Diets Vs. Rewilding
I have always tried to speak neutrally when discussing the problems with the vegan ethical system… Until today. You heard me right folks, I finally feel fed-the-fuck-up with the all the veganism bullshit. The truth comes out! Enter the following rant at your own risk…
It all started a few days ago when Penny Scout sat reading one of her celebrity gossip rags. She came across an article about Natalie Portman, the greenie of the moment. According to the article, Portman enjoys traveling the world and spreading goodness on the off season, wishes she could ride a bike everywhere and eats a vegetarian diet. This doesn’t sound that strange or new to me. The insanity begins in that, every article in every kind of publication lately, seems to focus around “green” issues and “green” celebrities. You can look anywhere without seeing the green bullshit.
I sat down this morning for breakfast and started reading one of the local papers, the Willamette Week. The feature article this week revolves around the 10 year anniversary of the Kyoto Protocol and how, geez the U.S. sure acts crazy not signing it! You know!? (snoooore) Anyway, the article quotes a local vegan store owner who says:
â€œI think that people are aware [that veganism is touted as a solution to global warming]. Thatâ€™s not my motivating factor for being a vegan, but a lot of big groups are using that as an emphasis point right now, when people are giving a shit about their carbon footprint and all that. â€˜Look, itâ€™s not just a bunch of animal-rights people! Itâ€™s the U.N.!â€™ I think for the most part, itâ€™s not the people I knowâ€™s main reason for doing it. Itâ€™s just kind of an added bonus.â€
I get angry and I shut the paper. I sit there seething in animosity, sipping my earl grey tea and thinking “Derrick’s right. We are totally and completely fucked.” Than a young woman sits down at the table next to me. The waitress comes up. She orders something. “Are you a vegan because our pesto has dairy in it.” The waitress tells her. “Um. Yeah, I’m vegan,” replies the girl, proudly and smugly, like the waitress just asked her if she acted in the summer blockbuster or if she plays in some famous band, “Yeah. I have a band. I’m cool.” “Yeah. I’m vegan. I’m doing my part to stop global warming.” And than I lost it and rushed home to write this.
I have written so much stuff about how the vegan diet destroys more in the end than any “good” it might provide. I feel kind of like I have beaten the dead horse to a bloody mess by this point, but I don’t care. The rage I feel at a “solution” that looks worse than the current system suffocates me. I feel like bursting into tears, but the rage feels too strong at the moment.
As we discussed in Agriculture Vs. Rewilding, grain-based diets stimulate a population growth feedback loop. That should look like enough proof that a vegan diet supports population explosion, deforestation, desertification and over-all ecological collapse. The second largest reason the amazon rainforest experiences clear-cuts involves the growing of soy beans, a vegan staple. Trees, specifically old growth forests act as the largest carbon-sink in the world. The amazon rainforest itself does more to prevent climate change than anything people can do.
Veganism as a solution to global warming looks as insane as corn ethanol as a solution to peak oil. These do not work as solutions. They work like trying to put out a fire with gasoline. Agriculture has caused all of our problems. So what do we come up with as a solution? MORE AGRICULTURE! FUCKING GENIUS! All veganism does involves cutting out the middle man of meat. Why feed grain to directly to cows when you could feed it directly to an ever growing population of humans? Yes, factory farms fuck shit up. But farms fuck shit up more via civilization.
The worst of it does not involve the diet, nor the people who choose the diet, but the attitude, hostility and blind righteousness that seems to appear in people when they eat that way. “Yeah. I’m vegan.” If I could sit down with a vegan, I could explain in 5 minutes how the diet adds to the population explosion which works as the central problem with all environmental destruction. But like fundamentalist religious nuts who think they have found the one right way to get to heaven, the vegans I have spoken with refuse to hear anything else. The denial runs so deep it creates a complete refusal of any kind of clear-thinking. Perhaps this just looks like karma; I acted this way when I ate a vegan diet too…
The problem lies in that, when easily spelled out like this, veganism looks so ridiculous a solution to any environmental problem it seems hard to believe anyone would buy into it. Since it has such a huge cultural momentum, people think , “Wouldn’t someone have figured this out by now? Some idiot who wears a loin cloth and covers himself in mud can’t have figured this out. No one else has said anything about it. He must have gotten his facts messed up somewhere.”
I don’t hate vegans, but I fucking hate veganism, the mythos. I believe systems produce people. Civilization produces the subset of mythologies called veganism. People for the most part can “choose” this mythology, only so far as it doesn’t really mean they have changed the their culture in anyway that will make the world a more biodiverse place. On the contrary. If vegans really cared about animals they would see that agriculture destroys habitat and kills more animals. The mega-fauna face extinction because of agriculture!
To vegans who choose the diet because they feel better, please ignore this tirade. Though I seriously doubt those who claim it makes them feel better. I used that excuse as a smoke screen for denial when I followed the vegan diet. I don’t mean to say that just because I did that, every vegan does, but that since I did it, and my friends did it, and I have read plenty of info about how un-healthy the diet works on the human body, I seriously doubt anyone who makes that claim.
It comes down to this: any lifestyle promoting agriculture only furthers deforestation, desertification and global warming. DUH. This should seem self-evident, but apparently people prefer to remain in denial.
For more of my redundant anti-vegan elitist garbage, check out my other three rants:
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