Yet another ex-carnist turned vegan turned ex-vegan, Abigail, is lashing out at vegans and animals. Her relapse into carnism has fueled a nitpicky, biased article that tries to argue against veganism.
Her primary complaint about veganism: Veggie Meats, Milks, and More. She complains about vegan ice cream, veggie meat crumbles, and veggie chick’n. She posted a picture of soy ice cream and wrote:
“If veganism is about eating ethically, soy-based ice cream, frozen, faux-cheese pizza, and meatless buffalo wings don’t cut it. Sure, it’s cool that cows and chickens aren’t directly harmed in the process, but what about the farm workers’ daily exposure to pesticides and fertilizers, the degradation of the environment, and our population’s chronic sickness?”
It’s funny. She posted an image of a vegan product with an “organic” label right on it! How can she complain about farm workers’ exposure to pesticides when the product she references is organic? Perhaps she just didn’t look closely enough at the label. Not only is that product organic, it’s also non-GMO. (Take a look here).
Obviously, a vegan could choose to eat soy ice cream or they could avoid it. It’s up to them. But I think we can all agree that ice cream – whether it’s made from soy milk, cow’s milk, or other milks like almond milk, coconut milk, or rice milk – is a treat and not a necessary component of any diet, vegan or nonvegan. If you have something against vegan ice cream, fine. Don’t eat it. No one’s forcing you.
Likewise, there’s no need to eat vegan versions of other animal products. It’s completely up to you. Some vegans love ‘em, some hate ‘em, but no one is forcing you to eat them. If you’d prefer to stick to unprocessed vegan foods, by all means, do so!!!
Later, Abigail argues against veggie meats by simply calling them “processed,” as if there’s any agreed upon definition of “processed” and as if “processed” equakes “lack of healthfulness.” On this issue, again, she hasn’t got her facts straight. She shows an image of two veggie meats, both of which are surprisingly low in calories, high in protein, low fat, and contain no cholesterol. The argument that these products are worse than eating animal flesh simply isn’t there.
Regarding other vegan products that resemble nonvegan products, the USDA suggests replacing animal meats with veggie meats and says this:
“A variety of vegetarian products look (and may taste) like their non-vegetarian counterparts, but are usually lower in saturated fat and contain no cholesterol.”
In otherwords, vegan foods may be “processed” but that process is not only less cruel and less environmentally destructive, it also tends to result in foods that are healthier for you to eat.