Thursday, January 03, 2008
Happy new year, everybody! I love this time of year, and all the reflection, planning, reappraisal, and hope that it represents. I love making lists, resolutions, goals, and challenges and that's what we all get to do during this season.
One of the things I know many vegans think about is how they can strengthen their commitment- either to their diets or health, to the animals, or to the environment. In the last couple of weeks, I have seen 3 videos on other blogs that beautifully encapsulate veganism for me, so I thought I'd share them here.
At first, many people think of the simple sadness of the lives of farm animals, and how for you to eat that pork chop, a pig had to take a trip to a slaughterhouse. This video, entitled "Quiero Vivir" (I want to live) is a beautiful reminder of that realization that every animal wants to live, to experience sunshine, love, and happiness: (Thanks to the Living Vegan blog)
After that realization, a lot of people begin to research to see just how farm animals live and begin to confront the horrible reality of the sad, tortured lives of cows, pigs, chickens, and other "food" animals. They begin to see how much obfuscation goes into the idyllic image that meat and dairy interests try to represent. Happy cheese comes from happy cows? I... don't think so. Here's a video that shows, briefly and starkly, what dairy cows go through. This isn't even a factory farm- you can imagine how much worse conditions there might be... (Thanks to the Vegan Bean blog)
For many people, that's it- after seeing the reality of what factory farming is, there is no option other than going vegan. It's one thing to stop eating animal products, though, and another to start discovering the wonderful world of vegan food. This video completely captures the meaning of "food porn" - the beauty, good taste, and yes, sexiness, of the plant kingdom. This is where food blogs come in! I know it's true for myself and plenty of other people, that the discovery of wonderful and voluptuous vegan foods in blogland has bolstered my veganism. (Thanks to the Spirit Vegan blog)
I hope these videos are enjoyable for you, and maybe inspiring too!
Tomorrow night, Daiku and I are leaving Los Angeles. The next time you hear from me, I'll be in the D.C. metro region, blogging from my mom's house- but I still have plenty to report from L.A. Have a great day, everybody - and here's to a fabulous 2008!