It’s no secret that vegans are still often considered some kind of “aliens” although their intentions are more than noble. In most cases, they took the decision to become vegan because of ethical reasons and because of their compassion for suffering animals. However, the following article looks at veganism in a different light by floating that being vegan is actually a luxury first-world phenomenon because third-world countries could never afford to decide which food they would like to eat. Those people who use to live in these countries are chronically undernourished so they would be more than glad if they had just something to eat. Let us know about your opinion on the arguments given in the following article. We would really love to hear from you!
“When one in nine people in the world are chronically undernourished, being quite this focussed on what you won’t eat can almost seem spoiled.
“I can’t eat this. I’m a vegan,” my mate said as the waiter plonked our dessert down on the table.
I had no idea what she could possibly mean: it was raw, egg-free, dairy-free chia pudding, wasn’t it?
But apparently, that dessert contained white sugar. And apparently, some white sugar is a vegan sin, because it gets its colour from a refining process involving bone char. I know this because my friend told our entire table, very loudly, as the rest of the restaurant watched on with bewilderment.
Now, I admire my friend in many ways. But as she sat there, disgruntedly awaiting a replacement dessert, a thought crossed my mind: This is getting ridiculous.
I’m hardly the first person to criticise vegans. Despite their typically benign intentions, their difficulty to cater for make them an easy (and sometimes unfair) target for the meat-eating majority. They’re also commonly mocked by chefs and caterers across the globe because, as Anthony Bourdain once put it, “being a vegan is a first-world phenomenon”.
Bourdain has a point.
Think about it: Across the world, one in nine people is chronically undernourished, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation.
That means that to eat, a huge number of people on this planet are reliant on whatever they grow or sow themselves — so they don’t exactly have the luxury of deciding whether to eat animal products or not.
Many of those people, in fact, end up being “vegan” or “vegetarian” by default, because they can’t afford animal products. But others, who do have access to chicken, pork, egg, milk and the like, consume calories where they can, because the alternative is malnutrition. (And while faux-meats and dairy-free groceries may line the shelves of your nearest inner-city Australian organic grocery store, those products are completely unavailable in many parts of the world, known as “food deserts”.)
When you’re vegan in a developed country like Australia, the fact that you have consistent access to foods that nourish you — and can therefore choose what to put on your plate — means you have a food and class privilege that others simply do not.”
Read the full article at mamamia.com!