Monday, 24 September 2018

"If everyone turned vegan, would we be healthier and happier?"

Why go vegan?

The Sidmouth Herald's front page features a story of the campaign group Animal Aid covertly filming alleged cruelty to livestock at a local abattoir:
Food Standards Agency launch investigation following Animal Aid video filmed at Ottery slaughterhouse | Latest Sidmouth and Ottery News - Sidmouth Herald
Breaking: shocking scenes filmed at small-scale slaughterhouse - Animal Aid

And for this group, "if you really care about animals, the best way is to stop eating meat":
Why Veganism? - Animal Aid

There are many other reasons to go vegan - and veganism is going mainstream, with the weekend FT devoting a whole section to the subject:

From Jancis Robinson’s vegan wines to Henry Mance’s inedible fake cheese, this special issue takes a look at the vegan zeitgeist. If everyone turned vegan, would we be healthier and happier? Could we save the planet? Plus Fuchsia Dunlop’s delectable vegan Chinese recipes

Vegan food & drink | Financial Times

Corey Harrower wants to make one thing clear: “I’m a vegan but not an asshole.” Vegans — people who don’t eat or even use any animal products — have a reputation for evangelising. Harrower, a 35-year-old former professional dancer originally from Vermont, wants to change that. He says that he has never directly tried to convert anybody. “I don’t think anyone likes people who tell them what to eat.”

The vegan boom and my month on an animal-free diet | Financial Times

“Vast animal-feed crops to satisfy our meat needs are destroying planet.” That was the headline that got me started on the road to veganism. The article beneath it was a report in The Guardian of a study by the World Wildlife Fund on the environmental impact of the animal farming industry. The study, “Appetite for Destruction”, focused on something I had not previously given much thought to: the ridiculously inefficient practice of growing grain to feed animals. Estimates vary, but it is widely agreed that it takes more than 2kg of, say, soya, to produce 1kg of chicken and more than 10kg to produce 1kg of beef. Over 75 per cent of the soya grown around the world is fed to animals, even though it is entirely fit for human consumption.

Philosopher Ray Monk: why I went vegan | Financial Times

Have you tried butterfly pea flowers? They are all the rage in vegan circles. People are brewing the Clitoria ternatea to make trippy teas that change from blue to purple when you add lemon. Flipping through the vegan magazine in which I discovered this exotic ingredient, I felt surprised. Veganism is supposed to have a lower environmental cost than animal products. Yet this flower grows in Thailand, so if you need it fresh in the UK, it has to be flown in. How does that square with the clean, green vegan dream?

Could we save the world if we all went vegan? | Financial Times

Veganism is, very obviously, not the land of milk and honey. Yet, judging from the fervent headlines the diet and its celebrity adherents attract, you could easily conclude that ditching all animal foodstuffs is the route to immortality. That’s as well as glowing skin (Alicia Silverstone), a better sex drive (James Cameron) and improved sporting performance (Venus Williams, a raw foods vegan).

Is a vegan diet healthy? Anjana Ahuja looks at the science | Financial Times

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