I get this question, a LOT. It’s usually comes after I try to explain what made me first go vegan in the first place – which was primarily for health reasons (Liver and Gallbladder problems). Clearly, there are many reasons to be vegan or vegetarian, but this was the tip of the iceburg of my journey.
Around the time I started struggling with the idea of avoiding animal fats, my husband got a copy of Popular Science – a green issue.
We’ve often discussed the ecological implications of many of the choices we, as humans, make. One thing in particular that made me especially angry about society is our affinity for waste. It’s more important to people that shelves be full to overflowing and that coolers be packed with more meat than the people in that region will use than it is being realistic about our consumption.
Perhaps if people were actually required to pre-order meat we would reduce waste and consumption – but the fact of the matter is, we live in a microwave society – we expect meat to be dyed a certain color so it looks fresh, neatly wrapped, and ready and available for the picking at any whim.
So what does this have to do with fish and that issue of Popular Science? In the issue, they discussed the growing number of dead zones in the ocean. While the article didn’t directly address the impact of overfishing, but rather our chemical dependence, it got me to thinking and eventually lead me to making a choice to do my best to reduce my impact in all areas of my life.
Me eliminating my meat and fish consumption isn’t going to change the world, but I will do my part.
In her blog, Robbi shares an inspiring and positive vision she has for change. I think it’s a beautiful representation of the view we can take on such a morbid situation.