2018-10-29

veganism

veganism is a way of living that seeks to exclude, as far as possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing and any other purpose

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vegan comfort food

  • there is not one meat alternative and for example every soy milk brand tastes different
  • there are interesting vegan restaurants and starred chefs
  • a vegan diet is yet uncommon. there hasnt been the same history and force behind building businesses that make tasty, cheap vegan food ubiquitously available. much is possible with interesting textures and tastes
  • the consistency of products can be better, not being enclosed in intestines with brown bits in it like sausages, no gristle, fat, parts of eyes or veins which can regularly be found in cheap meat products

things that are often made with animal products

  • soap
  • bone china porcelain: contains at least 30% of phosphate derived of animal bone
  • drugs: for example gelatine coating for pills and powders
  • beauty products
  • gummy bears: gelatine
  • wine: "popular animal-derived fining agents used in the production of wine include blood and bone marrow, casein (milk protein), chitin (fiber from crustacean shells), egg albumen (derived from egg whites), fish oil, gelatin (protein from boiling animal parts), and isinglass (gelatin from fish bladder membranes)"

notes

  • the meat industry is huge but at the same time suspiciously hidden from consumers
  • the industry creates negative externalities that are not yet accounted for
  • humans have not been exclusively carnivores and also not herbivores or vegan but omnivores
  • on a vegan diet you likely should supplement with b12 and d3
  • vegan meal-replacement beverages like soylent or plenny can make it easier to be vegan
  • there are double standards about higher value given to animals that are usually pets. most people would not allow dogs and cats to be treated like industrially used animals are, even though they often have the same extent of emotional capability or intelligence
  • animals are usually bred specialised by purpose and parts are not shared between different industries
  • the consumer currently has the responsibility. buying meat is contract killing of animals
  • questions: are animals capable of suffering or are they comparable to a brick stone or bucket of water? how can the suffering be quantified? where exactly does the suffering occur for different types of animals bred? do we always need animals to suffer to be the most healthy? peta kills animals? should there be cameras in slaughterhouses? how are animals treated around the world? is there a reduction of resources required for fullfilling human nutrition with vegan food?