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Friday’s Picture 10/29/10

Roline Bosch asks, "Is there no real vegan?"

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by Roline Bosch

A recent post on the blog, “Public School”, a blog that features creative work, caught my eye, which I was sure would upset, infuriate and confuse many.

The post reads that cows’ body parts are used for everyday things and that real Vegan-ism doesn’t exist. I’m not sure you would agree with all of the points, but  I would be curious to hear your thoughts.

The post’s message is illustrated with the following:

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3 Responses to this article

editor October 29, 2010 Reply

This is something that has long bothered me. It feels like a Catch 22 situation: screwed if you do, screwed if you don’t.

For example: soy.

By eating soya products, you spare animal suffering. But, the environmental impact of growing soy is frightening.

An article published in South America ( which talks about the rampant deforestation and imminent collapse of eco-systems in Argentica says

“Currently, more than half of the cultivated area in Argentina is planted in transgenic soy, which China buys in massive quantities to feed its livestock. The boom in soy has had a major impact on the environment, as documented by numerous studies.”

“With the loss of forests, wildlife also suffers. The herds of more than 500 guanaco (a cousin of the llama) that Darwin saw here, the fear of encountering a jaguar and the awe-inspiring diversity of species have been relegated to Argentina’s natural history.”

“The advance of the agricultural frontier beyond the fertile zone of the humid pampas, in Argentina’s central-eastern region, has not only demolished forests, grasslands and wildlife, but has also caused severe deterioration of the soils – and sped up the desertification process.

In 40 years, the soil lost 11 million tonnes of nitrogen and 2.5 million tonnes of phosphorous, agricultural engineer Walter Pengue, of the University of Buenos Aires’ Landscape and Environmental Ecology Group, said.”

A bleak picture indeed.

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Andrew November 2, 2010 Reply

I think a distinction should be made between products which rely on the death or suffering of an animal (meat, leather) and those where the manufacturer chose the cheapest option for a minor ingredient. Buying the former significantly supports the keeping and killing of animals and the latter does not. The more ethical product should be chosen where possible of course. We should do what we can.

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tera July 30, 2011 Reply

I agree with Andrew. This is a sad graph, and I very much dislike it because this discourages people from believing becoming a vegan will actually ‘help’ the environment, end animal suffering, and other positive influences on the world. Veganism is a step TOWARDS achieving the above, but putting doubt into peoples’ minds (like this image) is a step backwards. Besides, real vegans will investigate the products they use, and (hopefully) glean knowledge of products that contain animal byproducts (like marshmallows, certain chewing gums, and brands that test on animals)

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