Most of you may or may not know this, but honey is actually not Vegan. Despite the fact that we aren’t directly killing bees to harness their honey, we are still enslaving, exploiting and stealing their honey which they have worked so hard to obtain. Each bee has to visit 50-100 flowers in order to fill their stomachs. To make just 1 pound of honey, bees would have to visit 2 million flowers and they would’ve flown 55,000 miles (which is about 2 times around the world). And we are just taking all their hard work away from them for our own selfish consumption.
Most of you guys wouldn’t know this (or at least I didn’t), is the controversy of pet ownership while being a Vegan.
Why is this a concern?
You might be thinking, as long as we feed our pets Vegan food, it’s completely fine because we’re still not supporting the meat industry. However, let’s look at this issue from a ethical perspective. Ethical Vegans strive towards a day where animals of any kind are no longer considered property, or held in captivity. The whole idea of animal liberation is not compatible to pet ‘ownership’. Domestic pets even in the best case scenario, they are exploited to reproduce in order to create cross-breed species that we humans desire. We train them to be compliant and servile. So for as long as we stand, complete animal liberation is our ultimate goal, to evict them of this environment of vulnerability and give them the freedom they deserve.
There’s always this huge debate on whether Vegans are allowed to drink alcohol, and if they can whether they should or not. People tend to associate Vegans to a ton of restrictions. I hope as you read my blog, you’ll find out that despite not eating meat, dairy and eggs, we still aren’t missing out on much in life. The whole part of being a Vegan for most of us is for the sake of our own health. Its all about feeling our best and being in the right state of mind at all times. So if the question is can vegans drink alcohol? the answer is only certain brands.
Recently, I chanced upon one of Freelee’s videos of her promoting the consumption of meat. Curious, I went ahead and watched her video. SuperMeat is the latest craze amongst Vegans and animal activist. They are currently in the process of developing a system to produce a small scale of cultured meat. It’s like growing meat in a petri-dish. Best part is that there isn’t any animals harmed in the process!
How do they do it?
Family and friends are the people we hold close to our hearts. The struggle that many Vegans face is often rejection from their loved ones. Because food is just such an integral part of our lives, that our food preference and dietary requirements becomes a huge consideration on deciding where to eat. I admit that Vegan food is pretty expensive and not readily available, especially in Asian countries. It’s kind of ironic that the ones we love are the ones that have the hardest time accepting us. Personally, my parents found it strange that I wasn’t ordering my favourite sashimi, steak and chicken rice. What more I no longer ordered desserts, a must-have for me after every family dinner on Saturdays. Despite the fact it took 1 month for them to find out, opening up to them was the hardest. It’s always the why question that gets me. At that point of time, I was still pretty fresh into Veganism hence I wasn’t really knowledgeable in that aspect. My mum was the one that flipped. I had a huge argument with my parents and I just broke down and cried because I thought as parents, they should give me their full support. As for my friends, I am glad that none of them shun me away or thought that I was weird. They are super supportive of me and accepted my life-changing decision to become a Vegan. It’s because of them that’s why gooyokers.com is born.
As a kid, I used to love eating eggs for breakfast. Regardless of whether it is poached, scrambled, fried, or boiled, I’ll have ’em all. Eggs are highly valued for their protein content. Many bodybuilders out there advocate a high consumption of eggs in order to bulk up. Just when you think all these seems pretty alright, not so fast. There have been incriminating evidence saying how eggs aren’t all that good for our bodies after all.
Close to 1/3 of the planet’s fish stocks are overfished and 1 in 4 species of sharks, rays and skates are threatened with extinction. In just 4 decades, marine species have declined by 49%, according to one of the most extensive surveys of marine life ever compiled. In less than a human generation , we see a dramatic loss of ocean wildlife — they have declined by half and their habitats have been degraded and destroyed .
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There is no better time to save these marine lives from overexploitation and pollution. Our demand for fishes have caused many other species of fish to be caught in the process and end up being waste because they simply do not have any market value. Corals are suffering from poor water quality due to deforestation and coastal agriculture , along with increasing fishing pressure. Corals are now dying at a unprecedented rate, they are also being bleached. Despite some coral reefs having the ability to bounce back from bleaching and other ocean disturbances, the rate in which ocean acidification is happening, definitely is not a favourable situation as it slows down their ability to do so.
Keeping in mind how important oceans play a vital part in our economy, it is imperative that we take immediate action. If you’re thinking that you are just a small drop in the ocean, there is an opportunity in which you can contribute to saving these beautiful marine creatures while at the same time shop till you drop.
Part of why we eat meat is due to society’s influence. Celebrities, Politicians and nowadays Instagram famous people, are setting the trends and whatever they eat or do will have some sort of impact on their audience. They have shaped our perception on things. They have set the standards as to what is normal. This is why many of us are afraid of attempting something different. To be bold and courageous to have our opinions. I find this particularly prevalent in Asian communities where we are taught to just follow instead of having a mind of our own to make decisions and have our own opinions. Fortunately, we have Vegan celebrities and Instagram influencers that are bold and brazen, going against social norms to promote what they believe is right for themselves, the animals and others. That’s right, promoting Veganism.
We are fully aware of the damage that mankind has inflicted on this Earth. From deforestation, extinction of species to global warming and the depletion of our ozone layer. Such environmental devastation calls for immediate action from government bodies and NGOs. Its heartening to see many countries actively making an effort to reduce industrial carbon emissions, especially China. However, there is a huge misconception that the leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions is due to transportation and exhaust. We are all misled into thinking that as an individual the most we can do is to save electricity, reduce, reuse and recycle, take public transport, ride a bike. Did you know that animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust from all transportation (13%) ? Methane, given out through the belching of livestock, is 25-100 times more destructive than co2 in a 20 year period. And it doesn’t stop there, at the rate that we’re going, methane emissions are said to increase by 80% by 2050.
‘If you’re Vegan, where do you get your protein from?’
‘Oh, You’re Vegan, no wonder you look skinny and weak’
I’ve came across such questions and comments countless times. Hence, I shall address these concerns once and for all. Firstly, let me share with you the average daily requirements of how much protein we should consume in a day. According to the World Health Organisation, the daily recommended intake for protein is 0.66g/kg. For ladies it ranges between 30g (45kg/100lb) to 50g (175b/80kg) . This suggest that your body needs only about 120-200 calories from protein each day. Let’s say me being 45kg, eats 2500 calories per day, this means only 5% of my total calories come from protein. Note that this is not the minimum requirement but the average.