A Saudi food activist and former vegan questions whether veganism is for your health, and for the planet.
Vegans reading this post might want to think twice about forgoing a slice of turkey this Thanksgiving. Saudi Arabia-based blogger, Tasha of Voracious Eats, runs a well-known vegan cooking site featuring no animal products. This week she made a monumental announcement: Veganism has caused a severe decline in her health, and she has begun eating meat again. And she is back to excellent health.
Of course, the process was not nearly so simple as that. In her post she describes how the vitamin supplements she was taking weren’t being absorbed by her body, leading to fatigue, depression, pain, indigestion, weight loss, and memory loss.
In a follow-up post, she describes the reaction of the global vegan community on the internet. She received death threats, but also a lot of support. It turns out that many well-known vegans eat small amounts of animal products to preserve their health. But not all of them admit it publicly.
A long-time food activist, Tasha learned that veganism may not be as good for the environment as she once believed. Farms can’t be sustained without animal waste, including blood, bones and manure.
The planet can’t sustain huge amounts of grain production, as Tasha writes:
The truth that as a vegan I did not like to face is that most places on this planet are not suited for annual grain agriculture, but for a mix of plant and animal husbandry. Most ecosystems on this planet simply cannot support annual grain agriculture, and the urging by vegans for the inhabitants to adopt a vegan lifestyle anyway is damning them to an eventually desiccated land base and inevitable starvation. Saudi Arabia, where I live, is one of those places.
From now on, she plans to eat fewer imported foods and dine on local goats that graze on desert shrub near her home.
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Hannah writes a blog on efficient cooking, Cooking Manager.