A very interesting article.
Yes we need to move more people to veganism. However I do believe that for someone to call themselves a vegan they need to be 100% vegan.
see my blog on this at http://www.allvegan.co.uk/2012/07/part-time-vegan.html?spref=fb
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Flexitarians seem to acknowledge that a vegan diet is healthy, and to the extent that animal products are eliminated from a persons life, I applaud them.
I am more bothered by the idea that (dairy or egg)-vegetarian is somehow ethical. See my post below...
It's an interesting window into veganism. What I found most interesting was
that, if you take out the meat is gross element to it, the whole foundation to
the validity of veganism seems to be based in an unquestioned belief that it's
better for animals & the environment. Whether that's actually true or not, for animals &
the environment as a whole, isn't considered at all (beyond the flip wildlife
killed growing all those soybeans comment).
It's interesting how closely the points you raise mirror those of depressive thinking first outlined by Aaron Beck over 60 years ago. Absolutist thinking sets us up for failure and subsequent poor self-image. Voltaire said it most simply centuries ago, "The perfect is the enemy of the good."
It must be understood that "animal rights" vegans would benefit their cause more by promoting the health benefits of eating vegan. The ethical argument is not going to be won because "animal rights" activists do not have superior numbers on their side and they are not acknowledging the difference between wild/farmed/pet animals. However, the health benefits of a vegan diet have medical and scientific justification which affects the majority of people. This is a numbers game. Victory is achieved by getting the numbers.
The worst idea I have seen in veganism is the notion of eating "clean". Anyone who has a smattering of understanding of microbiology knows how absurd that idea is. Fruits and vegetables are not "clean" fuels for our body. Hopefully they have plenty of helpful bacteria on them to contribute to our gut population. Refined sugar and refined fats are "clean" fuels and should be avoided because of that fact.
The biggest problem with the idea of eating "clean" is that it seems to lead to delusional aversions. People think their diet has led them to a type of piety where they become more sensitive to "unclean" things. They then can't tolerate certain smells or be around certain things or become nauseated by certain tastes. This might spiral into debilitating neuroses (anorexia, bulimia, hypersensitivities, etc.). Eating "clean" or "pure" or "perfectly" is the first sign of an eating disorder. It is healthier to occasionally and intentionally break the spell of such thinking than to allow it to have a pathological stranglehold.
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