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Eating avocados doesn’t mean you’re failing at being vegan

Without sounding like a conspiracy theorist, very often it can feel like people want to catch vegans out. As education about the movement spreads, it’s people from outside the community who challenge vegans on their credentials.

MIRANDA LARBI: ‘Plant-based people were hit with the devastating news that avocados might not actually be vegan. Imagine the waves of horror and disgust that went ricocheting through every avo toast devotee and guac aficionado on learning that their weekly brunch habit was actually the result of shipping a load of bees from one place to another… While it’s both interesting and kind of sad that we can’t grow certain delicious vegetables and fruits (butternut squash is another, sigh) without the use of bees, I couldn’t help but wonder to what purpose everyone was harping on about it.

Was it really for the benefit of vegans who are trying to live an ethical and environmentally-friendly life as possible? Without sounding like a conspiracy theorist, very often it can feel like people want to catch vegans out… Things seem to have changed slightly; when the movement was smaller and more fringe, it used to be vegans turning on each other like PETA-stamped peacocks. Now, as education about the movement spreads, it’s people from outside the community who challenge vegans on their credentials…

Were we to take this at face value, that’d leave us living off baked beans and tatties until we died of malnutrition. Say you give up avocados. Then what?… Almonds have to be flown in from California where some claim that they’ve been partially responsible for severe droughts… Soybeans are responsible for huge amounts of deforestation in the Brazilian rainforests. Can any of these actually then be classed as ‘vegan’, bearing in mind that they involved the killing of animals through drought, manure or deforestation?… How far down the rabbit hole are you supposed to go?’ SOURCE…

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