We can learn to become sensitive to our personal needs as well as the needs of animals. In a world that is growing with an increasing population, we must become aware of the ecological impact food consumption and farming has on nature and our environment. Eating healthy and caring about animals are choices.| Liberal Arts & The Ethos of Work Fall 2012 Roberta Wesolowski|
Socially Conscience Veganism in the 21st Century
Being vegan accomplishes many things. First and foremost, the health benefits provide for a vast array of incentives. Secondly, the humane treatment of animals is accomplished since animals and their by-products are not being consumed. Thirdly, animal waste and pollution is minimized. And lastly, a socially conscience acceptable norm for good health and the prevention of disease coupled with the caring for animals and the elimination of their extinction. Non-animal products have good health benefits. According to Professor Campbell, Professor of Biochemistry at Cornell University, vegans are less susceptible to chronic disease. Additional benefits include, but are not limited to the following: lowers cholesterol (lower in saturated fat), lowers heart disease, lowers the risk of obesity, lowers the risk of cancer, and lowers the risk of diabetes. Because the protein in meat is not a part of the vegetarian diet, vegans must be aware to take supplemental vitamins and eat dark green leafy vegetables. Vitamin supplements should include vitamin B-12, vitamin D, and iron. A variety of fruits and vegetables will help to ensure a balanced diet and metabolic state. Some vegans eat only fruits and vegetables and abstain from all meats. While other vegans called lacto vegans abstain from meat, but eat dairy and eggs. Still others are semi vegans who abstain from red meat and pork, yet still eat only white meat (poultry). Because of the increase in population, animals, like many U.S. products, have begun to be mass produced. With this mass production, animals are given hormones to stimulate growth and some are kept in cages to house production efficiency. Since animals are now being produced in this way, meats are less nutritious and full of hormones, and fruits and vegetables are contaminated with pesticides. Free range, grass fed, and without hormone meats are a new quality on the market. Organic fruits and vegetables are now grown without pesticides, preferably taken straight from the farm to the store. However, the treatment of animals is still a huge concern for animal rights’ activists such as PETA. PETA wants to eliminate all maltreatment of animals whether it be for their consumption or for their fur. Pictures of animals in brochures are depicted to show the horrid treatment of cattle, poultry, and even some fish farms. PETA also raises funds to make consumers socially aware of the consequences animal raising has on our environment Most production of animal products have bad effects on the environment—pollution of water which we all consume, polluted land due to manure which humans end up consuming, and pollution of food due to pesticides, chemicals, and growth hormones. Being vegan is also a socially conscience choice. By eliminating the use of animal products, eating organic, and buying natural products, we can make sure we limit our exposure to deadly toxins and chemicals. There are those who are vegans that also believe that using cosmetics and certain clothing made from animal products is inhumane treatment and will eventually lead to the extinction of some animal species. Lipstick has been known to be made out of whale fat. The farming in the sea of tuna fish has wiped out schools of dolphins at a time. And the killing of foxes and slaughtering of sheep for fur and cotton desensitizes our consumers’ values. Viewpoint # 1
The Food Guide Pyramid developed by the...