People who are defensive around the idea that if we can live vegan, we should live vegan ~ will often assume a vegan’s diet to either be an expensive or inaccessible raw foods diet consisting of raw cashews and agave ~ or they go to the other side of the spectrum and assume it to be Beyond Burgers and palm oil and products that come in plastic. They seem to never acknowledge that a plant based diet can also be something as simple as rice, beans, potatoes, bananas, apples and kale.
It seems like they are looking for the worse case scenerio plants foods, and equating that with veganism.
They usually refer to crops like soy, yet most soy is actually grown for livestock feed. Or they point to agave, which is mostly grown for tequilla.
True vegans (not just plant based eaters) are coming from a place of ethics, and usually have looked behind the scenes of different industries ~ and so we do have awareness around eating locally, buying organic, buying fair trade, workers rights, and human slavery in food systems.
We have to eat plants to survive, so we do the best with the options we have.
To suggest that someone who is an ethical vegan (vegan for the animals and the planet) has a diet made up of worst case scenario foods for the environment and workers ~ is a manipulating framing of what veganism is and how one can eat on a plant based diet.
Don’t let others talk you out of, shame you out of, or manipulate you out of the best thing you can do for your health, your integrity, climate change, public health, and for the animals we share this life with.