Updated: Jul 13, 2018
We are going through a major shift in perception in how we consume, what we consume, in all ways.
As humans we have been acting similar to parasites on the Earth, taking what we need and not considering the effects of animals or nature, in a symbiotic relationship. A lot of us are now choosing to live sustainably to protect ourselves, our planet, and our animals.
Particularly in the factory farming animal industry, there is more and more information being released behind this corrupt practice and its detrimental effects on people, animals, and the environment.
Corrupt here refers to the brutalization of the animals and slaughterhouse workers, the lack of waste elimination protocol and deforestation to supply food for the animals, along with the governments involvement in these industries. The government partnership protects the industry in a multitude of ways and assists in funding marketing of animal products as 'necessary' to the public, while keeping people sick.
An example of the government involvement in marketing these products is the Got Milk campaign from the 90's and 00's, which was a government-funded and backed initiative, making milk seem 'cool' using celebrities with milk mustaches in their commercials. Our government should have no place in our food industry dictating what people eat - thankfully this campaign has finally been retired 20 years later as milk consumption continues to decline.
It also refers to the American Heart Association recommending high in fat animal products to people on their website, even though they are fully aware of the adverse health effects! They even recommend bacon - thus, keeping people sick.
Both of these examples and more were featured in "What the Health" documentary.
I'm not writing this to preach dogma in how you eat I'm here to share information that will allow you to make your own informed decisions, everyone has their own journey.
Now there is scientific evidence that animal products are the leading cause of disease in the Western diet. It's no longer a concept, it's reality.
Factory animal farming is also the number one environmental threat (over fossil fuels, CO2 emissions, etc).
With these two major factors, if you were still questioning if this is not a legitimate threat, there is also the corruption in the corporate manufacturing of animals.
We are being called to be more conscious when we're eating.
Do we have a right to eat animals? Let's understand what's at stake.
Animals are alive just like us and yet, their rights are being violated by humans.
Not to be graphic (but for people to understand I need to be), cows are essentially raped, forced to give birth, and then separated from their young at birth. That's just the beginning of the horror story of their lives.
There are stories of screams and crying from the moms that can last for days and up to a week after they are separated from their young. Do we discount that cows don't understand their reality? That they don't feel?
I truly believe that if people knew the horrendous conditions and treatment of these animals, the government corruption in manipulating the public to believe they need them, and pain these animals are put through, they would never want to eat them again. Up until now it's been out of sight out of mind.
And that's precisely why the factory animal farming industry has pumped big money into making sure this coverage of slaughterhouses and information never gets out to anyone.
Many activists have been killed in the past to keep quiet. There is a lot of money at stake: between the government, the corporation of animal slaughter, and consumers' dollars: their willingness to support this based on their beliefs and perceptions. Fortunately, we are in the age of information and we now have social media, the internet, and documentaries that are exposing the truth.
As consumers we hold a lot more power than we think.
The idea that one species is superior over the other, like saying humans are more intelligent than cows and pigs, therefore entitling them to eat other beings is called speciesim. It's a perception that keeps people (consumers) locked in this illusion, that it's normal to eat other beings.
I can totally understand this, trust me because I was also operating under this programming! I didn't give up seafood completely until a few months after I had initially given up poultry, because seafood was my favorite and fish are so far removed: I forgot they had feelings too.
Here's the thing, I love the ocean and the beach is my favorite place in nature. There are predictions that if we continue to consume fish this way we will have fish-less oceans by 2048.
This is not the future I want for my lifetime or the next generations, I'm sure you don't either. Without the oceans there are no humans.
I recommend watching these documentaries (on YouTube or Netflix) to get you started. Simply question your reality up until this point. After all the information I gathered about the mistreatment of animals, I couldn’t continue to eat meat or its by-products. The more I was aware of, the harder and harder it was to do.
What the Health
Forks Over Knives
Plant Pure Nation
To everyone that is under the programming that animal products taste good or that you need it to support your nutrition, it's because it's what we've been marketed to subliminally.
Another common myth is that there won't be enough protein, another marketing tactic we need to flip the script on. There is sufficient evidence that there is virtually no way to be protein deficient unless you live in a third-world country. Iron and protein is found in so many plant based products. There is a need for more starch and carbs in this diet to stay full, that is quite different than protein.
I'm not going to lie and say it was so easy, and it does take an adjustment, trial and error, to make the switch to a whole food plant based diet.
I will say that it is worth it. I have never felt healthier and more empowered than I do now.
I'm here to tell you that once you eliminate it, you will not miss the taste as soon as 48 hours after, and we are so lucky now to have vegan options in more and more areas with more resources than ever for recipes on blogs online!
We can change how we look at eating from the standpoint of "eat to live, don't live to eat" like they mention in Forks Over Knives. From a cost and opportunity perspective, there are far more costs.
Do you care about your wellness, the environment, animals, and future generations?
I invite you to wake up to the truth to conscious and sustainable eating, and start by questioning and watching a documentary listed above. I can understand how heartbreaking it is to learn this truth and to make this transition, and so I am here to support you in this transformative time!