Vegan / Vegetarian “Veg” diets are Not the way to go at all, well, unless you individually require such as per medical necessity and/or that you are privileged enough to be able to sustain them.
The “veg” diets can often be quite harmful to the human body and the ecosystem, especially if not implemented and maintained properly. Therefore i find it a personal obligation to counter the misinformation and misunderstandings on this and any other topic that is relevant and pertaining to co-creating a symbiotic and sustainable future.
If a person is engaging with an unhealthy and detrimental action, whether knowingly or not, i find it kind of necessary to try and provide the objectively verifiable information and evidence on the topic in question.
There are many folks who are perfectly healthy and fine with these diets, but there are also a number of folks spreading misinformation and or misunderstandings as well, and with it being so hard for the general population to decipher what is true and false nowadays, it is understandable to even hold some of the strongly held views on this subject that some do.
But fact of the matter is that besides the few benefits of these diets, they can be extremely harmful to the human body and to the ecosystem, and I will explain why.
This is proven to initiate bodily harm just in part by the fact that this diet causes a number of deficiencies that requires supplements to counter the adverse and potentially harmful effects that can be incurred to the body from such a poorly implemented diet.
These deficiency’s can include:
Iron deficiency, Vitamins A and B12 deficiency, Zinc deficiency, Selenium deficiency, and Folic acid deficiency, just to name a few.
Being coerced to participate with societal operations for access to survival necessities, is unfortunately part of the structural violence inherent with the current societal operating construct we utilize, globally.
There are actions we can all currently take to negate the said offenses to the entire ecosystem, and even replenish the ecosystem, i will touch upon them further along in this article.
But just to give an even further detailed outline about the seeming mis-attributed implication of “vegetarian / vegan” dietary superiority, more than just touch upon the moralistic and appeal to nature fallacies inherent to this line of reasoning, i am going to provide you a few key topics as to why these diets not only contribute the problem, but actually can be detrimental in other ways also, especially if not implemented and maintained properly, which is quite the privileged stance to take as well.
Not only are nutrients obtained as of right now by meat products alone necessary for most humans function, there are humans that require these nutrients more than others, some even for survival. Until we have a further culmination and evolution of research and development upon BioGenetic meat products from stem cells, or any other method of meat farming that does not require livestock, then we are still using livestock to handle millions, if not billions of people worldwide.
While we most certainly have better technological applications such as vertical farming and large scale indoor grows, whether aquaponically or aeroponically or soil, whatever the method used may be, these applications while still necessary, will not sufficiently tackle some of the issues our species and ecosystems face currently from anthropogenic ecocide and our societies based upon over-consumerism.
There is variety of solutions though, the “veg” diets while Yes *can be beneficial in some ways compared to today’s conventional agricultural techniques, they do not however compare to the very many benefits of the application of agroecological methods and practices.
These “veg” diets are also exponentially more expensive than conventional diets, and cost significantly more than that of the production method we propose, advocate and enact. That method being that of practices techniques and processes under Agroecology, which include ‘PPMAAS’ – Perennial Polyculture Multistrata Agroforestry, Aquaculture, Silvopasture / Intensive Silvopasture.
For example, just the necessary supplements for said diets, are very expensive, and difficult to maintain even otherwise.
This makes these “veg” diet’s a privileged diet to engage, and it is an offense to attempt to dictate and guilt others, especially fallaciously and with much bias, into engaging these potentially harmful diets possibly leading to a dangerous outcome. As has happened many times sadly in the past, and more often than not, to those unable to understand and/or control these nutritional intakes, due in part usually directly from ignorance and fear based actions on behalf of a person who might not have a complete understanding of the necessary insight into the subjects and sciences to make proper dietary decision for themselves let alone others, yet do so anyway.
A number of children and elderly people have perished due to these diets being improperly implemented / maintained, even coerced, manipulated and even forced upon them.
Here is a link to a list of deaths attributed to veganism:
BABY DEATHS BY VEGANISM – Lots of Vegan Baby Starvation Cases – Parents convicted of murder – INHS
Just a short list of a few supplements necessary to be obtained in order to counteract possible deficiency:
Two omega-3 fatty acids—eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)—promote overall health, including normal brain function and a healthy heart, and may contribute to strong bones and a lower risk for diabetes.
Everyone needs vitamin B12 for healthy nerves and blood—a deficiency can cause serious and irreversible nerve damage, fatigue, and anemia.
In addition to helping your body absorb calcium for stronger bones, the sunshine vitamin supports a robust immune system. Shortages have been linked to greater likelihood of depression, high blood pressure, and cancer.
Essential for bone health, calcium helps lower risk of bone fractures, especially in older people. To absorb calcium, you also need vitamin D.
A multivitamin is a convenient way to add overall insurance to your diet. In addition to calcium and vitamins D and B12, it often contains essential nutrients such as zinc, iodine, and iron that you may be missing.
Selenium is an essential mineral found in small amounts in the body. It works as an antioxidant, especially when combined with vitamin E. Antioxidants like selenium help fight damaging particles in the body known as free radicals. Selenium also plays a role in thyroid function.
Iron is an important component of hemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen from your lungs to transport it throughout your body. Hemoglobin represents about two-thirds of the body’s iron. If you don’t have enough iron, your body can’t make enough healthy oxygen-carrying red blood cells.
Vitamin A plays a vital role in bone growth, reproduction and immune system health. It also helps the skin and mucous membranes repel bacteria and viruses more effectively. It is essential to healthy vision, and may slow declining retinal function in people with retinitis pigmentosa.
There is also evidence showing proof that this diet negatively affects our generational genetic attributes:
“In a new evolutionary proof of the old adage, “we are what we eat,” Cornell University scientists have found tantalizing evidence that a vegetarian diet has led to a mutation that—if they stray from a balanced omega-6 to omega-3 diet—may make people more susceptible to inflammation, and by association, increased risk of heart disease and colon cancer.”
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We are Omnivores:
This being said, every single human is unique and will have their own requirements.
Our individual somatype (People are born with an inherited body type based on skeletal frame and body composition. Most people are unique combinations of the three body types: Ectomorph, Mesomorph and Endomorph | Learn more here: http://www.uh.edu/fitness/comm_educators/3_somatotypesNEW.htm), history, physical & mental state of being and many other variables and factors contribute to our specified and custom individual nutritional requirements.
But as humans, we are omnivores: https://www.reference.com/…/differences-between…
The act of eating cooked meat is a main contributing factor to our exponential neocortex growth during our past evolutionary process and the cause for the shrinking of our stomachs.
We have the stomachs, and brains we do today, due largely in part to eating meat.
Beyond the human bodies requirements of certain fats, proteins and amino acids, that are not otherwise found anywhere else besides meat products, plant and animal protein are very different compounds, and therefore could not be obtained by other means according to todays “veg” diet standards.
We as humans who have been eating meat for millennia now, also have some nutritional requirements due to this, and not to mention that there are many Benefits to eating a Balanced diet including meat based products.
These “veg” diets can be harmful to the environment as they usually directly contribute to the #1 cause of Anthropogenic (human caused) Ecocide (purposeful environmental destruction), which is also ironically the sole commercial plant production method utilized globally currently.
This is the act of Monocropping.
Monocropping is the #1 cause of anthropogenic ecocide.
“Monocropping is the agricultural practice of growing a single crop year after year on the same land, in the absence of rotation through other crops or growing multiple crops on the same land (polyculture). Corn, soybeans, and wheat are three common crops often grown using monocropping techniques.
While economically a very efficient system, allowing for specialization in equipment and crop production, monocropping is also controversial, as it can damage the soil ecology (including depletion or reduction in diversity of soil nutrients) and provide an unbuffered niche for parasitic species, increasing crop vulnerability to opportunistic insects, plants, and microorganisms. The result is a more fragile ecosystem with an increased dependency on pesticides and artificial fertilizers.”
“Monocropping as an agricultural strategy tends to emphasize the use of expensive specialized farm equipment—an important component in realizing its efficiency goals. This can lead to an increased dependency on fossil fuels and reliance on expensive machinery that cannot be produced locally and may need to be financed. This can make a significant change in the economics of farming in regions that are accustomed to self-sufficiency in agricultural production. In addition, political complications may ensue when these dependencies extend across national boundaries.
The controversies surrounding monocropping are complex, but traditionally the core issues concern the balance between its advantages in increasing short-term food production—especially in hunger-prone regions—and its disadvantages with respect to long-term land stewardship and the fostering of local economic independence and ecological sustainability.”
There is a widespread even semi-justifiable public over-concern about the release of Methane into the atmosphere from pasture farmed ruminants, largely pushed by propaganda campaigns for corporate endeavors.
While methane holds more photons than CO2, NO2 holds more than that, and the act of monocropping releases insane amounts of CO2 and NO2 into the atmosphere.
This is now a common misconception, from pushed propaganda / misinformation and/or a misunderstanding on this topic, that ruminants’ methane release is the Main contributor to global warming, and this is largely, but not fully, false.
Scientists Criticize Aggressively Pro-Vegan Documentary ‘What the Health’ – Eater
While the release of methane from ruminants most certainly contributes to the noxious greenhouse gas problem, methane release from ruminants is in no way more damaging to the ecosystem than the act of monocropping, which is claimed in many of these debunked films.
And even within the horrendous act of Indoor Factory Farming and/or Confinement Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO), the major corporations actually mostly utilize the output of methane as a source of power, they usually recycle it to their advantage, therefore it is not released into the atmosphere as much as pasture raised livestock.
Ruminants that are “free roaming” in pastures, actually are more harmful for the ecosystem in this regard, as first off ruminants and livestock are Not supposed to be in only a pasture, nor eating just grass, and secondly that the methane output is not being mitigated or recycled by surrounding foliage and/or food forestry.
The act of Not incorporating any form of Silvopasture (incorporating trees and livestock), nor Intensive Silvopasture (Incorporating food forestry and livestock) allows for the excess methane release to go unmitigated.
The act of Intensive silvopasture enables phyotoremediation and mitigates climate change by having a natural system that works in symbiosis.
Agroecological methods of cultivation are the Solution to the issues being presented regardless.
The amount of land it takes to raise livestock, even within the Horrible and detrimental cultivation methods utilized under capitalism, still does not compare to the amount of land, soil, microbiome, natural wildlife and fauna that is Destroyed by the act of Monocropping and other Tilling methods.
Monocropping is also the #1 cultivation method for most produce including vegetables, fruits, herbs and edible plants in production globally.
Monocropping / monocultures therefore do more damage to the atmosphere and environment than any ruminant output not being integrated back into the system can ever do.
Animals play very important roles in our lives. Animals are pets, they are raised as food and they provide products important to everyday life. You may not realize how many things come from animals.
Not to mention that monocropping is the Direct causation for the requirement of integrating pesticides/herbicides/insecticides into the growth process.
Since we detrimentally grow things, we must utilize more and more outside products for the continuation of such processes.
So yes, all you conspiracy theorists can actually focus on the root causation of the necessity of such products as Roundup that you all hate so much, which is Not the corporations profiting from exploiting this flaw of operation, but the act of monocropping, which is a systemic effect of a paradigm based upon constant competition for the maximization of profit gains, at any and all cost. Utilizing infinite growth on a finite planet, of which even only semi-benefits one percent of the human populace.
This system of rampant over-consumerism and over-production of horrendously produced products made to break down for added potential future profits, is also known as Capitalism.
But, If you are worried about methane release into the atmosphere, i would advise you to look into the dangers of what global warming is currently incurring upon the Arctic and Antarctic regions of this planet we live upon.
Look into the effects of melting ice-caps and what could happen to the Huge amounts of methane stored in those glaciers of ice, and what would happen if they are released..
We have the cultivation methods that are Symbiotic with all life in the ecosystem, that also mitigates climate change and counters ecocide. We do no utilize them due to the socio-economic paradigm requiring that the sole motivating factor for any and all actions being that of the maximization of profit gains.
The issue is the Way we produce and allocate resources, not the negative systemic effects the outdated / outmoded and harmful practices the current means of production incur.
Please look into Agroecology and the methods presented within that field of study.
Such as what you probably hear of as “permaculture” / carbon farming / food forestry / edible landscaping / noxious greenhouse gas mitigation / phyotoremediation / etc, etc, these terms are what is slang for the methods presented by agroecology.
The main methods being that of ‘PPMAAS’ – Perennial Polyculture Multistrata Agroforestry (What “permaculture” mainly focuses upon),
Aquaculture (Symbiotic / sustainable aquatic edibles [including fish and plants] production),
Silvopasture (I prefer Intensive Silvopasture myself – Silvopasture is the action of integrating livestock with Trees, whereas Intensive silvopasture is the act of integrating livestock in a meticulous and symbiotic fashion with Edible forestry [much like a natural and Wild environment for the animals])
The act of incorporating these agroecological techniques allows for not only a Symbiotic relationship between the animals, plants and the environment, but this includes humans as well to benefit from applying such meticulous and purposeful minute details into play.
We have the current ability for Understanding and Actualizing the knowledge and wisdom we have accumulated over our Millennia of practicing agriculture.
And for the “cherry on the top” about these agroecological cultivation methods, is that they not only mitigate noxious greenhouse gases, enact Phytoremediation, re-wilds the ecosystem in an efficient and effective manner for human and environment symbiosis, but they also reduce a reliance upon oppressive constructs for access to some survival needs, and allows for a meticulously manipulated symbiotic, largely self propagating and perpetuating sustainable natural abundance, this in turn potentially reduces forced scarcity, which can reduce famine, hunger and eradicate most requirements of human labour for food productions, even possibly even De-monetizing the agricultural field altogether, which can maybe allow for the sole focus of food cultivation to be based upon universal wellbeing instead of profit gains..
Learn more about ‘PPMAAS’ in these links:
To learn more about Agroecology follow this link:
APR #12 Agroecology | ThinkandAct.Earth
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I hope the meticulously cited links, resources and studies i have provided here allow for your easeful integration of the nuances within this topic, as well as your continued research, study and inquiry into the objectively verifiable information about this very complex topic of nutritionology.
Every human is unique, and requires a custom to individual manner of dietary engagement.
I am not a doctor, i am not recommending anything to anybody other than to begin their own research into the objective facts surroundings this subject, I am merely providing the information i have come across in my studies into this topic.
Be Well and Nourished friends!