I have to say that this is sort of first for me – and not a planned MoFo activity, to be honest. However most of us know that plans – no matter how well thought out – have to change once in a while!
And since I haven’t cooked anything since Wednesday (thank GOODNESS for leftovers), I’ve decided to review a book that had a pretty big impact on me.
I’ve talked to many vegans about why they became one. Most say they started for health reasons, many mention animal activism and an ethical issue with animal husbandry, a very few have said that they were raised that way, and one young woman I met at VidaVeganCon in Portland this summer became a vegan due to environmentalism.
The longer I am vegan, the more educated I am becoming on all of the impacts of meat-eating; health, activism, ethics, and now (thanks in large part to this book), environmentalism.
This is a book I read about a year ago, and I’ll be honest when I say that it wasn’t at all what I expected.
It is written by a man who is the child of multiple generations of cattle ranchers. He grew up loving ranching and attended university to study agriculture. However, as he got older and more involved in agribusiness, he noticed many disturbing trends. The land wasn’t as fertile as it had been before pumping it full of “enhancing” chemicals, cows weren’t living as long due to “enhancing” hormones, and his health and well-being were going downhill (as well as those of his cattle and land).
I don’t want to give it all away, because I encourage everyone to read it. It’s about his struggles and decisions as he ages and becomes a vegetarian and then vegan. He has several points of view; from detailed information about specific hormones and diseases, as well as explanations on the environmental impact of animal husbandry. This is the part of the book that was all new information for me, and has helped me see the impact of veganism in yet another positive way.
When people ask me why I became a vegan…and why I continue, it’s not hard to explain. I simply say that I can’t “unlearn” everything I’ve learned in the past several years…and I wouldn’t want to. Ignorance isn’t bliss in real life.