About Ethical Vegans

I have postponed writing about vegans for a long time, but I believe it is necessary to do this, lest you be led astray. Because everyone who is looking for ways to make this world a better place will eventually run into the rhetoric of ethical vegans.

To clarify something, “vegans” are simply those who don’t eat anything which is derived from animals, as a personal choice. “Ethical vegans” state that human being are not entitled to eat or use anything which is derived from animals, that this is unethical.

So while the average vegan has decided to live a certain lifestyle, as a personal choice, ethical vegans insist that all of humanity should follow their example. By leaving no room for personal choice, they are essentially a cult which is based upon worshipping animals.

Ethical vegans don’t see any problem with this. “Just stop eating meat and using animal products. Good for animals. Good for people. Good for the planet. Who could object to this?” Well, I do. There are too many flaws in these theories to join this cult.

A vegan diet is always an incomplete diet, which needs to be supplemented with at the very least vitamin B12. The last two million years of our evolution we have eaten mainly meat, and to change this around 100% is an experiment of which we don’t know the long-term effects.

“Vegan diets can have many health benefits, but they may not contain all the necessary nutrients. To avoid a deficiency, a person should be sure to consume a variety of nutritious plant-based foods and consider taking supplements.” Source: Medical News Today. 

It is popular to state that it will tremendously benefit the environment if you stop eating meat. Save the planet. Stop global warming. Yet how effective is this strategy? Is it based upon the idea that we should reduce or stop animal suffering, or on science?

“Lund University researchers have found that switching to a vegan or vegetarian diet is minimal in comparison to other methods of reducing carbon footprint. The data shows that in certain cases developing other eco-friendly habit in many cases can be more effective in shrinking your carbon footprint than switching to the ‘rabbit food’ diet.” Source: Consumer Freedom. 

Now there is a lot to be said for ending factory farming the way it is currently done. There is far too much animal suffering for my taste as well. Yet you can actually use cows to reverse climate change, as I have stated in a previous post, “Greening the World’s Deserts.” 

Based on all of this, I don’t believe that the solution is to stop eating meat. And the final point about the danger of ethical vegans as a cult is actually the most important one. Anyone who is talking or acting in a way that does not agree with ethical vegans is treated as an enemy.

Hunters, cattle farmers, and advocates of a carnivore diet all receive death threats on a regular basis from “ethical vegans.” These are not exceptions, this is common practice. Like this female butcher, who became the victim of a campaign of death treats.

There is obviously nothing wrong with loving animals and choosing to stop eating animal products. There is however something very wrong with a cult which wants to tell everyone in the world how they should live, not based on science, but on an emotional response to animal suffering. Please do yourself a favor and stay away from the cult of ethical veganism.

Alternative Meat Options

There are those who believe that if we all stop eating meat, everything will be okay. Better for our health, better for our planet, and no more animal suffering. Many vegetarians and vegans lobby for political changes reflecting these ideas.

I disagree that this is the solution. I believe it is good to do something about the cruelty related to the massive factory farming of animals. I do not believe that it is smart to stop eating meat altogether, since we evolved for millions of years on mainly eating meat.

Therefore, I would like to give some alternative options to the current meat industry, to factory farming, so we can keep eating meat in a more constructive and sustainable way. There ARE alternatives which don’t prohibit the eating of meat. Here are four specific ideas.

Back to Grazing Herds

There was a time when millions of buffalo’s roamed in Northern America. Since we evolved as a species on eating grazing animals, this would be the first choice for me. And there is an option to turn the world’s deserts back into grassland filled with cows or buffalo’s for consumption.

I have shared in a previous article how this can be done. Allan Savory has proven with experiments that grazing can protect grasslands and reclaim degraded land that was once desert. Check out the article: Greening the World’s Deserts.

Free-Range Chickens

I grew up in an area with a lot of small farms, and most people had some chickens around the house, for eggs and meat. It is really not difficult to raise chickens for this purpose, and you do not need a lot of space either.

How many people have a flower garden or some unused space around the house which could easily be used for this purpose? Why not give it a try? Get some of these lovely chickens around the house. Here is more information on how to raise free-range chickens.

Cultured Meat

You could call it “lab meat” and there is definitely a future for this kind of meat. Unlike the meat replacements, which are often made of soy, lab meat contains the same nutrients that natural meat contains, so you won’t have the food deficiencies many vegans have to deal with.

“Cultured Beef is created by painlessly harvesting muscle cells from a living cow. Scientists then feed and nurture the cells so they multiply to create muscle tissue, which is the main component of the meat we eat. It is biologically exactly the same as the meat tissue that comes from a cow.”

Edible Insects

Okay, I admit this idea takes some getting used to. If I have to choose between insect powder or a steak, I will go for the steak. Still, with the growing world population, this is a valid idea. Not just to eat fried crickets, but to add insect powder to other manufactured food, like soups and snacks, as an alternative.

“Edible insects contain high-quality protein, vitamins, and amino acids for humans. Insects have a high food conversion rate, e.g. crickets need six times less feed than cattle, four times less than sheep, and twice less than pigs and broiler chickens to produce the same amount of protein.”

By using these four methods to produce more meat, in a sustainable way, we should be able to leave factory farming behind us more and more, and produce vast amounts of quality meat. Most likely, cultured meat and edible insects are the best long-term alternatives.

Intermittent Fasting

One of the positive developments in this chaotic world that has caught my eye is the new diet trend called “intermittent fasting.” I find it really interesting because it is simple, and it really seems to work to help people lose weight and become healthier.

When writing for “the gentle restart” I am always looking at things that can benefit humans, or humanity as a whole. In the first world the rise of obesity is obviously a significant problem, and intermittent fasting may be a simple and effective solution to solve this problem.

What is “intermittent fasting?”

This is a diet, whereby you don’t count calories or are restricted in the types of food you eat, but are only restricted in the time that you are allowed to eat. Most often this is done with a daily schedule of having a certain “fasting period” and a certain “eating period.”

For example, many people follow the “eight hour diet”, and eat only eight hours a day. You can choose to eat from 12 to 8 in the evening, and all the other hours you only consume beverages which don’t contain calories, like unsweetened coffee or thee, or water or light drinks.

There are also people who eat ten hours a day, or only four, and in extreme case, the OMAD method, whereby you only eat One Meal A Day, for example in a one hour time frame. Experiment and find out what works for you. Always consult a doctor before trying things like these.

Some benefits of doing intermittent fasting on a personal level are weight loss, better health, and higher levels of energy. I have experimented with it myself and found out that the fasting part of the diet really helped to clean out my system.

Benefits on a global scale are obviously, that when people in the first world eat less and become more healthy, there is more food left for people in the third world to eat. And those healthier people in the first world will be far less dependent on Big Pharma for staying healthy.

I believe that intermittent fasting is an interesting method which deserves our attention. Try it, you may like it! First consult your doctor and then check out this website about intermittent fasting.  Good health to you!

Greening the World’s Deserts

The purpose of this website is not to just bitch and complain about “The Great Reset” but to offer alternatives to a technocratic society, a way for all of us to move on in freedom and prosperity.

“The Gentle Restart” will contain a collection of options, ideas, of changes we can use to move forward in a better way, not destroying our world and freedom but restoring both.

Allan SavoryI expect this list of ideas to grow as I write, and welcome feedback from readers. If you found something you believe I should write about, please contact me.

Here is a wonderful video I found about greening the deserts and reversing climate change. One problem facing our world is desertification, and the solution to this may be very simple.

Allan Savory has devoted his life to stopping desertification. He has proven with experiments that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and reclaim degraded land that was once desert.

To me, this video makes sense. For millions of years, during our evolution, we lived while mainly eating meat, hunting big grazing animals to get this meat.

Then the age of agriculture came, and more recently, a period in which we were hunting animals almost to extinction, ending the period where enormous grazing herds walked the earth.

Then the desertification of the planet started. Many well-meaning people believe that it is the grazing of the animals that causes the growing of deserts, that these animals actually destroy nature simply by eating.

According to this video, it is not the grazing of the animals that causes problems, but exactly the opposite: the lack of grazing. Grazing helps to restore the health of the environment. Please check it out!