Veganism.

Something we all have heard of and researched to some extent, but this is one of the areas of research that appears to get deeper as you dig into its’ contents.

We have made the decision to go completely vegan and have abstained from all animal-derived products.

There were many reasons why we have decided to do this, and it is something that Tj and I have both tried independently of each other years ago.

We all have seen the unsettling footage of animal torture and mutilation, but with all of the possible animal compassion in mind, that is not the primary reason that we have changed our lifestyle.

I do not want to persuade you by showing nothing but disgusting footage of things that we all are already aware of but which we have effectively pushed into our unconsciousness because it makes us uneasy.

I would like to present some of the research which I have ran across, because the research on cohort health studies, longitudinal health studies, other personal testimonies, information behind meat’s actual effect on our bodies, information behind various food industries is more precisely what made us go vegan.

We are eating substances which our bodies may not be biologically suited for, or mechanistically able to process.

Our need for meat or animal products is facilitated by conditioning, not biological necessity.

The United States and United Kingdom’s major dietetic association both openly state that you can viably sustain your body on an entirely whole foods plant-based diet.

We do not need to cause unnecessary harm to animals or ourselves anymore.

There are evolutionary factors which point to us eating meat as a means to up our daily caloric intake to nourish our advancing brains, but we also were much more active in getting our food.

Today, there are grocery stores everywhere, and if you’re a green thumb you can always supply your own food to great extents, so there is no longer a massive energy expenditure to obtain food.

Actually, according to the CDC, an overwhelming number of adults do not meet the daily recommended physical activity times. We are getting lazier, and there is reason for it.

Our bodies are not suited to consume the products of other sentient beings, and there is a mass of research and scientific evidence proving this. Across most of the studies, meat-eaters have higher cholesterol, clogged arteries, heart disease, diabetes, inflammation, insulin-resistance, cancer, obesity, and all-cause mortality.

This isn’t just about morality, but rather the limitation of our mortality.

If you are not ready to give up meat, I would encourage you to read this article. It discusses eating meat in a new light, and though I disagree with points about plant-based diets in here, it has great info on the meat industries and how to eat meat in at least a more ethical manner.

This article will explain and give examples of how our body is not meant to eat high meat diets. It links different civilizations and cross examines common illnesses, like osteoporosis, and its apparent dietary cause, being a high protein, primarily animal protein diet.

We have all of this research in front of us yet we have been conditioned ourselves to believe that we need meat to lead healthy lives. It has been taught to us falsely, and the objective facts matter.

Switching to vegan diets in high-risk health cases has been repeatedly proven to help with many common diseases that are killing so many of us, but we refuse to go against our own subconscious paradigms.

What we’ve experienced eating a whole food plant-based diet.

Well, our digestive systems are happy.

They are ecstatic because our daily fiber intake must have quintupled. We transitioned directly to eating straight vegetables, fruits, and grains.

So, the first week we primarily ate:

·         Broccoli

·         Chickpeas

·         Black beans

·         Bread

·         Lentils

·         Nutritional Yeast

·         Potatoes

·         Carrots

·         Celery

·         Cabbage

·         Onion

·         Tons of garlic

·         Zucchini

·         Vegan Pasta

I gained so much more respect for raw vegetables, I began creating new types of salads with a variety of random ingredients. Every single one is delicious and filling, and I can become conscious that what I am eating is extremely compatible with my body and more specifically my digestive tract.

When you think about it, your body is as healthy as your metabolism. A sluggish digestive tract cannot properly digest food, a sluggish heart can’t pump, clogged arteries cannot deliver oxygenated blood, and a sluggish body leads to a sluggish mind.

To me, my health is dependent on my body’s ability to get rid of toxins and utilize nutrients in the most efficient manner.

After that point, everything else seems to fall into place. My immune system got better, my skin got clearer, my body shed 100 pounds in just a few months, I can breathe better, I have more energy, my hair grows faster, and most importantly my mind feels clearer.

I’m sure this is reminiscent of our babbling about switching to organic foods.

We have had similar effects, just a bit further than before.

We do not intend to be converters, but we truly have experienced a healthier lifestyle from our diet directly. We have cured a variety of health issues through our food alone, since we refuse to take medicine.

Besides there is plenty of evidence that overall health is affected by the amount of animal products and more importantly processed products that you ingest.

 Further Reading:

All-Cause Mortality

New Mothers or Breastfeeding Mothers

Cardio-metabolic Risk Factors

Vegan Diet Vs the Standard American Diet (SAD)

Effects on Metabolism

Plant Diet vs. Animal Diets

Effects on Blood Pressure

Effects on Rheumatoid Arthritis

Insulin Resistance

Vegan Diet Sustainability

I promise you, all of these are worth the read. For example, we all know someone who has high blood pressure, and the conclusion of studies regarding blood pressure say; “A vegan diet was associated with lower BP in asymptomatic participants with proteinuria. This diet could be a nonpharmacologic method to reduce BP.”

This is why we went vegan.

Coffee Consumption and Daily Energy

I have also noticed an improvement in my daily energy. Eating mostly whole grains, begetables, fuits, and nuts, it seems logical. We eat large amounts of vegetables which are pure water, nutrients, and fiber. We eat fruit with antioxidants, we eat complex carbohydrates, and drink plenty of water.

We are currently in the process of quitting coffee, which is a long-time habit.

It has not been easy

But it has made an impact, now that we are through the hardest hump of cutting caffeine it is less of a temptation.

Lately I haven’t even wanted to finish my morning cup, my body seems to be telling me to just drink water, or perhaps tea.

Phytates are compounds common in grains, legumes, caffeinated beverages, and some other vegan foods. They have been found to slow or block the absorption of certain vitamins and minerals that are ironically enough the same ones that vegans need to be conscious of, like iron, magnesium, and calcium.

I’m not saying that drinking coffee will not allow you to absorb vitamins, but since we also eat so many of the foods that have been found to have higher levels of phytic acid, we figure it would be best to stop consuming coffee.

Furthermore, coffee is an addictive substance and just like any other addictive substance I do not feel it is necessary.

I have held the concept of myself that I need coffee before I can exist in the morning.

It feels true… Painfully true most mornings, but I know that years of abusing caffeine has altered neurological functioning to some extent. I feel that we would be better off without it, but it is a difficult addiction to break


Corporate influence

This will probably be the longest section but if you are at all concerned about what you put in your body, reading what food corporations are doing should rightly piss you off.

Corporations seem pretty dishonest in general, but there is abundant evidence that meat, dairy, and egg industries commit notoriously heinous acts, and deceive the public into believe that they don’t.

The more you read about it, the worse it gets.

For example, there are far more animals killed than is needed, and we utilize unnatural means of producing more meat. Here are some statistics I’ve been able to find which shows our greed in these industries.

From 1925 – 2015 chicken production trends:

Average time to market for from 112 days to 48, down 57%

The live market weight has increased 150%

Average daily gain amounts have increased 482%

Feed conversion ratio is down 60%

Increase of amount of food given to birds is 0%

Mortality rate down 73% but chickens living in terrible conditions.

“More than 80% of farmland is used for livestock but it produces just 18% of food calories and 37% of protein” – The Guardian

We are producing insane amounts of meat and are doing it through unnatural and invasive tactics like hormone control and antibacterial injections.

These lies also include the idea that meat industry is a sustainable method to feeding citizens. Even if we produce the volume of meat we would need, we need to question the source of the food.

Is it organic?

What were the conditions the animal was kept in?

Is this even meat?

What effect does this food have on our bodies?

Furthermore, it can take up to 20 pounds of grain to produce one pound of beef. Rather than using 70% of the crop we do grow to feed animals that will eventually slowly rot in our digestive tract, we could feed starving children and serve homeless men and women the fresh grains and vegetables.

Let me clarify, if we took the raw crops that we fed to animals, we would have exponentially more for food than we currently do.

Consequently, the massive number of farm animals we have wouldn’t be there eating the food if there wasn’t demand.

And what does that mean?

We will accelerate the amount of wildlife destroyed in the name of livestock production. We will force the already breaking planet into further chaos, throwing massive systems much larger than ourselves into disharmony and imbalance.

There is no reason for this.

The meat industry will also have you believe that it doesn’t have a drastic effect on the environment. But people that use objective evidence in their research have found otherwise.

Intensive meat farming efforts have pushed the amounts of methane produced by this industry sky-high.

The greenhouse gases that are created through farming livestock contributes more to global warming than transportation.

Meaning the massive amounts of animals that we shove full of antibiotics and steroids are contributing more to climate change than trucks, cars, trains, planes, and buses.

We have no need to produce at this scale.

There is no conceivable need to produce anything at this level, especially because we waste such a massive portion of what we do produce.

In fact, over 50% of water in the United States is used for growing food for livestock…

Another fact, 20% of fish caught with trawling nets are “bycatch,” or fish that were unintentionally caught that often die needlessly.

“A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use.” – Joseph Poore with the University of Oxford.

Another lie is that these products are necessary for our health.

People will swear up and down cow’s milk is the only way to not lose your teeth or fall victim to osteoporosis, but there is plenty of evidence which proves not only that that is not true, but the exact opposite is true.

It has been proposed that milk can cause breast cancer, yet milk is recommended on diets aimed at those who suffer from this disease.

 Processed meat specifically has been determined to be as carcinogenic as tobacco or asbestos, which should put consumers of these products into a pissed-off frenzy. This is not only unnecessary to our diet, but it is slowly killing us.

The evolutionary argument that humans needed to consume meat for caloric intake may be correct, but in modern day civilizations we are already eating far more calories than our bodies need, and from all the wrong sources.

In fact, the main source of sodium in the U.S. is chicken!

This research goes deep, the more you read, the more you won’t believe what you have been told. If you are able to make a drastic change in diet, you will see why the research appears the way that it does.

It works, every time I eat something that I know I shouldn’t my body absolutely forces me to face consequences. My stomach drops and churns, my body tries to get rid of it as soon as possible, and I feel more sluggish than I normally would.

Food should make you feel light, not weigh you down.

I used to grossly overeat. Something that I didn’t realize was an issue for me I know realize was terribly damaging to my body, and my psyche was the reason.

Sensual desire takes over when you smell certain foods. Nostalgia hits, your limbic system lights with pleasure and you’re sure there is no possible way you can stop yourself from eating it.

You are lying to yourself

My food choices were not healthy for me mentally, and it took years to realize the ways that I abused foods.

Being conscious has changed that for me. I have read into so many studies about food and the food industry, and the atrocious acts that go on in these corporations that it becomes hard to eat food I know I shouldn’t.

As I see some fast food, I know that I couldn’t begin to tell what I was eating. A taco with meat, cheese, and sour cream. But what is it made of?

The food WE grow WE can say with certainty that WEknow what is in it. The compost that we created, the seeds that we have saved, the water that we use, the methods of farming we use are all under our control and supervision.

I have never been able to say that about anything at a supermarket, even in a “local” section.

We have no need to worry about what we put in our bodies.

Corporate influence from the meat, dairy, and other industries that profit off the use of animals can be best summed up in this quote by a doctor studying veganism;

What people mean when they say that it is a “personal choice” to eat meat is that it is a free choice they are making. They are not making their choices freely because without awareness there is no free choice. And the vast majority of people are not aware of how they have been deeply conditioned.”

We are beginning to wake up to the fact that these people have been lying to us for generations and are profiting heavily from it.

An example would be false studies being manufactured, such as one that shows vegans had higher rates of bones deficiency. The report I am referring to has been proven to have included the type of vegans that eat Oreos daily and ask for beans on their Taco Bell rather than hamburger.

I encourage you to make these changes,

no insults to those that are moving down this path,

 I do not intend to insult anybody,

But realize that though you can be “Vegetarian” or “vegan”

without being healthy!

Understand that my point is studies that falsely report health claims are literally killing us. If you research far enough, you can usually find conflicts of interest. Such as reports showing that eggs do not have negative effects on cardiovascular health, that are funded by egg corporations…

Studies are meant to bring clarity to our deepest questions, but big corporations have made too much bullshit to sift through.

For example, something new that I recently discovered was a thing is “clean meat.”

Clean meat” is a type of meat which is created from extracting cells or DNA from animals and growing it into meat through a medium.

Because that’s how Mother Nature intended….

So, surprise, surprise, it turns out these absurd concoction meats are not as healthy as originally thought.

Of course, it was created with the intention of creating a more sustainable way to grow meat, considering how much you can save on land, water, and the environment.

However, this risk comes in primarily with the fact that we have no idea what this could turn into, humans have not done this throughout history.

And further, even the companies that have done it and are currently in an infancy stage have not yet attempted “clean” meat production on a large scale.

So, though in a petri dish it may work a handful of times but having a massive vat of warm meat seems unsanitary and at minimum unnatural.

Why do we need this one this so bad? There are so many delicious vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, and other plant-based foods that most people have never heard of. We would rather allocate millions to finding how we can force nature to meet the last demands of our will to dominate mother earth than finding alternatives, or just using the ones that already exists.

We have tons of meat substitutes that are completely healthy and infinitely healthier than “clean” meat. There is no reason to move against the path of least resistance.

Advertising by the Meat and Dairy Industries:

The meat and dairy industry survive on the idea that the human body requires meat and dairy to thrive.

This has been proven 100%, undeniably false

Rather than spending losing customers who would rather be healthy, they spend massive amounts of money in advertising.

This article will help you see relative numbers, because understand that the amounts of money spent on meat and dairy promotions are promoting absolute lies. They must spend multitudes more to push massive amounts of citizens towards increasing their consumption of these products.

This has never been healthy but has always been profitable.

There is undeniable evidence that humans are consuming too much animal protein, and this information is also from meat promoting sources. Those who don’t promote veganism also agree that eating the amounts of meats that the Standard American Diet (SAD) includes is far too high for a healthy functioning body.

The American diet contains about double the amount of meat than other countries, about an average of 200 pounds per year per person.

We also seem to have widespread health crises like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

Companies use psychological tactics to attempt to persuade younger audiences, especially after trends showed vegan populations have boomed through the 2000s. They have even had special advertisements to push vegan-minded younger audiences into eating meat.

There have been massive increases in products such as almond milk, oat milk, rice milk, tofu, and meat alternatives.

These massive spikes in vegan alternatives have truly terrified these industries because they can see that the people are waking up.

I know that for me personally, the more that I research about the meat and dairy industries tactics to brainwash us, the health implications of eating animal products, and the terrible means for these industries to create these products, there is not a cell in me that wants to go back.

That is another question people always ask, “Do you miss eating meat?”

No…

Not at all…

I promise, it becomes shocking the amounts of lies that we have all been told about our health and how our body functions.

I enjoy cooking and switching to vegan only augmented my knowledge of cooking. I would say I am certainly a better cook than before, I’ve had to create new options and experiment widely with flavors and textures.

Anyways, back to the corporate monsters…

Despite predictions that dairy sales will decrease 11% by 2020, the markets for these industries are sky rocketing.

“Got Milk?”

“Where’s the Beef?”

“Beef. It does a body good.”

We’re definitely aware of all of these phrases because there have been billions of dollars spent to have them pounded in our head.

Despite all contrary evidence, these industries will still lead you to believe that their products are not only safe, but vital to human health.

These statements are false, there are clear links to dairy and meat with cancer, insulin resistance, liver damage, and many other serious health risks.

Allowing people to know that this is true would mean massive plummets in sales for these corporations, just as in the year 2017 when dairy milk sales went down 15%.

While plant-based milk sales rose 61%!

In fact, in 2017 the UK’s vegan-meat substitutes rose in demand by 987%!

Those are great numbers, that is a beautiful indication that people are waking up to the B.S. the dairy and meat industries have been giving us.

We are taking our health back.

We need to read into the lies that we have been told, and research for ourselves. We continue to just follow suit and do as our recent ancestors have done.

Animal abuse

In the beginning of this article, I promised I wouldn’t slam pictures of mutilated animals to push you into veganism.

We must be aware of where our food comes from, and part of that is knowing that animals are mercilessly tortured in small town farms, industrial farms, zoos, and clothing industries.

The more you research it, the more that you start to realize that there is a plethora of animals being needlessly misused every day, and I assure you the numbers are staggering.

Dairy cows:

  • Around 9 million dairy cows are raised annually in the U.S. alone.

  • The U.S. is responsible for nearly 15% of the world milk production, while holding only 3% of global dairy cow stock. We consequently have become one of the leaders in extracting as much milk per cow, roughly 9,300 liters per cow, following only Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Republic of Korea.

  • There are also some surprising numbers of profit made off this industry, such as in 2009 when Nestle had a $25 billion turnover on dairy. Between just the top 10 dairy companies, including Nestle, Dean, Dairy Farmers of America and Kraft, there is nearly $75 billion of profit! Just in 2009! Keep in mind that ending world hunger is currently estimated at around $30 – $40 billion annually.

  • Cows are expected to produce far more than their natural amounts. According to the Humane Society, “…from 1987 to 2007, the number of dairy operations declined by 69% while milk production rose 11%. This is a clear indication of what animal activists have been concerned with, we are using these animals as profitable machines and disregarding their rank within our ecosystem. In fact, the same study shows that the amount of milk obtained from each dairy cow has almost doubled since 1967. This isn’t natural, this is artificial breeding and gene manipulation purely in the name of profit, and purely because the advertising has blinded so many of us.
    • Keep in mind, the only way to make cows lactate is by forcibly impregnating it, separating the calf, and stealing the milk that is intended for that baby. There is nothing humane about this, and because we are forcing the mother to endure such a high-level output of energy to produce such a vast quantity of milk, the mother’s health deteriorates in the process.  It seems common sense, if we were to do the same exact thing to a human woman, we could only assume that she wouldn’t be healthy after systemically raping, impregnating, torturing, beating, and neglecting her. We do this to millions of cows daily, if each one was a human we would be outraged, but our ego has detached us from the fact that every animal we humiliate, and kill is just as much an individual as us.

  • Another disturbing fact is that Dairy cow fertility has also slowly declined, presumed to be caused by the forced pregnancies and lactation. To me, reading reports like these sounds like cows were never meant to be dairy cows, their bodies are literally rejecting the heinous acts that we put on them.

  • Another disturbing fact about the mistreatment of dairy cows is the fact that inbreeding has also risen steadily. In the 1960’s the rate was at 0%, but through the years it has risen to about 6%. This number is still “relatively low” I suppose, but there are compounded health risks, like metastasis, when inbreeding occurs. Inflammation and infection should absolutely be something to consider when consuming the product that comes out of that animal.

  • Artificial insemination has been a dark new technology, and in places such as the U.K. the only stipulations I can find is that the cow must be under a certain anesthesia, but that does not necessarily reduce the harm and stress inflicted upon the animal.

  •  According to an Animal Welfare Report targeting towards the dairy industry: “In general, there are four techniques for collecting semen samples from breeder bulls: aspiration from the vagina of a recently bred cow, collection from an artificial vagina, collection by transrectal glandular massage, and electroejaculation.” We have sunk this low and become this desperate. Deemed to be too painful and unusable for humans, electroejaculation is the practice of shoving an electrical device up the anus of a bull, and electronically stimulating them to orgasm. This is been proven to be severely painful for the bulls, obviously, but it is incredibly efficient for the disgusting farmer willing to get paid to shove things up a cow’s ass. There are recorded tests which show high levels of stress hormones, like cortisol and adrenaline, indicating that the bulls maintain high stress and pain levels during this entire raping process.

  • Either way, the babies from these cows will either be continually raped and milked if they are female and murdered as calves for veal if they’re male.

Meat cows:

  • Roughly 35 million cattle are raised annually for beef production in the U.S., and around 500,000 calves for veal.

  • Most cattle raised for meat are branded, dehorned, and castrated at a young age with no anesthesia or pain meds, and with some barbaric tactics. For example, splitting scrotal sacs open, using metal tools, or rubber rings or bands to cut circulation off to the area, allowing them to be removed easier. Why? So that a massive animal weighing 1000+ pounds is “safe enough to be around.” We punch, kick, electrocute, sodomize, and torture these animals in so many other ways, and we rationalize chopping their testicles off so that they feel less inclined to fight back about it. We are truly horrible people.

  • Shockingly, the term “Downers,” by this industry is another word for non-ambulatory cows. This means that these animals are unable to walk on their own, or hold their own body weight due to metabolic, musculoskeletal, infectious, or toxic reasons.  
    • It’s worth noting that federal inspections have estimated that occurs in only 1% – 1 ½% of cases, but this was specifically in a slaughterhouse audit, which means that they did not include any animals being abused to the point of collapsed on the farm, or anywhere else but in the slaughterhouse. Regardless if you eat meat or not, I think we can all agree we shouldn’t be raising horribly diseased and pained animals, and we certainly should be questioning whether or not we ingest that type of meat. If you won’t go vegan, wouldn’t you eat least rather eat meat that isn’t ridden with disease and harm?

  • Regardless of the conditions of the beginning of the meat cow’s life, they almost all end on the same note. A Feedlot, or the pictures that we have all seen of cows standing knee-deep in their own excrement and are fed large amounts of food as a final attempt to fatten them up for slaughter. An overwhelming majority of farm animals live in this condition. Consider what a life full of stress and pain does to the animal, and consequently the products that we consume.

Meat Chickens:

  • In 2017, 9 billion chickens were raised specifically for meat in the U.S. That is an insane number, that’s more than one per person globally, just out of the U.S.!
  • I actually want to use a quote from The National Chicken Council. This is a brief description regarding the housing situations for broiler chickens.

“Broilers (young meat chickens) are not raised in cages. They are raised in large, open structures known as grow out houses. These houses are well-equipped with mechanical systems to deliver feed and water to the birds and have environmental systems to provide a comfortable and protective environment, including ventilation systems and heaters that function as needed, most often with micro-processor controls.” – The National Chicken Council

This is an actual picture of the bulk of meat chickens’ lives…

This is a picture of what the quote is referring to:

Sure, it looks like there is a lot of roaming space in the latter picture, if it wasn’t crammed full of chickens. These rooms are generally riddled with disease, and chickens that are bulked up so quickly that their body frames are unable to hold themselves up. I could show pictures of this, but would like to refrain from vulgar pictures, as I said.

Not to go back into this, but I truly find it wrong to try to make people understand our stance by flashing pictures of what we all already know is happening.

Egg Hens:

  • There are around 280 million Egg laying hens in the U.S. That’s nearly one per person in the U.S.

  • 95% of those are in battery cages, which is one of three main methods of hen farming: the other two include barn and free-range. Battery cages have been clouded in controversy for years, and for good reasons.
    • For battery cages, the egg industry guidelines recommend 67 in. sq. per egg-laying hen, (64 sq. in. is only 8” x 8”!) and the most commonly used cages hold about 10 birds. Those cages are then stacked up and placed in long rows. The food can be sparse, the space is crammed, disease can spread, and hens turn towards actions which are unnatural and brutal.
    • In a barn setting, it is similar to the open rooms that I discussed in the meat chicken section, they’re large industrial barns packed full of chickens. This is promoted as the preferred method of egg-farming, but my question remains the same: Is it necessary? Hens still do not have outside access and are provided nest boxes and a type of litter or substrate for dustbathing. The upgrade here is that chickens are slightly better able to socialize, and dustbathing is important for the health of the chicken. According to an HSUS report on Broiler welfare; “Behavior identified as important for the well-being of hens, includes nesting, perching, and roosting, scratching, and foraging, dustbathing, engaging in comfort behavior (such as wing-flapping and preening), exercising, and exploring.” Being crammed into tight areas with other chickens does not allow the animal to actually live naturally, the egg industries just promote that as the case because it is profitable. In fact, in the same reporting it was found that there are two common and disturbing trends among hens kept in this manner. Cannibalism and Feather-pecking.

“Cannibalism is a learned behavior, passed on from one hen to another, and has been reported in all types of housing systems. Once an outbreak occurs, it is very difficult to control. The potential for the behavior to spread may be increased in large flocks, as more birds are likely to learn the behavior or to become victims. Due to the restrictive nature of battery cages, hens are unable to access many other birds, which may make the behavior easier to manage, although, feather-pecked hens in cages are unable to escape more aggressive cage-mates.” – HSUS Hen Welfare report

  • This issue actually puts this industry in an odd spot, because they commonly perform what are called partial beak amputations, or beak trimming. This has been proven to permanently affect the bird through both acute and chronic pain, so it is a sure way to torture the animal. So, should we be chopping the mouths off chickens, or allow them to kill and eat each other while being forced into insanity in a crammed and disgusting environment.

Or we could have beans instead.

  • The last factors I would like to bring up is disease, we all know this, but it is specifically an issue because of how we house chickens. There is clear, objective evidence that this is true, but it is worth more for these corporations to lose vast amounts of chickens. They still make profit though the high mortality rates, they just ignore the morality of it.

Ducks:

  • 28 million ducks were slaughtered in the United States in 2006.

  • Ducks aren’t a common animal people consider regarding these topics, but this is another example of a species of animals being abused for our gain and benefit.

  • A term the industry uses, “lameness,” refers to ducks that are unable to walk, much like the cattle and chicken that I mentioned earlier. Ducks become lame because this type of animal is primarily aquatic, so being crammed into dry warehouses with no water leads to them developing musculoskeletal disorders. Wire floors and wooden planks may be all that the animals can stand on, which is farm from the natural lakes and ponds that they would be floating on.

  • Cannibalism is also found in duck populations, because they are typically housed in similar situations as the ones I have explained about poultry.

  • This industry also trims the beaks of these animals, which we know causes permanent harm to them, to negate them from being able to harm each other. I don’t believe that it would otherwise be the intention of these animals to harm each other, but of course if I were crammed into a large warehouse with a sea of other humans, I’d probably go insane as well, and I’m sure most of us would.

  • Some facilities use artificial lighting at low-intensities because it has been proven to lower the rates of cannibalism and feather-picking. This causes the ducks to be unable to use their full vision, it can cause lameness, fearfulness, and partial visual sensory deprivation.

  • Force-feeding is another common practice on these farms, which has been proven to cause fatty liver, with some even enlarging to 10 x the normal size!

There are many other examples of abuse within institutions like these. Further reading should include zoo animals, goats, sheep, birds, fish farming, and many others. Unfortunately, there is a lot of them…

Slaughterhouses:

According to Statistics from 2004, these are the numbers of animals slaughtered that year:

45,895 million (45.9 billion) chickens
2,262 million (2.3 billion) ducks
1,244 million (1.2 billion) pigs
857 million rabbits
691 million turkeys
533 million geese
515 million sheep
345 million goats
292 million cows and calves (for beef and veal)
65 million other rodents (not including rabbits)
63 million pigeons and other birds
23 million buffalo
4 million horses
3 million donkeys and mules
2 million camels (and other camelids)

Really consider these numbers, imagine the military and political response if an overseas threat murdered this number of humans. Yearly, we are seeing more deaths of animals than we have in any war, we are annually committing more heinous crimes towards these animals than any dictator could imagine.

This article will help shed light on the life of various animals from birth to slaughter. It discusses some of the common diseases that are found within these facilities.

With all this in mind, it reminds me of a quote I heard from a man named Garth Davis; “My friends will ask if I’m worried about what my children are eating, And I’ll say, ‘aren’t you worried? Your children are eating hot dogs, which are a class 1 carcinogen.’”

 “A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use,” said Joseph Poore, at the University of Oxford, UK, who led the research.

Common myths:

Becoming a vegan comes with some surprises, like the great health benefits and animal rights. It also comes with a massive volume of B.S. myths about our diet.

“Being vegan will make you too skinny.”

“Where would you get your protein?”

Aren’t you deficient in vitamin B12?”

“You’re at least calcium deficient, right?”

Aren’t vegan diets gross?”

“You’re too skinny”

First of all, being called skinny is hilarious because according to BMI charts I have been obese for a long time.

I have definitely been at least overweight by my own admission and losing weight has been incredible for my health.

I’m not too skinny, my body has stopped drastically holding on to fat, sodium, and carbs because my body has an extremely regulated intake/output flow.

As I mentioned in our Switching to Organic Foods, though it may be gross, your bowels will force all the gunk and trash that it has been holding.

We literally began using the bathroom much more frequently at first, likely because our fiber intake quadrupled.

My stomach has become completely flat and I have not had a single digestive issue since we have made the change to veganism.

“Where do you get protein?”

Before I get into the fact that there are more than enough sources of plant-based protein, I would like to start with a more fundamental issue.

We are eating far too much protein!

For most adults, a good range of daily protein intake is 30 – 75 grams. This obviously depends on weight, gender, physical activity, but as a base let’s say 30 – 75 grams.

Several years ago, I got caught up in health in the wrong way, I was working out a lot, doing cardio almost every morning and weightlifting every weeknight.

Something I ran into frequently was diets that include 200 – 400 grams of protein!

This may be practical if you’re Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kai Greene, or Jay Cutler.

My 200-pound ass didn’t need 300 grams of protein, it needed some damn vegetables.

The human body can only metabolize so much, excess is then metabolized and excreted by the kidneys, which could cause issues alongside any kidney problems.

Now that we have that established, let me be very clear with anyone reading this.

There is protein literally everywhere on a vegan diet.

It’s in:

  • Seitan
  • Tofu
  • Tempeh
  • Edamame
  • Lentils
  • Chickpeas
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Spelt
  • Hempseed
  • Green Peas
  • Leafy Greens

Literally, there is a bit of protein in almost everything that we eat now, and it’s in harmony and moderation.

I never feel worried about getting enough protein. Though I have lost quite a bit of weight during the past year, I have actually retained a lot of my muscle, and I haven’t regularly lifted weights in a long time.

With no efforts outside of my diet changes, I have lost 100 pounds, now around 160 – 170 pounds, and now have a body fat ratio of about 7%.

Aren’t you deficient in vitamin B12?

If you’re seriously considering going vegan, I suggest you read these articles for more information regarding B12, it is an important vitamin.

So, let’s get really gross here.

Naturally, Vitamin B12 is not found in plants or animals, it is a bacterium. So yes, you can get it from an animal because B12 may be produced in their guts, and this accumulates over time.

This can also be found in trace amounts in human digestive bacteria, but we must obtain it externally for adequate amounts.

So, bacteria

It can be found in bacteria laden manure and unsanitized water.

Unfortunately, because of the previously described conditions that many industrial farm animals live in, they commonly ingest these things too… That’s another reasonable explanation, animals left in disgusting places can accumulate more of this because of their constant contact and ingestion of feces and unsanitized water…

So yeah, that’s where it can be found, but thanks to modern advancements, you can obtain vitamin B12 through fortified foods, like cereals, or nutritional yeast, which is a must have for vegans.

This is a very important aspect of going vegan, this is the vitamin I was initially most worried about deficiency, that is until I did further research.

“You’re at least calcium deficient, right?”

Again, the list goes on;

  • Almond milk
  • Molasses
  • Tofu
  • Dried figs
  • Bok choy
  • Tempeh
  • Collard Greens
  • Mustard Greens
  • Navy Beans

And I promise, it just goes on and on…

I believe the reason we are asked things like vitamin B12, Protein, Iron, or whatever other deficiency is because people don’t understand much about veganism.

Not that it’s their, or your fault. There are a lot of lies being told about vegans.

Such as this one from Fox News, which we all know is a corporate-paid media monster, wrote this article about the sustainability of a vegan diet.

Their argument includes:

  • There are three types of farmland: Grazing land which is unsuitable crops, perennial cropland, which supports grains, and cultivated cropland, which is used for vegetables, fruits, and nuts.
  • If vegans don’t eat meat, they are only using 2/3 of all types of farmland potentially available, so they are only running at 66% efficiency.

But hang on…

This article offers a map that shows the distributions of land and where they land between two ends of a spectrum: crops used for food and crops used for animal feed.

Just over 50% of all available cropland is used for consumable food calories.

Ecologists even suggests with the amount of grains that we grow in the U.S. alone, we could feed around 800 million people!

So, in my mind, it wouldn’t be absurd to think that if we cut out eating all meat that we could end world hunger this way. Regarding the Fox New article, it’s B.S. for a few reasons…

  • We use a disproportionate amount of grains for animal consumption rather than human consumption. Sure, we must factor in that people eat meat too, which would account in to total food consumed, however, we would be automatically be doubling the amount of food available.
  • If grazing land isn’t suitable for food, why would that stop us? Barley is known for growing in terrible soil, and subsequently making that soil richer than when it was planted. Wiser uses of fungi, organic compost, and new farming methods would assist in making farming on these lands possible, though I would assume it wouldn’t be necessary. The amount of food we give to animals alone could drastically increase the amount of food available.
  • I would also like to point out, if we had a more vegan-oriented culture, we could grow all our own food. To my knowledge that’s not illegal, we could grow all our own foods. We grow a portion of our diet, and one day intent to be 100% sustainable. If more people would locally grow food and locals would buy it, food would be much cheaper, readily available, safer than foods with preservatives, and it would drastically reduce our overall carbon footprint.

It’s possible, the issue comes when misinformation pushes people against the path of least resistance.

Aren’t vegan diets gross?”

God no, not at all.

We’ve truly made some of our best recipes so far, our vegan lasagnas, vegan burritos, vegan nachos, and vegan everything else is absolutely delicious.

Our food is more filling, more nutritious, more pleasing, and we have learned a massive amount of information about eating for nutrition rather than tradition.

Eating nothing but tofu cooked as a floppy mess is terrible, and unfortunately that’s a situation a lot of people fall into.

But I promise you, there are many great options.

I would suggest avantgardevegan on YouTube, but there are a ton of great Vegan YouTubers.

Final Thoughts:

The reason I didn’t want to show vulgar pictures, is because I remember that before I switched my diet, it bothered me when people would persuade me to be vegan, or I heard the reports that veganism is beneficial for health.

I would feel uncomfortable and uninformed.

The more research I did, the more I realized that it was ignorance, I was ignorant of the health problems associated with meat consumption, the abuse to animals, the corporate influences of the foods we eat and medicine we take. It all comes together, that’s why we must approach things more holistically.

My final point is; I don’t want to force anyone into something they don’t want, and I’m certainly not selling anything.

I simply want you to think, think about this type of treatment on your pet dogs, cats, birds, lizards, or whatever animals you love.

I know that I couldn’t take my dogs, beat the hell out of them, torture them, leave them in their own feces and urine, ignore their calls for help, or look them in the eye as I force a massive bolt through their brains, force them into carbon dioxide chambers, electrocute them to death, or slit their throats.

We are better than this, truly we must wake up.

I wanted to share some of the reading I did during and before this article. Some of them are ones I saved from when we were actually researching veganism. I highly encourage you to read these and continue to always try to learn more.

https://medium.com/neodotlife/the-clean-meat-industry-has-a-dirty-little-secret-421d510b8136

https://www.100percentpure.com/blogs/feed/the-truth-about-the-meat-industry

https://mercyforanimals.org/the-meat-industry-has-turned-chickens-into

https://www.nationalchickencouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Live-Chicken-Production-FARMECON-LLC-FINAL-April-2016.pdf

http://www.countinganimals.com/meat-industry-advertising/

https://www.cnn.com/2014/03/14/opinion/velez-mitchell-animal-cruelty/index.html

https://www.ciwf.org.uk/media/5235182/Statistics-Dairy-cows.pdf

https://www.humanesociety.org/sites/default/files/docs/hsus-report-animal-welfare-cow-dairy-industry.pdf

https://www.humanesociety.org/sites/default/files/docs/hsus-report-welfare-animals-meat-egg-dairy-industry.pdf

https://awionline.org/content/cattle

https://www.ciwf.com/farm-animals/chickens/meat-chickens/welfare-issues/

https://awionline.org/content/poultry

https://www.ciwf.com/farm-animals/chickens/egg-laying-hens/

https://www.ciwf.com/farm-animals/chickens/egg-laying-hens/welfare-issues/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2017/06/15/many-people-think-cage-free-life-is-better-for-hens-its-not-that-simple/?utm_term=.ccba9db6dbba

https://www.humanesociety.org/sites/default/files/docs/hsus-report-animal-welfare-duck-industry.pdf

https://thehill.com/sites/default/files/FoiegrasWelfareEvidence_0.pdf

https://www.upc-online.org/slaughter/92704stats.htm

https://www.lcanimal.org/index.php/campaigns/other-issues/factory-farming

https://www.vegansociety.com/resources/nutrition-and-health/nutrients/vitamin-b12/what-every-vegan-should-know-about-vitamin-b12

9 thoughts on “Why You Should Go Vegan and Why We Decided to

  1. I have been checking out a few of your articles and i must say nice stuff. I will surely bookmark your site.

    1. admin says:

      Thank you so much! We appreciate you.

  2. Aren’t you gonna need to qualify that? jk

  3. I love how you make it simple. Very relatable!

    1. admin says:

      Thank you so much!

    1. admin says:

      Would you like to see more articles on veganism?

      This was our first, and we can definitely fit more in the plans!

    1. admin says:

      Thank you!

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