This section contains answers to the question “Why go vegan?” There are three main arguments: Health, Environment, and Ethics.
But first, let’s take a moment to define just what the word “vegan” actually means. The practice of veganism has been around since the ancient Greeks and before, but the term was coined in 1944 by Leslie Cross. The Vegan Society defines it as:
“A philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals.”
An important part of the definition is in the first line: As far as is possible and practicable. We all know that with the number of additives in our food and belongings it is essentially impossible to be 100% vegan. But being unable to achieve 100% perfection is never a viable excuse to do nothing. We aren’t shooting for perfection; we are seeking to cause the least amount of harm possible to ourselves, animals and the Earth.
Explore each topic by clicking on the links below:
And because many people still believe they need to eat animal products to be healthy, I have also included a page on vegan nutrition.