If you think that if it doesn’t contain any animal products it must be vegan, think twice!
Everything is connected!
Why is it so hard for people to understand that in this existence everything is connected? As a vegan, I’m obviously worried about those who think that this new trend is a good way to make bucks with people who think that the only problem related to animal rights is not to cage them,experiment on them or eat them. What about the environment we live in?
Products so called vegan, also labelled as such, often contain CHEMICALS (yes, I said chemicals) in the form of preservatives, food coloring and so called taste enhancer (why would you need those if the food tastes good?!).
Now, let’s make the connection, vegan doesn’t mean that your food was grown somewhere free of pesticides, fertilizers and other nasty stuff. Manure, blood and other animal parts are also used to grow food even if the food is labelled “organic” (see the article Veganic vs Organic ).
If you want animals (including ourselves) to be respected and free, they need a home: a healthy one. If you buy canned or industrially produced food you are contributing to pollute the environment thus turning the planet into a huge waste dump.
The Asian food fraud
When I was in Thailand and Malaysia, I discovered that plenty of vegans (Buddhist vegetarians) were convinced that products such as Milo, Maggi Seasoning Sauce and Golden Mountain soy sauce are vegan because they do not contain animal products and they are labelled as such. Milo (made by Nestle’), isn’t vegan at all, not only because it contains milk powder but read the article Why Milo isn’t a health food to know more about it.
Nestle’ has a very bad reputation which started in the 70’s when it advertised all over Africa that milk powder was the best for having healthy and intelligent babies. As a consequence, many women stopped breast feeding their babies to give them milk powder instead (Source: How the Other Half Dies, Susan George, Penguin Books, 1986). Maggi in Asia is also another gift from Nestle’ – which for me is enough to stay away from it. However, as it is labelled vegan for the Buddhist vegetarian community in Thailand, you would expect a completely natural product but in actual fact it’s packed with chemicals and funny acids. I couldn’t get more information about the list of ingredients from the official website because they don’t provide any and the rest is in the Thai language. Interestingly, Nestle’ is also a major owner of bottled drinking water distributed all over Thailand (!).
Be aware when visiting vegan (Buddhist vegetarian) restaurants in Asia because most of them use the above mentioned products. They don’t do it deliberately they simply trust the misleading labeling.
What about the West?
The West is even worse because many people who believe themselves to be die hard vegans because they don’t eat obvious animal products, ingest so many chemicals and rubbish that they still haven’t got the meaning of veganism.
Veganism is respect for all lifeforms, including microorganism contained in the land which so generously provides us with food.
If your food contains chemicals, colorants, preservatives, unnamed additives and so on IT IS NOT VEGAN!
If you think you are not contributing to animal slavery because the junk you ingest is not directly connected with a slaughterhouse try to open up your mind and start making connections. If you poison the land, you are destroying an entire ecosystem which is vital for the sustenance of life.
You can make a difference, don’t just be proud of eating slaughterhouse unrelated items, dive into the Truth and check the ingredients of everything that ends up in your stomach! Our Mother Land is as sacred as the Creatures who inhabited it.
In this life, it feels good to do your best!