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2nd Jun 2019 16:36:34
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I appreciate there are various degrees of Vegan and vegetarian diets and equally numerous reasons for following these. I have been vegetarian, vegan, macrobiotic and mixture of these over the last 45 years. Mostly due to health reasons and a number of food intolerances. Now however, I have a lung condition that causes a build up of CO2, this can lead to respiratory failure if not kept within certain levels. It appears carbohydrates produce more of this gas during digestion. I was advised, as I am severely underweight, eat lots of cheese, milk, eggs, meat etc. More fat, less carbs and starchy vegetables. Much as I would like to continue with the sweet potatoes, beans, dried fruit and oatmeal. It seems it’s no longer advisable. Ironically due to other health issues, I am not supposed to eat fats so sometimes our diet choices are not fully within our control. There are no definitives regarding diet, I suppose each person must follow what they enjoy and feel is best for them.
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10th May 2019 16:31:21
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The current trend seems to be to persuade people to become vegan. I have absolutely no problem with this and in fact before I retired I ran a restaurant that served vegetarian and vegan meals. My main concern is, however, that many will not understand that to be a healthy vegan they need to know how to get all the essential amino acids without eating meat. It’s a balance that many will know nothing about so maybe being vegetarian would be a safer start
Response from Little3 made on 13th May 2019 17:47:31
Not sure that I'm scientific about it. I generally include lentils, brown bread, olive oil and broccoli in my shopping, because I always hear they're good for you. And I try to 'eat the rainbow' as far as vegetables go that I cook with. Six years into veganism, I seem to be pretty healthy, but no more so than previously, when I was vegetarian 🙂
12th Apr 2019 17:17:34
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I'm also a vegan, but only since 2011. Before that I was a vegatarian for longer than I can remember. Your reasons for being a vegan are the same as mine.

Also, once you are a vegan for a while you realize you never have that sick feeling when overeating.. you no longer feel poisoned like you might if you ate too much pizza.
Response from Little3 made on 13th Apr 2019 18:13:01
Hi Oshunrose - you're trajectory is remarkably similar to mine (veggie for decades, then vegan since 2012). Not sure though that I have any less propensity to overeat as a vegan. So many things are appetite stimulants: alcohol, salt, sugar, chilli, baked goods .. :-\
26th Mar 2019 06:43:45
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The idea behind veganism is to do the least harm possible not be 100% perfect. Sadly during havesting some animals die. But they die regardless if one is vegan or not. Non vegans complain of vegans being agressive yet l could complain ofthere habit of pointing out vegan diets are not free of causing animal suffering. It is surely better too do as much as l can then do nothing beccause l cannot do so 100%
10th Feb 2019 15:13:58
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I respect Vegan's choice of food.However I'm afraid to say the feeling is'nt mutual.Most vegans I've come across seem quite aggressive in their views.I feel to encourage people to change,let the food do the talking!If you're a vegan,invite someone over for dinner.Don't even tell them the food is vegan and allow them to make up their own minds,in a more gentler way.
Can vegans guarantee that during the harvest of any food,grains,veg etc that NO animal was harmed?No.Lets not forget too that animals natural habitat has and still is being destroyed by intentional farming of crops.
I don't understand why if you're a vegan,you try and coerce other people to turn vegan.Its YOUR choice to be a vegan,its also OUR choice to eat meat.
Response from Little3 made on 24th Mar 2019 15:47:40
Sadly, vegans DO come across too often as aggressive. And being vegan can't guarantee you avoid all harm to animals; Piers Morgan made a clever point recently when, like you, he highlighted that crop farming generally treats insects as enemies - 'so you don't care about the little guys', he said.

I try to be vegan, myself, and constantly fall short: I choose to turn a blind eye to the inhumane treatment of farm animals, just because I fancy some 'treat'. Still ..
Response from Yogafan made on 24th Mar 2019 18:49:59
Thankyou Little3.I think we all do the best we can,with whatever choices we make.I respect yours x
Response from Lionel made on 24th Mar 2019 22:14:00
Why do vegans all assume farm animals are inhumanely treated? It doesn't serve their case well at all. In fact for some of us it displays gross ignorance of the facts.
Response from Little3 made on 25th Mar 2019 17:32:41
Thanks for your contribution Lionel. I recognise that is possible to get overexcited about a 'cause'.
Response from Lionel made on 25th Mar 2019 17:55:27
Little3, over excited I can easily accept and understand. But, as my post way below records, I was in British farming a long time, mostly dealing with livestock. There are two very relevant factors at play here:

The quality of the animals carcass determines it's market price to the farmer. Any signs of abuse will quickly be picked up by the vet examining it. Livestock is very frequently inspected on the farm by a vet - it's the law. Therefore care of one's animals equates to keeping one's job.

In dealing with pigs, sheep and cattle one must exercise kindness and compassion as well as being firm with them. Pigs and cattle have long memories. Hurt a ton of breeding bull and he will get his own back sooner or later.

On the point of being firm with animals behaviour, it is something current mothers would do well to practice with their children instead of bleating on TV how we are so cruel.
24th Nov 2018 11:15:43
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All living creatures have to eat something else to survive, whether they are carnivores, omnivores or vegans. Plants are just as much living things as animals, so why vegans seem to think they don't matter I don't understand. Without plants of one sort or another the world would die. All living things should be treated properly and it is as important that the crops we eat should also be grown in a humane manner not sprayed with weedkiller that kills everything, no GM crops. How vegans can think it is fine to eat plants as food but not animals I do not understand.

I appreciate that some animals are not grown and kept in a humane manner but neither are much of the plants we and vegans choose to eat. I cannot take the idea that it is wrong to eat meat as animals are sentient creatures but plants are not. Plants fully understand what is happening, although maybe not in a way we human animals understand. It is no better to eat plants than animals. We need food, and all things grown for food should be farmed humanely.
Response from DeeAnnJ made on 25th Jan 2019 10:42:34
Animals are somewhat different to plants. Plants can respond or react to their environment, to a point; however, they are not sentient. They have no brain. They cannot feel emotions or pain. Most animals can feel pain and do experience emotions, some more than others.
Response from Boots made on 25th Jan 2019 16:27:23
How can you say a plant doesn't have a brain. They may not have a brain that looks like ours, but they certainly are well aware of life around them. Some know if they are about to be attacked by dangerous insects for instance. It has been proved that trees can "talk" to each other. Some tests have shown plants reacting when another has been damaged by a human being. They have been on this earth far longer than animals in general never mind human beings who have only been on the earth for a relatively short period of time and during that time have done a lot of damage to the earth and the beings, both animal and plant, that live on it too. They are vital to the health of this planet and should not be dismissed as less important than animals.
25th Jan 2019 11:15:09
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I'm with you, though I don't call myself a vegan. I tend towards sentientism.

"The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?" Jeremy Bentham
22nd Jul 2018 10:33:34
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I can understand vegans not wanting to kill animals, I don't like it either , but if they really believe that it's wrong then they should also petition for all predator type animals to be killed off or else what's the point. It's no good saying that it's natural for predators to kill for food because if that's the case then it's natural for us as well as after all we're animals too whether they like it or not. We are all part of the food chain nature doesn't give a damn about feelings , it's survival of the fittest so that only the healthy breed.
Response from DeeAnnJ made on 25th Jan 2019 10:52:23
We've evolved differently to all other animals. We have large brains, a sense of right and wrong, and we can show compassion. Also, we are not obligate carnivores, so we can survive without meat. Many animals have to hunt and kill. They have no choice. We do have a choice.
21st Jan 2019 11:50:42
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I think the funniest thing I know about veganism is the possibility of it being totally unhealthy. your diet can just be chips and beer ! I always assumed they were healthy !
Response from DeeAnnJ made on 25th Jan 2019 10:33:39
Indeed. A vegan diet must be carefully planned to include all essential nutrients. Then again, every diet has to planned to include enough of all the essential nutrients.
23rd Nov 2018 20:48:29
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I am not a veggie or vegan, but understand the reasons why some people choose to be. When I eat meat an animal has to die, however, in order to feed veggies, every living insect and animal in that growing area is killed so that the size of the crop can be maximised.
Who is in the wrong here?
Response from MarieT2 made on 23rd Dec 2018 13:59:02
Not if you eat organic only.
Response from Lionel made on 23rd Dec 2018 15:06:41
After half a lifetime in British agriculture I came to the conclusion most organic, not all, is anything but.

My wife and I have a tenth acre organic garden here, for our own use only. The methods I use would be very familiar to gardener in the twenties and thirties. But the amount of labour required is such that if we were to sell our produce at a small profit few but the rich could afford it.

Therefore, something ain't right with shop bought organic produce.
Response from jeanmark made on 24th Dec 2018 13:57:04
MarieT2, how does organic mean that no animal is killed or plant destroyed even if raised/grown organically?
Response from DeeAnnJ made on 25th Jan 2019 10:31:54
Obviously, it's not possible to live without killing anything. Vegans try to live as kindly as possible.
4th Aug 2018 15:15:33
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I view food as medicine and observe how it impacts my body. I'm a firm believer in choice. Love vegan food, but not all the time. As diet is not political for me, I choose foods which nourish my body best. My goal at age 73 is health and mobility.

Hope you're still around to tend this thread.
20th Jul 2018 08:54:29
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I'm 53 and been a Veggie since I was 8, won't touch meat fish or poultry because of animal abuse/environment etc. then in March 2018 I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes so immediately went Vegan and I actually feel a lot better and several people have told me I look it too! Also lost about 2 stone in 3 months by going Vegan!
5th Nov 2016 13:57:51
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I can understand your reason but it is a personal choice. Although I eat very little meat I just have difficulty in understanding what would happen if we all became vegans? Would it mean that farm animals, cows, lambs, pigs etc. would then become endangered as I'm not sure any farmer could keep them as pets? Would these people then lose their livelihood? How does veganism prevent hunger?
Response from Goodeone made on 5th Nov 2016 20:36:11
If we all became vegan cows ect would probably die out though some may be kept the way we keep rare animals. Veganism helps reduce human hunger in that grain that is fed to animals can be fed direct to people.
Response from jeanmark made on 5th Nov 2016 20:45:47
Thanks for clearing that up for me.
Response from dsr25 made on 3rd Apr 2018 09:18:55
That’s fine if you can eat grains... I can’t
22nd Sep 2017 12:48:34
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I have had a read of what has been said with regard to the way animals are treated and this is the main reason that most people have become vegan. Nobody has ever really answered what would happen to all the animals that would no longer be eaten if everyone became a vegan, or even a vegetarian come to that.

We could not have hundreds of cows, sheep and pigs, not to mention chickens, ducks and turkeys, just living somewhere until they died of old age or illness. Perhaps these people don't mind them just being killed off and a few kept in a zoo. These are domesticated animals and need the help of human beings to live. They cannot just be let loose into the countryside. Even sheep which are more able to live in the countryside need help to stay healthy. Incidentally not all animals require grain to live a healthy life. Those farmed organically do not. Many animals are not actually meant to live on large amounts of grain.

Good luck to those who want to be vegan or vegetarian. Incidentally to those who eat fish, much of that is farmed and fed the wrong food. Fish are meant to swim, not be kept in large pens with thousands of other fish. It is a bit like the awful way of factory farming chickens, or indeed any other animal. However we are designed by nature to be omnivores and eat both animal and plant food. As far as I can I ensure the meat I eat is farmed properly, preferably organic, but not necessarily, as I do with the vegetables and fruit I eat. I would hate to see a land devoid of animals and most of the land used to grow masses of grain and vegetable type food. This by the way would require masses of unhealthy types of fertilizers to grow so much food as the earth would be come barren.

Surely good husbandry and then the humane slaughter of the animals is what is required.
Response from Lionel made on 23rd Sep 2017 15:59:12
Boots, yours is surely the most reasoned reply so far. Thank you.

Perhaps I'm the best qualified of those who have posted so far to say that. I was a farm worker for years, pigs, cattle and sheep, as well as all cultivations. As such I know from long experience how animals are bred, reared and treated. The golden rule is, if you mistreat your live stock they will ill treat you. Stockman must do everything to ensure their charges don't fear them. Hurt ¾ of a ton of bull and one day he will hurt you. Animals do have long memories!

One farm I worked on had a couple of holiday lets. Mostly city people. One guest, a very opinionated woman was berating me over something when the vet arrived. We had a steer with Tetanus - the Staggers. He shot a captive bolt into its head to end it's suffering. She witnessed it all at very close range and fainted into a load of cattle muck, steers brains splattered over her. Good riddance!

We live in a short bubble in time with an abundance of cheap food, whereas I grew up in the early fifties when food was in very short supply. I take the view, and strongly so, be grateful for what you have; and do not attack those who provide your food.

I see no case for veganism, nor vegetarianism. They food fads, yet another way of self flagellation for feel good masochists.
Response from Boots made on 23rd Sep 2017 17:27:52
Thank you so.much for your reply. We have lived with domesticated animals for hundreds of years, and hopefully for many many more with thought and care for both the animals and the land. God help us all if we change the food we eat. As well as those vegan and vegetarian people unfortunately we have people given government money to tell us more or less to stop eating meat as it is not good for us, they say if we must eat meat it should be those poor factory farmed chickens that are far from healthy in themselves because of the way they live.
Response from jeanmark made on 23rd Sep 2017 19:10:20
Sorry Lionel, neither vegetarianism or veganism are fads, Vegetarianism has its roots in the civilizations of ancient India and Greece and although the Vegan Society was established about 70 years ago there is evidence of people choosing to avoid animal products over 2,000 years.

Maybe younger people are not aware of its history and certainly intensive farming couldn't be blamed 2000 years ago - maybe it was having to chase your dinner that caused a problem!!
9th Sep 2017 23:26:36
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I stopped eating meat soon after leaving home at 19 because I never really liked it but I was brought up to eat everything on my dinner plate, or else I got nothing. I feel ashamed that animal husbandry for the production of meat can be so intensive that care of the animals isn't what it should be. But there again, I also believe that food crops grown industrially and without regard for the natural environment and ecosystems is also wrong. So I eat fish and dairy and eggs and I know what happens to get them to my plate. Oneday I may give those up too, but as I like the taste, and as my hubby does most of the cooking it would be quite difficult, I won't do so for some time. Last year I had someone staying for a week who was vegan , so I took charge of cooking dinner for her and me and it wasn't a problem at all to go properly vegan. Hubby even attempted a couple of vegan desserts which showed willing. I don't like aggressive vegan propaganda, mainly because the videos I find upsetting and depressing. I have faith in government legislation for humane animal production and I think Man will always be omnivore. If I ever went to a country where I thought the farming methods were bad I would go vegan.
28th Mar 2017 22:48:46
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Good to see other vegans on here, I grew up on a farm and stopped eating animals as a young child, I later became vegan. I cannot believe the cruelty that is inflicted on other living beings who want to live their own lives. They are treated like slaves and robbed of their young. Farming animals is also one of the world's biggest environmental disasters. I have heard people say they love farm animals, but they still eat them!
Response from Jennifer123 made on 23rd Jun 2017 09:06:16
I absolutely agree Wendy7, I find it heart breaking to see those terrible lorries full of animals being taken for slaughter.

And yes the torture is beyond belief.
15th May 2017 09:01:31
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I was vegetarian for four years, then went back to eating meat, then vegetarian again after 2 years.

I was then struck down with a horrendous dairy allergy, and I tried eating vegan for 3 months. I lost weight and felt full, but found it exceedingly difficult with my lifestyle, living out of hotels when contracting (vegan food neigh impossible in some areas) and living mainly on nuts and pre packaged salads from M&S.... 🙁 Hubby likes to eat out frequently and isn't keen on vegan foods every time (he will eat it, but is a meat eater).

My sister a celiac and I am sensitive (if not celiac myself) so grains are a big issue for me.

So I am now back to eating meat (organic, free-range), but no dairy or wheat.... I am veggie at heart, but its unsustainable for me at present.

I have a library of vegan books, and we eat vegan meals amidst our meat meals, as I do believe meat eaters are eating far more meat than ever currently. I try to eat veggie two meals a day (eggs for breakfast, hummous or soup for lunch) to reduce my impact.

Those of you who manage to live a vegan lifestyle, I applaud; not all of us are as able too... (pills are a nightmare as 95% have dairy in them, last time I took pills was for shingles, and as per usual, my eyes swelled and closed over)
18th Mar 2017 11:49:07
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I became vegan about 18 months ago. I so wish I had woken up years before. I feel so much more at peace.
7th Nov 2016 16:41:26
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I'm not a vegan but I have a very good friend who is and I respect her choice as she respects mine as a meat eater. If being a vegan makes you happier and you clearly have valid reasons for doing so then good luck to you. It is not a lifestyle choice that I believe I would ever make but that is probably because of my upbringing - I was raised in a farming community, many of my family worked the land and it was accepted that we would eat what we grew or raised. My uncle was the local gamekeeper and from a very early age rearing birds to be shot was quite normal. At the age of ten my grandfather taught me how to skin a rabbit - again this was quite normal and I've grown up with it.

I don't know whether being a vegan will make any great difference to slowing down food shortages and the like in the future but I applaud the conscience you have and maybe we could do with a few more in the world who consider things as deeply as you do, coupled with your efforts to do something about it.
5th Nov 2016 15:09:53
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How has more than 2 decades of veganism helped the environment, and the hungry?
Response from Goodeone made on 5th Nov 2016 21:31:47
Every person who is vegan saves:-
1,100 gallons of water
45 lbs of grain
30ft of forested land
20lbs CO equivalent
1 animals life
Every day!
Response from Lionel made on 5th Nov 2016 22:11:11
We have sufficient water for ourselves, as God intended, but not enough for those who's design is to occupy these islands.

If 45lbs of grain is daily released into the economy then vested interests will find an alternative, less savoury, use for it.

30' of forested land - I don't understand. Is that 30' by 200 miles?

And as for the CO2, methinks you've imbibed some climate change nonsense.

I've spent twenty five years as a farm stockman; cattle, dairy, pigs and sheep. And I'm a carnivore. I shoot to eat the kill and next year will increase my chicken stock to include birds for the table.

I am very pleased you have the choice of which foods to eat, and it is your choice as it is mine. Yet, if you survey the state of Europe and in particular this country, such a choice may not be available in a few months.

Methinks, no matter how well off we are, food will be in short supply. Even beans on toast will be a luxury.
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