from its menu.
Because all animals have central nervous system and sentience – the ability to suffer pain or happiness that only animals have. Even though they do not emit sounds out of the water, they feel pain when they are still alive fish or cut. To be removed from the water, they die in a painful process of asphyxiation. Learn more on the site Not Fish.
Why not consume eggs and milk?
Some say that milk and eggs are not a problem because they are created without the need to kill an animal – what clearly happens with the meat. However, there are a number of holdings that the vast majority does not take into consideration when talking about the subject. Below you can see some examples:
As in all mammalian species so that the “cash cow” produces milk, it needs to be mother. In industry, the cows are emprenhadas with artificial insemination and after childbirth have their babies taken away – usually females are routed to the same process and the males are still slaughtered as calves to supply the calf market.
The life expectancy of a cow is about 20 years, but dairy cows are usually slaughtered under 8 years. This is because they begin to exhibit playback issues after several forced pregnancies, mobility problems due to infections or matistes and other inflammations.
Chickens lay their eggs in a natural process? Yes, but that does not mean they are not exploited. Once born, the chickens are debicadas (have torn nozzles) without anesthesia. This is done so that they do not hurt each other to be subjected to situations much stress – what happens enough, since up to eight animals share cages with little more than 0.2 m².
The NGO “onca Animal-defense” speaks more about it and remember that laying hens can spend a lifetime without seeing the sunlight without being able to walk in a dignified manner and without being able to live the natural way – free and having respected their own will.
What else is left?
Have you seen that vegans do not eat meat of any kind, derived from any animal products – including dyes created with insect crush – and do not wear leather, wool, silk or any other type of skin. Below you can see a list of many other activities that are set aside for those who are adept veganism:
Zoos and animal parks
consumer products tested on animals
Bullfights, rodeos, rodeos and the like
Exploitation or abandonment of domestic animals
But you only eat grass?
Previously, we talked about the vegetarian diet. Generally, it is customary to think that this involves only salads tasteless and unseasoned, but this picture is completely wrong. Vegans eat cereals, fruits, vegetables and other foods that come from plants, and algae and mushrooms.
Sandwiches Vegan hamburger
And that does not mean that the food is just raw – quite the contrary. With some recipes in hand, you can make tasty and totally healthy foods. In addition, there are also very “Food Junkie” vegan, because the variety of burgers, sweets and fried foods that can be made is huge. And more … You can eat it all without taking a single gram of soy if you do not want.
And what about proteins?
Often think that meat is the only source of protein, but this is not true. Even the Ministry of Health has recognized vegetarianism as a healthy and complete way of eating. This is because all the essential amino acids for the production of proteins within the body can be achieved through the plant.
There is only one nutrient that can not find in abundance in the vegetarian diet: vitamin B12. It is produced by bacteria and cyanobacteria, with which humanity has little or no contact today. This means that a good portion of the population – vegetarian or not – may have deficiency or B12 deficiency. Fortunately, there are several synthetic vitamin supplementation.
All vegans are healthy?
No! Not every vegan is thin, hippie or “fitness”. A vegetarian diet is rich in nutrients and can be followed by anyone. As much as some people estranhem, this includes high-performance athletes – as Tony Gonzales (NFL) or Mac Danzig (UFC) – and bodybuilders – like Brazilian Paulo Victor Guimarães and Felipe Garcia do Carmo.
Of course … There are also vegans who love to eat in large amounts and who do not practice much physical activity – including the writer of this article. Soon, veganism is democratic and has place for all kinds of people, ages, heights, weights, and blood types.
It’s expensive to be vegan?
Another myth that can be easily knocked over. Although there are many vegan establishments where food is expensive, the vegetarian diet can be very cheap. Buying only vegetables and preparing their own food, it is very affordable to go vegan – and may even be cheaper than food eating meat products.
These are some of the most frequently asked questions involving the subject veganism. You already know what we talked about in the text or any information helpful? If you have any questions, you can also enjoy the space of comments to ask questions. We will try to answer the questions in here.