Rising veganism

The vegan industry is booming, consumption of meat and animal products in the developed world is declining, demand for vegan products is growing rapidly, and the number of people declaring themselves to be vegan is increasing.

Whether it is just a current fashion fad or a constant change in both eating habits and worldview, time will tell, but currently veganism is on the rise.

The trend is also noticeable in our country. Vegan product lines can now be found in every store, and new vegan restaurants are regularly opening in all Slovenian cities. Consumption of animal products is also declining in our country, although our health and nutrition professions are generally not in favor of veganism. Abroad, however, this is also changing. Both the British Dietetic Association (BDA) and the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) find that balanced vegan foods are suitable for all stages of life, including pregnant women, infants, children, adolescents and the elderly.

A growing number of vegans vary the food industry and nutrition habits. In the US last year found a 300 percent increase in the number of people describing themselves as vegans, restaurants that have increased respectively. on their menus incorporate vegan dishes (this was 51%), but had a 13-percent increase in traffic (source: The Independent). Increasing the number of photos of vegan dishes on social networks, blogs … even vegan chef Gordon Ramsay, who veganom not exactly in favor of the vegan dishes included in the menus of its restaurants.

World is slowly changing and becoming more inclined to animals. A process for some apparently still slow, because at the same time with the popularization of veganism is also increasing the number of violent vegan activists. From several countries reported on a series of violent attacks on restaurants and butcher shops. In France, going concern even as the particle to the French Association of butchers, which has about 18 thousand members, asked his interior minister to protect against acts of violence overzealous defenders of animal rights, whose stoning trade them stick posters and sprayed with red.

The aim of vegan activists, in order to completely eradicate the consumption of meat will probably never met, how to approach him, but we asked three people.

Their ethics are being questioned and they are faced with the fact that the contents of their plate not only harm themselves, but take the lives of sentient animals with every meal, while supporting one of the most destructive industries on our planet. As a result, defense mechanisms, including aggression, are usually activated in humans. At events where we have a stall, we’ve been bullied a few times, just because we’re there. Even online comments under vegan-themed articles quickly clarify which side is more aggressive.

What we are trying to tell the world is not negligible, but the decisive importance for the continued existence of humanity (considering only environmental facts about nutrition). The society is the most important struggle for the rights of animals that experience the Holocaust in our society. When an individual becomes aware of what we do to animals, he wants to help them as soon as possible. First, try in a nice way and often finds out how helpless it is. Animals suffer and die every second, and he convinces people with leaflets, vegan cakes and a smile. Because he feels that changes are happening too slowly, he often resorts to more intense forms of communication and resistance against unwanted events (which individuals in France did). We understand this in the society, but we do not approve.

It must be understood that choosing veganism is a rational decision based on objective facts. The scientific findings in the fields of nutrition, environmental sciences, sociology and ethics are clear: veganism is the most logical and meaningful diet for the individual and humanity at this point in development – I am talking, of course, about the developed world. Unfortunately, humans are not overly rational beings, so (as with most other activities) we don’t judge by logic, but by emotional arguments, tradition, personal whims (e.g. about what’s natural) and the like. Also, people are not scientifically literate enough to understand scientific evidence, so we draw our information from blogs and Facebook. But there is also a big problem of untrue and distorted ‘facts’, the floods of which we are witnessing today, often even from the circles of the so-called nutrition profession’. This phenomenon is problematic if people are not scientifically literate enough to verify this information. They blindly believe them, especially if they are given ‘authority’.

So it is my opinion that the only way is to teach people. We need to learn scientific literacy and the basics of logical thinking to the point where individuals can actually understand objective data about veganism, while understanding the logical and professional errors of anti-vegan arguments. Switching to veganism will then be a logical step.

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