When I went vegan in 2006 it was for one reason: animals. I had been a lazy vegetarian for several years because I had heard somewhere that feeding cattle was bad for the environment and farm animals were mistreated. But in 2006 I read “Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating” by Erik Marcus and watchedEarthlings a very real (and disturbing) video. Both the book and video hide nothing as they reveal the truth behind factory farming and other misuses of animals in our world.
Understanding the Global Impact
I grew up with an environmentalist mother. She began recycling way before it was cool and long before there was a door to door recycling service. We would pack up the car with paper and cardboard and drive to a recycling center where we would sort and dispose of our recycling. When we went out for meals with disposable tableware, she would save the plastic spoons, paper napkins, and packets of condiments that would collect in a drawer of our kitchen for later reuse. She has raised awareness on environmental issues by writing a couple of books on the topic, starting a CSA farm to provide local, sustainable produce to it’s members, and caring for 43 chickens and thousands of bees in order to consume (and provide) responsibly grown eggs and honey.
Striving for Holistic Health
Up until recently I took my good health for granted. That veganism was the healthy choice was never much of a consideration for me in transitioning to that lifestyle. I was, in fact, making a lot of poor decisions about my health, despite my vegan diet. But then something amazing happened, something truly miraculous (and I don’t use that word lightly). I found out I was pregnant.