ugh. this is one of the things that really bugs me about where i live. in san francisco there are tons of vegans/vegetarians that get off on feelings of moral superiority. south park had it right in the episode about bay area people loving the smell of their own farts. really, all that “superiority” people feel for being vegan is just a clusterfuck of their own privilege.
like, oh, you only buy your food from the farmers market? you can afford to spend $3 on a peach? good for you, but don’t you dare go shaming other people for not doing the same. until you actually care about how food politics are heavily tied with class (and how class is tied to both race & physical health) and are doing something about that, I don’t see your promotion of veganism as anything beyond pseudo-political masturbation.
Whoa, lots of ad hominem here, huh?
Well, first of everything, there are vegan organizations doing their best to provide food to people… vegan food of course, like A-Well-Fed-World.
Then, there are some links you should check out:
- Vegansaurus guide to eating raw, organic and cheap -> http://vegansaurus.com/post/288158015/guide-to-eating-vegan-raw-organic-and-cheap
- Is it cheaper to be a vegetarian, a meat eater, or a vegan? -> http://www.good.is/post/is-it-cheaper-to-be-vegan-vegetarian-or-a-meat-eater/
- Hufftington Post Eating Vegan on the Cheap -> http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathy-freston/eat-vegan-cheap_b_840191.html#s257906&title=Shop_Seasonal_
Actually, there’s even a book with recipes to eat for 4USD a day.
Ask any vegan in your area, they’ll tell you how to eat cheap. Ask on the Tumblr vegan tag how to eat vegan with little money. There are hundreds of tips, and places where you can go to eat cheap, healthy, and vegan.
Eating vegan is actually cheaper than eating omni. Why, you might ask? Because meat and dairy are expensive. Vegan food consists in legumes, pasta, rice, potatoes, TVP, etc. Not organic, farmers market fruits.
Let me give you an example. In my country (Chile), you can buy 1 kg. of TVP (Soy) for 400 CLP, about 80 cents. This will double, and make 2 kg of TVP which will feed a family for a couple of days. 1 kg of meat, 2.500 CLP, about 5,50 USD, which will actually shrink and feed less people. If you eat meat everyday, you have class privilege. Poor people, poor countries, are unable to afford this.
Vegan food =/= Daiya cheese, faux meat, organic food, farmers market’s food, etc. Those are luxury items, NOT needs.
I buy faux meat every 4-6 months, and spend between 10.000 - 12.000 CLP, about 20 - 24 USD (Thus, 4.4 USD each month, 1.1 USD each week). Do I need this? No, I can eat every day, healthy and tasty without that.
Have I tried vegan cheese? Twice. Once I bought some (2.000 CLP, 4 USD), the second time I didn’t have to pay. But there was no vegan cheese when I went vegan. Do I need it? No.
Vegans do not shame on people for not being able to pay for food. Vegans do not shame people.
I see there is little understanding of what a vegan stands for here, so I’ll make it clear:
A vegan is a person that abstains from consuming animal products or services due ethical reasons. This includes meat, dairy, eggs, honey, leather, wool, silk, fur, using animals on entertainment (zoos, rodeos, circuses, aquariums, dog fighting, etc), as transportation, or as testing subjects. Why? Because all animals, human and non human alike, share the ability of feeling pain and pleasure, among other sensations, and having subjective impressions (“This is happening to me”). All animals are self aware, have a personality, have relationships with other animals (parents, siblings, friends, foes, etc), etc. All animals are individuals, a somebody, and not a something. Knowing this, vegans refuse to use non humans, to objectify them and use them as means to our ends, because they have needs of their own to fulfill. They are not ours to use.
Thus, using animals is morally incorrect, for it commodifies somebody, denying their individuality and body autonomy.
Being vegan is a moral imperative. Of course, it will be more difficult for some people, and they deserve all our help and support. But those are exceptional cases, and you do not make a rule from an exception.
I’d like to know what do you mean by “pseudo political masturbation”.