Conscious Eating: Vegans and Omnivores Unite

Posted on Mar 30 2011 - 2:51am by Mike Lieberman

There was a post on EcoSalon titled The Conscious Case Against Veganism by Abigail Wick.

The gist of the post was that just because one is vegan that doesn’t mean that they are eating in a more sustainable way than an omnivore. This is a topic that I wrote about in the past on GreenLifestyle Magazine.

To me what was most interesting about her post were the comments. The people who left comments were so tied to their label – be it vegan or omnivore.

“As a vegan…”

“Veganism is about…”

People are so tied to this label that they cling to it and let it define them. Like there are bylaws that have to define you. As someone who eats a predominantly plant based diet, I’m often told that I’m not a “true vegan” because I consume honey.

Who really gives a shit? I don’t want to be a “true vegan.” I just want to be me. Food is just one small aspect of me and who I am.

What I’d like to see is more people becoming conscious eaters. I’d love to see “vegans” and “omnivores” unite together against something that both can see something inherently wrong with…factory farming.

Let’s drop the labels that have been bestowed upon us by society and do something against this atrocity that’s now known as the industrial agriculture system. This issue is much larger and will have a greater impact on the environment and our health than the bickering that is currently going on.

So who’s down to join the conscious eating movement? How are you going to start today?

Tom Philpott beat me to the punch on this one. He wrote a similar article on Grist.org for the Vegan/Omnivore Alliance against Animal Factories. Let’s all join in on this and make some true change.

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