What’s up with this ‘vegan’ thing and why is it actually trending?
There is no simple answer to this question, so let me just throw some things down and you can decide for yourself if this ‘vegan’ thing is a passing fad or not. More people than ever before are developing allergies: peanuts, tree nuts, lactose, gluten, soy, eggs, fish and shellfish. In fact, these eight foods make up 90% of all food allergies. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified all processed meats an official carcinogen and red meat a ‘probable’ carcinogen. Let’s be clear here, red meat includes: beef, pork, lamb and goat. To produce one pound of chicken it takes 518 gallons of water and for one pound of potatoes it takes 34 gallons. We’ve completely depleted the fish reserves in the oceans which throws off the whole ecosystem, and you don’t have to be an expert to guess what happens when you throw off the ecosystem of the ocean which makes up 70% of the Earth’s surface area. Compared to 1970, the amount of fish in the oceans have halved, while some species such as tuna, mackerel and bonito have decreased by 75%.
The point of what I stated above was to show you that there are a vast array of reasons why people have turned to plant-based eating. Some people have allergies to dairy and eggs and have no choice but to substitute milk, eggs, butter, and cheese with plant-based alternatives. Others simply don’t like the idea of getting cancer, so they cut out all red meat from their diet, they find out they feel better anyways for doing it and turn to plant-based foods full-time. Another group of people, like myself, turn to vegan eating because they know the environmental impact of consuming meat is significantly negative. Lastly, many people detest the way factory farms treat animals and protest by going vegan. In the past three years, the number of people identifying as vegans in the U.S. has increased by 600%. In 2017, about 6% of the population identified with being vegan as opposed to 1% in 2014. So, is it actually trending? Yes, it is. Why? People have allergies, they want to better their health, reduce their environmental impact, and save the animals. Is it a passing fad? I guess that comes down to opinion but my feeling is that it’s not. It’s here to stay and growing by the day.