The commentary below was posted on Evelyn from the Internets’ review of “What the Health”.
CW: graphic deaths described in point (d)
Often times these extreme vegan propaganda forget that
a) veganism isn’t new, most African and Asian cultures practiced vegetarianism early on, avoiding eggs, milk and honey does not make it trendy or superior
b) organic vegan farms require as much land if not more than livestock, due to lower yields thanks to lack of pesticides and fertilizer
c) just because your veggies are “made in the USA” or other developed countries does NOT mean it’s ethically farmed, often times these are farmed with slave labour conditions, poor Asian/Latinx people work 20+ hours a day with little or no pee breaks.
d) shock value isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially if it’s true, for instance, a North Korean defector recalls seeing a family member or friend die of starvation before their eyes, flies begin gathering on their orifices or watching a mother eat her own dead child in a labour camp. Making children munch on cigarettes is a stupid metaphor to claim that eggs are as dangerous as them, which is far from the truth.
e) if you live in LA, it’s obviously an easier place to source raw organic gluten free vegan meals, that includes shopping for ingredients that fit the bill. But what about a family that earns less than $300 a month in Malaysia (my home)? Sure farms literally grow kangkung in drains but how many sources could we find here that is affordable, accessible, ethical AND vegan? I live near an egg farm and it’s not only accessible to us, it’s of extremely good quality and meets our protein needs. But everything else like tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, etc has to be imported, thus costs a lot more than our eggs, especially if one expects us to go both vegan and organic.
f) please don’t see this comment as an attack on veganism as a whole, just don’t treat others the way extreme atheists treat people who pray, if you can access and afford a vegan diet, more power to you. Meat and animal products are still essential to many people, thus the reason there are charities that dedicate themselves to sending goats, chickens and even bees to developing countries, so they can support themselves and feed their family. You cannot just send them seeds and expect them to yield anything as plenty of vegetables grow in specific conditions.