I'm puzzled... why would African-Americans be the focus here? Again, lactose intolerance is actually the normal condition for all adult mammals. Our evolutionary history as mammals implied us naturally losing the ability to process lactose after a certain developmental stage. The development of lactose tolerance and the ability to process lactose all the way through your adult lifespan did indeed happen relatively recently, and unsurprisingly, it happened in regions of the world where dairy consumption is very high.
I mention it because they are one of the ethnic groups with one of the highest percentage of lactose intolerance. But as you agree that lactose intolerance is far from uncommon, the point is now redundant. It is on this Basis that I would claim the entire dairy industry is a luxury not a nutritional staple. Therefore Why not eradicate such an obviously exploitative practice and not have our bovine friends suffer needlessly.
The point is that you can not produce milk without keeping the cow pregnant, hence even if every one was vegetarian you would still be creating bobby calves that would be slaughtered. If you are vegetarian for ethical reasons then you are diluded to not become vegan on this basis. The same applies for the egg industry, As for cats, people should not own pets if a non cruel way of feeding them is not found, My rats are Vegan. I think you have not looked very var into the side effects of being veg over Vegan. I was the same as you for a long time, I found in the end through direct evidence that I was just seeing things the way I wanted to see them because I liked cheese. There is no need for eggs and dairy, If anything they are more baseless than the meat industry.
I would consider that as first world people we should make the sacrifice of becoming vegan as a role model to the second and third world. They may struggle to be able to achieve a Vegan life as easily as we can, but that is only more reason for us to make the sacrifice. As we gain greater ability we should use it for good not war, We have the ability to be Vegan in the first world and we should use that ability. I give blood quarterly for the same reason, And to prove to my family that not only is my diet nutritious enough to support myself but it saves the lives of tens of other people each year.
PS have you seen "meat the truth"...I recommend it. It is on my page
The point is that you can not produce milk without keeping the cow pregnant
Actually, that's not true at all. You can actually get milk from a cow so long as the cow has produced at least 1 calf, and then chemically maintain its hormone levels. I know there are people who are worried about the hormone contents dosed to cows, but there's not a single whit of scientific evidence to suggest that it's a valid concern either on the side of the cows or on humans. In fact, as long as you're dealing either with processed goods (e.g. cheese, yogurt) or any typical supermarket milk (i.e. one which has been pasteurized), there shouldn't even be any remnants beyond insignificant trace amounts. Raw milk and raw young cheeses (aged less than 1 month) will have slightly more, but still not enough to make a difference, and there are much worse things to worry about with those products (not that they're a very major part of the industry).
In India, we do get a lot of raw milk and raw young unprocessed cheeses, but none of these are taken raw. The milk is always boiled at home, and the cheeses are usually cooked in some liquid base or possibly baked or even fried.
hence even if every one was vegetarian you would still be creating bobby calves that would be slaughtered
How do you figure? If everyone was vegetarian, there would be no market for such a thing. No company does anything that they can't sell. The only reason slaughter of calves occurs now is because people buy veal. There has never been any other reason, and there never could be. In regions where no such demand exists, no such practice exists (as I've pointed out quite a few times already and you've willfully ignored). Demand drives everything.
If you are vegetarian for ethical reasons...
... which you know, I'm not. I'm merely vegetarian as a food preference. And I generally don't buy into the idea that diet should be a field for politics. That's partly why I find it very difficult to view veganism in particular to have anything to do with food, when it's really all about ideology. And I find all the arguments to be horribly weak, mainly because they make huge oversights and omissions. Advocates always have blinders on, because perspective proves to be too much of a bitch.
As for cats, people should not own pets if a non cruel way of feeding them is not found, My rats are Vegan.
That's... not at all the response I was expecting. So you'd rather that people let cats and dogs which would otherwise be rescued from poor living conditions and mistreatment to be killed because those animals happen to need meat? You'd rather that people let animals which have demonstrably valuable indirect impact on their psychological and physical health (most strongly demonstrated with dogs) because those animals aren't ethically superior enough for your tastes? Your rats are vegan just the same as someone's pet bunny is vegan -- it's possible for them. Such a thing will never happen for dogs and cats : those are dead animals. I won't say it's impossible in the long run (as there is work being done on synthetic meats), but I guess, until then, it's okay to trade one potentially avoidable cruelty for another because you have decided that they're not avoidable cruelties.
I think you have not looked very var into the side effects of being veg over Vegan.
By "side effects", do you mean on the individual consuming them? Because I know that's total bullcrap. Any and all examples of those are either due to necessarily unhealthy practices (which is achievable regardless of your personal dietary classifications), pre-existing sensitivities/allergies, or interactions with various drugs.
If you mean "side effects" as in side effects of the industries themselves... then I hate to break this to you, but the shallow survey of the facts is on you. Because not only did I look into those effects, but I also looked into the various ways in which people have actually addressed them and turned them (at least on a small scale) into complete and utter non-issues. You, otoh, without exception have dismissed and/or ignored every such mention of those methods out of hand and decided ahead of time that innovation is a dead end in the object of your disdain.
There is no need for eggs and dairy, If anything they are more baseless than the meat industry.
Tell that to any serious hardcore athlete. I admit that the superiority of eggs and dairy to other foods in this particular context has more to do with individual subcomponents (e.g. whey, albumin, and casein proteins, along with certain phospholipids which have highly specific benefits for athletes) rather than the food itself, but it's a bit funny is that we know all this because of the same modern science which you like to claim makes everything non-vegan unacceptable.
PS have you seen "meat the truth"...I recommend it.
I've seen it. And it ranks pretty high on the hypocrisy meter. Yes, it addresses, for instance, a particular point of greenhouse gas emissions which is often ignored by the public... and the value of bringing that to notice is indeed correct. The hypocrisy of it is that it ignores even more serious sources of greenhouse gases.
First of all, quantitatively cattle do not actually produce more greenhouse gases than cars do, but because they produce mainly methane as a result of their decomposing feces, they yield a far more potent greenhouse effect, so it becomes a qualitatively greater issue. There is a bit of misleading statistics in there, though, because it includes some one-time costs as if they were on-going sources of environmental impact (for instance, the clearing of trees to actually found a ranch in the first place).
There are two things left out of this, though -- #1 is the fact that there are innovations which are actively used in the field to recapture this methane and use it in a functional way. Many small dairies are able to collect enough methane to be completely self-sufficient for all their electrical and heating/cooling needs, never having to draw power off the grid. The end result is almost flawlessly carbon-neutral.
#2 is the fact that the amount of methane output from decomposing animal feces is significantly less than that of decomposing plant matter. This makes sense when you think about it because the feces only contains whatever matter couldn't be effectively digested, while the pure plant waste, you're basically decomposing every last gram of it. Before you think this is a slight against veganism, that's not actually where I was going with this. The real source here comes from the tremendous amount of waste that occurs in agriculture. There is a huge percentage of the crop that simply goes to waste either because it's substandard quality for the public, or because it simply spoiled before it could be used either due to delays in delivery or diseases/drought/infestations. There is actually a pretty massive amount of waste there, and each little bit counts for a hell of a lot more per unit area/mass. The amount of feed that a single cow eats in a year amounts to a certain amount of methane produced as a result of feeding the cow... the same amount of plant matter, had it simply gone to waste, would yield some 20x as much atmospheric methane, albeit delivered to the atmosphere at a slower rate depending on the type of matter. A cow, feeding on 1 hectare's worth of grass will only produce about 500-600 liters of methane gas... while the same area of grass, just being mowed and having the clippings left as mulch, will produce over 3,500 liters of methane as the stray clippings decay. If all that grass is simply cut down completely and thrown into a compost pile, it will yield over 11,000 liters of methane.
Plant waste in general tends to be that serious in its footprint, and even amortized across all vegetable agriculture it proves to be an even more serious issue than animal agriculture simply because of the sheer amount of waste and how much that actually counts for. The net carbon impact of a hamburger patty is actually less than that of the lettuce, tomato, onions, and pickle slices on the same burger. In fact, a full serving of fresh tomatoes has more than 16x the carbon footprint of a hamburger patty... That said, the figures are not so severe if you're comparing against canned tomato products for various reasons.
In practice, factory farming whether you're talking plants or animals, is a lot more efficient because of the scale at which it operates.
I went vegan after doing a 30 day raw cleanse. I never went back to meat or dairy. I had been vegan for about 2 months when I was driving on I20 through South Carolina. I came upon an accident where a livestock trailer of pigs had overturned. Several pigs were dead, others injured and squealing from pain and fright. A front end loader was scraping pigs off the road, some of them barely but still alive. It was dumping the still breathing, convulsing pigs into a dump truck. That vision has haunted me ever since, but I was so glad that I had made a decision to not support the meat industry, and I no longer did anything to support that awful carnage of a nightmare. I can't justify supporting such a cruel heartless industry.
That is the type of torture our livestock industry perpetrates daily, Why peole still stand behind stupid comments like " trees are living things to " in the face of such obvious suffering is beyond all rational reason or defence. People who eat meat support the torture of our fellow mammals and avian friends. The fact that we still need to consume some lower less complex and no neurologicaly aware organisms like plants or single celled probiotics is no justification to ignore the obvious suffering of complex sentient life.
I am an advocate for expansion into space. A meat based diet is extremely resource intensive and inefficient. It is simply not intelligent to try and recreate the biospheres for meat production necessary simply to satiate a craving for meat which isn't necessary for our diet.
I am vegan for moral reasons as well as health and the future of Earth
I hate the idea of eating animals and the cruel ways that animals are killed to meet people's needs.
For me; the basic notion that I can live a happy and fulfilled life without involving myself in the exploitation of animals. In the society I find myself living it is unnecessary. I don't judge others; its simply my choice and opinion.
I see eating animal products as a personal choice, not a necessity. My choice not to eat animal products saves energy and water, land, food, and prevents exploitation and cruelty. My choice to eat a plant-based diet is better for my health, easier on my digestion, and softer on my pocketbook. And the clean-up in the kitchen after plant based cooking versus cooking flesh? Now, that saves time and no more need to buy de-greasing dish soap. Such a win-win choice for me.